In the 1990s, Los Angeles Unified School District allowed parents and teachers to be part of the recruitment process for principals and staff members. However, today’s parents are rarely involved in school’s hiring process. Most parents know their children’s teachers once schools are opened for a new term. At Rocketship Education, parents are engaged in every activity. The charter school network involves parents in job interviews for teachers. Speaking to Education Week, Preston Smith said that parent-participation is at the core of the school system. Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Rocketship chain of schools. In all the campuses of Rocketship Education, three to six parents undergo training to enable them to be part of the interviewing panel. Additionally, the schools hold community meetings to give parents a chance to meet the finalists. Smith said that parents’ input in job interviews is highly valued.
About Rocketship Education
Rocketship is a non-profit chain of public elementary charter schools that primarily enrolls low-income students. Most students from low-income neighborhoods are unable to get quality education due to the limited accessibility of schools in their regions. Rocketship offers these children a platform to achieve success like their counterparts from wealthy neighborhoods. Rocketship Education empowers teachers, involves parents and inspires communities. It is for this reason that the brand has received national attention. With a great team of highly qualified teachers and leaders, the school makes a profound impact on students’ academic lives. They stand out in charter schools due to their teaching model that focuses on personalized learning and growth.
With a clear understanding that every child learns and advances at their own pace, the school team works to ensure that each child is taught using a tailored approach to achieve academic success. Most traditional schools use a one-size-fits-all system. Rocketship Education’s inclusive learning model features traditional instruction, tutoring and technology that allow students to learn at their paces. Innovation is at the heart of Rocketship. They continue to explore possible ways of incorporating technology with unique teacher-led instruction to help meet the specific needs of each student. They also work closely with parents to ensure that they take charge at home, school and in the community. The extensive involvement of the parents with their children’s activities plays an important role in enhancing their class performance.