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, co-teaching a course with NewSchools team members and leading sessions at NewSchools’ annual Summit.
“Rich Crandall possesses that all too rare combination of boundless creativity, tireless drive, and a deep understanding of the work that education entrepreneurs do,” said NewSchools CEO Ted Mitchell. “Having him on the team will be great for NewSchools’ work, and will help deepen our bond with the d.school, whose work we admire enormously.”
Crandall is a Teach for America alum with an MBA from Stanford. He spent four years at the d.school focused on spreading design thinking among K-12 educators and students. During that time he affected countless teachers, graduate students, school administrators, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and kids, helping to strengthen their creative confidence and develop their inner innovator. He has worked closely with renowned innovator and d.school co-founder David Kelley. In his new post at NewSchools, he will split his time between planning NewSchools’ annual Summit and Community of Practice events, and the nascent work on the National Network of Charter Schools to enhance college readiness and success.