Rocketship Education is an educational institution that serves low-income areas across the United States. It was founded by a longtime early childhood educator, Preston Smith, and his technologically-savvy partner in crime, John Danner.
Rocketship Education – also known as RSED – is a group of public charter schools that are dispersed across the United States. Even though it’s “just” a public school, and the majority of its students are from low-income backgrounds, they typically score higher on standardized testing results than their private and public school counterparts.
Preston Smith, the current president and chief executive officer of Rocketship Education, has been fortunate enough to pick up a wealth of knowledge throughout the years he’s been with the nonprofit organization. Below are just a few of the most important tidbits that he shared with the world earlier this year, in August of 2017.
Most schools aim to segregate special needs students away from general classrooms, whether doing so is for a portion, or even the entirety, of students’ time at school. According to the meaningful inclusion model that RSED came up with, kids with special needs spend an average of 80 percent of their time at school in general classrooms, helping them learn more than being in segregated classrooms, and also preparing the rest of the class and its teachers for dealing with others that aren’t similar to you in the real world.
Many parents have a significant stake in screenings for new teachers that typically happen once per year. At most other schools, administrators are the ones that engage in interviews, rather than inviting parents that aren’t compensated for their time, nor are they usually trained to interview candidates in education appropriately. Rocketship Education invests in several parents’ welfare each year by training them to conduct interviews as a professional would. This allows them to put the mental pressure on applicants, making certain that most – if not all – bad apples are weeded out of Rocketship Education’s system.
Personalized education is a big part of Rocketship Education’s success. Without the technology and relevant software that help students break into small groups, or even work on their own, to stomp the problems they’re having in school, Rocketship wouldn’t be – well – Rocketship.