The Stinkiest Flower in the United States

Orange Coast College is a typical community college. They have about 25,000 students, and don’t charge the exorbitant prices of higher end colleges. In Orange County, this is the third largest community college. There’s not a lot that doesn’t happen here. Most of their students are undergraduates looking to get college experience under their belts for less than typical pricing. With their mascot as Pete the Pirate, it’s not surprising that they have one of the stinkiest flowers on earth on their campus.

 

They have a corpse flower – also known as the Amorphophallus titanum. The flower gets its nickname from the smell it produces when it flowers. It is said to smell like a corpse that’s beginning to rot. In June 2017, it bloomed again. This is something rare for a student, a once-in-a-college-time experience.

 

After the initial bloom of the corpse flower (which takes a decade to mature), the flower will bloom again once every three to five years. Most college students are only at a community college for two to four years. They will only see it bloom – and smell the bloom too – once unless they live around the area. If they don’t live in the area, Orange Coast College has set up a webcam to let people see the bloom. If they live in the area and don’t want to smell it, they can also view this webcam.

 

This is considered the smelliest flower. For Orange Coast College to have one on their campus is amazing, and there is nothing more interesting to a botany student than a rare flower.

 

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Success Academy Introduces Educational Institute

Eva Moskowitz, the CEO and founder of Success Academy stated that she had two main goals when she started the largest charter school in NYC about 10 years ago. She wanted to open a school that was high-performing and wanted to improve the American education system.

 

Moskowitz confirmed that there are no plans to expand Success Academy outside of the New York area right now, but the school’s online platform has been put in place to expand the network of Success Academy beyond the largest school district in the United States.

 

Recently, Moskowitz and her colleagues unveiled the Success Academy Education Institute from their Lower Manhattan headquarters. The online portal is available free of charge and provides access to strategies for teacher and curriculum development for the 41 educators that are employed by Success Academy’s 41 schools in the NYC area.

 

Moskowitz, a former Democratic NYC councilwoman, states that there are too many children across the U.S. who are “trapped” in educational institutions where they aren’t learning to write, read or comprehend mathematics and science. She says that she and the Success Academy staff feel compelled to be part of the solution. Moskowitz also asserts that the goal of the Ed Institute is to share information and resources with teachers around the United States and the world.

 

The accomplishments of Success Academy were also celebrated recently. The school is responsible for improving the academic performance of low-income minority students earned Success Academy the $250,000 Broad Prize. The money is designated for college readiness programs, including campus visits and scholarships.

 

The latest efforts of Success Academy speaks to the heart of the charter school’s mission and principles, which were founded over 25 years ago: to approach education in a new way, and to share those lessons, results and challenges with the education community.

 

Success Academy’s online platform, which offers a literacy curriculum for kindergarten through fourth grade, is the initial step in an overall effort to expose teachers around the nation to Success Academy’s mantra. This fall, the school plans to open a training facility for teachers in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, complete with a lab school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Besty Devos and Her Work in Education

I like the strides that Betsy DeVos is making in the education arena. I think that her time spent over the last several decades in various organizations that gave to education has made her a leader that people can look up to.

The DeVos family has given more than a billion dollars to education, and I do not believe that there are many other families that can make this claim. She has always been very passionate about education in America, and I think this is the thing that allows her to serve as the Secretary of Education in such a brilliant manner. Donald Trump had a lot of candidates that could have been put into this position, but I really do believe that Betsy DeVos may have been the best pick that he could have made for someone that has so much influence in the state of education.

I believe in the next four years that Betsy DeVos is going to work hard to mend the gaps that have come into an education system that is not on a level playing field. I believe that her interest in charter schools proves that she is trying to get more students on the same page. She has become very hard working, and I think that a lot of people can appreciate what she is doing to bring more charter schools forth. Read more: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/01/dick_and_betsy_devos_lift_the.html

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation have been helping many children for decades. She believes in getting children exposed to the arts and literature. She thinks that a child that has a great education has unlimited potential and the world is truly theirs for the taking. Betsy DeVos has children, and she has given them an excellent education. The end result has been a group of successful business men and women that have risen to the occasion and also have become charitable contributors to education just like their parents. When one looks at the life of Betsy DeVos and the family that she has been a part of it’s easy to see how education makes a difference in the lives of others.

Betsy DeVos was a member and chairperson for the Alliance for School Choice. She has also spent years helping her husband build the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. In both of these areas she has proven that she is a leader that is very concerned about the way the education system is being ran. She has more than three decades of experience in this area, and she continues to show people that there is a better way to educate children. Betsy DeVos is a proud mom wife and business leader that has been able to transition into various fields.

Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.