RISE-DC: Why We Can’t “Stay in Our Lane”

Every now and then someone who does not know us well will advise us to “stay in our lane.” Most recently these words came from a coach at Anacostia High School. You can read more about it here in my blog, but suffice to say that if we had always stayed in our lane, RISE-DC never would have been founded.

Another “lane changer” we admire is Irasema Salcido, who founded the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy in 1997. Ms. Salcido was a college “first timer,” having grown up in the fields of California, and a recent winner of “Washingtonian of the Year.” The Chavez Schools are now comprised of four schools on three campuses, and RICH has been working with Chavez students at the Capitol Hill campus since 2003. If Ms. Salcido had stayed in her lane, she never would have gone to college.