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News Release – NewSchools Announces New Cohort of Innovative Schools

Contact: Debbie Veney | 415-375-8262


Funding will aid in the planning and launch of new schools across the U.S.

(Oakland, CA, June 2, 2016) — Today NewSchools Venture Fund announced the latest NewSchools Invent cohort, which received more than $3 million in grants to fund the opening of four new schools this fall, and the planning of 10 schools with potential to launch in fall 2017.

“We’re enthusiastic about this NewSchools Invent cohort,” said Scott Benson, a managing partner with NewSchools Venture Fund. “It includes a diverse group of innovative leaders in cities across the country who are ready to take on the challenge of creating new types of schools. We need more innovative schools designed to better serve each student with personalized learning environments.”

NewSchools Invent, formerly known as NewSchools Catapult, supports teams of educators who are reimagining public schools through innovative designs. With an eye toward school designs that improve students’ experiences and accelerate learning, 14 teams were selected from among 52 applicants.

Teams in the planning phase are:


Those receiving launch funding, all of whom participated in an earlier planning phase with NewSchools, are:

Teams were selected based on the promise of their school’s ability to meet the needs of today’s students. We placed an emphasis on school models that are designed to personalize learning for students and enable them to develop the agency that leads to long-term success.

In addition to funding, NewSchools Invent provides teams with a supportive cohort experience—from the critical planning phase through early implementation—to help make their visions for groundbreaking new schools a reality.

Teams interested in receiving support for the design and planning of an innovative school can submit their ideas here; the formal application period will open later this summer. Those selected for planning support can later apply for launch investments, which offer select applicants funding to move from planning to implementation. The grants range from $150,000 to $500,000 across both categories.


About NewSchools Invent

NewSchools Invent is part of the organization’s Innovative Schools strategy, and supports teams of educators whose visions for innovative new public schools can help students in every neighborhood have a great school that works for them. NewSchools Invent provides funding and a supportive cohort experience to strong teams developing new district and charter schools across the country.


About NewSchools Venture Fund

NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that seeks to transform public education so that all children have the opportunity to succeed – especially those in schools that do not currently work for them. To achieve this goal, NewSchools identifies the most promising and innovative education entrepreneurs and helps them effectively accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the students they serve. Through our investing, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reimagine K-12 education to help students finish high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans.


2 Responses to “News Release – NewSchools Announces New Cohort of Innovative Schools”

  1. I am interested in applying for seed funds for an innovative schools for children of color in underserved areas in South FL. My goal is to become a CMO and open schools that replicate the model once it is established and successful. The first two schools would be in two counties, the people are looking to me to start and manage the Charters. I am in the process of completing the application for the charter, but need seed money to be able to fully implement the vision. I am a woman of color, and the board is a diverse (across profession and ethnicity), representative of the communities to be served. The curriculum is proposed to include the core subjects with personalized learning plans or IEP’s, to help learner start from their points of strength and build on them toward mastery. Methods include data-driven, differentiated, strategic instruction using RtI’s, experiential, and interactive technological learning opportunities in a blended classroom environment. I would like to integrate interactive technology in all subject matter; with a STEM focus; balanced by the use environmental and Equine therapy experiential learning options to develop learners at their own pace and to expose them to new ways of learning. While I cannot predict the student population that we will be called to serve, learner groups I am interested in are ESE/ELL(Speech pathology and language),Gifted learners, and my motivation is closing the education and technology gap for At-Risk Students. I look forward to hearing from you, and receiving an application and any information I would need to become a member of the next cohort.Thank you for your consideration. Carmela

    • Debbie Veney

      Hi Carmela,

      Thanks so much for telling us about your vision and your goals for a new, innovative school model. Here’s a link to information about our Innovative Schools opportunities: We encourage you to review the criteria and seriously consider a submission if you believe you are a fit. Best of luck!

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