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Newsela Overview

New York, NY
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
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Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that brings together engaging, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights. Backed by Kleiner Perkins and Zuckerberg Education Ventures, among other leading venture capital firms, we’re building a future ... Read more

Mission: We are on a mission to unlock the written word for everyone. We're dedicated to transforming the way learners access the world through words. By publishing high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 3-12, Newsela not only builds ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We're ranked 35th on the Deloitte hashtag#fast500 after posting 3471% growth! Thanks from the entire Newsela team to all the educators who continue to support our mission of unlocking the written word for everyone.

  • In the latest installment of our Life at Newsela series, our CTO Kieran Sobel shares his vision for building Newsela's engineering culture with a focus on teaching, and making it okay to ask questions. Read more on our blog:

    Life at Newsela: Kieran Sobel, Chief Technology Officer

    Kieran joined Newsela as the company's founding developer, and has scaled the Tech team to over 25 people that support a user community of 26 million users in over 90% of schools across the U.S.

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Newsela – Why Work For Us?

About Us

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that combines engaging, leveled content with integrated formative assessments and insights to supercharge engagement and learning in every subject. Students and teachers use Newsela to find digital content from 100+ of the best sources—from National Geographic to NASA, to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Washington Post to the Wichita Eagle. Content is instructionalized to meet students where they are, with interactive tools and analytics to take them where they want to go. Newsela has become an essential solution for schools and districts, with a presence in over 90% of U.S. K-12 schools. Newsela is the content platform for the connected classroom.

Newsela is built on a mission of unlocking the written word for everyone. We’re not only making a difference in the classroom; we’re focused on building an inclusive and supportive culture internally by encouraging continued learning, celebrating what makes our team unique, and working together to empower minds everywhere.

undefinedMatthew GrossFounder & CEO

Matt has a nineteen-year career in the education sector, for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurship, and product development and distribution.

Matthew was Executive Director of the Regents Research Fund, a privately funded affiliate of the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department that helped lead the implementation of Race to the Top–driven education reforms. Reporting to Education Commissioner John King, Jr, Matthew oversaw the organization’s growth strategy, public–private partnerships, talent acquisition, and day-to-day operations. While at the Fund, Matthew led the development of, a web application providing teachers and administrators with resources for implementation of Common Core state standards and teacher and principal evaluations. Since its August 2011 launch, the site has been viewed over fourteen million times by educators in all fifty states.

Matthew played a leadership role in the development of the Regents Research Fellows, a team of nationally recognized thought leaders who help lead the implementation of the Common Core, next-generation assessments, and other education reforms spurred by Race to the Top. Under Matthew’s purview, the Fund raised over $9 million in support from many of the nation’s most respected education funders including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and the Robin Hood Foundation.

Prior to joining the Fund, Matthew was Vice President of Planning & Resource Development at Pencil, a national leader in building private-sector partnerships with public schools that improve student achievement. He led a wide array of initiatives at Pencil, including the development of the Pencil Exchange, a social media and relationship-management application for business–school partnerships now used in over 400 schools nationwide.

Earlier, Matthew spent several years managing entrepreneurial ventures, including as co- founder and President of out-of-home media company Submedia, which secured over $6 million in venture investment, $2 million in annual bookings, contracts with multiple government agencies, and licensing agreements in Europe and East Asia. Matthew co-holds two patents for Submedia’s technology.

Matthew began his career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching music at C.S. 50 in the South Bronx. He serves on the Board of Generations Schools Network and the School Leadership Team of P.S. 101 in Queens, which his three boys attend. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

undefinedDan Cogan-Drew Co-Founder & Chief Product Office

Dan brings twenty-plus years of professional experience spent working towards a more perfect union of teaching, learning and technology.

Most recently, Dan was the founding Director of Digital Learning at Achievement First Public Charter Schools, where he spearheaded the integration of digital learning technologies across twenty-two schools, including flipped classrooms, mobile learning, and 1:1 computing. He was also a founding member of the Gates Foundation Next Generation Community of Practice, traveling the country to visit sites of innovation and reviewing dozens of software products across K–12 math and literacy.

Prior to this, Dan was Director of Programs at the Connecticut Career Choices Program, where he developed blended high school STEM programs and co-authored one of the highest rated applications to the Race to the Top I3 grant program. Before that he taught and developed federally funded professional development programs in the Graduate Department of Education at Tufts University. Dan also rode the dot-com boom as a content producer at Fact City, a search engine startup.

He began his education career in Teach for America in Wrightsville, GA, and went on to teach in public and private schools, as well as in the US Navy. He holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in English Literature from Brown University, and an M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts University.

Dan is a longtime youth and college coach and two-time world champion ultimate Frisbee player (1999 and 2000) with the legendary Boston club team Death or Glory. He and his wife are raising two Newsela readers in Maplewood, New Jersey.


Jennifer Coogan Chief Content Officer

Jennifer is a media professional with more than a dozen years experience in newsrooms and digital publications. She worked under the tightest deadlines in the news business as a reporter for Bloomberg and Reuters specializing in finance and economic coverage. As a freelancer she reported on airline and hotel industry news for Travel + Leisure magazine. She later worked as a content marketing consultant for a number of finance industry companies including Fidelity, Mint, American Express and Citibank. As a volunteer for the India Literacy Project, she helped establish a lending-library for area elementary schools in Hyderabad.

Jennifer has a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Wellesley College. She lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with her husband and two children.


Dan Winston Chief Sales, Marketing & Community Officer

Dan brings over 25 years of business expertise to the Newsela Team. As founder and CEO of CCT Group, Inc., he consulted for a variety of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations along with public sector clients. Among Dan’s clients were GE Capital, MetLife, Intuit, Consumer Reports, Chase, Prudential, Accenture, Merck, IBM, and American Express. His first SaaS engagement was over ten years ago. Dan helped build NYC 311 and has worked closely with the NYC Department of Education on a number of initiatives; specific projects there included interim assessments, parent engagement and special education. He has also done extensive work for Newark Public Schools and the Foundation for Newark’s Future.

Prior to founding CCT Group, Dan was a Vice President at Citibank where he worked closely with its U.S. retail banks on technology, operations, and strategic planning.

Dan’s expertise is in business planning and operations, sales, marketing, and business development and he has worked with every level of organizations, from C-level, to support operations. He holds a B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He and his wife Lori, an art teacher, live in Scarsdale, NY, and have three children.

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    Newsela is a mission focused for-profit organization. The company culture is amazing, and the people truly make it a wonderful place to work. The support for sales staff is the best in the industry with all teams focused on being customer centric and invested in your sales success.


    This is a rapidly changing organization. While I love this, it may not be a fit for those who like a consistent structure.

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    Keep up the great work!

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Newsela (New York, NY) in January 2018.


    I applied online and then spoke with a recruiter. After that I did a phone interview and was then passed into an in-person. The in-person was lengthy and required a performance task - but that is pretty standard for this industry and role.

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Newsela Awards & Accolades

  • Most Innovative Companies 2017, Fast Company, 2017
  • Most Innovative Companies 2018, Fast Company, 2018

Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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