April 16, 2012
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation are investing $7 million toward the development of PowerMyLearning.com, a K-12 learning platform designed to help students, teachers and parents in low-income communities locate and access high-quality online digital learning activities.
Launched by education nonprofit CFY, PowerMyLearning.com contains “playlists,” which teachers compile from academic games, instructional videos, simulations and other interactive content. Each group of content, which can be organized by skill level or topic area, is aligned to the Common Core Standards. Students can rate the content based on their interests so that the lesson plans receiving the highest rankings become easier to find for other users. Parents can log onto the platform to track their children’s progress against their assignments.
"We are very excited about PowerMyLearning.com’s potential to offer more equitable opportunities for digital learning in low-income communities and communities of color to improve student learning," said Arelis Diaz, program officer at the Kellogg Foundation. "In my prior role as a school district leader, I have seen the promise of CFY's platform, and I'm delighted that the foundation is making this investment."
WKKF’s commitment, which will be used specifically for PowerMyLearning.com’s K-3 efforts, will enable CFY to provide parents and teachers with more customizable content, search tools and features; position PowerMyLearning.com a go-to source of digital learning nationwide; and create a framework for measuring student outcomes over time and publishing that information for users.