AppleTree Institute Joins Cohort to Improve Early Education with Ed Tech

AppleTree Selected for Early Learning Ed Tech Cohort

Funding and management assistance from NewSchools Venture Fund will fuel efforts to create exceptional early learning tools for PreK-2nd grade.

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation is proud to announce its selection as a member of the Fall 2017 Ignite cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund.

AppleTree is one of 15 ed tech companies awarded funding through the NewSchools Ignite Early Learning Challenge. Each cohort member is committed to create or expand an innovative ed tech product to help millions of students across the country in PreK-2nd grade. In addition to the funding, NewSchools will provide management assistance and create a community of practice for the cohort members.

“NewSchools Ignite is rooted in research, and we always start by talking to people in the field who are doing this work,” said Tonika Cheek Clayton, managing partner, NewSchools Venture Fund. “We heard from both educators and ed tech developers about the lack of high-quality tools to support academic and social development for young students. They also emphasized the importance of limiting the hours spent on devices and promoting interaction with parents and teachers. Given the importance of these early years, NewSchools Ignite is thrilled to invest in AppleTree to develop engaging tools to reimagine early learning.”

About AppleTree’s Every Child Ready:

AppleTree’s evidence-based early learning intervention, Every Child Ready, is uniquely positioned to level the playing field for vulnerable children. The model includes three tightly integrated elements of curriculum, professional development, and assessment to help children build the cognitive and social-emotional skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to thrive:

  • What to teach: A 12-unit core curriculum for both preschoolers and pre-kindergartners, including an extensive set of AppleTree published trade books, and comprehensive, three-tiered, flexible small group plans for literacy, language, math, and social-emotional development.
  • How to teach: A year-round training program for teachers and school leaders that includes summer sessions, regular mentoring, video exemplars tied to the curriculum, and in-class observation and feedback.
  • How to measure success: An array of assessment tools that measure classroom effectiveness as well as individual students’ academic and social progress, allowing content and teaching to be adjusted to meet students’ unique needs.

AppleTree provides the tools for all students in Every Child Ready classrooms to boost kindergarten readiness and start children on a trajectory of academic and life success.

About NewSchools:

NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that finds, funds and supports promising and innovative education entrepreneurs, teams of educators and education leaders. We help them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the schools, students and educators they serve. We are committed to helping students graduate high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. Through our investing, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reimagine K–12 education.