Seeing the World Differently – A Summer Reading List

To build connections during our virtual Summit event in May, NewSchools asked a diverse group of innovators, policymakers, funders, and educators to share the books that helped them make sense of the world or simply inspired them this past year. Here are the 145 books that were recommended to us, covering a wide variety of […]

A Major K-12 Funder Takes the Participatory Grantmaking Plunge

This blog was originally published by Inside Philanthropy on May 25, 2021 and can be found on their website here. A Major K-12 Funder Takes the Participatory Grantmaking Plunge By Connie Matthiessen | May 25, 2021 Participatory grantmaking: It isn’t a term that rolls off the tongue, and yet many people in the philanthropy world […]

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 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 […]

Summit 2021 Full Session Videos

Opening Plenary: Provocations for the Future Racial equity and philanthropy: Change is overdue Supporting student and educator mental health Parents and real power What smart leaders are doing with those emergency funds Design it for us: Students speak out on what learning should look like

Summit 2019 Full Session Videos

Opening Plenary: District Leaders to Watch Bridging the School to Home Divide  Engaging Latino Entrepreneurs Is There a National Reading Crisis? Next Generation Accountability Systems What Do Teachers and Students Really Want from Ed Tech? Expanding the Definition of Student Success: Lessons from NewSchools’ Portfolio No Tech versus Mo’ Tech Reimagining Schools with Model Providers […]

ICYMI at Summit 2018: Moving Beyond Diversity to True Inclusion

Guest post by Xiomara Padamsee, Founder & CEO of Promise54 This is the first in a series of insights and reflections from panelists from NewSchools Summit 2018. The series can also be found on Medium. Leaders often shy away from public discussion of our work to deepen diversity, inclusion, and equity in our organizations for […]

Live From Summit 2018: Closing Plenary on the Future of Work 

This blog is also cross-posted on Medium. A day full of learning, sharing and networking closed with a lively panel on the future of work. Young entrepreneur Moziah “Mo” Bridges opened the session.  This teen entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Mo’s Bows. Sporting one of his fashionable bowties, he informed the Summit audience, “I am a […]

Live From NewSchools Summit 2018: Opening Plenary Celebrates 20 Years of NewSchools and Looks to the Future 

  This blog was also cross-posted on Medium. NewSchools CEO Stacey Childress officially opened NewSchools Summit 2018 this morning to a sold-out audience in Burlingame, Calif. The provocative and inspiring opening plenary gave a nod to the organization’s founders, who Childress acknowledged are all still involved in NewSchools’ work. Following a video tribute to the contributions of its […]