Who’s Preston Smith, and What’s Rocketship Education, Anyways?

Rocketship Education is a complex of 18 public charter schools spread across four states in the “Lower 48,” or the contiguous United States – that excluding Hawaii and Alaska. Commonly shortened to the initialism RSED, Rocketship Education was founded by Preston Smith in 2007, who now serves as the network’s Chief Executive Officer. Smith taught in an elementary school for three years, then founded a school with the help of a group he brought together and lead to fruition. After three years at that school, the L.U.C.H.A. Elementary School in California, Preston Smith founded Rocketship Education.

As an administrator of eighteen schools that serve children and their respective families that are economically underprivileged, Preston Smith has learned troves of virtues from the many experiential life lessons he’s been subject to – and conquered – at Rocketship Education.

For too long, children with disabilities have been excluded from generalized classrooms, instead being tucked away in smaller classrooms of people all sharing the same disability. Preston Smith employs the meaningful inclusion model where disabled students spend around 80 percent of their schooldays in general education classrooms, in the 18 schools where he oversees operations. This prepares teachers, fellow students, and special needs students in their own unique ways.

Students are made more aware of such disabilities and slowly acclimated to them. Teachers experiment with how to control them in the classroom. People with developmental problems themselves earn a sense of belonging and accomplishment, to top it all off. Similarly, with all three groups earning higher benefits than if they were initially segregated, the meaningful inclusion model is obviously effective.

Instructors are mandated to visit their students in their home lives at least once a year, in which parents and children meet with teachers. This helps instructors craft special lessons around individuals, understanding how their home lives may affect their aptitude of learning.

Teachers should also be of a diverse background, rather than mixing up the races and ethnicities of students. Teachers are the purveyors of information, not students. As such, teachers that are well respected have students that retain material more effectively.