Rocketship Education’s 3 Hard Questions

In a recent article on Rocketship Education is outlined by an NPR blogger who asks three powerful questions that are responded to by the CEO of Rocketship Preston Smith. Smith is the current CEO and President of Rocketship and has been since 2013. Studying himself at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree, In Latin Arts in 2001. See this story in details here

Rocketship Education is a charter school that was founded in 2006 by Smith and John Danner. A very reputable school as it has scored just as high as the Palo Alto School District which is a flagship school.

Three questions were asked of the school and were answered in much detail by the CEO Mr. Smith. They covered classroom management, technology use, and intervention.

In concern for Rocketship Education’s classroom management, NPR has reviewed this rather negatively. Some of the concerns were classroom etiquette, routines, boundaries and rewards.

Classroom Management was the first question that was asked a the NPR is concerned about time given to go to the restroom as well as silent time. Strict rules and regulations have to be followed. If not the classroom can become very hectic very is important to have strong rules and regulations. Rocketship Education has adopted some of the strictest rules that are the same as those of highly structured charter schools.

Technology use has become an important part of any school curriculum. With the NPR having concerns that the students at Rocketship Education is spending too much time on their computers. CEO Preston Smith has assured that time spent on computers are spread out throughout the day on 5 different programs. He assured that time is spent exploring the what each student is doing with their time on the computers and what they are learning and if it is harmful. Read this story in details in this article.

Intervention is the third question that was asked in the article. The concern from the NPR is that the least qualified staff members given the most challenging tasks to complete. Can this staff member manage an online class of 80 members? The main question being asked is the person that is non-certified qualified t be teaching these students.

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Matthew Autterson- A Leader to Be Reckoned with.

Matthew Autterson is currently the CEO of CNS Bioscience, Inc. He is also the President and a board member of the same company. CNS is a clinical-stage drug development company that was founded by Scott Falci, M.D in 2013, and focuses on neuropathic pain.

Mr. Autterson’s has earned his respect over the years through vast experience. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1980 with a B.A. in finance. He also attended the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program. The onset of his career was at the First Trust Corporation, a subsidiary of Fiserv. In 1982, Matthew Autterson left to join a small team. This team chartered a new Colorado State chartered trust company, that was a subsidiary of Integrated Resources, Inc., a New York-based finance company.

His journey through the finance industry continued, and in 1986, Mr. Autterson became the president of Resources Trust Company. However, in 1989, Resources Trust Company and Integrated Resources, Inc. was acquired by Broad Inc. The latter subsequently changed to SunAmerica, Inc. and was later acquired by AIG in the year 1998 for a whopping $18 billion.

In another twist in May 2001, Fiserv acquired Resources Trust Company from AIG. Before the sale was completed Resources Trust Company was a reputable state-chartered, FDIC-insured depository trust company (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). Resources Trust Company depository and custodial services to over 200,000 clients, and had more than 15,000 registered independent financial advisors that continued to draw in more clients. The company also had over 700 employees, over $1 billion in deposits and over $20 million in custodial assets.

Currently, Matthew Autterson is a member of the Board of Directors at the Falci Adaptive Biosystems (FAB). His large philanthropic interests are evidenced through leadership roles at the Board of the Denver Zoo, and Denver Zoological Foundation, the Webb-Waring Foundation and the chair of the Board of Directors of Denver Hospice. Mr. Autterson is also a former member of the Young Presidents Organization and World Presidents Organization.

With over 25 years of experience in the finance industry, Mr., Matthew Autterson is a force to reckon with. He continues to exhibit his exemplary leadership skills at FAB, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping members of the community with neuromotor disabilities control and engage with their environment.

FAB is utilizing technology to enable the disadvantaged carry out basic activities such as feeding, dressing, grooming, and wheeling themselves from place to place. Under the guidance of Matthew Autterson, FAB is changing lives one step at a time.