Innovate Public Schools recognizes low-income schools in the area that have high academic achievement. Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School, which is a public charter school, was one of the schools that was recognized. It is the only elementary school on Innovative Public Schools’ report that was recognized for closing the educational gap among low-income African-American students in English language arts.
Parents Serve as Leaders and Co-Educators
Aned Sanchez is the office manager at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School. When Aned’s mother came to the United States, she spoke very little English. Aned’s mother did not know how to demand a better educational experience. Aned was asked about why she wanted to work for Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School. She stated that she can relate to many of the immigrants.
Aned has worked at the school for the past 10 years. She hopes that she can create a community where everyone feels welcome. There are some families who cannot write or speak English. However, Aned wants everyone to know that they can contribute something.
Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School has focused on parent partnership since its inception. Last year, Jason Fromoltz, who was the school’s principal, died. The school realized that Jason’s efforts helped parents get involved. His efforts also improved academic success.
Eesir Kaur is the interim principal. He stated that Jason focused on meeting the challenges of educating a child in 2018.
How Everyone Benefits When Parents are Co-Educators
Eesir used to work as an educator. She saw first-hand that when parents are involved, students do better in the classroom. She is the former principal of Rocketship Discovery Prep. She worked with a woman named Eva. She told Eva that it is important for parents to model what students learn in the classroom.
Eva did not speak or read English. However, Eesir told her that it was important for her daughters to see her mother reading. Eva followed this advice. Not only did she read in front of her daughters, but she also enrolled in night classes to complete her own education.
Eesir has seen firsthand how students benefit when their parents are involved. Rocketship Mateo Sheedy made the list of Top Schools for Latinos and African-Americans.
Engaging Parents in the Decision-Making Process
Parents have a voice at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy. One of the events that the school has is Coffee With Principal. This is a place where parents are able to discuss their concerns. Aned stated that families demand a lot from them. She also stated that she likes for parents to push school administrators to make changes.
Parents also like the fact that the school focuses on helping everyone. Debesay Tecklemarian has a first-grade child at the school. She stated that she likes the fact that the school focuses on helping all of the kids.
About Rocketship Education
Rocketship Education is a network of public charter schools. The public charter school serves low-income students. It was founded in 2006 by Preston Smith and John Danner. There are anywhere from 500 to 1,000 employees working for Rocketship Education.