Category: Education

Betsy Devos: A reformer

Betsy Devos has always been a reformer. She has consistently delivered interviews with the same goal. She wants students to benefit from American education more than anyone else. At Calvin College, she was involved with campus politics and saw the ability to affect education most of all. She also states that her mother, who was a public school teacher, instilled a need to help students who were stuck in failing school districts. She has been working for many years in the Michigan Republican Party, but it wasn’t until she was appointed as the 11th US Education Secretary that everything came to fruition. She had been working towards a major political move. Throughout the 2000s, she worked in education reform, creating legislation like “Kids First! Coalition.”

 

Through her work now, she has helped the states regain control over education. However, it has been a tough road. She has many critics on the left who don’t agree with her politics or educational choice. She was interviewed by Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” and asked hard-hitting questions about her policies, particularly what has been successful since she started.

 

Betsy Devos has had some measurable success in certain states, particularly Florida and Louisiana. Florida has the most educational choice options out of any state with magnet programs, homeschooling programs, virtual schools, charter schools, and private schools. There is even a tuition-based scholarship programs available for students who apply and get accepted into the program.

 

Devos believes that America’s education system has a bright future. She has been working with several educators to understand the problems of school security as well. This summer was spent making wide-sweeping changes to America’s schools in the hopes of preventing gun violence in the future. Many schools have metal detectors, new evacuation routes, and a number of policies regarding student safety.

 

Devos is also a firm believer in philanthropy. While she has received a lot of attention for promoting vouchers for private schools, it’s not because she wants to use public funding. Philanthropy and donations have fueled educational choice. She has some great donors as well, such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sam Walton of Wal-Mart. Even Bill Gates of Microsoft has contributed to the educational choice movement.

 

In less than two years, all of that could come to an end. Devos is using her time now to persuade more states to join the educational choice movement so that more students have free choice on where to go to school.

 

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ClassDogo is the Way of the Future

As time continues to pass, the amount of technology integration into the average classroom has increased. This benefits not only the students, but also the teachers. The ability to have everything organized in a clean interface can be critical to how a teacher can keep materials in order. The service ClassDojo has become a popular service for teachers all across the country. A recent blog post on the Class Dojo website gives some insight on how this platform is great for teachers.

Despite what people think, being a teacher is not a group job. The teacher is alone a lot of the time with often little interaction with the student. In response, blog writer Stephanie Smith turned to ClassDojo. It serves as a platform for students and teachers to interact in a safe setting. Images and videos can be uploaded and shared for further interaction. However, little did anyone realize just how popular it would become. Communities of teachers using the software began to spring up all over the country.

The blog post then goes on to talk about teachers have always communicated on a regular basis. Sharing ideas and classroom advice has been essential for teachers over the years. Teachers will also routinely attend conferences in order to share information. Without these kind of events, technology in the classrooms would have taken a lot longer to be popularized. It’s a teachers job to be up to date with the newest innovations in their career.

ClassDojo has seen a high increase of use in recent years. Its ability to connect teacher and student anytime and anywhere is invaluable in our current society. The service also makes it easier for students to search information or receive materials from the teacher, and on the flip-side, teachers can more easily help students. ClassDojo has even connected teachers from all over the country. As technology continues to expand, so will the resources being used.