The Program Works

Watch One World students Caden (left) and Nyla (center), and their mothers, talk about how the program has improved their writing and changed their lives. Then hear why past program participant Ben Acquah has come back every year for the last five years to mentor younger students at the One World Academy.

One World's Impact

A two-year World Bank evaluation of One World’s impact showed that 90% of schools using the program make statistically significant gains.



of Schools Make Gains



Students Served


7 Years

DC’s Largest Writing Program



Library of Congress Best Practices Honoree

The One World Program

engages students and drives achievement.

We transform students into writers with voice, knowledge, and purpose.

Students Engage By

  • Choosing a Social Justice Issue
  • Researching to Build Knowledge
  • Writing an Evidence-Based Argument
  • Using their Voices to Advocate for Solutions
  • Celebrating Learning

Teachers Receive

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Professional Development

Teachers experience the program as students



Teaches research, writing, and presentation skills

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Student Journals

Students apply what they learn after every lesson

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Student Evaluation

Every unit contains a pre- and post-assessment

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Middle and High School Program

During the fall, the One World Program teaches basic skills – every step of the writing process – but also builds students’ knowledge and critical thinking while drawing out their innate potential and brilliance.

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Adult Program

We provide a customized version of the One World Program that features topics geared more directly to the interests of older learners. All of DC’s largest adult learning centers now use the One World Program.

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The Academy

In the spring, 75 select middle and high school students work in our after-school One World Academy to turn their stellar essays into compelling oral presentations.

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The Challenge

The Academy culminates with the One World Challenge. Students compete for $10,000 in college scholarships and academic prizes at the National Housing Center.

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What's Happening

For news, videos, research, blogs, events, and school stories involving One World.