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Preston Smith, Rocketship Education, and his Ten Lessons

For far too long, children whose parents don’t earn much money, particularly those below the poverty line, typically don’t have access to quality schooling. As such, they’re often at significant disadvantages in life, even though their actions have absolutely nothing to do with the widespread lack of good schools. This reasoning appropriately explains the need for Rocketship Education, eighteen schools around the United States that are nonprofit, public, and charter, the last characteristic meaning they receive funding from governments and willing investors, without having to follow the rules of the school boards in their local areas.

This academic year marks the beginning of the eleventh for Rocketship Education. Contemporary chief executive officer Preston Smith co-founded Rocketship Education – or, RSED – in 2007 alongside John Danner, a Bay Area native who is exceptionally good at dealing with electronic devices like tablets, laptops, and the software that runs them. Thanks to Danner, Preston Smith has been left in control of the United States’ pioneer in personalized learning, something never before seen at the K-5 level. In the first ten years of operation, Smith was privy to several lessons that very few other educators were. Let’s dig into them.

Parents, students, and other associated with public schools shouldn’t pout about their non-private status, especially those that are charter schools. Parents that don’t have much money are often upset about their financial situations, especially those with kid that are generally unable to provide for them in a manner they deem acceptable. However, whether students are in the nationwide-leading Rocketship Education network or public schools that consistently score low test scores, parents should be proud, as should students and everybody else tied to them.

Further, parents should be willing to transport their children to be students of other schools in cases where other public schools’ quality of education is low. They shouldn’t just voice their opinions – parents should take action by following through with (peaceful) threats to move students away.

Parents also interview candidates, known to place the heat on them for popping under pressure. As parents aren’t responsible for running Rocketship Education’s schools like administrators are, those who see and interact with new hires on a daily basis, they’re able to apply significantly more interview pressure than those who don’t.