New Classrooms Wins $3 Million Grant to Expand Personalized Learning in Elizabeth Public Schools

Investing in Innovation Grant Will Also Fund Study Comparing Results to Traditional Models

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded New Classrooms Innovation Partners a $3 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to expand its successful personalized learning model in partnership with Elizabeth Public Schools. This grant will allow New Classrooms to implement its Teach to One: Math personalized instructional model in up to five additional district schools in Elizabeth and conduct a rigorous three-year study of its impact with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

New Classrooms is currently working in iPrep Academy in Elizabeth where Teach to One: Math leverages classroom design, teacher talent, and technology to enable personalized learning for every student every day. Along with a second school implementation planned this year, the five expansion schools made possible by the i3 grant will mean 25% of Elizabeth’s 27 K-8 schools will be implementing Teach to One: Math.

In Teach to One, middle school students receive a combination of small group, large group and individual math instruction that builds on the skills they mastered the previous day. According to an independent study released last month, the 6,000 students in 15 schools using Teach to One nationally made, on average, 1.5 years of progress in math or 47% more than the national average. At iPrep, students, on average, made 1.7 years of progress or 70% more than the national average.

“Elizabeth Public Schools has a bold vision that centers on personalized learning, and we are excited to be a part of it,” said New Classrooms Co-Founder and CEO Joel Rose. “By serving more students and rigorously evaluating ourselves, we intend to show there is another way of doing school that can vastly improve outcomes for students from all different backgrounds. We thank all of our partners and the U.S. Education Department for recognizing the importance of R&D in helping to modernize our school systems.”

“We are extremely fortunate that a strong collaborative partnership exists with New Classrooms. Our work together has resulted in students at our iPrep Academy making significant gains across grade levels, racial groups, and student designations including English Language Learners and Special Education,” said Olga Hugelmeyer, Superintendent of Elizabeth Public Schools. We are very fortunate to have been awarded the opportunity to bring Teach to One: Math to five additional schools to implement personalized, effective, and innovative learning experiences customized to the academic needs of students that allow for inquiry and exploration into student interests that ultimately will lead to college and career readiness.”

Federal funding will support 87% of the total costs of this project. In order to be eligible for the federal grant, New Classrooms is required to raise $450,000 in matching funds or 15% of the government’s total contribution. New Classrooms has raised 50% of the required matching funds from multiple private donors, and is currently seeking additional philanthropic support to fund this effort.

“The Consortium for Policy Research in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, is delighted to be involved in the evaluation of Teach to One: Math in the Elizabeth, New Jersey Public Schools. We look forward to working with both New Classrooms Innovation Partners and students and staff in Elizabeth in this important effort to transform mathematics teaching and learning,” said Douglas Ready, an Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy at Teachers College, who will lead the evaluation team.

New Classrooms, Elizabeth, and CPRE were among just 26 winning applicants out of more than 430 that applied. The organizations are in the process of selecting the schools and timeline for this expanded partnership. To read the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement, visit here.

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