2016 Seed Fund Investments

In January 2016, 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. Social emotional learning and support
  2. Post-secondary preparation and success
  3. New approaches to teaching and learning

Social Emotional Learning and Support

  • Restorative Practices, ABCD at Dorchester Academy, Philip H. Gordon Legacy Award Recipient*
  • Social Thinking Approach, Bates Elementary & Haley K-8 Schools with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Aspire*
  • Positive Behavioral Approach and Real-Time Coaching, KIPP Academy Boston
  • Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms, Mattahunt Elementary School with the Home for Little Wanderers

Post-Secondary Preparation and Success

  • Career Pathways, The English High School*
  • Teacher Collaboration, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, $10,000,
  • Latino Post-Secondary Success, Margarita Muniz Academy with Boston Higher Education Resource Center

New Approaches in Teaching and Learning

  • Math Labs, Murphy K-8 School & BPS Math Department with Boston University*
  • Critical Thinking for English Learners, Josiah Quincy Elementary School with United Nations Association of Greater Boston*


*Received funding to continue or expand their initiative for the 2016-2017 school year.