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Live From Summit 2014: From Talk to Action: Increasing the Diversity of Education Leadership

Dr. Howard Fuller, Distinguished Professor of Education at Marquette University, introduced the closing plenary of Summit 2014. Dr. Fuller highlighted the important distinction between ed reform as a movement that is done to communities of color and ed reform as a movement that is driven by people of color. If the education reform movement is not supported by the communities it serves, then Dr. Fuller told us: “We will lose.”James Shelton took the […] Read more

John King in Conversation with Joanne Weiss

Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to the Secretary of Education, interviewed John King, Commissioner of Education of the State of New York, about his experience in government. King is an education veteran: He started out as a teacher, worked as an administrator, and now King is responsible for New York’s education policy. King implemented the Common Core State Standards in his state, but parents have pushed back against the new standards. Weiss […] Read more

Opening Plenary: Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is our first speaker at Summit 2014. Stevenson began his talk by sharing a bit about his own educational history: Stevenson attended a segregated school in rural Delaware. Brown vs. Board of Education was the beginning of educational opportunity in his life.Stevenson, a lawyer, defends some of the most marginalized and disadvantaged people in the criminal justice system. His nonprofit, the Equal Justice Initiative, provides legal assistance to death row […] Read more

Summit Kickoff!

NewSchools CEO Ted Mitchell has opened Summit 2014! Ted thanked our generous sponsors, including the NewSchools Board of Directors and the NewSchools Leadership Council.Gloria Lee, NewSchools President and COO, took over the stage from Ted. She shared her favorite PowerPoint slide, “A Tale of Two Writing Samples.” The slide shows the different standards applied to students in low-income schools and high-income schools. As Gloria reminds us, all students deserve to receive a high-quality […] Read more

Live from Summit 2013: Opening Plenary

Ted Mitchell kicked off Summit 2013 this morning at the opening plenary. After welcoming all of the attendees, Ted was joined by Thomas Friedman, author and columnist for the The New York Times, who has been “calling consistently for the change that drives our work…and sets the national dialogue about who we are as a country.” Read more

Welcoming Rich Crandall to the NewSchools Team

We are proud to announce that Rich Crandall will be joining NewSchools Venture Fund. Rich comes to NewSchools following a four-year stint as director of the K-12 Lab at the Hasso Plattner Instititute of Design at Stanford (the d.school). Rich is a well-recognized leader in the field, and particularly in helping education innovators applying the principles of user-centered design. He has helped to cement a strong partnership between NewSchools and the d.school, […] Read more

We’re moving!

We’re moving. NewSchools’ Bay Area offices have been situated in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood since education innovation involved smoother slate and sharper chalk. Come the end of this week, we’re moving to the other side of the Bay, atop Oakland’s 19th Street BART station. We’ll be thrilled to be in a neighborhood that is home to so many of our fellow education reform organizations. The move to Oakland is a good one fiscally […] Read more

Grading the New York Times on Education Technology

This morning, the New York Times had the latest in its occasional series, “Wouldn’t It Be Nicer If There Were No Technology in Schools” –wait, sorry, I read it wrong, the correct title is “Grading the Digital School.” The piece, titled “Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools,” reveals that a new law in Idaho “requires all high school students to take some online classes to graduate, and that the students and […] Read more

Hacking Education: Detroit

As someone with family ties in the area, I’m constantly challenged by the majority of stories about Michigan. But, it’s not hard to see why Detroit is so frequently used as the poster city of our collective economic straits. Inner city blight, the exodus of college graduates, deep cuts in social services, and a shocking adult illiteracy rate: Detroit has all the hallmarks of a city in the throes of disaster. It’s […] Read more