1. A Day in the Life


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    Get an inside look at a day in the life of three corps members.

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    • Rethinking Elementary School from the Ground Up


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      Rocketship Education (www.rsed.org) is a network of public K through 5 charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited. Using a blend of traditional instruction, adaptive technology and targeted tutoring, Rocketship strives to meet the unique needs of each and every student. But we believe that truly transformative schools do more than educate students; they empower teachers, engage parents and inspire communities. Together, we can eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime. Rocketship was founded in San Jose, but we realize the achievement gap stretches across the nation. We're opening new schools every year to help reach the millions of students striving in underperforming schools every day.

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      • Funding Illinois Future


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        Education in Illinois is in crisis due to a funding system that has become outdated. A group of leaders in Illinois education came to PictoMoto for help, based on the work we did for the Illinois State Board of Education. They wanted to spread the message of how new legislation could solve these issues. Check out the video we delivered!

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        • NewSchools: Changing the Odds


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          There's a movement to fix the problems of our schools—and it's getting results. Visit http://www.newschools.org/action to learn more.

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          • Launching Nashville


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            In 2010, Rocketship Education touched down in Nashville to explore the option to bring more excellent schools to Tennessee. Four years later, Rocketship opened Nashville Northeast Elementary (RNNE) to serve 450 rocketeers and their families. Led by Nashville native and Rocketship veteran Adam Nadeau, RNNE is our eleventh school nation wide. Great schools are not only a foundation for incredible kids to mature into amazing adults, but also an opportunity for communities to grow closer together. When parents and families come together in a place of learning, communities thrive. As the Editor of Beyond, I’m grateful to have had the task of telling this story of our first school in our third region; the story of Mr. Nadeau’s vision of excellence; the story of a teachers’ passion for all kids attaining excellence; and the story of many parents’ dreams for their kids.

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            • Bryana Wicks Redefines Possible


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              Bryana Wicks, 7th Grader at YES Prep West shares her story and insight on what it's like to be a student at YES Prep.

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              • Excellent Teachers & Leaders


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                Excellent teachers and leaders create transformational schools. Rocketship is focused on recruiting and retaining the best educators in the country while investing deeply in their training and development to ensure that teachers and leaders can profoundly impact students and communities. Rocketship offers ongoing professional development, above-market salaries, multiple career pathways, and leadership development programs with the goal of elevating the teaching profession. By attracting great teachers and motivating them to stay, Rocketship is able to scale quickly to provide excellent educational options to communities across the country. Rocketship Education (www.rsed.org) is a network of public K through 5 charter schools serving primarily low-income students in neighborhoods where access to excellent schools is limited.

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                • Marissa Blakley Redefines Possible


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                  Marissa Blakley came to YES Prep with five years of teaching experience at Lee High School in HISD. Listen to her story about why she chooses to Redefine Possible at YES Prep East End.

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                  • Every Day a Difference : Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center


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                    Join us on Thompson Island and explore an unforgettable land of beauty—a place where opportunity and adventure await, and where challenge inspires change. Just a short boat ride into the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area, here you will discover unimagined opportunities and make new memories. So take a journey to a place where Thompson Island Outward Bound programs educate, and events become extraordinary. And experience how everything we do makes a difference for Boston youth.

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                    • No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap


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                      [The above is the abridged Web version of No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap. The full half-hour version will be presented around the country on public television in the spring of 2011. You can get a free DVD of the full film by visiting our website: www.kettering.org/achievementgap.] The recent film, Waiting for Superman, got a lot of buzz for the dramatic way it depicts how our national education system allows so many children to languish and fail, despite the fact that we know how to create good schools that can produce high-achieving students, no matter what their socioeconomic background. Waiting For Superman produces a palpable sense of outrage and a demand for change. But what change? What are the parents of failing children, and the concerned citizens who see generations of kids being set up for failure and eventual dependence, to do? Waiting for Superman, probably wisely, doesn’t offer an explicit answer, but the implicit command the movie leaves viewers with is, “Demand change.” But demand change of whom? And how? Where is the influence to come from? Voting? How is voting for a school board member, a levy proposal, a governor, even a President, going to register that demand for change, let alone give a parent a voice in what the change should be? Where Waiting for Superman says, “Demand change,” No Textbook Answer says, “We must be the change. “ By “we,” No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap, means we as parents, we as community members, we as a group of people all facing the same problem. Everyone knows, from their own experience and from the stories so clearly documented in both Waiting For Superman and No Textbook Answer, that our children are often failing in school because the school cannot overcome the problems students face at home and in their communities: lack of parental involvement, lack of role models, lack of resources, lack of opportunities, lack of motivation, and bad influences. No Textbook Answer documents the efforts of communities around the country who realized that they had these gaps, and, instead of simply waiting for the schools to fill them, decided to do what they could to start filling them themselves. These communities’ efforts to fill the gaps ranged from providing meals to hungry parents and kids to setting up mentoring programs or after-school activities, to holding a school board candidates’ forum moderated by district schoolchildren. In fact, many of the kinds of programs these communities managed to build themselves, using their own resources, are the same programs that the highly-performing schools touted in Waiting for Superman offer their students, in addition to their highly qualified and motivated teachers. What No Textbook Answer says is that communities can begin to fill the gaps themselves, instead of waiting for schools to expand their programming. And even if the problem is the schools themselves—bad policies, underperforming teachers, ineffective principal, whatever—that the kind of engaged, involved community that can create its own solutions is also best able to demand change from schools. No Textbook Answer’s name comes from one of its main findings—that there is no textbook answer that will fix all schools and all students. Each community documented in the film had to create their own answer—by coming together, deciding what the problems were for themselves, discovering what they could do to change them, and taking action. The communities chosen for this film were eight locations around the country with significant achievement gaps, gaps in achievement levels between white and minority students, and between poor and affluent students. Some of these schools and communities were performing better than others, but all were failing at least some large fraction of their students. No Textbook Answer is not intended to be any kind of answer either. Simply replicating any of the communities in the film won’t work for any community struggling with low educational performance. No Textbook Answer is intended to help people ask themselves a few simple questions: Are my kids and my community facing this problem? What could we do about it? Who can help? No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap will begin airing on public television stations around the country in 2011. It is also being offered free of charge to university and college television stations. Individuals or organizations who would like a DVD of this film should email us at NoTextbookAnswer@kettering.org, or visit www.kettering.org/achievementgap.

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