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 School 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 Charter School & Hurley K-8 School with Codman Square Community Health Center and South End Community Health Center
  • Social Skills in the Middle Grades, College Bound Middle School with Think:Kids

*Received funding to continue or expand their initiative for the 2017-2018 school year.