Innovative Public Schools
We support teams of educators with bold visions for new schools that will change the odds for students in communities across America. Our definition of an innovative school is broad and we know the schools each community needs won’t look the same. We fund the design of new public schools – both district and charter. These schools help students develop a strong academic foundation along with the other mindsets, habits and skills they’ll need for success in life.
Innovators are creating the tools and solutions that can power breakthrough student success. They work hand-in-hand with educators and school leaders who are both building new school models and reinventing existing ones. We seek to support early-stage innovators along a spectrum of solutions that includes supplemental tools, core instructional approaches, and whole-school models that enhance teaching and learning
Diverse leadership matters. Yet, in a country where the majority of public school students are children of color, diversity in the field — among teachers, leaders and parent advocates — lags far behind. We invest in efforts to increase the number of Black and Latino educators and education leaders, ventures that serve as diversity, equity and inclusion capacity builders and work to mobilize parents to advocate for change.
True systemic change takes truly bold action. That’s why we offer “dream capital” to leaders of color who have ideas for addressing racial inequities in education. We are open to ambitious, early-stage ideas that advance racial equity. We don’t decide how to allocate funds; instead, we leave it up to parents, students and education innovators of color.
More About Our Ventures
Thinking About Opening a New School? Maybe the Invent Cohort is for YouLearn More
We support educators looking to launch their first and/or second charter schools. We also support educators in district schools with the autonomy to use innova…
We’re Looking to Advance Diverse Leaders in EducationLearn More
NewSchools supports organizations helping to recruit, support and retain Black and Latino leaders in PreK-12 education.
The NewSchools-Gallup Ed Tech Survey: Full Report on Usage by Educators and TeachersLearn More
The NewSchools-Gallup report on ed tech usage by educators and students offers a comprehensive look at PreK-12 ed tech perceptions and usage.