Dallas Bank CEO, John Holt, Participates As Panelist

Mortgage Lending

John Holt, President and CEO of Dallas based NexBank, was the subject of a recent article on PR Newswire’s website. The article briefly discussed his participation as a panelist at the latest bankers convention. According to the article, the convention was the fifth annual Texas Bankers Strategic Opportunities Conference. The convention was held in New Orleans.

Mr. Holt sat on the panel of a discussion on the topic of using innovation for competing with other banks for business. Mr. Holt was a very active member of the panel. His ideas were very well received by the other panel participants and the spectators alike.

Nexbank is a fairly successful bank that is located in the Dallas metropolitan area. One of the bank’s main focus is one personal banking. The financial institution offers its’ customers a variety of checking and savings accounts for their personal financial needs. Savings accounts include traditional accounts, as well as high-yielding money market accounts for higher balance accounts. The checking accounts also have various features including; Visa check cards, ATM access, online bill pay, electronically sent monthly statements, and more.

The bank also offers a variety of mortgage lending options for individuals looking to purchase or refinance a home in the Dallas, and surrounding, areas. The website offers a variety of tools for individuals to use for figuring out how much of a loan they can afford to checking current rate options. There is also a checklist for individuals to insure they have the proper documentation to bring to the mortgage loan application appointment. The mortgage lending staff are well experienced and ready to help make theses transactions flow as smoothly as possible.

NexBank has been in business since 1934. It is currently the 13th largest bank in the state of Texas. It is also in the top 200 banks in the nation.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund and Border Angels

Activism, Central America

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a movement meant to act as a voice for the voiceless and the less fortunate in the society. Jim and Michael have once worked as journalists and they encountered people who are discriminated against and have no one to speak for them. Not only have they gotten in touch with such people but they have gone through such circumstances. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time

When they were journalists they were arrested for no valid reason, giving them more reasons to fight for the voiceless in the society. There are things that happen that are against the law but people in power support them because they have more power than those who are discriminated against.

Lacey and Larkin know that what they are into is not a simple task but they are determined to make it happen. They are focused and determined, knowing that some fay their hard work and commitment will bear fruits. They believe that there is a time when discrimination will be done away with and people will get along regardless of aspects such as gender, age, race, color and social class.

There are other organizations which have a goal similar to create unity in the society and speak for the voiceless. The organization is referred to as border Angels. It is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 by Enrique Morones.

Border Angels is a charitable organization and just like Larkin and Lacey, it was created with the intention of dealing with issues in migrant rights, immigration reforms and preventing the deaths of migrants along the border. Border angles, is involved in educating members of the community as well as creating awareness through programs involving guide trips for migrants.

The guide trips is used to help migrants learn more about the United States –Mexico border policy and learn more about the migrant routes. Migrants are among the people who have their rights violated most of the time. In this case, such organizations are formed to help them.

Border Angels have operated for quite a while since in 2014 they were active during the 2014 American immigration. It is in this case, clear that organizations to support the voiceless in the society have been active for years. During the crisis, children from Central America were seeking to enter the United States and Border Angels distributed more than 45 tons of donated books, toys, food as well as clothing for the migrants.

The organization also ensured that they blocked the way for those who tried to block the migrants. Knowing that they have support from other organizations, Jim and Michael keep on moving hoping for the best.

Families Help Hire Teachers in Washington, D.C. Rocketship Education Charter School

Charter School

Parental involvement is one of the core guiding principles of the Rocketship Education charter schools philosophy. The idea of parental involvement in the hiring of teachers is nothing new; the Los Angeles Unified School District tried the idea in the ‘90s. However, this is the first time the parents of these Washington, D.C. children have been encouraged to actively participate in the teacher hiring process.

The Washington, D.C. school opened for its first semester in the autumn of 2016. Parents were allowed to participate in teacher job interviews months before the start of the school’s first semester. Groups of 3-6 families sat in on job interviews, and larger groups of parents were invited to community meetings in which they were welcomed to share feedback with school administrators.

One benefit of this style of teacher hiring is that it allows teachers to get to know the community and some of the parents they will potentially be working with. For some teachers, this intimacy with the families of their potential students is too much. Some leave the interviews deciding the school is not right for them.

Washington D.C. is the site of one of many Rocketship Education charter schools around the U.S. Rocketship Education, a nonprofit charter school network, is based in Redwood City, California. As of 2017, the company operated 16 schools, including schools in Redwood City, Concord, and San Jose, California. Its other member schools are located in Washington D.C., Nashville (TN), and Milwaukee (WI).

Another core guiding principle of the non-profit Rocketship Education model is blended learning. This teaching style incorporates adaptive software into the classroom to help improve individual student performance throughout the school year. It allows teachers to give each student individualized instruction that shores up the student’s academic weaknesses and utilizes the student’s academic strengths.

Rocketship Education (RSED) was founded by Preston Smith and John Danner in 2007. Smith has said about parental involvement in the teacher hiring process, “Their [families’] input matters. I can’t recall a time where the parents and I or the school leaders were in disagreement.”