2017 Seed Fund Investments

In January 2017, EdVestors selected its second School Solutions Seed Fund cohort with nine grants to support a diverse set of approaches that tackle core issues in urban education. In applying, each school identified its top challenge – the one standing between where they were at the time and where they wanted to be – and designed a solution that would clear the way to success for their students. As grantees pilot these projects, EdVestors watches for models from which other schools can learn. Through the School Solutions Seed Fund, EdVestors makes initial investments of $10,000, and a smaller number of these seed-funded projects may receive larger, longer-term investments in the spring or summer. Expansion grants of varying amounts are awarded to specific projects based on early success and the potential for impact.

Three themes emerged among this year’s Seed Fund cohort:

  1. Deepening professional learning
  2. Using technology to personalize learning
  3. Educating the whole child


Deepening Professional Learning

D.I.Y CoachingBoston Collegiate Charter School, Jeremiah Burke High School, and Match Community Day Charter School

Paraprofessional-to-Teacher Pathway, Journey into Education & Teaching (JET) with Boston Public Schools


Using Technology to Advance Learning

Personalized Learning On-The-Go, Boston International & Newcomers Academy

Blended Learning Blueprint, Perry K-8 with Boston Public Schools Experience Lab

Career Pathway in Fashion Technology, Boston Arts Academy


Educating the Whole Child

Young Man with a Plan, Boston Community Leadership Academy, Jeremiah Burke High School & Charlestown High School

Portfolio Approach to Student Learning, Bridge Boston Charter School

The Younger Siblings Project, Codman Academy & Hurley K-8

Social Skills in the Middle Grades, College Bound Middle School with Think:Kids