Education reform is a popular topic. There are endless ideas available for how public schools should be shaped. For charter schools such as Rocketship Education, the most important part thing to achieve is sustainability. Their cause is to create a sustainable educational system that addresses the needs of children in lower income areas. These areas are notorious for a sharp achievement gap when compared to their counterparts. Correcting this travesty is Rocketship Education’s mission and they intend to do it within our lifetime. The nonprofit takes advantage of several approaches to address the needs of these communities.
The first is community involvement. Rocketship education hopes to make each of its schools a part of the community. They do this by encouraging students to refer to themselves as rocketeers. Additionally, this nickname reinforces to each student that anyone can take off to higher things. Rocketship Education also attempts to support the children outside of school. An example of this support was displayed when San Jose flooded. Many Student’s families were affected and the damage the natural disaster left carried the potential to destabilize students for years. Instead of standing back the school took action and partnered with local nonprofits. Together they raised over 60,000 that went to providing critical supplies for families. This support shocked many parents who were too grateful for words.
Charitable donations are not the only way that this nonprofit tries to connect with the local community. They also have instructors meet with parents at least once in their home. This personal meeting allows the teacher and parent to get to know one another. Through their acquaintanceship, they are able to formulate a plan based on the needs of the Rocketeer. It also allows the teacher a first-hand experience with any obstacles the student may have when it comes to learning. This personal relationship sets the framework for active parents. Rocketship Education hopes that through their personal approach they can encourage parents who remain advocates for their child’s education and success throughout their lives. Through this they believe they will be able to tackle the achievement gap and give every student the chance to excel.