The programs

A vibrant distance learning model for districts and schools of all sizes

As schools grapple with uncertainty, we offer a comprehensive partnership to deliver exceptional virtual instruction—immediately.

The Four Levers


Highly effective tech training

Provide highly effective tech training that gets all your teachers to mastery on core distance learning platforms.


Daily synchronous instruction

Drive great daily synchronous instruction by tapping mentor teachers to equip every teacher with a rich array of daily teaching resources and to lead daily PD tied to the day’s curriculum.

We offer a warm and personal learning environment in which students experience a sense of social connection and engagement with both teachers and peers.

Mentor TEACHERS, chosen from across the country–or from the ranks of your own teachers–for their record of moving kids academically fast and delivering exceptionally engaging instruction, work closely with teachers from our partner districts and networks. Learn more about our mentor teachers.

PARTNER TEACHERS from participating schools work intimately with no more than 30 students from their own community.

Each partner teacher holds an opening meeting every day to build a community that offers their children a sense of belonging and a place to be heard. Then, as the mentor teacher energetically leads the grade through an expertly prepared lesson, the partner teacher works with his or her students in real time in the independent work portions of class. Partner teachers share what they’re seeing with the grade’s mentor teacher—and receive immediate support and advice in instruction.

How it works

State-of-the art instruction in the critical gateway skills of reading, math, and science are at the heart of the program.

Great instruction: the core of exceptional distance learning.


Every day, students participate in three core academic classes taught in combination by mentor teachers and small-group partner teachers.

MATH STORIES. Story problems cultivate a deep love of math and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, foster understanding of the base ten number system, and allow students to invent strategies for solving problems independently and through shared discussion.

NOVEL STUDIES. Reading and discussing an exceptional novel, students discover the deep pleasures of great writing, develop their voice, and build critical thinking skills that they can apply to any novel they read.

CLOSE READING. Students learn how to independently access and understand any text with joy, confidence, and precision. They unpack the meaning of great works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by engaging in a rich discussion of the big ideas, and discover the craft and structure moves the author made to convey those ideas. Then, students deepen their understanding by writing about the text.

  • Enrichment

    Every day, students experience exceptional enrichment classes taught by professional teachers and leading organizations.

Learning is more than academics. We invite our students to explore yoga. Dance to a new beat. Learn to code. Play chess. Conduct a scientific experiment. Speak a new language. And more.

Every student is provided free and unlimited access to the best self-directed learning platforms.

Self-directed learning

DREAMBOX. DreamBox’s adaptive learning engine meets each student’s need by continually assessing thousands of data points throughout each lesson. DreamBox prescribes rigorous, standards-aligned math lessons for each student.

EXACT PATH. Exact Path combines adaptive diagnostic assessments with individualized learning pathways to promote growth for K-12 grade students in math, reading, and language arts. Exact Path tailors learning to each student’s academic goals.

LEXIA. Lexia’s research-proven Core5 program provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they emerge. Lexia PowerUp Literacy is designed to help struggling and nearly-proficient readers in grades 6–12 become proficient readers and confident learners.

NEWSELA. Newsela takes authentic content from the world's most trusted providers and turns it into learning materials that are classroom-ready.

SORA. Sora is a safe student ereader app for schools developed by OverDrive, the app used by most public libraries in the United States.


Mentor teacher training

Monday, August 17–Friday, August 21, attended virtually (required for all mentor teachers)

Partner teacher training

Monday, August 24–Friday, August 28, attended virtually (required for all partner teachers and administrators/coaches)

Our partner network

Join district, charter, and independent schools partnering with us to offer a singular experience in the new school year.

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