by Liz Gossens - March 29, 2017
We're getting closer to the event, and the seniors are even more diligent in preparing their presentations. There are only three Senior Challenge Academies remaining, and the pressure is mounting. After the students arrived last Wednesday, grabbed snacks and settled into their chairs, One World Education student (and former staff member), Ben Acquah, led the students in practicing their presentations in rapid-fire format while facing one another. It was an important moment to remind students... Read more
by Liz Gossens - March 22, 2017
Over the last 10 years, our students have written about topics ranging from local issues, such as living in a food desert and bullying at school, to national issues, like police brutality and gender inequality. A decade of essays shows the depth of interest in these themes, proving that while our students may be young, they have important perspectives. Our six-week Senior Challenge Academy gives students the opportunity to strengthen the essays they have written in class, building out a 90-second... Read more
by Liz Gossens - March 15, 2017
Elevating and celebrating student voice has always been at the core of One World Education, and it wouldn’t be possible without our annual cadre of Student Ambassadors. These middle and high school students are nominated by their teachers based on the quality of their final essays, created during the One World Program earlier in the school year. Students represent nearly every DC public high school, as well as several public charter schools in the District, and their topics range from paying... Read more
by Cecelia Meredith - March 15, 2017
The second week of the Senior Challenge Academy started with just as much enthusiasm as the first week. Students jumped back into collaboration with our Teacher Leaders and teaching artists, receiving support from volunteer mentors as they continued  turning their essays into polished presentations. There are only four more Wednesday sessions until they present their arguments on stage at the historic Howard Theatre on April 12, competing for a portion of the $15,000 in scholarship funds, and... Read more
by Liz Gossens - March 7, 2017
The first week of the Senior Challenge Academy is always exciting, as we meet the seniors who represent the top one percent of over 2,000 DC public and public charter school seniors who completed the One World Cornerstone this year. These students come from all eight wards and nearly every public high school in Washington, DC. They have committed to spend the next six Wednesday evenings preparing to present their arguments on stage at the historic Howard Theatre on April 12, competing for $15,000... Read more