Our Ventures

Inside Our Portfolio

NewSchools invests in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations that are working to improve public education in a variety of ways. Our venture portfolio includes more than 100 highly effective organizations working to change the lives of low-income children across the country.

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Acelero Learning

Focuses on positive child and family outcomes in operation of Head Start centers serving more than 4,000 students across the country.

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Achievement First

Charter management organization that was founded in 1998 to serve students in grades K-12 in Connecticut and New York.

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The Achievement Network

The Achievement Network (ANet) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005, that helps teachers and school leaders use real-time student test data to improve classroom instruction in low-income schools. ANet is committed to helping all students achieve academic excellence by using rigorous interim assessments to deliver the right data to school leaders and teachers, and providing data-driven strategies and ongoing coaching to embed these strategies into schools’ everyday routines.

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Appletree Institute for Education Innovation

An innovative nonprofit that develops and provides proven early education programs for the most under served three and four year olds to close the achievement gap before they enter kindergarten. We educate 620 children at 7 preschool sites across Washington, DC. AppleTree won a prestigious Investing in Innovation grant for their Every Child Ready instructional program in 2010.

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AspireU

Building on the success to-date with the Aspire Teacher Residency (ATR) program and the Aspire Principal […]

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BetterLesson

BetterLesson was founded by a group of teachers from Atlanta and Boston public schools to connect educators and help them create, organize, and share their curricula.

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Beyond 12

College coaching and student data tracking and analysis aimed at increasing the number of first generation, underrepresented and low-income students who graduate from our nation’s colleges and universities.

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Blendspace

Blendspace helps teachers easily create and deliver lessons that adapt to student needs.

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BrightBytes

BrightBytes uses data to enable the creation of effective 21st Century learning environments. The company’s SAAS-based analytics platform, Clarity, measures the impact of technology use on student achievement by collecting school data and analyzing it within a proprietary framework. Based on this analysis, (1) Schools receive a customized roadmaps for improvement, as well as the resources to put the plan into action. (2) Government entities receive measurements of progress that ensure accountability and target spending. (3) Ed-tech providers receive evidence of their products’ effectiveness, along with data on the products and services needed throughout the system.

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Capital Teaching Residency

A teacher training residency program working to increase the number of highly-effective educators in Washington, DC by offering a one-year teaching residency in a high-performing charter school.

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Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET)

CSET is a research and training institute that plans to offer performance-based training to teachers and coaches nationwide. It is led by founder Pam Grossman, an education professor at Stanford and expert in curriculum and teacher education.

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Character Lab

Character Lab (CL) is an early-stage non-profit venture with a mission to select, support, and disseminate evidence-based character interventions.

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Charter Board Partners

Carrie Irvins and Simmons Lettre created Charter Board Partners to promote and fosters exceptional governance in public charter schools so that every charter school has the board it needs to improve student achievement.

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City on a Hill

City on a Hill Charter Public School is a tuition-free 280-student college preparatory high school open to all students in the City of Boston. City on a Hill serves students who are traditionally underserved by the public school system

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Civic Builders

Real estate development company providing high-quality, low-cost school facilities for New York City public charter schools.

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ClassDojo

In-classroom behavior management tool that helps teachers improve behavior and make class more engaging.

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CodeNow

CodeNow is a non-profit focused on teaching underrepresented high school students foundational skills in computer […]

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CoreSpring

CoreSpring is building a bank of open, formative assessment items designed to promote college and […]

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Crescent City Schools

Crescent City Schools is part of the movement that believes all students can and will learn, and that it is each school’s responsibility to provide an outstanding, high-quality education for every child

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Curriculet

Curriculet is revolutionizing the way kids read, and how teachers create, share, and teach with […]

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DC Preparatory Academy

Charter management organization serving over 1,000 students in Washington, DC. DC Prep seeks to increase educational opportunities for children in DC by operating high-quality schools that emphasize rigorous academics and character development.

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DC Public Charter School Board

The Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is an independent public charter school authorizer in Washington, DC. The PCSB regularly evaluates DC public charter schools for academic results, compliance with applicable local and federal laws and fiscal management, and holds them accountable for results.

