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EdTech Start-up Mastery Portfolio Seeks to Disrupt Traditional Grading System Proving Standards-First Grading is the Future of Education

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Mastery Portfolio, a growing, Columbus-based Edtech start-up built by teachers for teachers, has a mission to revolutionize how grading, reporting, and thereby, learning is done in schools. Mastery Portfolio, an investor-backed company, seeks to disrupt the concept of traditional grading that seeks to rank and sort children based on point and letter-based systems to a standards-first and mastery-focused model. To meet the growing demand for their product, the company has added Starr Sackstein, a nationally renowned author, speaker, and educational thought leader as Chief Operating Officer and Partner. She will lead the expansion of the support team for schools and help accelerate company growth.

Mastery Portfolio helps schools build a roadmap and implement innovative grading schemes in their classrooms through their software and professional development workshops facilitated in-person and virtually. Their system is designed to improve education practices and break down barriers to standards-first grading, an innovation in education that focuses on learning and helps students increase achievement.

Today’s traditional grading system reinforces outdated models of education and can diminish student innovation. Through the standards-first and mastery-focused model championed by the Mastery Portfolio team, the student’s score is not the goal, rather the learning and continuous improvement is the key objective.

“We are thrilled to welcome Starr to the team as we look to make Mastery Portfolio a standard for classrooms across the country. There are many EdTech giants who offer software and a lot of consultants who offer workshops and training, but not a lot of outfits that do both well. Especially coming off the pandemic year in schools, we are thinking collaboratively with school leaders about the challenges in accurately assessing student skills and making instructional decisions accordingly. We know that theory and practice have to meet on the ground and in the classroom, and our mission is to help schools build the bridge between the two,” said Constance Borro, CEO and Co-Founder of Master Portfolio. “Our software is also built to be standards-first, not retrofitted to standards-based grading, and is totally customizable for schools without added fees. This level of flexibility and customization is rare in the EdTech world. Each school is unique, so our software and workshops reflect that.”

Sackstein will bring her deep experience and portfolio of schools to the Mastery Portfolio team. She joins the ranks of Mastery Portfolio’s leadership team, led by Constance Borro (Yale ’08), Chief Executive Officer, and Benjamin Nockles (NYU ’08), Chief Technical Officer. Borro and Nockles are seasoned educators with a combined 23 years of teaching experience in the classroom. They bring their perspective, experience, and entrepreneurial passion to transform how instructors record, assess and view data that is standards-first and mastery-focused.

Benjamin Nockles, CTO and Co-Founder of Mastery Portfolio added, “Most schools are stuck in a 19th-century grading pattern that rewards procedural thinking and systematic compliance, yet according to a recent study, over 80% of today’s college graduates are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. This antiquated system is inadequate for preparing our 21st-century workforce, and it also reduces students to a grade or a percentage. It also provides a sorely lacking picture of progress and learning, and completely misses a lot of talent rooted in creativity and problem-solving, skills that are not consistently assessed. Our mission is to develop and disseminate the training and the tools to address these problems through a revolutionary assessment and feedback cycle.”

Through the web-based platform teachers can fully implement a 21st century mastery curriculum and allow both students and parents to visually see their mastery level and growth throughout the school year. Parents in schools that have implemented the Mastery Portfolio system are seeing the value in the standards-first measuring techniques and appreciate the added insight into their child’s learning journey.

“What we really should be after as parents is our children understanding the material.I no longer think about it in terms of ‘Did they get an A?’ I think about it in terms of whether they understand the material,” said Dara Pizzuti, parent of two students in Mastery Portfolio classrooms. “ Before I saw the Mastery Portfolio reports, I’d never realized how much I was flying blind when I got report cards for my kids. Now I get these reports and I know exactly what my child understands and what she needs to work on.”

The company is currently serving public district, public charter, and independent schools across the country and are poised to expand to more school districts this coming year.

For more information about Mastery Portfolio, visit www.masteryportfolio.com.

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About Mastery Portfolio

Mastery Portfolio is a Columbus, Ohio based start-up with a mission to revolutionize how grading, reporting, and thereby learning is done in school by eliminating the distractions (ranking and sorting of children, points, averages) and empowering students with the data and feedback they need to take control of their own learning journey. Mastery Portfolio works to fulfill this vision by providing tools, resources, and experiences to schools to empower them to innovate their grading scheme. Breaking down the barriers to managing mastery-based grading is what we do.

