NewSchools Venture Fund Announces Speakers for the 2013 Summit

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Sec. Arne Duncan, Thomas Friedman and Randi Weingarten among luminaries speaking at the event on May 1, with live streaming.

“NewSchools has a simple and audacious mission -- to transform public education so our schools serve every student in this country,” said NewSchools CEO Ted Mitchell.

NewSchools Venture Fund, in partnership with the Aspen Institute, announces program details and confirmed speakers for its 2013 Summit being held on May 1 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. The invite-only Summit will bring together 1,000 policymakers, educators, philanthropists and education entrepreneurs to connect and collaborate on ways to improve K-12 public education.

A number of influential leaders speaking at the Summit include: Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education; Thomas Friedman, columnist for the New York Times; Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers; Sal Kahn, founder of Khan Academy; and Mark Pincus, CEO and founder of Zynga.

Speakers Friedman, Khan, Secretary Duncan and Weingarten plus a number of the Summit’s sessions will be live streamed starting at 8:00am on Wednesday, May 1:

Every year, the Summit offers insights on the innovations and ideas that are changing education in underserved communities. This year’s Summit is focused on “Looking Out and Looking Forward”: to look out internationally and learn from successes abroad to raise the bar in the U.S.; and, to commemorate NewSchools’s 15th anniversary - looking forward 15 years to what education may look like in 2028.

Sessions and conversations will address imperative topics, such as innovative approaches to preparing teachers, parents’ influence on education reform and what needs to change in education. Keynote and panel discussions include:

  • Secretary Arne Duncan, in conversation with Laurene Powell Jobs, will share his hopes and plans for the second term, and insights about where reform best happens.
  •     NewSchools CEO Ted Mitchell interviews Thomas Friedman, who will discuss his insights on how America’s current trajectory compares to the best examples elsewhere in the world.
  • John Doerr, general partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, interviews Mark Pincus and Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng, who will share their thoughts on how technology will influence education trends.
  • Pearson’s Sir Michael Barber, America Achieves CEO Jon Schnur, and U.S. Department of Education Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss, will discuss what the U.S. can learn from the world’s leading schools.

“NewSchools has a simple and audacious mission -- to transform public education so our schools serve every student in this country,” said NewSchools CEO Ted Mitchell. “We have a clear path to that goal and that is entrepreneurship. Everyone coming to the Summit cares passionately about the future of our children and our country.”

The Summit is generously sponsored by Target, Bloomberg Philanthropies, J.P. Morgan,, The Walton Family Foundation, Exxon, Pearson, Doris & Donald Fisher Fund and ETS.

Registration is now closed for the Summit; but there are a limited number of press passes available, please contact Ellisa Feinstein at efeinstein(at)newschools(dot)org for more details.

About NewSchools
NewSchools Venture Fund is a not-for-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs in creating innovative ways to improve K-12 public education. We blend the best of philanthropy and capital markets to ensure an excellent education is available to every child. We actively share what we’ve learned through our investments, bring together educational leaders from across the country, and advocate for smart policies at the federal level. Learn more at

About the Aspen Institute:
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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Ellisa Feinstein
NewSchools Venture Fund

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