Note from CEO, Jonah Edelman – Inpired by Geoffrey Canada

November 24, 2010 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

Last Thursday, some of you [Stand staff, Board members, Advisory Board members]  were able to join in a conference call where we received a mega-dose of inspiration from Geoffrey Canada, Stand’s first Board chair, founder and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, and one of America’s most prominent education advocates.

On the call, Geoff generously affirmed Stand’s incredible recent progress and he challenged us to seize this unique moment in time and work with even greater resolve, perspective, and discipline to save all of those “perfectly normal children,” as he described them, who are falling hopelessly behind in school.

Geoff’s words were so moving that we thought you might be interested in listening to the call: http://www.stand.org/Document.Doc?id=2925. Even if you can only listen to a minute or two, it’s worth it to get a feel for Geoff’s energy and leadership.

Having seen Stand’s emergence as a political force and based on his recognition of the unique capacity Stand has built to channel the power of parents and educators to transform public schools, Geoff is talking about Stand in speeches and media appearances, encouraging his audiences to get involved. We know how many worthy organizations make requests for Geoff to promote them and we are so honored he has chosen to partner with us in this way.

And, of course, I feel the same gratitude for the commitment each of you has made. Thank you for all that you’ve done and are doing to make our success possible.

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