Overview

PowerMyLearning is committed to helping students, teachers, and families in under-served school communities in the Greater Los Angeles Region harness the power of technology and personalized learning to improve educational outcomes.

In the Greater Los Angeles Region, PowerMyLearning has partnered with more than 65 schools and served more than 20,000 students, parents, and teachers since 2008. PowerMyLearning has demonstrated significant impact on student achievement, teacher instructional practices, and parental confidence. This year, we are partnering with 14 schools across the Greater Los Angeles Region, from Arleta to Gardena and from Westchester to West Covina.

Our program supports schools through professional development and family engagement services. Our professional development helps educators integrate new instructional approaches and deepen school-home connections. Our family engagement services empower parents to become stronger learning partners for their children, providing powerful tools and promoting meaningful interaction via high-quality workshops.

This comprehensive approach helps students take full ownership of their learning and puts them on the path to academic and lifelong success.

Become a part of our exciting work here in the Greater Los Angeles Region! Here are some ways to get involved:

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Bring Our Programs & Services for Students, Families and Teachers to Your School

Thanks to PowerMyLearning, I’ve been able to further differentiate my instruction this year far more than what I’ve been able to provide in years past. With the support of the PowerMyLearning consultant, I was able to differentiate my instruction by using real-time data from assessments to dynamically structure my student groups.

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PowerMyLearning Partner School

Greater Los Angeles Region

The Greater Los Angeles Region is home to a leading branch of the national non-profit organization, PowerMyLearning.  By providing key tools, training, and support, our programs are designed to foster growth in teachers as instructional leaders, in parents as support partners, and in students as learners who can meet the challenge of high academic standards.

We have found that the power of personalized lies in its ability to fuel data-driven instruction and student agency in an integrated way. To do this effectively, we believe technology must be used to strengthen the face-to-face interactions among all of the key players that impact achievement – students, teachers, and families – and address learning students do in the classroom and beyond.

Programs & Services in the Greater Los Angeles Region

By providing key tools, training and support, our programs and services are designed to foster growth in teachers as instructional leaders, in parents as support partners, and in students as learners who can meet the challenge of high academic standards.

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Professional Development

Our professional development services are designed to help educators deepen instructional practices through intensive, individualized consulting, dynamic workshops, and sessions focused on building capacity through collaboration.

Instructional Consulting

  • 1:1 Instructional Consulting
  • Small Group Instructional Consulting

Educator Workshops

  • Launching Blended Environments
  • Blended Personalized Instruction
  • Strengthening Family Engagement
  • Enhancing Your Classroom with PowerMyLearning® Connect

Educator Collaborative Learning Sessions

 

PowerMyLearning Connect Platform Support

Family Engagement

Through our direct work with families, including workshops and family events, we help schools engage parents in their children’s education and extend learning beyond the classroom walls.

Family Workshops or Customized Events

  • Supporting Student Learning at Home
  • The Internet as a Learning Tool
  • Supporting Common Core Readiness at Home
  • Planning for the Future

Family Workshops with Home Learning Centers and Help Desk Support

The students of one of our teachers have achieved the highest math scores across all of the schools in our organization. We attribute this to the high quality, hands-on support the PowerMyLearning Blended Learning Consultant has provided to this teacher.

Jamal Richardson

Assistant Principal, Jack H. Skirball Middle School, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

School Partnerships

PowerMyLearning in the Greater Los Angeles Region offers a series of comprehensive and targeted programs designed to meet schools’ unique needs. Programs can be focused specifically on increasing family engagement or supporting educators with personalized learning, or they can have a broader focus on addressing the needs of students, teachers, and families together.

We select partner schools based on a shared commitment to helping all students, parents, and teachers leverage the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes. PowerMyLearning partner schools must be public schools, either traditional or charter, that serve a significant portion of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch. Schools must also have a demonstrated interest in adopting blended learning, extending learning beyond the classroom, and engaging families in the learning process.

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The students of one of our teachers have achieved the highest math scores across all of the schools in our organization. We attribute this to the high quality, hands-on support the PowerMyLearning Blended Learning Consultant has provided to this teacher.

Jamal Richardson

Assistant Principal, Jack H. Skirball Middle School, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

News & Events

PowerMyLearning presents: A Taste of the Arts District

Thursday, October 12, 2017
6:30PM – 9:30PM at Impact Hub Los Angeles

Join PowerMyLearning in the heart of the Downtown LA Arts District as you enjoy a night on the town for a good cause. Featuring bites from trending local restaurants, sips from local craft breweries and a unique, interactive format, this event will introduce you to our unique work in schools. You’ll discover one of LA’s hidden hotspots, interact with teachers and students, and learn how you can get involved in our work!

Stay tuned for tickets, sponsorship details, and more updates!

Local Board

Ann McMullan

Educational Technology Consultant

Kalpi Kadaba

Philanthropist

Mayra Vega

Product Designer, Pivotal Labs

Wendy La Duke

Founder, Tahoe Strategies

David Foley

Quantitative Analyst, Capital Group Companies

Ken Hanscom

Chief Operating Officer, InviteManager

Tom Rickeman

Associate, Greenberg Gross LLP

The students of one of our teachers have achieved the highest math scores across all of the schools in our organization. We attribute this to the high quality, hands-on support the PowerMyLearning Blended Learning Consultant has provided to this teacher.

