NewSchools believes that delivering excellent education to America’s children requires flourishing entrepreneurial eco-systems characterized by abundant new ideas and organizations, rampant experimentation, the free exchange of knowledge and ample capital from multiple sources. We know there is no silver bullet for transforming public education or producing great outcomes for underserved students, but at any given moment, there are excellent opportunities to drive change through entrepreneurship. Our funds are designed to seize those opportunities on behalf of underserved students.
Click the links to explore the goals, investment strategies and activities for each fund.
The Seed Fund
NewSchools Seed Fund invests in entrepreneurs developing education technology tools, applications, content, and services to improve education opportunities for all children. The Seed Fund also acts as a catalyst, inspiring and enabling traditional and non-traditional tech investors to provide capital to the fast-growing ed tech market.
Learning to Teach
The NewSchools Learning to Teach Fund seeks to transform teacher preparation in the US by connecting it to outstanding real world practice and by holding programs and individuals more accountable for their impact on student achievement.
NewSchools’ Boston Charter School Replication Fund (the Boston Fund) was created to enable the successful expansion of high-performing charter schools. Our investment plan concentrates resources on seven of the highest-performing charter school operators in Boston: City on a Hill, Edward W. Brooke Charter School, Excel Academy, KIPP Academy, MATCH Charter School, Roxbury Prep, and Unlocking Potential.
NewSchools’ DC Schools Fund II’s (DCSF II) goal is to double the capacity of the charter sector in DC and catalyze a shift in the market towards 50% quality charter seats. That means creating 7,500 new high quality charter school seats while closing 5,000 low- and mid-performing seats.
To ensure that all students in the city of Oakland have access to quality education we will leverage both the power of community engagement and the entrepreneurship to double the number of high quality public school seats.