PowerMyLearning’s New Framework for Teachers Addresses the Challenges of Distance and Hybrid Learning

June 30, 2020 | Press Releases

June 30, 2020— With distance and hybrid learning becoming the norm for the foreseeable future, education leaders are searching for ways to support their teachers in delivering strong, engaging instruction and support their families so they can be more effective learning partners.

PowerMyLearning can help. The national nonprofit just launched their new Framework for Teachers, a research-based set of instructional practices that enables educators to activate a learning community where the trio of teachers, families, and students collaborate on the same learning goals—significantly improving student outcomes.

The Framework empowers teachers to implement culturally-responsive teaching and accelerate students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) and academic achievement—whether they’re teaching in-person, remotely, or a hybrid of the two.

For school leaders seeking to advance educational equity—particularly in communities with large numbers of students of color, English language learners, and students from low-income households—family engagement can no longer be a checkbox. The Framework integrates families into teacher practice in a way that actually makes teachers’ work easier and their practice stronger. This integrated approach can be the difference between mediocre and stellar results especially with distance and hybrid learning.

PowerMyLearning Framework for Teachers

Using the Framework, teachers learn how to authentically partner with families across four domains: Learning Environment, Instructional Planning and Delivery, Data-Driven Decision Making, and Student Agency. Each domain describes the best research-based strategies that teachers can put into practice both with students and with families.

The Framework is grounded in core concepts from the research literature:

  • Equity: All students have the capacity to engage in rigorous learning—regardless of race, gender, learning differences, socio-economic status, or background. Students need to feel safe, respected, and valued in order to learn.
  • Family Engagement: Families are essential partners who want success for their children and can be invaluable assets to student learning. With strong communication and trust in place, all families can provide unique insight to teachers, help students set and work toward goals, and support ongoing learning and exploration at home.
  • Social-Emotional Learning: To succeed in school and beyond, students need support developing their social-emotional skills, including opportunities at school and at home to drive their own learning, set and work towards goals, reflect, apply feedback, and collaborate with others.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching: All students benefit from seeing a diversity of cultures and ideas reflected in instruction and in their classroom environment, and from engaging in rigorous, personalized learning that connects academic concepts to their lived experiences.

To download the Framework for free, visit PowerMyLearning.org/Framework. PowerMyLearning has made this framework available under a Creative Commons license.

PowerMyLearning also has a new set of Professional Development (PD) offerings around the Framework with workshops and coaching that can be delivered remotely and can be tailored to schools’ needs.

PowerMyLearning has more than a decade of experience delivering PD and has strong expertise with remote delivery. To date, 84% of participating teachers say PowerMyLearning’s support was among the most valuable they’ve experienced in their careers.

Interested in bringing this approach to your school or district? Contact Jim McHarg at 877-338-1113 or JMcHarg@powermylearning.org.

About PowerMyLearning

PowerMyLearning is a national nonprofit that advances educational equity and accelerates students’ social-emotional learning and academic achievement. What sets us apart from other organizations is our focus on activating the exponential power that occurs when the trio of teachers, students, and families collaborate on the same learning goals. 

PowerMyLearning Triangle_Students Families and Teachers

Activating this “triangle of learning relationships” can be the difference between mediocre and stellar results in all school communities, including schools with large numbers of students of color, English language learners, and students from low-income families. To learn more visit: PowerMyLearning.org