Jamal Richardson

Assistant Principal, Jack H. Skirball Middle School, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Leadership

Neil Spears | Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Neil Spears is the Executive Director of PowerMyLearning’s Greater Los Angeles and Bay Area regions. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Neil was a teacher at El Sereno Middle School in east Los Angeles. While teaching, Neil was also the school-side liaison for PowerMyLearning’s partnership with El Sereno, playing a central role in the organization’s successful launch at our first partner school in Southern California. During his time in the classroom, Neil was struck by the vast opportunity gaps that impacted his students and as a result, Neil has dedicated his professional career to educational equity and justice. Neil was selected for the inaugural Schusterman Fellowship cohort, a highly customized leadership development program that prepares fellows to realize and exercise their full potential as individual leaders and as a collective force for creating change in their communities and the world. A Southern California native, Neil holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University. He also maintains a California multiple subjects teaching credential and is a Teach For America alumnus.
Katie Roth | Director of Programs, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Katie leads PowerMyLearning‘s programs and services in Los Angeles and the Bay Area to ensure a strong, positive, and sustainable impact in our partner communities. She manages program execution for families and educators in high-poverty schools and she plays a pivotal role in shaping the program vision nationally. In Katie’s previous role at PowerMyLearning, she worked closely with teachers and school leaders to implement innovative digital learning strategies in their classrooms to increase student engagement and achievement. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Katie served as the Los Angeles Manager of Instruction at Revolution Prep, where she managed, trained, and developed a group of 75 instructors and tutors. She also worked at XAP Corporation, interfacing with state departments of education to enhance digital learning opportunities for K-12 students. Katie discovered her passion for expanding educational opportunities as a Teach For America corps member at Markham Middle School in Los Angeles. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and served as the school’s math department chair. She has continued her involvement with Teach For America as a Math Learning Team Leader, running professional development sessions for corps members outside of school hours. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, marketing, and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Katie earned a California teaching credential in secondary math.
Calvin Selth | Director of Development, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Calvin Selth is the Director of Development for PowerMyLearning’s Greater Los Angeles and Bay Area regions. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Calvin led events-based development efforts at Teach For America – Los Angeles, where he helped secure more than $1.8 million in sponsorships over two years and launched the region’s first-ever Associates Board. As a young student, Calvin had early access to technology and received an outstanding public school education – something many deserving children in our nation don’t receive. This inequity grounds his focus as a development professional: working to build strong partnerships between funders and non-profit organizations, and encouraging investments in the potential of students and families in under-served communities. Calvin started his professional career in the classroom, teaching grades K-1 and grades 6-8 at a bilingual school in Long Beach, CA. A Southern California native, Calvin graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish. He is also a ten-year trustee of the Telluride Association, a non-profit organization offering free educational programs in Ithaca, NY and Ann Arbor, MI.
Elizabeth Cabrera | Senior Program Manager, Family Engagement
Elizabeth leads PowerMyLearning’s Family Engagement Services in Los Angeles and works closely with the Blended Learning Consulting team and the Family Engagement cross-regional team. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Elizabeth taught elementary school in low-income communities in Los Angeles, including experience teaching in Spanish. Elizabeth is a Teach For America alumna. As a Los Angeles native, she is determined to help the community reach higher academic gains to close the achievement gap. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish from Harvard University. She also holds a master’s degree in urban education from Loyola Marymount University and she holds a California multiple subject teaching credential.
Maria Morrisson | Blended Learning Specialist
As a Blended Learning Specialist, Maria works with teachers from grades 2-12 to effectively integrate digital technology in order to provide personalized, meaningful instruction for students. In addition to 1-on-1 coaching with teachers, Maria facilitates workshops on blended learning, family engagement, and best coaching practices. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2015, Maria was a middle school math teacher at KIPP Central City Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana where she implemented a 1-to-1 technology model in her classroom. She previously taught 6th grade in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a Teach for America Corps Member and served as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in rural Taiwan. Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College and a master’s degree in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami.
Roque Pech | Blended Learning Manager
As a Blended Learning Manager, Roque works alongside teachers and school leaders to support the integration of technology to foster a blended learning environment where personalized learning positively impacts all students. In addition to consulting with teachers, he will be supporting the Los Angeles team in securing new school and district partnerships for the coming school years. Roque holds a California teaching credential in secondary math and has experience teaching at the middle school and high school level. He is a proud product of the LAUSD public school system where he attended schools throughout his K-12 experience. In addition, Roque has experience serving low-income communities ranging from East Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley. As a teacher, Roque modeled school-wide initiatives on how to build collaborative learning environments, sponsored an after school coding club, and held family engagement workshops in English and Spanish. Prior to his time as a Teach For America corps member, Roque worked in sales at TransFirst and Capital One. Roque earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Digital Learning from Loyola Marymount University.

A laptop for every child’s home is absolutely critical; however, the highest leveraged component [of PowerMyLearning’s program] is the blended learning consultant. [Our PowerMyLearning consultant] was tremendous in shaping our math program this year.

Ms. Vargas

Stella Middle Charter Academy, Bright Star Schools

Supporters

  • All Points North Foundation
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Belkin International, Inc.
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
  • Google (Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation)
  • The Green Foundation
  • IBM Corporation
  • Johnny Carson Foundation
  • Joseph Drown Foundation
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Rose Hills Foundation
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Union Bank Foundation
  • Weingart Foundation

Volunteer Opportunities

You can help students and families in high-poverty communities harness the power of digital learning by volunteering with PowerMyLearning in the Greater Los Angeles Region. Our volunteers attend training with a friendly volunteer coordinator just minutes before assisting us with the rewarding work of engaging families during our Family Learning Workshops. You also receive a PowerMyLearning t-shirt to wear at the workshop and to keep!

PowerMyLearning’s volunteer program recruits corporate volunteer groups as well as individual volunteers. We make it easy to give back to your community, learn new skills, and get to know other engaged citizens in our region. Consider making PowerMyLearning a part of your organization’s volunteer plans.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with PowerMyLearning in the Greater Los Angeles Region.

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Contact Us

PowerMyLearning
Greater Los Angeles Region
800 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017
T: 213-222-0100
LA@PowerMyLearning.org

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