I can still remember the day my coach suggested I should apply to be in Rocketship’s Rising Leaders program. I was excited by the challenge and the opportunity to grow professionally. As a member of the Rising Leaders cohort 15-16, I have grown professionally by being honest about my development areas, being pushed out of my comfort zone and sharing openly with those in my cohort. Sitting in a room with other highly effective teachers who want to grow and learn as a professional inspires me.
Rising Leaders is a leadership development program that is offered to teachers at Rocketship who are interested in growing their adult management skills and have taught for more than two years. The program is designed both for teachers who want to grow their leadership in the classroom or begin the transition into school leadership. We meet once a month with our cohort, which is composed of about 20 teachers across the network.
On Friday September 30th, the Rocketship Bay Area community gathered at our newest San Jose school, Rocketship Rising Stars Academy. Located at 3167 Senter Road in South San Jose, Rising Stars is our 10th school in San Jose and one of 12 in the greater Bay Area.
Rising Stars’ 5th core value is advocacy
The ribbon-cutting brought together Rocketship students, parents, teachers, national staff, board members, supporters, and community members to celebrate this new school and their focus on Rising Stars’ fifth core value of advocacy. Continue reading
The results are in! I am proud to report that once again, our Rocketeers across the Bay Area are beating the odds in both math and English Language Arts!
On the 2015-16 California state assessment, Rocketship’s Bay Area network of 10 schools ranked in the top 10% in both math and English Language Arts among all elementary school districts serving a similar student population across the state.
Rocketship Board of Directors Member Alex Hernandez regularly writes for Eduwonk at Bellwether Education Partners. Recently, Alex wrote about why he got into education and what he sees for the future of our schools:
School started for our Rocketeers in Nashville, Milwaukee, DC and the Bay Area just a few weeks ago and we got some incredible pictures from our families! Though we can’t share all of them, below is a smattering of pictures of our Rocketeers getting excited for school, walking into their classes, or enjoying Launch.
Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Please keep them coming – we want to follow your Rocketeers’ success all year round!
Every August, I visit all of our schools across the country to meet with our teams, listen to their vision for the year ahead, and celebrate the start of a new school year with our Rocketeers and families. My annual back-to-school road trip is one of my favorite moments of the school year. But this year, my tour took on a different tone. The tragic events this summer in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, Dallas, Orlando and Milwaukee brought a new sense of urgency to our start of school conversations.
Is this about the Olympics?
No. It’s a list of the homelands proudly represented by the students in my two fourth grade Humanities classes at Rocketship United Academy (RUA) in Nashville. Continue reading