At Rocketship, we believe that individualized instruction is essential to drive student achievement at every level. Individualized instruction comes in two forms at Rocketship during Learning Lab: online instruction using adaptive, assessment driven programs and in a Response to Intervention (RTI) program that offers tutor-led, small-group interventions for the lowest-performing quartile of students. Online learning and tutors help to make a child’s classroom work more productive because (s)he has more 1:1 time to overcome specific skills gaps. Learning Lab also gives Rocketship teachers more classroom time to focus on extending their students' critical thinking skills. In addition, Rocketship is working to build the Rocketship Individualized Scheduling Engine (RISE), which will broaden the information available to teachers so that they can fully understand students learning needs through a full assessment of progress in online instruction and classroom assessments.
Our “Learning Lab” combines online curricula, independent reading, and tutoring (based upon an RtI model) in order to strengthen basic skills at the appropriate level for each student. Using this highly differentiated set of instructional methods translates into increased student mastery of basic skills and generates data that teachers can utilize in planning their own classroom instruction. While all of our program—basic skill mastery, higher order thinking, and personal growth—is reinforced throughout the school day in both classrooms and the lab setting, our vision is for learning lab to provide the “lift” so that classroom instruction can focus primarily on higher order thinking and personal growth. Particularly during classroom instruction, we expect Rocketeers to be engaging with rigorous academic content at high levels and pursuing this content with urgency and passion.
Rocketship’s Model holds significant advantages in academic achievement, teaching quality/leadership, and financial sustainability. First, the model enables teachers to maximize classroom time for instruction, guided practice and extending critical thinking skills, while allowing them to schedule tutors and technology for students’ basic skills acquisition, independent practice, assessment and remediation/acceleration. Second, the Rocketship Model creates significant cost savings, which are reinvested in programs and people to drive school quality. Finally, the Rocketship Model enables Rocketship schools to operate solely and sustainably on traditional public school funding and without the need for philanthropy.
If you are interested in seeing the Rocketship Model in action, please fill out the tour registration form. Tours schedules for the upcoming school year are released in August and take place between October and April each school year.
If you are interested integrating the Rocketship Model into your school, please contact the following consultants:
The above Consultants are third party consultants who have studied the Rocketship Model and are available to assist other schools who want to implement the model. Rocketship is not affiliated with these consultants, but have shared the model in great detail with them so that they may help others with implementing a successful Learning Lab.