Family Playlists Case Study

South Bronx Preparatory, a district public school located in New York City

Family Playlists are a groundbreaking innovation for grades 3-8 that enables families and teachers to partner more effectively to support student learning. 

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PowerMyLearning piloted Family Playlists with the sixth grade at South Bronx Preparatory during the 2016-17 school year. This district public school, which is 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.

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.

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

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