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Education designed for a changing economy


Arizona is very different than it was 100 years ago.  Significant growth and increased economic complexity demands a new approach to the way we prepare today's youth for the challenges of tomorrow.  

New Learning Ventures is a nonprofit that supports visionary educators who are rethinking learning and fostering innovation to positively impact the educational and economic future of our state. We envision a thriving Arizona economy with a talented and competitive workforce generated from highly effective and meaningful learning opportunities for children.

...adults need to be able to ask great questions, critically analyze information, form independent opinions, collaborate, and communicate effectively. These are the skills essential for both career and citizenship.
— Tony Wagner, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era
Learning to do and learning to be simply outweigh learning to know.
— Laura Sandefer, Co-Founder and Head of School, Acton Academy Austin
If children know there is someone standing over them who knows all the answers, they are less inclined to find the answers for themselves.
— Sugata Mitra, Professor of Education Technology and Author of “Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning”

What guides our work.


A successful educational ecosystem is made up of collaborative ideas and strategies from both the private and public sectors, including district, charter and private schools that each provide a valuable voice and role in supporting Arizona's economy.

Skill + Character

Children must be equipped with both the skills and character needed to excel in a new creative and constantly changing economy.

Reimagine Learning

We must continue to challenge current models of education in an attempt to create the best learning approaches for a diverse population of children by incorporating the latest research and understanding for how children learn best.  

Meaningful Journey

Education is best when it is personally meaningful with a focus on meeting individual needs and interests, while also emphasizing one’s purpose beyond self. 


Financial Sustainability

Financial transparency, accountability, and sustainability in designing learning models are necessary to preserve education as a public good.

Our Focus


Promising school models and classroom innovations that are more effectively educating both the skill and the character of the child, while displaying and being held accountable to sustainable financial disciplines.


Developing and incentivizing talented, education leaders to further shape the learning of the next generation.


Initiatives that support innovation within existing schools and beyond, helping to establish a broad ecosystem of learning opportunities.


"If we want to develop innovative thinkers, we must first let our educators innovate."

What's Happening.