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Betsy Devos: At The Forefront of America’s Education Reforms

Elizabeth Betsy Devos is a person who has always worked for the betterment of society. As an entrepreneur and philanthrope, Betsy has been involved with numerous projects for the benefit of the community and society in sectors dealing with education, arts, and medical research.

Betsy was recently nominated as the Republican party candidate for the position of Education Minister by President Donald Trump. She and her husband Dick DeVos have extended enormous amounts of support to the party both in the recent elections and in the elections of 2004.

Betsy and her husband founded the DeVos Family Foundation, an organization that aims to support and fund organizations and projects which can help improve the quality of life in the society.

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Through this organization, the couple has donated enormous amounts of money to organizations that the Republican Party supports. One of the organizations that the couple supports if the Education Freedom Fund. As part of this, the couple provides scholarships to students who have shown exemplary talent in various fields but come from underprivileged backgrounds. The couple aids these students so that they can receive a better quality of education from private schools to better develop their skills. Read more on NYpost.

Betsy has always been an advocate for various reforms of the education system in America. She was at the forefront of the ‘school vouchers movement,’ whose purpose was to provide American kids with better educational facilities in public schools much like those found in expensive private schools. She also pushed for all American schools to be graded based on the testing grading system so that parents would get a better idea of which schools are good and which aren’t. She believed that parents having this information would enable them to make better judgments and better aid their child’s growth.

The DeVos Family Foundation also provides numerous scholarships to students graduating with an MBA from Northwood University, Dick DeVos’ alma mater. Along with the constant support of the education system and her recent nomination, Betsy plans to revolutionize the American education system and better equip American children for the future.

Besides education, Betsy DeVos is also a passionate supporter or the arts and has funded numerous organizations that help society progress in the artistic fields. During the tenure of President George Bush, Betsy was on the board of directors for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Currently, DeVos serves as the chairwoman of Winquest, a private investment company. The company is known to invest in projects that help the environment and provide a greener alternative source to fossil fuels and extinguishable energy.

Betsy was also a member of the Republican party committee in 1992 and later was appointed to the position of chairwoman in 1996

The Benefits of ClassDojo

There are a lot of apps on the market that parents can utilize. Many parents have apps like Google Classroom, Brain POP, ABC Mouse and Star Fall loaded on their phones and tablets. Many of these apps are great for learning games for children, but nothing beats ClassDojo when it comes to communication. The curious parent that wants to know what is happening in the classroom need not look to any other apps. This is the one that is going to provide all the insight that you may need. Teachers love this, and parents are realizing that it is the most convenient application for those teachers that don’t have a desire to schedule conferences.

Teachers are human just like everyone else. They may have a class of twenty kids or more, but they have their own families that they have to go home to. This means that they will want to spend time with their families and try to get home to help their own kids with homework. They may not have any desire to meet with parents a regular basis for conferences. By the same token, parents may not have the desire or time to meet with someone on person. The ClassDojo is the thing that can solve all of those problems. The parents don’t have to go around trying to put together a schedule around a teacher’s planning period. They can simply sign up for ClassDojo and send secure messages back and forth. Parents that take the time to become part of this community will realize that this is exactly what they need to take a sneak peek into the lives of their children at school.

These apps for education have become very important. Some school teachers will use ClassDojo to remind parents about homework assignments or projects that may be due a couple of weeks from now. There are other parents that are going to send messages to teachers if they have a question about something that their children may not be comprehending in school. The ClassDojo app definitely provides a two-way street for communication. This is the type of app that gives parents the chance to really stay in touch with the teachers. This way there is no surprise when the report cards arrive. They have the ability to find out about the projects and all the things that will be due during the school year.

Sesame Street: Home Study

Growing up in America means you are like associated with the name of a famous fictitious street buried somewhere on the island of Manhattan: Sesame Street. As an added bonus, each child that spent time watching this program has received a preliminary education on par with the curriculum of a public school education, according to researchers.

Findings collected in an academic paper compiled by Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine from the University of Maryland and Wellesley College respectively, chart out the benefits children receive from watching the program and have found them to be on par with a preschool education. Bruce Levenson (forbes.com) was glad to learn that this continued on to help children remain at least “at level” for the duration of their educational careers.

As reported in The Washington Post, After “Sesame Street” debuted in areas with reliable broadcast signals, the rate of children likely to be behind in their studies dropped by 14%. These benefits were tracked across economic classes as well.

What’s to thank for this reliability in children’s education? Much of “Sesame Street’s” programming is steeped in showcasing fundamentals of reading and math in an engaging way that prepares children for the rigors of traditional school. It also contributes to these results that academic experts help construct the scripts.

While the results are far from settled, both Levine and Kearney suggest that programming such as “Sesame Street” can be a helpful compliment to early childhood education that comes at a low cost.