Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Education (Ph.D)


Administrative and Instructional Leadership

First Advisor

Anthony J Annunziato

Second Advisor

Richard Bernato

Third Advisor

James Campbell


The purpose of this study is to see if a summer literacy camp was able to help mitigate summer learning loss for students entering grades 1-5. Students attended a five-week summer program that focused on literacy with a STEM component. Some of the students who attended were economically disadvantaged, some were English Language Learners (ELLs), some were both and others were neither. The one thing they all had in common was that they were all reading below grade level. This study collected reading data from the spring to the fall to see if the summer literacy camp was able to help mitigate summer learning loss. The themes of literacy, summer learning loss, social justice, poverty, English language learners, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the role each one played in the summer literacy camp were all discussed. This study can be used as a blueprint for other school districts on how to use community resources, Title I, and Title III monies in order to mitigate summer learning loss and improve student achievement.