CLOSED [Giveaway] A parent-activist reads Richard Whitmire's "On the Rocketship"

Richard Whitmire‘s new book, On the Rocketship, starts off right, with this dedication: To the true disruptors: Rocketship parents pressing for better middle schools and high schools. The author gave me a copy to give away to my readers. To… Continue Reading

Rocketship Education parent information session on March 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Rocketship Education is hosting a parent information session on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cortez Branch Library, 2803 Hunter Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78224 (map). RSVP at www.rsed.org/texas. Rocketship Education is a network of public, open-enrollment charter schools… Continue Reading

Charter schools help make San Antonio a “City on the Rise”

Lorenzo Gomez, Executive Director of the 80/20 Foundation and an SA2020 board member, has a “micro-script” for San Antonio: “A City On The Rise.” So why did these four words hit me the way they did? I think it’s because… Continue Reading

Carpe Diem Schools national expansion: coming soon to San Antonio, Texas?

I am following several Generation 18 charter applications at the Texas Education Agency this year, including Rocketship (earlier post), Montessori For All (earlier post), and Carpe Diem Schools (earlier post). Researching Carpe Diem, I came across an enthusiastic blog post from 2010, when education… Continue Reading

Charter school bill’s impact on Rocketship Education and other out-of-state networks of high-performing charter schools

A recent story from KUHF 88.7 FM Houston Public Radio praises Rocketship Education, noting “their schools have posted some of the best results for low-income kids in the entire state of California.” “What The New Charter School Bill Could Mean For… Continue Reading

Choose to Succeed launches new website

Choose to Succeed has a spiffy new website with helpful information explaining their mission: In 2011, the George W. Brackenridge and Ewing Halsell Foundations began to analyze student achievement data from the Greater San Antonio area. At the close of their analysis… Continue Reading

Rocketship Education video: rethinking elementary

[vimeo 61889636 w=500 h=281] Rethinking Elementary School from the Ground Up from Rocketship Education on Vimeo. Rocketship Education, a Choose to Succeed partner CMO, is applying for a Texas charter this year. The Rocketship “new schools” team played this video at at… Continue Reading

Rocketship Education has “schoolteachers,” my son says

At the Rocketship Education information session yesterday, we watched a new video about Rocketship’s learning model and expansion plans. My five-year-old son is learning to read and couldn’t resist saying all the headings out loud. After we got home, had dinner, and… Continue Reading

Rocketship Education information session at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday

As mentioned earlier, Rocketship Education is a network of high-performing charter schools that is expanding nationally—and now possibly to Texas. Rocketship is hosting an information session at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 at KIPP Aspire Academy, 735 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio,… Continue Reading