A Job Interview With Parents Transformed My Career

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by Joshua Pacos
Founding Principal, Rocketship DC

After spending the better part of the past decade teaching and working in charter schools in Washington D.C. and California, I thought I had it pretty well figured out. Then, while I was searching for a new public school leadership opportunity in 2014, I met four parents who – quite frankly – changed the course of my life and what I thought was possible in education. Continue reading

Strengthening our Ward 8 Community from the Ground Up: It Starts with Education

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by Anthony Lorenzo Green
ANC Commissioner 8B04
Washington, DC

For many Ward 8 families in the District of Columbia, finding the best school for your child can be a challenging endeavor. Great schools that go above and beyond are rare in many neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. On the whole, DC has experienced an educational renaissance with significant progress in both the traditional public and public charter school systems. Many schools are realizing groundbreaking achievements. However, we are still far from equal access to great schools across all eight wards of the District. Families should not have to decide between a failing neighborhood school and sending a child across town for a decent education. Every community deserves excellent educational opportunities in their neighborhood. Continue reading

Great Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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by Nikki David
Associate Editor ➟ BEYOND

School’s out, sun’s out, now it’s time for your family to get out! Take a tech break and reconnect with nature at some of our favorite outdoor spots in each of our regions. From one-of-a-kind parks to nature preserves to outdoor performances, there are countless ways for your whole family to stay active, learn something new and rekindle your love for the great outdoors.

Looking to beat the heat? Check out our favorite indoor activities that will keep kids’ brains active and engaged throughout the summer.
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Summer Boredom Busters to Grow Your Brain

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by Logan Juve Janicula
Integrated Special Education Coach
Associate Editor ➟ BEYOND

With so many amazing programs offered in our communities, it’s hard to keep track of them all! That’s why we did the work for you. Research shows students risk regression during summer months, and what better way to keep that brain healthy than by finding fun ways to learn in your local area? We hand-picked our three favorite activities in each of our regions to stretch your student’s thinking this summer.

These summer activities will help you beat the heat indoors, but don’t miss our recommendations to get your family outside!
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Watch: Launching DC Documentary

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by Kevin Bronk
Editor, Beyond

In the last two decades, Washington, DC has made great strides to improve its public schools. Access to high quality seats has grown immensely and achievement is on the rise. But still, less than half of students in our nation’s capital are on grade level. Our DC kids and families deserve better.

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[VIDEO] Ward 8 Parent: “We can get our Community Back”

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by Keisha Clark
Proud Ward 8 Parent

On April 14, 2015, Rocketship held a groundbreaking ceremony for our first elementary school in the Washington, DC region. The K-4th school in Ward 8, to be opened in August 2016, will be a 54,000 square foot building on a campus of nearly four acres. The school’s cafeteria, learning lab, outdoor gathering space, playgrounds and southern-facing classrooms will enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding trees and hills. Continue reading

Rocketship Education construction

DC School Facility Prepares for Launch

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by Barry Brinkley
Director of Community Development, Washington DC

There has been much buzz over the past year about the expansion of Rocketship Education to our nation’s capital. Community members and partners are excited about the possibilities that Rocketship’s innovative personalized learning approach will bring to the Ward 8. In Woodland Terrace, a longstanding member of the community echoes this sentiment. Continue reading