I hope you enjoy this interesting introduction to some youtube video’s I am working on. What’s your dream? What’s your theme? Finally, what’s your scream. Be encouraged and stay plugged in.
I hope you enjoy this interesting introduction to some youtube video’s I am working on. What’s your dream? What’s your theme? Finally, what’s your scream. Be encouraged and stay plugged in.
Effective leadership HAS to operate under a structured plan. A principle, of sorts, that can serve as an effective outline for any successful organization. I will keep this really simple and straightforward: to keep your wheels turning in the right direction AND at the right speed needed to consistently deliver progressive results, you MUST operate on the foundation of the 3P Principle.
Let me break it down for you. Organizations operate through three things; people, process and product, what I’ll call the 3P Principle. The people who keep your business running, the process in place to hold these people accountable and the product your business delivers.
This first post will focus on the MOST IMPORTANT Principle: People.
Why are people important? Because they carry your organization, your mission, your vision and help to reveal your purpose. But that can only be achieved if, and when, you’ve identified the RIGHT people. We spend a lot of time finding the right people who fit into the culture and environment we’ve created throughout our organization.
Who are you allowing to join your organization? How do they fit? The first 90 days are critical in developing leaders who understand and can translate vision and purpose.
During the first 90 days focus on the following three things:
Training: Pair potential leaders with those in your organization that most closely match their needs and areas to be strengthened. If you have an individual who has incredible ideas, but struggles with figuring out how to identify viable outlets to bring those ideas to fruition, allow a trusted leader who is strong in implementation to mentor them.
Nurturing: Develop areas you know can,and will, enhance your organization and further the mission and vision most productively, effectively and efficiently. Allow your people to be transparent so that you can easily identify areas that need strengthened, while continuing to nurture and provide outlets for their existing skills and talents.
Support: Remember, “healthy people do healthy things.” When you have healthy, happy people, you have a healthy, happy business that thrives and has longevity. We’ve achieved this through our chaplaincy model, giving our people personal access to individual clergy, with the specific purpose of helping them remain spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically healthy.
Thought you had the right people, only to find your organization disorganized, failing or falling apart? Figure out why your people aren’t right. Are they out of line with the vision. Do they have a clear understanding of the mission? Most importantly, do they BELIEVE in the mission and the vision? These things should be evident.
If you don’t have the right people, you will never have the right business. You can not develop an effective process and you will most certainly fail to produce a profitable product. Lay the right foundation for your people.
When you buy into a franchise it cost a lot of money. You pay for the brand then you have to pay ongoing to keep the franchise. The Holy Spirit showed me this morning that when you dwell in your past pains it’s like buying a franchise, but your not in the business of selling subs your in the business of buying and selling a poor attitude a failing approach to life.. Every so often I think about the pains of life.. I think about my choices revolving around past errors. The Holy Spirit showed me Today that if I’m not careful I will buy a “Pain Franchise” once you get in business with “Pain” it’s hard to get out.
We are forgiven and will not be tormented by past errors.
1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
What does “The Word” say about pain?
Revelation 21:4 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
1 Peter 4:12-19 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. …
Job 30:17 ESV
The night racks my bones, and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.
1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
Job 14:22 ESV
He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for himself.”
Psalm 41:3 ESV
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.
Romans 8:18 ESV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Revelation 21:6-7 ESV
And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Jeremiah 15:18 ESV
Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?
Job 33:19 ESV
“Man is also rebuked with pain on his bed and with continual strife in his bones,
1 Peter 4:19 ESV
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
Matthew 24:6 ESV
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
1 Peter 4:12 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
Psalm 25:1-22 ESV
Of David. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. …
Job 30:18 ESV
With great force my garment is disfigured; it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.
Mark 5:25 ESV
And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years,
Proverbs 20:30 ESV
Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts.
Mark 5:1-43 ESV
They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. …
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
John 11:38-53 ESV
Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” …
Job 33:12-25 ESV
“Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man. Why do you contend against him, saying, ‘He will answer none of man’s words’? For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings, …
Revelation 22:1-2 ESV
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 16:10 ESV
The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish
Romans 8:22 ESV
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
This letter was distributed to New Hope Academy Charter School faculty and staff on May 31, 2012:
Dear Mighty Ants,
As we conclude this school year, we are very proud to announce that we are anticipating a 95.7 percent graduation rate this year, a more than 4 percent jump over last year’s already impressive 91 percent. While these numbers are not yet official, I can confirm that every graduating student is leaving New Hope Academy with a plan for success, including 86.6 percent going on to college or the military, a nearly 3 percent improvement over 2011. We’ve achieved major milestones this school year, even sending every single one of our basketball team players, girls and boys, to college – every single one. This is game changing.
