Erinn Rochelle says she beat herself up for months after her sons’ charter school unexpectedly shut down during its first year of operation. “Not only did I put my kids there, I recommended that school to my friends,” said Rochelle, whose children entered the brand new StudentFirst Academy in Charlotte in 2013.
Kate Peace, Senior Planner for the City of Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park, joined us this week to talk about the unique and exciting opportunity to develop hundreds of acres of land next to Raleigh’s downtown. She describes her job as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and her enthusiasm about this work is infectious! This long-term project to develop the land into a world-class park will exist for generations and Kate describes ways we can all be a part of this community effort.
When I first started here at the AJ Fletcher Foundation, I would spend Friday mornings digging through old records. From meeting minutes to tax forms, it was a way for me to become familiar with the organization. During one of these forays into our basement, I came across 50 copies of Time magazine from the 1990s. On the cover was a picture of a baby and a light bulb. The cover story detailed some of the advances in brain science that underscored the importance of early learning.
For many, the image conjured for museums looks musty, old, and focused on the past. How far from the truth that really is. Here in North Carolina, our museum partners are some of the most innovative and unifying organizations in the state. They are adapting to a changing 21st century landscape in exciting ways and creating new opportunities for our communities to learn and engage with others.
We’re excited to switch it up this week by inviting our Director of Digital + Innovation, Shannon Ritchie, on to the show to tell us a bit about her work here at Fletcher Foundation. Shannon joins us to chat about what has led her to AJF, how she hopes to make a difference, and what is next for herself and for our nonprofit partners.