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More Summit 2010 session videos now available

At the NewSchools Summit in Washington, D.C. in May, the day started out with heavy-hitting dialogue about the progress of education reform, and ended with an urgent call to keep pushing to address the achievement gap. But what happened in between? Breakout sessions addressed tactical challenges for education entrepreneurs to pursue in the year ahead, including whether or not to partner with traditional school systems, how to communicate effectively about their work and […] Read more

News roundup: lotteries, turnarounds, graduation, and other venture highlights

With the school year coming to a close, a variety of recent pieces have reflected on several entrepreneurial organizations’ successes while also being clear about the challenges that lie ahead: Harlem Success Academy Students Outscore Peers, in Education Week (school operated by Success Charter Network) On a related note, don’t miss the new documentary The Lottery about families hoping for a slot at a Success Charter Network school, which opened in theatres this week. Recent of the film coverage includes […] Read more

Braving a new policy world

If the entrepreneurial education movement was a person, what would it want to be when it grew up? This short video – which debuted at the NewSchools Summit 2010 a few weeks ago – tells the story of how this movement was born and raised, and the different ways we’ll all need to work together in the years ahead. NewSchools Summit 2010: A New Policy World from NewSchools Venture Fund on Vimeo. Read more

Breakout #4: Schools Hit the Big Screen: Influencing the Public Mindset

Participants at NewSchools Summit got a sneak preview today of  three new documentary films that highlight both the failure of public schools to serve minority students and the efforts of visionary entrepreneurs to provide underserved children with a first rate education. Waiting for Superman, Teached and The Lottery are set to hit the big screen later this year and catapult public education into the public spotlight.  Today’s NewSchools Summit panel – including […] Read more

Guest post: Time to get TEACHED

This guest post is from filmmaker Kelly Amis of Loudspeaker Films, who will be a speaker at NewSchools Summit 2010. TEACHED is her first film. Public education is supposed to be the great equalizer in America, but here we are in 2010 and our education system is almost perfectly designed to ensure some groups will never perform academically as well as others. After a year and a half of interviewing students, parents, teachers and […] Read more

Lights, Camera, Action!

Education entrepreneurs are featured in several upcoming documentaries. Check out the trailer for The Lottery, directed by Madeline Sackler, which follows four families who enter the lottery for a spot at Harlem Success Academy – a high-performing public charter school operated by NewSchools portfolio venture Success Charter Network. Waiting for Superman premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for a US Documentary, as well as some critical acclaim. […] Read more