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Edtech Companies Come Face To Face With “Sharks” In iHub Pitch Games

SAN JOSE, CA. – January 23, 2014 – Education technology entrepreneurs nationwide will gather for the iHub Pitch Games in Silicon Valley on Monday, February 3 to pitch their classroom e-learning products to education and business leaders. Modeled after the TV show, Shark Tank, the iHub Pitch Games give entrepreneurs the opportunity to battle for a place in the Learning Innovation Hub (iHub), a network that facilitates product testing and feedback for e-learning tools. Read more

New Joint Report Outlines Academic And Discipline Trends In DC’s Public Schools

Washington, D.C. – December 11, 2013 – Agencies responsible for public education in the District of Columbia today announced the release of the first-ever District of Columbia School Equity Reports. The reports, supported by education venture philanthropy organization NewSchools Venture Fund, focus on the retention, discipline, academic growth and achievement of all students and moves the District closer to having a complete and transparent view, using the same metrics, of how different public schools serve a range of students. Read more

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

Nine Questions for Evaluating Education Innovation

Defining a rubric to set clear expectations for educators and entrepreneurs alike“Alive in the Swamp” sounds like a cheesy survival horror flick. But it’s also an apt description for those entrepreneurs and educators slogging their way through edtech jungle, trying to figure out how to best build, deploy and assess technology for the classroom.It’s also the title of a new report from Nesta and NewSchools Venture Fund, which offers a nine-point rubric to […] 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 Seed Fund: Writing a new chapter for ed-tech startups

The writing is on the chalkboard: Old-school education is failing, but ed-tech is rising to the head of the class.No small player in ed-tech’s boom is NewSchools Venture Fund, an Oakland-based nonprofit with a particular focus on underserved communities. NewSchools’ board includes the likes of venture capitalists Brook Byers and John Doerr as well as Laurene Powell Jobs.As teachers, administrators and school districts look for help against tight funding and rising competition, NewSchools has funded ventures such as Khan […] Read more