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Learning Outside the Box at The Success Academy

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The Success Academy Charter School is creating a buzz in the world of education. Founded by Eva Moskowitz in 2006, the school is providing a new look at how children learn best. Serving students in low income neighborhoods in New York, the Success Academy partners with educational therapists and counselors to ensure the best possible experience for each child.

 

The Success Academy incorporates a philosophy that goes beyond teaching the core subjects or following a cookie cutter curriculum. With eighty minutes per day spent in a typical classroom setting, the rest of the day is used for interactive, tactile learning experiences. At the Success Academy, students learn about architecture not from books, but by “playing” with blocks where kindergartners design and build their own projects. By laying down a foundation in science, math and literacy earlier than in a regular school program, students become more confident in their own abilities.

 

The requirements to become a teacher at the Success Academy are a large part of why the program is working. Teachers must complete a four-week training course called T-School, where they are taught the methodology behind what they will be teaching. Eva Moskowitz feels it is important that her staff understand and support the school’s love of learning. Parents are required to participate in their child’s learning experience by actively engaging with the school and teachers. The Success Academy has an open communication policy between parents and teachers, and are encouraged to spend time with their child in the class room.

 

The test results at Success Academy prove that the school’s methods are working. State test scores have been in the top percentiles for New York for the past eight years. By subject, scores for math were in the top one percent, for English in the top two percent and for science in the top five percent. This is a direct reflection of the school’s approach to incorporating targeted learning in common core subject matter. The school continues to look for opportunities to add more locations in support of their educational mission to provide quality education.

 

 

May 30, 2017

JustFab and Fabletics – Some of the Many Entrepreneurial Ventures of Don Ressler

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Don Ressler is the co-founder and CEO of Fabletics. He is a renowned entrepreneur with a series of startups to his name. He has been the face behind Intelligent Beauties and all its subsidiaries. Fitnessheave.com was his first startup that was purchased by intermix media in 2001 causing Don Ressler to partner with 19-year-old COO at Intermix, Adam Goldenberg thus forming Alena media. This was an e-commerce and advertising division that generated millions of income and revenue and served as Intermix’s sole profit center. When new corps acquired Intermix in 2005, the two could not stand the media giant ignoring a division they had created hence they decided to leave and try out new opportunities.

The two knew their ability to excel in online advertising. According to eyepain.org they started a company that would create a brand building enterprise whose execution was going to be autonomous. After a session of brainstorming with some of the members of staff they got from Alena, the idea of Intelligent Beauty was born. This was a direct to consumer branding business whose first mandate was coming up with DermStore, which was an online cosmetic and skin care marketplace on apparelnews.net. Two years after that the company launched a weight loss system that included Dr. Hirsch for product development and the CEO Brett Brewer, Intermix founder. The company accepted a funding of 43 million dollars from technology crossover ventures in 2008 as most of their funding was held up.

Read more: Don Ressler, CEO of Fabletics by Kate Hudson- Our Interview

By 2011, Intelligent Beauty launched a third company whose subscription was the e-commerce fashion retailer. This was JustFab, which in 2011 received a funding of 33 million dollars from Matrix funding partners. The company experienced a rapid growth that reached a membership of four million by December 2012. JustFab acquired Fabkids in January 2013 after noticing that most of their clients were parents with kids on businessinsider.com.

It later acquired FBshoes, which was a fashion e-commerce giant from Europe, and it brought them over 500000 members from France and Spain increasing to the 1.5 million members from Germany and UK thus totaling to 3million members in Europe. After another funding of 40 million, Justfab launched Fabletics, which was an athletics, Wear Corporation formed by Kate Hudson. Don Ressler has been an active participant in the progress of the company from its inception and all through as it made significant strides.

May 30, 2017

Sky Zone Owner Andrew Rocklage Reaches for the Stars

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Growing up, Andrew Rocklage never imagined that he would one day be the owner of a huge facility where people can jump and bounce to their hearts’ content. Given the way that his education and early career unfolded, it seems especially unlikely that the Boston native would ever be interested in owning an indoor trampoline park. However, life is full of unexpected twists and turns. No one knows that better than Andrew, who was initially drawn into the world of law but who realized that he was happier being his own boss. Learn more about this well-regarded businessman and entrepreneur below.

 

During his childhood and teenage years, Andrew Rocklage was heavily involved in sports. However, he never let those activities distract him from his studies. Indeed, he was one of those rare kids who could excel both on the field and in the classroom. From an early age, it was clear that Andrew was going places in life. However, no one could say for sure where he would end up. Even as a kid, his tastes and interests were very eclectic. He seemed to be fascinated by just about everything, and that attitude would come very much in handy as he branched out into entrepreneurship.

