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CMSD Summer Learning shines in NBC spotlight (Video)



The CMSD News Bureau goes behind the scenes as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt interviews CEO Eric Gordon.






The CMSD Summer Learning Experience grabbed the spotlight Wednesday as NBC Nightly News featured it in a series devoted to issues of national significance.

Lester Holt anchored the newscast from Cleveland, one of five stops on his “Across America” series. In a segment lasting more than 3 minutes, he said the District is seeking to “reinvent summer learning and make kids want to be there.”

The segment (Watch the report here.) revisited last year’s abrupt switch to remote classes and its impact on a city that ranks at the top nationally in child poverty and the bottom in connectivity. To continue instruction, the District pulled together money to distribute 37,000 devices, give out hotspots and connect families to reliable high-speed Internet.

Now, with the support of federal COVID relief funds, the District is inviting students and families to take part, at no charge, in the Summer Learning Experience.

Summer Learning is not "summer school." It is designed to appeal to students of all ages, whether they want to catch up, get ahead or explore their interests in fun activities and camps.

An NBC crew visited Orchard STEM School last week, talking to Principal Kathryn Haneline, a teacher, parents and students. On Wednesday, Holt interviewed CEO Eric Gordon with Wade Park School serving as the backdrop.

CEO Gordon repeated his strong feeling that students who need to catch up did not lose the ability to learn during the pandemic; they simply lost time.

“Our kids can still learn to read, they can still learn chemistry,” he said. “If we stay really aggressive about creating the right opportunities, we will get kids to where they need to be.”

The CMSD Summer Learning Experience includes two sessions – June 7-July 2 and July 12-Aug. 6. Parents can register for one or both of the sessions. Year-round high schools and two schools at the John Hay Campus will offer programming from June 28-July 23.

 Summer Learning sites are located in neighborhoods throughout the city. Students in preschool through eighth grade can get free shuttle service to their neighborhood site. High school students will receive RTA bus tickets.

To learn more and register for the CMSD Summer Learning Experience, visit or call 216-838-3675. Students who are not enrolled in the District must be pre-registered to enroll.