Public education is an integral part of life in the majority of countries around the world, especially the United States. Unfortunately for many children living in low-income, impoverished areas of America, they’re not typically subject to quality education. Rocketship Education, a 16-deep network of public charter schools in our great nation, has helped change this detrimental aspect of bad neighborhoods, with every single one of its facilities situated in disadvantaged areas. Chief executive officer Preston Smith founded the first location in Redwood City, California, and learned a number of important things about primary school administration – let’s dive deeper.
Home life reveals tons about learning
Rocketship Education’s teachers visit their students’ homes at least once per annum. This requirement serves the function of better understanding how their students learn, how often they can study, and what drives them. Furthermore, parents are privy to many things their children don’t tell anybody else, especially to their teachers or classmates. As such, teachers’ annual home visits are integral to boosting performance and children’s satisfaction at school.
Parents should push for top-notch education
While very caring parent obviously wants their children to obtain great educations, most parents verbalize their wants and needs more so than acting upon them. Rocketship Education encourages parents to fight for their children’s stars of education by actually placing them in the best public schools available. Putting their money where their proverbial mouths are actually pushes administrators to mandate better educational institutions, far more than simply threatening to move students does.
Teacher diversity is key
Oddly enough, low income neighborhoods usually comprise of minorities. As such, many schools in these areas – schools in middle-class to high income locations, too – strive to diversify their bases of students. While diversity among schools’ enrollment is great, diversity of teachers and administrators is even more important. Rocketship Education strives to do just this, widening their employees’ backgrounds prior to that of students’.
RSED, the acronym for Rocketship Education, was founded in 2007 by Mr. Smith and former employee John Danner. Their schools’ students regularly achieve test scores far higher than their peers.