Rocketship Education is now ten years old. The first Rocketship school was opened a decade ago in a California church. They learnt a lot during these ten years, and following are some of the lessons that they learned.
The first is that personalized education starts from home. Rocketship Education is known for using technology and other methods to provide personalized education to every student. They also make a visit to the student’s home once a year. This way, they can understand the family dynamics and provide an education that is truly personalized.
The second is that to change the system, they need to create demand. That is why Rocketship Education is still only until the fifth grade and not beyond that. If they would expand it until the twelfth grade, there would not be enough demand that would help them get the support and resources they need.
Another is that they need to honor the power of the parents. Rocketship Education has a parent leadership program, which is designed to help parents have a voice and lobby for the needs of their kids. Therefore, even though Rocketship Education schools continue only until middle school, the parents have been able to band together and lobby for a better system in the schools where their kids go after that.
Another is that they value teacher diversity. They believe in student diversity, of course, but they realize that teacher diversity, having teachers of many different backgrounds, is a great aspect of the success of students.
Another is that actions speak louder than words. The people who launched Rocketship Education didn’t have children when they started it, but now that they have children, they send them to a Rocketship school. This shows that they believe in what they created and in the models of education that they use for other students.
Rocketship Education is a unique school network that empowers parents and students. Parents take part in the interviews of potential teachers, which is certainly an innovative idea. In addition, they are known to use technology to provide a unique and personalized education to all of their students.