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Rocketship Education And Preston Smith Learned This


Operating a school system is far from easy. Keeping up with curriculum in all classrooms, moderating problem children’s behavior, and managing operations is truly difficult, especially for something as complex as a public school.

Preston Smith, the 2007 co-founder of Rocketship Education, is its current President and CEO. He’s held both titles since 2013, although Mr. Smith has been integrally involved in operations since the Fall semester of 2007. Despite the fact he’s claimed to pick up valuable bits of information throughout the entirety of his career, being the “top dog” of the organization for the past four academic years has exposed him to several important lessons that he never would have known about if he didn’t assume the dual roles of CEO and President. Fortunately for the entire world of education, he shared a few of these sentiments, lessons, and other thoughts with a popular online news media outlet. Following are a few of them.

Any school that wants to be culturally responsive should match the demographics of both the entire school and particular class an applicant would take care of. Performing the opposite would actually result in kids not learning anything more, only displacing students that didn’t deserve to be forced to leave.

If parents aren’t crazy about their student is at a particular school – even if it’s Rocketship Education, itself – parents must be ready and willing to transfer their child elsewhere. They should also verbalize their concerns, without getting mad and losing the weight of their verbalization. Parents also need to be willing to form committees or lobbying parties that push local governments and others to found better schools, or change existing rules at schools that their children are attending.

Kids with special needs are not kept separate from general classroom students as doing so doesn’t help either party learn in real-life situations, in which both would be in the same area. Plus, it’s not fair to any disabled student.

The fact that each and every child with disabilities spend an average of 80% of their time in general classes is called the meaningful inclusion policy.

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