About Us

PowerMyLearning is committed to helping students, teachers, and families in under-served school communities in the San Francisco Bay Area harness the power of technology and personalized learning to improve educational outcomes.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, PowerMyLearning has partnered with 10 schools and served more than 3,400 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 four schools in Silicon Valley: three in San Jose and one in Morgan Hill.

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 San Francisco Bay Area! Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
  • Bring Our Programs & Services for Students, Families and Teachers to Your School

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Programs & Services

San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area 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. Learn more about PowerMyLearning in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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.

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

Partner Schools

San Francisco Bay Area Partner Schools (2016-17)

  • Burnett Middle School
  • Voices Franklin McKinley
  • Voices Morgan Hill
  • Voices Mount Pleasant

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Walter Vulej

Product Manager, Google

I joined PowerMyLearning’s board in the Bay Area because the opportunity gap in California is something that really bothers me – not doing something about it was unthinkable. PowerMyLearning measures its impact and keeps itself honest – very few organizations do that well.

Walter Vulej

Product Manager, Google

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Katie Roth | Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area

Katie is the Executive Director of PowerMyLearning in Greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. 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.

 

Elizabeth Cabrera | Director of Programs, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area

Elizabeth 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. 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.

 

Roque Pech | Senior Manager, Partnerships, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area

Roque is the Senior Manager of Partnerships for PowerMyLearning in Greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. In his previous role at PowerMyLearning, Roque worked 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 supported 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.

 

Calvin Selth | Director of Development, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area

 

Calvin Selth is the Director of Development for PowerMyLearning in Greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. 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.

Kendra Frank | Blended Learning Specialist

As a Blended Learning Specialist, Kendra works with teachers and administrators to support the integration of technology to provide a personalized and engaging learning experience for all students. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2016, Kendra was a Special Education Teacher, English Language Development teacher, and tutor (all at the same time!) and became known for bringing the classroom to life through technology. Kendra was also recognized as a product ambassador by ClassDojo, fundraised over $6,000 to bring technology into her various classrooms, and used her love of music to found the FDR Show Choir at FDR Middle School. Since moving from Georgia to California, Kendra has taught for the Redwood City School District and the Jefferson Elementary School District in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kendra earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

Supporters

  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Cisco Systems
  • The Koret Foundation
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • SanDisk Corporation Fund
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Volunteer Opportunities

Stay tuned for updates about ways you can volunteer to support our work in the Bay Area! We will be launching new volunteer programs in the region in Fall 2018.

Contact Us

Want to get in touch with PowerMyLearning’s team in the San Francisco Bay Area? Here’s how to reach us:

SCHOOLS & DISTRICTS

Contact:

Roque Pech
Senior Manager of Partnerships
rpech@PowerMyLearning.org
213-222-0100 x309   Office

DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS

Contact:

Calvin Selth
Director of Development
cselth@PowerMyLearning.org
213-222-0100 x325 | Office

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