 

After excelling throughout secondary school, including his high school years when he took many advanced classes and managed to maintain a very respectable GPA, Andrew Rocklage was ready for the next chapter in his life. He decided to attend university in the area, so he applied to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was accepted. There, he majored in sports management and minored in economics. Many people were surprised by how seemingly random the two subjects were, but Andrew had a plan. He loved sports, but he was also intrigued by business. Between the two, he’d find his footing.

 

As mentioned earlier, life doesn’t always turn out the way that we plan. Although Andrew had seemingly laid the foundation for a career in business or sports management, he felt restless after earning his Bachelor of Science degree, which he received after graduating from UMass’s Isenberg School of Management in 2009. Along the way, he’d interned at a few different places to gain a better understanding of his fields of interest. This included a stint as a PR intern for Major League Lacrosse. Ironically, Andrew’s experiences in the business world during college are largely what convinced him that he needed to follow a different path.

 

Andrew Rocklage had been intrigued by the law for many years. With a bachelor’s degree under his belt, he applied to and was accepted at Suffolk University Law School, which has an impeccable reputation. The fact that he was admitted reflects the hard work that he put into his undergrad years. Law school was completely different than undergraduate school. The work was far more intense, and Andrew spent much of his time studying. Ultimately, he graduated from the school with a Juris Doctor degree. He was positive that he was ready to embark on a law career when he earned the degree in 2013.

 

At first, it seemed like Andrew Rocklage was going to fit right into the world of law. He took positions as a legal consultant and as a law clerk before being hired as corporate counsel by EPIRUS Pharmaceuticals. The work was satisfying in the beginning, but Andrew’s curious mind became restless. He was used to being challenged, and he wasn’t being challenged enough in his field. He had also always been a very independent and innovative person, and he found working what is essentially a normal office job to be very stifling.

 

Once again, Andrew Rocklage decided to try something different. He had increasingly become intrigued by the idea of being his own boss, so he started investigating the opportunities. With his extensive educational credentials and work experience, he felt like he was more than prepared to take the leap into business ownership. However, he either needed to come up with a business plan or find an existing business to take over. When he heard about franchise opportunities with Sky Zone, the popular chain of indoor trampoline parks, he knew that he may have finally found his match.

 

Ultimately, Andrew Rocklage became the proud owner and operator of the Sky Zone in Tampa Bay, Florida. Indeed, the Boston native finally uprooted himself and relocated to sunny Jupiter, which is just outside of Tampa Bay. The Sky Zone that he owns offers a huge array of attractions, including the popular Freestyle Jump area; the Ultimate Dodgeball area; Skyslam, which combines basketball and trampolines; and Foam Zone, where you can jump and play while surrounded by soft, cushioning foam. Andrew Rocklage’s life looks a lot different now than he had probably predicted even five years ago, but one thing is abundantly clear: At long last, he is happy.

May 30, 2017

Funding Without Strings: Ubuntu Education Fund

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Jacob Lief has suddenly realized that it is pure nonsense that money flows into the pockets of rich people without impacting the lives of the poor children. It is a social evil to create money that does not improve the lives of the general masses. He realized this when he was speaking to a group of investors and philanthropist at the annual World Economic Forum. He is the CEO and Founder of the Ubuntu Education Fund in the United States. This is a non-profit organization that helps children in Cape Town, South Arica to afford childhood education. When he was speaking at the forum, he became emotional and aided no to those donors who put a restriction on the use of their money. He wanted all children to have a share of the money without fear or favor. For this reason, he shifted his strategy to be focused and spent to support all children who need this support.

 

According to him, he has set forth towards the high-net-worth individuals and families who understand the need for educating the less fortunate children in the world. These families must also know that restricting funds sent for children is a bad idea. Restricted funding is smaller than the amount of success intended to be achieved. For this reason, people need to style up and determine the fate of heir generous funding.

 

The Ubuntu model organization works in close collaboration with organizations and families to create a better planning for each child who seeks to fund from the wealthy families. For this reason, these less fortunate children will get a provision in health, stability, and education needed to escape poverty. For those who own non-profits, it is never easy to get money from donors without restrictions on the use of funds. Donors also flex their muscles in numerous ways concerning the use of their resources.

 

Peter Lewis is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the unrestricted educational funding from Ubuntu Education Fund. As a matter of fact, he is one of the largest insurance brokers in Cleveland, Ohio. For over one year, he has boycotted the obligatory charitable giving.

