How does the blueprint work?
Springboard’s Summer and Afterschool programs build the requisite mindsets and skillsets for school systems to take on culture change. Springboard Schoolyear is the framework for sustaining and operationalizing effective parent-teacher collaboration. Through the pilot initiative, Springboard is training school-based staff to implement home visits, parent-teacher goal setting, family workshops, and report card conferences.
Teacher PD & coaching
Site Leaders lead up-front professional development and ongoing Professional Learning Community sessions focused on best practices in family engagement, goal-setting, and collaborative reading plans.
Teachers invite families to participate and welcome them at the school.
Teachers visit families in their homes in order to build relationships and lay the foundation for a strong partnership.
Student action plans
With support from Site Leaders, teachers create and communicate individualized reading plans that include classroom and home interventions.
Teachers lead quarterly workshops that train families to select on-level books and ask questions before, during, and after reading.
Springboard distributes books to families at every workshop and report card conferences and also provides access to an online leveled library.
Report card conferences
Teachers leverage meetings to set goals and track progress with families.
How will it benefit my district?
Springboard Schoolyear helps teachers and families forge deep academic partnerships. As a result, teachers improve their instructional practice and build habits around effective family engagement; parents become effective home literacy coaches and internalize the habit of goal-setting with their children; and students benefit from meaningful increases in reading proficiency.
We will leverage Springboard’s summer and afterschool programs to train a fleet of teachers and leaders that are ready to weave family engagement into their school culture. By moving cohorts of schools through a training progression with a gradual release to Schoolyear, we can help school systems internalize the ethos of family engagement, forming deep and lasting habits around parent-teacher collaboration, and, as a result, dramatically improve literacy outcomes.
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How will it benefit my family?
Families will benefit from a school community in which they are fully included, valued, and supported. Parents will gain skills, resources, and guidance to get in the driver’s seat of their children’s academic journey. Teachers and parents will enjoy closer and more strategic relationships; they will support each other — and hold one another accountable — as partners in students’ success. Additionally, families receive books for every event they attend throughout the school year, including report card conferences, workshops, and back to school night.
“When the school year is back, will Springboard still be here? Will you all be here?”
Aliaya, 1st grader
“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.”
“I’ve also noticed that now my daughter will identify her own books. She’ll say, ‘Mommy, this is too hard, too easy, or no, this one is just right!’ I noticed at the library now she can identify her own books. It’s wonderful.”