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Lessons Learnt From Rocketship Education’s Personalized Learning Approach

by Chris Holden - September 15th, 2017.
Filed under: Education.

Traditionally, schools provide standardized content to all students. This situation has always been attributed to the difficulty at which some students learn. At the same time, such content slows down the learning abilities of super bright students. One school, Rosketship Education, has decided to abandon this universal approach to education by adopting the K-5 personalized learning. Now in its tenth year of running the program, the school, through its founder, Preston Smith, has come up with a number of lessons from the program:

Personalized learning should be started at home. This means that parents plays a key role in a child’s education. Besides providing their kids with integrated technology, parents should be able to understand a child’s needs and interests. Rosketship Education has taken a step further in this process by conducting annual home visits. These visits enables both the teachers and parents to deeply discuss the interests and needs of a given student and come up with ways through which the best personalized learning can be provided to each student.

Presently, few schools offer personalized learning to students. Smith believes that by increasing the demand for such learning, more schools will be created to cater to the students’ needs. For instance, the demand for Rocketship’s quality programs has seen the network increase the number of schools under its network from one to dozens in just 10 years.

Mindset is also a key factor towards the success of personalized learning programs. Since the program uses continuous learning approach, it ends up burning out some teachers. This problem is dealt with during the hiring of teachers. Rocketship Education has established a strategic interview program that ensures that only teachers with the right mindset can pass the interview. Rocketship Education encourages other schools to adapt their hiring practices if they want to have a successful personalized learning program.

About Rocketship Education

Rocketship Education is a network of non-profit public elementary charter schools catering to the learning needs of students from the low-income families. Preston Smith founded the provider of personalized learning program in 2006. The network has continued to focus on bridging the achievement gap between students from low-income families and high-income families.


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