The 76 million, a non-profit, non-partisan education news site, recently published an article by Rocketship Education’s CEO, Preston Smith. Smith’s article “Smith: 10 Lessons from Rocketship Education’s First Decade as a Pioneer in K-5 Personalized Learning” considers the past decade of Rocketship Education and the most important lessons they have learned along the way.
Rocketship Education, founded in 2006, has provided high quality education to low income communities around the country. A huge key to that success is through the mindset of creating a learning environment that does not focus solely on the student’s relationship. Instead, it also includes the parents, encouraging them to become more involved in their child’s education. The charter school has home visits that allow the parents and teachers to develop a more meaningful relationship. The understanding helps each party develop better chances to create the personalized learning environment for each “Rocketeer”. The parents also have access to a leadership program that helps parents understand their power in the community, how they can demand political attention as well as ensuring that leaders are held responsible for their decisions.
Smith also believes that creating diverse charter schools starts with the teachers. They want to build new ways for students to experience teacher diversity. These teachers provide personalized learning to the students through a blended learning model, which uses both traditional teaching methods and technology to adjust the lesson to the student’s needs. Teachers also have ample chances to improve their practice through professional development and leadership programs.
Rocketship Education is a non-profit organization of charter schools that targets low-income communities as an opportunity to provide incredible education. They achieve this by empowering their teachers, engaging students with a personalized learning system that uses a blended learning model, and by encouraging parent engagement. These public charter schools are looking to create an ecosystem of quality public education that allows students to learn in their own way, which traditional education models prohibit. The organization, which was founded in 2006, wants to instill the possibility of human potential in their students and educators. Teachers have the opportunities to be involved in professional development and leadership opportunities to continue to grow their skills and teach their “Rocketeers”.