Combat devastating learning losses

Join us in the 2021 National Summer School Initiative 

We’re partnering with districts, charter schools, and independent schools across the nation to deliver accelerated learning and vibrant enrichment activities this summer. 

In person or virtually, we can bring great teaching to children in grades 3-8 everywhere this summer.  

In our innovative model, participating teachers create a space where children feel heard, valued, connected and successful. Working in close partnership with award-winning mentor teachers in their grade and subject, they together craft and deliver exceptional learning experiences. 

  • Summer 2021

The data are in

New evidence for Accelerated Learning

A new study from TNTP finds that learning acceleration was far more effective than remediation in addressing skills gaps and racial inequities. TNTP cites “compelling new evidence that school systems should make learning acceleration the foundation of their academic strategies next year and beyond.”

Students who experienced learning acceleration struggled less and learned more than students who started at the same level but experienced remediation instead. Learning acceleration was particularly effective for students of color and those from low-income families.

Early literacy

Springboard Collaborative and Cadence team up.

At more than 100 sites nationally, nonprofit Springboard Learning is transforming how students learn to read. Now, Cadence and Springboard are offering a complete K-8 accelerated learning solution for districts and schools everywhere this summer.

Springboard coaches, teachers, and parents to set goals together, practice evidence-based reading strategies, measure progress, and celebrate success. Harness the untapped potential in family engagement. Close the gap to grade-level performance. Join us this summer.

As featured in national news publications

Vibrant daily programs across the grades

The programs
How it works

Hear from a partner teacher

"Astounding" growth

Hawking STEAM Charter School students take the NWEA MAP assessment three times a year. During in-school learning, the school anticipates an average of four points growth per trimester.

This trimester, my students had an average of 12.6 points growth–3X the target. This is especially astounding because the growth was even across high, middle, and low-performing students—only students with poor attendance had lower scores. Students’ scores were up across areas, including vocabulary, literature, and nonfiction. All this is particularly impressive as most students are ELLs.

Anne Barnes, 6th grade ELA teacher Hawking STEAM Charter School

In their own voices

Students love Cadence

Hear how students take intellectual risks and learn from one another in Ms. Shampain’s fourth-grade math class.


Enthusiastic Parents

I am satisfied with my child’s experience in the summer program run by NSSI [now Cadence Learning].

86 percent of more than 1,000 parents responding to the survey agreed or strongly agreed

On a scale of zero (very unlikely) to 10 (very likely), how likely are you to recommend other students attend the summer school offered by NSSI [now Cadence Learning]?

92 percent were very likely to recommend the program, responding with a 9 or 10 to the question.

The teachers are extremely encouraging and accessible. I really appreciate them.

My daughter has shown an amazing change in her participation in family discussions. If my husband and I are talking about current events, she has opinions based on things she’s read.

I was surprised at her interest in the book that was assigned. I caught her reading the novel at midnight. As soon as the library reopened she asked to get the book from the library. She completed the book immediately and then began writing and illustrating her own book.

I love the extra options that they have for my son to choose from. He is so excited about learning another language. It's optional and he is choosing to do it.

Extending the reach of great teachers

FutureEd highlights Cadence's innovations

A leading education think tank, examining staffing strategies inspired by the pandemic, features Cadence as one of four models to watch. Steven Wilson, co-founder, describes the mentor/partner teacher relationship:

It’s like being able to sit in the back of the room of the best teacher in the building for weeks at a time and see his or her moves and adapt them and make them your own.

Mentor teachers

The finest teachers chosen from across the country

A focus on equity

Our five-part organizational commitment to leading for racial equity includes:

  • Rigorous curriculum that tackles texts and ideas that are at or above grade-level

  • Leveraging students' voices and expertise through discourse and deep thinking

  • Intentional connection and relationship-building, led by a diverse mentor teacher team

  • Psychologically safe classrooms

  • A culturally responsive curriculum that foregrounds and celebrates BIPOC authors and thinkers and elevates their voices and perspectives.

The curriculum both creates windows (to learn about other countries, people, cultures, and ideas) and mirrors (to affirm the beauty and brilliance of people who are similar to our students) that are vital for young people to grow and thrive.

Our partner network

Join district, charter, and independent schools partnering with us to offer a singular experience this summer.

© Cadence Learning 2021