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 […]

Updated: Digital Learning Tools Teachers Say They Use Most Often

By Justin Wedell, Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund Earlier this year, we released an analysis of the tools teachers said they were using most often in our 2019 survey with Gallup on “Education Technology Use in Schools.” In that analysis, we found that most teachers were using different digital learning tools, painting a picture of […]

Top 10 Takeaways from the NewSchools-Gallup Survey for Ed Tech Innovators

Justin Wedell, Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund In 2019, NewSchools partnered with Gallup to release “Education Technology Use in Schools,” a comprehensive report to better understand ed tech’s perceptions and usage. This past summer, we conducted a follow-up survey of parents, teachers, and students to evaluate how ed tech’s engagement may be changing in the […]

School District Superintendents to Ed Tech: “Here’s how to work with us right now.”

By Justin Wedell, Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund What should ed tech companies keep top of mind as they navigate our new COVID-19 reality? NewSchools recently brought together a diverse group of current and former superintendents from around the country to share their perspectives on this question. Our guests included: PJ Caposey, superintendent of Meridian […]

Four Silver Linings in the Homeschool Hot Mess

By, Tonika Cheek Clayton, Managing Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund As a K-12 ed tech investor who understands the landscape of tech tools used to support student learning, you might think my professional career had prepared me for forced distance learning with my three children. LOL. With kids in 2nd, 6th, and 9th grades at three […]

NewSchools Venture Fund’s Ed Tech Experts on COVID-19 Distance Learning

NSVF Ed Tech Team

By Jason Weeby Modernizing today’s classrooms with accessible and effective technology in a way that increases student learning and decreases inequities is a critical component of our strategy at NewSchools and a requirement for improving education nationwide. But ed tech is typically a fringe topic in education circles where school governance, accountability, curriculum, and instruction […]

SEL Has Never Been More Important: Three Equity-Focused Tools to Use at Home

Cameron White

By Cameron White, Senior Associate Partner Even before the COVID-19 public health crisis, equity-minded educators recognized the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) in supporting students’ growth. In a survey conducted by EdWeek before widespread school closures, almost 90 percent of K-12 district leaders had already invested in products designed to support SEL. COVID-19 has reinforced — or […]

NewSchools Venture Fund and Gallup Release Survey Findings About Ed Tech Usage in U.S. PreK-12 Schools

New report unveils opinions from teachers, principals, administrators and students on digital tools  (Oakland, CA, Sept. 12, 2019) – Gallup and NewSchools Venture Fund today announced the release of a new report, Education Technology Use in Schools. This report is based on the results of a survey of 3,210 Pre-K through 12th grade U.S. public school teachers, 1,163 public school principals, 1,219 district level administrators, and 2,696 […]

How Entrepreneurs are Tackling Challenges in Ed Tech – Part Three

Andrew Coulson, Chief Data Science Officer of MIND Research Institute, on leveraging the right data (not just big data) We recently released an insight brief on what we’re learning from three years of ed tech investing. In the brief, we identified three consistent patterns we observed across all of our ed tech investments. This three-part […]