Rocketship Education and the Things that Preston Smith Learned from It

Rocketship Education is touted around the United States of America as one of the most innovative schools, as it is the pioneer in making lesson plans on an individual level, implemented through technological devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets, along with cutting-edge educational softwares. John Danner, a co-founder and technological expert in integrating technology into educational institutions, is largely to credit for this aspect of Rocketship Education. Preston Smith is the other co-founder of RSED, helping found the educational institution in 2007. In its ten years of operation so far, especially from spending his last four years as the chief executive officer, Smith has become privy to oodles of info from administrating one of the most unique schools – and successful schools – in America. Here are a few of the lessons that Mr. Smith has boom subject to since 2007.

Kids that have special needs, whether it be developmental disorders or something on the autism spectrum, should be left in regular classes for at least eighty percent of their school days. This helps all students, as well as teachers, in getting better acclimated to disabled kids.

Teachers should only be hired if their attitudes are pliable. It’s far better to overcompensate a teacher with less experience and a innate ability of switching his teaching methodologies, than to hire an established, well-experienced instructor with high ratings that doesn’t change based on recommendations.

Everyone that is associated, directly or indirectly, with Rocketship Education or any other public school should be happy about being in public schools, and exude those feelings to others.

Rocketship Education has eighteen locations across the nation, including Nashville, Washington DC, Milwaukee, and 12 spots across its birth state of California. Preston Smith first taught as an elementary school instructor in San Jose from 2001 to 2004. After being exposed to so many kids hailing form economically disadvantaged families, unable to break the cycle of generational poverty due to bad schooling in the area. Preston Smith then created Rocketship Education, with its first year being operated in a church in a bad area of San Jose. The rest, as they say, is history.