As reported in The New York Times, Family Playlists™ transform the learning relationships between students, families, and teachers and provide a groundbreaking new way to drive student mastery and social-emotional learning.
Research shows that family engagement is crucial to student achievement, and what matters the most is how families support their children’s learning at home.
How Family Playlists Work
Engage families using mobile-friendly, multilingual home playlists that put students in the role of the teacher at home, leading their families through dynamic home learning activities.
1. Teacher Assigns Family Playlist
Teacher selects a standards-aligned Family Playlist in grades 3–8 from the PowerMyLearning Connect library or creates a new Family Playlist to assign to students.
2. Family Partners Engage
Family partners receive a text message in their home language with a link to open a mobile-friendly version of the playlist.
3. Students Teach Family Partners
Students “teach” family partners about what they are learning in school via a collaborative mini-project or activity. Family partners can take a photo of their finished project to send back to the teacher.
4. Family Partners Provide Feedback
Family partners send feedback to teacher on how well their child understood the concept. Teacher views report and determines how to better meet students’ academic and social-emotional needs.
Strengthen Learning Relationships
At PowerMyLearning, we believe that students are most successful when supported by a triangle of strong learning relationships between students, teachers, and families. Hear from our partners using Family Playlists.
“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.”
Sixth Grade Math Teacher
“[Family Playlists] support me as a learner because when I explain the activity to my mom, I get a better understanding.”
Sixth Grade Student in Ms. Arenas’ Class
“Hello Ms. Arenas, I really like Family Playlists. I feel there should be more activities like this for homework. I think these activities are very helpful to see what my son is learning and to see if he understands what he’s learning.”
Our teachers love Family Playlists. They shift the homework dynamic from compliance to engagement. Students learn the material better, and our teachers can gain a deeper understanding of each student as a whole child so they can personalize their interactions and improve student outcomes.Dr. Ellen Flanagan