One World Program: Overview

One World Education partners with school districts, charter networks, and individual schools to improve research, writing, and presentation skills for middle and high school students. Its signature One World Program is a theme-based learning experience with four stages: student exemplar analysis, research, writing, and presentation. The program increases content knowledge and leverages student ideas and solutions about self-chosen topics to engage learners and advance skills critical for college and career success. Students in 93% of Washington, DC public and charter schools participating in the One World Program have demonstrated statistically significant improvements.

The One World Program is delivered in two formats:

One World Cornerstone
One World Capstone
Grades 5-12 / 4-6 Week Units
Grades 11-12 / Full Semester Course
Cornerstone units introduce the core skills and concepts of a rigorous research and writing project. For many students, this is the first substantive project where they connect credible research to their own ideas for solutions to real-world problems. Each unit works around a specific, age-appropriate theme:
  • Grade 5/6 - School Issues
  • Grade 7/8 - National & Civic Issues
  • Grade 9/10 - Cultural & Global Issues
  • Grade 11/12 - College & Career Issues
The Capstone enables students to embark on a college-level research, writing, and presentation experience. In addition to conventional research, students learn strategies of applying technical and communication skills to conduct community and expert interviews, as well as skills for crafting alternative writing formats as they build genuine expertise about critical college and career issues through the lens of social justice. As necessary groundwork for college and the workforce, the One World Capstone prepares students to present their work both orally and visually, with the use of technology, to school leaders and peers.

The One World Program includes:

Curriculum - Every teacher receives a Curriculum Guide with lessons that cover the program's four stages. Approximately 15 Common Core Standards are covered in Cornerstones and 20 in the Capstone. 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 - Cornerstones and the Capstone contain pre- and post-assessments to measure growth in a range of Common Core skills. Evaluation is conducted by the World Bank and American University. Read more here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to use the One World Program?

Most school partners open the school year or semester with the program. The One World Program contains lessons and skills that will be used throughout the school year. Fall semester implementation also ensures students have the opportunity to participate in the College and Career Senior Challenge or become published as Student Ambassadors.

What are school leaders and teachers saying about the One World Program?

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What kind of results has the One World Program generated?

Over the last three years, evaluations by American University and the World Bank have reported significant gains on a range of Common Core State Standards-aligned assessments. Visit our Impact Page to learn more.