August 2011 Update

August 5, 2011

Champions of Education:

You too can… Donate Now!
Have you visited our website recently? If you have, then you already know that we have partnered with PayPal to accept donations directly on the Council for Educational Change website. If you have not seen our website lately, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. So, the next time you’re on the internet, please visit us at and click the “Donate Now” link and make a donation to support our mission…

Our most sincere appreciation to the Council for Educational Change’s Difference Makers in Education: E. Pace Barnes, Richard Baron & Associates, Sybiel B. Berkman Foundation, Richard and Billy F. Birnie, the Irving and Joan M. Bolotin Fund, Joan and Vincent Carosella, Tom Cerra, Mel and Iris Chasen, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dalton, Paula Friedland, the Robert & Mary Graham Family Fund, Barbara Havenick, Edward F. and Carole H. Iwanicki, Norman Jaffe, Evelyn A. Lunsford, Gene Marshall, Leonard Miller, the Mark & Nedra Oren Family Fund, the Patricia & Emanuel Papper Foundation, Linda Potash, Carolyn Rosen Miller Family Fund, the Silbiger Family Foundation, Stanley Tate, and the Wien Family Fund.


These generous individuals participated in our summer campaign, “Difference Makers in Education”, and were recognized in a Resolution before the Florida Senate on May 6th.  Their support allows us to continue our mission… to give every child the opportunity to succeed.

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Spotlight On: Publix Super Markets Charities
The Council is fortunate to partner with great Champions of Education.  We are privileged to highlight Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) as one of these Champions. PSMC has supported the Council since its inception and earlier, as the Annenberg Challenge.  PMSC has given back to Florida in a big way through the Council.  We are proud to say; together we are making a difference.  Over the last eight years PMSC has supported: nine Florida Leadership Academies/Assistant Principal Forums, two PASS schools and has supported the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award, and the Council’s Teacher Retention Initiative.  Their ongoing support has touched, directly or indirectly, the lives of over 600,000 students in hundreds of schools throughout the State.  It is our great honor to recognize Publix Super Markets Charities for their support of education.  It is because of their generosity, interest in the well being and future of Florida, that we are able to deliver our programs to challenged schools statewide.  On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of lives you touch every day…Thank you!!

PASS© and Executive PASS©:

  • Golden Glades Elementary, Theron Clark, principal, hosted the City of Miami Gardens 'Come Together Day 2011' on Saturday, July 23, sponsored by Mt. Hermon AME Church under the leadership of Reverend John White.  Hundreds of parents, students and community members attended the day-long event which included health screening; financial planning; school uniforms and book-bag give-aways; a host of rides, bounce houses, and face-painting for the children; and a western cookout for all.  Also in attendance were Councilman David Williams of Miami Gardens and School Board Member Dr. Wilbert "Tee' HollowayOmega Psi Phi Fraternity of Miami volunteered along with the Miami Gardens Police Department. Dr. Paul Zimmerman is the PASS CEO at Golden Glades Elementary and was elated to see such community support.
  • Coral Gables Hospital hosted students from the Health, Public Service, and Law Academy at Coral Gables Senior High – an Executive PASS program school.  Students had hands-on experiences and the opportunity to meet with all of the department heads and directors at the hospital. They also toured the Rehab Center and the Radiology Departments.
  • Central Florida PASS principals, business leaders, coaches, district leaders and Community Foundation of Tampa Bay representatives came together for an outstanding networking meeting June 23rd at the Embassy Suites, USF Campus.  Exemplary PASS initiatives accomplished this school year and plans for next year were shared.  Motivational comments by Hillsborough Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, CEC Board Chair Gene Marshall, and Scott Curtis, Senior VP of Raymond James and Associates, Inc., our statewide PASS sponsor added to the productive and enjoyable luncheon meeting.
  • The Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami and their corporate partner, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) donated five computers to Booker T. Washington Senior High’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Washington Program to assist with technology needs in the classroom. B. T. Washington is a PASS program school.

Attention Principal Leaders!
You could be the winner of the 9th Annual 2011 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award with a cash prize of $10,000. If you are a Principal who is currently or has formerly participated in any Council program/activity, you may be eligible. Visit for details and complete your application today.


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