PowerMyLearning in Greater Atlanta Presents Inspire 2019

Inspired to Serve: PowerMyLearning Partners with Several of Atlanta’s Top Companies to Provide Access to Digital Training and Resources to Underserved Atlanta Students

The educational non-profit to host its annual Inspire event, with a goal of collecting more than $250,000 in sponsorships and donations.

Inspire 2019

ATLANTA, Aug. 19—PowerMyLearning in Greater Atlanta is proud to announce the 2019 sponsors for its 12th annual Inspire fundraising event, taking place Sep. 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Since 2007, PowerMyLearning in Greater Atlanta has partnered with more than 40 schools to deliver digital training and computer equipment to students in the community, serving more 23,000 children, families, and teachers. Inspire is the premier annual fundraising event for PowerMyLearning.

2019 Inspire sponsors include:

  • GE (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Aarons
  • ATP
  • Infor
  • Georgia Pacific
  • SiteOne
  • The Cumberland Group
  • GasSouth
  • Google
  • Verizon
  • 3i People
  • Accenture
  • CED Solutions
  • CGI
  • GaggleAmp
  • Granite Telecommunications
  • Higher Gear CIO
  • Insight
  • iVision
  • The Judge Group
  • NCR
  • Stratix
  • Tsys
  • VLink Solutions
  • Wipro

The 2019 fundraising goal of $250,000 has already been achieved, thanks to the generous support of these sponsors and other donors. PowerMyLearning is now working toward its stretch goal of $300,000 by the evening of the event.

“What our sponsors have collectively accomplished on behalf of our community humbles our team and strengthens our resolve. We are confident in our mission and our purpose,” said PowerMyLearning Atlanta Executive Director Richard Hicks. “Inspire 2019 is set to be our best event yet, and we can’t wait to share our stories of triumph and achievement to this community of technologists and philanthropists. We are so grateful for all of the support.”

The funds raised at Inspire and through other PowerMyLearning initiatives throughout the year are used to strengthen the home to school connection by providing educational workshops, home computers and technical support to families who might not otherwise have access to technology. Families receive fully equipped laptops and training on digital tools that inspire success beyond the classroom.

James Tidwell’s son Kenneth attends the Hollis Innovation Academy in Atlanta’s historic westside community. The family received a laptop at the family learning workshop hosted by PowerMyLearning.

“Kenneth is taking time to talk more with me about school and showing me things that are going on with his schoolwork,” said Tidwell. “Having the laptop from PowerMyLearning has honestly been a blessing we couldn’t afford otherwise, and it allows him access to the resources he needs to help him with schoolwork.”

Meloni Gray’s daughter MaNiya attends Hapeville Middle School, a Title I school. Gray says the laptop her daughter received through PowerMyLearning has been a huge benefit to her family. “We are now able to complete assignments and communicate with teachers efficiently,” she said. “Before we had to go to the library to work on assignments.”

PowerMyLearning aims to continue its mission of helping students in low-income communities, together with their teachers and families, harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes and inspire a passion for STEM.

For more information, contact Oneisha Freeman, Senior Program Manager at PowerMyLearning Greater Atlanta by emailing ofreeman@PowerMyLearning.org or by calling (404) 367-9990 Ext. 504.

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The Morgridge Family Foundation Donates $125,000 to Help Teachers Engage Families in Learning

The Morgridge Family Foundation Donates $125,000 to Help Teachers Engage Families in Learning

October 9, 2018 | Press Releases

DonorsChoose.org
NEW YORK, October 9, 2018—PowerMyLearning, a national education nonprofit, is launching an exciting partnership with DonorsChoose.org whereby teachers can secure exclusive access to Family Playlists™, a groundbreaking research-based approach to engaging families in learning. Thanks to generous support from the Morgridge Family Foundation, teachers can participate in the PowerMyLearning Family Engagement Innovators Program, a new professional development opportunity focused on Family Playlists, for a fraction of the total cost.

Participating teachers will learn how to strengthen the “triangle” of learning relationships between students, families, and teachers using Family Playlists. As reported in The New York Times, Family Playlists are a mobile-friendly and multilingual innovation that put students in the teacher’s seat at home while driving mastery and social emotional learning skills.

The PowerMyLearning Family Engagement Innovators Program is designed for teachers in grades 3-8, with a particular focus on Math, ELA and Science teachers. In addition to Family Playlists access, participating teachers will receive:

  • Three hands-on online professional development sessions led by PowerMyLearning family engagement experts. Teachers will receive an official Certificate of Completion upon completing all three sessions.
  • A free year-long subscription to the award-winning PowerMyLearning Connect: School Edition platform for the participant AND four additional teachers at the school.

