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May 19, 2014

What Would Real Community Engagement Look Like?

It was a late night in April, after a long, warm San Jose day leading a local district school as the principal; I was now at a student recruitment event at a local church. During that entire year I had led my district school as principal during the daytime hours (it would end the year as the fourth best elementary school for low income students in the entire state of California) and then in the evenings and late nights, I would meet with prospective families and students for the charter school that we were opening in a mere four months.

April 28, 2014

Paper Slams Privately Run Charters, Rocketship Model, for Wisconsin Schools

School reform efforts, especially blended-learning charters like Rocketship Education, could negatively impact students in Wisconsin, a new paper argues.

April 28, 2014

What Would Real Engagement Look Like?

When Preston Smith and I started Rocketship almost 9 years ago, one of the things he really cared about was the relationship between teachers and parents. It had been incredibly important to his success as both a teacher and principal. Preston built an incredibly deep culture of parent engagement at Rocketship with home visits to every family, monthly community meetings, and volunteer time in every classroom.

February 26, 2014

Rocketship Expands Network to Washington D.C.

Rocketship Education, which operates a network of blended learning elementary schools, will be opening seven new schools in 2015-16, including two in Washington.

December 06, 2013

Scaling Nonprofits: Lessons from the Experts

Is your nonprofit making a difference in your community? Are you starting to think about national expansion? Here is some advice from five experts.

October 04, 2013

The ASD Catapults Schools to the Top in Tennessee

The Achievement School District was created to "catapult the bottom 5% of schools in Tennessee straight to the top 25% in the state." Like the Louisiana RSD and the Michigan EAA, the Tennessee ASD is the state turnaround district and it's posting promising results. The ASD seeks to "dramatically expand our students' life and career options, engage parents and community members in new and exciting ways, and ensure a bright future for the state of Tennessee."

July 10, 2012

An Inside View of Blended Integration at Rocketship Education

At Rocketship Education our mission is to close the achievement gap within our lifetimes. The three pillars of our model are: parent and community engagement, rich professional development for our teachers and school leaders, and individualized learning for our students. Toward the end of individualized learning, we utilize a blended learning model in our K-5 elementary schools. Students use technology and small group tutoring in our Learning Lab for individualized basic skills practice, allowing our teachers to focus on higher-order thinking skills in the classroom.

February 29, 2012

Rocketship Education to Take Off in Milwaukee

Charter school network with strong results in California looking to expand to other cities.

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