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Lesson learned #3: 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 even their abundance of granola options, but rather for their check out . . .

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October 31, 2014

Lesson Learned #2: 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, providing them with a combination of digital and . . .

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October 22, 2014

Lessons Learned #1: 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 teacher, and fellow students ready to learn the same skill. This choreography requires a deep understanding of all . . .

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September 29, 2014

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 school math content he would teach. But, there was 28 students with unique skills and abilities in . . .

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September 29, 2014

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 a special summer school math program that combined live, online, and collaborative learning to personalize learning based on each student’s needs and . . .

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September 29, 2014