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NewSchools’ Strategy at a Glance

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.A quick note: in addition to these strategic focus areas, we have a continuing commitment to diversify education leadership and to generate high quality school choices in Washington, […] Read more

Investing in Tools & Services that Support Innovative Schools

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing some information about our investment strategy at NewSchools.In a January 13 blog post about innovative school models, I acknowledged we’re at the beginning of our work as an investor in schools that put more power in students’ hands and tailor learning to their individual needs.Then on January 26 we shared some news in EdSurge about our ed tech investing. For us, these investment areas […] Read more

Redesigning Schools for Today’s Students and Beyond

Over the last few years, the education community has heard plenty of buzz about the growth in education technology and digital learning. For instance, as New Schools’ Seed Fund team highlighted in a December blog, overall investment in ed tech companies once again rose significantly in 2014. And since last October when the White House launched Future Ready, an effort to support school districts and charter networks as they incorporate more digital […] Read more

Crossing the Classroom Chasm: Breaking into the Ed sector

“What would you say is the greatest challenge the education sector is facing today?” he asked. I paused for a moment before winding up for what I thought was the interview equivalent of a softball lob, and then answered with, “the lack of financial resources dedicated to education.”“The United States actually spends more per student than any other country,” he said. (The National Center for Education Statistics last reported that the US […] Read more

Philanthropy’s Essential Role in K-12 Edtech and Strategies for Impact

Although “Record Levels of Edtech Funding” has been a recurring headline, there hasn’t been a focus on the role of philanthropy as the majority of funding is coming from the private sector. From our front line view as an active edtech seed investor, we see the need for diverse forms of capital to realize the full potential of technology to differentiate instruction and drive improved learning outcomes. With their long view of the market […] Read more

Silicon Valley Gives: May 6, 2014

Join NewSchools Venture Fund on May 6, 2014 for Silicon Valley Gives, hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. SV Gives is a day to come together for 24 hours of local giving. It’s your chance to make a real difference, right here in our community.All donations to NewSchools as part of Silicon Valley Gives will help fund an excellent public education for local underserved students.We believe that all children, regardless of zip code, […] Read more

Game On at KIPP Bay’s Ping Pong Smackdown

The NewSchools Adventure Fund team and the You Just Got NewSchooled team used their superhero powers to pull off a couple of victories at KIPP Bay Area’s second annual ping pong tournament, held this year at Airbnb’s ultra-hip headquarters in San Francisco. Although we were no match for Apple Ping Pong Loves Education (APPLE) teams I, II and III (two of which were in the finals), NewSchools’ Superman (aka David Havens) did manage a showdown […] Read more

Refuting Peter Buffett’s ‘New Code’

So, what should we make of Peter Buffett’s op-ed against “The Charitable-Industrial Complex”? I’ll confess I’m confused by his argument. Buffett begins by railing against something he calls “Philanthropic Colonialism,” which he describes as the hobby of philanthropists who want to improve the world by meddling with farming methods, education practices, or job training. There’s a legitimate argument to be made about how misguided philanthropic endeavors in local communities can go awry (and Buffet is hardly the first to make it). Read more