Overview

PowerMyLearning is committed to helping students, teachers, and families in high-poverty school communities in New York City harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes.

In New York City, PowerMyLearning has partnered with more than 100 schools and served more than 100,000 students, parents, and teachers since 1999. PowerMyLearning has demonstrated significant impact on student achievement, teacher instructional practices, and parental confidence.

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, and also provides families with free Home Learning Center computers. This comprehensive approach helps students take full ownership of their learning and puts them on the path to academic and lifelong success.

Learn more about the transformative work that is being done in New York City. Volunteer with us, make a tax-deductible technology donation, or bring our services and programs for students, families, and teachers to your school.

Our partnership with PowerMyLearning has enlightened the thinking of our teachers and has transformed the lives of our children. No longer is 21st century learning a far-off dream, out of reach to the students.

Alan Baer

Assistant Principal, South Bronx Preparatory

NYC Programs & Services

Through flexible and comprehensive school partnerships, PowerMyLearning has helped schools across New York City improve their personalized learning and family engagement practices, leading to significant student academic improvement. Our proven approach connects the people that matter most in students’ lives – their teachers and parents – to student learning. Click here to learn more about how PowerMyLearning can support your school community.

While we customize our services to meet each school community’s needs, the most popular programs are:

Foundations of Blended + Personalized Learning

Equip teachers and families with the blended learning basics

Through this program, educators create 21st century learning environments by integrating blended learning into their practice. Regardless of teachers’ comfort level, they are supported in leveraging technology to meet instructional goals, through one-on-one coaching and group collaboration with PowerMyLearning’s Blended Learning Specialists.

Strengthening Family Engagement: A New Approach

Implement new strategies for engaging families in learning, including Family Playlists

Teachers and Parent Coordinators meaningfully engage families in learning and strengthen community ties using an innovative new initiative based in research findings from Johns Hopkins University. Through professional development and online support, teachers and family members team up to support student learning at home and in the classroom.

Professional Collaboration for Personalized Learning

Build PLCs to sustain and deepen blended learning practices

When teachers collaborate in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), they create consistency in practice, share ideas, become effective leaders and create a system of support that models excellence. Through this path, teachers are supported in creating inquiry-based, structured collaboration where they can analyze their work, make student assessment data actionable, share resources, and improve classroom practice.

Learn more about our PowerMyLearning Framework for Teachers.

To learn more about how PowerMyLearning can support personalized learning at your school, request more information here.

With the support of PowerMyLearning, blended and personalized learning has become contagious in our school community. This partnership has been one of our smartest investments.

LeMarie Laureano

Principal, The Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx

Partner Schools

PowerMyLearning is proud to partner with public schools across New York City’s five boroughs. If your school is interested in partnering with us, please click here.

2016-17 NYC Partner Schools

Bronx:

  • Frederick Douglass Academy V
  • The Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx (TYWLS Bronx)*
  • J.H.S. 22 Jordan L. Mott
  • M.S. 123 James M. Kieran
  • M.S./H.S. 221 South Bronx Preparatory: A College Board School*
  • M.S./H.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology
  • P.S. 279 Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr.*
  • P.S. 567 Linden Tree Elementary

Brooklyn:

  • Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School
  • Riverdale Avenue Middle School (RAMS)
  • I.S. 96 Seth Low
  • J.H.S. 62 Ditmas

Manhattan:

  • The Equity Project Charter School (TEP)*
  • Future Leaders Institute Charter School
  • Hamilton Grange Middle School
  • P.S. 140 Nathan Straus
  • P.S. 34 Franklin D. Roosevelt

Queens:

  • I.S. 126 Albert Shanker School for Visual and Performing Arts
  • P.S. 110 Q
  • P.S. 118 Lorraine Hansberry
  • P.S. 140 Edward K. Ellington
  • P.S. 176 Cambria Heights
  • P.S. 89 Elmhurst
  • P.S./I.S. 116 William C. Hughley

Staten Island:

  • P.S. 31 William T. Davis*

Supporting Schools City-Wide:

  • Citizen Schools
  • Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
  • Talent Development Secondary/Diplomas Now

If your school is interested in partnering with us, please click here.

* Schools marked with an asterisk are our Research & Innovation Schools, select partners who participate in intensive school-wide programming for students, families, and teachers. Research & Innovation Schools receive the benefits of research-based, innovative practices while sharing the success of their efforts with a broader educational audience.

