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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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.

Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Education Reform

by Stacey Childress

Great schools matter for kids. I believe they are the most powerful force we have for reducing economic and social inequality in the United States over the long run. But it’s a mistake to work on “fixing” schools while ignoring the conditions and beliefs that make it possible for chronically underperforming schools to persist in the first place. Or the crushing realities they perpetuate in communities across the country.

Our work to improve schools will be stronger if we acknowledge and speak up about the interdependencies with other issues that affect young people and their communities. Earlier this fall, a couple of weeks after unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, our team at NewSchools used a standing all-staff meeting to talk in small groups about what had happened. Our team is not as diverse as it should be, or will be, but we tried to bring our differences to bear as we struggled to make sense of the story coming out of Ferguson. For some of us it was tough to find the right words. We tried in good faith to connect it to the work we do to support entrepreneurs working to improve schools.

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Andy Smarick: D.C.’s Outstanding and Improving Charter School Sector

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Strong Charter Accountability in D.C.

I recently wrote about exciting new charter school results in Washington, D.C.. More kids are in high-performing charters, the number of high-performing charters is growing, and the number of struggling charters is shrinking.

But why?

For lots of reasons; D.C. has great
school operators that are expanding;
the charter law is quite good; the city
has valuable support organizations;
and public support has helped insulate the sector from unfounded attacks.

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D.C.’s Outstanding and Improving Charter School Sector

As my Bellwether colleague (and D.C. Public Charter School Board member) Sara Mead wrote last week, newinformation on the performance of the Washington, D.C. charter school sector is extremely encouraging. And while the strong and improving achievement scores are terrific news for kids and families in the city, they also offer even more reason to believe that chartering—if done smartly—can replace the district system for delivering public education in America’s cities. 

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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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