NewSchools Launches a New Live, Interactive Series Lifting Up What Works In Education 

This month Bright Spots, a new live, interactive series hosted by NewSchools debuted on LinkedIn. We’re excited to connect with more education innovators and stakeholders in real-time and lift up what’s working during this time of rebuilding and reinvention in education. This series features our NewSchools colleagues in conversation with the innovators we fund and […]

How Schools Can Center Student and Teacher Wellbeing

By Jason Atwood, Director, NewSchools Venture Fund As schools unveil their reopening plans for the fall, the need to address student and educator mental health and wellbeing must take priority, even before concerns about getting students caught up academically. Students will have a harder time learning and teachers will not be as effective if schools […]

How One School Built Systems to Support its Most Vulnerable Students

By Antonio Tapia, Senior Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund Photo: Neil Thomas As we wind down the most unconventional summer most of us have ever experienced, the nation’s attention has predictably shifted to the reopening of schools. Depending on your region, schools in your area are getting ready to implement a hybrid model or prepare […]

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 […]

SEL – Learning From the Field

This blog was also cross-posted on Medium.  Earlier this month, I moderated a panel at LearnLaunch’s Across Boundaries conference with an inspiring group of educators. We were discussing one of my favorite topics: integrating social emotional learning (SEL) into classroom instruction. This is an emerging area of study and many of us are learning while […]

Announcing our NewSchools Invent 2017 Cohort…and the Fantastic Journey to Find Them  

Two years ago we launched NewSchools Invent. We wanted to invest in teams of educators who are reimagining learning, and looking to launch innovative public schools in school districts and charter networks. To create the future they want for themselves, we believe young people need a strong academic foundation along with other important mindsets, skills […]

NewSchools Invent: Welcoming a New Cohort of Innovative Schools

We believe young people deserve schools that match the incredible aspirations they have for themselves, their families and their communities. Today, too many are in schools that don’t match those aspirations or the times we’re living in. Our role is to support teams of educators who are reimagining learning so that students are prepared and […]

Live From Summit 2016: Expanding the Definition of Student Success

Chris Gabrieli and Sara Bartolino Krachman, who are co-founders of Transforming Education, led this session in partnership with Adam Carter, the Chief Academic Officer of Summit Public Schools. Together they explored the importance of equipping students with the mindsets, essential skills, and habits (MESH) necessary to succeed. Chris and Sara shared research driving a growing […]

Live From Summit 2016: School Discipline: It’s Complicated

Elizabeth Green, Co-Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Chalkbeat moderated a discussion exploring school discipline and zero tolerance policies in schools. Joining her as panelists were: RiShawn Biddle, Editor of Dropout Nation Steven Evangelista, Principal & Co-Founder of Harlem Link Charter School Scott Gordon, CEO of Mastery Charter Schools Shawn Hardnett, Teacher, School Founder and School […]

Launching NewSchools Catapult: Invent 2016!

In July 2015 we launched NewSchools Catapult, a program to invest in and support education entrepreneurs launching new schools with innovative instructional models. We recently announced NewSchools Catapult 2015, a cohort of 14 trailblazing district and charter schools that are reimagining PREK-12 education by personalizing learning and giving students greater agency over their experience. Innovation takes many […]