Back
The Company

Committing $100 million to meaningful classroom learning

Matthew Gross
Feb 25, 2021

When we founded Newsela, we set out to massively improve classroom learning.  We believed strongly in the power of content to captivate students and create a love of learning. And we knew that traditional materials being produced for the classroom were not making the cut.  

You agreed. 

Thirty-seven million students, 2.5 million teachers, and a year of unprecedented historical events later, we’ve discovered that teachers, administrators, students and parents all share a basic vision of meaningful, effective classroom learning. It’s relevant. It’s inclusive. It adapts to each student’s needs, interests and lived experiences. It imparts knowledge we know will be important in order to succeed in subsequent schooling and life. It provides teachers with flexibility and choice to constantly adjust and course-correct. It engages students and teachers alike because let’s face it, a bored, stressed-out teacher almost certainly is going to lead to bored, stressed-out students.  

Most importantly, it is possible. 

The world continues to change around us and we aren’t standing still. To deliver on our promise to improve classroom learning, Newsela is committing $100 million, made possible by a Series D investment, to deliver next-generation solutions that power great teaching rather than replace it, provide affordable, equal access to content regardless of students’ abilities, income or lived experiences, and excite students to learn.  

We are expanding our 14,000+ catalogue of high-quality, high-interest, standards-aligned content. We are including new media types, which will bring lessons to life and teach students to be knowledgeable digital citizens. We will build and acquire features that help teachers plan and execute more effective lessons with recommendations from a huge library of trusted and vetted content. We are developing new ways to get this in the hands of students and teachers cheaper, faster, better.  

I am grateful to new investor Franklin Templeton and our existing investors TCV, Owl Ventures, Tao Capital Partners, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Waycross Ventures, for participating in this financing and helping us make this commitment. I’m grateful to the millions of teachers, administrators, Newsela Certified Educators and Fellows, and families who have put their trust in us and pushed us to step up our game even more. And I want to shout out the 401 Newsela employees who are relentlessly committed to our mission:  meaningful classroom learning for every student. 

The Latest from @Newsela

Happy 12 Days of Newsela! 🎉 Each day we'll share a content recommendation. Today's theme: holiday cheer! This article shares five things to know about giving and receiving holiday gifts. https://t.co/18JEr5vfvV https://t.co/eWKixl8Gk3
December 1, 2021, 4:07 PM
Newsela Certified Educators drive school-wide innovation. 🌟 Build your expertise in designing creative teaching applications with our instructional content: https://t.co/xMFTgxyw1z https://t.co/6136DQQHrn
November 30, 2021, 8:36 PM
Teachers, do you buy items for your classroom on #CyberMonday? 💳
November 29, 2021, 9:02 PM
Check out the top toys of 2021! More games and puzzles top the list this year as families look to spend less time on screens and more time together. 🧩 In this article, a toy reviewer provides advice on which toys are worth kids' time and parents' money: https://t.co/Su11AfCk5y https://t.co/zkL8NliAde
November 29, 2021, 5:15 PM
As Hanukkah begins, all students can learn about the dreidel game enjoyed by many families throughout the holiday. Learn the origins of the dreidel and how to play, using this article: https://t.co/PE5LhHnMHr https://t.co/0kMIRxH2wY
November 28, 2021, 5:00 PM
Is binge-watching a harmless hobby or a dangerous vice? 👀 Let students decide, using this Newsela ELA article that discusses the pros and cons of binge-watching. https://t.co/JW7vWLoIHB https://t.co/BTX8mpfSPf
November 27, 2021, 4:00 PM
In this time of gratitude, we want to take a moment to thank you for all you do to make a difference in the lives of your students and communities. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Newsela! 💙 https://t.co/l8erPxUASG
November 25, 2021, 3:00 PM
Become a Newsela Certified Educator to build your expertise in designing creative teaching strategies with Newsela's instructional content— plus earn 5 hours of PD! ⭐ https://t.co/xMFTgxyw1z
November 24, 2021, 5:00 PM
Healthy diets include a variety of foods from all of the food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains, proteins, dairy products, and oils. A healthy diet can even include treats now and then. 🍫 Students can learn nutrition basics, using this article: https://t.co/nkDdrfvQvt https://t.co/J5pYqrrhJ0
November 23, 2021, 3:00 PM

The best lessons start with the best content.

Ready to bring great instructional content to your students?

Contact Sales