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DC School Reform Now

Education advocacy organization, supporting strategies that prepare kids in Washington, DC to become college and career ready.

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Democracy Prep Public School

Democracy Prep Public Schools is a network of open-enrollment, high performing, “no excuses” public charter schools operating in Harlem, the Bronx, Camden, and Washington, D.C. The mission of Democracy Prep is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.

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District of Columbia International School

DC International School (DCI) is a Middle and High (grades 6-12) School created through a consortium of five successful language immersion public charter schools. Opening this coming September, DCI offers advanced French, Spanish and Chinese language instruction as well as the world-renowned International Baccalaureate programs to DC public school students. DCI will open next school year (2014-2015) with grades 6 and 7 and grow a grade each year until we reach our full capacity of approximately 1200 students in grades 6-12.

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DSST Public Schools

DSST Public Schools is widely considered to be one of the leading open enrollment STEM schools (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the US and now serves more than 1,000 students on two campuses.

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EdSurge

EdSurge is an independent information resource and community for everyone involved in education technology. We aim […]

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Educreations

Educreations aims to maximize the reach and impact of great teachers by enabling them to […]

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Ellevation

Ellevation is a mission-driven software company exclusively focused on the needs of English Language Learners […]

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EnCorps

Public-private partnership dedicated to increasing the number of critically-needed math and science teachers in California’s public middle and high schools.

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Engrade

Engrade is a free set of web-based tools for educators allowing them to manage their classes online while providing parents and students with 24/7 real-time online access. Features include a free online gradebook, attendance book, homework calendar, secure SPAM-free messaging, file uploads, progress reports, and more. Engrade has over 3 million registered users and is used by elementary schools, high schools, and universities from all 50 states and over 150 countries around the world.

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Equal Opportunity Schools

Equal Opportunity Schools partners with school, district, county, and state leaders around the country, identifying thousands of “missing students” and developing systems to ensure these capable students are enrolling and succeeding in the high school classes that will best prepare them to achieve their college goals.

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eSpark

eSpark gathers and evaluates third party educational technology apps, and identifies those that are aligned […]

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The Expectations Project

The Expectations Project partners with faith-motivated individuals, leaders, congregations and organizations to develop local and national campaigns that help enact transformational change for low-income public schools.

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Friendship Public Charter Schools

A nonprofit charter management organization that was founded in 1997 to provide Washington, DC‘s K-12 students with a world-class education that motivates them to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning and develop as ethical, well-rounded citizens that contribute actively to their communities.

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Goalbook

Goalbook was founded by a former special education teacher (Daniel Jhin Yoo) and a blended learning technologist (Justin Su), with its mission to enable personalized learning plans for all students. Goalbook’s Plans allows a student’s team to collaborate around individualized learning goals.

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Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center

Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides education, advocacy, and leadership within the Oakland community so that all our students have the opportunity to attend quality public schools. The GO Leadership Center supports a coalition of Oakland families, students, teachers, principals, community, and civic leaders united around a positive, student-oriented vision for public education in our city.

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GreatSchools

Online resource with information on over 200,000 public and private schools, giving parents the tools they need to make informed decisions about their children’s education.

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Grockit

Personalized learning for students seeking to get their best score on college prep tests.

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Hapara

Following the explosive growth of Google Apps in higher ed, a similar trend is happening […]

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Ingenuity Prep

With a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, including a major focus on the development of 21st century skills and knowledge, Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School prepares Washington, DC area youth to be STRONG—Self-aware, Tough, Respectful, Open-minded, Noble, and Grateful—civic leaders who strive to positively impact their local and global communities.

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Inspired Teaching Demonstration School

A professional learning community of master teachers and teacher residents ensuring that a diverse group of students achieve their potential as accomplished learners, thoughtful citizens, and imaginative and inquisitive problem solvers through a demanding, inquiry-based curriculum.

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Junyo

Junyo’s tools help schools, publishers, and online learning providers use data to guide decision-making. Collecting frequent, detailed data provides the foundation to assess, experiment, iterate and improve the learning experience.

