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The Story Behind the Rise and Success of Rocket ship Education

Founded in 2006, by John Danner and Preston Smith, Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of charter schools. Currently, Rocketship Education has its headquarters located in Redwood City, California. The first school opened under Rocketship Education network was located in San Jose, California. This was back in 2007. The students there worked and studied hard and as a result, they scored very high marks in their frequent assessment tests. This made the organization receive recognition and praise from all over and expand greatly. In fact, within 5 years, Rocketship Education had opened 6 more charter schools in San Jose, California.

In January 2013, the organization’s leadership changed. Preston Smith became the Chief Executive Officer of the network following the exit of John Danner. Even so, Rocketship Education continued to grow and expand across the region. In August, the same year, the organization opened a new school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was the first school, Rocketship opened outside California. A year later, Rocketship expanded into Nashville, Tennessee. Rocketship did not just stop there, it stretched out its network into a 4th region, Washington D.C. It is also in the same year that, through a partnership with apple its K-5 schools started offering preschool teaching.

The schools under Rocketship Education network are truly unique. In most scenarios parents usually have no idea who is going to be teaching their children until their children are enrolled. At Rocketship education, that is not the case. There, parents actually take part in the hiring of teachers. At each and every school under the network, parents join job interviews or meet the finalists and assess them before landing the job. The parents like this particular set of arrangement since they say it gives them an insight of who is going to be working with their children. Parents also get to know the candidates’ personalities in order to come up with the most suitable person for the job.

All in all, the growth and success of Rocketship cannot be embedded solely on the management and the parents. So many people have played a role or two in ensuring the network runs efficiently. For instance, Andre Agassi, a former tennis player, through Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund has funded many of Rocketship’s chartered schools.

The American Education Sector Is In The Hands of Business Leader Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos’ bid to improve the American school system has attracted attention and criticism in equal measure. The public is following closely what the business leader and philanthropist is going to achieve in her role as the United States Secretary of Education. Betsy got her new job in the Trump administration because of her vast experience in the education sector working with charter and schools of choice. Before she got the post of cabinet secretary for education, Betsy had carried out extensive programs that afforded many students from marginalized communities access quality education.

 

On top of the agenda on Betsy DeVos’ master plan to revive the American education system is the privation of schools. A while back, Betsy DeVos did a personal assessment on how choice schools were helping students achieve their individual needs in education. This study was done at Holy Comforter and Florida High Schools. Such an initiative is in line with Betsy DeVos’ campaign for the popularization of choice schools and charter institutions. Betsy believes that community schools have a place in the modern curriculum and they should not be left behind when people are looking for wholesome solutions to problems in the society.

 

According to Betsy DeVos, we cannot expect excellent results if we continue relying on a curriculum that doesn’t address the needs of today. There needs to be a paradigm shift on how America handles her educational issues.

 

Betsy DeVos has been on the frontline in agitating for school vouchers, scholarships or grants to marginalized children and funding of charter schools. Before Betsy joined Trump’s administration, she devoted most of her time in charity work and engaging with families from marginalized regions.

 

Betsy DeVos wouldn’t have achieved much had she been on her own. The business leader enjoys the support of her husband Dick DeVos who is also actively involved in philanthropy. The couple has worked together on countless occasions to bring life-changing programs to the communities of Michigan. Betsy DeVos is the best example of how individuals can take a leading role in bringing change to the society. Her constant involvement with what is suitable for the American children has distinguished her as a woman of influence and change.

 

Not only has Besty succeeded in building an illustrious career in philanthropy, but she has also managed to create her space in the American politics. Betsy is committed to creating impact in the communities of Michigan and the entire nation at large.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.betsydevos.com/.

Kabbalah “Secrets” Point Toward Source of Wisdom and Joy

It is said that Kabbalah is not as secret teaching, but the teaching of a secret.

Through Kabbalah, life’s most central secrets are revealed. Interestingly, some things don’t seem like a secret until you start thinking about them more deeply.

For example, an important element of Kabbalah is the recognition that life is constructed of opposites on many levels. Where there is light, there is dark. The opposite of cold is warmth. Dominance is opposed to passivity.

This may seem abstract at first. When you look more deeply, however, a secret presents itself. And if we can unravel that secret meaning, we can expand our consciousness, and realize a greater harmony with the Creator.

Let’s take a practical example:

In many relationships, you will find direct opposites at play. One partner may be incredibly dominant, making all the important decision, deciding what the couple should do, handling all the money, even controlling all aspects of the sexual relationship. The other partner, then, will be the passive one, allowing the other to make all the decisions.

While some couples may prefer this situation, looking at it through the lens of Kabbalah centre shows a situation that may be out of balance. This in turns causes strife and unhappiness in the relationship. Note that this unhappiness can be on both sides.

Always being the dominant “decider” may seem nice, but it comes with a lot of pressure to be the one with all the responsibility, and therefore the one to blame for all negative consequences.

On the other hand, the passive person with no control can feel more like a slave in such a relationship than contributing partner. It might seem nice to never have to make the big “tough decisions, but it also renders one powerless and feeling frustrated.

It’s a better idea for the relationship to come into greater balance where decision and responsibilities are shared more equally – with a more balanced distribution of power – including passivity.

Such relationships tend to flow more harmoniously, reducing strife and promoting happiness for both.

Balance and harmony in all aspects of life is a central “secret” teaching of the Kabbalah, but once the secret is revealed and understood, it unleashes harmony and joy.

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Class Dojo is Better Than Status Quo!

Teaching is a stressful job, and certainly is only a calling for those who have the patience, ambition, and sincere love for working with children. Occasionally, there is a teacher who is put into this line of work by some higher power. I am one of those teachers. Although a certified teacher, relocation and life have currently positioned me as a guest teacher (nee “substitute” moniker of yesteryear).

Guest teaching is a harrowing experience for most and therefore the few of us masochists who actually enjoy the ongoing and endless changing of grades, students, schools, rules, etc. have also learned of a new community building software app that is also very beneficial for the guest teacher(s). That app is known as “ClassDojo.”

Having first experienced this new software app on a second grade teacher’s smartboard, I was a bit perplexed at first and more than just a little curious. Hence, a little online investigation of the app pleasantly taught me that not only does it provide a quick and easy communication platform for the entire class, it also provides a “lifeline” to the students’ parents, thereby creating a perfect little triangle of community that does indeed enhance the educational process. Parents can also be made aware of their children’s kudos and demerits online whenever they occur if they are signed up for the service.

The app also provides the ability for a student or teacher to take photos or video of the project they are currently creating and the visual is parlayed directly to the parent. Students love this attribute!

ClassDojo’s creators and founders, Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, created the app with the mission statement that change in schools is a ground-up process which largely begins with the classroom teachers. The founders’ theory is that a classroom culture changed for the better in turn can lead to improvement for the entire school, then to the community, and ultimately will improve all of academia’s conditions with infinite measures.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that the entire app can be downloaded at will but with obvious approval by the teacher’s school administration. There are the obvious and typical pundits who decry it as a violation of privacy policies; however, ClassDojo has been successfully used in as many as two out of three public schools since its surfacing in 2011.

Academia cannot flourish with an attitude of status quo, so let’s ClassDojo!

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