Valuable Lessons that Rocketship Education Founder and CEO Preston Smith has Learned

Ten years ago, Preston Smith helped found Rocketship Education, a K-5 primary school that focused on bringing unmatched qualities of education to children in communities with bad-off families and peers. Rocketship Education has since succeeded in its mission, operating 18 establishments throughout Wisconsin, Washington DC, Tennessee, and California. Experience from managing the charter public school system has taught Smith valuable lessons, applicable in many educational situations and settings.

Teachers at every one of Rocketship’s locations visit their students’ homes once per year. Doing so allows them to mold teaching efforts towards individual students, reflected in students’ time using technological resources for education, while still benefiting from traditional group lectures and classwork traditional in school for many years. Parents act in several crucial roles in Rocketship’s programs, including screening candidates for how well they might educate students. Parents understand children more intimately than educators do, especially those who’ve enrolled their kids at Rocketship for several consecutive years, thoroughly understanding the ins and outs of what makes a successful educator at its top-tier K-5 facilities.

Rather than ensuring Rocketship’s schools feature widely diversified student enrollments, it’s more important to spread educators of wide-ranging ethnicities, socioeconomic classes, and cultural backgrounds before recruiting different students. This results in children connecting more intimately with teachers and bettering their education while at Rocketship.

Every public school, in which Rocketship Education’s 18 locations are of no exception, should feature entire workforces that are proud of working for public schools. As many public schools are underserved and don’t educate their students properly, being proud in what Rocketship offers boosts the efficacy of educators’ efforts.

Rocketship Education, also called RSED, was formed with the intention of properly preparing low-income students from bad neighborhoods to succeed in future educational efforts, as well as life itself. Chief executive and co-founder Preston Smith had fifteen years of teaching and administrative experience prior to organizing Rocketship. Arguably the most unique aspect of Rocketship is its status as a nonprofit charter school. This allows it to obtain financing from independent parties directly alongside government grants, without having to direct profits towards investors or other parties, placing proceeds directly back into its own operations, or of the eighteen communities the network serves.