In 2000, Joel returned to Houston to attend the high school graduation of the students he taught in fifth grade. Many of them did not receive a diploma. This moment was a catalyst for developing a new school model that put students on the path to success. Joel created School of One while serving as the Chief Executive for Human Capital at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). That model evolved into Teach to One which is now used by thousands of students across the country. Joel has published articles about personalized learning, innovation, and school models in The Atlantic, Education Nation, and EdTech Magazine. He has spoken at numerous convenings, including the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival; NBC’s Education Nation; and the annual conferences for the American Federation of Teachers, National School Boards Association, and National Association of Independent Schools. Joel holds a B.A. in political science from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law; and is also a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Joel lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
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