Cleaning out some folders …

Came across two  great Can’t Not Do people – one across town, the other around the world. Cleaning out some old folders because I’m moving, i.e. my family just a few miles away. I save stories I come across and should’ve shared these awhile ago –   Foster High School in greater Seattle would be your “stereotypical” inner-city, challenging, demographically-diverse school. Their AP Calculus pass and Graduation rates have both risen sharply in the last few years. One paragraph stood out for me — “… Stable leadership was crucial, too, which the school achieved two-and-a-half years ago, when (Principal) Larson arrived with her strong listening skills and a deep commitment to the school. She graduated from Foster, as did her children, her parents and her grandparents. Listening = active listening (ch. 5), deep commitment = determined optimism (ch. 1), graduated from Foster (who she is at her core, ch. 2). There are a lot of elements going in the right direction at Foster, just like at White center Heights Elementary (pages 4-6), less than 5 miles away as the crow flies. Principal Kim Larson and Foster’s story – http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/the-revival-of-foster-high-a-school-filled-with-refugees-makes-a-comeback/.   The other was Christa Preston with www.embracekulture.org, whom I met be chance at a meeting in SF last year, and she sent me this followup note a few days later – “Per your suggestion, here is what I can’t not do what I do — Oliva is 17. She speaks three languages. She loves cooking and wants to work in a restaurant and own a house with a room for her mother. If she had been born in America she would be in...