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Introducing Project RED

Where we’ve been...

Project RED conducted the first and only national study of education technology to focus on student achievement and financial implications. In our research of nearly 1,000 schools, we discovered a replicable design for successfully introducing technology into the classroom- one that leads to improved student performance and cost benefits. Learn more.

Where we're going...

Project RED: Implementing the findings. 

With more schools heeding the call for high quality 1:1 initiatives and the imperative for digital equity, One to One Institute continues to strive to provide the resources districts and schools need to ensure their programs meet the standards. Two of our latest offerings are 1:1Done, a project management tool for getting initiatives started and Coaches Transforming Teaching, a year-long PLC focused on what matters most in one to one, classroom practice.

Writings on a Study of the Project RED Signature Districts

The Project RED Signature District program evolved out of a request from districts for more direct support as the Project Red Team enlisted districts in the revolution. In 2012, the call went out to apply for the program. Following a competitive process, 20 districts of varying sizes, demographics, and implementations were chosen to participate. The districts committed, via a memorandum of understanding signed by the superintendent, to follow the Project RED Design, report data annually to the Project Red Team for three years, and be open to other educators looking to learn from their experiences.

It became clear to the Project RED Team that the work with the Signature Districts was providing a tremendous amount of new information that would be valuable to the education community. Three years of annually reported data could provide some longitudinal insights, as well as provide an opportunity to validate the findings of the original self-reported research. University of Memphis Center for Research in Education Policy was enlisted to provide an independent analysis of the data.

Detailed discussion of the findings are presented in a series of Project RED Briefs that will be made available throughout the first half of 2017. The Briefs are organized into five main focus areas: Leadership; Communication; Instruction, Pedagogy, and Data; Professional Learning; and Finance. Embedded within the focus areas are a number of important implementation elements such as change leadership, formative assessment, and fidelity of implementation, that are supported by both the original Project RED study and the current Signature District study.

Click on the hyperlinked titles below to read the briefs that are currently available.

Introduction  Overview of Project RED's research goals, and summary of the findings from the study of their Signature Districts
Leadership  The importance of 2nd order change and distributed leadership
Communications  The keys to a shared vision, distrubuted leadership, and effecitve implementation
Instruction, Pedagogy, and Assessment  Higher student achievement is a result of matching appropriate pedagogy to desired outcomes
Professional Learning   Episodic training vs. ongoing, job-embedded professional learning
Finance  Understanding Total Cost of Ownership and potential cost savings


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Project RED Lauches Phase III



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Project RED Launches Phase III
Proven Data-driven Method for Effective Education through Properly Implemented Technology

Research-based method leads to increased student achievement and improved ROI



  • Project RED is launching a third phase of research around Signature Districts’ demonstration that well implemented education technologies leads to increased student achievement and revenue positive results.
  • Project RED Phase II created a professional learning community providing tools, resources and collaboration opportunities for district leaders and school administrators who are passionate about bringing change to learning and preparing students for successful futures.
  • By using findings from a national research study of 1,000 schools, the initial Project RED research provided a replicable design for school districts to make the best possible use of technology in a learning environment, leading to improved student achievement and significant return on investment.

June 30, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA) – Project RED announces the second iteration of its research.  In 2012, seventeen districts across the United States were identified as Signature Districts in Phase II of Project RED. These districts were awarded Signature status through a national, competitive, rigorous application process.  Each district demonstrated Project RED’s ‘key implementation factors’ (KIFs).  The KIFs are associated with the highest levels of effectiveness for technology integration for enhancing teaching, learning, and financial savings.  Phase III Project RED research will focus on student achievement, teacher and student behavior and financial findings in these  technology rich Signature Districts that  followed the Project RED Model Design© for implementation.

“Our 2010 Project RED (phase I) research of 1,000 schools showed that the United States was in an education technology implementation crisis.  We realized that there was a gap between what schools were doing and what research showed was effective,” said Leslie Wilson, CEO of the One-to-One Institute and a Project RED team member.  “Some leaders didn’t realize the extensive nature of project planning required and there were no models that ranked various strategies to find the most effective. The key, however, is effective implementation, and that’s exactly what sets Project RED apart.”

“Project RED is nothing less than a blueprint for remaking American education – second-order change – not through more or better testing, charter schools, longer school days, more or even better teachers, but through fundamentally altering how we do education, the first real change in the process of education itself in a thousand years.” – Angus King, Governor of Maine, 1995-2003

Project RED Phase II provided a method to district leaders and school administrators through a free, professional learning community where experts continue to share the best practices and tools for effective technology implementation.  Members take advantage of resources and research, as well as participate in educational opportunities including webinars, forums and regional institutes. During these events, members gain the knowledge to effectively implement technology into their own districts.

To address the critical question of school finance, the Project RED team has created both a project plan model and an ROI Calculator to share with district leaders who join the Project RED learning community.  The team has also examined the financial impact of technology and can now share potential savings in 14 areas with Project RED Signature Districts. 

There are five key findings the Project RED research reveals about using technology in schools to improve learning performance and financial outcomes.

1. Personalize learning for all students through frequent, appropriate use of technology integrated with curriculum and instruction in all classrooms and other learning places.

  • Technology is no longer a supplement. It’s an integral part of students’ lives outside of the classroom and is most effective when it becomes an integral part of the core curriculum.

2. Incorporate “change leadership” consistently throughout the entire process.

  • Leadership for change is one of the most crucial elements for school transformation through education technology.

3. Make professional learning and effective use of technology high priorities for administrators and teachers.

  • High-quality professional learning for teachers is key to using technology to its fullest potential. To truly transform learning, educators must be able to confidently integrate technologies into their teaching, learning and assessments.

4. Use technologies such as social media, games and simulations to engage students and encourage collaboration.

  • Today’s students have been communicating and learning on technology platforms as long as they can remember. Leverage the extraordinary power of technology to connect with students, excite them about learning and empower them to succeed.

5. Use ongoing online (formative) assessments to gauge student learning and then tailor instruction for personalized learning experiences.

  • Technology can assess each student’s learning progress faster to help teachers guide students more effectively. Use this data to determine instruction, remediation and accelerated learning strategies for each student.


About Project RED
Project RED was established by three organizations, The Greaves Group, The Hayes Connection and One-to-One Institute, and began with a research project aimed at addressing two major issues in U.S. education: improving student achievement and evaluating the total financial impact of technology on state budgets.

In 2010, Project RED conducted a survey of technology programs in 1,000 U.S. schools, which is the first and only national research focusing on academic results and the financial implication of education technology. The research shows that, if effectively implemented, technology programs can lead to improved student achievement and significant return on investment. After analyzing the findings, Project RED now provides a research-based method to effectively integrate technology into the classroom. Additional information can be found at


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