Our goal: Expand access to tech-enabled, student-centered K-9 learning environments, intentionally designed for any student to thrive.

Even before the pandemic, too many children entered high school below grade-level, and too few experienced the acceleration they needed to get back on track. Pandemic-era school closures have only intensified these trends, making it more important than ever for schools to provide student-centered solutions that both remediate and accelerate student learning at scale.

Our Innovative Schools portfolio supports direct impact and ecosystem grantees that leverage technology to create student-centered, evidence-based K-9 learning environments that engage, challenge, and improve academic and social-emotional skills for all students.

Our Learnings

Learning gaps have widened due to pandemic-era school closures.

Given widening gaps in academic performance, it is harder than ever for teachers to reach and serve all their students.

The learning environment plays a crucial role in student success.

Acknowledging student variability can accelerate academic mastery.

A proliferation of edtech tools and a fragmented K-9 market makes it difficult for schools to know which solutions would work best for them.

Grantee Spotlight

Learn more about some of the work funded by the Innovative Schools portfolio.

Saga Education

Making math tutoring both impactful and cost-effective.

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Zearn

Scaling an evidence-based math program to elementary schools across the country.

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ST Math

Bringing a new way of looking at math from the classroom to the home.

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Our Approach

Scale Personalized Interventions

Develop and scale technology-enabled interventions, including tutoring and curricula (both core and supplemental), that accelerate students’ mastery of math and literacy knowledge, as well as foundational socio-emotional skills.

Our Approach

Increase Active Learning Experiences

Invest in developing tech-enabled active learning experiences that enhance student engagement, and allow students to apply their learning to improve mastery of academic and socio-emotional outcomes.

Our Approach

Improve Evidence-Based Decision Making

Increase evidence-based decision making in edtech purchasing and innovation through ongoing validation, field building, and knowledge generation.

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Children work in small groups at computers. Image provided by NewSchools Venture Fund.

Our Questions

What combination of tech-enabled tools across math and literacy are most commonly being used or implemented together? Is there a combination that is yielding greater outcomes for students?

How effective is virtual tutoring on student outcomes? Can we identify the components that improve cost-effectiveness, yet preserve quality and impact for students?

What are some of the innovative technologies, tools, and practices that support students in developing greater agency in their learning?

What information do district and state decision makers need when purchasing edtech and curriculum, and what drives them to adopt certain tools?

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