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Statement by Jim Peyser on the Mathematica Study of Charter Management Organizations

For a dozen years, since the founding of Aspire Public Schools, charter management organizations (CMOs) have been a vital force in improving public education in this country, especially in low-income communities. A new report by Mathematica Policy Research, represents the most thorough examination to date of the impact and practices of those organizations. Here’s what we learn from it:The headlines:The nation’s strongest CMOs are delivering extraordinary results for students and families. Students […] Read more

Grockit Raises $7 Million to Drive Social Learning

Previous Backers Lead Round; NewSchools Venture Fund and Michael Moe of GSV Capital  Make First Investments in GrockitSAN FRANCISCO, CA. (October 17, 2011) – Grockit, a social learning company, announced today that it has received just over $7 million in Series D venture funding led by Atlas Venture, a current investor in the company. Benchmark Capital and Integral Capital Partners, both return investors, also participated in the round, along with new investors NewSchools […] Read more

Ed Tech Market Map Goes Live Today; Helps Investors, Donors, and Entrepreneurs

Visual Presentation of Ed Tech Ventures Cuts through Clutter Created by Highly Dynamic MarketSan Francisco, CA— October 12, 2011—NewSchools Venture Fund announced the release of a graphical, interactive representation of the burgeoning K-12 education technology market to help investors, donors, and entrepreneurs better evaluate today’s landscape of education technology ventures. After launching at The Philanthropy Roundtable’s K-12 Education conference today, the education technology market map of more than 230 companies is available […] Read more

Blended Learning Startup Education Elements Raises $2.1 Million

Blended learning startup Education Elements raises $2.1 million to expand upon early successPalo Alto, CA—October 5, 2011—Blended learning startup Education Elements announced today that it has closed a $2.1 million seed round of funding from a range of leading investors, led by Tugboat Ventures and NewSchools Venture Fund and joined by venture capitalist Wally Hawley and education investors Imagine K12. The funding will allow Education Elements to continue building out its team, […] Read more

NewSchools Presents “Innovation Challenge” at 2011 Education Nation Summit

Young entrepreneurs put their education innovations to the test to win $100,000 prize and supportNew York—September 24, 2011—Working with NBC News and Citi, NewSchools venture Fund announced today the “Innovation Challenge”, a multi-day competition between three teams of entrepreneurs to be aired as part of the 2011 NBC News Education Nation Summit. The competition carries $100,000 in prize money, and the winning team will receive support in developing and growing their organization […] Read more

NewSchools Venture Fund Announces $150,000 Investment in LearnZillion

NewSchools Venture Fund Announces $150,000 Investment in LearnZillion, Personalized Learning Tool for Math and Literacy EducationSan Francisco, CA—September 21, 2011—NewSchools Venture Fund announced today a $150,000 investment in LearnZillion, a new web-based education tool and video library of math and literacy lessons, designed to accelerate student learning by helping teachers personalize instruction, and providing teachers with example lessons taught by some of the nation’s best teachers. LearnZillion will launch a beta version on […] Read more

‘Hacking Education’ Dinner Series Announces Detroit Event

The event brings together entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and educators to leverage innovation to improve public educationSan Francisco, CA – September 13, 2011 – NewSchools Venture Fund joins Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the University of Michigan’s Social Venture Fund to sponsor a ‘Hacking Education’ Dinner in Detroit, Michigan on September 16.Founded by Jon Bischke of RG Labs, the Hacking Education Dinner Series hosts events across the country to connect technology entrepreneurs, policy leaders, venture […] Read more

New Class of Fellows Named for Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Program

Aspen Institute – NewSchools program recognizes leaders ready to embrace the challenge of improving public education SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 15, 2011 – The Aspen Institute and NewSchools Venture Fund today announced the selection of the fourth cohort of the prestigious Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship Program. These 24 accomplished leaders join more than 65 accomplished fellows from the first three cohorts as participants in the program, operated by Bellwether Education […] Read more

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Gather to Present Innovative, Technology-Driven Solutions for Fostering Educational Equity

On Friday, July 15, at 5:00 pm, participants of the Teach For America-NewSchools Venture Fund EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab, a program designed to seed innovative ideas among professional leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs with a passion for education, will present their designs for truly innovative ventures that help close the achievement gap at a systemic level.Throughout this initiative, a particular emphasis has been placed on utilizing the power of technology to fuel solutions. Participants […] Read more

Mobilization aims toward 100,000 new, excellent math and science teachers for public schools in next 10 years

Initial commitments to 100Kin10 will increase supply, retain excellence, build the movement.In an effort to increase the supply of new math and science teachers and retain excellent teachers currently in the classroom, a group of 28 educational and corporate partners today announced 100Kin10, a movement aimed toward preparing 100,000 new, excellent math and science teachers over the next 10 years. The movement is a response to an urgent public call for change made […] Read more