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Welcome to SummerLEAP at the College at Brockport!
"Supporting student learning by leaps and bounds"
As they kicked off their six-week program at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, this July, the students in each SummerLEAP class received the mission of finding their inner superhero. In order to guide the students to finding their inner superhero, they were prompted with two guiding questions; “What is a Superhero?” and “What is your super power?” Throughout the six-weeks of the program the students studied, analyzed, and critiqued different media that portray superheroes.
SummerLEAP (Learning Enrichment to Achieve Potential) students travel to campus for a full-day of educational activities, as well as experiences during Health & Wellness, Art, song writing, violin lessons, swimming, and dance. Class sizes are capped at 15 students and have two certified teachers and a teaching assistant in each grade. The low student to teacher ratio provides individualized attention to meet students’ academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Interwoven with traditional classroom lessons are conversations about ethics and morals, community service, self-esteem, and interpersonal skills.
The program is literacy driven and we strive to have individualized instruction during the literacy block. In order to reach this goal, we have EDI 740 graduate students to aid in more specialized literacy instruction. The graduate students, otherwise known as literacy interns, have a 5 week placement in the program. The 1st week is classroom based in which the interns administer assessments and gather appropriate materials to be used throughout the program. After the 1st week, they are then paired with a grade level to co-plan and co-teach as part of the grade level team.
SummerLEAP at the College at Brockport is a member of the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association, a consortium of 11 summer enrichment programs, including similar programs at the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, Monroe Community College, and SUNY Geneseo. The program at Brockport, which is in its fifth year, works specifically with children from the Rochester City School District.
Amy Shema, Director of SummerLEAP at the College at Brockport, says what we offer students is different from summer school and it is not camp, but simply “SummerLEAP.” She explains, "Our goal is for students to feel safe and supported so that he or she can feel confident in multiple learning spaces. We do this by providing a range of experiences that encourage exploration of students' physical, emotional, cognitive, social, creative, and sense of self. This is what we refer to as (W)holitic pedagogy, which honors the whole child and values (W)ho the student is. This approach also values and understands that cultural, familial, and community experiences are integral to students' identity and ways of navigating the world."
Dr. Thomas Hernandez, Dean of the School of Education, Health, & Human Services, says he is proud of Brockport’s partnership with SummerLEAP because “it reaffirms our commitment not only to the importance of quality education, but to making a difference in our community.”