Our accomplishments are measured by the success of our students. This year has been a true reflection of how we are changing our educational landscape with choice beyond traditional public school options. Our commitment and determination to foster a new generation of students that is prepared to compete in a global economy has gained notice and support from community leaders, including Robert Kinsley, Deb Stock, Ken Wesler and Mayor of York, C. Kim Bracey.
We are working hard to tell our story. During the past two months, state Sen. Joe Scarnati, Deputy Secretary of the state Department of Education, Carolyn Dumaresq, and state Rep. DePasquale have toured our school and experienced our impact first-hand. After touring, we’ve heard phrases like, “impacting kids’ lives,” “a chance at success for the future” and “very creative in delivering education.” This is why we believe in choice.
Our passion for a better-than-average education that includes performing arts, science, mathematics and technology is palpable. We will not stand for our nation falling behind the rest of the world’s students. The U.S. ranking 14th in the world for reading, 17th for science and 25th for mathematics is simply unacceptable. Change begins with choice. It starts here, with us.
Just as our students prepare for summer, New Hope Academy Charter School administrators, 3 Cord, Inc. and the Urban Impact Community Fund will be gearing up to ensure our students and their families have access to a public education of choice. We will be hard at work telling our story and sharing our successes with decision-makers who will positively affect the appeals process for our charter.
Charter schools offer choice, innovation, accountability and put kids first, as it should be. I’m very concerned that the current discussion on education has been solely focused on dollars without sense. Educational funding should be tied to performance and student-centered outcomes. More money does not mean improved performance. More accountability does.
We are anticipating and prepared to go through an appeals process for our charter. We are confident that we will win. As we continue our focus and prepare to be open in the fall, we will also be preparing to service more students in our community. Your commitment to the children we serve, your drive to raise the bar and your desire for increased accountability are what will make New Hope Academy Charter School the school of choice.
Please enjoy your summer. You’ve earned it.
3Cord Managing Officer
EVIL THRIVES IN INDIFFERENCE
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
When I read this quote, I think of the challenges that are facing my organization and my community. What I’m seeing are community leaders who will not take a stand. They’ll say, “I support you but I want to stay neutral. It’s a political issue, and I don’t want to get in the middle.”
No, it’s not a political issue; it’s a civil rights issue. For generations, our nation’s urban children have been undereducated. As a nation, we have failed, and we continue to fail our children who live in poverty. Our educational system is broken and has been for many, many years.
I ask myself: “Who is going to stand up and be a voice for our children? Who is willing to take a leap of consciousness and protect our children from the evils of indifference?”
My mind continues to ruminate: “When are the leaders in my community going to take a stand against undereducated children graduating from high school year after year? What about the same children who have babies, babies who have no choice but to continue down the same path of educational dysfunction as their parents have?” “What about those children who see jail as their future, supporting research that the United States leads all countries in the sheer number of people incarcerated?” Please tell me why we continue to wallow in this evil of indifference.
I guess I just don’t understand why the leaders in my community say in private that they support the need for educational reform but, in groups where their voice could make a difference, they choose to remain in obscurity. Is it because the urban educational system doesn’t affect their own children and they feel it’s not their fight? Or, is it because they fear taking a risk, getting “dirty, or openly challenging the status quo”?
To many, what I’ve written may seem dramatic. But, it’s not. We have an educational system that has no conscience, sees no boundaries, and lives by no rules other than the ones that benefit them the most. We have an educational system that is negatively affecting the economic progress of our community and reeks of social inequities. If we do not take a stand, the evils of indifference will continue down the same ugly path they have for generations and eventually, it will overtake us.
I refuse to remain one of the silent majorities in York who ignores the evils of indifference. Therefore, I am asking the leaders of our community to come together and make a promise to the underserved children of York City. I want us to lead with action, not from the sideline. I want us to provide “promise” college scholarships for children who make a commitment to return to York, develop businesses, and live in the City. If Pittsburgh can do this, I truly believe that York can, too.
Are you willing to throw the evils of indifference aside and join with me in the fight for the educational civil rights of our children?
Isiah Anderson, Managing Officer, Three Cord Inc
SUPPORT SCHOOL CHOICE
February 15, 2012 6:30PM
New Hope Academy Charter School
The United States was built on the premise that every human being has the freedom of choice. The Pilgrims came to America because they wanted a choice in how they practiced their religion. Our forefathers fought the American Revolution, in part, because they wanted a choice of how and to whom they paid their taxes.
Recently, President Obama gave his State of the Union speech. He did not demand that we, as Americans, must only buy Ford cars. When Governor Corbett unveiled his budget, he didn’t state that all Pennsylvanians are required to buy their groceries only at Giant. We, as Americans, have a choice because it is a core value upon which our democracy was built.
Yet, for decades, our K-12 educational system has provided us with no choice, requiring that we send our children to the school district in which we live. If we choose to have our children educated elsewhere, we have had to pay tuition. The United States was built on choice and yet we, as Americans, have had no choice as to where our children went to school or how they were educated.
