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Springboard to Learning Visits SSD Schools

(via Special School District of St. Louis County September 26, 2022) For the past eight years, students from across the District have anticipated a special visit from Springboard to Learning. The organization helps develop children’s abilities to create, collaborate,...

Springboard is Hiring!

Excited about children gaining a love of learning? Want to be part of a team of professionals who do great work and are kind to one another? If so, Springboard to Learning is for you! Job Title: Part-time Office AdministratorDepartment: AdministrationReports...

Springboard Awarded $10,000 NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is supporting Arts & Learning Packs for under-resourced St. Louis students by awarding Springboard to Learning a $10,000 Challenge America grant. Arts & Learning Packs are at-home,...

Transform a Child’s World on Giving Tuesday!

Dandelions, sticks, wrapping paper tubes, and rubber bands… What do these items have in common? These rudimentary objects transform when the imagination of a child is applied. How is it that, as adults, we lose touch with that transformational imagination, forgetting...

Calling all Visual and Performing Artists!

Calling all Visual and Performing Artists! Springboard to Learning is looking to engage talented and passionate artists who are interested in working within St. Louis area schools and community venues. We are currently offering training to artists to teach our...

Springboard to Learning: A Year in Review

The 2020-2021 school year is bound to go down in history as one of the most challenging years for students, parents, and educators alike. With COVID-19 school closings, restrictions, and the pivot to online learning that followed, Springboard to Learning faced one of...

Springboard Celebrates 25 Years of WiseWrite

The silver anniversary of Springboard to Learning's longest-running program was always going to be special. But this year, the culmination of the WiseWrite Signature Residency has the potential to reach more viewers than ever before. "COVID has inspired a new format...

Introducing Springboard to Virtual Learning

Springboard to Learning has expanded to online programming! Springboard to Virtual Learning is being developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to expand the reach and influence of our artists’ programming throughout Missouri and beyond, delivering...

Springboard and Operation Food Search distribute Arts Snacks

In partnership with Operation Food Search, Springboard to Learning delivered 4,000 Arts and Learning Snacks through the month of May to family meal sites across the St. Louis Public School (SLPS) District and the St. Louis County Library (SLCL) system. Arts and...

An Update on Springboard & COVID-19

Click here to access resources for students & educators.Click here to access resources for teaching artists.Click here to offer your support. Dear Friends of Springboard to Learning,   Springboard continues to closely monitor the news surrounding COVID-19, and is...

IdeaBuilder students celebrate culmination at MADE

"I think my brain is growing!""You made me want to learn more and do better!""I hope some of us become real inventors when we grow up.""You taught me to never give up." These are just a few of the rave reviews received from students at Mann Elementary in the St. Louis...

2019-2020 St. Louis TAI Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 St. Louis Teaching Artist Institute! The St. Louis Teaching Artist Institute (TAI) is a project of the Regional Arts Commission made possible by a major grant from Wells Fargo Advisors. Springboard to Learning and NCCJ St....

WiseWrite Festival Previewed on Fox 2

The 24th annual WiseWrite Festival is set for April 2 at the Repertory Theatre. Springboard to Learning Executive Director Cathy Hartmann previewed the event on Fox 2 with anchor Dan Gray. See the full clip here.

Saigh Foundation Donates $5,000 to Fund Ideabuilder

Springboard to Learning would like to thank the Saigh Foundation for its generous donation of $5,000 to support the Ideabuilder program in Spring 2019. Ideabuilder is a STEM-based Signature Program, and has reached 96 classrooms over the past three years, more than...

Young Audiences Legacy Lives on in St. Louis After 60 Years

Springboard to Learning Continues to Build on Rich History of Inspiring Underserved Students through Arts-centered Educational Experiences June 22, 2018 – ST LOUIS - This year marks an important milestone in St. Louis arts community: the 60th anniversary of the...

The Music Maker Celebration

The Music Maker Celebration is the accumulation of the work of fabulous young song writers, performed or studio-record by professional musicians. Springboard to Learning and the Sheldon Concert Hall honored the elementary and middle school students with an on-stage...

Edward Jones – Fall Lip Sync Gala

                                  "When we say at Edward Jones that we are an active part of the communities we serve, we really mean it. We donate, walk, ride, run and sponsor fellow...

Springboard to Host Poetry Out Loud Competition

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., Springboard to Learning will host the St. Louis City Regional Competition of Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest open to all high school students. The Poetry Foundation and National...

MusicMaker Participants Honored

On May 22nd students participating in Springboard to Learning’s “MusicMaker” residency were honored on the stage of the famous Sheldon Concert Hall. Schools represented were Most Holy Trinity Catholic School and Academy and the following St. Louis public schools:...

