During the fall of 2020, thousands of students in DC schools across the city worked remotely to complete the One World Program, pandemic and all. While most of the city was focused on learning loss, our teachers were telling us that their students were still engaged and producing high-quality work.
Their teachers then offered a select group of students the opportunity to participate in a virtual 8-week afterschool Academy to finetune their essays and develop compelling oral presentations in order to participate in a citywide writing and public speaking competition, the One World Challenge, where students compete for $10,000 in college scholarships and academic prizes. We began this year’s spring One World Academy with one of our largest cohorts of students ever.
These students attended regular virtual class sessions each week for two months and flocked to office hours to get individual support from members of One World’s Teacher Leader Team. You now can see the results of their hard work on these voting pages. At a time when many educators are discouraged, we’re more focused than ever on students’ brilliance and how they will rise far above our expectations when we give them the right opportunities.
We interviewed six One World Teacher Leaders last week. They spoke about the importance of giving students voice and the impact of the One World experience on their students. Enjoy the videos, but please do VOTE. We want our students to know that their voices have been heard.