Preston Smith, Chief Executive of Rocketship Education, Recently Released Vital Information to the Welfare of Schools

The co-founder and contemporary Chief Executive Officer of Rocketship Education recently shared what he thought were the biggest pieces of information he learned throughout his 10-year tenure – still counting, by the way – as an administrator at the webwork of public charter schools positioned throughout America in low-income cities, neighborhoods, boroughs, and other areas. Here are a few pieces of what Preston Smith found most important to his success in pedagogical theory, practical application as an instructor, and how to manage educational institutions as an administrator, all at Rocketship Education’s eighteen nationwide locations.

Parents and students are required to be present at home for a teacher visit at least once per school year. An integral part of what makes Rocketship Education succeed is the school system’s individualized lesson layouts. Rocketship Education combines traditional lectures that involve the entirety of the classroom, not focusing on any student or group of students in particular, with technologically-assisted learning.

Learning on tablets, the devices Rocketship’s eighteen locations utilize more than any other, facilitates effective individualized learning experiences, as students aren’t required to interact with the rest of the classroom as they would in traditional classroom settings. When teachers visit the personal living spaces of students, they find out many more intimate details about them than they would by simply asking questions in class or in a one-on-one setting.

RSED, the acronym for shortening Rocketship Education’s long name, encourages enrollees’ parents to push for middle and high schools that are near the quality of RSED’s. As Rocketship Education only features classes from K-5, students are required to enroll in other schools.

Because every single one of RSED’s locations are in locations that are largely economically disadvantaged, parents too often struggle in enrolling children in schools as good as Rocketship Education. However, parents are able to band together and form coalitions, boards, and groups that attempt to bring funding together for schools comparable to the quality of RSED. Even though this isn’t likely to happen, no matter how hard parents try, how educated they are, or skilled at talking to others, it is entirely possible.