Digital Learning Program
CFY leverages digital learning to transform low-income school communities, promote educational equity and improve student achievement. We help students excel in school by partnering with everyone involved in the educational process.
Results from the 2012-2013 academic year showed that 6 out of 7 CFY partner schools who received the comprehensive Digital Learning Program increased their state-wide ranking as determined by the percentage of students meeting proficiency standards in math on state assessments.
“Our partnership with CFY 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.”
-Assistant Principal, CFY Digital Learning Program Partner School
Components of the Digital Learning Program
The four components of CFY’s Digital Learning Program are designed to promote personalized instruction and student self-directed learning in order to drive greater academic achievement and student ownership of learning. These components are:
- Support for school leaders in driving new instructional approaches and developing deeper school-home connections
- Professional development for educators, consisting of hands-on workshops and in-school coaching, designed to help teachers meet three goals: to adopt blended learning strategies within the classroom, to extend learning beyond the classroom, and to engage families in the learning process
- Innovative Family Learning Workshops in which families and children learn together about a wide range of digital learning activities and experience a learning partnership model that they can continue in the home
- Home technology support for families, consisting of a home learning center (a refurbished home computer loaded with educational software) that is the family’s to keep, free online subscriptions to additional educational software, 24×7 bilingual help desk support, and information about affordable broadband options (including special broadband discounts where available)
As part of the Digital Learning Program, CFY leverages its free digital learning platform, PowerMyLearning®, funded by the Gates, Broad, Kellogg, and SCE Foundations. PowerMyLearning offers thousands of the best digital learning activities from all over the web tagged by subject, grade, and Common Core standard. The innovative features found on PowerMyLearning enable educators to use these activities to meet the specific learning needs of their students and enable students and families to discover engaging activities that reinforce classroom learning at home.
Research shows that CFY’s Digital Learning Program has significant positive impact on student achievement, student engagement, and parental confidence. Visit CFY’s Impact page for more details.
Selecting Partner Schools
CFY’s regional offices select CFY Partner Schools through a rigorous competitive process. To be eligible, a school must be a public school, either traditional or charter, serving students in grades six through eight, with at least 75% of students receiving free or reduced lunch. The school also must have a demonstrated interest in adopting digital learning, extending learning beyond the classroom, and involving families in the learning process. Once selected, CFY Partner Schools dedicate significant staff time to program implementation and contribute a portion of the program cost.
Find out more about how your school can become a CFY Partner School.