Thanks to the Morgridge Family Foundation’s 5x match, teachers need to raise just a fraction of the total cost to participate in the program. To begin their DonorsChoose.org project, teachers can visit this DonorsChoose.org help center article and follow the listed steps:

  1. Log into org and create a new “Standard” project.
  2. Shop through AKJ Education.
  3. Search for “PowerMyLearning Family Engagement Innovators Program.”
  4. The match offer will apply to the project as soon as it’s approved and live on the site. (Note: only projects exclusively requesting this item will be considered for the match offer.)

“I’m excited about the potential of this opportunity for teachers to start using Family Playlists,” said Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation. “The impact of one or more teachers starting this initiative at their school is huge. Providing families with a new way to support their children’s learning and connecting loving family members with dedicated teachers will make all the difference needed to make sure students thrive. It’s bound to catch fire the next year throughout the entire school.”

Educators can create a project through DonorsChoose.org starting on October 9. The Morgridge Family Foundation will donate $125,000, helping to fund over 200 projects. For teachers who complete fundraising by October 31, the program will start in November 2018. For teachers who complete fundraising by December 31, the program will start in January 2019.

Since launching Family Playlists in 2017, PowerMyLearning has seen incredible results at schools and districts nationwide. One teacher who works at a district public school in New York City said, “This school year, the most valuable experience was the implementation of Family Playlists, which united myself, my kids, and their families by a magic bridge. For the first time, learning truly extended from school to my students’ homes.”

About PowerMyLearning

At PowerMyLearning, we believe that students are most successful when supported by a triangle of strong learning relationships between students, teachers, and families. We partner with schools and districts nationwide to transform teaching and family engagement through innovative coaching and workshops, and through our award-winning digital platform, PowerMyLearning Connect. As a nonprofit, PowerMyLearning is especially committed to students from low-income communities, students with learning differences, and English Language Learners. To learn more about PowerMyLearning, visit www.powermylearning.org.

Contact:
Stacey Williams
Managing Director of External Relations, PowerMyLearning
swilliams@PowerMyLearning.org
212-563-7300 x163

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PowerMyLearning Awarded Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for 11 Years Running and the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar

PowerMyLearning Awarded Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for 11 Years Running and the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar

Sept 4, 2018 | Press Releases

NEW YORK, September 4, 2018 –

PowerMyLearning’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, as well as the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

This is the 11th consecutive year that PowerMyLearning has earned this top distinction. Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. The Platinum Seal of Transparency is the highest level that an organization can attain on GuideStar, placing PowerMyLearning in front of over 9+ million annual GuideStar visitors.

According to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator, a 4-star rating sets PowerMyLearning apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public.

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish PowerMyLearning’s mission,” said Elisabeth Stock, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of PowerMyLearning.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

At PowerMyLearning, we believe that students are most successful when supported by a triangle of strong learning relationships between students, teachers, and families. We partner with schools and districts nationwide to transform teaching and family engagement through innovative coaching and workshops, and through our award-winning digital platform, PowerMyLearning Connect. As a non-profit, PowerMyLearning is especially committed to students from low-income communities, students with learning differences, and English Language Learners.

PowerMyLearning is and has always been committed to following best practices around accountability and transparency, and we will continue executing our mission in a fiscally responsible way. PowerMyLearning hopes that these recognitions from Charity Navigator and GuideStar will reinforces donors’ trust.

For more information on PowerMyLearning’s accolades, please visit PowerMyLearning’s Charity Navigator page and view our Platinum Level Profile on Guidestar.

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PowerMyLearning Presents the 2018 Innovative Learning Awards

PowerMyLearning Presents the 2018 Innovative Learning Awards

June 14, 2018 | Press Releases

 

NEW YORK, June 14, 2018—PowerMyLearning, a national education nonprofit, is pleased to present the 2018 Innovative Learning Awards on June 20 at Chelsea Piers Pier 61 in New York City. Approximately 300 professionals will attend the annual fundraiser to celebrate PowerMyLearning’s mission to strengthen the triangle of learning relationships between students, teachers, and families so every child succeeds.

During the annual gala, PowerMyLearning will pay special tribute to Honorees Michael Poser, CIO of Enterprise Technology & Risk at Morgan Stanley, and Jaime Casap, Educational Evangelist at Google. The organization will also recognize an exceptional student, teacher, and parent.

