Rocketship Education Is Making Heads Turn

Rocketship Education is a revolutionary move in education that is really just common sense. It has been well-known for a long time that students learn differently from student to student, there has just been no good workable methods brought forth to make that happen in modern education on a wholesale basis. That is, until Rocketship Education has come on the scene.

Rocketship Education was founded in 2002 as a non-profit public charter school system that is located primarily in low-income neighborhoods where no excellent school is available. The model stresses that there be a working partnership between the teachers, parents, students and the community as a whole in order for optimum success to be achieved.

It has long been known that the traditional classroom of 20 to 40 children is not the best environment for learning to take place. In many cases teachers spend as much or more time disciplining the students to pay attention than they do with any meaningful teaching. Therefore learning does not happen at optimum levels.

Rocketship Education uses a mode that they call “Blended Learning.” This model takes into account that each student learns differently and at a differing pace. The blended learning system takes this into account as each student’s path and the pace is individualized to he or she can get maximum effect from their experience.

A small amount of the traditional classroom still exists with Rocketship, gut only for broad-based announcements and general information purposes. The real learning takes place in small groups of 5 to 6 students, digital learning which is totally individualized, and one-on-one tutorial sessions.

The small groups have focused lessons with up-to-date learning aids that are visual, vocal and specific. The digital sessions are done with a laptop and headsets. The students are walked through exercises where they learn math, geography, English lesson, and historical facts. The format is much like some of the games that most of them have already experienced, so they are familiar with the process. The tutoring is very individualized and the tutor can cover any areas where the student is having difficulty.

The results speak loud and clear. The test scores put Rocketship students an average of one year ahead of their counterpart public school students.

Success Academy Shows The Need To Continue Advocating For Student Success

The Success Academy founded by Eva Moskowitz in 2006 has grown from a single school in Harlem that saw its first principal resign and many major building problems into a network of over 40 schools across New York City. Charter schools are often given a bad name in the press for the fact they tend to cater to those who are already given an academic advantage, but the Success Academy was designed by Eva Moskowitz from the outset to provide the highest of quality in learning and teaching. 

Charter schools are often given a bad name in the press for the fact they tend to cater to those who are already given an academic advantage, but the Success Academy was designed by Eva Moskowitz from the outset to provide a high quality educational experience to students who are living in disadvantaged areas and have already had problems at traditional New York City Public Schools. In 2017, the achievements of Success Academy have seen the school receive over 17,000 applications for its limited number of available spaces totaling just over 3,000 seats.

 

Eva Moskowitz has a long history in education and has taken on many of the latest trends in education that are often ignored by a New York public school system that is trapped using systems that provide the majority of benefits for educators and parents while ignoring the needs of students. The former history professor has revealed the needs of the students of many different socioeconomic backgrounds have often been ignored in New York and the majority of the students who are accepted into the Success Academy charter schools program arrive with at least a few strikes against their name. As a leading educational expert and education reform movement campaigner, Eva Moskowitz has built a network of charter schools that are proving a major success for thousands of students across New York City.

The former history professor has revealed the needs of the students of many different socioeconomic backgrounds have often been ignored in New York and the majority of the students who are accepted into the Success Academy charter schools program arrive with at least a few strikes against their name. As a leading educational expert and education reform movement campaigner, Eva Moskowitz has built a network of charter schools that are proving a major success for thousands of students across New York City.

 

One of the major differences between the work being completed at Success Academy by Eva Moskowitz and those at other charter schools aimed at providing a high-quality education for minority groups and those from financially disadvantaged neighborhoods, is the fact Eva Moskowitz did not set out to create a school for disadvantaged children; instead, the graduate of Johns Hopkins set out to develop the best possible school she could for students regardless of the background of the students attending her charter school.

Kids Gain A Better Chance At Education With Betsy DeVos

A lot of people say they like to help others. However, it is rare for people to truly know what would help them. For one thing, people only think about the short term when they help someone. At the same time, a lot of people don’t seem to have the time or the space to be able to make an investment into the long term success of an individual. Fortunately, there is someone who is available to help children make better decisions and improve their community. She is Betsy DeVos. She is working to change the lives of children through education.

One of the ways she is trying to do this is by bringing forth the school choice initiative. This makes it possible for children to choose the type of schools they can go to without thinking about the district they are in. Traditionally, children were assigned schools according to the district they lived in. The problem with that is that some of the districts were in communities that were low in income. As a result, children were more vulnerable to less than favorable circumstances. The quality of education also suffered. Therefore, someone had to be there to address this issue.

Betsy DeVos is the one person who has addressed this issue. She has held offices in government with the purpose of bringing the needed changes to education so that students can have a better shot at getting schooling in the right environment. Betsy has managed to make such a huge difference in the lives of people because she was inspired. She has always been able to put her children in schools that are in better neighborhoods. However, she has also seen parents struggle in order to get good schooling for their children. She has started with one family and then has decided to make sure that it is available for more families.

Betsy DeVos is actually a hero for children. A lot of the children that would’ve had lower quality schooling were given a chance to get higher quality education in schools that are in safer neighborhoods. Therefore, they can more easily learn the necessary skills for making a good career. Follow Betsy on Twitter.

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Students Building Digital Portfolios: Class Dojo

 

Now, ClassDojo has added yet another cool feature, Student Story. This features acts like an online portfolio for students, allowing them to catalog and share their work. The ultimate goal is to allow them to reflect on the success and need for improvement within their own work.

Student story intends to build confidence within the students by sharing their work with their parents and taking pride on improvement. ClassDojo is a widely used app, where it is used in 2 of 3 classes, and has helped to build change from the ground up. Using individual mobile devices, student can access Dojo with just a QR code to post or capture moments during a lesson. Teachers remain moderators, so they have to approve the posts. Students enjoy taking part in documenting the classroom experience, and parents are thrilled to be so connected to their child’s education. It has given parents a sense of empowerment. Students are able to keep their precious projects without fear of losing them and track their progress.

Class Dojo is a free mobile app that can be used on lap tops, mobile devices, and desktops. They have a web site connected to the app, so those who do not have a mobile device can access it. It is easy to use and free for teacher and parents. All the teachers need to do is type in student names and customize the behaviors. If the teacher wants to focus on preparedness, then they may create more behaviors about having materials or homework. Easy to use pre-made templates and features help to ease the burden off teachers and create a connection between the classroom and home.

This app creates a positive culture within the classroom, encouraging open dialogue between parents and teachers. It helps to eliminate surprises during those infrequent parent teacher conferences. Teachers are able to reach parents quickly with information and other matters, and parents can rest assure that they are receiving the information.

 

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