In partnership with The Walton Family Foundation, NewSchools is launching a new $3.5 million funding opportunity focused on diversifying the PreK-12 teaching profession. We seek bold ideas focused on recruiting, retaining and supporting Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaskan Native teachers. This funding opportunity will complement existing and ongoing work at both NewSchools Venture Fund, and Walton Family Foundation aimed at supporting diverse school teachers and leaders. We are accepting submission now through July 22, 2019.
For insight on how best to complete the application, please review the slides from our overview webinar, held on June 26, 2019.
A significant research base shows greater teacher diversity within a school yields higher expectations, lower discipline referral rates, and better academic results for all students, especially students of color. Yet, less than one in five educators identify as people of color, while students of color compose more than 50 percent of the entire K-12 student population.
Through the Teacher Diversity funding opportunity, NewSchools will support innovative strategies and programs to advance educator diversity, including recruiting new diverse teachers and supporting existing teachers so they remain in the field longer. We want your best, most creative ideas to help us close the teacher diversity gap.
For this funding opportunity, we will prioritize investing in new non-profit organizations (0 to 2 years old) but may also invest in new initiatives (0 to 2 years old) at existing non-profits. In addition, all submissions must align with our investment criteria (see FAQs below).
We accelerate your efforts by providing support in three key areas: