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The Future of Education

We invited leading education entrepreneurs to share their thoughts about the future of education. Hear their hopes and goals for the future of education and the education reform movement in this final installment of the NewSchools Presents video series. You’ll hear from Larry Rosenstock (High Tech High), Jessica Cunningham (KIPP DC), Sal Khan (Khan Academy), Marijke Smit (Project Frog), Bill Jackson (GreatSchools), Alexandra Bernadotte (Beyond 12), Scott Given (Unlocking Potential Schools), and […] Read more

Celebrating Education Entrepreneurs in Video

Education entrepreneurs are as diverse as the communities they serve. This week we continue our celebration of these passionate social innovators by featuring three entrepreneurs that are making a difference in lives of children in ways often overlooked by education reformers. During the life of our second fund (2002-2006), NewSchools identified an important need in the education market around charter school real estate. One of the biggest hurdles that charter schools face in […] Read more

NewSchools Presents: Bill Jackson, GreatSchools

In 1998, Kim Smith, a student at Stanford Graduate School of Business, teamed up with famed venture capitalist John Doerr and Brook Byers to build an organization whose mission was to transform education by supporting education entrepreneurs. The trio recognized that entrepreneurs had revolutionized the fields of science, medicine, and technology, and wanted to bring that same innovative spark to the world of education.Their idea became NewSchools Venture Fund, and an entrepreneur […] Read more

NewSchools Presents: Alexandra Bernadotte and Scott Given

When we invited education entrepreneurs to tell their stories in our Story Booth at NewSchools Summit 2011 earlier this year we were completely unprepared for the response we received. We heard from a diverse group of social innovators, fiercely dedicated to improving public education for all children. They spoke the experiences which led them to take on such challenging work, and their thoughts on the future of education reform.This week we’re releasing […] Read more

New Video Series Celebrates Education Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are a special breed; they’re tenacious, imaginative risk-takers willing to work hard to see their ideas become reality. They draw on diverse experiences to generate breakthrough ideas that disrupt the status quo. And they’re bringing the same transformative impact to public education as they have in the fields of medicine, technology and science.That’s why over the next five weeks we’re celebrating education entrepreneurs in a new video series, NewSchools Presents: Education […] Read more

More video: supercharging student achievement

In this final set of videos from the NewSchools Summit 2010, speakers at the Community of Practice event — held the day before the Summit with a smaller set of about 200 entrepreneurs and other practitioners — talked about the power of technology to help close the achievement gap. In the morning, participants heard about entrepreneurial efforts like School of One (a NewSchools grantee) and the Quest to Learn “school for digital […] Read more

NewSchools Community of Practice 2010 Session Overview and Video: Making Innovation Happen

Session Description: “Innovation generally does not emerge from a visionary individual holed up in a laboratory,” argues NewSchools co-founder Kim Smith in a recent paper. “A wide variety of stakeholders need to play a role and be effectively interconnected in an innovation ecosystem or cycle.” Discussants engaged in a lively conversation focused on putting innovation into practice. What innovations at the classroom, school site, and school system levels are game-changers–and which others […] Read more

NewSchools Community of Practice 2010 Session Overview and Video: Lunchtime Discussion: Teaching As Leadership Meets Teach Like a Champion

Session Description: Regardless of how advanced the technology innovation, the demand for high-quality teachers remains strong. Great teaching doesn’t happen by chance, nor does it happen at scale without a strong strategy and structure underlying it. Audience members joined this lunchtime session for a dialogue about this important topic with the authors of two new books about effective teaching — both of which are being talked about across the country and influencing […] Read more

NewSchools Community of Practice 2010 Session Overview and Video: Introduction: Using Technology to Achieve Ambitious Goals

Session Description: Although technology has been touted as a tool for improving efficiency and effectiveness in education, it has rarely had the impact it promises on schools and classrooms. For students, technology is the way that they interact with, learn about, and communicate with the world. Educational technology expert Marc Prensky says, “our students today are all ‘native speakers’ of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet.” Today, education […] Read more

NewSchools Summit 2010 Session Overview and Video: Breakout #1: District and State Partnership — Boon or Detriment for Entrepreneurship?

Session Description*: This session featured a spirited Oxford-style debate to argue the statement: Resolved: Entrepreneurs and systems must partner in order to achieve widespread improvement. The panel and audience examined whether partnerships with districts and states are necessary for the success of entrepreneurial education organizations and ideas. Are these partnerships critical for the system-wide advancement of entrepreneurial innovation, or can engagement of a large, potentially bureaucratic system dilute the impact of those […] Read more