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Betsy DeVos: Standing Up For Parents’ Choice for Education

Many new names have been making headlines since the latest presidential election, and subsequent administration take over. One of these names is Betsy DeVos. She is the woman the President Trump has appointed as Secretary of Education. But who is Betsy DeVos really?Mrs. Elizabeth DeVos, better known as Betsy, is one of the most influential advocates for parents choice of education in Michigan. She has, in fact, spent almost forty years advocating for education equality and parents having a say in which schools their children attend. This drive for a better education option for all children began when her own children were young and in school. During this period, she volunteered in the Grand Rapids Public School System as a mentor for underprivileged children.As her children grew older, Mrs. Betsy DeVos branched out in other ways to help shaped and better the education system in Michigan and on a national level. She joined the boards of several charitable organizations, schools, corporations, and other entities throughout the years. She joined The Potter’s House School as a member of their advisory board in 1994 and served until 2016.I Mrs. DeVos was nominated as the chairman of the board for the Great Lakes Education Project in 2001.

In 2004 she joined the Board of Directors for the Alliance for School Choice. She became chairman of the board for the Alliance for School Choice in 2009. The impressive list of the other boards she sat on included; The Foundation of Excellence in Education, ArtPrize, Philanthropy Roundtable, and The American Federation For Children.The DeVos family Foundation have also started,and privately maintained, several charitable organizations and corporations as well. Betsy had maintained an active role in these entities as well, until her presidential nomination. She was the chairman of The Windquest Group, which she and her husband founded, from 1993 until 2016. The company invests in the advancement of technology, manufacturing, and developing clean energy options. She also sat as a board member for the DeVos Institute for Arts Management from 2010 to 2016.

Betsy DeVos, in addition to all of these educational reform activities, has also been an active participant in politics since her college days. Her first professional role in the political scene began in 1986 when she won a local election as local precinct advocate. She held this positive for sixteen consecutive terms. Mrs. DeVos was also an active participant in the reelection of President George W. Bush. She personally helped raise over $150,000 for the President’s reelection campaign. She also served as a finance chairperson on the National Republican Senatorial Committee under President Bush.There is little doubt the Mrs. DeVos has been an influential advocate for educational reform for years. She believes that all children should have the same options available to them, regardless of where they live. She also believes parents should have the right to choose the educational options that best suit their children’s needs.

ClassDojo’s Plan For Premium Features And Bringing An End To Parent-Teacher Meetings

ClassDojo is quickly becoming a name associated with elementary school and something that teachers, students and even now parents are becoming familiar with. It’s an app that is changing classroom environments for the better and encouraging young children to study hard and be active in class activities. It was originally an app that was used to reward students when they behaved and listened well in class, but now it’s become a highly interactive platform that’s serving a purpose like Facebook in the classroom. ClassDojo is free to download and is compatible with just about any tablet or mobile device.

The men behind this app are Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, two graduate students that had long been looking for an app that would benefit a market that was being neglected. They thought of education and realized that not a lot of effort was being put into making classrooms better at encouraging good student behavior, or staying up to date with technological advances. So they went to a teacher’s conference in San Francisco where they started bouncing ideas off of different educators to find out what they thought should go into a good classroom app, and they came up with ClassDojo.

As the app evolved from simply giving points out for good behavior, it started using a Student Stories profile where teachers could post photos of class activities and put them on Student Stories for parents to see. Or they could even send a picture message directly to the parents during the day. ClassDojo also teamed up with a research team at Stanford University to produce learning videos where little monster characters would have to tackle a difficult subject in school, and would learn to think differently and collaborate as a team. With these learning features and constant communication available, the app has not only made teachers jobs easier but schools have been able to start eliminating parent-teacher meetings from their once-a-semester schedule.

ClassDojo has done all of this without even spending money on advertising costs. The app has received several venture capital rounds of funding, including over $21 million in just this last year alone, bringing its total venture capital to about $30 million. Investors have no immediate demand for a return of income on the app, and Chaudhary and Don plan to always keep its download and basic use free. They are however planning to add extra content that teachers and users can opt to pay for if they’re interested. Such content might include various e-textbooks or more videos of monster characters.

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Class Dojo Makes for Happier Classrooms

Class Dojo is a free mobile app that’s changing how parents and teachers interact, enabling them to work more closely together to help the children learn in and out of the classroom. They just raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding, and so they may disrupt the Parent-Teacher Association industry by enabling daily communication through their app. Yet they pledge to keep it free for teachers. The app works on iOS, Android, Kindle Fires and all types of computers.

Teachers using it can send text messages, pictures and videos to the mobile devices of the parents of the students in their classes.

By tapping on icons, teachers can record the areas where students are doing well and where they need improvement, and let the teachers know of the child’s academic, student and behavioural development in the classroom. The icons include: Participating in Class, Working Hard, Helping Others, Leadership, Teamwork and Curiosity.

By taking pictures of the students and their work, teachers can help parents feel much closer to that part of the lives of their children. They can see the pictures and homework for themselves. Parents can watch videos to see their children responding to the teacher and interacting with the other students, creating a more positive culture in classrooms.

The app started out as a way to encourage students to behave well, because they got points awarded to them by learning new skills and cooperating well with the teacher and other children. When they started out in 2011, other education apps focused on the classroom curriculum and testing. They didn’t see any other app that focused on increasing communication between parents and teachers.

Teachers in half the schools in the United States now use Class Dojo, making it the country’s most popular classroom app. It’s also in 180 other countries around the world.

When teachers first download Class Dojo, they can set it up with the names of all their students, and invite all the parents or send them an invitation via email. They set weekly goals to encourage their students to constantly keep growing.

All the information is kept private between students, parents and teachers. They use the same level of security to protect all their data as do banks. They maintain customer service around the clock, 7 days a week.

Class Dojo comes with animated monster characters with fun personalities the students soon will come to like and know well.


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