Schools are found in abundance throughout the developed world, and even in third-world countries. Without educational institutions, the prospects people offer would be far lower what they offer to employers, higher educational institutions, their home countries, and the world at large. High-quality educators help make everybody in an area better for society. Unfortunately, we see great educational institutions having loads of high-income students, whereas low-income individuals and those hailing from such backgrounds often don’t get the same chances in education as their better-off counterparts.
Rocketship Education is a nexus of charter schools co-founded by Mr. Preston Smith and Mr. John Danner back in 2006, although its first academic year didn’t initiate until the latter half of 2007. RSED, the often-used initialism for the school, is found in four states – California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia – of which eighteen facilities are spread across.
The school is available to the public, and located in nowhere other than low-income neighborhoods. Some three-fourths – if not more – of students are from families that are disadvantaged economically. It relies on three central functions: talent development, personalized learning, and parent power.
Preston Smith wrote an article earlier this year, in August of 2017, about some of the best lessons that he’s picked up throughout the past ten years as the co-founder, current President, and contemporary Chief Executive officer. All of them hinge on the three central functions listed above, especially parent power. Let’s dig into a few of them.
As a part of the school’s parent power core principal, parents are added o interviews, in most situations, to evaluate the potential of applicants. Parents undoubtedly care more about the welfare of their children and how their teachers treat them than arguably anybody else involved in the entire education system – and not just at Rocketship Education.
As Preston Smith helped organize a committee 15 years ago that lobbied for the local construction of a top-notch school, he feels it’s important for parents to know there’s power in actionable numbers. This means parents and concerned community members should convene together to form a new school for their children if existing options aren’t exactly cutting it.