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Khan Academy

Provides a free world-class education via an online video library, practice exercises and assessments.

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Kidaptive

Kidaptive is dedicated to helping children learn and have fun, and empowering parents in this process.  We […]

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KIPP DC

Charter management organization serving more than 2,600 students on three campuses in Washington, DC.

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KIPP Foundation

Recruits, trains, and supports outstanding school leaders to open and lead high-performing schools in underserved communities.

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KIPP MA

KIPP Massachusetts operates two middle schools and a high school. Its flagship middle school opened […]

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LearnZillion

Eric Westendorf and Alix Guerrier created LearnZillion to capture exceptional lessons from highly-effective teachers and then share these videos, along with a complete professional development library of resources, with teachers for free.

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Locomotive Labs

LocoMotive Labs designs exceptional assistive and play-based learning applications to empower kids with special needs […]

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Mastery Charter Schools

Charter management organization operating both new charter schools and turnaround schools, serving more than 7,000 students on four campuses.

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MasteryConnect

MasteryConnect is changing the focus in education from end-of-year assessments to real-time information about what students are learning relative to standards.

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Match Education

Match Education is an engine of discovery and applied innovation in education. Match operates high-performing urban public charter schools and a unique graduate school of education that trains teachers for high-poverty schools.

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MATCH Teacher Residency

MATCH Teacher Residency (MTR) is the teacher training track for participants in MATCH Corps, a residential one-year tutoring fellowship for recent college graduates at MATCH Education, a CMO in Boston.

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Motion Math

Motion Math creates awesomely fun, rigorously educational learning games so that children, regardless of their […]

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Mundo Verde PCS

Washington, DC’s first “green” public charter school dedicated to educating young people to become global stewards in an increasingly complex world.

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Mytonomy

Mytonomy is a near-peer social network designed to bring alumni advice to high school students […]

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Nearpod

Nearpod is a mobile app that allows teachers to easily create and share interactive lessons, […]

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Nepris

Nepris enables collaboration between educators and industry professionals to bring real world relevance to every classroom to engage students in STEM, to expose them to real job skills and to inspire them through role models. We make it easy for teachers to leverage industry connections while providing a reliable platform for companies to engage with schools.

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New Classrooms

Joel Rose and Chris Rush created New Classrooms to design new instructional models that reimagine the role of educators, the use of time, the configuration of physical space, and the use of data and technology to better meet the needs of each student.

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New Leaders

Recruits talented individuals with strong leadership potential and trains them to become outstanding school principals.

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New Paradigm for Education

Ralph Bland created New Paradigm for Education to maximize student learning potential through proven education practices and managing all phases of school design, planning, and program implementation.

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Newsela

Newsela publishes high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity. Common Core–aligned quizzes attached to articles give educators and parents insight into their students’ reading strengths and weaknesses. Newsela develops nonfiction fluency and critical-thinking skills necessary to master the Common Core standards for informational text.

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NoRedInk

NoRedInk is a web-based learning platform that helps students improve their grammar and writing skills.

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Partners in School Innovation

Service organization to enable public schools in high-poverty Bay Area communities — serving primarily students of color and English-language learners — to achieve educational equity through school-based reform.

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Paul Public Charter School

Paul PCS, historically a middle school, has expanded to serve high school grades. Paul International High School curently offers grades 9-10 and will grow to serve grades 9-12 by 2015-2016 school year. PIHS seeks to provide a college-prep program with an emphasis on developing student’s global competencies.

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Readworks

ReadWorks was founded in 2008 to help teachers meet the nationwide crisis in reading comprehension. […]

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School Leaders Network

Expands student educational opportunity by transforming school leaders into empowered, highly effective change agents who improve school climate and culture and drive increased student achievement.

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School of One

Integrates multiple modalities of math instruction into the same learning space. Currently serving 1,500 students in NYC Public Schools.

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SchoolMint

Schoolmint is a Parent – School Interactions platform helping parents and schools save a lot of time and money by streamlining manual processes like Student Application, Registration, School Choice, Lotteries, Wait list Management, SIS Integration, Communications & Messaging, Notifications, Payments and all other interactions by bringing them online and on mobile. It is used by hundreds of public, charter and private schools in the US including the city of Philadelphia, Aspire Public Schools, Achievement First Network and KIPP.

