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NewSchools Invests $1.6m In Three Boston-Area Charter Schools: Organization’s Boston Fund Supports Growing CMOs in Mass.

Boston — September 30, 2013 — NewSchools Venture Fund’s Boston Charter School Replication Fund (“Boston Fund”) announces its investment of $1.6 million in three charter management organizations (CMOs): City on a Hill, Match Education and Unlocking Potential. These investments demonstrate the Boston Fund’s continued commitment to expand high-performing charter schools in Massachusetts. Read more

New Index Assesses Digital Innovations In Education

LONDON & OAKLAND, California, July 23, 2013 – A new Innovation Index released today puts teaching and learning ahead of ‘technology and excitement’ when it comes to digital innovations for the classroom. The Innovation Index, developed by Michael Fullan and Pearson’s Katelyn Donnelly, is outlined in their new report, “Alive in the Swamp”, which looks at how to evaluate the impact of technology on learning. “Alive in the Swamp” is published by UK-based Nesta and U.S.-based NewSchools Venture Fund. Read more

NewSchools Awards Entrepreneurs for Their Contributions to Public Education

Oakland, CA – May 10, 2013 – NewSchools Venture Fund (www.newschools.org), a venture philanthropy that supports education entrepreneurs to transform public education, announces the recipients of its 2013 Awards that recognize and celebrate the achievements of social innovators in its portfolio, working to improve K-12 public education in the United States. Since 2002, NewSchools has given more than 70 awards to outstanding entrepreneurs and organizations, most of whom are part of the organization’s portfolio. Read more

Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund Announce Learning Games Accelerator

San Francisco, May 1, 2013 – Zynga.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using social games for social good, today announced a partnership with NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy that supports education entrepreneurs to transform public education, to create a new “ed tech” accelerator focused on enhancing the quality and reach of learning games and apps designed to improve education outcomes. Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA), the world’s leading provider of social game […] Read more

NewSchools Venture Fund Invests in Goalbook to Revolutionize Special Needs Education

Innovative platform enables everyone on the student’s team to collaborate and celebrate student progress.October 18, 2012—Oakland, CA— NewSchools Venture Fund today announced a $200,000 investment in Goalbook, the first social and mobile platform for special education teachers and administrators to manage student individual learning plans. The NewSchools investment leads a $915K Seed Round, which included Rethink Education, Ed-Mentor, Patient Capital Collaborative, Greg Gunn, Steve Shulman, and Joe Gleberman. The investment will be […] Read more

NBC News, CITI, and NewSchools Venture Fund to launch second-annual “CITI Innovation Challenge” at “Education Nation”

Young entrepreneurs put their education innovations to the test to win $100,000 prize and assistance making their venture a successNEW York, NY–Sept.18, 2012– NBC News, Citi and NewSchools Venture Fund announced today that they are launching the second-annual “Citi Innovation Challenge” at NBC News’ “Education Nation” Summit in hopes of helping the country understand the game-changing impact of education innovation in expanding opportunities for students.The “Citi Innovation Challenge” is a multi-day competition […] Read more

NewSchools Venture Fund Invests $200K in Learning Games Network to Expand Immersive Learning Games Market

Investment aims to spark the development of tools that educators can use to personalize learning for students Media Contact: Joe Ventura, NewSchools Venture Fund, jventura@newschools.org, 415-615-6862September 12, 2012—Oakland, CA—NewSchools Venture Fund today announced a $200,000 investment in Learning Games Network (LGN), the leading game-based learning research and development studio. The investment will support LGN in building the market for high-quality learning games through the design and development of games and related tools; and […] Read more

EdSurge raises $400,000 From Washington Post and NewSchools Venture Fund

BURLINGAME, CA–August 29–EdSurge, the leading news source on education technology, announced that it has closed a $400,000 seed-funding round with leading institutional and angel investors in Washington D.C., New York and Silicon Valley. The funding will enable EdSurge to expand its coverage and to further develop independent reviews of educational technology products. Over the past 18 months, education technology has emerged as a vibrant new industry. Through its website, newsletters and events, EdSurge […] Read more

Educreations Announces $2.2mm Series A from Accel Partners & NewSchools Venture Fund

Over 50K teachers and 12K schools using Educreations to “flip the classroom” and provide personalized learningEducreations, the creators of the Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app, announced today the completion of a $2.2 million Series A financing round from Accel Partners and NewSchools Venture Fund. The financing will enable the company to expand its rapidly growing mobile learning platform and continue pursuing its vision of making personalized learning available to everyone. Educreations was founded by former RockYou product manager […] Read more

NewSchools Partner Jordan Meranus to Lead Ellevation

Contact:  Joe Ventura, (415) 615-6862/ jventura@newschools.orgOAKLAND, CA – July 31, 2012 – NewSchools Venture Fund CEO Ted Mitchell congratulated NewSchools Partner Jordan Meranus on his move to lead Ellevation, an innovative education technology startup. Ellevation helps teachers, schools and districts improve their service to students who are learning English. Ellevation will help a significant and notably underserved group, English Language Learners (ELLs), by developing and distributing tools that support the programs in schools […] Read more