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News & Events

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New York City Advisory Board

Monica Verma, Chair

Executive Vice President, PIMCO

Michelle R. Ferguson

Former Senior Vice President, Global Workplace Strategies and Services, McGraw Hill Financial

Brandon Hedvat

Senior Associate, The Carlyle Group

Anaita Kasad

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Annie Knickman Plancher

Harvard Doctor of Education Leadership Fellow and Director of Advisory Services, Social Finance

Gavin Leo-Rhynie

Partner, Goldman Sachs

Michael Poser

CIO, Enterprise Technology & Risk, Morgan Stanley

Jil Shah

Global Digital Marketing Content Lead, Colgate Palmolive Company

Travis Terry

Chief Operating Officer, Capalino+Company

Leadership

Elizabeth John | Executive Director
Elizabeth oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in New York City, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning in 2013, Elizabeth served as the Director of Education Programs for New York Cares, where her team implemented over 8,500 educational volunteer projects each year, in partnership with hundreds of schools and agencies in New York City. A former New York City Teaching Fellow, Elizabeth also taught sixth and eighth grade Math at a high-needs public school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Elizabeth holds an M.S. in Teaching – Adolescent Education from Pace University and a B.A. in History from New York University.
Lauren Burner-Lawrence | Blended Learning Specialist
Lauren is the elementary-focused Blended Learning Specialist for PowerMyLearning. She offers nearly ten years of teaching and school leadership experience within the public, private and charter sectors, plus she is incredibly passionate about promoting mindfulness and play in the classroom. Lauren earned her B.S. in Educational Theatre from New York University, then her M.S.Ed in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. In 2011, Lauren launched Gamez4Learning, a private educational consultancy, with many of her projects focusing on educational technology tools and the role of games in the learning process. Her most recent writing credits include BrainPOP, eOculus Magazine and Core Learning Exchange. Lauren is currently pursuing her interests in Cognitive Science at NYU’s Games for Learning program.
Juan Caro | Senior Logistics Manager
Juan oversees our equipment strategy in New York City. Juan has been with PowerMyLearning since 2002, and has taken on many roles over the years to ensure our families receive high-quality Home Learning Centers from PowerMyLearning. Currently, Juan leads our New York City warehouse team and manages our computer refurbishing processes, giving donated computers a meaningful second life.
Christina Chiolo | Director of Development
As the Director of Development for the New York City Region, Christina Chiolo helps secure philanthropic and government support for PowerMyLearning’s programs in NYC. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Christina spent five years at New York Cares, where she started as a Children’s and Teen Education Program Manager, and more recently has worked as their sole Foundation and Government Relations Officer. Christina also previously served as a Programs and Development Manager at the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. Christina holds her B.A. in Sociology from Fordham University.
Dwight Cox | IT & Logistics Manager
Dwight is PowerMyLearning’s IT and Logistics Manager for New York City and is responsible for coordinating donations in the Manhattan area, managing the NYC Help Desk, image testing for PowerMyLearning’s Home Learning Centers, and providing facility assessments to potential school partners. Dwight has been with PowerMyLearning since 2005, and has picked up a lot of IT knowledge along the way. Dwight holds a Bachelor’s of Technology in Electronic Engineering from DeVry University and an Associate degree in the same field from Queensborough Community College.
Rachel Gordon | Blended Learning Specialist
As a Blended Learning Specialist, Rachel works with teachers across New York City as a coach and a workshop facilitator. She brings a collaborative approach to her coaching and prioritizes meeting the specialized needs of the teachers and the schools with whom she works, with the ultimate goal of helping teachers personalize instruction for all learners in the classroom, integrate technology in meaningful ways, and engage families in their students’ learning. Prior to working at PowerMyLearning, Rachel taught middle school ELA in the Bronx and Morningside Heights, where she adapted digital curricula in a variety of models to meet her students’ needs. She also worked at Newsela, developing Common Core-aligned assessments and training for other assessment writers. She holds her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.
Dileyka Guzman | Program Manager
Dileyka has worn multiple hats since joining PowerMyLearning in 2012. She started out as part of our Family Learning Workshop staff as a Registration Coordinator and Customer Service Representative, moving onto Program Coordinator and now Program Manager. As a Program Manager, Dileyka works closely with our partner schools in delivering our Family Engagement services. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Dileyka was a Site Director for an after school arts program located in all five boroughs in New York City. Dileyka holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University at Albany (SUNY).
Shaunte Martin | Senior Program Manager, Family Engagement
Shaunte leads PowerMyLearning’s Family Engagement Services in New York City and works closely with the Professional Development team to coordinate high quality programming for each school partner. Shaunte and her team run PowerMyLearning’s Family Learning Workshops, and works with schools to come up with creative ways to engage parents in their child’s learning. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2012, Shaunte was a High School Prep Advisor at KIPP to College, mentoring and guiding students through the high school application process. She previously worked at A Better Chance, an organization that advocates for students of color to receive better educational and leadership opportunities.
Mallory Marra | Blended Learning Specialist
Mallory works with our partner teachers to bring insight about creative curricula and assessments, particularly in the digital space. She is particularly interested in supporting teachers with student-driven learning. Before PowerMyLearning, she worked at LightSail, as an Assessment Consultant creating automated assessments aligned to Common Core. She also has experience developing workshops with both Teachers College Summer Institute and REACT to FILM. Before that she taught secondary English, Spanish, film, and art in Brooklyn, Queens, and Baltimore. She currently holds educator certifications in Google, Graphite, and Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship. Mallory earned her MA in English Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her BA in Film Studies from Barnard College at Columbia.
Erin Morrison-Sadaka | Director of Programs
Erin is responsible for leading the successful implementation of PowerMyLearning’s programs in New York City, including deepening PowerMyLearning’s impact with school leaders, teachers, and direct work with families and students. Erin started at PowerMyLearning in 2011 as a Program Manager, overseeing the successful implementation of our family engagement initiatives; from 2012-2016 she worked as a Blended Learning Consultant to support teachers in our partner schools to leverage technology in the classrooms. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Erin taught chemistry, physics, and general science to students in Central Harlem and the South Bronx for four years. During this time she served as a Department Leader, a Grade-Team Leader, and a Teach For America corps member. Erin holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University.

