Rocketship Education is the leading public
school system for low-income elementary students. Founded in 2006, Rocketship Education ( www . rsed . org ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose
mission is to eliminate the achievement gap by building a national school system
of K-5 charter schools. Rocketship has pioneered the transformative Rocketship
Model, which combines teacher development, parent empowerment and
individualized learning to improve student achievement.
Rocketship is benefitting the broader
public school system and building stronger communities by graduating students
who are entering middle school prepared to succeed. Rocketship’s active
partnership with families helps parents become fully-engaged, long-term
advocates equipped to get their children to and through college.
Rocketship School Model
Rocketship’s model, which has delivered
exceptional academic results, focuses on developing outstanding educators,
empowering parents and providing individualized instruction through technology
and tutors to improve student achievement.
Rocketship’s goal is to transform teaching
into the most desirable profession, allowing Rocketship schools to compete
effectively against medicine, law and academia for top-quartile college
graduates. Rocketship promotes a deep
culture of teacher and leader sustainability by recruiting the nation's most
promising teachers and leaders into classrooms largely driven by a close
partnership with Teach For America. Teachers come to Rocketship for the
innovative teaching environment offered by the organization, including higher
compensation, a model that better utilizes their abilities and increased
professional opportunities for professional advancement.
Rocketship fosters a deep connection
between its schools and parents as it recognizes that parents are an essential
element in helping Rocketeers excel. Rocketship equips families to prepare
their children for the academic requirements of college and actively engages
them in their children’s education at all levels, including in the classroom,
in school, at home and in the community.
Rocketship’s learning approach combines
traditional classroom learning with individualized instruction through its
Learning Lab, in which students spend one-on-one time with computers utilizing
online technology and participate in intensive tutor-led small groups to master
reading and math skills. Through this approach, approximately 90 percent of
Rocketship’s lowest-performing students move out of the bottom quartile within
a year and the majority of Rocketeers achieve three years of academic growth
for every two years in school.
Learning Lab, which uses skilled support staff since students are working
one-on-one with computers utilizing educational programs, saves Rocketship
$500,000 per year per school. This is particularly impressive considering that
California is in the bottom five percent in per-pupil funding nationwide. These
cost savings allow Rocketship to reinvest in its programs and people to drive
school quality while operating solely and sustainably on traditional public
school funding. Philanthropic dollars are not needed to fund current schools or
open new schools. Instead, fundraising
is used to design new, innovative programs and to develop the infrastructure
necessary to expand into new regions.
to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime by partnering with cities,
school districts and communities across the U.S. that share Rocketship’s sense
of urgency. By bringing the unique Rocketship Model to thousands of low-income
students and inspiring other public school systems to adopt similar practices
for high-quality, scalable impact, this ambitious goal is attainable.
About the Rocketship Network Leadership Program
The Rocketship Network Leadership
Program is an accelerated multi-level program designed to support and prepare
school leaders to open and successfully run high-performing Rocketship
schools. The Network leadership program offers three
tracks to school leadership in our network including the
Emerging Leaders program for current teachers, the Rising Fellows program, and
the Principal Fellows program.
Development Intern will play a critical role in preparing 20+ school leaders
(Principals, Assistant Principals, Academic Deans) to positively impact the
lives of nearly 3000 San Jose students in the coming school year. The intern will assist the Leadership
Development staff in the planning and implementation of Leadership Launch, our
network-wide summer professional development for school leaders. Through these
experiences, the intern will have the opportunity to observe a rigorous and
innovative leadership training program. In addition, the intern will have
access to National and Regional staff,
experience the culture of a start-up environment, and learn how a
high-performing charter network on-boards and supports its school leaders.
Internship responsibilities will include but
are not limited to helping staff coordinate catering, secure off-site locations,
prepare all program materials, set-up/clean-up of training sites, film
trainings, gather feedback from participants, update and maintain databases and
files. Internship responsibilities are primarily administrative but following
Leadership Launch can be expanded to meet the interests of the intern and the
continuing needs of the Leadership Development team.
pursuing a college degree
Effective time management and organization
Clear and effective communication skills.
Strong problem solving skills, flexibility, and
positive work ethic.
proficient (i.e. Microsoft Office, Internet applications)
to personal transportation
start and end dates: June 17 to August 18
Availability for a minimum of two full days or
three partial days per week (15 hrs per week) and ideally 40 hrs/wk during Leadership Launch
Workstudy Eligibility preferred (Open to course credit or hourly compensation
commensurate with experience)
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