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 strategy

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 ideas

Our work with entrepreneurs inspires us and makes us incredibly curious about what's possible in K-12 schools. In our blog we share the latest stories from our partners and observations about emerging ideas.

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Our investments

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

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Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic: Moving Faster Toward New School Models

Together with several partners, NewSchools CEO Stacey Childress recently released a paper sharing our rationale for why better models of schooling are necessary, our vision for what they might look like, and a shared theory of change for how we might get there. “Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic” answers the question: “When it comes to improving schools, what should we be less patient about or perhaps more patient about?”

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NewSchools Ignite: Accelerating Innovation in K-12 EdTech Market Gaps

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.

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NewSchools Catapult: Invent 2015

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.

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Our Commitment to Diversifying Education

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.

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NewSchools’ Strategy at a Glance

The infographic below captures our vision, rationale and investment approach in a visual way. We’re excited to share it, and even more excited about the work ahead. 

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Diversifying Education:

Stories of Action

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. 

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

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