When Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don founded ClassDojo in 2011, they envisioned creating a product that would serve as an alternative and better platform for boosting communication between teachers, parents, and students. Their initial vision received $21 million in Series B fundraising several years ago, but the announcement last month of an additional $35 million raised through Series C funding places the company in an even stronger position for growth. It is not by pure chance that ClassDojo was selected to join Inc.’s list of 30 Under 30 back in 2015.
The company’s founders and 40 professionals listen to teachers when incorporating feedback into their app, and create ground-up change through their platform by making the classroom experience more interactive and inclusive for children and parents. This positive culture in classrooms and schools is reinforced by the app’s creative point system, which draws on technology to reward students for good behavior and pings parents about what their children are learning in school that day. By condensing the traditional “gold star” reward system for children who perform well in school and parent-teacher conferences into one interactive community, ClassDojo is able to foster a positive culture that is more modern in its approach to communication than existing systems. As such, it is understandable why more than 2 in 3 pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade schools utilize the platform on a daily basis.
A new offering that puts ClassDojo ahead of its competitors and moves the company towards longer-term financial viability is the Beyond Learning add-on released in the fourth quarter of last year. While the ClassDojo core app is free of charge to its users, Beyond Learning is an optional subscription-based platform that includes tips for how parents can help their children build strong interpersonal skills like gratitude and kindness. These skills, usually not taught explicitly in school through lectures or graded curricula, are integral to children’s long-term success and happiness. The Beyond Learning subscription could be a huge step forward for creating positive classroom cultures by facilitating more nuanced interactions between parents and children, who in turn internalize positive behaviors and bring this knowledge to school.
Classdojo has been in the business, but for a long time, the company has not been making any revenue. The technology start-up decided it’s time has to get money for the app. Teachers, as well as parents, are now embracing the technology. Classdojo app is used by families who have children below 14 years regularly.
The app was launched in August 2011 and has been committed not to offer it its services for teachers at a fee. However, the company has come up with another plan to sustain it; it will be selling the app for a monthly subscription fee. The app comes with features that help parents to connect with their kids through activities such as mindfulness exercises, reflection activities and meditation. The app also comes with a feedback tool that had digital points which reward children for positive habits while at home.
Parents can utilize the incentivization system; the system enables teachers to give students digital points depending on the behavior. Both parents and teachers can now change children’s behavior thanks to the app. It makes the student responsible for their actions. The app does not only offer points, but it has short videos that will guide parents on the mediation and mindfulness exercises. Children can also record their video responses on pre-set question prompts.
The app will create meaningful interaction between teachers, parents, and children. The teachers can use the up so that to update the parents on the progress of the children. Children get a ClassDojo avatar which they can customize and decorate. Classdojo works on Kindle Fire, Android, iOS and any computer. The app is free for teachers, but parents have to pay a monthly subscription. It offers an excellent opportunity for school leaders, teachers and families to come together and creates a school community that will give children a bright future. Parents can join the classes and know what their kids are up to. It is also an excellent way to monitor a child’s studies. The app gives students a voice since they can show their learning and add photos. Parents also get engaged and can share videos of the classroom moments.
Residents of Michigan and especially Grand Rapids have been having a difficult time with how the media has portrayed Betsy DeVos. The Holland, Michigan native recently became the Secretary of Education for the United States and has been dealing with plenty of outspoken critics since. During her confirmation hearings, she was hammered by one Democrat after another who worked to trap her with questions that they hoped would make her look ignorant. While she was bothered by the whole fiasco, she has already moved on and gotten to work for the American people.
In Michigan, Betsy DeVos has served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and has also been a large part of legislation passed in the state to give its residence the freedom of educational choice. She has led the charge as an advocate of charter schools and public schools and has worked to see public funds pay for the tuitions of American children who wish to attend these kinds of schools. When she first became Secretary of Education for the U.S., she got right to work by attempting to set up a meeting between the two leaders of the largest teachers unions and herself. Only Randi Weingarten agreed to meet with her, while Lily Eskelsen García declined. Many saw her refusal to meet with DeVos as a partisan move.
Mike Cox, a Republican who once served as a state attorney general, commented that Betsy DeVos is a force to be reckoned with. He went further to say that she is a very formidable opponent who has been successful in the state of Michigan where many others have not. This is the woman that people in Michigan are familiar with; not the one that the media has made her out to be. Politicians in Washington have cautioned leaders of the Democrat party to not underestimate Betsy DeVos. Many are sure that she will find her footing soon and that she will fight to the end for what she believes in once she does.
