The Rocketship Education (RSED), founded by John Danner and Preston Smith in 2007 as a non-profit charter school network has headquarters in Redwood City, California. The school employs a blended learning model with suitable software tools to enhance student performance. Presently, there are more than sixteen charter schools located in various places.
The Rocket Education has worked closely with parents, educators as well as community organizations to create an ecosystem of quality public schools which put the learners on the path to college.
A study conducted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University revealed that students from the poor backgrounds in San Jose obtain additional learning every year they attend at charter schools.
Some districts such as Alum Rock Union Elementary School District as well as Franklin McKinley School District have partnered with charter schools to improve the student performances in addition to boosting college preparedness.
Majority of the parents do not know who will teach their children until a few days before the school year commences. At the Rocketship Education charter schools, the parents have an opportunity to select the teachers to be hired months before the beginning of classes.
While this kind of involvement is rare, the participation has been a foundation of the chain that has resulted in national attention for the unique, personalized and blended-learning style.
Some business leaders are also providing significant critical support. For instance, the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings launched a new $100 million fund to support local education. Likewise, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook together with his wife, Priscilla Chan have devoted much of their wealth to technologies as well as education.
More to the point, Facebook donated various engineers to local charter school developer Summit Public Schools and tasked them with constructing a personalized learning platform that would also help other schools across the country.
As a group, the creation of a powerful movement at San Jose is in progress. By working collectively, tapping into the regions innovative strength and learning from each other, San Jose will be a “stream of prospect” for all.