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.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing some information about our investment strategy at NewSchools. Here’s a bit more detail about how we will build a portfolio of investments in great tools and services that support innovative school models and enable their students and teachers to flourish. We are excited to work together with entrepreneurs and educators to increase the availability of effective tools and services that matter for learning.
We are starting to see new school designs emerge that fundamentally rethink time, talent, and technology to create learning experiences that work better for students. Early evidence suggests that new school designs can accelerate learning gains for all students, especially those who are furthest behind. But there’s a long way to go to figure out which design choices and practices matter most, as well as how to gauge progress in other dimensions of student success. At NewSchools, we are ready to increase our support for teams who are building on and extending the initial design principles from the first wave of innovators. We will find and fund high-potential teams with innovative school designs, support their planning and implementation, and connect them to each other and to experts so they can get better faster.
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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NEW RESEARCH ON HISPANIC FAMILIES’ USE OF MEDIA FOR LEARNING FROM JGCCThe Joan Ganz Cooney Center released three reports that explore the diverse and growing Hispanic population in the U.S. and how these families are using media to promote learning at home. Aprendiendo en casa reveals findings from a national parent survey; Connecting to Learn recommends policy solutions to improve digital equity among low-income Hispanic families; and Digital Media and Latino Families examines how technology proliferation affects family and community relationships.
NEW LEADERS PREPARES DIVERSE TOP TALENT FOR HIGH-NEED SCHOOLSNew Leaders is committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of their background or zip code, are prepared for success in college, careers and citizenship. Children, and particularly students of color, benefit when led and taught by racially diverse educators. Over fifteen years, New Leaders has strategically recruited and developed outstanding principals and teacher leaders for America’s highest-need schools. The result is a national network of transformational leaders, 75% of whom are […]
US DOE CONVENES LEADERS TO INCREASE DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION REFORMOn January 29-30, the U.S. Department of Education brought together over 50 education reform leaders for the first meeting, or “First Steps Forum” in a collaboration called, “Our Students, Our Leaders: Increasing the Diversity of Education Reform Leadership.” Participants came from education organizations across the country and left with action plans to close the demographic gap between students and leaders in education reform. At an early 2016 meeting each 2015 participant will […]
EdFuel and BAEO Launch Leaders of Color Peer Learning Community (PLC)In partnership with BAEO, EdFuel is piloting a PLC to address the unique needs of leaders of color in education reform. Over a 9-month period, leaders from schools in DC meet monthly to strengthen their skills and address issues of race and equity. We share best practices, unpack personal stories and identify strategies to improve leadership. The result is a cadre of leaders who feel capable, competent and confident to invoke change […]
UTRU Prepares Teachers from Diverse BackgroundsSchool districts that serve children in high-need communities need well-prepared, effective, and diverse educators who are ready to teach on day one. Urban Teacher Residency United launches and supports programs that prepare new teachers who themselves come from diverse racial, economic and experience backgrounds. Our programs provide the practical learning, the hands-on experience and the support network teachers need to be effective right away. Through excellent teaching, students can experience academic success.
New Urban Learning Builds College Partnership for TeachersConcerned with the number of African American certified male teachers in our organization, and by the challenges faced by those seeking certification, we partnered with a local university to train and certify our teachers. While we’ve started small, our hope is to continually improve access to certification for more and more teachers of color, including supporting non-traditional individuals interested in education obtain certification.
Teach for America Launched Dream. Rise. Do.Recognizing that African American men make up only 2% of the nation’s teachers, we launched Dream. Rise. Do. (DRD) to bring awareness to the need for more! We launched www.dreamrisedo.org, securing 20K pledges agreeing that 2% is not enough. Through DRD we will increase the number of black male teachers in the nation’s classrooms. We will build a coalition of organizations that will work together to secure more black male teachers.
NewSchools Invests in Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education (FREE)NewSchools invested in Michelle Molitor & her new organization FREE, which was founded to facilitate discussions about the effects of systemic racism on our schools. Michelle believes “the most dangerous conversation about race is the one we’re not having as an education community.” Through FREE, she will work with people and organizations to create learning communities that bridge difference and build confidence in talking about race so as to live, learn, and act in a democracy together.
Ripple Effects Releases New Version of Race/Racism TutorialWe updated our professional development software which helps teachers address race as a social construct, and how racism can be approached as a problem without blame or shame. Our aim is to create a safe space for educators to reflect on race and racism and enable them to risk deeper levels of self-honesty, an important first step in creating needed dialogue. We are also actively searching for leaders of color to join […]
Charter Board Partners is Building Awareness that Diverse Charter Boards are Better BoardsRaël N. James, CBP’s recruiting director is leading a national awareness effort on board diversity based on our belief that diverse boards are better boards. Board member Michael Pickrum is helping us identify & connect with high profile people of color to encourage them to join boards & support charters. In the past year, our DC board candidate network increased from 26% to 36% people of color, & 54% that we matched to boards were people of color.
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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