Family Playlists Case Study
Family Playlists are a groundbreaking innovation that enables families and teachers to partner more effectively to support student learning. See how our pilot program completely transformed a district public school located in New York City.
Research shows that family engagement is critical to supporting student success in school, and the type of family engagement that matters most is what families do at home to support their children’s learning.
PowerMyLearning piloted Family Playlists™ with the sixth grade at South Bronx Preparatory during the 2016-17 school year. This district public school, which is located in a high-poverty neighborhood in New York City, has historically struggled to engage parents in its educational efforts, and welcomed Family Playlists as a potentially effective tool to do so.
We developed Family Playlists for grades 3-8 to enables families and teachers to partner more effectively to support student learning. When students work on a Family Playlist, they first complete a few activities on their own; then they teach what they learned to a “Family Partner;” and then the Family Partner provides feedback to the teacher on whether their child seemed to understand the material.
The results of the pilot were unprecedented: 91% of families participated in Family Playlists and a surprising 84% of participating families chose to submit personal feedback to their child’s teacher that was filled with pride and emotion (e.g., “I enjoyed working with my son on this assignment; I am very proud of my son’s accomplishment”). The pilot also demonstrated a significant improvement in the learning relationships between students, teachers, and families, with 100% of participating families agreeing that the program helped them understand what their child was learning in school.
Teachers were able to communicate with families more frequently, and they developed stronger relationships with each other. Students were not only teaching academic concepts to their families, they were also teaching socio-emotional learning competencies like persisting when struggling and keeping a growth mindset about learning.
The success and innovation of Family Playlists in New York City has sparked its expansion to schools in other PowerMyLearning regions and to schools outside our regions. Family Playlists are exclusively available on PowerMyLearning Connect: School Edition. our subscription-based platform for schools and districts.
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Family Playlists In The News
- The New York Times, When Parents Teach Children (and Vice Versa)
- Getting Smart, Family Playlists: A New Approach to Family Engagement
- EdSurge, Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students? Schools Try ‘Family Playlists’
- Class Tech Tips Blog, Mobile-Friendly, Meaningful Family Engagement from PowerMyLearning
- Christensen Institute, Personalized Learning Won’t Work Without Personalized Learning Supports
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It was nice to work with my daughter on her homework so I could fully understand what she is doing in class. I have learned some things from her while she was teaching me about coordinate planes. It was good to get a good knowledge back from such a long time ago from my great big girl.Parent of South Bronx Preparatory Student