Class Dojo in the Modern Day Field of Education

The field of education is ever changing. There are so many different issues, processes, procedures and methods; that teachers often have a hard time keeping up with everything. Let’s not forget the vast amount of paperwork, record keeping and documentation that must be managed. Teachers even have to deal with modern students which are more complex than in the past. The modern day field of education is very challenging.

One way that teachers overcome problems within the field of education, is through the use of technology. Science has evolved enough to allow teachers to process and store information onto computers and to communicate through a mobile device platform. Class Dojo is an app that is helping to shape the modern day field of education.

Why is this app so useful to a teacher’s classroom experience? First, this app gives teachers a way to communicate with parents. This is important for student success. It is a known fact that when teachers and parents communicate regularly about a student; that student will invariably perform better in school. Involved parents help their students to do better in the long run during their school career.

Parents can not only communicate about their student’s with this app, they can also check up on their homework and classroom performance. This in turn will help parents to figure out how to strengthen their child in the areas where they need it the most. Class Dojo is also a great tool for helping teachers to reward their students when the need arises. All people (especially children) love to be rewarded and Class Dojo is a tool that can provide this benefit.

Class Dojo is now being used by over 90% of all schools within the U.S. Its success is due to its ease of use and effectiveness within the classroom environment. All an instructor has to do is download the app and have parents do the same. The app is designed for students K – 8 but it is also used for high school scholars as well. Class Dojo is truly a great app that helps to improve the modern day field of education.

Sahm Adrangi’s Kerrisdale Cash cow

Sahm Adrangi is the Chief Investment Officer and also the founder of the Kerrisdale Capital Management. He found the firm in 2009. During the launch of the firm, he began with only $1million in investment and currently, the company manages over $150. According to the Reuters, the company raised about $100 million from its investors and placed a bet on a single stock.

The inception and efficacy of the Hedge Fund

The Australian hedge fund Bronte Capital led by John Hempton made profits by uncovering corporate frauds that operated illegally on the stock market. Adrangi admired and borrowed John Hempton’s idea and formed hedge fund. He developed the interest in the Chinese firms that were un-vetted and were operating illegally in North America. He knew they were scams and he figured out that exposing them was the only way of making money out of those scams. He kept himself anonymous, and exposed how these Chinese firms were cooking their financial documents. He discovered that the firms had many discrepancies in their financial books and that was an indicator of their downfall. Kerrisdale made a kill out of this by putting 20% of its capital on a bet that the firms were collapsing.

Truly to their aspiration, the Chinese firms collapsed, and the Kerrisdale made huge profits out of that. Putting in mind the backlash he may receive after the expose, he exposed these frauds on an anonymous website. Adrangi dropped his anonymity and began publishing under the Kerrisdale Capital after other activist investors like Hempton and Carson Block disclosed the Chinese frauds publicly. The Chinese firms he exposed includes; China-Biotics, China Marine Foods, Education Alliance and China Education Corp.

The hedge fund by the Kerrisdale Company also focuses also on investigating the collapsing energy companies as well as mortgage-backed securities. Shane Wilson, an analyst at Kerrisdale together with Adrangi are working on a website, video and a report with a view of convincing others on their theory for the upcoming campaigns. They intended to unveil the company they are working on in mid-May. They have begun investing in the stock to increase the capital required to start up the company.

The Kerrisdale, a firm that is worth a proximately $500 million is known for betting against companies and publishing the matter. Its recent activity includes the Satellite Company Globalstar, and the drug makers sage Therapeutics and Zafgen.

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Orange Coast College

A retired instructor at Orange Coast College, Mary McChesney, donated $1 million to for a new planetarium. It will be the first in its county with a Foucault pendulum, an item that specifically documents the Earth’s rotation.

She has a very old love for this college and donated in honor of her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who also worked as a professor here. McChesney is a long time philanthropist with prior donations to the college’s foundation and scholarship funds.