Mastery Portfolio offers a collection of web-based tools and professional development experiences designed to improve education practices. The MasteryBook, the company’s leading application, transforms how instructors record, assess and view data that is standards-first and mastery-focused. The goal is to bring teachers, parents, and students along on the learning journey together through clear expectations, communications, and meaningful data. Mastery Portfolio pairs their software with on-site workshop-style professional development offerings, parent workshops, and resources for students that are custom designed for the school and community of learning. 100% of the schools they contracted with for the 2020-2021 school year have committed to renewing their contracts for the 2021-2022 school year.

About Starr Sackstein

Starr Sackstein has been an educator for 20 years and is a full-time educational consultant, instructional coach, and speaker. She received National Board Certification in 2012 and was recognized as an outstanding educator that year by Education Update. She is also a certified Master journalism educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and served as the New York State Director for JEA.

Sackstein’s background in educational leadership is diverse, and she leads the industry in her thought leadership through speaking engagements, blogs, and social media outreach. She was named an ASCD “Emerging Leader” class of 2016 and had the opportunity to give a TEDx Talk called “A Recovering Perfectionist’s Journey to Give Up Grades” and has spoken on The Red Dot Cafe in affiliation with TEDx San Antonio about grading practices. She is the author of many educational books and blogs on Education Week Teacher at “Work in Progress” and has contributed to several other publications. Starr has traveled the world sharing ideas about assessment reform internationally and hopes to continue changing the system for kids everywhere.

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Creativity Lives On in Ikill Orion’s Newest Venture, ‘Neo by Ikill Orion’. Alternative Luxury Pop Art Inspired Lifestyle Brand Launching October 21.21

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Debut private fashion collection ‘Mikillangelo’ also doubles as the name of Ikill Orion’s recently released dance album that’s being considered for a GRAMMY®.

Individualist, Ikill Orion, known for bringing originality and a truly unique sound to the music & entertainment scene is launching a revolutionary new lifestyle brand where rock & pop art collide.  The debut private fashion collection ‘Mikillangelo’ also doubles as the name of his recently released dance album that’s being considered for a GRAMMY®. Neo by Ikill Orion— consist of genderless clothing, accessories, music, arts, collectibles, and exclusive items. His translation of what it means to be fearless combined with his daring, unique sense of fashion makes the emerging brand, Neo, one to take note of. 

Ikill himself is no stranger to the public eye. He is an emerging rockstar, internationally acclaimed artist, cult icon, and TV personality whose lifestyle brand has been featured on MTV, Spin, Rolling Stone, BBC Radio, Prime Video, UK Music Week, Reuters, Fox, MTV Japan, Sky TV, Pitchfork, Vevo, Time Warner and in Billboard Magazine. Ikill has worked with icons Jay-Z & platinum super-producerGRAMMY®winning Nile Rodgers who has produced iconic artists including David Bowie, Madonna, and Duran Duran.

Ikill is born of African, Native-American Cherokee, and French descent. He has a distinctive look and has an undeniable talent for developing masterpieces in music, art, and fashion. Growing up in the heart of New Orleans exposed Ikill to a diverse range of artistic and musical culture, consisting of rubbing elbows with music royalty such as The Neville Bros., The Marsalis (first family of Jazz), Trombone Shorty, Dr.John and ultimately led to many of his future entrepreneurial ventures. Mesmerized by the world of hip-hop, clubs, x rock –n- roll that accompanied it, Ikill became fascinated by developing ways to channel his teenage angst into meaningful purpose in deliberate fashion. These galvanizing influences that stemmed from a life like none other, were what created the visionary he is today and has fueled his desire to bring additional experiences presented through his unique lens, to the world.

Ikill’s newest project Neo by Ikill Orion:

https://www.musicglue.com/ikillorion/ 

is a beautiful partnership of vibrant color, powerful designs that tell a story, a tantalizing mix of art + culture that stem from today’s true individualists. The line came to be from an exclusive collaboration between emerging Japanese designer Hitomi Okuno and Ikill Orion and was designed to break boundaries and speak to individuals of all ages, races, genders, and preferences. It is a line that inspires individuality at its finest. The brand’s mission is to motivate individuals to tap into what makes them special and guide them on being true to who they are, which in today’s world has become a forgotten trait. Ikill hopes to bring back the genuine value of art and the desire to be creative, noting that in today’s world both are severely under-appreciated as a result of what’s commonly seen on social media. 