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Schoolzilla

Schoolzilla is a cloud-based data management and visualization platform for education practitioners that turns operational […]

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Securly

Securly is a web-filter that has been built from the ground-up for K-12 schools. We are cloud based, take five minutes to set up per district and solve the problem of “over-blocking” by providing safe access to 21th century educational content. We are the only web-filter to integrate with Google Apps for Education.

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Seneca Family of Agencies’ All-In Partnership

The All-In! approach is characterized by a tiered system of interventions and services that work together to thoughtfully inform decision making about each student. Seneca partners with the school leadership to build school wide practices inclusive of all learners and systems focused on early identification and intervention of students whose needs are not being addressed by baseline services and instruction. All-In! strengthens schools by 1) realigning resources toward early intervention, 2) supporting students before they fail, and 3) coordinating the provision of academic and social/emotional/behavioral support services, thereby removing additional barriers to student success.

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Socrative

Socrative helps teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on laptops, smartphones and tablets. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can accurately gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding

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Success for All

Intensive reading program and comprehensive school reform model that achieves proven results in under-resourced urban schools.

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Tales2Go

Tales2Go is a Netflix­like service that streams thousands of name-brand audio book titles from leading […]

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Teach For America

Recruits recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools in our nation’s lowest-income communities.

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Teach Plus

Supports the retention of high quality teachers into a second stage of their careers by expanding leadership opportunities and financial incentives for those who demonstrate success in the classroom.

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Teaching Channel

Video showcase–on the internet and on TV–of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

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TeachingWorks

TeachingWorks (TW) is a national research and training institute housed at the University of Michigan’s School of Education that is focused on designing researched-based training resources, tools, and services that improve teaching quality in the United States.

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TeachLive

TeachLivE (or TLE TeachLivE Lab) is a new teacher training tool created at the University of Central Florida College of Education. Much like a flight simulator, the TeachLivE simulates a classroom experience for teachers to hone their skills and learn from their mistakes in a low-stakes, virtual environment. The simulator works through a combination of artificial intelligence where students are digital avatars that are managed by real trainers.

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Teachscape

Provides professional development programs to teachers, principals, and school leaders.

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TEAM Charter Schools

TEAM Charter Schools is a high-performing charter school organization with four schools and 1,500 students in Newark, New Jersey. 83% of TEAM graduates have gone on to college.

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TNTP

Dedicated to increasing the number of outstanding individuals who become public school teachers.

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TuvaLabs

TuvaLabs empowers students to think critically about data, ask meaningful questions, and communicate their observations and findings. Teachers can conduct inquiry-driven activities, lessons, and projects related to various subjects including math, science, social studies, health, and others. With TuvaLabs, teachers can equip their students with the knowledge, values, and skills to become active members of their own communities and global citizens of the world.

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Tynker

Tynker’s mission is to teach every child computational thinking and programming skills in a fun and imaginative way. Unlike traditional syntax-driven code, Tynker’s innovative visual programming language and Web-based learning environment make it easy for children in the younger grades to learn programming concepts without dealing with the frustration of syntax.

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UP Education Network

UP Education Network (formerly Unlocking Potential) is a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time.

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Urban Strategies Council

The Urban Strategies Council is a community building support and advocacy organization located in Oakland, California. The Council works with stakeholders in low-income communities, community-based organizations, and public systems to expand services for children and families.

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Urban Teacher Center

UTC believes that schools need a guarantee—that before teachers are certified, they can demonstrate student achievement gains. UTC’s innovative model ensures that districts get only teacher candidates who have demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom.

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Youth UpRising

Youth UpRising’s mission is to transform East Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them.

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Zaption

Zaption is an early-stage education technology venture founded by Jim Stigler, co-founder of LessonLab and Charlie Stigler, a 2012 Thiel Fellow. Zaption provides a platform and suite of interactive tools to create, publish and share interactive videos and provide information about how users interacted with a video through its analytic tools

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