Rocketship Education is the talk of the times. It offers a fresh approach to the age-old quandary of educating our children so that they receive the quality and meaningful education to be able to do well in life.
Rocketship is a network of public charter schools that are placed in lower-income neighborhoods where there are no excellent schools and they make a huge difference. There is a unique partnership of teachers, students, parents and the community to forge ahead and develop student learners instead of student dropouts.
Parents see the difference right away because they are encouraged to participate in several meaningful ways including helping in the classroom, becoming advocates in the community, and by supporting their children with homework overseeing and help.
The uniqueness of Rocketship Education speaks to the fact that they can take an area that has low-performance schools and address the underlying problems. There are definite achievement gaps in many school systems in the country and Rocketship techniques turn these problems around.
A partnership of lasting quality is formed between the teachers, parents, students and the community to create an outcome that everyone wants, but no one has quite been able to achieve it until Rocketship Education comes to the stage. The secret is in the engagement of all the players. Until an outcome becomes a reality in the eyes of the partners the good results will never happen.
Rocketship uses a model that they call “Blended Learning.” Rather than stuff 25 to 40 students into a classroom 4 to 5 hours a day to listen to lectures and boring material, the students are placed into an atmosphere of success and challenge. And they embrace the opportunity because they can see the “why” of what they are doing.
They do have some traditional classroom time, but the learning comes from the small groups of 4 to 6 students, the digital learning with laptops and headsets, and the one-on-one tutorial mentorship sessions when they can ask questions and tackle any difficulties.
Students learn at their own pace and the results speak for themselves. Rocketship students graduate a full year ahead of their peers who attend other local public schools.