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.

Awards & Recognition

Fair Chance Graduate, 2011
Lehrman Impact Award Finalist, 2012
DC Public Schools Curriculum Provider, 2012-14
DCPS Cornerstone Project 2015-16


    Budget (FY2016)

    • $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • The current budget for One World Education is: $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

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