by Holly Kearl - September 10, 2014
An alarming new study released by the Urban Institute last week showed that 54 percent of D.C. public and charter schools had at least one gunshot fired within 1,000 feet of the school during the 2011-12 year. Nearly half of those gunfire incidents took place near just nine percent of schools. Of course, gun violence occurs in schools, too. Between late 2012 and June 2014, there have been 41 deaths in 62 documented incidents at U.S. schools. The frequency of attacks has increased since the December... Read more
by Holly Kearl - September 2, 2014
Last week, Adar Howard welcomed more than 100 tenth grade students to her English classes at Ballou High School. This is her fifth year teaching at the school. Adar graduated from the DC Public School system then majored in architecture in college. After a few years of working in the field, she decided to transition to teaching. After going through a teacher’s fellowship program she moved back home to DC to find a job. She said, “I felt it would be a great opportunity to give back to... Read more
by Holly Kearl - August 27, 2014
More than 16,000 residents in Washington, D.C. live with HIV and the virus disproportionately affects African Americans. With this number representing roughly 2.5 percent of the D.C. population, the World Health Organization categorizes it as a “severe epidemic.”   HIV education is an issue of great importance to Eastern Senior High School student Jamaya Andrews, a 2014 One World Education Student Ambassador. She chose it as the topic of her recent One World Writing Program essay. “As... Read more
by Holly Kearl - August 19, 2014
Thanks to evaluations conducted by George Washington University and American University this year, we know that One World Education’s writing program improves students’ research and writing skills. Additionally, two-thirds of students felt they learned something new about a global or local issue. But what do teachers think of the program? This is what we’re exploring in our new “Teacher Feature” where we interview and highlight exceptional teaching taking place in... Read more
by Eric Goldstein - August 12, 2014
We have exciting news. We’ve submitted a proposal to present at the prestigious national SXSW EDU conference in Austin, TX, in 2015. This is a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about our successful writing program. You can help us get there by voting for our workshop! Here’s why we want to be there: only 24% of American 8th and 12th graders have writing proficiency and the rest are at a massive disadvantage as they enter colleges and careers. Closing this gap is contingent on... Read more