The newly renovated planetarium will host a 129-seat auditorium versus the old 35-seat auditorium. It will serve students in the community of all ages, from kindergarten through 12th grade, all other residing community members, and of course, the college students. The planetarium is expected to open this upcoming fall.

According to Glassdoor, in 1948, Costa Mesa, California became the home to the Orange Coast College. The campus serves the community with 135 educational programs including: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services, and Health Professions and related Programs.

Although the only degree awarded here is the associate’s degree, the students that enroll here are more likely to receive a transfer acceptance into the top California universities, such as UC and CSU.

Fall 2016 had an extensive enrollment rate of 25,000 students. Although there is a large student body, there are many sports teams and active clubs to join. Located only a short drive from California’s breathtaking beaches, it’s a top choice for students who reside locally.

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Andrew Rolfe Saves Lives In Africa

As Chairman of the Ubuntu Fund, it was Andrew Rolfe’s responsibility to make sure the 10th Annual Ubuntu Fund Gala went smoothly. No surprise to anyone in attendance, everything went as planned and they even exceeded their funding goal and were able to raise over $900,000. This money is going to be used in the school system Ubuntu Fund created in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This is an area ravished by poverty and crime, and the children there are often not provided with healthcare or given the opportunity to attend school. The Ubuntu Fund gives them hope and seeks to provide them with a safe space to learn and grow into successful adults. The organization intends to build a pediatric clinic right on the campus for any of their students to use. They are also going to increase in size so they are able to support more students who need help.

There were over 300 people that attended the gala dinner and every one of them was eager to do whatever they could to help these children in need. There were several people invited to speak at the event, and these people shared their stories about how the fund helped them and led them toward a brighter future. Sinesipho Rabidyani was one of these people, and she spoke about how she grew up in a poor family with an alcoholic father. She was awarded a scholarship by the Ubuntu Fund and was just recently accepted into law school. She attributes her success to the organization.

When Andrew Rolfe is not organizing galas and helping children through the Ubuntu Fund, he serves are the Senior Managing Director at Towerbrook Capital Partners. With that company, he is involved in various investment opportunities throughout the United States and Europe. He focuses on the sectors in the food, retail, and hospitality areas.

Andrew has a bachelor degree of the arts from the University of Oxford and he also has a master’s degree in Business Economics from the Harvard Business School. In 2003, he worked at the President of GAP’s International Division and kept an eye on the stores in German, Japan, France, and the United Kingdom.


Andrew Rolfe and The Spirit Of Ubuntu

Andrew Rolfe is by my accounts a successful man. Having made a name and riches for himself as a senior employee in a number large multinationals, he had for years been searching for ways to give back. In 2000 he finally found a way, joining Malizole Gwaxual and Jacob Lief at a barely year-old Ubuntu Education Fund. In the 17 years since Andrew Rolfe joined the trust, it has grown tremendously partly as a result of his contribution.

The Ubuntu Education Fund runs its programs in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The key purpose of the Firm is to empower the orphaned children in the area sustainably. That is, rather than give the children fish, the fund endeavors to teach them how to fish. To achieve this objective, the children under the Fund’s guide are provided with the tools they require to become healthy, self-sustaining adults hence preventing the cycle of poverty from taking root in the society. In a bid to ensure the greatest degree of success, these tools are typically tailored to the specific needs of a child and include, a quality education, health services and, where lacking, a home.

The noble but challenging objective of molding these children requires a lot of autonomy and resources. That is where Andrew Rolfe comes in. Mr. Rolfe has been the chairman of the Fund’s board since he joined in 2000. In addition to putting a significant amount of his money into the Fund, as its general overseer he has also revolutionized the manner in which the Fund mobilizes and uses resources. Under his leadership, Ubuntu Education Fund has not only been able to increase the donations received, successfully implement a no-strings-attached policy. That is, those who donate resources to the Fund do so knowing they will have no say in their use. The availability of non-obligated resources offers the Fund more flexibility and freedom to implement the programs it feels are in the children’s best interests.

