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District of Learning Playlist Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of our first Playlist Challenge. Martha's Table, One World Education, and Capital City Public Charter School! 

In early 2017, The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, CityBridge Education, The Kimsey Foundation, and District of Learning oranganized the District of Learning Playlist Challenge—an opportunity for schools and community partners to help District youth explore their passions and strengthen their paths to college and careers. 

The Challenge helped schools and organizations create District of Learning Playlists and share them with young people through the free District of Learning LRNG platform at The Challenge included free workshops and technical assistance for participants. Winners were announced at the Playlist Challenge Showcase on March 29, with top prizes of $1000, $750, and $500. Archived information on the Challenge below:



What's a Playlist?

District of Learning Playlists are collections of learning experiences organized around a theme. These learning experiences can happen anytime and anywhere—in school, the community, at home, and online. Learners that complete playlists earn Badges that embed the evidence of their learning and become part of their lifelong portfolio. Badges may also unlock real-world opportunities for youth, and lead to jobs and college admission.

Who should participate in the Playlist Challenge?

The Playlist Challenge invites participants from all kinds of learning organizations: schools, afterschool programs, youth-development nonprofits, arts organizations, environmental organizations, libraries, museums, government agencies, higher education institutions, and employers. Challenge participants will join the growing network of dozens of District of Learning collaborators.

What kinds of learning opportunities might Playlists focus on?

The Challenge has a priority on learning for teens and young adults ages 13-24, but can include learning opportunities for children as young as 5. Focus areas for learning activities might include, but are not limited to:

  • Summer activities
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Arts and humanities
  • Health and wellness
  • Public service
  • Life skills
  • College access
  • Employment training

Key dates

  • February 2. Playlist Challenge launch.
  • February 7, 3:00pm-4:00pm EST. Overview webcast. Archived on demand here: PDF file with slides here.
  • February 15, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST and February 16, 10:00am-Noon EST. In-person playlist design workshops (both sessions will cover the same content.) 
  • February 20. Application materials posted. (MS Word template here
  • February 21-March 23. Customized technical assistance - contact us at
  • March 23. Entry deadline (extended from March 7).
  • March 29. Playlist Challenge Showcase and Awards. Details and RSVP here
  • Winners announced.

How do you enter the Playlist Challenge?

Application format and instructions: (MS Word template here.

What is the Judging Process?

A team of expert judges will assess entries on learning design, youth engagement potential, learning assessment, collaboration, and the opportunities that learners unlock by completing the playlist.