Public schools are vitally important for life as we know it. Without them, many people wouldn’t be able to get educations, income inequality would be significantly worse than it already is today, people wouldn’t live fulfilling lives as they do today, among a host of other potential detriments. Unfortunately for people in low-income, impoverished places, there often aren’t quality schools around. This is true for most places in the United States that don’t have inhabitants with high incomes.
Preston Smith, the co-founder, longtime president, and four-year CEO of Rocketship Education, created the currently 18-deep nexus of schools to provide educational aid to kids that live in impoverished areas. In his first ten years working with Rocketship Education, he’s been exposed to several lessons that most people in education aren’t. Let’s take a look at them.
It’s important for parents, students, and school employees to be proud of being associated with a public school, especially if it’s like Rocketship Education, in that its scores regularly exceed that of nearby private schools, something very few public schools are able to do.
Employee should greatly value the advice solicited from others in the community, whether they have worked in education, or only been a student, at greatest. This is because listening to everybody provides a well-rounded image of what’s going on, which is great for educators.
Equally important for schools as the first tidbit is the face that teachers should be pliable and plastic, rather than hard and rigid when it comes to switching up their instructional approaches. Teachers that don’t fit this fluid mold typically are fired after their first or second year, replaced with instructors who better meet the needs of students.
Students with special needs should always spend about 80 percent of their school hours in general purpose classrooms, rather than tucked away in special education classes that corral groups of disabled children together. This helps students, disabled persons, and teachers all the same.
Teachers are required to visit the places that students live at least once every school year. It’s far easier to craft individualized education plans after knowing how students live.