Rocketship Educations Map assessment success.

While the majority of schools use proficiency scores the majority of Nashville, Tennessee’s public schools are now using the NWEA measures of academic progress or otherwise known as map to see how much individual students have grown over the school year.


Over 7,400 schools and districts use Map assessments throughout the world including Rocketship Public Schools who’s been using the Map assessment since they opened their first school.


Where is proficiency scores are important they only tell whether or not a student is on a certain grade level. Map assessments show the growth of these students over a period of time instead of just where they ended up.


With the help of Map assessments the Memphis Rocketship public School was able to help 146 of their students achieve at or above average by the end of the year, when they all started below average. According to Rocketship Public school their children on average improved 1.35 years in math and 1.2 years in Reading within the last year.


Rocketship Education Public Schools is a group of elementary schools specifically designed for underserved communities with 85% of their students being low income households in the Bay area of California, Milwaukee, Nashville and Washington DC.


Rocketship public schools has a strong belief but every student deserves to dream and discover as well as develop their very own unique potential. The non-profit charter schools have a very strict set of values of authenticity, tenacity, Community, Innovation and excellence.


Founded in 2006 by John Banner and Preston Smith the the first non-profit charter school was opened in San Jose, California in 2007. After seeing the high success in state assessments with that first school over five years six more non-profit Charter Schools were added to the San Jose area.


In 2013 Rocketship Public School opened its first school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in 2014 continued to expand into Nashville, Tennessee. Finally opening a school in 2016 in Washington DC.

Ronald Fowlkes Talks About His Interest In The Military And Law Enforcement

Ronald Fowlkes grew up with a strong interest in the military. Once he graduated from high school he joined the United States Marine Corps. Once he finished his duty he moved to St. Louis and joined their SWAT team. While in the military and serving as a police officer he often came across really high-quality gear from a company called First Spears Product Development Group. He kept an eye out for their gear and used it pretty often.

When he left the police force Ronald Fowlkes got a job in the industry that supplies military forces and law enforcement officers with their gear. His first job in this industry was at Eagle Industries where he was the manager of business development. He then joined ITW where he had this position as well as handling military product sales. A long mission of sorts was completed when he joined First Spear as a co-owner. He is their director of business development which involves attending a lot of meetings with business associates and clients of his company.

First Spears makes money do marketing their products and attending trade shows, he says. He says most of their business, though comes from the field with people seeking out their gear. Ronald Fowlkes has developed contacts with people in the Department of Defense as well as law enforcement people on the state and local level. Additionally, about 35% of their business is done with NATO.

Ronald Fowlkes says that First Spears is a company that makes high-end equipment. He says he thinks of his company as the Gucci of the tactical world. Everything they make is made in the United States including all of the parts. He says his company gets a lot of repeat business and referrals from current customers because of the very high-quality craftsmanship of their products. They also offer a lifetime guarantee on everything they sell.

As a huge fan of hockey Ronald Fowlkes has a blog he uses to write about this sport. He also coaches in a youth hockey league. A recent article talked about Jeff Glass and how it took him 13 years to reach the NHL. He was very good at the junior hockey level but once he was in the minor leagues he struggled to play well. At age 32 he was finally able to play in his first NHL game and earned his first victory while allowing only three goals.


Clayton Hutson Discusses His Role as The Producer in Music Creation

Many of us have often wondered what in the wide world does a music producer do who doesn’t quite seem of this world. Clayton Hutson, music producer extraordinaire, gets asked that very question, all the time. “After I play these unexpected tracks for my family, friends and artists, they all ask me where it comes from or how do I manage to just instantaneously tap into something that sounds good.” He may not always have the answers but he does say without sounding too cocky “That I just have this uncanny ability to connect the technical and artistic sides of the journey from raw song to finished product. Music production has changed so much over the years. It has definitely morphed into something that none of us could have foreseen let alone imagined.”

Clayton Hutson was able to imagine a company that could deliver everything and anything a musician or producer could dream up. He wanted to be able to accomplish and create a show that could be conceptualized by an artist. “I have had several years working in the live entertainment industry as well as tour production. I was doing the work anyways so I thought, why not start my own company?” He has been busy and booked ever since. Currently working on a show for Kid Rock, he is up and on stage by 6:00 A.M. and usually the last to leave. “I like to get there before anyone else is does. I have to take mental snap shots of the entire stage, top to bottom so I can make sure that every angle, from A-Z gets covered.” It is this attention to detail and work ethic that has landed him gigs with artists like Pink, Guns and Roses and One Republic.

