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Baltimore, Boston Move to Build Ed-Tech Hubs

Baltimore and Boston are cities with their own distinct economic identities, but more recently they’ve shared an economic-development strategy: Both have organizations working aggressively to establish their metro regions as hubs for educational technology companies and startups.Read the full article on Education Week Read more

Shauntel Poulson, Principal, NewSchools Venture Fund

Shauntel Poulson is helping to shape this transition. As a principal with NewSchools Venture Fund (for which my Bellwether colleagues recently led a successful CEO search), Polson identifies and makes investments in technology companies and models that are at the cutting edge of developing new personalized learning models with the goal of dramatically improving outcomes for schools and students. Read more

Game Developers Experiment With More Open-Ended Apps

A new group of developers is trying to tackle the educational app market, which has huge potential for profits, but has been hard to crack because of parent and teacher skepticism about what’s actually considered educational. Zynga, an established commercial game company responsible for hits like Farmville and Words with Friends, is hosting the non-profit accelerator in its building. Now in its second cohort, Zynga’s co.lab offers nascent game developers access to advice […] Read more

NewSchools Venture Fund CEO Ted Mitchell takes on Under Secretary Position at U.S Department of Education

NewSchools leader’s decade of strong leadership sets up organization for future successOakland, CA—May 8, 2014—Ted Mitchell, the chief executive officer who led a dramatic expansion of the NewSchools Venture Fund over the past decade, was confirmed today as Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.Providing seed capital and sound counsel to some of our nation’s leading education entrepreneurs, NewSchools harnesses their energy and vision to solve the biggest challenges […] Read more

Deputy Secretary of Education Addresses Philanthropy, Business And Education Leaders on Diversity in Leadership Ranks of Education Reform

Jim Shelton, the deputy secretary, called on the nearly 1,000 educators gathered at the NewSchool Venture Fund’s 2014 Summit to act urgently to diversify their own leadership ranks. Joined by D.C. Public Schools Chancellor, Kaya Henderson; TFA Co-President, Elisa Villanueva Beard; KIPP Foundation CEO, Richard Barth; and John Rice, founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Shelton cautioned that a large and growing gap between the demographic composition of America’s student population, and its education leaders, threatens efforts to close the achievement gaps between poor students of color and their affluent, largely white peers. Read more

NSVF: Spotlights Innovator Teachers and Entrepreneurs for Annual Awards

On the Tuesday evening before its grand annual education Summit, the NewSchools Venture Fund convened a dinner for the schools and companies that NewSchools has supported during its 15 year history. It was an emotional meeting, particularly because long-time NSVF head, Ted Mitchell, will be leaving the group to become deputy secretary of education in the Palo Alto. Yet another highlight of the evening was the awards ceremonyNewSchools spotlighted a handful of companies […] Read more