How Betsy DeVos Changed Educational Outlook

For many students who have to go to public schools, it can be overwhelming to have to deal with huge class sizes, teachers who are not properly trained and curriculums that are not intended for every learning style. This is something that Betsy DeVos knows a lot about and something that she has been able to work on in the different areas of education that she is in. While Betsy DeVos knows a lot about these things, she also knows that these things have to be changed if students are doing everything that they can to make their lives better. While Betsy DeVos has done what she can to make everything better for the students, she knows that she will have to continue doing more for them so that things will get better in the future. She hopes that all students will have the opportunities that they need no matter what they are looking for in different areas.

Even in the 1980’s, Betsy DeVos knew what she wanted to do and she tried her hardest to be able to provide these opportunities to the people who she was serving. She was confident in the skills that she had and all of this gave her the opportunities that she needed to have a better life and show people more about the things that they were missing out on. Then, she learned that charter schools and voucher programs were the best ways that she could make a difference. The programs were able to catch on and she now knows that she will be able to continue improving them.The students who are capable of taking advantage of the things that Betsy DeVos has to offer are the ones who are going to be the most successful entrepreneur no matter what they are planning to do with their education.

If a student is able to get personalized success plans from charter schools, he or she will always have a better chance of going to college or being able to do things that other students are unable to do no matter what is going on in that type of industry.One of the things that Betsy DeVos has always recognized is that all students have different learning styles. She knows that they will be able to learn the right way if they are given the tools and that everyone has the capability to learn no matter how intelligent they are. She hopes that students will all be able to have the chance in the future to have the right type of education for their learning styles. She knows that this is the key to being able to educate everyone instead of just having them depend on the things that they can learn from a generalized public education.

In the Philanthropic Footsteps of Betsy DeVos

About Betsy Devos

Born on January 8, 1958, Betsy DeVos, has been in the forefront in reforming the education system. Besides being a reformist, DeVos is a businesswoman as well as an activist who currently serve as the 11th US Secretary of Education. She is a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Her interest in education and reforms that assist underserved children started at an early age inspired by her mother who was a public teacher. Before being appointed to the senate, DeVos was an in-school mentor for close to 15 years for children considered as high-risk in Michigan Public Schools. It’s from this movement that she has worked her way up in creating equal opportunities for more children in America. She also served in various other leadership positions such as chairman of The Windquest Group and as a board member of local charitable groups for example ArtPrize and Kendall College of Arts and design. In her position as the secretary of education, she hopes to give parents greater power in choosing their educational standards. Further, she also hopes to advocate for a return of education control both in the states as well as in the localities by ensuring higher education achieves the dream of successful careers to every student. She terms her success as seeing every parent access opportunities to select the best educational settings regardless of their zip code.

Philanthropic Work

Through the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation, Devos endeavors to cultivate leadership skills mainly in education, community, justice, and equality as well as arts. I am impressed by the huge donations by the organization for example, in 2015, DeVos Foundation contributed $11.6 million that enabled the foundation rank in position 24 of America’s top givers in the Forbes. This donation was made to arts organizations, evangelical mission as well as art organizations. Among her other donations is the DeVos’ gift to Kennedy Center to train leaders involved in hiring artists as well as running the organization.

The gift of $22.5 million given through DeVos Institute of Arts Management would go a long way in providing a practical yet creative way in developing human capital.How does she divide the time to attend to her charity work as well as other office duties? She explains that it’s all about the holistic effort from her and the husband in engaging public-policy advocacy. She further states that she spends more time advocating for the need for more donors to help bring a difference in different areas. I can only imagine a society that has at least ten ‘DeVos’ and how successful the society would be. It remains interesting to see the next huge steps by DeVos in terms of philanthropy which seems to be her passion motivated by faith and marks of excellence.

Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy offering curriculum to all educators for free

When Eva Moskowitz founded charter network Success Academy just over 10 years ago, her goal was to give as many underprivileged children of color as possible a good education. Just over a decade later, and Success Academy schools are doing just that for more than 14,000 students.

 

Not happy to just help children in New York, however, Eva Moskowitz is also on a mission to offer a high quality education to other children in America. In that vein, she and Success Academy have just announced the creation of the ‘Ed Institute’, a new program that will offer other educators around the country the Success Academy curriculum for free.

 

The Success Academy curriculum is based on teaching students core knowledge subjects, then adding critical thinking, problem solving and self-advocacy skills. They then make learning interesting and fun.

 

The result? Success Academy students scoring in the top 10 percent of the state in some subjects, and others in the top 25 percent. This from children from poor backgrounds, with Special Education needs and mainly children of color.

 

Eva Moskowitz is so sure the Success Academy curriculum and everything else the network does works, the Ed Institute online will also offer the Academy’s tools and training resources that every part of their program is based on.

 

This is because she believes, if they can have this kind of success in New York, which has one of the most problematic school districts in the country, then this success is achievable anywhere.

 

To prove how successful the program has been, Eva Moskowitz was also in Washington D.C. earlier this month to accept the Broad Prize, an annual award that is only given to a charter school network that has provable successful results with children of color and low-income students.

 

Eva Moskowitz says the Success Academy will use the $250,000 prize award to create new college-preparedness programs for some of the network’s high school students.

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