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
Richard Sarnoff
Senior Adviser
David N. Shine
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson 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

Ann Bradley
American Federation of Teachers
Innovation Fund

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

Doug Rohde
Engineering Manager and
Education Community Liaison
Google Inc.

Jenny Shilling Stein
Executive Director
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Tom Vander Ark
Getting Smart

Gene Wilhoit
Former Executive Director
Council of Chief State School Officers

Joe Wolf
Board of Directors
Clayton Christensen Institute



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 New Schools Venture Fund The Broad Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York New Profit Inc.
Oak Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Anonymous

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

American Architectural Foundation* Heather Anichini Anonymous
Doug Borchard Victoria & Martin Cooper Monitor Deloitte
Gregg & Marla Felton Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP* Lillian Gatto
Joseph Gleberman Dave Goldberg & Sheryl Sandberg Ken Hirsh
Jaime Weinsier Gruber Teresa & George Grace Charles Hoffman & Ruth Harfield Hoffman
JP Morgan Chase & Co. John Katzman Brad & Cori Meltzer
The Moriah Fund Morrison & Foerster LLP* Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP*
The Overdeck Family Foundation Scully Peretsman Foundation David N. Shine & Karen E. Lanci
Tess & Josh Lewis Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Lorraine & Robert Reeder
Ann & Richard Sarnoff Family Foundation Lisa & Brian Schachter-Brooks Arnold & Susan Scharf Foundation
Janine & William Spigonardo UNDENY Campaign Jeff Wetzler & Jennifer Goldman
Jon Weiner Wolf Charitable Fund Sandra Zieve
Louis & Susan Zinterhofer    

Local Partners

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

The Chicago Public Education Fund DC Public Education Fund The Robin Hood Foundation
The New Schools Venture Fund CityBridge Foundation Target Brands, Inc.
Investors Bank The Malott Family Foundation Helen Zell
The Crown Family
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
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 2014-15 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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