When asked if there are any new trends that he is excited about he enthusiastically says “Oh heck yes! Technology has totally evolved and has made the stage an instrument itself. It is because of this evolution that the end result, the final product is definitely a collaboration of my expertise and the artist’s vision. We all want people to walk away from our shows and think ‘Wow, that was epic!’ and that is truly happening.”

Working in the music industry has never been more exhilarating and at the same time more exhausting. Hutson assures his fans that he is here to stay. “I can be a crusty sour puss sometimes, especially if I have been working 48 hours straight. But something I have learned is that people, my clients, would rather have an old curmudgeon who is competent at his job than a Pollyanna who has nothing but smiles and excuses.” Learn more:



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Bradesco Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco Wants His New CEO, Octavio Lazari, To Follow The Bank’s Management Model

Bankers are a different business breed of businessmen in Brazil. Brazilian bankers know how to avoid economic downturns and government corruption. Brazilian banks make money in the good times and in the bad times. Luiz Carlos Trabuco proved that statement when Bradesco profit numbers came out in 2016 and in 2017. Bradesco may be number two in terms of assets under management, but in terms of producing record-breaking profit, Bradesco has few peers. Bradesco investors know Luiz Carlos Trabuco is responsible for the bank’s success. But investors know he doesn’t work alone. Ex-Chairman Lázaro de Mello Brandão is an important part of the Trabuco team even though Brandão was not as active as he was in years past.

At 91, Brandão earned the title the oldest banker on the planet according to Trabuco and Brandão are a good team, but it’s time for Brandão to step down. Brandão started banking in 1943, and Trabuco came on board in 1969. Both men have the tenure, and the banking knowledge to make Itaú executives stay up at night. Itaú is Brazil’s largest private bank, but Bradesco is Brazil’s most friendly bank when it comes to offering diverse banking services.

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Breaking up the Brandão, Trabuco team makes some investors nervous. 2018 is going to be a crucial year for Brazil. New mobile banking services, as well as new credit opportunities, are important in the largest country in South America, so Trabuco, Brandão and the Board of Directors had to pick the right Trabuco successor from a pool of internal candidates. The seven candidates know what Trabuco wants the bank to accomplish in 2018, so picking one vice-president to replace Trabuco wasn’t an easy task. But after three months of debate and internal research, Octavio Lazari, Bradesco’s insurance vice-president got the job. Lazari will be the new CEO when shareholders vote on March 12th.

Octavio and Trabuco are from the same banking era. Lazari’s background is more financial than Trabuco’s, but both men know how to make money. And the important thing is they know how to make money together. Brandão won’t be around to clean up mistakes if they occur. But Mr. Trabuco is a master when it comes to team building and executive fluency in the main banking segments. As Chairman his job will be profit fluency along with executive proficiency. Lazari will take over as the front man for Bradesco, but he will still have Trabuco’s vice-president team to support him. Four members of that team will also be board members after the March 12th meeting according to

Shareholders expect another record-breaking profit year in 2018, and they believe Trabuco, Lazari, and the executive team will keep the bank on track during the presidential election and the formation of a new government. Trabuco has a lot of experience dealing with government changes. Lazari also has what it takes in terms of financial talent and management effectiveness to keep Bradesco shareholders happy in 2018. In a world where Trump is changing the trade rules, anything can happen, but Trabuco and Lazari already have a profit plan that will work in spite of Trump’s trade war sword rattling.

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The New Trends In The Academy Of Art University

Last September, the Academy of Art University held its 21st Annual runway showcase. The designers were recent graduates from around the world with collections of all kinds. In the audience was Sara Kozlowski of CDFA and Ms. J Alexander of Top Model. This show was the culmination of months of hard work and late nights for these students.


About the Academy


The Academy of Art University is located in the heart of San Francisco. More than 90 of their students have been honored for advancements in their fields. There have been nearly 100 Oscar nods from their students and alum. They have programs in design, liberal arts, entertainment, and fine art. It is one of the largest privately owned Art Schools in the United States.


