Beyond survival: Planning for a world where equity work thrives

By Tiffany Cheng Nyaggah, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund Equity-minded entrepreneurs gravitate to the exciting work of creating something new because they are deeply committed to building a more just and compassionate world. Earlier this year, few leaders would have imagined a threat to their organization arriving in the form of a pandemic, which would upend […]

When and How to Explore a Nonprofit Merger

By Amy Omand, Chief Financial Officer, NewSchools Venture Fund The economic outlook in the world has changed rapidly in the past few months. The unemployment rate is at historic highs, businesses are struggling to make ends meet, and each news cycle triggers volatility in the stock markets. The nonprofit sector, which accounts for 10% of […]

COVID-19: Resources for Education Innovators

We’ve compiled a helpful list of resources for those navigating the changing K-12 education environment due to COVID-19. NewSchools Learning from Home Resources , by NewSchools Staff NewSchools priorities during COVID-19 (VIDEO), by Stacey Childress, CEO $349 Billion In Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans For Nonprofits. Here’s How To Apply, by Stacey Childress, CEO 65% Of […]

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 […]

News Release: NewSchools Venture Fund Announces New Ed Tech Challenge 

$1.5 million in funding for ed tech tools to support an expanded definition of student success (Oakland, CA, January 12, 2019) – How can ed tech tools help students acquire a strong academic foundation and other mindsets, skills and habits they need for success? NewSchools is looking to find out. The organization’s latest ed tech challenge targets entrepreneurs […]

Why I Love February… Black History starts with Diverse Leaders in Education

This blog is also cross-posted on Medium. Have you ever heard the adage, “If you can read this, thank a teacher”? During February, Black History Month, we pay special attention to the contributions of Black Americans, and many of those contributions would not have been possible without Black educators. It has become a tradition at NewSchools […]

NEWS RELEASE: NewSchools is Looking to Fund Up to $8 Million in New Investments  

(Oakland, CA, August 1, 2018) — NewSchools Venture Fund is excited to announce funding opportunities are now open for two investment areas: Innovative Schools and Diverse Leaders. For teams of educators and entrepreneurs who are either dreaming of opening a new innovative school or interested in growing, advancing and supporting Black and Latino leadership in education, this opportunity could provide the funding […]

Announcing the NewSchools Ignite: Early Learning Cohort

We’re thrilled to announce the 15 winners of the NewSchools Ignite Early Learning (PreK-2nd Grade) Challenge who collectively were awarded $1.5 million in grant funding as a part of our accelerator program. You can learn more about the work this cohort is doing by clicking on the links for each organization below. AppleTree Institute for […]

Guest Post: Turning the Tassel – The Student Who Changed My Life

Guest Post by Oliver Sicat, CEO of Ednovate Graduation is always a special time for me as a school leader. At Ednovate, our mission is to educate high school students who will use their college degrees and careers to enact Positive Multigenerational Change in their communities, nation and world. There are currently three schools in […]