People born into families that don’t have high amounts of disposable income are often limited in their lives because of not having the same opportunities as others.
Rocketship Education is located in eighteen locations across the United States where most residents are from poor backgrounds and couldn’t afford to pay students’ avenues to success through education.
Preston Smith created Rocketship Education because he wanted people that did not come from good family backgrounds to succeed in school and excel over others, even though it was only a nonprofit charter school that didn’t charge any tuition to students.
Charter schools do not have to play by the rules of government agencies that outline the rules for educational institutions, unlike all other public schools in the United States.
Smith went to San Jose after college to start teaching young children and started his first academic year as an instructor in 2001. He was in San Jose, a highly-Latino area, the place that inspired him to study Latin American culture and language when he was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2004, he became principal of a school his group set up earlier that year. The school was in San Jose, where he began teaching no longer than three years prior.
Smith is a learner, and picked up on tons of things about teaching and being a principal throughout his first ten years with Rocketship Education. Thanks to the effort that parents and educators at the charter school put in, kids can have a better shot to succeed and go far in life than their low-income other-halves that aren’t likely to excel.
Schools should learn from Rocketship Education that parents are, by far, one of the most valuable resources teachers can have on their side. They send students with feedback from things parents have talked to kids about. Believe it or not, they are even a big part of screening applicants for employers hiring new workers.