Why charter schools need support
The everyday needs of running schools can be overwhelming, “The tyranny of the urgent!” The danger of the unforeseen, as well as missing transformative opportunities, can gain upon you in the midst of the daily toil. Relax. With Lumen Network, you have the vantage point to see these unforeseen challenges, threats and opportunities.
Caprice Young, has an organizational health methodology she calls the “4 Orders of Death©. Overcoming these 4 Orders of Death(in priority): Safety, Compliance, Finance and Academics is essential. These 4 Orders are not solved easily; and it’s not necessarily intuitive. Knowledge comes from years of “bloody noses” and Lumen Network has the “Know-how and Know-who” to avoid those negative experiences. The people and processes that drive your charter school to excellence is a part of her process to “Identify your first M.I.L.E.; Management, Instruction, Leadership and Excellence”.
1. Management: It’s all about operations and running things well. Inside the school stewardship of resources in a timely, data-driven way, informed by stakeholders, skillfully implemented, and communicated throughout the organization.
2. Instruction: Making sure students learn. Taking into account all the nuances of learning, being committed to the constant and never ending improvement process of the thing we call school.
3. Leadership: Distinct from management or instruction, responsible for articulating and implementing an united commitment to the Vision and Mission. Leaders serve by example, focusing on a healthy ecosystem to support students and learning. The integrity of leadership is a combination of courage, empathy, respect, transparency, community engagement, decision-making and love of learning, students and the mission of the school.
4. Excellence: Excellence is defined as the intentional focus on constant improvement and the push for excellence, including devoting resources to measuring progress towards objectives and achievements. Excellence, including high personal and academic expectations, is determined by, communicated among and deeply acted upon by all stakeholders as integral to the school’s culture, processes, and identity.
As we have mentioned, running a charter school using Wholistic Stewardship is not intuitive, and no one person possesses all of these required skills. Plugging into Lumen Network is the reason to celebrate the possibility, because we have the “Know-how” to help you to do it all. At Lumen Network, we’re here to help. Established schools can benefit from a retrofit to help on numerous levels, such as with Founder transitions and other factors of change. Think of Lumen Network as your partner to scan the horizon – we are in the crows nest helping to plot/chart the course.
 Caprice Young, Ed.D., is Board Chair at Lumen Network. In 1999, Dr. Young left IBM to serve as a member and president of the elected Los Angeles school board. Beginning in 2003, she served as the founding CEO of the California Charter Schools Association. Since 2008, she has provided executive leadership to a range of education, philanthropy, and business organizations undergoing major transformations. She is a recipient of the Coro Crystal Eagle for Excellence in Public Service, the California State University Los Angeles Educator of the Year in 2016, and a member of the national Charter School Hall of Fame. Education: Ed.D. UCLA, M.P.A. USC, and B.A. Yale University.