Rocketship Education is a new kind of learning for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade that is producing some very positive results. Rocketship Education is a non-profit network of public charter schools that primarily locate in low-income neighborhoods. Rocketship looks for areas where there are no excellent schools in the area so they can fill the learning gap that usually exists in these areas.
Rocketship Education uses a model for their schools that they call “Blended Learning.” This method incorporates relatable structured learning episodes that engage the students in areas where they are interested and where they can take control of their own learning process.
The blended learning approach has created a rotating classroom where students spend about half a school day in a traditional classroom setting and then split up the rest of the day in small group sessions of around 4 t 6 students for a quarter of the day and then switch to digital learning with laptops and headsets.
Scheduled along the way for students are the one-on-one sessions with tutors who spend individual time with the student to help pull everything together. By being mentored by the tutor students get a boost in their confidence while they get a boost in their confidence and get questions answered.
One very important element in the while Rocketship Education process is the partnership that is established between the teachers, students, parents and the community as a whole. In particular getting the parents involved with leadership roles has a great deal of influence on the overall success of the program. By having the closest human beings to the student involved is priceless. Parents can of course help their children in the process, by many parents also help out at school, take on promotional roles in the community and generally make themselves available whenever needed on other related projects.
Rocketship Education works will because of the efforts put in by dedicated teachers and staff along with excited students. The coursework itself is designed with children in mind, and the children get it.
The results are remarkable, as after all that is the goal. The test scores available after Rocketship Education students graduate place Rocketship students about a year ahead of their peers in the public school systems of their communities.