The meaning of community is often accused of being lost with the times. Some people complain that neighbors do not help each other like they used to. That simple comfort seems to be lost to time. However, that is not the case with many communities. In fact, many more communities seem to realize that this is the best way to ensure the success of everyone. Consider one innovative new education program and it impacts, Rocketship Education. This program employs a number of community building exercises to build a better future for all involved.
Rocketship Education is a new charter school program that operates in 3 states and the District of Columbia. They specialize in turning the tides on under performing schools. Their programs have been met with successful results. One major achievement was being ranked in the top 10% of schools serving impoverished communities in California. Their mission is to ensure that every student is able to achieve regardless of income level. They exemplify this by encouraging students to identify as rocketeers. This nickname is to drive home to every student that they can achieve greatness regardless of circumstance as well as a way to drive a connection to their school and community.
The program does not just talk the talk but also walks the walk. They require all staff members to reach out to families. Involving families in their children’s education helps drive success. Instructors are required to meet with each student in their home at least once. This experience engages parents as well as gives the teacher a comprehensive idea of each student’s unique challenges. With this information, instructors develop thoughtful instruction techniques customized to students needs.
Supporting the community as a whole is also a major goal of the program. They not only encourage students to connect with their community but the school actively engages with the community as well. One major example is when tragedy struct San Jose. Many students and their families were impacted and hurting for basic essentials as well as deposits on new housing or insurance deductibles. The school quickly worked to raise over $60,000 which was then distributed to families. Through their involvement, they were able to stabilize the homes of countless students as well as their families.