Our approach

The problem

Picture a child’s time as an orange. Their classroom experience represents a relatively small wedge from which the education field is fixated on squeezing more and more juice. However, children spend 75% of their waking hours outside of the classroom. Even high-performing schools struggle to engage parents and juice the rest of the orange. For students, this results in slow progress during the academic year and chronic regressions over the summer. Research finds that two-thirds of the achievement gap among high school students is attributable to summer learning loss in elementary school.

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The solution

Springboard helps schools juice the rest of the orange, dramatically improving educational outcomes by harnessing the potential of parent-teacher collaboration. Our vision is to close the literacy gap by closing the gap between home and school. Springboard offers a suite of products and services that combine reading instruction for Pre-K through 3rd graders; workshops training parents to teach reading at home; a rigorous coaching cycle for teachers; and an incentive structure that awards learning tools to families–from books to tablets–in proportion to student reading gains.

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The impact

Among Springboard’s core values is being data-driven and outcomes-oriented. We learn through self-examination, which guides our innovation agenda and continuous improvement of programs. Check out Springboard’s latest results, as told through interactive storybooks!