Rocketship Education, a non-profit network of 13 charter schools, has made it their culture to involve parents during interview and selection of their teachers. Unlike in many schools where the hiring of teachers is entirely left to the administration, the organization has found it beneficial to consider parent’s input during the process. In each of their 13 schools, the management collaborates with parents to identify teaches who will be hired before schools reopen.
A recent article published on the Washington Post by Perry Stein explained how local parents were incorporated in interviewing potential teachers for the organization’s first school in Washington D.C. Preston Smith, the organization’s co-founder and CEO, confirmed to Education Week that the chain has always made it a routine to embrace parent’s participation. Rocketship has gained popularity not only because of their unique involvement of parents in their programs but also for its well-blended and personalized learning approach.
According to the CEO, the chain uses varying styles to involve parents in job interviews for each of their charter schools. He explained that in some of their schools, a given number of families are trained to perform job interviews. In others, parents are invited to a meeting to interact with successful applicants before classes can resume. Smith added that the collaborative program has promoted a fruitful relationship between management and parents of various schools.
About Rocketship Education
Co-founded in 2006 by Preston Smith and John Danner, Rocketship has continued to provide alternative quality education to children from low-income families in various communities across the region. The organization has lived to its mission of eliminating achievement gaps through a scalable and sustainable learning model.
Rocketship Education’s first charter school was opened in San Jose, in 2007. When it took California’s state assessment, the school’s performance was at par with some of the top district schools in the region. The high performance fuelled the organization’s rapid growth and expansion. Within a period of 5 years, Rocketship Education had opened six more schools in San Jose. It has since expanded to Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Redwood. Apart from local parents, Rocketship partners with other charter schools, community organizations, and districts to deliver on its mission.