The less money a family hauls in, the lower chances of success they’re likely to experience in life. Preston Smith realized this unfortunate disparity when teaching in San Jose, a city with tons of Hispanic families that are disadvantaged in many ways.
John Danner helped Preston Smith found Rocketship Education, focusing the nonprofit organization’s efforts on personalized education. RSED is a leader in combining regular classroom lectures with students spending time in private on subjects or problems they’re not succeeding in. Most students understand lectures, but often have trouble with particular parts of lessons that others may not. Personalized education through technological devices helps students through problems they might otherwise not get answered.
Rocketship Education’s schools have safe zones that illegal immigrants can’t be arrested in. While Mexican immigrants don’t live in high concentrations everywhere across the United States, California is one of the top destinations of people immigrating to America. Rather than punish families without documentation to live in the United States, Rocketship Education helps their families succeed by providing top-notch educations to children whose parents can’t afford or have trouble interacting with representatives from private schools without such safe zones.
Every time a new educator is hired, demographics of particular schools are tallied. Teachers that share similar demographic makeups and cultural backgrounds with students of those schools are hired in ideal situations. This causes students to feel better about being in school, rather than not being able to connect with teachers entirely unlike themselves.
RSED’s 18 locations are grades K-5. Often times, students in low-income areas have to attend lower-quality schools after they leave Rocketship Education. As such, administrators urge parents to contact local school boards in hopes of getting better schools for their children to attend from sixth grade onwards.
Teachers are required to make visits to the homes of students and their parents every year