Ten years of personalized learning through the Rocketship Education schools has brought to the forefront quite a few lessons in personalized K-5 learning according to their CEO Preston Smith. California, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C have all certainly benefited from the charter schools, and the plans to expand even further should take these lessons to even more students over the upcoming years. Here are those lessons enumerated:
Personalized learning begins at home
- More demand will help to change the system
- The power of parents should be honored
- Teachers are the key to culturally responsive schools
- Actions are louder than words
- To benefit all kids use meaningful inclusion
- Do not stop learning
- Mindset complements skill
- Partnerships are better than solo ventures
- It’s good to be a public school
One of the best ways to ensure that low income communities do not remain that way forever is to deliver a solid education experience so that the next generations will have the ability to transcend. That is what Rocketship aims to do by gathering together some of the best minds in parents, leaders, teachers and students to work together towards that goal. The Rocketeers (students served by the Rocketship public schools) are then able to take what they learn into the higher grades and eventually into the real world in order to give back and earn their way.
There are even some celebrities who certainly believe in what is being done through the organization with people like former tennis number 1 Andre Agassi helping to open a charter school in Washington DC. His Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund understands the problems that lurk beneath the surface of these lagging communities, and he and others see the beauty of the Rocketship Education model as a way to right some of that trouble. There is definitely going to be many others who join along the way as the trek towards better students continues to be made on a daily basis, and Rocketship Education schools should continue to flourish across the country to help those in need.