Schools Need Support to Reinvent Themselves. Will Philanthropy Step Up to Help?
By Leo Bialis-White and Scott Benson Philanthropy can be a powerful force for good. When innovators have a compelling idea that meets the moment, philanthropy can provide flexible, responsive capital so those ideas can flourish. This is one such moment in education. Despite a massive infusion of federal aid — $190 billion through the Elementary […]
How Partners Can Support Schools to Rebuild and Reimagine Learning
How Partners Can Support Schools to Rebuild and Reimagine Learning By Leo Bialis-White | June 2, 2021 Right now, billions of dollars in federal aid are flowing to public school systems in every state battered by the recession and the pandemic. The new American Rescue Plan sets aside a record $125 billion to help […]
Keep the older kids at home and use middle and high schools for elementary students
By Leo Bialis-White, Senior Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund Updates! Back in May, Greg Richmond and Peter Cunningham were some of the first to advocate for reallocating secondary school buildings in The 74. Evidence about how children in different age groups transmit the coronavirus wasn’t out then, which only strengthens their argument. Emily Oster of ParentData blog came to a similar […]
COVID-19 is Upending What “Schooltime” Means. And that’s a good thing.
By Leo Bialis-White, Senior Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund One hundred and eighty days per year. Six and a half hours per day. For decades, the lines separating in-school and out-of-school time have been clear and immutable. Families, schools, after-school providers, and unions built everything around this static structure. Now, COVID-19 is radically changing the […]
AppleTree: How Social Innovations Scale to Become Model Providers
How do social innovations scale? KIPP began as a charter school, became a charter management organization, and then a network of charter management organizations. AVID started as a single school program, which grew to a countywide initiative, and eventually became a national non-profit. There are multiple pathways even for a single organization. More […]