CFY becomes PowerMyLearning

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To better align our mission with our name, I am pleased to share with you that we have officially changed our name to PowerMyLearning. So, why PowerMyLearning? We chose this name for our organization because “PowerMyLearning” represents everything we do and everything we stand for. PowerMyLearning Greater Los Angeles Region. Move will better align organization’s mission, name. The following is a statement from executive director Neil Spears.

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Free Family Engagement Tool For Impacted Schools and Districts

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PowerMyLearning, a national nonprofit, is committed to helping school and district leaders who are mobilizing to implement remote learning plans in response to COVID-19. PowerMyLearning Family Playlists® can help make that transition smoother. PowerMyLearning is offering our Family Playlists program completely free of charge to all schools and districts impacted by COVID-19 from now through the end of the school year.

Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

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Last week’s New York Times Fixes column highlighted the enormous promise of PowerMyLearning, a framework and tool that connects teachers, families, and students. Instead, as the article outlines, PowerMyLearning deliberately integrates efforts to engage families with efforts to improve academics by regularly looping families into collaborative homework activities and opening online, data-driven communication channels between teachers and families.

How technology can help—not hurt—family connections

The Christensen Institute

One such tool is PowerMyLearning, which is breaking new ground in helping triangulate teacher-student-family connections and engaging parents actively in their children’s homework. Julia: How does PowerMyLearning strengthen the relationship between schools and families? Elisabeth: At PowerMyLearning, we believe that students are most successful when supported by a triangle of strong learning relationships between students, teachers, and families.

How two-way communication makes school-family relationships stronger

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PowerMyLearning, a program focused on strengthening the “triangle of learning relationships” among students, teachers, and families, is another example of two-way engagement.

Yes, school resources are limited—but don’t ignore what students can offer

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With Family Playlists from PowerMyLearning, schools lean on elementary and middle school students to teach academic concepts to their parents at home, resulting in learning gains for students (and often parents too), as well as improved relationships between families and the school.

The untapped parent potential: How COVID has activated families and why schools should take heed

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Take, for example, PowerMyLearning , a framework and a tool that connects teachers, families, and students and deliberately integrates efforts to engage families with efforts to improve academics through collaborative homework activities between the child and caregiver.

What the debate over homework is getting wrong

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Organizations like PowerMyLearning are working to enable this through Family Playlists. Debates over the purpose and benefit of homework seem to be cyclical. A recent Atlantic article summarized the state of affairs with regards to homework, tracing its history and analyzing debates for and against homework in today’s schools. Is homework a proven best practice for increasing achievement? Is it a lot of hot air that only persists because of tradition?

Time Is the Greatest Challenge to Teaching STEM. Families Can Help.


Brian Carter, a former Program Officer at the Overdeck Family Foundation (a funder of my organization, PowerMyLearning) says exposure to STEM is especially important for students in under-resourced communities: “Students imagine scientists to be white, middle‐class, male, and ‘brainy,’ which is, for many, not who they see when they look in the mirror.

What Students Gain When They See Parents Struggle


And then there’s the approach we’ve taken at PowerMyLearning, the nonprofit I run in New York City. Eight months earlier, Rivera students were part of a program that PowerMyLearning developed called Family Playlists. The first weeks of school sparkle with promise: Fresh classes, different teachers, new students. Reviews of materials from the previous year aim to give students a sturdy path. It’s almost as if teachers are whispering in students’ ears: You can do this. Really you can.

Want Students to Remember What They Learn? Have Them Teach It.


I have recently become very interested in these questions because the Protégé Effect is something we are now trying to leverage at the nonprofit I work for, PowerMyLearning , which strengthens the triangle of student-family-teacher relationships. At PowerMyLearning, we are exploring the benefits of learning by teaching through Family Playlists. Picture this: It’s Monday and Ms.

Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students? Schools Try ‘Family Playlists’


For the past 18 months, a pilot program in a South Bronx public school, called “Family Playlists,” developed by the New York-based nonprofit, PowerMyLearning , has used technology to increase families’ involvement in their students’ learning. Having families deeply involved in what their kids are doing in class really matters,” says Elisabeth Stock, chief executive of PowerMyLearning. That approach resonated well with PowerMyLearning, which Stock started in 1999.

EduStar Platform Promises Quick, Randomized Ed-Tech Trials

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The technology platform is the product of a grant-funded collaboration between two professors and the nonprofit PowerMyLearning. It runs trials on granular pieces of digital learning activities via the PowerMyLearning Connect platform, which is available free to schools. The PowerMyLearning Connect platform, accessed by 40 partner schools, gets 8 million page views per month.

Nonprofit CFY honors innovative parents and ed-tech visionaries

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In addition to the honorees and guests, twelve students from The Young Women’s Leadership School were on hand to demonstrate the wide variety of high-quality digital learning activities within the CFY learning platform, PowerMyLearning , which is designed to support personalized instruction and student-driven learning. Event celebrates digital education successes.

Five Critical Guidelines for Data Privacy Across School Districts

She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. When Congress passed FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) in 1974, school and district leaders could rely on once-a-year training and reviews to make sure they remained in compliance. Now, when educators could potentially add a new app with a few mouse clicks, managing student data privacy is a never-ending task.

Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment

She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. Even in today’s tech-heavy environment, before moving to online assessments, leadership needs to ask: Should we? According to Glenn Robbins, Superintendent of Tabernacle Township School District, NJ, and Dr. Donna Wright, Director of Schools, Wilson County Schools, TN, too often the focus is on why everyone else is doing it or the idea that everything needs to be done on a computer.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow.

Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. Step 1: Make a plan. That’s the first piece of advice for every superintendent and school leader who asks about creating 1:1 environments in their schools.

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. At the beginning of the edtech wave, superintendents saw many benefits from using digital resources in the classroom. But, they also saw a large number of resources being recommitted to just this one aspect of education: space for server farms, money for hardware and software upgrades, overworked personnel, etc.

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. Of course cyber security is necessary in education. Schools have valuable information to protect for both students and employees. However, as financial and physical security issues arise, cyber security can fall down the list.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. “If it’s edtech, it must be good,” used to be the mantra in schools. In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals.

Leading Change | Voices from #FETC

Ann serves on the advisory boards of PowerMyLearning LA, and Project Tomorrow and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Digital Education. How are school leaders managing the pace of change and explosion of technology? The Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, FL gathered thousands of educators for a non-stop techfest of keynotes, sessions, and exhibits.

Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

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PowerMyLearning - Great site for educators to search for games by Common Core Standard, build playlists, and track student progress. ** Presidents vs. Aliens - A very fun iOS game that reminds me of Space Invaders as you fling US Presidents at the incoming aliens. This is going to be one of my most ambitious posts yet, as I have curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning (a.k.a Gamification).

Hack Education Weekly News

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Speaking of ed-tech exacerbating inequality, Edsurge looks at PowerMyLearning ’s plans to give parents homework – “family playlists” – to do alongside their children. ( (National) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “ DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk ,’ cheers GOP tax plan.” ” As I type this up, the Senate has not yet voted, but it does appear to have enough votes to pass the measure.

Hack Education Weekly News

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PowerMyLearning has received $6.5 “It is now two and a half minutes to midnight,” according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists : For the first time in the 70-year history of the Doomsday Clock , the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board has moved the hands of the iconic clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.