NSVF Press Release

AppleTree Schools Funded to Support Diverse Teachers in PreK-12 Classrooms


Funding and management assistance from NewSchools Venture Fund will fuel efforts to recruit, support and cultivate more classroom teachers of color

Washington, DC, October 23, 2019– AppleTree Schools is proud to announce its selection as a member of the Diverse Teachers cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund, generously supported by the Walton Family Foundation. 

AppleTree Schools is one of 14 organizations in the cohort. Each cohort member is committed to enhancing the recruitment, development, and retention of underrepresented teachers, (including Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American/Alaskan Native teachers). In addition to financial support, NewSchools will provide management assistance and create a community of practice for the cohort members. 

AppleTree, founded in 1996  is an innovative nonprofit that develops and provides proven early childhood education programs to three- and four-year-olds. The AppleTree Early Learning Teacher Residency (AELTR) is an innovative approach designed to prepare novice teachers for a career in teaching through hands-on experiences in the classroom while receiving targeted instruction and coaching.

“There is a tremendous need for a diverse, growing, committed, and well-prepared corps of early childhood teachers,” said Jack McCarthy, AppleTree’s President and CEO.  “Ensuring young children thrive when they leave pre-kindergarten and AppleTree’s teacher residency program is the best-positioned program to do that work in the Nation’s Capital. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion matched with our evidence-based approach to teaching and learning ensures we will prepare AppleTree’s resident teachers to be difference-makers in the communities we serve.”

“I am proud of NewSchools’ commitment to this work,” said Frances Messano, a senior managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund who leads the Diverse Leaders strategy. “Today’s students are the most racially diverse in the history of this country and it’s time to have teachers who match that diversity. We, with support from the Walton Family Foundation, are eager to support this new cohort focused on diversifying the teaching force.  This cohort is an impressive group that will make a difference,” she added.

About AppleTree Schools

AppleTree was founded in 1996 by Jack McCarthy & Lex Towle to increase the supply of effective schools through innovation. AppleTree furthered their quest for innovation by winning a prestigious Investing in Innovation grant in 2010 to research, develop, pilot, roll out and evaluate Every Child Ready (ECR), a comprehensive preschool instructional model for three and four-year-olds.  Currently, AppleTree schools serve 1,300 three- and four-year-old children and their families throughout Washington, DC.   Learn more at https://www.appletreeinstitute.org/

About NewSchools

NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising teams of educators and innovators who want to reimagine learning. 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 PreK-12 education.

Contact: Natasha Parrilla, Director of Communications

Email: natasha.parrilla@appletreeinstitute.org

Phone Number: 202-488-3990