The Academy’s Roots


The Academy was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stevens under the name of Academy of Advertising Art. Stevens was a painter and magazine editor. He led the university until 1951 when his son took over. The academy continued to be family when Stevens grandaughter took over in 1992. Elisa Stevens has since taken the academy to new heights including this runway show.


What the Academy Offers


Currently, the academy has over 18,000 students and is the largest accredited private art & design university in the nation. They have programs in Acting, Advertising, Architecture, Art History, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Motion Pictures & Television, Photography, Web Design & more. Some of the alum includes actress Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag, actress and singer Raven Symone, fashion designer Kara Laricks, and make-up artist Rick Baker who is best known for winning an academy award for his work on Maleficent.


The show was a huge success and included works from Jelly Shan, Ryan Yu, Cana Klebanoff, Saya Shen, Carlos Rodriguez, Diane Marie Lam, Eden Slezin, and Hailun Zhou. One thing is for sure, we expect great things from these designers in the future.


How the Leaders of Fabletics Inspire Social Responsibility

When looking at any industry that involves the exchange of goods and services, one thing that is becoming increasingly important is the social responsibility a company takes. Each business has a responsibility to not only show a good image, but encourage the customer to take on positive habits. If a company fails on its social responsibility, then it is going to have an effect on the amount of customers that do business with it. For one thing, even the customers that still love the brand through a scandal are going to be very reluctant to shop there because they are afraid of what others may think about them.


One area that is very responsible for a brand’s social image is the leadership area. After all, the leaders are the ones that have to approve the direction that the company is going in. After all, the actions of a company represents the leader. Therefore, it is important for the leaders to be involved in the decision making process as to where to take its brand. This includes the charities that are being donated to as well as other activities. Fabletics, the TechStyle brand run by Don Ressler, Adam Goldenberg and Kate Hudson is known for being very socially responsible.


The leaders are involved with the messages they want to send through their company. One message that Fabletics is sending all of the customers is that of diversity and inclusion. Another message is that customers decide on the products. They are aware of the effect that desire plays in the part of selling products. Therefore, they make sure that the product is a hit with the customers before they move forward with it.


Fabletics is a brand that is run with a lot of care. The leaders look closely at all of the different aspects of running the company so that they will be able to keep the losses at a minimum and the gains at a maximum. The leaders are also looking at all of the different issues of society so that they can see what initiatives they can take that are relevant to their brand.

The Life and Times of a Jewish Warrior

Adam Milstein carries on proud family tradition as a Jewish warrior. His father, Hillel, came to Israel from Argentina when the State of Israel was established in 1948 and fought for Israeli independence as a combat sailor. His mother, Eva, came to Israel from Mexico a year later. Adam was born in Israel in the city of Haifa in 1952.

In 1971, Adam Milstein joined the Israel Defense Forces. Two years later, on the holiest of Jewish holy days, Yom Kippur, a coalition of military units from Egypt, Syria, and Iraq launched a surprise attack on the State of Israel. Arab military forces crossed the Suez Canal and advanced into the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights. As the United States worked feverishly to resupply the Israelis, the Soviet Union mounted similar resupply efforts for the Arabs.

After three days, Israeli forces brought the Arab advance to a standstill and began an offensive aimed at pushing enemy forces back. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) artillery began to fire on Damascus, Egypt. Egyptian President Sadat ordered Egyptian forces to counter-attack, but the Arab offensive was quickly repelled. The Israelis then crossed the Suez Canal into Egypt, inflicting massive casualties on the enemy.

Adam Milstein, following General Arial Sharon, was part of the IDF advance and the encirclement of the Egyptian Third Army. Milstein left the Israeli military soon after, but his need to serve and protect Israel stayed with him to this day. He married his wife Gila while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from The Israel Institute of Technology (The Technion). The Milstein family then moved to American so that Adam could pursue business opportunities. While earning his MBA, Adam Milstein started working as a commercial real estate sales agent.

Due to his support of a plethora of Jewish organizations, including the Israeli-American Council (IAC), StandWithUs, Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, and AIPAC, Adam Milstein was voted one of the world’s 200 Most Influential Do-Gooders by the London-based digital publication Richtopia.