Betsy DeVos believes that every American family should have the opportunity to send their kids to a school they choose. She has pointed to the many failures of public schools as an a example for why this should be taking place. It is her hope that more legislation will be passed that will enable economically challenged American families to take advantage of public vouchers. These vouchers will help to pay for the tuition of kids whose families would have never been able to afford to go to these kinds of quality schools in the first place.
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It seems like decades ago that Madonna first made a splash by announcing her conversion to the teaching of Kabbalah. She wore the red string bracelet, stopped having Friday night concerts and spoke about the Kabbalah Centre any opportunity she had. She was quickly followed by throngs of celebrity influencers who, for the most part, were not of Jewish descent.
Today, not much has changed. A recent article in Jerusaleum Online again addressed the question of why so many Hollywood stars are drawn to Kabbalah. The article quoted many famous celebrities of the past who sought something larger than themselves within the teachings. Many of these, including Elizabeth Taylor, famously converted to Judiaism and what Kabbalah knows.
Among the reasons outlined in the article, the overarching theme was one of peace and a focus on something greater, especially within the type of chaotic worlds these celebrities find themselves in on a daily basis. Shockingly enough, one of the most moving stories in the article comes from Paris Hilton, who remembers driving immediately to the Kabbalah Centre after undergoing a rough breakup. She went to the Kabbalah Centre to find peace and to surround herself with support and more information click here.
The main focus of Kabbalah has been to come closer to finding the concealed knowledge of God. This includes what can be seen and what can not. It isn’t a shock that these celebrities who have the world at their feet search for something greater than themselves to guide their path.
The Kabbalah Centre was originally established in 1922 by Rav Yehuda Ashlang. The famous Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles opened its doors in 1984 with the approach to begin its students with teachings that don’t require or make much reference to Jewish and Hebrew texts and religion. Traditionally Kabbalah Centre teachings were reserved for males over the age of 40. However, all are welcome at the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre.
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Were it not for the globally popular pop star Madonna, Kabbalah centers in Los Angeles and the rest of the United States would not have sprouted as much as they have. The lady who had been controversial in the moral debates her actions had earlier provoked, converted to Judaism and denounced all other ways of life, shunning other philosophies for the sake of the Kabbalah Jewish mysticism. She then publicly announced the joys and fulfillment the Kabbalah doctrine had brought into her life, devoting her time, money and energy to introduce her Hollywood peers to the ancient Jewish way of life and learn more about Kabbalah.
Her efforts paid off, and she managed to attract a big multitude of non-Jewish Hollywood pop stars, movie stars and even socialites into Judaism. The insistence, however, was on the Kabbalah doctrines and philosophy rather than of the Jewish religion, Judaism, which only came as a condition for Kabbalah. Some of the celebrities who took an interest in the Jewish mysticism were Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis, Paris Hilton, Marilyn Monroe and, Britney Spears. Although Madonna’s intentions might have been pure and showed devotion to Kabbalah through her actions, it was the same actions that manifested into her betrayal for Kabbalah and more information click here.
Kabbalah is a doctrine that has been part of the Jewish culture and religion that only allows elite members of the Jewish society to act as custodians of the ancient and secret wisdom of Jewish descent that relays concealed knowledge of God. It is not meant to be spread among non-Jewish men, least of all women since the tradition is to an extent chauvinist. However, Madonna opened Kabbalah centers which attracted numerous non-Jewish scholars, some who had genuine persuasions to Kabbalah but some who perused the knowledge in vain, seeking only to fulfill curiosity or to get the attention that it brought at that time. One such individual who proved to have been after other ulterior motives include Britney Spears who denounced Judaism and Kabbalah after her divorce and claimed that her only religion was her baby. Later, she joined and denounced other religions including Hinduism.
Orthodox Jewish Rabbis were not amused with the Kabbalah centers and wrote to the Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish community in protest. They felt that it was wrong for the Kabbalah doctrine to be taught to non-Jewish individuals, expressing that the activities of the Kabbalah Centers may have been profit-oriented ventures and a defilement to Kabbalah and Judaism and Kabbalah’s lacrosse camp.