Lessons Learned on the Lean Startup and the Reimagined Classroom

Lessons Learned on the Lean Startup and the Reimagined Classroom

K-12 education needs a culture of R&D and the infrastructure to support it.
Eric Ries’s brilliant philosophical treatise on why startups succeed in the marketplace — “The Lean Startup” — is often cited by edtech leaders as their north star for building successful companies. Many of Ries’s ideas and concepts

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The History of Personalized Learning

The History of Personalized Learning

Personalized learning may be popular, but it isn’t new
Teachers have long recognized that the prior knowledge and experience students arrive with on their first day of school vary greatly. Long before standardized tests confirmed it, educators knew that some students were ready for grade-level content while others were not.

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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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