Admiration Is Due Alexandre Gama

Alexandre Gama is a man of many firsts. His advertising agency, Neogama, was the first agency to win a Golden Lion at the Cannes Film Festival in its first year of existence. He was the first Latin American to be invited to teach a Masterclass at Cannes. He was the first Brazilian to lead a global network of advertising agencies when he was named to the Publicis Groupe Global Creative Board while with BBH. It is suffice to say that Gama is a trailblazer of sorts.

His dream to open his own agency was realized when he founded Neogama in 1999 but there was a lot of work that happened prior to that. Gama had spent over 17 years as a copywriter and creative director with a number of agencies before he was able to start his own agency. He paid his dues by working his way up, something to be admired.

The American Institute Of Architects Fights For The Future Of The Construction Industry

In 2017, the American Institute of Architects celebrated its 160th birthday but has not been slowed by age as the fight for a more successful future for the U.S. registered members of the trade and a more successful community for all Americans. Under the direction of CEO, Robert Ivy the American Institute of Architects continues to grow and take on the fights many believe should head the list of importance for the majority of the professionals and politicians in the world; as one of the most impressive lobbying groups in Washington D.C., the American Institute of Architects continues to fight for the rights of its members and those who need the latest improvements in building design to create more successful communities. For more updates, Like the page on Facebook

There are many areas of importance for Robert Ivy and the leadership of the American Institute of Architects in the 21st-century including building on the trust the American public has for the group in developing strategies for the future of the nation to combat climate change. As far back as the 150th birthday of the American Institute of Architects in 2007 a public awareness campaign was begun to build on the research being completed toward protecting communities from climate change; the 2030 Sustainability Toolkit was developed to provide information and advice for city mayors and planners who must fight to combat the problems a changing climate can cause for the future. The American Institute of Architects believed its Sustainability Toolkit should not be a complete immersion into the subject of sustainability but start a conversation about building ecologically responsible communities across the U.S.

As the former Editor-in-Chief of the “Architectural Digest”, Robert Ivy has a deep knowledge of almost every subject affecting the lives of architects and their clients. Robert Ivy believes architects have a greater role to play than simply designing interesting buildings and can have a major effect on the effects communities have on the environment around them. One of the main aims of the Sustainability 2030 program has been to inspire local political leaders to make the decision to lower the carbon footprint of their community by 50 percent through the use of innovations in architectural design and city planning.

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Daniel Taub: Uniting Israel And The United Kingdom

Daniel Taub was Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. He was born in 1962 and raised in the United Kingdom. Daniel moved to Israel in 1989, and shortly thereafter he became a speechwriter for the president of Israel.

Daniel Taub gave up his British citizenship in order to become a full citizen of Israel. He is an Orthadox Jew. Daniel considers Israel to be his homeland. As ambassador his main goal was to bring the United Kingdom and Israel closer together.He considered the United Kingdom to be important to Isreal.

Mr. Taub has held several positions in the Israeli Foreign Ministrysince he joined in 1991. Daniel is a leading expert when it comes to international law. He is also knowledgeable about anti-terrorism and laws of war. He has served extensively as a negotiator for Israel.

Daniel Taub became ambassador in 2011. He worked mainly on trade issues and technology links between Israel and the United Kingdom. he was interviewed a lot as ambassador. He appeared on news shows from all around the world. He was a very public advocate for both Israel and the United Kingdom.

In 2014 Daniel Taub visited the British city, Bradford. The visit was significant, because a member of British parliament had declared the city an Israel free zone. Daniel had been invited by citizens of the city and didn’t let the anti-Israel comments stop him. He conducted meetings with leaders of the city during his visit.

During his time as ambassador, trade between Israel and the United Kindom doubled. Over 300 Israeli companies started operating in the United Kingdom. Daniel Taub encouraged unity between the countries, and this was reflected in the economy of both countries. The United Kingdom and Israel both agree that Mr. Taub accomplished his goal. He was able to bring both countries together like never before.

When Daniel’s appointment as ambassador was over he quietly returned to Israel. He was named Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv foundation. He continues to write about Israel and the Middle East. He has wrote a book about his insights on religious texts. Learn more: