This requires an education system that meets every student where they are, helps them figure out where they want to be, and how to get there. We’re a long way from this being true in every neighborhood in the United States, but we’re going to get there. Our strategy is designed to help us get there faster.
NewSchools’ national investment strategy is aimed at building on the early momentum created by pioneers who are redesigning schools so that they meet today’s students where they are and prepare them for success now and in the future.
By supporting diverse leaders with early stage ideas and organizations, we will help accelerate the nascent movement to transform schools faster and with higher quality.
We support diverse teams of educators who are creating innovative preK-12 schools to help students reach an expanded definition of success. These teams are rethinking dimensions of school – including how they use time, talent and technology – so that they work well for every student, every day.
Innovative schools need sophisticated tools and services to tailor learning for students and make the best use of teachers’ time and talents. The overall edtech market is growing rapidly, but innovation is lagging in some areas that are important for student success. We identify the most pressing gaps and invest in ventures that address them.
To be most effective, education organizations need diverse leaders who have shared experiences with the young people they serve. Across our investment areas, we fund teams committed to diversity. In addition, we invest in organizations that attract, develop and place Black and Latino senior education leaders.