Summer Learning Program for 1st and 2nd Graders

April 29, 2021

What?
The Logan Learning Lab (the “Lab”) is a summer enrichment program of The Logan School for Creative Learning designed to provide unique, engaging experiences for underrepresented gifted students in the Denver metro area. There is a growing body of research demonstrating both the under-identification of and the dearth of tailored learning supports for gifted students from underserved backgrounds including African-American, Latinx, Native, immigrant, and low-income students. This directly aligns with the mission of The Logan School, which is to provide an experience based educational opportunity for gifted children of all backgrounds that allows each child to develop individually to his or her
full potential.

We are planning a 2-week summer intensive where Lab students can engage in hands-on, inquiry-based learning in a personal area of interest. Students will spend time on the Logan campus and out in the community. At the end, students will share their portfolio and other works with visitors at an “EXPO”.

How?
Students choose and explore a topic in depth, create products of their choosing to display, and share their learning with others. The program is free of charge, with lunch and snacks provided. We will provide transportation, if needed, within close proximity. We also hope to offer individual cognitive testing for students, to provide families with
information about their child’s learning style and abilities. We also plan to gather the cohort a few times over the year for socializing and learning extensions.

Who?
We are looking to partner with area schools to identify rising 1st-and 2nd-grade gifted learners from varied cultural, socio-economic, linguistic and racial backgrounds. We are looking for underrepresented gifted learners who may be exhibiting characteristics of giftedness yet may not meet the threshold for formal identification within the guidelines set by CDE. Students referred to the program would be curious, self-motivated, eager to learn about the world, and able to sustain attention in an area of interest. Please see the handout from Project Bright Horizon regarding characteristics students may have.

Important Dates
May 4, 5:30-7:00 PM
Virtual Family Information Session
(parents & students)
• Parent information session
• Student icebreakers and games

May 15 & 16, Time TBD
Virtual Student Activity Session
(parents may stay or drop-off)
• Students will choose a “unit” that teachers will use to plan
the activities of the Lab

June 14-25, (M-F) 8:30 AM – 3:30PM
Logan Learning Lab Program
(times subject to slight adjustment)
The Lab will run from June 14-25, full-day, with before- and after-care offered free of charge for those who need it.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:
8:30-9:00 Welcome Circle and Reading Time
9:00-10:00 Unit Work
10:00-10:30 Snack and Recess
10:30-11:30 Unit Work
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-3:00 Unit Work – at Logan and/or Off-Campus (Museums, Interviews, Explorations)
3:00-3:30 Review of the Day, & Preparation for the Following Day

Learning activities will be supported by numerous adults as well as middle school-aged “buddies”. The Lab Director will also serve as lead-teacher.

Cost & Contact Information
There is no cost to the family for a student’s participation in the Logan Learning Lab. A student’s participation in the program, lunch, snack, and transportation (if needed) will be provided as part of the program. For more information about the Lab, please contact one of the following:

Shae Schneider, Dean, Interim Lab Director, loganlearning@theloganschool.org

Rebecca Mercer, Lab Advisor, Student Recruitment, rebecca.mercer@dpsk12.org

Coza Perry, Lab Teacher, Student Recruitment, coza@theloganschool.org