Early 2007, Rocketship Education launched an ambitious mission of building a strong public elementary school network that could traverse the whole country just to get rid of the achievement gap. As it started, there were a lot of happenings as far as public education was concerned, key among them was the target reforms in ensuring that gaps in achievement could get reduced starting from the lowest level of education: elementary school. Ten years later, 90 percent of the African American students cannot reach math proficiency in their 8th grade, as poor 25 students in fourth grade are Latinos. Such figures were worrying to the system until the whole system was subject to a rethinking. That in getting rid of the achievement gap, the elementary school could be thought from the ground up. The achievement gap has been an important step in improving the quality.
The Rocketship Education has since premised the realization of this fete on promoting and developing a breed of excellent teachers. Another model is makin learning more personal and student-centered and lastly, engaging parents. From these fronts, the system been nurtured to a stage where Rocketship boasts of coverage of four regions, 11 elementary schools and 6,000 Rocketeers have undergone the system. Following a smooth growth phase, the focus now shifts to the sustainability phase that requires that the same focus is to grow deeper instead of growing wider.
The Notable Achievements
With this strategy has Rocketship assumed a robust overall success where Rocketeers outside California alone have made significant academic progress that features the schools performing in the top tier of school that serves English-learning and low-income communities? The efforts have never stopped at that since Rocketship teachers have continued to collaborate with other stakeholders in pursuing excellence. The parents in our institutions have also affirmed the continual transformational outcomes through their significant efforts to engaging both the school and their immediate society in providing the best learning environments for the students. Even as eliminating achievement gap remains the ultimate goal, sustainability and solidifying the cumulative gains remains the priority and gives the road map to that particular goal.
Eva Moskowitz attended The Johns Hopkins University where she attained a Ph.D. in American History. She is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a profound philanthropist with strong views about how social issues should be run especially on children matters focusing on the education sector. She has previously worked as a history lecturer at different universities across New York.
From her elementary school years, she felt that the education system was failing and that there was a need for change. Having been raised in a challenging background, she also felt the plight of the poor citizens who so much wanted their kids to receive a quality education. It is for this reason that she won the Educational Committee Chair seat in the New York City Council. Eva Moskowitz also had the ambition of running for Mayor of New York.
Later on, Eva Moskowitz took it upon herself to develop the education system she dreamed of and founded the Success Academy Charter Schools in 2006. The school which she started with just 165 children has since grown to become a reputable school across New York. It currently schools more than 11,000 children in 34 schools across New York. The applications from parents who wish for their children to join the school are way more than the school can accommodate, a reason Eva Moskowitz says that they still have a long way to go.
Eva Moskowitz developed a system whereby children learn the basic subjects required by the state with the incorporation of chess classes, sports, and much debate. Eva Moskowitz argues that children must be challenged to learn since their minds are easy to ‘manipulate’ hence, they must be given ‘hard’ tasks to enable them to think and be creative on their own.
The teaching system developed by Eva Moskowitz seems to be working well. This is because students from the school score higher than most of their peers in a yearly test that is conducted to assess their knowledge.
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