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Rocketship Education and Its High Test Scores are Drawing Some Attention

As one of the country’s most famous networks of charter schools, the Rocketship Education System needs no introduction.

If you are a parent living in the Bay Area, Milwaukee, Nashville or Washington D.C. regions, or an educator anywhere in the country, there are high chances that you may have heard of the Rocketship Education system.

It’s because the popular nonprofit network of public charter schools is famous for maintaining some of the highest test scores throughout the United States. The fiercely loyal parents who swear by its efficacy only add to the credibility of the Rocketship Education System.

The Rocketship Education System achieves this feat through the dedication of its highly proficient teachers and administrative staff, who focus on delivering the best in education practices to the schools’ students.

Rocketship Education and Its Revered Practices are Drawing Attention Now

Considering these practices, it was quite baffling to see NPR publishing a troubling profile of the Rocketship Education System.

The profile, which went on to highlight the account of an unhappy parent whose child has left the school, mentioned that the schools that operated under the Rocketship Education name seemed to have strict practices in place in accordance to retesting, bathroom breaks, and discipline.

While the alleged findings were concerning, the rifts between their credibility soon started to appear to those who read the piece with even the minutest attention and the slightest familiarity with the Rocketship Education System.

For once, the NPR profile didn’t mention if said retesting or bathroom breaks were a standard practice across other schools or not.

With that, it also failed to mention that the high staff turnover at the Rocketship Education System pointed out that it was considered a revered organization amongst education experts who wanted to join it in order to educate young minds more efficiently.

The further unavailability of credible sources went on to show that the profile wasn’t very fair on the Rocketship Education System – and that those who are considering the system for their young ones should do their due diligence and reach to parents still associated with the school before making a decision.

Read the response to critics by Rocketship in this article https://www.the74million.org/article/response-what-nprs-hit-piece-got-wrong-in-attacking-rocketships-impressive-results/.

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Marc Beer Begins Women’s Health Startup and Successfully Gains $42 Million in Funding

Allison DeAngelis wrote an article for BizJournals, a Boston website that publishes the latest business news in the area, titled “Ex-Aegerion chief Beer Raises $42m for Women’s Health Startup.” The article reveals how Marc Beer co-founded the startup Renovia Inc. The biotechnology company is based in Boston and helps women find solutions for their pelvic floor disorders.

 

The MedTech company provides diagnostic and therapy solutions for women who have pelvic floor issues like urinary incontinence. This disorder affects more than 250 women around the world.

 

The company has received a variety of investments for the second Series B round. One company called the Longwood Fund has invested in the company to help them test and develop more products and medicines to help women with pelvic floor disorders. It received nearly $32 million in funding with $10 million for venture debt.

 

One such product is the Leva device, a training product that helps women train their pelvic floor. A probe is inserted into the vagina while the women perform Kegel exercises to strengthen her pelvic floor. The probe is then connected wirelessly to the Leva app available on Apple products. This will help women train and rehab their pelvic floor muscles to treat mild or moderate urge incontinence. The device allows women to treat their pelvic floor disorders without all of the risks involved in surgery or medication.

 

Leva is the first product developed by Renovia that has been approved by the FDA. They received the approval in April to help women deal with weakened pelvic floor muscles. More than 61% of women experience leakage after childbirth because the muscles have been weakened. This will often cause leakage, but like any other muscle, the pelvic floor can be strengthened with exercise. Many women simply believe doing Kegels will strengthen their pelvic floor, however, many women are actually performing the exercise incorrectly. The proper way to strengthen the muscles beneath the bladder is to lift and squeeze the entire muscle set instead of creating a downward pushing motion.

 

Leva provides visualization technology that helps women focus on targeting the proper muscles. With a motion sensor technology, the patient will see the profile both at rest and in movement with real-time interactive visualization through the app. Many patients are able to complete the exercises in under five minutes anywhere that is private. Then they can review their data and track their progress.

 

Marc Beer is the Chairman, co-founder, and CEO of Renovia who has more than 25 years in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He created Renovia with Ramon Iglesias and Yolanda Lorie two years ago. He went through the first Series A round of financing and successfully completed the Series B round. He has been the leader in a variety of other biotechnology companies like ViaCell, as well as working with Genzyme. Learn more : https://renoviainc.com/leadership/

 

Alex Pall Finding A New Identy For The Chainsmokers

On July 28,2016 Mathias Rosenzweig a writer living in Brooklyn, New York and Senior Music Editor Of BlackBook Magazine interview the two member of The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The day before they had just dropped what Rosenweig called their most anticipated song “Closer” featuring Halsey. They were asked a series of questions that pertained to how they met, how they started working together and how they built their identies as artist. The two met through their manager who they still have now. After they met they immediately started working together. Andrew Taggart a producer and Alex Pall a DJ started working together at gigs in night clubs to perfect their craft. After realizing they wanted this craft to get them to the top they started treating it like a job but didn’t want the feeling of a job. The two continued to push each other to become better artist because it became a job that paid the bills. They always debated about concepts of the album and what felt right and what to entail. In order to keep people interested and engaged they had to keep trying new things. Alex Pall went on to tell Mathias Rosenweig how he and Andrew wrote full songs and how it was different for them but different was good. At this point they had at least ten to twelve songs they could’ve put on their album but they didn’t want to put songs together that didn’t have anything to do with one another. They reached a point where they really had to nail down what exactly it was they wanted to put on the album and put together a cohesive body work. They further went on to talk about what is was like working with Halsey who was featured on their new song. Alex Pall responded by calling her amazing and incredible to work with. He referred to her as a very cool and unique artist. Andrew and Alex thought the song was a the right direction for them and a good step from an identity standpoint.

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