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Virtual Summer Journey Program

Catapult Learning announced the launch of its new Virtual Summer Journey program. The K-12 Virtual Summer Journey offers educational opportunities and activities designed to prepare students for success in the fall by reinforcing foundational skills that have been lost due to disrupted learning time.

In light of COVID-19’s impact on in-person learning, the company expanded its summer solutions offerings to include a virtual summer school program. Designed to deliver a turnkey solution that’s easy for school districts to implement, flexible for families, and fun for kids, the Virtual Summer Journey aims to help students keep pace academically and can accommodate varying levels of access to technology.

As part of the program, Catapult Learning provides the teachers, materials, and training to run a summer program for students. The Virtual Summer Journey program offers options that combine instruction in literacy and math with project-based learning and other activities designed to keep students engaged.

“Given the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year could bring a significantly greater summer slide than ever before, especially for students who are already struggling,” said Steve Quattrociocchi, president of Catapult Learning. “It was important we offer a comprehensive suite of solutions that can be tailored to the unique needs of schools, districts, and families across the country to ensure learning continues during summer break. Our Virtual Summer Journey program is designed to sharpen skills and reduce summer learning loss from home.”

Virtual Summer Journey includes enrichment activities designed to help students have fun and remain active participants. Activities vary based on grade-level and may include STEM-based projects, interactive, virtual field trips or online coding and robotics. Additional features, like counseling, teacher one-on-one check-ins, and social emotional learning are available to students and their families.

“Incorporating enrichment and other activities that allow for family engagement was important to our team as we developed the virtual program,” said Devon Wible, vice president of academics, Catapult Learning. “We want students learning, but we also want them engaged in meaningful ways without constant screen time.”

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