Do you know DOJO? Keeping Connected

In recent years, Class DoJo has leapt into the school scene. What is this you ask? Class DoJo is a communications platform that is used to keep parents, teachers, and students in the know with what goes on in the classroom on a day to day basis. Founded in 2011, currently Class DoJo is actively used across the Unites States by teachers in 85,000 schools, ranging from private and chartered schools to some of the largest public schools in the country. It is mostly used in elementary or middle school settings.

Class DoJo is a means for the teacher to share updates to lesson plans, send out reminders, share pictures they have taken, and much more. Its user growth is likened to that of a social network or messaging platform such as Facebook or Snaptchat, yet it is an app built for the purpose of bettering education.

Class DoJo is an amazing tool for the parents. It allows for positive communication between the parents and the teacher.

For teachers, it builds a community around the world and allows them to brainstorm fresh and new ideas to use in the classrooms.

For the students, using Class DoJo allows them to track their progress, learning how to take responsibilities and opens communication for learning about empathy and teamwork.

 

Founders say in the future it would like to see Class DoJo continue to grow including capabilities to custom yearbooks, lesson plans, or other articles for students to use at home as well as the capability to pay the schools via their phones for things such as school lunch, field trips, or even school supplies.

 

Overall, Class DoJo is an amazing user friendly app to be used to empower and enrich the communication between teachers, students and their parents. So if you didn’t know, now you know, Class DoJo is the way to go.

Rocketship Education: A Star Among Educators

A new Charter school is pumping out a generation of Rocketeers. These rocketeers may all make it to space but they will reach new heights thanks in large part to their excellent early education. Although this seems confusing at first glance, it is actually great news for under served communities across the county. For far too long these impoverished communities have suffered from a cookie cutter system that fails to respond to the difficult challenges faced by these communities. This approach in part has led to a staggering achievement gap among these communities. This gap is the result of many students being robbed of the education they are owed.

This is a disaster that charter schools such as Rocketship Education wish to put an end to. Rocketship Education is a unique nonprofit established in 2006. From its inception, this collective has made it clear to the world that they plan to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime. They refer to their students as rocketeers and encourage them to do the same. This nickname reminds students of their school’s core motivation, to see every student reach new heights. They understand that such a lofty goal is not easily won but Rocketship Education has made it clear they are in it for the long haul. Since their relatively recent establishment, they have grown to manage 20 schools in three states.

This program is not another bloated school system however, they utilize a personalized touch in all that they do. Before every new school year, teachers meet with student’s families in their home. They are encouraged to get to know one another as they will be a team for the next year. As a team, they pinpoint areas that the Child most needs work as well as their optimal method of learning. During these meeting, instructors get a comprehensive idea of what the student’s needs are before the school year begins. After classes start teachers and parents remain in contact so that they can continue the team effort of immersing children in their studies in a meaningful way. Through taking the time to learn how students learn best Rocketship Education believes that they can ensure Rocketeers reach the stars.