NewSchools Ignite is a uniquely focused education technology accelerator that will support entrepreneurs tackling the most pressing gaps in K-12 education technology. Our first initiative, the Science Learning Challenge, is now open to companies and nonprofits building technologies that support students’ development of science and engineering skills. We received over 100 applications by the deadline of 9/4, and look forward to announcing the winners in October.
NewSchools Catapult is the first endeavor of our new nationwide school investment strategy. Its goal over the next several years is to propel successive waves of education entrepreneurs to launch new schools – the kinds of audacious, life-altering schools that can truly prepare our students to pursue their most ambitious dreams. In keeping with our mission and core values, our focus is on schools that serve significant numbers of underserved students in grades PreK-12 and will be operated by (a) early-stage charter networks for which this would be their first or second school or (b) district-operated schools with sufficient autonomy and support to realize their vision. We received over 80 applications by the deadline of 8/14, and look forward to announcing the winners in October.
Many education reformers ask, “Why should we focus on closing the demographic gap between the children we serve and the leaders of the ed reform movement?” Our answer is simple. Research shows that diversity matters, and a sustainable education reform movement requires a community to participate in its own liberation to achieve the practice of freedom.
At Summit 2014, 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 and hope it will inspire you to submit your own.