The Need

Only a third of DC students graduate high school ready for college writing. Current failures across the nation cost billions of dollars in remediation annually for colleges and American companies. In our 140-character world, students need to learn to write logically, succinctly, and eloquently.

Even as the pandemic limits face-to-face interaction, the way people communicate – and especially their writing and presentation – has never been more important. One World Education believes in the power of student voice.

We believe that the instruction and learning of writing is one of the most challenging and neglected skills in education. With strong curriculum and respectful training, we believe that educators can create life-changing research and writing experiences for their students.

Our Mission, Vision & Story

One World’s mission is to transform students into writers with voice, knowledge, and purpose. Our vision is that all students become effective writers and communicators.

The One World Program started in Southeast DC at the SEED Public Charter School in 2007. Teacher Eric Goldstein was frustrated that only 20% of students were turning in their writing assignments. He challenged them to research and write about issues that mattered to them. Engagement soared when students wrote about social justice topics directly relevant to their lives.

Using a curriculum that broke down the instructional and learning process, his students began turning their research and writing into essays and presentations, which students called their One World Assignment. With the support of fellow teachers and school leadership, Eric incorporated One World Education as a nonprofit organization a year later to serve students across the city. One World has led the largest writing program in Washington, DC, for six years and has worked in Richmond, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore schools.

Recent Recognition

Our Team

Ben Acquah

Ben Acquah

Academy Program Manager

Ben Acquah

Academy Program Manager

Ben, a product of the One World Program himself, now uses his knowledge of the program and student learning to enhance the program from within. His love of the mighty pen has moved him to write poetry and participate in a local open mic Spoken Word. In addition, Ben is the first District Supply Chain lead for One Medical. In this role he aims to transform healthcare by making getting quality care affordable and more accessible to all. Ben values opportunities where he can aid others and better himself.

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Drew Anderson

Student Success Manager

Drew Anderson

Student Success Manager

Drew has spent the last few years as the Public Speaking Coach for the One World Challenge, and is now actively recruiting students from all four quadrants of the city who can best benefit from the Challenge Academy where he will, once again, work closely with the students to hone their presentation skills and inspire confidence on stage. Drew is a hip hop artist, poet, producer, screenwriter, event host, and veteran teacher who has combined his extensive experience and passion for education and the arts into his present role as a teaching artist.

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Leigh Bailey

Development Manager

Leigh Bailey

Development Manager

Leigh manages One World’s OSSE SOAR grants as well as grants from foundation and other funders and supports the organization in both institutional and individual giving. She has a range of development and education experience including working at Goodwill of Greater Washington and teaching at Capital City Public Charter School. She has a BA in Art History from the College of Charleston and a MA in Arts Management from American University.

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Eric Goldstein

CEO & Founder

Eric Goldstein

CEO & Founder

Eric founded the program as a classroom teacher at SEED Public Charter School in Anacostia and has run the organization ever since. His career in education started after a solo, 5,000-mile bicycle trip across the United States. As a teacher, Eric earned a United States Department of the Interior Partners in Education Award. Eric holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Vermont and Master’s in International Policy from George Washington University.

Jessie Grosshart

Jessie Grosshart

Program Manager

Jessie Grosshart

Program Manager

Jessie leads One World’s program evaluation process with school partners, facilitates communication with teachers, and maintains the Student Resources section of our website. Jessie also manages students’ participation in the One World Academy. She earned her undergraduate degree in History, English, and Classical Humanities with an Emphasis in Greek from William Jewell College in 2016. Prior to One World, Jessie taught preschool and interned with the Southern Missouri branch of Child Care Aware.

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Megan Linehan

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Megan Linehan

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Megan leads curriculum development and instructional support at One World. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California. After teaching overseas in Namibia and Panama, Megan moved to DC where she has taught high school history and adult ESL. Megan also worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to develop teaching resources to support National Youth Summit programming.

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Dave McGloin

Director of Communications and Development

Dave McGloin

Director of Communications and Development

Dave directs One World’s communications and development strategy. Prior to joining the organization, Dave worked for a number of edtech startups as well as started the annual Read Across America celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Earlier in his career, he won an Emmy as one of the producers of the CBS News Special, The Killing Fields of America. Dave holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and a B.A. degree from Princeton University.

Leith Mondry

Leith Mondry

Director of Operations

Leith Mondry

Director of Operations

Leith oversees One World’s daily operations, including development of financial management strategy and contributing to the development and execution of the organization’s strategic goals. Her career path has ranged from direct social work to research and website management to editing a parenting website. Leith earned an AB in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and an MSW from SUNY Stony Brook, School of Social Welfare.

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Desiree Raught

Academy Program Director

Desiree Raught

Academy Program Director

Desiree works alongside some of the best teachers in the district to implement One World’s rigorous, student-centered curriculum. She is an award-winning educator, writer, activist, and advocate for LGBT youth. She was named Educator of the Year by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network and received the Next Generation Leadership Award by Metro Weekly Magazine. Desiree currently composes curricular resources and infuses technology through the Curricular Innovations fellowship and is a winner of the Teach for America Alumni Excellence Award in Teaching.