Closing the literacy gap by closing the gap between home and school.
To close the literacy gap by coaching teachers, training family members, and cultivating reading habits so that our scholars have the requisite skills to access life opportunities.
3 month boost
Students consistently make at least 3 months of reading progress during each program session.
Since launching, Springboard has grown its reach from 40 to over 4,000 students.
In 2017, we supported families and teachers at 40 programming sites across the Bay Area, DC, Philadelphia, and New York.
The Springboard approach
Springboard is about collaborative goal-setting. Teachers and families work together to set a measurable reading goal specific to each child. With a common goal and a clear plan, teachers and parents leverage each other’s strengths to nurture successful readers.
“Now I have a new set of skills. Like making predictions about a book — I had never thought of that. These things are very exciting to me. So the skills don’t just go to me, they go to the whole family, the whole block really.”
Independence Charter School
Meet David Williams. He is a single father trying to help his sons—Daiquin and David Jr.—beat the odds. Their neighborhood school was closed, and David did not himself graduate high school. Listen as he describes what Springboard has meant for his family.
“Reading is learning and learning is knowledge that no one can take away. Springboard helps children gain this knowledge.”
“Seeing parents teaching their children to read, it’s the most powerful thing I’ve seen in education.”
“Springboard gave me the platform and support I needed to establish a working relationship with families. By identifying and communicating a single reading goal, the teacher and the family can work together with the scholar to troubleshoot reading obstacles and allow growth.”
Lisanne, Teacher, Philadelphia
Who we are
Springboard coaches, trains, and supports the teachers in each of our school partners. By collaborating with parents, they are transforming students’ lives.