Alejandro Gac-Artigas

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Alejandro Gac-Artigas

2012 Global Fellow
Founder of Springboard Collaborative

Alejandro Gac-Artigas 2012 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Transform summer from a barrier to a catalyst in closing the literacy gap by combining targeted instruction and parent training with incentives for student success.


With limited access to books and parents unsure how to help, elementary-aged students in low-income communities face huge reading losses over the summer. Springboard Collaborative approaches the summer as a low-cost opportunity to coach teachers in data-driven instruction, train parents as reading instructors, and incentivize K-3rd graders to make significant and lasting literacy gains.


Alejandro Gac-Artigas is a 1st grade teacher turned entrepreneur. His passion for education—ignited when his family immigrated to the U.S. seeking educational opportunity—led him to the classroom. His frustration with a system disserving his students led him to found Springboard in 2011. Alejandro holds a BA from Harvard University and an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Teach for America and McKinsey & Company alum, and is growing Springboard eight-fold this year.

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