Springboard Hosts St. Louis Poetry Out Loud Competition

Seven area students vie for trip to Missouri state championship in March.   Maya Angelou. Paul Laurence Dunbar. W.E.B. Du Bois. Classic poets and their poetry shined brightly at the St. Louis Regional Poetry Out Loud competition, facilitated by Springboard and...

Springboard Joins Forces with The Biome, A YLC STEAM School

Unique professional development structure creates opportunity to serve Biome students.   Most schools provide professional development for  teachers in short bursts – a day here, an afternoon there. Not so at The Biome, a newly minted charter school in St. Louis’...

Springboard Visits St. Louis Public Radio

On Tuesday, December 1, Springboard representatives visited the studios of KWMU, St. Louis Public Radio, as featured guests on the program "St. Louis on the Air". Veteran program moderator Don Marsh interviewed Springboard's Executive Director Cathy Hartmann, Senior...

Springboard Meets the Needs of High School Students, Too

Springboard teaching partner/artist Branislav Tomich delivers his improv residency with aplomb and grace. Many students, particularly high school students, lack an outlet for their feelings and emotions. Fortunately, students at Cleveland ROTC High School in St. Louis...

Vin Ko – An Education Experience Story

Springboard E² Vin Ko -  An Education Experience Story   Vin Ko is going places! Fortunately one of those places is St. Louis, where Mr. Ko - Program Manager at St. Louis Mosaic Project - makes his home. His experiences, both as a child of immigrants and alumnus...

Read! Write! Act! Gets Support from WFA Gives

In July, Wells Fargo Advisors generously awarded Springboard a contribution of $2,500.00 for the implementation of new signature program Read! Write! Act! The gift marks the first collaboration between Springboard and Wells Fargo Advisors. Read! Write! Act!, an...

Springboard Makes a Splash at Shaw Park Aquatic Center

Friends and supporters "spring" into action at Shaw Park pool.   On Saturday, August 15, 2015, Springboard hosted the "Springboard Challenge" at Shaw Park Aquatic Center in Clayton. Dozens of supporters gathered at the center's diving pool, helping kick off...

Springboard is hiring!

Springboard Development Director POSITION SUMMARY The Development Director is charged with meeting fundraising goals through major gifts, individual gifts, planned gifts, sponsorships, grants and special events. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES »Collaborates with Executive...

Springboard and SLPS Partner for Summer School

[table id=3 /] Oh, those long, lazy days of summer. It's the perfect time for kids to relax, try a hobby or play games outdoors. But there's also danger in having too much time on one's hands or of losing valuable skills gained during the school year. Fortunately for...

Bayless Elementary Students Invent and Innovate

Springboard's IdeaBuilder program challenges students to think outside the box. A spinning pen to prevent boredom. A pet parachute enabling a soft landing. An automatic shoe cleaner.  These ground-breaking inventions emerged from the minds of 10-year-old St. Louis...

Young Audiences Announces National Arts For Learning Week

NYC Flagship Event hosted by Young Audiences New York will take place on March 18 Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) is proud to announce The National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week (YA Week). The YA network is raising awareness for arts and education...

Springboard Hosts Poetry Out Loud Competition

High School Students Compete for Seat at State Championship On Monday, February 2, 2015, Springboard hosted the St. Louis Regional Competition of Poetry Out Loud. Now in its tenth year, Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition open to high school...

Springboard Receives Grant From JCPenney

Grant to fund Arts4Learning Signature Program. Springboard is very pleased to announce the receipt of a $17,500 grant through Young Audiences to put into effect its Arts4Learning Signature Program. JCPenney recently awarded Young Audiences a grant to support the Arts...

Springboard to Host Poetry Out Loud Competition

On Monday, February 2, 2015, Springboard plays host to the St. Louis Regional Competition of Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out  Loud is a national recitation contest open to all high school students and conducted in all 50 states by the National Endowment for the Arts. The...

Springboard Responds to Ferguson Crisis

Displaced students enjoy educational programming at Ferguson Library. The world turned upside-down for families in the Ferguson-Florissant School District as a result of the unfortunate police shooting and subsequent protests in Ferguson last month. The first day of...

Hazelwood school begins new year with Springboard!

Alissa Rowan's From Story to Stage kicks off the new year. The students at McCurdy Elementary, in the Hazelwood School District, participated in From Story To Stage, a 5 day Springboard residency funded by the District and their PTA. Using the actor’s tools of the...

Wisewrite

Springboard and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Celebrate WiseWrite's 19th Season The kickoff of another school year also means the start of a new WiseWrite season. The school-year-long program is a collaboration between Springboard and The Repertory Theatre of St....

Teaching partner/artist Ric Vice visits Mallinckrodt School

Third grade students in Ms. Saputo's class at Mallinckrodt School joined Springboard teaching partner/artist Ric Vice, St. Louis storyteller and jazz musician, for a blend of trickster, pour quoi, and heroic tales. Students learned to become more engaged and...