Preston Smith is a longtime educator, having earned a master’s degree directly related to pedagogical theory and its practical application, founding two schools, and having been the chief executive officer of Rocketship Education for the past decade. Rocketship was founded in 2007 as a collaboration between Preston Smith and John Danner in Redwood City, California, a small city situated on the northern segment of the Golden State’s Bay Area. Its organizational outputs largely known for cutting-edge innovation, Rocketship Education is no exception. RSED, short form for Rocketship Education, is touted around the United States of America as one of the first educational institutions to integrate technological devices and programs with daily learning activities.
Smith was – still is – privy to loads of invaluable, meaningful information derived from his ten-plus years at Rocketship. Here are three things that he’s shared with the world, specifically for fellow educators to adapt these ideas to their institutions and follow suit.
Disabled children should spend lots of time in general education classrooms
General education classrooms are those – well, like any other classroom, with non-disabled students, remaining in the same class throughout an academic year’s time, not visiting other teachers’ classrooms for special help. Unfortunately for developmentally disabled children, many educational institutions require them to spend time with special education teachers, many of which spend over half their hours at school in these small, abnormal, nontraditional classrooms.
Rocketship Education makes sure to keep socially, mentally, and physically disabled students in “gen ed” classrooms – that’s short for general education – at least three-fourths of their time at school, striving to hit at least the 80% mark.
Parents invite teachers into their homes…
Because RSED is a pioneer in individualized educational plans, parents inviting teachers into children’s homes is an effective way for teachers to model lessons for specific students, in particular.
…and they even interview new, incoming teachers
Parents, teachers, and administrators are the three adult figures deeply involved in children’s educational efforts. Parents learn things about kids the other two parties don’t. As such, including parents on the administrative side of interviews is greatly helpful to hiring the most closely-suited candidates possible.