New York, NY – Today, New Classrooms, a nonprofit on a mission to personalize education by redesigning how a classroom works, announced two new senior staff members: Michael Watson, vice president of policy and advocacy, and Jason Williams, vice president of district and school partnerships.
“We are thrilled to welcome Michael and Jason to the New Classrooms team,” said New Classrooms CEO Joel Rose. “Their experiences with schools and national education organizations will help us expand New Classrooms’ impact to more students throughout the country.”
Prior to joining New Classrooms, Watson was the chief academic officer and associate secretary of education for the State of Delaware. He had direct responsibility for Delaware’s College and Career Readiness agenda and under his leadership, Delaware witnessed its highest ever graduation rates. For the last four years, he ensured that every college-ready senior applied to and enrolled in college. Watson has also led school and district improvement as a district leader, principal, assistant principal, state mentor teacher and a teacher in school districts in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
In his role as the vice president of policy and advocacy, Watson will work with the education policy community to support the growing movement around new, innovative learning models that enable personalized instruction.
“I am excited to join New Classrooms to continue the work I started in Delaware to help more students reach their academic goals and graduate high school ready for college and careers,” said Watson. “Removing barriers and creating more opportunities for personalized learning models to flourish will benefit all students.”
Williams, in his role as vice president of district and school partnerships, will be responsible for developing the strategy to deepen New Classrooms’ relationships with schools, districts and community partners and will provide critical leadership on growth strategy and community engagement. He comes to this role with many years of experience in coalition building and stakeholder engagement, including six years as Stand for Children’s Massachusetts executive director and the vice president of expansion and five years as Teach for America’s Phoenix executive director. Williams began his career in the classroom as a teacher in Oakland, Calif. His experience in the classroom as well as working with several nationwide educational organizations will be invaluable to New Classrooms’ ability to impact more students nationwide.
“New Classrooms is not only providing a high-quality program to schools, but we are completely reimagining what the classroom could look like,” said Williams. “As a part of the New Classrooms team, it is an honor to be able to share our work with partners across the nation.”
About New Classrooms
Founded in 2011, New Classrooms is a national nonprofit on a mission to personalize education by redesigning how a classroom works – from the use of technology, time, and physical space to the instruction and content that engages each student. The founders of New Classrooms were the leaders of an initiative within NYC Public Schools called School of One, which TIME named as one of the Best Inventions of 2009. New Classrooms’ first learning model, Teach to One: Math, ensures each student is learning the right math lesson, at the right time, and in the right way that best meets their strengths and needs. It is used by thousands of students in schools nationwide. To learn more about New Classrooms, visit www.newclassrooms.org.