Preston Smith and the Many Things He Learned at Rocketship Education

Preston Smith was born in San Jose in the early 1980s to a working-class family. From the time he was in elementary school, Smith knew that he wanted to become a teacher eventually, though he did have to exercise a great deal of patience. Beginning in 1997, Preston moved away from his Californian birthplace of San Jose to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the best universities in the United States.

There he studied Latin American culture, as he was well aware of how densely populated San Jose – much like the rest of California – was with Latinos and other Spanish-speaking people, including how effective the ability to speak Spanish would prove in practice in San Jose’s field of education.

Following completion of the bachelor’s program in 2001, he quickly flew back to San Jose to begin a short stint as a first-grade teacher at Arbuckle Elementary School. In 2003, he began initial proceedings in founding an elementary school; in 2004, the plan was finalized, soon serving as the Founding Principal of L.U.C.H.A. Elementary School. Three years later, he founded Rocketship Education, soon to be known as a pioneer in customized learning plans that students completed using modern compact tech devices like tablets and laptops.

During his first ten years with Rocketship, Mr. Smith became privy to loads of important ideas – here are the most important three.

Interviews are conducted with help from – most all schools haven’t even thought about doing so – parents. They listen to ¬¬¬ of info children wouldn’t dare repeat at school, or even at home in front of friends. As such, interviews with help from parents make nothing but loads of sense.

Parents send feedback to Rocketship Education’s nearest location and to headquarters. Teachers are evaluated in large part for how these surveys depict their classroom behavior, attitude, and effort, keeping them honest and helping eliminate backtalk and sass from kids.

In concern for children being unruly, teachers are selected based on whether their cultural backdrops match that of the average students. This increases how well students behave, as well as their willingness to learn. Educational attainment goes down the proverbial drain whenever students aren’t interested in what teachers have to say, exactly why this guideline was enacted by Preston Smith.