Redesigning the Classroom Experience for Each and Every Student


In 2011 Joel Rose and Christopher Rush founded New Classrooms on the premise that school, could be reimagined to ensure each student receives the instruction they require and deserve.


We are a nonprofit organization made up of educators, operators, and technologists who collaborate with schools to enable personalized learning for students. Our founding team includes many leaders and original members of School of One, New York City’s award-winning, personalized educational program named one of the top 50 inventions of 2009 by TIME. We at New Classrooms are committed to an organizational culture that values imaginative thinking, superior execution, and open and purposeful collaboration.

The team is led by Joel Rose and Chris Rush, the Co-Founders of New Classrooms.

Joel Rose is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Classrooms Innovation Partners. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of School of One, an initiative within the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) that uses a mix of live, collaborative, and online instruction in order to provide students with instruction customized to their unique academic needs and learning styles. Prior to conceptualizing and leading School of One, Joel served as Chief Executive for Human Capital and as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Chancellor at NYCDOE. Joel has been involved in education for more than 15 years, first as a fifth grade teacher in Houston and later as a senior executive at Edison Schools where he served as the company‘s Associate General Counsel, Chief of Staff, General Manager, and Vice President for School Operations.

He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Tufts University, a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, and is a graduate of the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy. Joel lives in Manhattan with his wife, Doris Cooper, and their two children, Alexandra and Zachary.

Christopher Rush is the Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer of New Classrooms Innovation Partners. Most recently, he led the overall conceptualization, design and implementation of the School of One program. Previously, he led design and development of Wireless Generation's mCLASS reporting systems and initiated the creation of their consulting services group and served as its Executive Director. Additionally, Chris worked with the NYCDOE, co-leading the design of the initial versions of their citywide parent, teacher and administrator longitudinal data system. Prior to that, Chris specialized in financial management and IT development services at IBM.

Chris was an Outdoor Education Specialist at an environmental education center with Upper Dublin (PA) School District. He holds a BS in Information Systems from Penn State with concentrations in Computer Science, Technological Ethics and Critical Thinking; a MS in Information Technology from the American InterContinental University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.


Board of Directors

Mike Bezos
Bezos Family Foundation
Doug Borchard
Managing Director
New Profit Inc.
Joshua Lewis
Founder and Managing Principal
Salmon River Capital
David N. Shine
Paul Hastings LLP
Gideon Stein
Founder and CEO
LightSail Education
Jeff Wetzler
EVP, Strategy, Innovation, and Organizational Development
Teach For America

Joel Rose and Chris Rush also serve on the Board of Directors.


Board of Advisors

The New Classrooms Board of Advisors is a volunteer team of prominent education leaders who provide New Classrooms with strategic guidance on a range of academic and organizational issues such as student learning progressions, program research and evaluation design, school culture, teacher professional development, organizational design, fiscal management, governmental relations, and communications.

Norman Atkins
Co-Founder and President
Relay Graduate School of Education

Anthony Bryk
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Tom Carroll
President Emeritus
National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

Chris Dede
Professor in Learning Technologies
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mike Feinberg

Susan Fuhrman
Teachers College Columbia University

John Katzman
Chairman & Founder
Noodle Education
Former Chairman & Founder 2U

Wendy Kopp
CEO and Founder
Teach For America
CEO and Co-Founder
Teach For All

David Levin

Arthur Levine
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Ellen Moir
Founder and CEO
The New Teacher Center

Wes Moore
Author; CEO

Tom Payzant
Former Professor of Practice
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Former Superintendent
Boston Public Schools

Adam Pisoni
Founder and CEO
Always Be Learning

Doug Rohde
Engineering Manager and
Education Community Liaison
Google Inc.

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap
Assistant to the President for Educational Issues
American Federation of Teachers

Tom Vander Ark
Getting Smart

Gene Wilhoit
Former Executive Director
Council of Chief State School Officers

Joe Wolf
Board of Directors
Clayton Christensen Institute


National Funders

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the following organizations and individuals, who have committed $1 million or more to support New Classrooms' work.

The Bezos Family Foundation The Broad Foundation The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York New Profit Inc. Oak Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Startup:Education Anonymous

Individuals & Funders

New Classrooms is grateful for the support of the following individuals and funders, who make our work possible:

Ann & Richard Sarnoff Family Foundation Anonymous (2) Anonymous Family Foundation
Aphorism Foundation Naren & Manju Bewtra Neeraj Bewtra
Booth Ferris Foundation Doug Borchard Lisa & Brian Schachter-Brooks
Carson Family Charitable Trust  Dalio Foundation  David B. Golub & Lisa Piazza Charitable Fund 
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP* Jon Friedland GEM Foundation
Joseph Gleberman Dave Goldberg & Sheryl Sandberg Charles & Susan Harris
Reed Hastings & Patty Quillin Ken Hirsh Issroff Family Foundation
J.C. Kellogg Foundation  John Katzman Kendall Family Foundation
Koshland Foundation Joel Klein & Nicole Seligman Josh & Tess Lewis
Freeport McMoRan  Paul Hastings LLP* Robert & Lorraine Reeder
Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Joel Rose & Doris Cooper Chris Rush & Blair Heiser
David N. Shine & Karen E. Lanci Izac & Abby Ben-Shmuel  William & Janine Spigonardo
The Moriah Fund The Overdeck Family Foundation Jeff Wetzler & Jennifer Goldman
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust Louis & Susan Zinterhofer Steve Zide

Local Partners

Implementations in our partner districts are supported by the following individuals and organizations:

The Chicago Public Education Fund The Robin Hood Foundation The New Schools Venture Fund
CityBridge Foundation Investors Bank
The Crown Family
The Richard Salomon Family Foundation

*Indicates partial or full in-kind support



Our model provides instructional experiences designed to bring meaning and context to the skills students learn.

At the core of each of New Classrooms’ instructional model is a robust academic framework that includes a research-based learning progression, integrated units of study, and the opportunity for students across the academic spectrum to be challenged and inspired.

We work in partnership with educational publishers, content providers, and our own math experts to ensure teachers and students are able to access engaging, effective lessons that help to build a deep, conceptual understanding of each skill. We complement these lessons with an assessment program that diagnoses individual strengths and weaknesses, guides the creation of daily schedules, and measures the retention of skills over time.

New Classrooms is proud to partner with the following print and digital content providers:




School Partnerships

New Classrooms partners with traditional district, charter, and independent schools to support the implementation of our models.

Our models are not simply off-the-shelf products. We work closely with partnership schools to customize the program to the unique culture and needs of each school and take great care to ensure that we operate in schools that are a good fit for our personalized instructional model.

Once a partnership site is identified, New Classrooms works with local facilities and technology experts to ensure the school site has the necessary infrastructure to support the model. We then provide both on- and off-site logistical support and professional development throughout the school year.

New Classrooms partners with the following schools and districts in the 2016-17 school year:

Current School Partnerships


Technology is a key enabler of our models.

New Classrooms manages a complex scheduling algorithm that takes into account several factors about each student, each lesson, and each day in order to develop the most optimal teacher and student schedules.

New Classrooms also manages all of the underlying databases and technology systems that support the personalized instructional model and helps partnership sites configure their technology to support implementation.

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