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

Leading a Movement: Parents Honored at the First Annual Bay Area Parent Leadership Awards Ceremony

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by BEYOND Editorial Team

Parents are the first teachers of their children. They are our Rocketeers’ strongest advocates, and the leaders in our collective movement for change. They are closing the achievement gap and bringing educational equity to communities where there are few to no options for an excellent, free, public education. 

Rocketship had the honor of celebrating these courageous and powerful parent leaders at our First Annual Bay Area Parent Leadership Awards Ceremony in early May. Over 20 awards were presented, and school leaders and parents from our 12 Bay Area schools gathered together to celebrate. Here are some highlights from the award winners:

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Padres involucrados organizan en 2016 Foro de Candidatos para eliminar la brecha académica en San Jose

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by Alexandra Martinez

Me llamo Alexandra Martinez y soy un padre líder de Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep. El jueves, 27 de Octubre, padres de Rocketship Education, Voices College Bound Language Academies, Alpha Public Schools y otras escuelas chárter se unieron para acoger a los candidatos de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Clara y también de la Asamblea del Distrito 27 de California en el 2016 Foro de Candidatos. Mas de 1.300 miembros de la comunidad asistieron para abogar para la educación y para escuchar los puntos de vista de los candidatos sobre problemas que afectan nuestras comunidades como recursos para inmigrantes, libre elección de escuelas y vivienda.

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Padres líderes invitan a la comunidad al 2016 Foro de Candidatos

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by Eva Heredia and the
BEYOND Editorial Team

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El Jueves 27 de Octubre será un día especial para muchos de nuestros padres en la comunidad de San José. Esta fecha marca el 2016 Foro de Candidatos, un evento organizado enteramente por padres líderes.  Este dedicado grupo de padres de Rocketship, KIIP, Alpha y Voices llevan seis meses planeando y promocionando este foro para crear un espacio donde la comunidad pueda escuchar las plataformas de los candidatos locales. Han retransmitido por la radio, distribuido folletos y llamado a cientos de familias, todo para garantizar que la voz de su comunidad sea presente e escuchada.  

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En fotos: Rocketship celebra el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

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by BEYOND Editorial Team

¡El Mes de la Herencia Hispana se inició oficialmente el 15 de Septiembre, y nuestros “Rocketeers” han estado celebrando! Aquí en Rocketship rendimos tributo a la diversidad cultural durante todo el año, pero este mes nuestros estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de vestirse, divertirse, y reconocer algo de la gran historia, cultura, y tradición de la diversa cultural hispana.

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Los Dichos: Values, Partnership and Cultural Identity in the Classroom

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by Lorena Romero and Lety Gomez
Rocketship Parents, Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep

 If we want our kids to be lifelong readers, we as parents must read to them, with them and around them. Why not take this approach into the classroom? To help Rocketeers learn to love reading, many Rocketship parents, including us, participate in the Los Dichos Program through Project Cornerstone, an initiative of the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Los Dichos is a literature-based program emphasizing stories of Latino origin that not only benefits the students, but also benefits the parents.

The Los Dichos program helps parents, especially those parents who speak Spanish as their primary language, to be involved in their children’s education and instill a positive cultural identity. We begin by taking an introductory course on developmental assets by a Project Cornerstone staff. We meet monthly as a group to review and discuss lesson plans and activities before we go into the classroom.

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For Good Measure: The Value of Year-End Assessments

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by Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO, Rocketship Education

The end of the school year is a time for graduations, family celebrations, class parties, vacation planning, and state assessments. While the last of these certainly isn’t as entertaining, these tests are incredibly important measures of student learning that our schools and teachers take seriously.

I got a crash course in the importance of these objective measures at age 18, long before I ever dreamed I’d become a teacher or a principal, let alone the leader of a network of elementary schools. Growing up in a low-income community outside of San Bernardino, California, I took AP classes, served as student body president, and graduated near the top of my public high school’s senior class. I assumed I was a shoo-in for UCLA — so much so that when I received a rejection letter, I assumed it was a mistake. It wasn’t. I called the admissions office and they explained that my high school had a reputation for inflating grades. They told me, “we don’t accept scholars from your school, just athletes.”  I did manage to get into the University of North Carolina, but only because they did not know my high school’s reputation.

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Padres en Concord Reciben Nueva Opción de Escuela Pública

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by Cristina Gutierrez
Parent, Concord 

La mayoría de los padres no piensan en escoger a qué escuela pública pueden enviar a sus hijos. Simplemente, los niños van a la escuela que el distrito les ha asignado. Eso fue lo que hicieron mis padres. Pero cuando yo estaba creciendo en Concord, mis padres no tenÍan otra opción. Me hubiera gustado que si la tuvieran. Mientras estuve en la escuela nunca recibí la ayuda que yo necesitaba. Batallé  durante la High School, y me gradué. Pero me pregunto que hubiera sido de mi vida si mis padres hubiesen tenido otra opción escolar pública para mi.

Ahora, los padres de Concord podemos escoger cual escuela pública es la apropiada para nuestros hijos. El mes pasado, la Mesa Directiva de Educación del Estado de California votó para aprobar la apertura de la escuela charter Rocketship. Esta escuela pública abrirá sus puertas este Agosto en Concord!

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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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Los Dichos: Values, Partnership and Cultural Identity in the Classroom

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by Lorena Romero and Lety Gomez
Rocketship Parents, Fuerza Community Prep

If we want our kids to be lifelong readers, we as parents must read to them, with them and around them. Why not take this approach into the classroom? To help Rocketeers learn to love reading, many Rocketship parents, including us, participate in the Los Dichos Program through Project Cornerstone, an initiative of the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Los Dichos is a literature-based program emphasizing stories of Latino origin that not only benefits the students, but also benefits the parents.

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Milwaukee Parent Perspective: Preparing My Daughter for the Future

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by Alex Briones
Rocketship Parent, Southside Community Prep

When I went to the Milwaukee Common Council hearing in June to oppose the moratorium on new charter schools, it was not just for my daughter. It was for my community.

I worry for Aleigha, my seven year old daughter and second grader at Rocketship Southside Community Prep. What is she going to do for middle school and high school? I worry because I don’t know where she’ll go when she graduates from Rocketship. I worry families like mine will no longer have access to good school options. Continue reading

Concord Parent Perspective: Growing Opportunities for our Daughter

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by Teshone Jones
Rocketship Concord Education Organizer

Concord, CA is the largest city in Contra Costa County; it also has one of the largest achievement gaps in the Bay Area. While over 75% of students in the county are on grade level, seven out of ten students in the Monument Corridor are behind. Only 15% of Latino students in the county graduate high school having completed the requisite coursework needed to gain acceptance into a UC university. This means of the 606 Latino students who graduated in 2013, only 91 were college ready. Continue reading