Parents play an integral role in the development of children. Without good parenting, kids are more likely to – without beating around the bush – fail in life than their more fortunate counterparts. Further, parents are essential to potentiating what their kids absorb from attending school.
To look at it from a public school’s point of view, teachers and administrators should engage parents as co-educators. This engagement is precisely why Rocketship Mateo Sheedy, the very first installment in the Rocketship Education line of public schools, earned the title of the one and only elementary school – out of a pool of all public and private schools – in the San Francisco Bay Area to securely close the gap between black students in the practice of English and language arts.
The pioneer installment of the line of Rocketship Education schools is unarguably the best at bringing parents into the educational fray
Aned Sanchez is the office administrator at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary. Before Sanchez worked her first day, she thought for countless hours about her childhood; her mother didn’t speak any English – the pair and the father of the family came to the United States from Latin America as first-generation immigrants – must like many of the parents of children at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary.
Ms. Sanchez’s mother simply didn’t know that she could meet with teachers, take her child out of school to enroll her in a better one, or openly criticize them in the name of trying to obtain a higher quality of education for her precious baby girl Aned.
The current office manager of the Mateo Sheedy Elementary school even said in her interview that she wanted to work for the Rocketship family of schools “because I am one of these families. This is my story, too.”
Off we go to look at our Eesir Kaur has influenced Rocketship
Eesir Kaur is the principal and school board director of Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary, the best school in the public charter school system.
She recalls just last year when the former principal of Mateo Sheedy – his name was Jason Fromoltz and he had served in the position for several years – tragically passed away. In reflection, Eesir Kaur remembers that “Jason ushered in a new era of what it means … to teach kids in the 21st century.” Fromoltz taught Kaur countless things over the years in terms of what it means to be a good member of a public charter school, especially interacting with the parents of students there at Mateo Elementary.
Kaur remembers how she responded to a question from a student’s mother named Eva; the mother wondered how she could support her daughter in English. However, Eva didn’t speak great English and was a first-line immigrant from a Latin American country – Eva didn’t speak anything fluently outside of Spanish and Rocketship’s English courses required nothing even remotely related to the Spanish language from students.
Eesir Kaur shared with Eva that the mother needed to read around the child, even if books she read weren’t always in English – or weren’t ever written in English, that is. Eva did exactly that; this resulted in her daughter wanting to read more because she simply wanted to copy her mother.
Eva even went to a community college to get an associate’s degree so her children would be inspired to go far in their own educational careers – parents really do matter when it comes to education.