Former Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries was appointed to the board of New Classrooms, a nonprofit that seeks to personalize education by redesigning how a classroom works.

Jeffries, the national president of Democrats for Education Reform, ran for mayor of Newark in 2014. He was also a a member of the city's School Advisory Board and served as its president.

“I am beyond excited to join New Classrooms and support the organization’s work to reimagine for the modern world what teaching and learning should look like,” Jeffries said.  

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“Too many of our classrooms operate instructionally in ways that are materially indistinguishable from how they worked in the 20th century," Jeffries said. "New Classrooms is at the forefront of transforming our schools in ways that better enable all children to fulfill their potential, and I’m honored to support this work.”

Jeffries, a civil rights lawyer, brings a personal commitment to ensuring that a child’s zip code does not define their destiny, said New Classrooms CEO Joel Rose.

"He has advocated for educational equity for 20 years," Rose said. "As a lawyer, he’s litigated numerous education cases, spanning school funding, special education, and racial equity. He served as an assistant attorney general for the state of New Jersey, where he supervised the state’s civil-rights and crime-prevention strategies as well as its juvenile prisons."

New Classrooms is a national nonprofit that seeks to redesign how a classroom works – from the use of technology, time, and physical space to the instruction and content that engages each student. 

The founders of New Classrooms were the leaders of an initiative within NYC Public Schools called School of One, which TIME named as one of the Best Inventions of 2009. 

New Classrooms’ first learning model, Teach to One: Math, ensures each student is learning the right math lesson, at the right time, and in the right way that best meets their strengths and needs. It is used by thousands of students in schools nationwide.