Rocketship Education is Changing Lives

Founded in 2007, Rocketship Education is a non-profit charter school network with its head quarters in Redwood City, California. Rocketship Education was founded by John Danner and Preston Smith. The network has 24 charter schools in its network and they basically use an adaptive software in the learning process to increase students’ achievement. Rocketship Northeast, Valor Voyager Academy, Nashville Academy of Computer Science and New Vision Academy are some of the examples of the schools in the network. The network was formed in order to provide quality education to students from low income families. This is because recently, the housing prices have skyrocketed causing a great rift between the rich and the poor. This makes it difficult for the poor to gain access to quality education. This is the major reason why the network had to collaborate with low-income communities to strengthen public education. As a result of this collaboration, parents of students at Rocketship schools also take part in the day to day activities. For example some parents actually take part in the vetting and approving of teachers which is key in the learning process.

Preston Smith who has been an educator at San Jose for close to 15 years, believes that excellent education has a transformative power in any community. The network is also receiving massive support from area leaders. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are contributing much of their wealth to the Rocketship Education network and technologies. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, recently launched $100 million fund to support local education. Rocketship has easily managed gained national attention as its students perform well and the school blends the traditional teaching with computer assisted instructions. The heavy reliance on technology has enabled its students maintain the high test score as it expands. In fact in 2013 the DC Public Charter School Board allowed the network to open as much as 8 schools in the district.

The Administrators hope that families will ne involved in the school activities and learning processes of their children. Furthermore Rocketship network in their different schools, they are building rooms with Internet access and computers. These will allow parents to submit job applications or keep their businesses moving when visiting their children or attending functions.

 

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