About Us

About the Program:

The Teach For America-NewSchools EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab is an innovative new program designed to prepare the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs to build high impact, technology-driven solutions for public education.

The Challenge:

The place where a child is born should not determine the quality of his or her education and life prospects. However, the unfortunate reality is that a vast education inequity currently exists across our country. Just half of students in low-income communities graduate high school by age 18, and only 1 in 10 graduates from college. Closing this achievement gap will require cutting edge new approaches that address these challenges at a systemic level. There is a growing demand for solutions that use technology in creative ways to impact instruction and improve academic outcomes for historically underserved students.

The Opportunity:

The EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab is a program designed to seed innovative ideas among young professional leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs with a passion for education. This is an unprecedented opportunity for participants to design and launch truly innovative ventures that help close the achievement gap at asystemic level, with a particular emphasis on the power of technology to fuel solutions. Participants will have access to top resources in the education and technology fields – including workshops designed bythe Stanford Institute of Design’s K12 Lab – as they develop game-changing, technology-based solutions that target educational inequity. The program is launched in collaboration with the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.

Click here for the Winter-Spring 2011 application. Currently the application process is closed for the Winter-Spring 2011 term.

About NewSchools Venture Fund

NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed. As a national nonprofit venture philanthropy firm, NewSchools supports education entrepreneurs, a special breed of innovators who create new nonprofit and for-profit organizations that redefine our sense of what is possible in public education. Founded in 1998, NewSchools has invested in more than 35 nonprofit and for-profit organizations and raised nearly $150 million. NewSchools takes an active role with each venture in our portfolio to help them create sustainable organizations that generate breakthrough results at scale for the students they serve. In addition to this direct support to entrepreneurs, NewSchools also connects their work to the broader public education reform movement to catalyze systems change. For more information, visit www.newschools.org.

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Today, more than 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across the country while 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.

About the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford

Five years ago, those at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design started with a dream about building a place for design at Stanford. They wanted to build a place where design thinking is the glue that binds people together, a place they called the d.school. The d.school has become a hub for Stanford students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, the humanities, and education to learn design thinking and work together to solve big problems in a human centered way. These students have taken the design thinking methodology and applied it in new places to new problems. Along the way, they have developed their own process for reliably producing innovative solutions to nearly any challenge. In a time when there is hunger for innovation everywhere, they believe our first responsibility is to help prepare a generation of students to rise with the challenges of our times. These “students” will increasingly range from kindergarteners to senior executives at Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit http://dschool.stanford.edu/.

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