I wish the class of 2014 the best!
I wish the class of 2014 the best!
A couple of years ago I wrote this it is clear to me that we can not forget that Hope is stronger then evil. Stand up!
Originally posted on Strictly From The Heart:
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…
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How do you DREAM?
“As a man thinketh, so is he.”
Dreams start with a thought. Dreams are a powerful tool. Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, and your actions shape your life.
There’s scripture in the bible that says “without vision the people will perish.” So, without a dream (direction) you will surely die. It will be a quiet death, but death none-the-less. Do you know how many cures and inventions that have never come to life because people don’t dream. Sadly, often times, dreaming is not even encouraged. Well consider yourself encouraged today.
Dreams are not fantasies. It is important that you don’t confuse the two. When your dreams becomes a fantasy you need a new dream. Let me give you an example.
I ran track in high school and my dream at the time was to be like decorated Olympian, Carl Lewis. I wasn’t getting any faster as I progressed through my track career and that reality kicked in around my junior year in high school. Being the next Carl Lewis was becoming less of a dream and more of a fantasy. If I would have continued to think I was going to be the next Carl Lewis, I would have just been living in a fantasy world, wasting a lot of time while moving further away from my true destiny.
So, I locked in on my second dream of becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. I was a leader in JROTC, second in command of the Corps of cadets, and I got accepted into a military academy that had an early commissioning program. I later received my commission and was on my way to achieving my dream. My dream was 2nd Lieutenant. My destiny was becoming a leader. Following my dreams led me to my true destiny.
Sometimes your dreams will out-live you. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech comes to mind. Dr. King was a prophetic dreamer who dreamed of a society that didn’t exist at the time. He died before it became a reality. In my opinion, his dream stayed alive for one reason only. His dream was written. His dream was documented. His dream was memorialized. If you have a dream and it’s not written down, it’s just a fantasy. It has no chance of coming to life.
Some people dream about what they see others doing. I call that dreaming from the outside in. Limiting their dreams to what’s acceptable in society. I want you to dream from the inside out. I want you to dream from the depths of your soul.
I want you to dream like Langston Hughes tells us in his poem, “Dreams:”
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Is your life a barren field, frozen with snow? We live in communities that are barren fields. There’s no hope because there are no dreamers. A lot of fighters, but not enough dreamers. Will you be one? Will you dream?
So let’s recap
1. Dreams start with thoughts, but can become your life if you write your dreams and take the actions needed to build them
2. Dreams are not fantasies. Dreams have to be memorialized, write them down.
3. Dream from the inside-out, don’t base them on societies influence.
4. People who don’t dream are limited by culture, race, sex, religion, and economics. Dreamers have no limits.
Thomas Edison dreamed of using light like no other man had thought before.
Steve Jobs envisioned creating innovative technology. His dream will impact millions for generations to come.
The slave dreamed of his freedom. I am the hope of the slave. My dream has led me to the freedom I have today.
So I encourage you to DREAM today!
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