Four Things Rocketship Education Taught Co-Founder and CEO Preston Smith

October 5th, 2017 by admin
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Rocketship Education has been in operation for the past ten years, since 2007. The chain of schools populate eighteen low-income areas throughout the United States, incorporated as a nonprofit institution by present-day CEO Preston Smith and John Danner. Preston Smith had kicked off his career as an educator in 2001, founded a public school in 2004, then – as most readers know – started Rocketship Education. Smith learned a large handful of important lessons throughout his decade-plus with Rocketship – let’s dig deeper.

Parents are required to submit evaluations of teachers at least once every two weeks, at longest once monthly. This helps administrators offer avenues of improvement to their instructors, for classrooms at large and individual students.

Students with special needs spend an average of 80% of their school days in general education classes, those with non-disabled peers. This prepares fellow children for interacting with developmentally disabled persons, teachers for instructing and dealing with them, and special students with proper social skills.

Parents shouldn’t be wary of moving their children into other schools, given their current educational facilities aren’t doing good enough jobs. This goes for Rocketship Education’s facilities, too, although with 91% of its students staying year after year, this doesn’t happen often.

Teachers visit students’ homes once annually, helping them develop better personalized lessons for each and every student. Understanding where one spends most of their waking hours – at home – is highly beneficial to instructors.

Redwood City, California, located on the northern portion of the Golden State’s Bay Area, is home to Rocketship Education’s first school. Created by Preston Smith and John Danner in 2007, Rocketship Education has grown to a current high of eighteen schools spread throughout the United States. All of their locations are free for students to attend, although they provide educational experiences exceeding or meeting those of most private schools in their respective areas. They have three locations in Tennessee, one in Wisconsin, two in the nation’s capital, and twelve spread across all regions of their home state of California. The system of public charter schools is known for beefing highly innovative in implementing technology into individualized education plans.

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