Class Dojo is Helping Teachers and Parents to Communicate Again

One of the biggest problems that teachers have with their students, is their parents. Many schools have students who parents are far removed from their educational experience. If you do not think that this is true, then you should attend a typical parent teacher conference. The fact is that only a few parents show up for these meetings and it leaves many teachers feeling disappointed.

Teachers often feel that their students will do so much better in school if their parents were more involved with their education. It is true that some parents cannot spend a lot of time being involved with their child’s education process because they have to work. In some cases, they have other responsibilities that prevent them from attending meetings.

Class Dojo is an EduTech tool that has been designed to resolve the challenges surrounding parent/teacher conferences. Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don created Class Dojo back in 2011. Chaudhary was a former teacher. He took the time to listen to his fellow co-workers about the communication problems that exist between them and parents. He did this during the time that he was developing Class Dojo.

Chaudhary then took this information and collaborated with Dom to make a platform that would overcome this problem. Class Dojo has built in features that make parental communication a breeze. Teachers no longer have to wait for the scheduled parental meetings to communicate about students. Now, they can do it by taking a picture, sending a video or even sending a text message.

That is the beauty of Class Dojo. It takes the modern smartphone technology that people already use to make communication a reality. Now, teachers can contact parents throughout the day to let them know about their student’s progress and the good things they do in class.

Many parents that use Class Dojo find it to be convenient. They do not have to figure out how to take time off work to be at their child’s school. The app also allows them to keep in touch with teachers on a daily basis. Class Dojo helps students to bring teachers and parents together so both parties can best serve their students.

Rocketship Does Education Right

Charter schools are making a name for themselves in the educational system as they continue to offer more integrated and hands-on approaches to meeting a student’s academic and developmental needs. Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of public charter schools that is taking some ground-breaking steps toward the advancement of education for young students. The two-story building houses students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The school was founded in 2007 in the Bay Area and has now expanded to 18 schools with locations in the Bay Area, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Washington DC. Rocketship Education has gained a valuable reputation due to strong test scores and incorporating online and computer-assisted instruction into its traditional teaching which enabled administrative costs to stay at a minimum. The school’s instructional infrastructure consists of social-emotional learning and integrates Rocketship school’s shared values of respect, responsibility, empathy and persistence.

The recognition that Rocketship has received is due to the fact that the schools are accessible to students from poverty stricken neighborhoods, as well as to students from diverse backgrounds. The approach the school takes strives to bridge the gap between teachers and parents and allows the community to lay the bricks of the school’s foundation. During the process of the school’s opening, parents interviewed potential teachers and the parents’ feedback determined whether or not an offer was extended. Within the school, a room is provided to parents offering them computers and Internet access while they wait to pick up their children from school. In addition, during the school year, school officials plan to make home visits to the student’s families and host events that parents can attend. These incentives are a way to encourage parents to advocate for their children, which will be vital even after the students leave Rocketship and attend middle school and high school.