Betsy Devos the Reformer

Betsy DeVos has proven time and time again that she is a born leader. She is also a philanthropist and an advocate. Betsy is particularly involved in politics, education reform, business, and she also pioneers many battles geared towards removing social barriers. Many of her battles are also geared to creating favorable environments and enacting change in the society. Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, and together they have four children. They are also blessed with five grandchildren.Betsy Studied at Calvin College in Michigan from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. While in college she was highly involved in campus politics and she was elected to posts of leadership in the institution. Ever since that time, Betsy has never turned back from politics and leadership as she deems them as her God given purpose.

Four times, Betsy DeVos was elected the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. She has also held other political posts in the nation despite the current change of interest. Currently, Betsy states that her primary interest is educational reform. She is equally active in business as she seeks for innovative solutions that would transform the society to a better version. Case in point, Betsy, and her Husband Dick founded the Windquest Group back in 1989 where she is still the chairman. The above group focuses on investing in clean energy, technology, and manufacturing ventures that would transform the society. Betsy is also involved in community development, performing many not-for-profit roles. For example, she is the Chairman of the DeVos Family Foundation that focuses on offering charitable donations to many bodies and individuals around the world. She also leads many local and national boards like the Kids Hope U.S.A, Mars Hill Bible Church, and DeVos Institute for Arts Management. Elisabeth Betsy also chairs the American Federation for Children (AFC) and Alliance for School Choice.

In a press interview, Betsy recently confessed that she is very optimistic about the school reforms that are taking place in America. She said that the public school system has failed, resulting in the many private choice programs in American education. In the last year, she reported that the number of students in the program grew by 40, 000. Asked where she drew him inspiration from, Betsy cited the Bishop Jakes owned Potter House Christian School, which she and her husband visited when their kids were small. They noticed the sacrifices that parents made to pay for tuition in school that has safe and habitable environments for their children. The couple noticed that albeit Manu of the parents did don’t have enough money, they were afraid to educate their kids in public institutions. Consequently, the two decided to support poor children in the school and that birthed their need to partner with other similar projects.

Source of the article : http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/01/dick_and_betsy_devos_lift_the.html

Class Dojo Introduces Animated Video Clips for Comprehension of Mindset Development

 

 

In January 2016, Class Dojo released a series of video clips to provide understanding of mindset development to parents, teachers, and students, according to EdSurge. The first video concentrates on mindset growth with the concept that development happens overtime with motivation and encouragement. Each clip includes a discussion guide for parents to use at home, and for teachers to use in the classroom. These animated video clips are available on You Tube and Class Dojo′s website, Big Ideas. The interactive cartoonish characters are compared to Pixar′s animated characters.

 

Class Dojo partnered with educational researchers and the Project for Education Research That Scales, a research program that studies motivation and resilience of children. Stanford University Psychology Professor & Researcher, Carol Dweck and Class Dojo created the mindset development video clips. It’s estimated that two in three schools in the United States are using the videos and the Class Dojo App in the classrooms at public, private and chartered schools. Researchers believe the mindset development approach is effective with positive encouragement. Carol Dweck has studied growth mindset for many years and believes the videos will help parents and teachers relay the lessons to children.

 

Project for Education Research That Scales program offers a tool online that contains mindset growth lesson plans and exercises for teachers and parents to introduce to students. Teachers are being surveyed in U.S. schools and asked questions about the engagement of students and methods used to help students understand the lessons. The data collected from the surveys comprise of influence techniques to engage students and different teaching methods teachers use. If the research study concludes the videos are successful in the classroom, there is the possibility the videos and Class Dojo will eventually generate revenue.

 

Class Dojo is an online educational and communicative app with features, including a teacher, student, & parent community forum, and camera. Founders, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don founded Class Dojo, in 2011. They have raised millions of dollars in capital to launch the app and to develop a new feature for processing payments online. Parents will be able to pay for lunches, activities, supplies, and other school functions. The app is free to all U.S. teachers who work in chartered, public, and private schools.

Learn more about ClassDojo:

https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/15/classdojo-raises-21-million-for-app-to-make-parent-teacher-meetings-obsolete/