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Co-Founder Chris Rush to Serve as U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Educational Technology

February 25, 2021 New Classrooms

A note from New Classrooms CEO, Joel Rose

The team at New Classrooms and Teach to One is excited to share news about our co-founder and friend, Chris Rush.

This is a unique time in our nation’s history as school communities and families grapple with how to address profound losses in learning and stark inequities in remote learning due to the pandemic. During this challenging moment of national crisis, Chris has agreed to serve as the Director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education with a critical focus on reimagining the role of technology and innovation in teaching and learning as we move towards a post-pandemic world. He will be transitioning into the role over the next several months.

We are incredibly proud of the work Chris has led over the last decade, and are gratified that his accomplishments have been recognized at the most senior levels of government. Chris’ decade-long focus on the intersection of innovative program design, school implementation, and student acceleration makes him uniquely qualified to serve this tour of duty. He will now have the opportunity to play a key role in shaping a federal agenda that empowers teachers, advances educational equity, and supports our nation’s educational recovery efforts more broadly.

It is with great honor and privilege that we reflect on the past ten years of progress our organization has made, and congratulate Chris on his well-deserved appointment.


Joel Rose

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer