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
Growing up in Hartford, Connecticut I learned the value of education early on. My mother was a workaholic providing for a family of seven and carried herself with strength and poise. Life at home was difficult at times, so I became immersed in school and extracurricular activities. Though involved in many organizations at school, I was still harassed for being African American, athletic, religious and just for being a girl. I was constantly teased about my hair. There were times in high school where I felt insecure about my physical appearance and capabilities. This motivated me to find my inner strength. I needed to become the Queen I was encouraging my friends to be.
February is a month to celebrate many things from Saint Valentine to our presidents. One of the most important celebrations of the month, however, centers around the diverse and critical history of African Americans: Black History Month. Continue reading
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is around the corner, presenting an opportunity to teach students about character alongside an important time in American history. While teaching King’s lessons of tolerance and respect are lifelong ones, beginning or continuing these conversations in the classroom can be a challenging yet important opportunity. Continue reading
Goooooooal! Last Friday’s Special Olympics soccer tournament was a day sure to be remembered by many. Cheers erupted from all sides of the soccer fields while students raced past family, friends and teachers on the sidelines to make that coveted goal for their school team. This tournament marked Rocketship’s second partnership with the Special Olympics.
As Alma Academy’s drama teacher, I have the opportunity to explore self-expression with my students all year long. By expressing themselves through a number of creative drama activities, Rocketeers develop their imagination, artistic awareness, self-confidence, public speaking skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a group. No matter if you teach drama or more traditional classes like math and reading, these three activities can boost your students’ expressive skills. Continue reading
by Nikki David
Associate Editor, BEYOND
Education can take you anywhere. In this case, excellent writing skills led a few lucky Rocketeers to the soccer game of their dreams – where they were the stars! Many Rocketeers play in San Jose’s New Stars soccer league, an external league created for Rocketship students by Rocketship Enrichment Center Coordinators. While checking out the San Jose Earthquakes‘s locker room, on what they thought was just a tour of the brand new Avaya Stadium, Rocketeers found out they had won the essay contest on why they deserved to play in the ‘Best Game Ever’. Continue reading
There is great power in self-advocacy. Above all skills, this is the one that will drive our student outcomes further than anything else. The ability to ask a clarifying question, risk giving the wrong answer and speak up when something seems unjust empowers students to constantly strive for excellence. A successful and fulfilling future starts with self-advocacy. It encourages students to work and fight relentlessly for what they want and need, whether they’re vying for a spot at a top law school or protesting discriminatory laws in their local government. They have the power to make their dreams a reality. Continue reading
When one of my students, Sarah*, achieved the most growth in her grade, I wasn’t surprised. Her incredible drive to work hard always stood out; for a kindergartner, that level of dedication was unique for her. She came in wanting to learn and improve.
When Sarah also achieved one of the highest overall scorers on her middle and end of the school year assessments, I was in awe. Her success was a testament to how personalized learning, the right school environment and a dedicated team of educators can make an extraordinary difference in a child’s learning. Continue reading