Secondly, the entire group of stakeholders here is sitting in a circle, facing each other. While it may not seem like much, my personal experience has shown me that room arrangements define whatever procedure and process will take place. I organize seats in my classroom into rows and columns for tests, keep them in groups for team activities, leave them in a forum/circle style for conversations, etc.
Lastly, Lorene Cary is amazingly compassionate and sincere. I appreciated her gentle words during the meeting and how open and honest she was with every decision she was making to run the meeting as well as how to respond to individuals concerns. I have already seen Pedro Ramos on the Livestream take questions when former SRC groups have never had the inclination to do so and I can't wait to see more of this.
I am not saying this is the perfect organization for organizing education in Philadelphia. What I have noticed distinctly is that this SRC is much more open to everything and I look forward to seeing how they can change things for the future.