ON-Lion Letter
In his book On Purpose:  How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character, Samuel Casey Carter showcases extraordinary schools where confident children joyfully strive to accomplish worthy goals in concert with their friends.  One of these schools is part of Milwaukee's HOPE Christian Schools network, which is supported by the city's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

The schools that Carter profiles in On Purpose, from Corwin Press, focus on a culture of character as the foundation of a great education community and demonstrate scalable, sustainable, and replicable models for other schools to emulate.  The results, he finds, are undeniable:  dramatically improved lives of the children entrusted to their care; students with lasting personal character and a strong sense of purpose; motivated teachers who feel rewarded for their work; and remarkable student achievement.

Carter discusses the book and HOPE in a video newly created and released by HOPE.  Now a senior vice president at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Carter researched and wrote the book while a senior fellow at The Center for Education Reform, which Bradley also supports.  He was once president of National Heritage Academies, a charter-school management company that operates more than 60 schools in six states.

Of HOPE Prima, the oldest of three HOPE Christian Schools in Milwaukee and a participating school in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Carter writes, "More important than the shared vision" of the leadership team "is the shared reality:  What they believe the truth to be is the same, and it is a truth that both makes demands on them and allows them to be demanding of others.

"It is the same truth that allows the staff and administration at HOPE to speak so freely of their love that also allows them to speak freely of what that love requires," he continues.  "This is the edge that HOPE has on so many schools that aspire to serve children with the greatest needs."
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