  • Michael Poser will receive the Visionary of the Year award for his leadership role in promoting broadband access and advocating for closing the digital divide.
  • Jaime Casap will receive the Learning Pioneer award for his active role in evangelizing education through collaboration with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders who build innovation iteration into education policies and practices.

“At PowerMyLearning, we believe that students are most successful when supported by a triangle of strong learning relationships between students, teachers, and families,” said PowerMyLearning CEO and CO-Founder Elisabeth Stock. “This year, we are thrilled to honor Michael Poser and Jaime Casap for their efforts to ensure every child has a strong triangle supporting their learning.”

PowerMyLearning partners with schools and districts nationwide to transform teaching and family engagement through innovative coaching and workshops and their award-winning digital platform, PowerMyLearning Connect.

This year, the organization has much to celebrate, including the success of its latest innovation, Family Playlists. As reported in The New York Times, Family Playlists transform the triangle of learning relationships between students, families, and teachers and drive student mastery and social-emotional learning. After a successful pilot program last school year, Family Playlists are exclusively available on PowerMyLearning Connect: School Edition, the organization’s schoolwide version of its popular platform.

The 2018 Innovative Learning Awards are made possible by a number of strategic partnerships. Sponsors for the event include—

  • Impact Sponsors: News Corp, Morgan Stanley, FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, Spectrum
  • Team Up Sponsors: Roch and Carol Hillenbrand, Michael J. Critelli, Goldman Sachs, Capgemini, Dell EMC, Cisco, GFP Real Estate,  Atos, HBO, RTP Technology Corporation, Point 72
  • Platform Sponsors: Capalino + Company, Arent Fox, Wargo French, AWS Financial Services, Daniel Dolgin and Loraine Gardner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, NetApp, Cardinal Technology Solutions, Thomson Reuters, Duncan Galloway Egan Greenwald PLLC

About PowerMyLearning

PowerMyLearning is a national education nonprofit that strengthens the triangle of learning relationships between students, teachers, and families so every child succeeds. PowerMyLearning partners with schools and districts nationwide to transform teaching and family engagement through innovative coaching and workshops, and through their award-winning digital platform, PowerMyLearning Connect. As a nonprofit, PowerMyLearning is especially committed to students from low-income communities, students with learning differences, and English Language Learners. To learn more about PowerMyLearning, visit PowerMyLearning.org.

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PowerMyLearning’s Family Playlists Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist

PowerMyLearning’s Family Playlists Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist

May 11, 2018 | Press Releases

Family Playlists earn prestigious recognition in Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution category

NEW YORK, May 11, 2018 – PowerMyLearning, a national nonprofit, announced that Family Playlists are a 2018 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Emerging Instructional Technology Solution category. Finalists represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector.

Family Playlists transform the learning relationships between students, families, and teachers and provide a groundbreaking way to drive student mastery and social-emotional learning. After a successful pilot program last school year, Family Playlists are exclusively available on PowerMyLearning Connect: School Edition, the organization’s schoolwide version of its popular platform.

Family Playlists are interactive assignments that are completed by students and families together. When a teacher assigns a Family Playlist, students’ family members receive a text alert in their home language with a link to the activity. After mastering a concept in school, students teach what they learned in class to a family partner using a collaborative activity—this step leverages the “protégé effect,” which shows that students understand a concept better after explaining it to someone else. After completing the assignment at home, family members close the loop and provide feedback to students’ teachers on how well the child understood the concept, allowing for rich family-teacher communication around learning. Teachers can then view reports and determine how to better meet students’ academic and social-emotional needs.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from SIIA. At PowerMyLearning, we believe that students are most successful when supported by a triangle of strong learning relationships between students, teachers, and families. I hope Family Playlists can become a new measure of family engagement for schools across the country so we can ensure all students have a strong learning triangle with a supportive adult helping them with their learning outside of the classroom,” said PowerMyLearning CEO and Co-Founder Elisabeth Stock.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. Family Playlists were honored as one of 152 finalists across the 39 education technology categories.

“I am impressed by the level of innovation and creativity demonstrated by the 2018 CODiE award finalists. These products are opening doors for learners of all ages by developing and utilizing new technologies to respond to student and educator needs,” said Ken Wasch, President of SIIA.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. Educators and administrators serve as judges and conduct the first-round review of all education nominees. Their scores determine the SIIA CODiE Award finalists, and SIIA members then vote on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

Winners will be announced during a CODiE Award Celebration at the SIIA Annual Conference & CODiE Awards in San Francisco on June 13.

