Monthly Archives: April 2018

Stream Cares an Energy Giant Giving Back

Stream Energy has made massive efforts to give back to the community following the damages of Hurricane Harvey. The damages caused by up to fifty six inches of rain in some areas of Houston needed desperate intervention outside of government interests. Stream Energy founded a relief effort, Stream Cares, in order to aid the surrounding local areas. The Dallas based company has had previous relations with the Red cross foundation as well as Habitat for Humanity. Although donations and support of these two charities are gracious and admirable, Stream Energy wanted to “formally” give back to the community in their own fashion. Hope Supply Co. The company was founded in 1989 with a specific mission in reducing the homeless population in the Dallas-Texas area.

At the Annual Splash for Hope, company associates helped ensure one thousand north Texas homeless children received a memorable day with free meals. The company has had a relationship spanning for the past four years. At this specific event, they helped supply the basic necessities such as clothing and diapers.

Outside of humanitarian efforts Stream Energy also rewards it’s local veteran population by providing planned events. Last December, a cook out was organized in order to benefit the children of local veterans, specifically the daughters. The cook out consisted of burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and laughter. After getting to know ten girls from these families, Stream Energy awarded these girls with an American Girl doll of their own choosing from the local American Girl Cafe. For children, American Girl has been an expensive item added to birthday and Christmas lists for many generations. For the local company to do this for these children, it is above the standard expectation of giving back to one’s community.

This company has made philanthropy apart of its foundation. It is an extremely uncommon trait in a world which sees donations merely as a tax write off. Stream Energy is an entity composed of local families. Giving back to the community is spoken of yet rarely enacted upon. The relationships built between the company and the community is something truly respectable.

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are Evolving as Artists

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart make up the EDM production duo of The Chainsmokers. They are the creators of hit songs like “Paris,” “Roses,” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” The release of their song “Closer” marked an important change in direction for the band, and it certainly paid off. “Closer”, which also features Halsey, has gained over two billion views on YouTube.

The change in direction came in the form of Andrew Taggart providing vocals for a song. Prior to “Closer,” Taggart joined Halsey in a romantic duet about two people who have recently moved away from home to start a life together. Despite the fact that The Chainsmokers haven’t normally sang their own vocals, a majority of The Chainsmoker’s songs are extremely personal: The Chainsmokers write their own songs. “Closer,” was written on the tour bus by Andrew Taggart and a friend of the band.

Interview Magazine was created by the legendary Andy Warhol. The Chainsmokers sat down with the late artist’s magazine after the release of “Closer” to provide answers to questions about a wide range of topics.

The interviewer began by soliciting an origin story from The Chainsmokers. Alex Pall explained that he was working around New York City as a DJ when he realized how music was consuming a majority of his time. After his previous partner bailed, Pall’s manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart. The two instantly realized the potential in one another, and they immediately went to work.

Andrew Taggart was living in Maine at the time, but he drove straight to New York City to begin a business relationship with Pall. The duo began working long hours in order to create the style and sound they are known for today.

However, that style is about to change. Andrew’s singing career began a butterfly effect for The Chainsmokers. With Andrew taking over vocals, their live show had to change as well. In the future, The Chainsmokers hope to have Taggart perform as lead singer as a long term role. The days of having a loud speaker blast the vocals of artists who couldn’t be on tour with them are over. With Andrew Taggart providing the vocals, The Chainsmokers are making moves that cement their status as a band rather than a production team.

Rocketship Education Is Eliminating The Acheivement Gaps In Their Students

Rocketship Education is a public, elementary, non-profit network of charter schools. Rocketship is devoted to the lower income communities who do not have access to good schools for their children. The school was founded in 2006 and provides sustainability and scalability in a school model. As Rocketship Education has continued to grow more schools have been opened throughout the United States.

The schools in Tennessee have learned how much progress their students have made in the previous year. The exception is the Davidson County elementary schools because they must wait an additional year. This means when they see the TNReady results they must focus on student proficiency. The public schools in Nashville are now using the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress to measure student learning.

Over 7,400 hundred schools around the globe are now using MAP assessments. These assessments have been used by Rocketship Education since their first school opened their doors. They are pleased to see the MAP assessments in the Nashville public schools. Growth is important for every student but especially so if the student has an economically disadvantaged background. National data reveals students born at poverty level are behind when they begin school and remain behind.

The academic growth rate determines if a student will be able to catch up. If a student in kindergarten scores in the 10th percentile on the standardized test their performance is less than ninety percent for students of the same age. The likelihood is the student will drop out and never reach college. A growth rate of 1.3 academic years is required every year while the child is in elementary school to be caught up by the fourth grade.

This rate of growth sounds difficult but seventy percent of Rocketship Education students are economically disadvantaged. When school began last year there were 146 students behind. When the year ended they had either reached or surpassed their grade level. Rocketship Education eliminated 146 gaps in achievement in one year. The MAP data has shown the average growth of a Rocketship Education student in one year is 1.2 years in reading and 1.35 years in math.