Stacey Childress, CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund

At NewSchools, we believe the genius to create a more effective and equitable education system already exists in our communities, and that innovators must have the support they need to nurture and grow their ideas for impact. Recently we announced Frances Messano’s promotion to…


by Miho Kubagawa, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

This time last year, I was visiting Ednovate’s public high schools in Los Angeles with school leaders from NewSchools’ innovative schools portfolio. Each of these leaders were designing and launching new, innovative public schools like Ednovate.

Little did we know that these school…


by NewSchools Venture Fund staff

2020 has been a year of challenge and change. Routines have been upended, we’ve faced an ongoing public health crisis, confronted systemic racial injustice across our communities and survived a grueling political season that resulted in a historic election.

Throughout all of this there have…


by Nathan Shiferaw, Analyst, NewSchools Venture Fund

Oakland, California. It’s where we live, work, and play. But most importantly, it’s NewSchools’ homebase and we love it.

If this is the first time you’ve heard about us, allow me to introduce our organization to you! We are a venture philanthropy that…


By Raffy Maristela, Analyst, NewSchools Venture Fund

As the global pandemic shut down schools in March 2020, families faced one of the most daunting times of their lives. While education innovation was still a priority for us at NewSchools Venture Fund, it was clear that there were more immediate needs


New Report: The Chief Innovation Officer Toolkit

By Miho Kubagawa, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

In the early 1980s, as enterprise computing became a more sophisticated, complex function, a new corporate leadership role emerged: the chief information officer. In 1986, Businessweek magazine ran the headline “Management’s Newest Star: Meet the Chief Information Officer.” …


By Justin Wedell, Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

Earlier this year, we released an analysis of the tools teachers said they were using most often in our 2019 survey with Gallup on “Education Technology Use in Schools.” In that analysis, we found that most teachers were using different digital learning…


By Erin Harless, Manager of Research and Learning, NewSchools Venture Fund

One of the biggest talent challenges facing the education sector today is the demographic mismatch between the students attending PK-12 public schools and the teachers and leaders who serve them. Today’s students are the most diverse in the history…


Now is the Time to Reevaluate our Student Assessment Policies

By Erin Harless, Manager of Research and Learning, NewSchools Venture Fund

The education sector is in the midst of an overdue reckoning about its role in perpetuating systemic racism in this country, from curricula that perpetuates a Eurocentric worldview to an educator workforce that does not reflect the student population…


By Justin Wedell, Associate Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash

In 2019, NewSchools partnered with Gallup to release “Education Technology Use in Schools,” a comprehensive report to better understand ed tech’s perceptions and usage. This past summer, we conducted a follow-up survey of parents, teachers, and students to evaluate how ed tech’s…

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