Springboard Collaborative Partners with Teach for America to Close the Literacy Gap and Prevent Summer Slide

Springboard Collaborative has announced a joint partnership with Teach for America (TFA) to launch a free virtual learning experience for students. The program is a part of Springboard’s Learning Accelerators (SLA) program. 

During the months of June and July students in grades PreK-4 will work with a Teach For America corps member to work toward measurable reading goals. Springboard Collaborative is committed to bridging the literacy gap for students and is offering this free program to 8,400 students. 

Since schools shut-down because of the recent pandemic, many parents are now filling in as their children’s teacher. Unfortunately, not all parents know how to or have the ability to support their children on their educational journey. Through this partnership with TFA, Springboard Collaborative is providing parents with the resources they need to teach their student remotely. 

“I’ve always been an advocate for getting parents involved, hands-on, in their children’s education. Especially when it comes to reading. With many parents working from home and home-schooling their students, right now is the perfect time to equip them with the tools they need to help their student achieve reading success,” said Alejandro Gibes de Gac the Founder and CEO of Springboard Collaborative. 

Each year, students from low-income families fall behind on what Springboard Collaborative calls “the summer slide.” Nationally, only 17% of low-income 4th graders are reading proficiently. Springboard Collaborative is the solution to bridging the literacy gap. What makes the SLA unique is the way parents are incorporated into the learning goals. 

During the SLA, parents and students will be matched with a virtual teacher from TFA. They will receive customized reading tips, progress updates, e-book access, and access to the Springboard Connect web-based app. Applications for the Springboard Learning Accelerator are open now. 

Interested families can apply springboardcollaborative.org