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Review for Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership (DEEP), San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the honor of working with DEEP by providing dance education to youth during their Summer Reader Future Leaders (SRFL) program since it's initiation. This program is unlike any other I have worked with. Under the thoughtful leadership of Gina Gianzero, SRFL brings together diverse educational community partners from science, academics and arts to provide a truly integrated and engaging education experiences for underserved students at a critical time. It's during the summer that many students risk losing the academic gains from a previous year if they do not continue to stimulate and activate their learning. At SRFL children enjoy learning in an enriching environment that is hands-on, helping to develop valuable thinking and communication skills. As an arts educator, I work with both the language arts and science teams to develop curriculum that supports academic learning though my art art form. In my classes students collaborate to create dances that express and connect to the academic concepts they are being taught. I am not aware of any other program that provides summer integrated learning at this level. In my opinion SRFL should be replicated in all title 1 schools in San Diego to advocate for equity in learning. While more affluent students may enjoy enriching learning opportunities over the summer, DEEP does the work to make sure economically disadvantaged youth are afforded the same opportunities in their own communities.

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