May 28, 2017

Dr. Edward Honig Offers Steadfast Care for Heart Patients in NYC

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Learning that you have a heart condition can be an overwhelming experience. You may have many questions about your health and any limitations that your newly diagnosed conditions may cause. Heart patients who live in the New York City area have the benefit of receiving treatment and care from one of the top cardiologists in the area when they choose to see Dr. Edward Honig M.D.

What is a Cardiologist?

A cardiologist is a medical professional who has received special training and has knowledge in diagnosing, treating, and preventing the diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

According to Facebook, Cardiologists receive their education with four years of medical school and three years of additional hands-on training in the internal medicine field. Afterward they may spend three or more years in specialized training, which adds up to at least a decade of higher learning.

You may see a cardiologist if you have a specific heart condition or if your physician believes that you may have a problem with your heart or blood vessels. If you are experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or dizziness, you will need special testing that is performed by a cardiologist to diagnose the problem.

What Services are Provided by a Cardiologist?

A cardiologist can perform a wide range of tests that can determine if you have a heart condition. They will often perform a typical physical exam such as using a stethoscope to listen to your heartbeat. They may also order special tests such as an ECG, an X-Ray or blood tests if needed.
Some of the tests that a cardiologist may recommend if they suspect you have a problem include:

• Echocardiogram: A soundwave test that looks at the function of the heart
• Ambulatory ECG: a recording of the heart’s rhythm that looks for abnormalities
• Exercise Test: Also known as a Stress Test, this measures your heart’s limitations and overall performance
• Cardiac Catheterization: This test uses a small tube that is placed near the heart to take images of how the heart is operating, and help to eliminate blockage

Why is it Important to Visit a Cardiologist?

If you suspect that you have a heart condition, it is important to see a doctor that specializes in cardiovascular health. These professionals studied for many years on how the heart functions and how to treat various issues on LinkedIn. They have more knowledge on this area of medical care than your general physician has, and can provide you with treatment options that can help you live a more fulfilling life.

About Dr. Edward Honig

Dr. Edward Honig is an expert in cardiology and Internal Medicine. He is a provider at Glen Cove Hospital and provides his services to the residents of NYC and surrounding areas. Dr. Honig has treated many patients over the years and provided them various options for dealing with the everyday struggles of living with a heart condition.

When you visit Dr. Edward Honig, you will be treated with the utmost care and support by him and his staff members. He will help to properly diagnose your heart condition, and address any questions or concerns that you may have. If any tests or exams are ordered, he will discuss these tests with you in detail so that you will know what to expect.

Visiting a cardiologist for the first time may be stressful, but you can have peace of mind when you have a medical specialist on your side who has many years of knowledge and expertise in the field of cardiology, like Dr. Edward Honig. Contact his Glen Cove office today for more details about the cardiology services Dr. Honig can provide to you, or ask your family doctor if he or she can provide you with a referral at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mSir9TVZiM.

May 26, 2017

New Way to Save for College

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One of the biggest challenges that parents, guardians, and aspiring students face is the thought of paying for college. While going to college is often considered a necessity for professional success, the costs of it have increased dramatically over the past few decades and the increase does not appear to the be slowing down. While saving for college is a long-term goal, a recent news article has proposed a savings plan that can make it seem a bit less daunting (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/business/calculating-college-savings-needs.html?_r=0).

 

The article believes that a good way to benchmark your savings is to have a goal of having $2,000 save for every age of your child. This assumes that you will send your child to public college. If you are considering sending a child to a private school, or a more expensive out of state college, then you should try to save $4,000 per year. This means that if you have a 10-year old, you should have $20,000 or $40,000 saved, depending on whether you want to send them to private or public college.

 

This assumption may seem very low compared to some other expert opinions. The main thought process behind this analysis is that you will only have half of the college costs saved by the time the child enters college. The balance of the education costs will come from your income, student loans, parent loans, scholarships, and any other sources of income that you may have. Setting this goal as a minimum could also help people to stay motivated to save.

 

May 25, 2017

Judge’s Ruling Sets Precedent for Failing Schools

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In a recent court ruling, Judge Madeline Haikala ruled that a subsection of the Jefferson County School District, which includes parts of Birmingham, Alabama, would be able to secede from the larger district. This has raised the eyebrows of many due to the fact that the community in question, Gardendale, is over 80 percent white.

 

The judge, herself, is a staunch liberal with a long track record of finding in favor of liberal causes. But many view the ruling as marking a sea change in the way that the country views desegregation. Over the last 60 years, the program of federally forced desegregation, started by President Lyndon Johnson, has failed in almost all of its objective measures of success.

