Preston Smith and Jeff Danner created Rocketship Education in the Bay Area, home of the world’s most innovative developments. The one thing that helps Rocketship Education stick apart from the crowded crowd of schools in the United States is its pioneering of personalized education in grades kindergarten through fifth. Rocketship Education is a nonprofit organization showing itself as a network of public charter schools in eighteen different locations. Although most of them – twelve of eighteen – are in its birth state of California, there are three in Tennessee, one in Wisconsin, and two in the middle of Virginia – Washington DC.
Rocketship Education’s present-day chief executive officer Preston Smith, just like with everything else that attentive people have ten years’ experience in, has educated himself on ten major lessons, made public via an article authored by Smith himself earlier this summer, in August. Here are six of the lessons most crucial to education he shared with other educators just three weeks ago.
Parents are very important in the proverbial eyes of Rocketship Education. One way they interact with the learning process is through interviews, screening teachers and admins that have applied to positions at any of Rocketship’s eighteen locations.
Parents also are asked to fill out surveys on a biweekly basis, sent directly to admins so they can best mold instructors’ learning efforts, rather than leaving students lost about topics they’re learning about.
Parents, again, play another crucial role: they are required to host teachers once per year. Considering Rocketship Education’s pioneering in individual education, it’s vitally important for teachers to personally observe and interact with the homes they live in. Without doing so, how are teachers supposed to know what students are like outside of the classroom?
Most special needs students spend 80% of their hours at school in general education classes, although some kids are required to spend slightly more in special education classrooms.
Employees should take in the opinions of everyone they talk to, rather than not listening, or simply discarding them.
Lastly, parents, students, teachers, admins, and boosters should all be proud of Rocketship Education’s public school status.