The One World Program

One World teaches middle and high school students in primarily high-poverty areas to be skilled writers and effective public speakers. Students choose social justice issues of personal interest. With One World, they then follow a rigorous four to six-week process to master each of the steps required to write a compelling argumentative essay and to prepare to compete with peers from across the city for $10,000 in scholarships in a public showcase of their work. Ninety percent of schools using the One World Program make statistically significant gains, according to a recent World Bank evaluation.

The One World Program includes:

Curriculum - Every teacher receives access to a digital Curriculum Guide with 10 lessons that cover the program's four stages. Each unit addresses between 20-25 Common Core State Standards. Read more here.

Professional Development - Empowering preview sessions allow teachers to take on the role of the students and provide time and guidance to differentiate the program to meet the needs of all learners. Read more here.

One World Journals - Students receive journals to guide them through every stage, allowing them to demonstrate their skills through exercises and assessments, ending with a final Argumentative Reflection. Read more here.

Evaluation - One World conducts pre- and post-assessments to measure growth in a range of Common Core skills. American University professors grade student performances on these assessments. Read more here.

One World has established a track record of success over the last decade and now serves roughly 5,000 students a year at 40 schools and learning centers. The One World Program works where many others fail because it engages students with emotion and then teaches them with rigor. After choosing social justice issues of personal interest, students follow a highly-detailed, step-by-step process mastering each and every element of the writing process before combining them all into a final essay. At a time when half of all students report being bored with school (Gallup 2015), engagement soars when students research and write about issues relevant to their own lives.

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