 

Some of the school districts where government intervention was particularly heavy-handed have never recovered. It is little known, but documented by numerous historians, that a large driver of the white flight of the 1960s out of the city of Detroit was due to the forced integration, including forced busing, of that city’s schools. Rather than send their children to hellish schools torn by gang violence, white parents simply withdrew from the city altogether, fleeing to the suburbs or other areas of the state entirely.

 

Similar incidents happened in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. In the case of the latter, there are presently almost no affluent whites in the Los Angeles Unified School District. That district routinely posts some of the lowest scholastic scores in the country and has been plagued by constant interracial violence.

 

 

May 24, 2017

Does Recent Ruling Signal Sea Change Among Liberal Judiciary

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The Jefferson County Public School District in Birmingham, Alabama has been on the wane for decades. The district is heavily black and has been plagued by low achievement, mind-blowing drop-out rates and a generally disordered atmosphere that one could be forgiven for mistaking with a county jail or rec yard at a state prison.

 

But recently, a federal judge, famous for taking extreme liberal stances on most of her rulings, has allowed a small subsection of the district, which is almost exclusively populated by whites, to secede from its failing parent district.

 

The Gardendale community will officially be able to form its own school district, completely removing all responsibilities to and relationships with the Jefferson County School District. This represents a tacit approval by the judge of resegregating the Gardendale schools. However, many observers point out that there are some nuances to the decision.

 

For starters, the Gardendale schools aren’t completely white. In fact, as much as 20 percent of the student body of the new school district will be comprised of blacks. But these aren’t ordinary blacks. They’re the upper middle class, many of whom have been the most vocal supporters of resegregation. The upper-class blacks don’t want their children attending school with their lower class black peers.

 

Another issue is the general backdrop of desegregation in the United States. Almost every single goal that was thought to be achievable with federally forced desegregation has turned out to be an abject failure. The racial achievement gap is as large as ever. And most school districts remain heavily segregated.

 

May 23, 2017

Judge Allows Schools to Secede From Black District, Questions Raised

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Recently, a federal judge allowed the community of Gardendale, Alabama to secede from the larger Jefferson County School District, a heavily black district beset by failing schools and budgetary trouble. Some have been disturbed by the fact that the Gardendale schools are 80 percent white, making the ruling a sort of official sanctioning of resegregation.

 

But the case raises serious questions about the state of the nation’s schools and the role desegregation has played in arriving at the current point. In city after city, desegregationist efforts, such as forced busing and district gerrymandering, have not only failed to more evenly integrate student bodies, they have caused the total withdrawal of whites from the public school system.

 

This has been seen from Detroit to Los Angeles. Heavy-handed government intervention to attempt to get the schools districts to integrate has left those same districts far worse-off than they ever were before the government efforts. In some cases, the school districts have effectively collapsed, as in the case of Detroit’s public schools. In that city, the public schools were among the best in the nation in 1960. By 2010, the school district was bankrupt and routinely posted some of the worst performance scores of anyplace in the United States, vying with some African countries for levels of scholastic failure.

 

To a lesser extent, this has been seen all across the country for the last 60 years. As government intervenes to get its desired social equality results, white families withdraw their children from the increasingly warlike schools, leaving them more segregated than when they started.

May 22, 2017

Anti-racism’s Legacy of Failed Schools

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In what may be representative of a judicial sea change, a liberal federal judge recently ruled that a small town in Alabama would be allowed to secede from the failing Jefferson County school district. What’s so striking is that the town in question, Gardendale, Alabama, will produce a school district with almost 80 percent white students. The broader Jefferson Country School District is heavily black.

 

On its face, this would appear to represent the judge’s full-fledged sanctioning of official resegregation. While this may appear disturbing on first look, it’s necessary to appreciate the background of desegregation in American schools.

 

The original impulse to desegregate the nation’s schools came at a time of great hope for the future and giant strides being made in the furthering of Civil Rights for blacks. It was widely believed that the well known academic achievement gap could be solved by creating school conditions that were equal in every way between the races. This view was made all the more plausible by the near complete lack of data at the time. The radical social experiments, like forced busing, that would define the next 60 years had, at that time, never before been attempted.

 

Unfortunately, the federally mandated desegregation project of the last 60 years has been a spectacular failure. No longer can judges, educators and bureaucrats claim that these failed policies may have some merit. Trillions of dollars have been wasted and none of the goals of desegregation have been achieved. The jury has been in for years now, and judges are beginning to take notice.

 

May 21, 2017