Rocketship Education was founded in 2007, having since established itself as one of the United States’ leading public charter schools. Although the group was first founded in central California, there are more than 15 schools located throughout the nation.
As with everything in life, its owners and employees learned a wealth of knowledge throughout their first decade of business. Here are some of the most important lessons Rocketship Education learned in the past ten years of explosive growth.
Focus on parents’ capabilities
While students are obviously the focus of educational attention, parents play an integral role in how well they retain information, their attitudes towards school, and their performance in school. As such, parents should strongly advocate top-notch secondary schools to help their students obtain quality education.
Culturally diverse areas need culturally diverse teachers
Impoverished areas often feature poor schooling, in which students drop out prior to graduation, don’t leave school with a desire to obtain further degrees, or think highly of schooling’s prospects. Unfortunately, these areas often feature groups of students whose races, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic classes that don’t match that of their teachers. Rocketship Education understands the importance of diversifying its teacher bases, rather than simply encouraging student diversity. Hiring a broad base of teachers and administrators should happen before student bases are diversified, something this organization places importance on.
Personalize take-home lessons and other learning efforts
Rocketship Education isn’t the only educational organization that places emphasis on personalized learning. However, this group of schools requires every students’ teacher to visit their families’ homes at least once a year. Teachers are able to inform parents of personalized learning strategies that will work most optimally with their students’ learning efforts, taking their living factors into consideration.
Rocketship Education, also shortened to RSED, is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) network of charter schools initialized by Preston Smith and John Danner. RSED is operated out of Redwood city, California, and has locations in Milwaukee, Nashville, the nation’s capital, and San Jose, among 12 other locations. Realizing how frequently children of low-income families perform, the network strives to place schools in areas with high concentrations of underserved, underprivileged families.