On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope

Overview

PRAISE FOR ON THE ROCKETSHIP

On the Rocketship captures the week-by-week drama of a group of entrepreneurs, parents, and teachers as they fight to bring high quality schools to more students. The work isn’t easy; I’m sure there were many days that founder John Danner wished he were back at a tech startup. But unless our nation intends to break its promise to educate all kids, the work has to be done.”
REED HASTINGS, founder of Netflix

“A ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$20.51
BN.com price
(Save 23%)$26.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (12) from $15.69   
  • New (10) from $15.69   
  • Used (2) from $21.49   
On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$17.99
BN.com price
(Save 33%)$26.95 List Price

Overview

PRAISE FOR ON THE ROCKETSHIP

On the Rocketship captures the week-by-week drama of a group of entrepreneurs, parents, and teachers as they fight to bring high quality schools to more students. The work isn’t easy; I’m sure there were many days that founder John Danner wished he were back at a tech startup. But unless our nation intends to break its promise to educate all kids, the work has to be done.”
REED HASTINGS, founder of Netflix

“A powerful story that shines a spotlight on the importance of quality educational options. Whitmire offers keen insights and lessons about the value of collaboration among educators to ensure every student is set up for success in school and in life.”
MIKE FEINBERG and DAVE LEVIN, cofounders of KIPP

“Worried about where our public schools are going? You must read this book. Whitmire has written a deep and dramatic account of the turmoil over education reform across the country. He exposes both the triumphs and disasters of the Rocketship schools, and much of the rest of the charter school movement. Whether you love these reforms or hate them, this is the best book yet about what is really going on.”
JAY MATHEWS, Washington Post columnist and author of Work Hard. Be Nice.

“To truly prepare every student in America for success in college, career, and life, today’s schools must innovate rapidly and continually evolve. Whitmire examines how Rocketship has embraced this theory of change. He does a phenomenal job highlighting the strategies, challenges, and successes that are possible when educators embrace innovation and set out to create a personalized learning experience for every student.”
DIANE TAVENNER, CEO and founder, Summit Public Schools

“Rocketship is among the most interesting stories in education today because the schools show vividly the challenges and opportunities of creating better schools. Whitmire tells the Rocketship story with characteristic color and an eye toward its broader implications for American education. Whatever you think of charter schools or education reform you must engage with the ideas in this book.”
ANDREW ROTHERHAM, cofounder of Bellwether Education Partners, author of Eduwonk.com

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118607640
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/9/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 308,852
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD WHITMIRE, a veteran newspaper reporter and former editorial writer at USA Today, is author of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District. He is also author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Education System That’s Leaving Them Behind.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: The Players

Rocketship Finally Launches outside California

John Danner

Preston Smith

Danner’s Big Pivot

Part II: The Startup Years

A Charter Fund Designed to Nurture Top CMOs

Did the Butterfly Effect Give Wings to Rocketship?

Hurricane Katrina

Startup Meets Smokestack

Sci-Fi-Inspired Software

Joel Klein Does the Unexpected

Recruiting the Key (Outside) Players

The Hard Sell: Pitching the First Rocketship

Opening Mateo Sheedy: Tough Times

NewSchools Launches Charter Accelerator Fund II

How to Build a Fibonacci School

Part III: The Growth Years

The Ideal Personnel Department? Not within Rocketship

Alum Rock Rejects Rocketship . . . Is That a Bad Thing?

Rocketship Finds a Friend

Charter School Growth Fund Puts Rocketship on the Map

Slivka’s Sci-Fi Software Gets Shipped: DreamBox

Rocketship Wins Five More Charters

Finding Karen Martinez . . . It’s an Art

Achievement Gaps in Fabulous Silicon Valley?

District-Charters Compact Launched

Danner (and Reed Hastings) Discover DreamBox

Yet Another Boring Education Book? Not Exactly?

States Repeal Charter Restrictions (Okay, a Bribe Was Involved)

Fresh Charter Strategy from the Department of Education

Growing the High-Performing (and Blended) Charters

Double Setbacks . . . Rocketship Changes Course

A Corporate Jet Packed with Movers and Shakers Touches Down

Leaders of Top Charters Tapped as State Commissioners

Top Charters to Get Stiff Test

Blended Learning Rocketship Style: This Stuff Works!

KIPP Opens Its One-Hundredth School

A Discovery That Would Lead to Big Changes (and Bigger Drama)

Rocketship Bids Big: Give Us Twenty More Charters in Santa Clara County

Setting Up Rocketship to Fail?

Rocketship Doubles Down on a Reinvention

One Million Rocketship Students by 2030? Not Happening

Rocketship and Unions: It’s Complicated; A Rocketship Teacher Sits down with a Union Leader—Her Mother

Early Fallout from Model Change

The Pushback Gets Real: The Fight over Tamien

Part IV: The Push to Expand outside San Jose

Welcome to South Milwaukee

A Power Play Backfires

School Starts in Seven Months—but Only Three Sign-ups!

Danner Steps Down; Smith Steps Up

Milwaukee Gets a Shakeup

Stretching to Lure Top Charters: The San Antonio Story

Smith’s Worst Monday Ever

Exactly What Kind of a Difference Can a Fibonacci School Make?

Milwaukee Looking Up (a Bit)

Two Charters Make the Top Five List

If Rocketship Is the Digital Future Why Do Its Schools Look So Ordinary?

Fibonacci Developments in Massachusetts

More Progress in Milwaukee

A Day in the Life: Rocketship’s Flagship School, Mateo Sheedy

Fresh Turbulence in Milwaukee

Surprise Shift on TFA

Milwaukee Parents Name Their School: Southside Prep

Rumor Just In: Rocketship Falls through the Ice

A Fibonacci Charter Group Is Honored

Build, Measure, Learn . . . Rinse, Repeat

One Month before Southside Prep Opens

How Many Sharon Kims Are out There?

Eva Makes Life Hard for Her Many Critics

Opening Week at Southside Prep

California Test Scores Released

Part V: The Future for Rocketship and Other High Performers

Answering the Fibonacci Question: Will Rocketship Make It Big?

Fibonacci Charters Summoned to Memphis

Houston’s Spring Branch Schools: The Future?

Where’s the Tipping Point?

The Tennessee Launch

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)