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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

NewSchools Recognizes Top Entrepreneurs and Innovators for their Contributions to Public Education

Burlingame, Calif. – April 29, 2014 – NewSchools Venture Fund (www.newschools.org), a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm that partners with entrepreneurs to provide all students with an excellent public education and the promise of a bright future, announces the recipients of its 2014 Awards. Since 2002, NewSchools has celebrated the achievements of social innovators in its portfolio by presenting annual awards to outstanding entrepreneurs and organizations. Read more

BrightBytes Expands Educational Footprint: Raises $15 Million to Fuel Growth and Innovation

Bessemer Venture Partners funds BrightBytes’ rapid talent growth and expansion to international markets SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2014  BrightBytes, a fast-growing educational analytics organization that counts almost 1 in 10 U.S. schools as customers, announced today that it closed $15 million in Series B funding to accelerate its impressive growth and global expansion. The investment was led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) with participation from existing investors, including Rethink Education and Learn Capital. Previous funders include NewSchools Venture […] Read more

co.lab, the Edtech Accelerator Founded by NewSchools Venture Fund and Zynga.org, Announces Second Cohort

SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2014—co.lab, the edtech accelerator created by Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund focused on developing innovative learning games, announced today a second cohort of companies for its four-month program. The accelerator, which launched in September 2013, recently celebrated the graduation of its first cohort, which included Kidaptive, Locomotive Labs, Motion Math, Pluto Media and Edmodo. The second cohort includes seven cutting-edge companies uniquely poised to expand and deepen their impact on academic and social outcomes for children around the world. Read more

LearnBop Wins Top Honors in “Shark-Tank” Type Competition, Sponsored by Silicon Valley Education Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund

LearnBop is a winner of the first-ever “iHub Pitch Games” challenge in Silicon Valley. The competition, sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and NewSchools Venture Fund, featured 10 companies that pitched their middle school math programs to a panel of sharp critics – educators and business leaders – who grilled them about their programs, then picked the top four. Think TV’s “Shark Tank”. Read more