Tell us about PowerMyLearning?
PowerMyLearning, help teachers, students and parents in high-poverty school communities harness the power of digital learning, to improve student achievement towards college and career readiness.
How do you achieve that?
We help schools leverage technology and digital learning to promote STEM literacy. Our school based model includes professional development, family engagement services, and our digital learning platform.
Our comprehensive educator support and family engagement services transform traditional classrooms into 21st century learning environments, that embrace student-centered learning, enable personalised instruction and student-driven learning, while also increasing home technology access and parental involvement in their children’s learning.
I am proud to say that we have served over 9,000 students, and their families and teachers across 25 schools.
Why is your work so important?
For the first time in recent history, more than half of U.S. K-12 students are from low-income backgrounds. In this cohort, 80% are not proficient in core STEM subjects. Subjects critical to future career readiness.
Where we are, in Georgia, we have the third lowest graduation rate in the country.
PowerMyLearning is seeking to fix these issues through digital learning.
How have you been supported by Sage Foundation?
We received our first grant from Sage Foundation in 2016. This supported our Family Engagement Program for one school during the 2016/17 school year.
We decided to apply to the Enterprise Fund because of the alignment with our mission. Sage Foundation is committed to helping more people reach their true potential. PowerMyLearning believes that students can reach their full potential by graduating from high school prepared for work and life. We strive to help students achieve these goals every day.
We were delighted to be awarded a grant. It will support the expansion of our Digital Learning Services to an Atlanta-area public elementary school – where between 70% - 100% students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.
What outcome do you expect to see?
PowerMyLearning is a data driven organisation that uses metrics to measure the success of our programmes. Through student test scores and surveys, we determine how effective our services are in reaching our goals. Whilst we won’t know the impact of this work until the end of the 2016-17 school year, we anticipate these likely outcomes:
- Student Test Scores Improve: Our partner schools typically experience growth in math proficiency that is 7 percentage points more per year than comparison schools and 8 times the national average.
- Students Own Their Learning: Nearly 75% of students report that participating in our programme lets them learn the way they like to learn, find activities to help them learn things they don't understand, understand their strengths and weaknesses with mathematics concepts and explore topics that interest them on their own.
- Parents are Engaged in Learning: 99% of families feel more connected to their child's school and are more confident in helping their child with learning at home. Parents also report an increased perception of their child's ability to learn and are more comfortable talking with their children about learning goals and progress.
How can people support you?
You can visit our website to make a donation, donate computers, and sign up to volunteer with PowerMyLearning. Just visit www.powermylearing.org. You can also engage with and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @powermylearning.