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. Applications due 9/4!
Applications due 8/14! 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.
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.
Over the past month, we have been sharing a couple of the pillars of our strategy going forward. The infographic below captures our vision, rationale and approach in a more visual way. We’re excited to share it, and even more excited about the work ahead.
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.
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Charter Board Partners Diversifies its BoardAt Summit 2014, CBP pledged to “COMMIT” to making our board more diverse, modeling the commitment to diversity that we ask of charter school boards. Our goal: add two board members with high-priority skills and expertise who are Black or Latino. We are thrilled that we have since added two Black board members who bring exceptional talent, leadership, and expertise to our board: Corey Ealons and Michael Pickrum. Visit charterboards.org for their […]
Building Diverse, Non-instructional Teams with Ops 360Ops360 trains school and CMO teams to start and strengthen non-instructional operations. In June 2015, we launched our first yearlong cohorts in Memphis and New Orleans. Fifty-five percent of the diverse group of finance, data, operations and school leaders were African Americans. Developing skills and knowledge that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations translates to increased resources and time for improving academics and culture.
The New Teacher Center Re-Doubles EffortsFollowing the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit 2014, the New Teacher Center re-doubled our diversity efforts with both our internal team and our partners. Not only have we diversified our recruiting pipeline, created a diversity task force, expanded and diversified our senior leadership team and Board of Directors, but we have also begun work examining the impact of new state standards on the equity and diversity on beginning teachers, schools leaders, and mentors.
The Expectations Project Sees Power in Faith CommunitiesFaith leaders are trusted voices who can facilitate conversations and collaboration across political, racial and socioeconomic difference. They bring a deeply rooted sense of hope that educational excellence and equity can be achieved in our lifetime. As the impact of The Expectations Project grows, more faith leaders and their congregations will convene families and raise their voices in support of policies and practices that improve educational outcomes for all our children.
Paul Public Charter Builds A Pipeline with a PurposeAt Paul Public Charter School, our coaching program for Black female school leaders enhances the likelihood that our leaders embrace challenges, stay in the struggle, and positively impact our sustainability and the college and career success of our scholars.We support the coaching program and diversify the perspectives of our leaders by establishing a deep pipeline of talented leaders who come from the same communities as our scholars.
Achievement Prep Invests in African American Male LeadersAt Achievement Prep, 22% of leadership positions in our network are held by African American men. We hear a consistent message from our African American male leaders that they strive to be examples of positivity for our scholars, despite a pervasive public message to our children about the dubious position of African American men in our society. These gentlemen provide our predominately African American scholar population with real and varied models of […]
OneGoal: Taking intentional steps to strengthen our approach to staff diversity + inclusionSince 2012, we increased staff diversity at OneGoal from 13% to 38%. By the end of 2015 we will broaden our pipeline to increase diversity in our candidate pool, and establish org-wide diversity and inclusiveness strategies.We seek to ensure that every student, regardless of background, has a legitimate opportunity to be successful. OneGoal’s focus on inclusion will allow us to authentically and strategically leverage differences in order to model what is possible […]
Camelback Fellows Announces New Class of 2015At Camelback Ventures, our mission is to diversify the social innovation ecosystem by leveraging the genius of all people. To close the opportunity gap we need all talent—including underrepresented entrepreneurs. It is not just a moral imperative, but a strategy for change. In March 2015, Camelback launched its first “official” class of Camelback Fellows. These fellows are launching innovative schools, creating tech products, and building services to ensure improve education.
DC Prep Ramps Up Diversity Training & RecruitmentIncreasing diversity across DC Prep’s organization is a strategic priority. During summer 2014, DC Prep launched a set of ongoing Cultural Competency trainings with leadership teams in its award-winning network of preschool-8th grade public charter schools. DC Prep has also increased diversity of the Home Office staff, and its Talent Team will be implementing diversity recruitment/retention initiatives as the organization gears up to launch its fifth campus in the 2015-16 school year!
UP Education Network Assembles its 2nd Diversity and Inclusivity Task ForceUP Education’s second Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force is creating a scorecard to measure our organization’s progress and performance in the areas of recruiting, hiring, training, supporting, promoting, and retaining a diverse group of employees.We look forward to hearing the diverse voices and perspectives from across the network and holding ourselves accountable for realizing our vision of diversity and inclusivity.
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?
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