RISE Summer Program

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RISE Summer Program Overview

Leveraging Lavinia Group's evidence-based best practices for professional development, instruction, and technology, including Lavinia Group's proven methods for Intellectual Preparation and Student Work Study, Lavinia Group will partner with select networks and districts this summer to implement our RISE Summer School Program. The program, which can be taught virtually or in-person, will ensure that:

    • The maximum number of students possible begin the year on grade level
    • Teachers and leaders have tools to mitigate learning loss
    • Schools leverage the summer term to implement data systems and structures that are critical for the upcoming school year
    • Schools have the opportunity to participate in Lavinia Group's proven professional development structures to support and rapidly develop leaders and teachers
    • Students have access to high-quality, culturally-relevant, and standards-aligned curriculum this summer

"I saw so much growth in my own class and I saw [the RISE program] really fill in the gaps that needed to be filled at the end of last year due to the pandemic and the massive loss of learning we had... It changed my whole perspective on what summer school could be."

-Nico Silva,
Lavinia RISE Participant

RISE Summer School Program Curriculum

At the heart of our program are the evidence-based methods and content that Lavinia Group has pioneered and leveraged to help our partner schools across the country transform student learning and improve outcomes. This summer, we will provide 5 weeks of standards-aligned daily lesson plans for rising 1st - rising 9th grade students for the following components:

Math for Meaning™ Story Problems

Grounded in the belief that ALL students are mathematicians, Lavinia Group's Story Problems curriculum and method engages students to develop multiple approaches for solving on and above grade level problems through hands-on learning and rich mathematical discourse. As students persevere through problem solving and share their mathematical reasoning, they develop the confidence and precision necessary to tackle ANY mathematical task independently while building their mastery of grade level standards.

Insight Humanities™ Book Studies

Grounded in highly-engaging, multicultural literature by award-winning and prolific authors, students will read, analyze, discuss, and write about world-class novels. This work will rapidly develop students' critical thinking skills, passion for reading, and ability to analyze ANY novel with confidence and precision.

Close Reading for Meaning™

Using genre as an inroad, Lavinia Group's Close Reading for Meaning™ method teaches students to use a symphony of strategies to unpack complex texts that are at or above grade level. Through a carefully designed Roadmap of Questions™, Lavinia Group's curriculum prepares students to attend to both the essential meaning as well as author's craft. After engaging in a shared experience with their teachers, students are given the opportunity to apply the Close Reading for Meaning™ method to a new text, honing their ability to tackle ANY text confidently and independently.

Systematic Phonics Routines

Grounded in the science of reading research and designed with the understanding that decoding plays a crucial role in learning to read and deeply understand text, Lavinia Group's phonics curriculum includes direct, explicit, sequential, and multisensory routines that teachers can use throughout the summer and into the school year. Lessons provide consistent and systematic instruction for students and flexibility for teachers to personalize instruction by targeting existing gaps for both individuals and groups of students.

RISE Novel Examples

Examples of texts featured in our Insight Humanities™ Novel Study

RISE Summer School Program Results

Students in the Lavinia Group RISE 2022 Summer School program made substantial progress in just 5 weeks!

+20% Math Improvement

MATH: The percentage of students demonstrating Basic or Proficient knowledge on the Math assessments grew by 20%, from 19% to 39%.


ELA: The percentage of students demonstrating Basic or Proficient knowledge on the ELA assessments grew by 18%, from 12% to 30%.

RISE Summer School Program Packages

Lavinia Group offers both a synchronous and asynchronous summer school program for teachers and leaders.


  • Flexible Start Date
    Self-directed, asynchronous professional development focusing on structure, practices, and materials to successfully implement curriculum
  • 5 weeks of curriculum
  • Pacing guides, lesson plans, student materials, planning resources, and data trackers
  • Standards-aligned pre- and post-assessments

Learning Community Pathway

  • Choose from 3 Session Start Dates
    A combination of asynchronous and discussion-based live, virtual professional development meetings led by Lavinia Group educataional experts
  • 5 weeks of curriculum
  • Pacing guides, lesson plans, student materials, planning resources, and data trackers
  • Standards-aligned pre- and post-assessments

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