As a dedicated student of arts and entertainment that continues to push the envelope of innovation, Ikill, in coordination with his album ‘Mikillangelo’ (Now Streaming) and his GRAMMY ®consideration, and with the help of his creative team have also developed a full TV Pitch Package. As the creator and host of a mind-blowing, unscripted reality/lifestyle/culture series that merges music, fashion, and pop culture with a twist of diversification, Ikill will show the world his creative genius. The show is centered around style X transformation for Post MTV, Hip-Hop, Tik Tok Gen-Z who continually seeks to be inspired by things that matter and look to entertainment for role models who look, feel and act like them and give them hope that experiencing unity in the world IS possible!

In just a short period, Ikill Orion has skyrocketed to supernova status and has become a media darling. It’s time to bring back the importance of music, art & fashion from a neo-classical perspective, individuality, and what it means to be unique and motivated to pursue things that allow one to feel empowered. Those who are familiar with the many talents of Ikill know that he’s about expression and empowerment. With plans to share his upcoming lifestyle brand Neo, his cutting-edge music, and a reality show that will break all barriers of normalcy, on multiple social media platforms, through global campaigns and at Paris Fashion Week, his message is clear…be different, be daring and above all seek to incorporate humanity first.

Photo Credit: Hitomi Okuno

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ABOUT THE INDUSTRY LEADER

Ikill Orion is an emerging rockstar, internationally acclaimed artist, cult icon, and TV personality whose lifestyle brand has been featured on MTV, Spin, Rolling Stone, BBC Radio, Prime Video, UK Music Week, Reuters, Fox, MTV Japan, Sky TV, Pitchfork, Vevo, Time Warner and in Billboard Magazine. Ikill is a prolific artist who has amassed over 100+ killer tracks in his music catalog available for synch/licensing, brand partnerships, and global publishing opportunities. Ikill has worked with icons Jay-Z & platinum super-producer Nile Rodgers who has represented other well-known artists including David Bowie, Madonna, and Duran Duran.

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Company Name: TMSP Agency
Contact Person: Mark Stephen Pooler
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +447930691683
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SnacTripster, the Brand with a BIG Purpose: The First Eco-friendly Travel Food Kit Designed to Make Healthy Snacking Easier for Kids with Disabilities

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SnacTripster is the ultimate leak-proof food travel kit that was developed with specific key features in mind.

SnacTripster is a one-of-a-kind brand with a mission to make healthy snacking more convenient for kids with disabilities. Founder and inventor, Francine Weinberg, noticed for years that her brother with Autism struggled to complete everyday tasks like removing lids and tying shoelaces. She realized that her brother’s experience was not unique and that children worldwide with Autism, and similar disabilities, face the same challenges with motor control issues. This realization led Francine to a seven-year-long journey to create the perfect, re-usable, travel food kit that would enable kids, who struggle to do these tasks, to no longer have to struggle.

Today, SnacTripster is the ultimate leak-proof food travel kit that was developed with specific key features in mind. These features include a patented ergonomic design that fits in the palm of a child’s hand and an attached lid, as well as a compact shape that is stackable offering convenience and durability to stand the test of time. They’re easy to clean and available in a variety of fun colors that encourage kids with special needs to want to use them. Additionally, SnacTripsters are BPA-Free, dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe. And, they are FDA-certified food safe for children six months and up. As most people are aware, most food travel containers on the market are not leak-proof nor are they durable enough to withstand certain rigors of everyday use, especially by kids. Francine made it her mission to ensure this would be something that she could guarantee. So not only is SnacTripster guaranteed to be leak-proof, but it also comes with a lifetime parts warranty.

When Francine initially set out on her journey to create SnacTripster she knew it would be a challenge as only a very small percentage of patent holders are women. According to expert statistics, only about three out of every 1,000 patents are held by women who successfully commercialize their patented product. Francine, who has a Bachelor of Engineering degree, and an MBA, has extensive experience consulting for Fortune 500 companies as a professional project manager and has believed for years that creativity is the best solution for complex issues. Despite the odds, Francine now holds multiple patents in the U.S. and internationally for SnacTripster and other products, and has turned her dream and sweat equity into a reality that will help others.

