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Education Secretary Betsy Devos

Have you seen the good news? Betsy Devos has been working with school officials to agree on safety reforms, making it more secure for students to get an education in public schools. Devos was appointed to lead the movement by President Trump earlier in 2018 when there were a number of school shootings. Since then, Devos has been fielding questions about school and gun safety on campus.

 

In addition, Devos has been working with school officials on what to do about educational choice, standardized testing, and a growing number of schools that want to end Common Core Math. The problem is that Devos is in the midst of an education reform tornado, as there are multiple areas of America’s education system that have fallen apart.

 

She has completed several interviews talking about educational choice and trying to help others understand what it would be like to give students the option to go to school where they would do best. Devos says that this is about how well students do in school and not about public funding.

 

In fact, most of the work that the new US Secretary of Education has done has been with the help of philanthropy. In fact, she has a number of donors who have worked with her on educational choice, including Sam Walton, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates. Without their donations, she wouldn’t have been able to create some of the programs that she has been able to since taking office in 2016.

 

In a “60 Minutes” interview, Devos also talked about her greatest successes with the new programs since taking office. While it’s only been two years, she has been working with a number of school leaders in Florida and Louisiana. Florida has the leading educational choice programs. The state provides magnet programs, charter schools, virtual schools, homeschooling, and private schools. There’s also a tuition-based scholarship program.

 

While Florida may lead in the number of educational choice programs, there are many who wonder how this is going to work in the long-term and whether the programs will stand the test of time. Many public school teachers wonder why the funding can’t go to public schools in the first place.

 

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Rocketship Education: A Healthy Alternative to Public-Schools

According to Washington Monthly, Rocketship Education has recently come under siege for their practices. An extremely incomplete piece about the charter school systems functionality was recently published by NPR but many parents and supporters feel as though it does not highlight many of the good things about the network. One of the biggest concerns about this piece is that it seems to favor biased statistics. Instead of being compared to local community schools these Rocketship charter schools are being compared to other programs on a national basis. This creates a very unfair advantage for proponents of those who object to Rocketship Education’s policies. The work that is being done at Rocketship Education is completely undermined by baseless accusations and incomplete thoughts.

In reality, Rocketship Education is a very innovative institution. It allows students to explore the education process in their own way. The charter school network is also open to students of various backgrounds. In fact, many of the students that attend Rocketship Education charter schools do not speak English as their first language. This environment allows them to gain a better understanding of the English language but the benefit of a novel education environment. Many people who have enrolled their students in the Rocketship program have experienced great success with their educational goals. The school also takes time to ensure that many of the students are fed through school lunch programs. While it is a charter school it is also open to the public. Children who would have a harder time in a public-school arena will find that Rocketship Education has provided a very attractive alternative.

The major point is that Rocketship Education is dedicated to helping children express themselves in more complete and honest ways. They are being versed in various levels of technology and learning at a pace that is appropriate for them. The atmosphere of a charter school is always one that is slightly competitive, but the students are given the very best education at a public-school price. This model is most likely why many parents wait on lists for years to get their children into the system.

ClassDojo Creates App Where Parents and Teachers Can Communicate

The Edtech company, ClassDojo, was recently featured in an Entrepreneur article as a success in listening to the needs of the market. The material, titled “What Your Edtech Product Needs to Get a Gold Star From Educators” reveals that entrepreneurs in the Edtech market need to be aware of the teacher’s criteria before creating a product. The article reveals teachers and school districts will purchase technology that solves a real problem in the classroom, which has been tested and proven, and one that has a set plan for implementation.

One company the article highlights as a success if ClassDojo. The app was developed in 2011 by Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary to build a community between teachers and parents. They specifically created it for parents who did not speak English to get more regular communication with their child’s teachers. They ended up building a platform that would win awards and would be used in 180 different countries. It is also used in more than 90% of schools across the U.S.

The app is a platform where parents, teachers, and students can share information about the students’ progress. The teachers can create a free account where they can create different “classes” for each of their live classes. In the online platform, they can upload photos and videos to demonstrate the child’s progress. They can also confirm that the student has done well with real-time task management and performance management. Teachers can leave immediate feedback to show the student what they are doing well. The students can perceive where they are succeeding and what skills they need to focus on developing. Parents can also view their child’s profile.

With the recent fear of information sharing in apps, ClassDojo assures users that the app was created to instill trust between the users and the app. The company builds confidence by revealing that the private information is not sold to advertisers or marketers. They also have a 12-month deletion policy where the data of the student is deleted after a year. Students do not give private information like email, social security information, student I.D. numbers or any other private information. This allows the teachers and the families to have peace of mind.