Policy & advocacy

We support and advocate for policies that truly enable schools to meet the unique strengths and needs of each student.

We’re actively engaged in building capacity for innovative learning models, supporting demand, and creating space for new approaches to teaching and learning.

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Advancing a vision

For more than 100 years schooling has consisted of one teacher and 30 or so same-aged students all learning the same thing at the same time. Efforts to improve student outcomes, whether based on the adoption of standards, improved teacher quality, the use assessment and accountability, or other approaches, have left the current educational delivery model largely untouched.  

We believe it is time for new learning models to emerge that break free of the inherent constraints of the traditional educational delivery model. This requires the design and widespread adoption of new learning products and models that thoughtfully integrate the talents of teachers and the power of modern technologies so each and every student can thrive.

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New Classrooms CEO Joel Rose speaking to Iceberg Problem event attendee

Our key policy priorities

Building capacity

While transformative research and development (R&D) is what drives progress in industries such as healthcare, energy, and defense, it is notably absent in the K-12 sector. 

That’s why bold, new approaches to teaching and learning require thoughtful R&D focused on the design of innovative learning models that replace the use of traditional textbooks in schools. These models reimagine the use of classroom time, talent, and technology so teachers can meet the unique strengths and needs of each student.

Click here to read how Congress can reimagine school with federal R&D investment for innovative learning models

And click here to see how the Biden-Harris administration can advance a student-centered and equitable vision for K-12 education. 

Supporting demand

The mindsets, expectations, and norms that undergird the current delivery model have built up over decades and are difficult to change. School communities looking to challenge these structures by adopting innovative learning models need policies that give them the freedom, flexibility, and support to do so.

Download our primer to learn more about how Math Innovation Zones are one way to solve this challenge.

Creating space in policy

Long-standing policies around grade-level focused summative assessments and textbook procurement are examples of key barriers that discourage schools from embracing more innovative approaches to instruction.

We advocate for federal and state policies that create the conditions for forward-leaning schools to challenge existing norms and embrace the emergence of innovative solutions. 

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Download our latest papers

Out of the Box

How Innovative Learning Models Can Transform K-12 Education

Solving the Iceberg Problem

Addressing Learning Loss in Middle School Math through Tailored Acceleration

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