Rocketship Education is a system of public K-5 schools in the United States, spread far and wide across the Lower 48. California is home to the first installment of the eighteen RSED – shorthand for Rocketship Education – schools, particularly Redwood City, nestled on the northern shore of the San Francisco Bay Area. The area is known for producing unstoppable organizations, businesses, products, and more, of which Rocketship’s personalized learning endeavors that rely heavily on technology are no exception.
Preston Smith helped found RSED in 2007. He’s learned innumerable tidbits of information throughout his ten-plus years’ of involvement at the nexus of public charter primary schools – here are just a few of them, of which most educators will find great use.
Teachers’ visiting of children’s homes helps tailor learning
An integral part of Rocketship Education’s utilization of technology is its custom learning blueprints. In tailoring these schemes to individual students, it only makes sense to gather as much information about students as possible prior to finalizing their design and implementing them. RSED requires educators to make visits to every child’s home for at least one hour. In talking to children in their own environments, teachers can find out lots about children they ordinarily wouldn’t have solicited from the classroom. This makes teachers’ jobs easier and more effective, facilitates students’ retaining of knowledge, and also boosts standardized test results.
Parents screen inbound teachers
In school, there are four main classes of people involved: teachers, parents, students, and administrators. Administrators usually make hiring decisions, for good reason, as they’ve typically been employed as teachers before, finding their way to administration by climbing the rungs of the proverbial instruction latter.
Students aren’t asked to screen new teachers because they’re obviously not developed enough to make sound decisions, and, because they’re the subject of teaching, they might be unfair in deciding who to select. Teachers can’t screen other teachers because it’s not fair. As such, combining parents with administrators to interview instructors is an effective way of selecting the best matches.
Teachers should be diverse first, not students
While many schools want their students to be from many different backgrounds, teachers should always be diversified first. If not, students won’t want to learn as much, and definitely won’t feel bonds towards their teachers.