NewSchools Ignite Announces ELL Challenge Winners

Today, we are proud to announce the 13 winners of the NewSchools Ignite English Language Learning Challenge: eSpark Learning Flocabulary Listenwise Nearpod Newsela Readworks Storyworld Spotlight Speak Agent Mawi Learning TalkingPoints ThinkCERCA We can’t wait to tell you about each of these companies … but first, let’s talk about how this challenge got started. […]

Now’s the Time to Reimagine Learning

And, if you think so, too…we should be talking. NewSchools invests in the most creative ideas and supports visionary leaders with the potential to reshape the learning experience to help every student reach his or her highest aspirations. That’s why today we are announcing nearly $7 million in funding opportunities across our three investment areas. […]

News Release — Bring Us Your Boldest, Biggest Ideas for Reimagining Education

Announcing up to $7 million in new funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and teams of educators (Oakland, CA, August 1, 2016) — NewSchools Venture Fund is looking for educators, creators and visionaries who believe in the power and potential of reimagining learning.  NewSchools finds, funds and supports teams of educators and entrepreneurs whose bold ideas have […]

Promising Developments in EdTech for Science

We have scientists to thank for many of conveniences that make our lives simpler, more comfortable…and in a lot of  ways more fun. That’s why we need many, many more scientists, and science education is an essential foundation for success in many careers.  In fact, the demand for workers in STEM-related careers continue to grow. […]

Why We Support Innovative Schools

We love graduation season at NewSchools! It reminds us why we support innovative schools. A big part of our work is supporting new innovative schools with the potential to become great networks. Through our Invent program, we fund the planning and launch of the first and second schools of emerging innovative charter networks. (We also fund new […]

One Student’s Experience in an Innovative School

Last week we announced our latest round of investments in teams launching innovative schools in Fall 2016 and Fall 2017. Since last summer, we’ve invested in 25 new schools around the country. Of these, 22 are the first or second school in emerging charter networks, all of which intend to grow significantly in the coming […]

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: Edtech in STEM Classrooms

This engaging discussion was led and moderated by Tonika Cheek Clayton, Managing Partner of NewSchools Venture Fund joined by five other speakers: Bill Kurtz, CEO of DSST Public Schools Chris Lehmann, Principal at Science Leadership Academy Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO at Dreambox Dan Meyer, Chief Academic Officer at Desmos Margaret Honey, CEO of New York Hall […]

Live From Summit 2016: Helping Children Transcend Adversity

This highly-compelling session was led by author Paul Tough, with a Q&A moderated by Jeff Raikes. The discussion focused on the pressing questions addressed in Tough’s newest book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. Tough encouraged the audience to look closely at what brain science says about the effects of adversity on children’s development, and […]

Live From Summit 2016: Advancing Social-Emotional Learning for Students and Teachers

This inspiring session featured four school leaders who have launched schools because they believe important aspects of school need to be redesigned to support authentic development of social-emotional learning (SEL) in students. The school leaders who presented on their models included: Jonathan Hanover, Executive Director and Principle of Roots Elementary School Sara Cotner, Founder and […]