Several years ago, it became apparent that our school system was antiquated and our students were academically behind those in other countries. As has been at the very fiber of our democratic society, when things need to be changed to better serve all people, Americans rise to the occasion and devise a plan. Thus, the school reform movement began and charter schools emerged.
Since their inception, many charter schools have been met with jealousy, resentment, and fear by some school districts. School Boards cannot seem to grasp that “one size does not fit all” nor can they get beyond petty politics to realize that others can educate children as well as they can. Some of their own schools are in financial demise and their students are failing, yet they currently have the power, to deny charter school applications and renewals.
I use the example that, if I own a Burger King, I wouldn’t go to McDonalds to get their approval to market a new burger. Why, then, should charter schools have to get their approval from the local school boards, the very same people who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo of their own school district?
New Hope Academy Charter School has teamed with StudentsFirst, a national organization whose focus is to transform American schools, York City charter schools, and local politicians to host a “Support School Choice” rally on February 15, 2012, 6:30PM at 459 W. King Street, York, PA. The purpose is to join like-minded, school choice parents together to support our charter schools and to develop a platform for charter school policy reform in Pennsylvania.
I urge all of you to attend. Bring your families, neighbors, and friends. Together, we can bring some awareness that charter school parents and supporters are taxpayers. Charter Schools are public schools.
Go to http://www.chooseyourschoolyork.com
Go to http://www.chooseyourschoolyork.com Be heard!
February 3, 2012
New Hope Academy Charter School Educates Community About School Choice
YORK, PA — This week New Hope Academy Charter School received notice that the Board of Directors for the School District of the City of York does not intend to renew the charter that allows the school to operate. New Hope Academy’s Charter was granted in 2007 and remains valid for 5 years, when it is then up for renewal. There will be a hearing on February 23, 2012, at School District Administration Building at 31 N. Pershing Avenue York PA 17401, where New Hope Academy Charter School will make the case for why the school’s charter should be renewed.
The School District of the City of York alleges that poor academic performance is to blame for the decision to revoke the charter. But, as noted by Chief Academic Officer Karen Schoonover, “The data just does not add up. When comparing like school buildings (Hannah Penn, Smith, and William Penn), New Hope Academy is the only school that met the PA Academic Standard for Growth in 2011 which is measured by PVAAS data. Further, since its inception, New Hope Academy has demonstrated a 56-point increase in the percentage of AYP targets met, as compared to decreases of 24, 31, and 6 points for Hannah Penn, Smith, and William Penn, respectively. As a school, we continue to have more work to do to ensure that our students are excelling academically, but the district’s allegations do not show the portrait of growth that NHACS has experienced over the last four years.”
Steve Mitchell, President of the Board of Trustees of NHACS, says “We are extremely dismayed about this proposed action by the Board of Directors of the School District of the City of York. What is more disturbing is the sudden reversal of the School District in its actions toward NHACS. Since the approval of our charter in 2007, YCSD School Board has granted amendments to New Hope to add 6th grade, 5th grade, and just last October, approved our amendment for our Performing Arts Program. Clearly our record of success was recognized in those votes. Why would they now choose to revoke our charter? This appears to be more about a political agenda than educating our children. We are confident that with the stellar representation by the education law attorneys of McNees Wallace & Nurick, we will refute the erroneous claims made by the District and continue our work to educate students in York.”
Isiah Anderson, Managing Officer of 3Cord Inc., the education management company for NHACS, says “I am concerned about the overall leadership of this School Board and the Superintendent. This has the potential to affect more than 720 students whose parents have chosen to send their children to our school. This is not just about New Hope Academy. This is about school choice and ensuring that our parents and families have educational options. The York City School District is on the verge of collapse. We, as community leaders, need to come together to ensure that the children of York City have access to an excellent education. It is time to get involved, be strategic, and change the outcomes for our kids.”
“Not every school is right for every child, and not every child is right for every school. My children have thrived at New Hope Academy. We need to ensure that parents have the opportunity to make the best educational choice for their child.” –Bev Awkward, parent, NHACS.
How can you get involved?
3Cord Inc will be hosting a School Choice Rally at New Hope Academy Charter School on February 15, 2012, at 6:30pm. Information will be shared about parental involvement and choice. We will be welcoming local dignitaries and Students First, a national organization with a presence here in Pennsylvania. Founded by Michelle Rhee, Students First seeks to “build a national movement to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform, so that America has the best education system in the world.”
A new website will be launched, http://www.yorkschoolchoice.com, which will feature the option to send local and state leaders messages about the need to defend school choice.
Founded in 2007, New Hope Academy Charter School is located at 459 West King Street and serves grades 5 through 12 with approximately 700 students. The charter school is a part of 3Cord Inc. 3Cord Inc. is an education management program with the goal of creating real change and opportunity in the field of Urban Education through community partnerships. For more information about New Hope Academy please call 717-845-4046 or visit http://www.3cordinc.com.