Details about each finalist are listed at http://www.siia.net/codie/Finalists

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About PowerMyLearning

PowerMyLearning is a national education nonprofit that strengthens the triangle of learning relationships between students, teachers, and families so every child succeeds. Founded in 1999, PowerMyLearning partners with schools and districts nationwide to transform teaching and family engagement through innovative coaching and workshops, and through their award-winning digital platform, PowerMyLearning Connect. As a nonprofit, PowerMyLearning is especially committed to students from low-income communities, students with learning differences, and English Language Learners. PowerMyLearning has regional offices in New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area, and its programs and services extend beyond those regions in a growing number of national school and district partnerships. To learn more about PowerMyLearning, visit www.PowerMyLearning.org.

About PowerMyLearning Connect: School Edition
PowerMyLearning Connect: School Edition builds upon the organization’s free version of the platform, PowerMyLearning Connect: Basic Edition, which has registered users in 40,000 school communities nationwide. In addition to Family Playlists, the platform offers collaborative features that provide teachers with real-time support to improve their practice. Educators can access on-demand Professional Development Playlists, join colleagues in Professional Learning Communities, and access a shared library of resources. Furthermore, schools and districts can also partner with PowerMyLearning to receive coaching and professional development services.

Contact:

Stacey Williams, PowerMyLearning, 212-563-7300 x163, swilliams@PowerMyLearning.org

Benjamin Price, SIIA, 703-909-4034, bprice@siia.net

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PowerMyLearning Honors Councilman James Vacca

PowerMyLearning Honors Councilman James Vacca for his Contribution to Digital Inclusion & Literacy Initiative at Family Learning Workshop

Dec. 16, 2017 | Press Releases

Council Member James Vacca Supports PowerMyLearning through the Development and Expansion of the New York City Council’s Digital Inclusion and Literacy Initiative

NEW YORK, December 16, 2017—PowerMyLearning, an education nonprofit in New York City, is honoring Councilman James Vacca for his generous contributions to the New York City Council through the Digital Inclusion & Literacy Initiative. His commitment to closing the digital divide has enabled PowerMyLearning to bring their impactful programs and services to many communities throughout the five boroughs. The organization will pay tribute to the Councilman for his efforts at an upcoming family workshop at a Bronx school.

On December 16, 2017, 60 students from P.S. 72 and their families are invited to a Family Learning Workshop hosted by PowerMyLearning at the Bronx school. At the bilingual workshop, students and families learn together about using technology as a powerful educational tool. They will receive a free computer loaded with educational software, information about online educational resources, free subscriptions to premium software content, and 24/7 bilingual Help Desk support and repair services from PowerMyLearning.

P.S. 72’s partnership with PowerMyLearning, which is fully funded by Councilman Vacca, also includes a professional development workshop series for teachers, designed to help them leverage technology in the classroom and increase family engagement in the learning process. The goal of the programs and services offered by PowerMyLearning is to strengthen the learning relationships between students, teachers, and families so every student succeeds.

“Ensuring our families have the knowledge and equipment to excel in a rapidly advancing technological environment has been one of my top priorities over the years,” said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Technology. “Bridging the technological divide by providing training and resources to our underserved populations is critically important. We must ensure that all students have adequate access to the technological tools necessary to succeed.”

As Chair of the Technology Committee, Vacca is dedicated to bridging the digital divide and providing New Yorkers with more access to equipment, training, and internet access. In 2014, he developed the NYC Digital Inclusion & Literacy Initiative, which seeks to address the disparities in access to the internet and increase digital literacy. Each council district can allocate funding through a local non-profit to serve seniors, youth, and immigrant communities. Since its conception, the initiative has grown substantially. PowerMyLearning has close to a million dollars over the past four years from the Digital Inclusion and Literacy Initiative. In the 2017-2018 school year alone, this Initiative funds PowerMyLearning’s work in 25 schools, reaching as many as 1,620 families and 435 teachers. The organization will express its gratitude to Councilman Vacca for his integral role in this important work.

About PowerMyLearning New York City

PowerMyLearning New York City is the flagship regional office of PowerMyLearning, a national education nonprofit that strengthens the learning relationships between students, teachers, and families so every student succeeds. Founded in 1999, PowerMyLearning New York City partners with schools and districts in under-resourced communities in all five boroughs in New York City to improve their family engagement and professional development in order to personalize learning for students. To learn more about PowerMyLearning, visit www.powermylearning.org.

Contact:
Christina Chiolo
Director of Development, PowerMyLearningNew York City
cchiolo@PowerMyLearning.org
917-677-5506 x233

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