Our Response to NPR “Hit Piece”

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO, Rocketship Education

Last Friday, NPR’s Education blog published what many are calling a “hit piece” on Rocketship Education. As co-founder and CEO, I am used to anti-charter attacks like this. But my staff and parents are not. They flooded my inbox over the weekend with outrage over the voices missing from this story. As for the voices included in the story, 6 of the 9 named Rocketship sources contacted me to express their frustration over how NPR’s blogger mischaracterized their comments.

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7 Spring Break Strategies for Growing Brains

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by Logan Juve Janicula
Integrated Special Education Program Specialist

Over the next few weeks, students across the country will abandon their desks and leave their pencils and papers behind. Classrooms will transform into ghost towns, and playgrounds will be empty. Why? It’s spring break! While our students may be opting to sleep in and play outside in the sunshine instead of dissecting paragraphs and working through math lessons, it doesn’t mean they can’t continue to grow their brains this week! Here are seven strategies that students and their caregivers can engage in to keep their brains active during this spring break.
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SRI International Study Finds Rocketship Alumni Outperform their Peers

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO

Middle School has often been described as the “Black Hole” in education. These critical years are filled with challenges ranging from the academic to the social and emotional. It is a time of great transition and often where the achievement gap between students widens. Continue reading

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Rocketship Parents Enrique and Maritza Awarded with 2015 Hart Vision Volunteer of the Year

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by Kevin Bronk
Editor, Beyond

Last week at the California Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento, CA, Rocketship parents Enrique Esparza and Maritza Leal were honored with the 2015 Hart Vision Volunteer of the Year Award. Continue reading

Monopolies Don’t Build Democracies, People Do

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO

It is time to take action. Our public schools have become unfocused, undisciplined and unimaginative. Around the country, public education has become too complex, stemming from a bureaucracy that crowds out innovation. It’s time to put the needs of kids, families and communities before the needs of adults. New ideas, new energy and a new commitment are necessary to reestablish American public schools as the best in the world. The future of our Republic depends on it. Continue reading

Watch the Launching Nashville Documentary

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by Kevin Bronk
Editor, Beyond

In 2010, Rocketship Education touched down in Nashville to explore the option to bring more excellent schools to Tennessee. Four years later, Rocketship opened Nashville Northeast Elementary (RNNE) to serve 450 rocketeers and their families. Led by Nashville native and Rocketship veteran Adam Nadeau, RNNE is our eleventh school nation wide. Continue reading

Rocketship in Nashville is a Long Time Coming

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by Shaka Mitchell
Regional Director, Tennessee

These days in Nashville, Tennessee, the temperature hovers between 90 and 95 degrees. While that used to mean summer days spent begging parents to turn the sprinklers on, for middle-Tennesseans it’s already back-to-school season. But the early start isn’t a new phenomenon — in a way, you could say that some people have been looking forward to this particular school year for a long time. Continue reading

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Learning, Growing and Sustaining for our Rocketeers

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO

In 2007, Rocketship Education embarked on an ambitious mission: Build a public elementary school network that would scale across the country in order to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime. Continue reading

Lead by Example: A Student’s Story

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fictional story by Kenai Dindia
2014 Rocketship Alumnus

Hello, my name is Marcus, I go to school at a place called E.A.A.P. (Education At A Price). I do have a very important story  about how I changed everything at that school. I think it’s worth reading.

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BBQ & Blended Learning: Second Nashville Rocketship School Approved

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by Shaka Mitchell
Regional Director, Tennessee

In California our Rocketeers just finished another awesome year, but across the country in Nashville, we are ramping up for Rocketship’s inaugural year in Music City. As over 400 families prepare to begin the school year later this month, we are also paving the way to add another school to the Tennessee region. Continue reading

Parent Voice Triumphs in Redwood City

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by David Kuizenga
Vice President, Bay Area

On Wednesday, June 26, the power of parent voice prompted a 5-0 vote in favor of two new high performing school options in Redwood City: Rocketship and KIPP. Continue reading

Parent Leaders Strive to Leave Legacy for Their Children

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by Maritza Leal
Parent leader, Redwood City

It is a challenging test to face the realities and circumstances of daily family life. But it’s certainly far more difficult to stand before our children and face them saying, “Come on, you can do it!” when we ourselves have failed; to tell them “Work hard in school ­– graduate!” when some of us have never finished the elementary grades. Continue reading