What we do
Springboard’s Summer and Afterschool programs are designed as immersive professional development experiences that build lasting internal capacity. Kids become stronger readers, parents learn to teach reading at home, and teachers improve their practice. Students average a 3-4 month reading gain, closing the gap to grade-level performance by more than half in just 5-10 weeks. Parent attendance at weekly workshops average 91%. Delivered either in-person or virtually, these programs combine:
- Daily reading instruction for Pre-K through fourth-graders,
- Weekly workshops training parents to teach reading at home,
- A rigorous coaching cycle for teachers,
- An incentive structure that awards learning tools to families.
Both Summer and Afterschool can be implemented as a fully-managed solution (flagship) or through a train-the-trainer model (affiliate).
Springboard Learning Accelerators (SLA) provide the structure and support educators and families need to set and achieve reading goals. Over a 5- to 10-week period, SLAs help students boost reading skills while also strengthening family-educator relationships. SLAs serve as a starter pack for schools or districts looking to implement Springboard’s game-changing FELA framework.
Learning Accelerators can be implemented remotely or in-person at any time during the year (including summer!).
“The family workshops were my favorite part of the summer program… The dialogue about literature and great books excited both the adults and the children and I am sure had a significant impact on everyone involved. The best way to develop a love for reading is to share the process with the significant people in our lives, and the workshops really highlighted that truth for me!”
“Springboard was a lifesaver for my daughter and me. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like all students, she was unable to finish out her school year in class. Like most parents I was lost. I was very excited when I received the email for Springboard… she was still able to work one-on-one with her teacher and take part in circle time with her peers. She was able to learn some new things while brushing up on what she has learned.”
“…Teaching small phonics and guided reading groups completely changed my outlook on it. I really had so much fun teaching them. We had so many challenging moments and the students rose to every occasion—-their resilience and focus made for laughter and growth in all of us! I now realize, gratefully, that teaching virtually can be fun too”
“In the beginning, Marcus was all ‘Why do I still have to go for school in the summer?’ Now, that we come in together on Wed. for workshop, that makes him more excited. It’s a bonding time for us. “The other day, we were in an IHOP with his dad, … and Marcus is like, ‘Let’s play a game; what words on the menu start with a B; what things can you see that start with B?’ “Since we started coming to workshop, I’ve converted my family room into a learning room;”
Catherine and Son, Marcus
“My son’s outlook on reading has changed since he has started Springboard. I was concerned about his reading because he needed to focus more on understanding what he reads and also reading in general. Now he wants to read every night before he goes to bed.”
“When I go back to school, I’m going to be the best reader in my class since I did Springboard this summer.”
“My child is going into 2nd grade. It’s always been a struggle to encourage her to read before bed. Now, the reading log helps. She says, “Mom, we haven’t read yet, let’s go read!”. She set a goal for herself, saying, “Mom, make sure you time me! Last night I read for 20 minutes. Tonight, I want to read for 30.” She is more self-motivated now.”
“So many parents want to help and see their children growing academically but do not know where to start. After coming to the parent workshops, though, they leave having specific skills to work on with their child that they know will work! Knowing they are doing the ‘right thing’ is so empowering to parents and I love that I am able to give that to them.”