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Summit Presenter Q&A with Kriste Dragon, CEO of Citizens of the World Charter Schools

Our annual NewSchools Summit is coming up in less than two weeks, on May 6.  Leading up to it, we’re featuring conversations with some of our exciting presenters.  Today we’ll hear from Kriste Dragon, co-founder and CEO of Citizens of the World Charter Schools.  After earning her law degree and then spending years working as a math teacher, professional development coordinator, and operational leader in Los Angeles area schools, Kriste founded Citizens of the World in order […] Read more

Summit Presenter Q&A with Michael Petrilli, Fordham Institute

The NewSchools Summit is coming up on May 6, 2015. Leading up to it, we are featuring conversations with some of our exciting presenters.  Today we’re featuring Michael Petrilli, the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and executive editor of Education Next.  At Summit, Michael will be moderating a session called “Preparing Students to Achieve their Aspirations: Supporting Multiple Pathways,” featuring Sehba Ali from KIPP Houston, Rashid Davis from Pathways […] Read more

Tell Us Your Big Idea! Launching Pre-Application Surveys to Gather Info on Innovative Schools

Earlier this year we shared our strategy for 2015 and beyond.  A major pillar of our strategy is to invest in teams of educators across the U.S. who are designing schools that prepare and inspire each and every student to reach his or her most ambitious dreams and plans.  We aim to support schools that set bold goals for their students and embrace an expanded definition of student success that includes high academic […] Read more

Summit Presenter Q&A with Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google

Our annual NewSchools Summit is coming up on May 6, 2015. In the coming weeks, we will feature posts on some of our exciting presenters.Next up is Jaime Casap, a leader at Google for Education. One of Jaime’s passions is to challenge the education technology field to diversify its ranks. Our Summit session “Race, technology and education: Opportunities and challenges” will build on this theme. I sat down with Jaime to ask him a few questions:Jaime, […] Read more

DC Education Innovation Fellowship: Teachers as Innovators

Together with the CityBridge Foundation in Washington, DC, NewSchools launched the Education Innovation Fellowship program in 2013.  This yearlong program introduces teacher leaders to the most promising innovations in personalized learning and offers them opportunities to pilot personalized learning models in their schools.  The Fellowship program includes local and national school visits, workshops, seminars, guest speakers, and technology demonstrations.  Fellows design and lead personalized learning pilot programs during the summer and expand […] Read more

Three Tips for Picking a Personalized Learning Framework

Teams of educators all over the country are launching new schools and redesigning existing ones, and they are eager to build on the early lessons of the pioneers who have been at it for a few years. This is great – if everyone treats designing and implementing personalized learning as an invention challenge, the state of knowledge and practice will move very slowly. In other words, not everyone has to start with […] Read more

Camelback Fellows Announces New Class of 2015

At 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. Read more

Summit Presenter Q&A with Tom Chi, Google X Co-Founder

Our annual NewSchools Summit is coming up soon, on May 6, 2015. Over the coming weeks, we will feature some of our exciting presenters.First up this week is Tom Chi, a Google X co-founder, entrepreneur, teacher, and rapid prototyping enthusiast. During Tom’s time as the head of Product Experience at Google X, the team created Google Glass, the Self-Driving Car, Project Loon, Google Brain, and more. Recently, Tom has been working with dozens of entrepreneurs in the developing […] Read more

DC Prep Ramps Up Diversity Training & Recruitment

Increasing 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! Read more

Trip Notes: SXSWedu 2015

Last week I was in Austin for SXSWedu, which I’ve attended every year since its launch. I thought I’d share some excerpts from my trip notes:Shark tank has jumped the shark at South-By. Several sessions used the popular television show for inspiration. Here’s a rundown on three of them:Teachers could pitch their classroom innovation ideas to judges and a studio audience in a shark tank edu session, followed by a shark-tank themed […] Read more