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.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: Anacostia HS (DCPS); Ballou HS (DCPS); Banneker HS (DCPS); Cardozo Education Campus (DCPS); CHEC: Bell HS (DCPS); Coolidge HS (DCPS); Duke Ellington (DCPS); Dunbar HS (DCPS); Eastern HS (DCPS); HD Woodson HS (DCPS); Luke C. Moore (DCPS); McKinley Tech HS (DCPS); Phelps HS (DCPS); Roosevelt HS (DCPS); School Without Walls HS (DCPS); Washington Metropolitan HS (DCPS); Wilson HS (DCPS); EL Haynes (Public Charter); Capital City (Public Charter); Center City (Public Charter); Potomac Prep (Public Charter); William E. Doar Jr. (Public Charter)

  • Number of students participating in the One World Program:   25,000
  • Percentage of participating schools in 2015-16 that saw statistically significant gains in students' research, writing, and presentation skills:   93%
  • Percentage of students in 2015-16 that improved their average score between the pre- and post-writing tests:  
    70%, with students who started with the lowest scores showing the greatest gains
  • Percentage of teachers surveyed in 2015-16 that reported that their students were engaged in the learning process:   100%

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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