Public education is an integral part of developed nations’ basic operations. Without education, citizens are less likely to perform well in life, contribute to their nations – and the world – or even lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, many impoverished regions and smaller neighborhoods don’t have access to quality education.

Fortunately for places in the United States of America stricken by poverty, Rocketship Education is a chain of 18 public charter schools that enrolls students for free, is designed specifically for low-income areas, and provides often unmatched quality of education, even at private schools. Let’s look at 7 things Preston Smith, the contemporary CEO of Rocketship Education, has learned throughout its first ten years.

Teachers should be required to visit the homes of students, especially in situations in which schools provide individual learning plans. Rocketship Education is a pioneer in integrating technology into schoolwork, although not throughout their entire days at school. Rather, technological devices are combined with special software to teach lessons to students on an individual basis.

Parents should be mandated to provide feedback once per month, at minimum, about their children’s experiences at school, particularly about their instructors. This helps them better improve.

Teachers should hail from culturally diverse backgrounds. As most low-income areas have diverse groups of students, so should their teachers. This leads to higher student satisfaction and retention.

Parents should be willing to move their students to new, better schools if their current locations aren’t teaching them or stimulating them enough. This includes Rocketship Education’s facilities.

Special needs students spend 80% of their days in regular classrooms, per RSED’s meaningful-inclusion model, helping students and teachers alike deal with real-world problems.

Everyone associated with Rocketship Education should be proud of its status as a public school.

Finally, teachers and administrators should always value the opinions of outsiders. While they aren’t required to implement independent parties’ wishes, they should undoubtedly weigh their insight heavily.

Rocketship Education was founded by Preston Smith and John Danner in 2007. Smith has bene its CEO since February of 2013. Nashville, the nation’s capital, Milwaukee, and twelve cities in the Golden State are all home to Rocketship Education’s facilities.