Lessons Learned on Evaluating Innovative School Models

Lessons Learned on Evaluating Innovative School Models

There’s nothing that has animated our work more over the last five years than designing a model that can reliably deliver measurable learning gains for kids.
The most recent independent evaluation from Professor Douglas Ready at Teachers College, Columbia University showed that students across all partnership schools, on average, made

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Lessons Learned in The Highs and Lows of Being a Model Provider

Lessons Learned in The Highs and Lows of Being a Model Provider

New Classrooms partners with schools as an education model provider, which brings both challenges and benefits
When we launched New Classrooms as an independent nonprofit organization, some urged us to become a Charter Management Organization (CMO) and run our own schools. We have great respect for the efforts of many

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Lessons Learned on the Challenge to Diagnosing What Students Know

Lessons Learned on the Challenge to Diagnosing What Students Know

Can We Bring the Magic of Pandora to Personalize Learning for Students?
When I log on to Pandora, the Internet radio service knows to build a playlist of songs with basic rock structures, subtle vocal harmonies, major key tonality, vocal-centric aesthetics and mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation. Over the years,

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Lessons Learned on the Lean Startup and the Reimagined Classroom

Lessons Learned on the Lean Startup and the Reimagined Classroom

K-12 education needs a culture of R&D and the infrastructure to support it.
Eric Ries’s brilliant philosophical treatise on why startups succeed in the marketplace — “The Lean Startup” — is often cited by edtech leaders as their north star for building successful companies. Many of Ries’s ideas and concepts

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Lessons Learned on Geeking Out On The Skill Map – Part 2

Lessons Learned on Geeking Out On The Skill Map – Part 2

The Power of Non-Linear Thinking
As we discussed in part 1, the skill map identifies the constellation of skills a middle school math student should learn and how those skills relate to one another. The skill map is the foundation of Teach to One: Math, outlining the possible learning progressions

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Lessons Learned in Innovation, Whole Foods, and 500 Hours of Homework

Lessons Learned in Innovation, Whole Foods, and 500 Hours of Homework

Why Operational Design is the Secret Sauce of Personalization.
If you were to ask us about the organizations that inspired our early days of School of One, you’d hear about pioneering educational organizations, transformative technology companies, and… Whole Foods. Not because of their organizational values or their fresh produce or

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Lessons Learned in Partnering for Student Success

Lessons Learned in Partnering for Student Success

What characteristics we look for in a Teach to One school partner.
New Classrooms partners with schools—traditional district-run, public charters, and independents schools—that choose to replace their traditional, textbook-based math program with Teach to One.
Unlike a textbook publisher or technology vendor, we partner with schools throughout the school year,

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Lessons Learned on Geeking Out On The Skill Map – Part 1

Lessons Learned on Geeking Out On The Skill Map – Part 1

Designing a Middle School Mathematics Skill Map to Enable Personalized Learning
In Teach to One, every day students receive a customized schedule matching them with the specific skill they are ready to learn, the best learning modality for that student and skill, the best location in the learning center, a

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Five Years On: Reflecting on Lessons Learned

Five Years On: Reflecting on Lessons Learned

Five years after the launch of School of One, we reflect on 25 key lessons.
Five years ago, while part of the New York City Department of Education, we led a team to launch School of One at a middle school in Manhattan. For five weeks, approximately 80 students attended

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