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Chapter ThreeLeadership: Building Vision While Keeping the Lights On

Eric Juli is passionate about changing the cycle of poverty through education, so he has chosen to make his career in the toughest places. Design Lab School is an identified “new and innovative” high school in the Cleveland public school system. The doors open at 7:30 am. I stand off to the side and Eric gives me a quiet play-by-play: “The day here starts with kids walking through the metal detectors. Nobody wants to start the day that way, but the culture here has adapted to that. The community wants it. It is only negative if we make it negative, but it is certainly not how I want to start my day. A girl came through yesterday wearing her one shirt; it is the only one she ...

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