Rocketship Education is a network of sixteen charter schools, positioned primarily in metropolitan areas throughout the United States. Aiming to provide quality education to underserved areas in America, Rocketship Education – often shortened to RSED – has learned several important characteristics of quality, effective instruction at the primary school level.
Every school within Rocketship Education’s system strives to diversify their employees’ demographics, socioeconomic classes, and backgrounds prior to bringing in diverse students. Several studies have indicated the efficacy of bringing in wide varieties of teachers and administrators, although most other schools don’t see its value. As Rocketship’s facilities are largely in underdeveloped areas with demographical profiles not meeting the average American neighborhood’s, employing diverse teaching and administrative bases is important for achieving the always-high test scores the system is known for.
Parents learn many things from children that aren’t talked about with classmates, teachers, administrators – nobody else outside students’ respective family units. Combining valuable input from students with the life experience, general understanding, and rationality of adults, Rocketship Education makes parents an important part of deciding to hire or terminate teachers, as well as modify their educational efforts. Keeping parents’ value in mind, every student’s teacher visits their homes at least once a year. In today’s world of personalized learning, understanding where and how students live is particular important in modifying instruction, homework, and take-home activities.
Developed countries require their young, influenceable inhabitants to attend school until a certain age. However, many parents can’t afford to send students to private schools, usually better than their public counterparts. Despite its public status, Rocketship Education’s students regularly earn higher test scores than those in other school systems, instilling pride in being categorized as a “public” school.
RSED was created by John Tanner and Preston Smith a decade ago, in the northern portion of central California’s Bay Area. The network is funded through a combination of state, local, and federal grants, alongside investor funding, helping it obtain necessary capital without adhering to the often-unhelpful rules and guidelines that boards of education mandate. Current chief executive officer Smith has been deeply involved in education for the better half of two decades, applying his expansive knowledge of teaching in impoverished areas each and every day.