Fewer than 21% of DC public school students are prepared for college-level reading and writing, compared to 64% nationwide – a startling statistic. But One World tackles this disparity head-on, equipping educators effectively to teach critical thinking, and empowering students to write about issues that matter to them. Teachers receive a practical toolbox of curricula and lesson plans, coupled with professional development training and support from other experienced educators. Across four to six weeks, students in grades 5-12 learn the core skills and concepts of a rigorous research and writing project, and engage with ideas to solve real-world problems. A semester-long college prep class primes seniors to excel at the next level, in higher education. And it works. Last year, 93% of partner schools saw statistically significant increases in student performance. Working with 6,000 students across 25 schools, this program is cultivating a generation of critical thinkers. Our world needs them.