Independent Analysis of First Two Years of Teach to One: Math

Independent Analysis of First Two Years of Teach to One: Math

Today, we’re proud and excited to share an independent analysis of results from the first two full years of Teach to One: Math. You can read the report here. This report offers us a great opportunity to reflect on our impact in the students we serve.
In the 2013-14 school

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The Joys of (Some) Noise

The Joys of (Some) Noise

Learning through discussion and debate in student collaboration modalities
Students often learn and retain knowledge best when they talk through concepts and problem-solving strategies. Effective collaboration skills are also predictive of college success, and an important part of middle school development. As students move beyond middle and high school and

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Personalized Learning Can Engage and Propel High Achievers

Personalized Learning Can Engage and Propel High Achievers

Unleashing high achievers’ motivation and passion for learning with personalized learning.
While the rhetoric of personalized learning often focuses on the needs of helping students fill pre-grade-level gaps in knowledge, tailoring instruction to students’ unique needs also means unleashing high achieving students. In traditional classrooms, teachers are often assigned a

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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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Early Progress Report on Personalized Learning

Early Progress Report on Personalized Learning

New report seeks to define and analyze personalized learning efforts.
A new report released last week by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the RAND Corporation marks one of the first attempts to define and analyze the impacts of personalized learning. “Early Progress: Interim Research on Personalized Learning” is

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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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Teaching in the Reimagined Classroom

How Teach to One is helping educators personalize learning and increase student motivation.
When Aaron Kaswell first began teaching seven years ago, he immediately recognized the magnitude of the challenge facing him. His school-issued textbooks were written for sixth grade children and he possessed an in-depth knowledge of the middle

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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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