Academy of Art University Fashion All-Stars Win Accolades in the Future of Fashion Show

The Academy of Art University’s campus, in downtown San Francisco, is designed to give young, aspiring artists the professional groundwork that they need to achieve success in their chosen medium. Student work and graduate’s work is showcased and admired, and nowhere is this clearer than at the 21st annual New York Fashion Week shows in the Skylight Clarkson Square.

Ten recent graduates from diverse background presented at the Fashion Week event, showing off their latest designs. Viewers were treated to a glimpse of five womenswear and two menswear collections. Years of classwork, internships, workshops and last minute brainstorming coalesced into their fifteen minutes of fame, showing off their work in front of an audience of peers, potential mentors, and professors that included Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model and a livestream audience expecting to be wowed.

The goal of the Academy of Art program was to bring out their visions for the future of fashion. As a result many of the collections demonstrated eco-friendly, recycled items that smoothly merged with traditional dress and clothing inspired by favorite cultures around the world. Among the presenters were people born in China, Mexico, and throughout the United States. The resulting blends were a melting pot of ideas, colors, silhouettes, and styles that spoke to the individuality and creativity of the young designers.

Sunset Magazine’s Creative Director, Richard S. Stephens, founded The Academy of Art University in 1929, based on his conviction that aspiring artists deserved to be professionally trained by professional artists. Its multi-faceted curriculum allows students to major in the artistic expression which speaks to them, whether it be fashion design like the students participating here, or music, photography, animation, and more. With over 18,000 students, The Academy of Art University is the largest private, accredited art and design school in the USA.

This was the twenty-first Future of Fashion show presented by the Academy of Art University, showing just how deep the talent network has been out of the undergraduate Fashion department. Graduates have even gone to win accolades at the prestigious New York Fashion Week in New York City.

Betsy DeVos: Backed By Two Giving Families

Betsy DeVos is well-known as a philanthropist, businesswoman, politician and most recently Secretary of Education. She was born in raised by a success and wealthy family in Michigan. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, billionaire industrialist and active member of the community. She has been active in church since childhood and attended a private school in Holland, Michigan. Betsy attended Calvin College, where she received her undergraduate degree following graduation. She became Mrs. DeVos after marrying Dick DeVos, heir the billion dollar Amway Corporation and member of one of the largest family dynasties in Michigan. The DeVos’ are well-known for their political and philanthropic campaigns and donations.

Betsy herself was always involved in politics, beginning in college. Joining with her husband, the pair became a formidable political player. Mrs. DeVos has been a member of the Michigan Republican Party since 1982, serving as a local precinct delegate for many years. Betsy was also a Republican National Committeewoman and Chairwoman for her state’s party. Betsy DeVos was elected as the Secretary of Education, following the 2016 presidential election. She has always been an active political donor and fundraiser, having personally raised more than $150,000 for President Bush’s re-election campaign. The DeVos family has been said to have donated more than $17 million to political committees and candidates since 1989.

Not just a face of politics, Betsy is also an active businesswoman. She is the chairwoman of the Windquest Group, founded by her and her husband in 1989. The Windquest Group is a private investment company which specializes in investing in manufacturing, clean energy, and technology. Betsy and Dick are also board members and the chief investors of a group of brain centers that give therapy for disorders like anxiety, depression, and autism, called Neurocore. Betsy and her husband have even tried their hand at Broadway, producing the play Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, based on a book written by Kathie Lee Gifford.

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Betsy DeVos is a member of two families that have long since been involved in the community and philanthropy. With that nature running through both of their veins, Betsy and her husband Dick founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Their foundation provides funding for many charitable organizations that are involved in the fields of leadership, community, justice, arts, and education. Motivated by their faith, the foundation has given more than $11.6 million in just one year, landing the whole DeVos family on Forbes’ list of the country’s top givers. Betsy was a member of the board of directors at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, where she funded a center that teaches art managers how to manage their institutions and how to fundraise for those institutions. Mrs. DeVos has also been an advocate for school choice for many years, standing behind her passion for school vouchers and charter schools.

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ClassDojo Continues Its Upward Trajectory in Education Technology

The trick to successful entrepreneurship is successful fundraising. There is no company in the education technology industry that understands this concept better than ClassDojo. In 2015, during the company’s Series B round of funding in 2015, they raised $21 million. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, ClassDojo founders, expect to use these monies to expand their team, fortify their content, and venture deeper in the service delivery.

Teachers and parents get limited time to interact in the traditional classroom. Some teachers get frustrated when the environment is not conducive. Because most teachers believe that progress in education is dependent on ground-up efforts, they are finding the ClassDojo communication platform very useful. One teacher in Tennessee argued that the app is revolutionizing and rejuvenating enthusiasm in the teaching fraternity.

ClassDojo is an education technology company. It competes with other EdTech companies such as Remind, FreshGrade, and Kickboard. The company started in 2011 with the aim of connecting parents, students, and teachers. Using the ClassDojo app, the company offers a classroom platform where the three stakeholders interact.

Students can upload class activities notably projects as videos, audio, or otherwise.  Parents can access approved content on their smartphones. Soon, the app can replace parent-teacher physical meetings.

ClassDojo app is very popular. Over 90% of K-8 schools in the US use the app. The app is available in 35 languages, and it is accessible in over 180 countries. The app is compatible with almost all devices and operating systems.About 1 in 3 kids in America aged 5-14 enjoy ClassDojo learning. About 2 in 3 schools in America use the platform.

ClassDojo prides itself as the only EdTech Company that offers a community learning experience.  Even with the stiff competition in the market, their unique platform does not just offer an interactive community; it offers the future of learning where all stakeholders interact constructively.

ClassDojo is for winners. Its founders envisioned a positive environment for learning and communication. Recently, they have received significant awards and recognition. In 2015, TechCrunch awarded them the Best Education Startup; Inc. listed the founders in the 30 Under 30 for Education; among other awards. In 2016, they received Innovation by Design Awards and featured in the list of the 35 Most Innovative Apps of the Year.