Discover the Power of Learning by Teaching
Family Playlists are engaging, offline assignments that empower students to lead learning conversations with their families.
Using Family Playlists, students teach what they are learning to a family partner—an evidence-based strategy that strengthens students’ understanding and social-emotional learning (SEL) skills. The innovation has proven impact around boosting academic achievement, growing key SEL skills, and increasing expectations of students by teachers.
How Family Playlists Work
Family Playlists leverage the learning by teaching strategy to create meaningful learning experiences and deepen relationships between students, teachers, and families
Curricular-Aligned Extension Assignments
Teachers assign Math Family Playlists aligned to curriculum. The extension activities are delivered to families and caregivers each week via text messages in 100+ languages.
Simple, Meaningful Learning Activities
Families watch a video and gather easy-to-find materials to prep for the activities, and then the child takes the lead.
Videos Reveal Student Understanding
Families submit videos of students explaining what they’ve learned to teachers, and teachers are better able to evaluate student understanding.
Why Choose Family Playlists?
Strengthen SEL Skills
Family Students demonstrated 15% greater social emotional learning (SEL) outcomes as measured by the Intrinsic Motivation Scale through short-cycle random control trials. The same study found English Language Learner (ELL) students demonstrated 31% greater sense of belonging. Download our case study to learn more.
Create Equitable Learning Experiences
Family Playlists harness the strength that families bring as learning partners. Assignments can be delivered via a mobile browser (no sign-in required) in 100+ languages, which makes it easy for all families to fully participate and ensures seamless two-way communication between families and teachers.
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Explore Family Playlists’ impact on student achievement and social emotional learning.
What Teachers, Families, Students, and School Leaders Say:
“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
Principal, South Bronx Preparatory