by Holly Kearl - December 10, 2014
Our Writing Program has proven results. For example, when George Washington University and American University conducted an evaluation for the 2013-14 school year, they found that the unit improved students’ grade on the written essay section by an average 4.8 percentage points. Eighty percent of students said the unit improved their writing skills and 84 percent said it helped them know how to research information.  Those are the numbers, but what about the student stories? Matt Kaufax... Read more
by Holly Kearl - December 4, 2014
Twelfth grade English and AP Literature teacher Rachel Broudy has been teaching at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC, for seven years. Originally from Philadelphia, Broudy moved to the area when she attended college at American University. At McKinley, she is the sponsor of the poetry club where students like to try out spoken word poetry. The school holds a monthly open mic event where students can read their pieces. Some students also attend open mic events outside of school at... Read more
by Holly Kearl - November 24, 2014
More than two million students take the SAT each year, each one hoping that their test score will help them gain admission into the college of their choice. One of the more popular test dates is December 6, so for many students, right now is a high stress time. Students, especially high school seniors, may feel pressure to study every waking moment in their quest for a good test score. One World Education 2013 Student Ambassador Jessica Li, who was a grade 12 student at Montgomery High School in... Read more
by Holly Kearl - November 18, 2014
Originally from Kentucky, Beth Kara has been teaching 8th grade Humanities at E. L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC for two years. Before that, she taught for five years in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mrs. Kara is the advisor for the film club at E. L. Haynes, which meets twice per week to watch and discuss classic and contemporary films. Her favorite part of leading the club, she says, is “the opportunity to learn from the kids. The students bring such unique perspectives... Read more
by Holly Kearl - November 11, 2014
One World Education is proud to be part of a community of school initiatives and nonprofits working to improve student writing in DC schools. In this series, we highlight their great work. When Ashley Johnson taught ninth grade English and Language Arts as a DC Public School teacher, she was shocked by how many students were only at a third grade reading level. She and her colleagues did the best they could to help students overcome that gap, but they were required to teach the learning standards... Read more