How to stop the summer slide with Connected Class founder Christel Reaves

EdTech Startup Showcase

May 22 2024 • 23 mins

Christel Reaves, founder and CEO of Connected Class, returns to the show to talk us through strategies for summer learning success.


Hear about:

  • The significant challenges posed by the “Summer Slide”
  • Why math and reading are the most critical subject areas for summer learning
  • How the opportunity cost of time spent re-learning material holds the whole class back
  • Summer learning resources offered by Connected Class that make learning fun for families (Learn more: https://bit.ly/3QSDbyE)
  • How parents support summer learning
  • What schools can do to prioritize better summer learning

About today’s guest

Christel Reaves, founder and CEO of Connected Class, is an enthusiastic educator dedicated to improving learning and equipping educators to succeed.  Her passion for ensuring family engagement throughout the learning process is evident and at the core of every product and service provided by Connected Class. She oversees a team of Instructional Specialists to support schools, focusing on helping educators analyze data, develop action plans, implement instructional strategies, and enhance family engagement for improved student achievement.


Before Christel was the founder of Connected Class, she was a classroom teacher, county resource educator and district administrator. She worked closely with the state to remove low-performing Title I schools from Intervene status. Over the past 25 years, she has helped many schools improve their student performance and engage families. Learn more: www.connectedclass.com


About today’s host

Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano


Listen to his other shows:

  • The Authority — deep-dive interviews with the leading minds in leadership, management, education, and personal development.
  • Sideline Sessions — conversations with successful coaches and performance experts from professional, collegiate, and youth sports.

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