Family Playlists

As reported in The New York Times, Family Playlists™ transform the learning relationships between students, families, and teachers. The innovation leverages family engagement to drive student mastery and social-emotional learning.

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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. Use Family Playlists with existing curriculum, assigning them at the end of instructional units. Family Playlists were designed based on the core concepts of the Johns Hopkins “Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork” (TIPS) program.

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 (usually students’ parents) receive a text message in their home language with a link to open a mobile-friendly version of the playlist (no sign-in required).

3. Students Teach Family Partners

Students “teach” family partners what they learned in class by completing a collaborative activity together at home.

4. Family Partners Provide Feedback

Family partners send feedback to the teacher about the experience such as how well the child understood the concept or explained the lesson. Family partners can also include photos.

5. Teacher Accesses Report

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.”

–Ms. Arenas
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.”

–Jaylen
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.”

–Deshia
Jaylen’s Mother

Family Engagement in Action

Read our case study to learn how Family Playlists transformed family engagement at South Bronx Preparatory, a district middle school in New York City.

Want to bring Family Playlists to your school?

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

Principal, South Bronx Preparatory