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Lavinia Group Unveils Expanded Professional Learning Offerings for 2024-2025

From innovative teaching strategies to the latest research-based theories, Lavinia Group's new suite of professional learning offers will inspire teachers and school leaders, enhance teaching skills, and drive student success.

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How 1 summer camp hopes to answer Indiana’s growing literacy crisis

The Mind Trust's Indy Summer Learning Labs program reports record enrollment this summer, with more than 5,300 students signed up across 50 sites in Marion County. Lavinia Group partners with The Mind Trust in this significant initiative, providing expert support and innovative educational resources to drive student success, address literacy rates, and enhance learning outcomes.

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Lavinia Group Launches RedThread Readers

Decodable Book Sets for K-2 Classrooms

[EAGAN, Minn.] – Lavinia Group announced the launch of RedThread Readers, a series of decodable texts for kindergarten through second grade students. Aligned with a research-based, systematic phonics scope and sequence, the books are engineered to bolster early reading skills.

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Rapid Reading Gains in Remarkable Time

Reading Scores Soar in Just Six Weeks with New Phonics Program

“The children we studied in first grade started the year off at the pre-primer level, which is lower than we would hope.  At the end of six-weeks, we saw substantial growth with almost half of the children now reading grade level text.  These results not only highlight the importance of high-quality phonics instruction, it also shows how such training can lead to greater reading improvement,” said Dr. Neuman.

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New statewide grant aims to expand supplemental literacy and math instruction using evidence-based strategies

Recipients of the Expanding What Works grant, a new opportunity designed to increase access to high-quality summer programming for over 3,000 Hoosier students, will partner with Lavinia Group for the RISE Summer Learning Program.

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$3.75M grant for Boys & Girls Clubs brings summer academic program for 2,500 kids

16 Boys & Girls Club sites will receive support from The Mind Trust and partner with Lavinia Group for the RISE Summer Learning Program, which will provide reading and math lessons for incoming first through ninth grade students, teacher resources, assessments and support.

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Indiana Department of Education Announces Recipients of High-Quality Summer Programming Grant

Grantees will receive support from Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, The Mind Trust, and will partner with Lavinia Group, which will provide five weeks of reading and math lessons for incoming first through ninth grade students, teacher planning resources, pre- and post-assessments, and virtual onboarding training, as well as in-person coaching for facilitators.

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United Way, Ballmer Group looking to offer free summer school for Detroit students

Summer Discovery is funding summer learning opportunities for Southeast Michigan. United Way and Ballmer Group will provide up to $2,000 per student for schools in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties to develop or implement high-quality summer experiences designed to combat summer learning loss.

Schools will have the option of using their own curriculum or following Lavinia Group's RISE Summer Learning Program.

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As Students Continue to Suffer COVID-Related Learning Loss Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Comprehensive Summer Learning Program to Help Thousands of Kids

“Summer Boost” will serve rising first through ninth grade public charter students in Baltimore, Birmingham, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New York City, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C.

Results from summer program piloted in New York City in 2022 showed increased student proficiency in ELA and math

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Indy Summer Program Proves Acceleration, Not Remediation, Is Key for Students

February 7, 2023

With rigorous academics & daily enrichment, Indy Summer Learning Labs saw a 15-point rise in English, math scores for low-income kids & kids of color

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Indy Summer Learning Labs drive second year of double-digit math and reading learning gains

November 11, 2022

For the second consecutive year, Marion County students who attended Indy Summer Learning Labs (ISLL), a five-week, free or low-cost summer learning and enrichment program, saw double-digit proficiency point gains in English/language arts (ELA) and math, according to data released today from The Mind Trust and United Way of Central Indiana. The Labs served 5,000 Marion County students at 39 schools and community learning centers across Indianapolis in June and July of this year.

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Curriculum training, individualized student support define Indy summer program

Jul 6, 2022

Lavinia Group featured in national Chalkbeat story about Indy Summer Learning Labs story. “The professional development plays a really key role,” Taslim said. “Each week when we’re meeting with teachers, we look at student work, we look at the data, we really understand where students are.”

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May 31, 2022

Lavinia Group Selected by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) To Provide Professional Development in Science of Reading for Maryland Leads Grant Program

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Deirdre Bardolf | April 21, 2022

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Mayor Adams at City Hall to announce a $50 million investment into summer programs at charter schools.

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Annalise Knudson | April 18, 2022

New York City announced the launch of Summer Boost NYC — a new Bloomberg Philanthropies program that will support summer learning at charter schools citywide for about 25,000 students who have fallen behind or faced significant learning gaps exacerbated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Press Release | September 2, 2021

The results are in! Read to learn about the impact our RISE Summer School Program had on the students of Indianapolis.

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Bethesda Magazine

Caitlynn Peetz | July 19, 2021

Despite an unconventional year fraught with challenges and disruption, Lavinia Group partners with East Silver Spring Elementary at MCPS to support students in reading on or above grade level by the end of the school year.

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Chalkbeat Indiana

Aaricka Washington | July 20, 2021

Lavinia Group partners with The Mind Trust and United Way to provide a rigorous and highly-engaging summer school experience for the students of Indianapolis.

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Lavinia x Newsela

Watch this video to learn about Lavinia Group’s partnership with Newsela!