It has been about a year that I have been working for the most Disruptive organization in the Education and Ed Reform space in the country. And what a year it has been. Topped off by a front page 5000 word NY Times expose filled with 1/2 truths and twisted commentary that to some made us look less like disrupters and more like a dysfunctional charter school network.
Well nothing could be further from the truth. As an insider I see the real underbelly of the organization. As the head of HR, I see even further down the rabbit hole. I know the truth, the real truth. Yes we have blemishes, like every organization in every market sector, public, private, non-profit.
Our Mission is real, our actions are noble. We are literally changing the game and forcing a conversation in the press and in living rooms across America. No significant change ever occurred in our society without significant pain. Some days are really hard at Success. The work we all do is significant. We see tangible results with our scholars. We are building a jet plane in mid air. Things move so fast, sometimes it seems like we are spinning instead of moving forward, but at the end its clear that we are moving ahead and making a difference.
Eva once told a group of us that we are making history. That one day we will look back at this time in wonder and that she appreciated our hard work.
We have a long way to go. There are lots of battles ahead. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I would double down if I were a gambler…