NewSchools is a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm working to transform public education for low-income children.

Through funding and guidance of entrepreneurial organizations, we aim to make sure every child receives an excellent education.


Our model

As a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm, we raise philanthropic capital and use those funds to support education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education.

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Our impact

We're working towards a future in which every child — regardless of race or socioeconomic status — has access to the exceptional schools, highly effective teachers, and cutting edge tools she needs to succeed in college and beyond.

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Our Funds

NewSchools invests in the most innovative, promising, early-stage entrepreneurial organizations creating innovative solutions to the problems in public education so that all children have the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond.

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Redesigning Schools for
Today’s Students and Beyond

Stacey_Childress_Headshot_0017Over the last few years, the education community has heard plenty of buzz about the growth in education technology and digital learning. For instance, as New Schools’ Seed Fund team highlighted in a December blog, overall investment in ed tech companies once again rose significantly in 2014. And since last October when the White House launched Future Ready, an effort to support school districts and charter networks as they incorporate more digital learning, more than 1000 superintendents have taken the Future Ready pledge.

Even with all of this activity, we are still in the very early stages of the creation of new school designs that fundamentally rethink time, talent, and technology to create learning experiences that work better for students. Some have emerged over the last few years – schools that do much more than simply add tablets and apps into traditional classroom environments. Rather than trying to squeeze even more out of schools built for the last century, teams of educators are redesigning schools to work now and well into the future.

A key difference between these next generation models and traditional schools is that they put more power in students’ hands and tailor learning to their individual needs. Students can move at a pace that works for them and connect what they’re working on at school to their own personal interests and aspirations. Teachers are able to spend more time with individual students and small groups, and have the tools and supports they need to be successful in these new environments.

Read Stacey’s Full Thoughts on the Future of NewSchools’ Work


Happy Holidays from the
NewSchools Seed Fund

This holiday season, please join us in celebrating the impact our entrepreneurs are having everyday on the lives of children!

From Intention to Action:
Building Diverse, Inclusive Teams in Education to Deepen Impact


Diverse leadership teams bring tremendous value across organizations and industries. However, there is much work to be done when it comes to education organizations’ abilities to attract, develop, and retain leaders of color.

Koya Leadership Partners and Education Pioneers developed From Intention to Action: Building Diverse, Inclusive Teams in Education to Deepen Impact to help translate these well-intentioned beliefs about the importance of diversity into actionable practices.

Diversifying Education:

Stories of Action

At this year’s Summit, 205 organizations, including NewSchools, committed to enhancing diversity in their leadership ranks. As we reflected on our stories of action, we realized how challenging the work can be and how much we all can benefit from sharing ideas, questions, steps taken and lessons learned with others in the field. We encourage you to browse our and other organization’s stories of action below and hope it will inspire you to submit your own. 

Do you have diversity work to share? Let us know using #DiversifyEd! Tweet #DiversifyEd

What action are you taking to enhance and improve diversity in your organization? Have an opinion, an idea or a question about what needs to happen to effectively diversify education leadership?

Share with us via twitter with #DiversifyEd, and please include a photo!


Watch all the Summit 2014 Sessions

From Talk to Action: Increasing the Diversity of Education Leadership

Lunchtime Plenary: John King in Conversation with Joanne Weiss

Crossing Over Jordan: Building Relationships between Communities and Ed Reformers

Transforming Trauma: Promoting Resilience

From STEM to STEAM: Creativity as a Lever for Social Justice

Winning the Fight for Higher Standards

Teaching Literacy in the New World of CCSS

How Disruptive Can We Be: CCSS and the Future of Digital Learning

Re-Imagining Urban School Districts

But How Do We Know What’s Working?

Live with EdSurge Part 1

Live with EdSurge Part 2 

Watch & Share your insights over Twitter! #NSVFSummit

Learning Games Continue to Gain Momentum as co.lab Announces Cohort #3


Learn more about co.lab Cohort #3




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