Ubuntu calls us all to show humanity to our neighbors. Through his work at the Ubuntu Education Fund Andrew Rolfe has certainly lived up to the idea.

Wessex Institute Spearheads International Knowledge Transfer Through Conferences

The Wessex Institute of Technology is an international center of knowledge transfer situated at the heart of New Forest National Park, England. The unique body serves the international community of scientists through a series of conferences.

The objective of the Wessex Institute of Technology conferences is to enhance knowledge transfer mechanisms where professionals and academicians can freely interact for the greater good of the universe.

This year alone, the institute has facilitated conferences including Energy Quest 2016, Heat Transfer, Water Pollution, Design & Nature, among others.

The event will be held in Penang, Malaysia from 6th-8th December 2016. The conference has yielded great success and was first held in Skiathos, Greece (2003). Last year, the event was hosted at the Istanbul Technical University under the Faculty of Architecture.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel, Sleep Apnea Treatment Pioneer

Medical scientists and practitioners have long known that sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, are not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, but that these maladies may also lead to other, more severe health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. With this in mind, the medical community is taking great strides to simplify, and improve, the treatment of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.

Currently, the most-used treatments for sleep disorders are bulky, intrusive, and can be difficult to use on a nightly basis. Dr Avi Weisfogel, is among the practitioners working toward smaller, sleeker, and more user-friendly devices to effectively combat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Unfortunately, the cumbersome nature of commonly used devices can inhibit patients from seeking treatment.

Implantable devices, on the other hand, are much smaller in size, and do not require the patient to use any masks or noisy machinery. Dr. Avi Weisfogel, has greatly contributed to the start of primary care physicians working with dentists to achieve better results for sleep apnea patients. Including dental health in the pursuit of better treatments for sleep disorders, is a fairly new concept, but one that has yielded important results.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel has long been a pioneer in this field, and through his work as the Founder of Dental Sleep Masters in 2014, has brought dentists into the care and treatment of sleep disorder sufferers. Avi established his first practice, Old Bridge Dental Care, in 1999. It was there, that he began to explore the possibilities of doctors and dentists working together to combat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

A graduate of Rutgers University, and New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Weisfogel is dedicated to improving his patients’ lives through advancements in the treatments for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. His dedication and commitment to helping others to overcome the suffering of sleep disorders, has been, and continues to be, his life’s work.

Keith Mann, Entrepeneur and Philanthropist, Expands DSP and Assists Uncommon Schools

Keith Mann is a New York entrepreneur who has been CEO of Dynamic Search Partners for 15 years. He founded this executive search company in 2001, and it has been growing ever since. Keith Mann is an expert in the executive search industry. In 2009, he discovered that there was a need for staffing in the hedge fund and equity industries, so he used his hiring strategies to expand the company in these areas.

Dynamic Search Partners as a premier, executive search agency that is dedicated to finding the right match for leaders in the business world. They have a reputation for having the largest database in the country. Today, Mann operates offices in Austrailia and Europe, and the company continues to expand.

But, Keith Mann is not only an expert in his field and a thriving entrepreneur, he is also a philanthropist in New York City. He is dedicated to working with the younger generation, and he and his wife Keely have recently been involved in helping low-income students attending Uncommon Charter Schools to attend college.

Last year, Dynamic Search Partners and other members of the community raised $22,000, which Mann donated to the new school. The year before that donation, Mann contributed $10,000 in order for every student to receive the required AP and PSAT testing to start the year.

This year, Keith and Keely started a scholarship fund for seniors who were graduating. These students might not otherwise be able to attend college, so the fund is greatly appreciated. The Mann’s mission is to support high school graduates to become equipped, so they can return to their communities and be an asset to the business world.

Uncommon Schools began in Brooklyn and is expanding. Now, Uncommon Schools is in New Jersey and Massachusettes as well as New York, and they have the same mission as the Mann’s. This is what makes this connection so exceptional between the Man’s and Uncommon Schools.