Knowing through personal experience, and in-depth research, Francine recognized that children with autism are much more visual. With SnacTripster, the clear container allows them to see the food inside and the fun colors and creative add-ons such as the wide variety of stickers to decorate SnacTripster containers will capture and hold the child’s attention and fuel their imagination! The stickers are safe, removable, reusable and made from durable water-resistant vinyl, and developed to last a long time. 

So, while Francine has delivered to the market a must-have food container kit for travel, whether it be on a long journey or simply to school or the park, she has also created social good through her product venture. SnacTripster will be life-changing for kids with disabilities. The brand will also help reduce single-use plastic waste that litters, and in some cases, destroys environments. Because of her brother’s disability, and her desire to help others just like him experience excitement and ease with healthy snacking, Francine donates products to kids in underserved areas and sponsors fundraising and other similar events at special needs schools. The SnacTripster team also does its part to participate in beach clean-up missions regularly.

Here’s what others have shared about their experiences with SnacTripster:

We love our SnacTripster for all of our snacks and food on the go.” – Michelle T.

I use SnacTripster in my 5-year old’s lunch box. She loves the food travel kit; it’s easy to clean and open.” – Jenn. B.

“The amazing thing about SnacTripster is the durability of this product!” – Allison B. 

SnacTripster is revolutionizing the food packing and storing industry and officially making food travel more fun and worry-free! Travelers can now pack their favorite snacks from home and leave behind any concerns of leaks along the journey. Ideal for kids, teens, and adults this product will surely be a game-changer when it comes to preparing meals to take on the go. 

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ABOUT THE PRODUCT INVENTOR

Francine Weinberg has a Bachelor of Engineering degree and an MBA and she is the Founder and Inventor of SnacTripster. She holds multiple patents for the product including its ergonomic design and attached lid. Francine pursued this endeavor as a way to help her Autistic brother, and others like him, who struggle with tasks relating to motor control find ease in everyday tasks. Her seven-year-long journey led her to ultimately create a unique, one-of-a-kind product that is BPA-free, dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe and is guaranteed to be leak-proof. SnacTripster is available in fun colors and with creative add-ons like removable character stickers, and a refill kit complete with one gasket and utensils, this product is a game-changer.

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Company Name: TMSP Agency
Contact Person: Mark Stephen Pooler
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Website: https://contactmark.me

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Dr. Ginger Bratzel, Marketing Strategist, Interviewed on Podcast About Helping Healthcare Providers & Service-Based Businesses Attract Ideal Clients & Patients

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Dr. Bratzel discusses making a business more ‘attractive’ for new clients, customers, or patients. There are a million little details involved in growing a business.  But it is impossible to do them all.  And many are a waste of time, money, and energy, but they continue to be done because there isn’t accountability and evaluation.  She teaches how to inventory client acquisition methods, evaluate, and let go of what isn’t working.

Listen to the interview on the Business Innovators Radio Network    
https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/dr-ginger-bratzel-marketing-strategist-helping-healthcare-providers-service-based-businesses-attract-ideal-clients-patients/

Bratzel commented, “We each have key pillars that we build our business beliefs on.   I explain this concept to my clients as their “non-negotiables”: elements so important, their business would never compromise on them. These are YOUR core values. Your ability to sell your services is based on matching the values of your Ideal Customer. Values are independent of money. Values are emotional and are things like security, convenience, and confidence.”

Robert Lazarow says, “Ginger is a marketing goddess!!! She tells it as it is and knows how to quickly implement it.  She has shown me how to target my niches that bring the most bang for my buck. The coolest thing is that she teaches us how to make it simple to use.”

About  Dr. Ginger Bratzel
Ginger started her professional career as a dentist, where she developed systems and strategies to increase patient and client attraction to create business growth. From Ginger’s own success, soon health care providers and other service providers from around the country were asking her to work with them in their businesses, too, And she quickly began coaching private clients on how to do it, as well. Ginger was invited to consult and be the lead coach for one of the largest healthcare marketing companies in the nation to their top-level clients, teaching them her proven step-by-step program to show owners exactly how to attract more of the right kind of patients, clients, and customers. Ginger is known for her “no holds barred and shoot straight from the hip” approach to business growth as well as getting and keeping clients.

Learn More: https://gingerbratzel.com/

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