Designed by the LAGUNA BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Rocket Ready creates a unique and innovative approach to professional development. The goal of Rocket Ready is to fuel MOONSHOT THINKING among our staff members . The approach is unique in that we started at the end and backward mapped our staff development in the hopes of making the process meaningful, engaging, and immediately useful to teachers working with students in their classrooms. Throughout the process, teachers earn micro-credentials, with one of the culminating credentials being a "World Changer". This credential requires teachers and students to research a real-world problem and apply curriculum related strategies to solve the problem.
Teachers earn the micro-credentials by working through classes, online videos, or other activities...then show evidence of their learning through screenshots, reflections, activities, or student work examples. The focus is always on how teachers are engaging with students, not on "attending a class".
Each year, the project culminates with a 2-minute video that teachers and students create to describe the problem they worked on solving.