Our partnership with PowerMyLearning has enlightened the thinking of our teachers and has transformed the lives of our children. No longer is 21st century learning a far-off dream, out of reach to the students.

Alan Baer

Assistant Principal, MS/HS 221 – South Bronx Preparatory

Supporters

Through the support and generosity of foundations, corporations, local government, and individuals, PowerMyLearning is making a real difference in harnessing the power of digital learning to improve student achievement in New York City. We are proud to recognize the following institutional funders whose generosity furthers our work to support teachers, students, and parents in high-poverty communities.

To make a tax-deductible gift to support the work of PowerMyLearning in New York City, please click here.

Foundations

  • Barker Welfare Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Centerbridge Foundation
  • Change Happens Foundation
  • The Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund
  • Henry E. Niles Foundation
  • New York Community Trust
  • Lone Pine Foundation
  • The PIMCO Foundation
  • Rhoten Family Charitable Fund
  • Robin Hood Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Joseph H. Flom Foundation
  • The O’Shea Family Foundation
  • Venable Foundation, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

Corporations

  • Altice
  • Capalino+Company
  • Capgemini
  • Charter Communications
  • Cisco Systems
  • Con Edison
  • Dell EMC
  • Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Neuberger Berman
  • RTP Technology
  • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
  • Vatera Group
  • VM Ware

Government

  • Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council
  • donateNYC
  • Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
  • NYC Council Member Annabel Palma
  • NYC Council Member Andrew Cohen
  • NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso
  • NYC Council Member Corey Johnson
  • NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides
  • NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm
  • NYC Council Member Debi Rose
  • NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal
  • NYC Council Member I. Daneek Miller
  • NYC Council Member James Vacca
  • NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras
  • NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo
  • NYC Council Member Mark Levine
  • NYC Council Member Mathieu Eugene
  • NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal
  • NYC Council Member Rev. Fernando Cabrera
  • NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres
  • NYC Council Member Robert Cornegy
  • NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez
  • NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson
  • NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile

I want all students to be able to unlock the possibilities that technology can offer. And with PowerMyLearning, it’s done in such a way that teachers are a part of the process in the classroom, and parents are part of the process at home. That is crucial.

Debi Rose

Councilwoman, New York City District 49

NYC Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome groups and individuals to volunteer with us to help students and families in high-poverty communities harness the power of digital learning. No specific experience is required – we only ask that our volunteers have a passion for helping the communities we serve!

  • Family Learning Workshops: Assist families on Saturdays as they receive and learn how to use their own Home Learning Center, a free computer loaded with educational software.
  • Computer Refurbishing: Make sure our families receive high-quality technology resources by helping our staff refurbish computers to be given out at Family Learning Workshops.
  • Call Banks: Help families access important free resources by placing reminder phone calls prior to our workshops and answering their questions.

In New York City, PowerMyLearning partners with New York Cares to recruit individual volunteers for these projects.To sign up or learn more about our projects in New York City, click here.

PowerMyLearning is happy to host volunteer groups from corporations and other organizations. We make it easy to give back to your community, learn new skills, and get to know other engaged citizens. Consider making PowerMyLearning a part of your organization’s volunteer plans. To inquire about corporate or group opportunities, email NYC@PowerMyLearning.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with PowerMyLearning in the New York City Region.

Click here to volunteer

I volunteer mainly because I believe that computer literacy skills are basic life skills. I think that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to use a computer and practice using one regardless of income or other factors that may limit access…Because of this I think it’s an important service that PowerMyLearning provides to these students. These computers and the practice they get learning to use them will serve them throughout their educational and working lives.

Philip

Volunteer

Contact Us

PowerMyLearning
New York City Region
520 Eighth Avenue, Floor 10
New York, NY 10018
T: 917-677-5506
F: 212-563-1215
NYC@PowerMyLearning.org

Interested in becoming a partner school?

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With the support of PowerMyLearning, blended and personalized learning has become contagious in our school community. This partnership has been one of our smartest investments.

LeMarie Laureano

Principal, The Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx