New Classrooms Innovation Partners

Redesigning the classroom to meet the needs of every student

MISSION


New Classrooms complements the role of live, teacher-led instruction with other instructional strategies. By incorporating multiple strategies into one learning environment we redesign the classroom experience to better meet the needs of every student.

New Classrooms was born from the belief that today’s model for delivering education—one teacher and 28 or so students in a classroom—does not sufficiently account for each student’s needs and assumes that each student arrives on the first day of school with the same academic foundation and way of learning. For a teacher, this presents the nearly impossible challenge of teaching grade-level curriculum while also meeting the needs of each student.

To address this challenge, we design new instructional models that reimagine the role of educators, the use of time, the configuration of physical space, and the use of data and technology to better meet the needs of each student. We then collaborate with educators to support the implementation of these models within traditional public, charter, and independent schools.

RE-ENVISIONING EDUCATION


THE CHALLENGE

A teacher can only teach one lesson at a time. In a classroom filled with students, how can one teacher effectively meet the diverse needs of each student?

Today’s classroom teachers are faced with the immense challenge of customizing learning to the needs of each student. As a result, classroom instruction is usually based more on the standard curriculum than on each student’s specific needs.

THE CONCEPT

By complementing teacher-led instruction with other approaches to learning, teachers can simultaneously support the diverse needs of each student. Teacher-led instruction is one way to deliver instruction. It may be the best way, but it’s not the only way. There are other ways students can learn.

  Collaboratively from each other

 Online with virtual instructors

Independently with software/materials

THE MODEL

We redesign the classroom in ways that both integrate multiple instructional approaches and leverage the collective talents of teachers to enable personalized learning. Integrating all of these approaches into a single learning environment enables a teacher to better address the individual needs of each student.

By doing so, a classroom can shift from a traditional one-teacher model to one where multiple skills can be taught simultaneously and students can experience instructional approaches aligned to their particular academic needs. This is one way that New Classrooms helps teachers personalize learning in their classrooms.

 

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