How to Use Social Media in a Low Tech Classroom

by Danielle Zipkin
English Teacher, Central Queens Academy

No tech? No problem. Even if you’re teaching in a low-tech school, chances are your students know the basics of popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As an ELA teacher looking to engage struggling and reluctant readers, I have been able to use modified versions of social media in the classroom without any technology at all.
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Reading to Achieve: The Warriors Take Rocketship!

by Nikki David
Associate Editor ➟ BEYOND

A love for reading can take you on adventures to distant lands or help you ace your next literacy test, but some days, reading can also help you score a 2015 Stephen Curry NBA All-Star Game jersey. At least, that’s what several lucky Rocketeers found out at the Golden State Warriors Read to Achieve event on February 19th. Continue reading

Richard Whitmire on Rocketship, Parent Advocates and a Movement Towards Equity

by Kevin Bronk
Editor, Beyond

Longtime education reporter Richard Whitmire approached our co-founders Preston Smith and John Danner in 2012 to request completely open access to follow our work for twelve months. Without any editorial oversight, we agreed. As a result, he gained insight in to our schools, our approach to innovation and witnessed the launch of our first region outside of California: Milwaukee.
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