A simple but powerful approach to accelerate every child’s learning
We open-sourced Springboard’s recipe for impact! Underlying our outcomes is a methodology through which teachers and parents team up to support learning at home. We call it a Family-Educator Learning Accelerator (or FELA). FELAs are 5-10-week cycles during which teachers and parents share a game plan to help kids reach growth goals.
How does a FELA work?
In the beginning, teachers and parents build a relationship, assess a baseline, and set a goal. Over 5-10 weeks, teachers and parents convene weekly or biweekly to share skills and support each other’s efforts. On a daily basis, children work toward their goal by practicing with their teachers, practicing with their families, and practicing independently. The cycle concludes by measuring progress and celebrating together; small wins lead to big wins!
How do I get started?
Download our FELA toolkit to learn how you can implement our FELA methodology in your classroom.
How will FELAs benefit my school?
FELAs can be your pandemic-proof playbook for parent engagement in learning at home. Short goal-setting cycles are more akin to interval training than marathon running; this makes distance learning an approachable, winnable, and sustainable experience for parents and teachers alike.
To dig deeper, check out this case study with Baltimore City Public Schools.
How will FELAs benefit my family?
Make learning at home approachable, sustainable, and winnable
- Gain skills and strategies to support literacy at home
- Get support from having teachers as teammates
- Set and achieve goals with your kids
- Make learning at home sustainable, even if just for 15 minutes a day
“[Springboard] allows you to be a part of your child’s learning experience. It’s provided a platform for helping my daughter to be excited about reading! She wants to read nonstop. The program has benefited my entire family.”
Hakeem (Family member)
“I like being able to invite parents to my classroom and sharing a reading strategy that they can implement immediately with their scholar. I can see the positive impact that this has on families and I know that parents appreciate this opportunity.”
New York City, NY
“One of the best things that happened to me was watching children begin to change their voices when they came to different punctuation marks. Then at our celebration several parents thanked me for all my help and said they noticed how their child understood what punctuation marks mean in a sentence. It was very rewarding to know students are using what they learn in Springboard at home.”
“During the school year, growing one or two levels in just five weeks is unthinkable. But Springboard’s focused literacy instruction allows us to do just that.”