December 2015 Update

December 2015

Spotlight:Jayne Ellspermann
2015 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Winner

Jayne Ellspermann is the winner of the 2015 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award. Not only did she receive this honor at the Council for Educational Change’s luncheon which was held on November 19th at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center, but she was previously recognized as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2015 National Principal of the Year.

Mrs. Ellspermann participated in the initial Commissioner’s Leadership Academy which was designed and implemented by the Council. She says that she still keeps in touch with other participants as they are among the finest principals in the state. Further, she says that without a doubt, the Academy was the best professional development opportunity she has ever experienced.

During her 10 years as principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Mrs. Ellspermann has created a college-going culture built on “personalization”. At West Port, lunchtime is “PowerHour,” a student empowerment initiative that she launched to give students autonomy over an hour of their school day for academic enrichment, open labs, clubs, and other creative opportunities. Three years of PowerHour has produced a more personalized and successful school environment: course failure has nearly disappeared, the graduation rate has risen, and participation in activities has increased from 10% to nearly 70%. Students have the opportunity to take college level courses on campus and many will graduate high school with an Associate of Arts Degree.

Update on Council Programs…
PASS© and Executive PASS©

Statewide Sponsors: Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. and Raymond James Financial

  • New Executive PASS partnerships in Miami-Dade include:
    • Seminole Elementary – Principal Mayra De Leon and Business Partner Remy Dou of Mass Mutual;
    • George Washington Carver Elementary – Principal Dr. Cheryl Johnson and Business Partner Remy Dou of Mass Mutual.
  • Miami-Dade Executive PASS coordinator, Boots Richards, represented the Council at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Education Summit on a panel entitled “K-12: Models That Work”, and also at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Principal Today 2015 kick-off, where the Council was recognized with a “shout out” from Host, Barry Johnson, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
  • Catrice Duhart, Principal of AC Perry K-7 Center in Broward is delighted with her association with the Council for Educational Change. Not only is the school the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children due to a nomination by the Council, but the students have also received other benefits. The school partners with the Miramar-Pines Rotary Club. The Club purchased 1800 books which will be distributed to the students for the holidays. Every student will receive two books. The Rotary Club also feeds students from the school who may have little or no food at times when school is not in session. In addition, thanks to the generosity of Council Board Member Lori Hartglass and the staff at Arnstein & Lehr, 25 students will have an extra special holiday. These students were asked to identify three items they would want for the holidays, and members of the law firm are making it happen.
  • On Nov. 12, Dr. Elaine Liftin, President & Executive Director of the Council, and PASS Coordinator Sherry Clark conducted an orientation for the new Executive PASS partnerships in Duval County. Currently there are approximately 40 partnerships in the district.

to our 2015 donors…
your generosity has made a difference in the lives of thousands of students and educators through Florida...

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits
Alina Taranco
Amazon Smile Foundation
Anabel & Robert Nemrow
Anna Maria Hernandez
Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Arthur & Sara Jo Kobacker, Alfred & Ida Kobacker Foundation
Arthur Noriega V
Berger Singerman
Billie Birnie Ph.D.
Blumberg Capital Partners
Boots Richards
Braman Motors
Brian Bilzin, Esq.
Broad and Cassel
Carey Rodriguez O'Keefe Milian Gonya, LLP
Carnival Foundation
City National Bank
City of Delray Beach
Cobb Family Foundation
Coral Gables Sr. High PTSA
Cyrus M. Jollivette Charitable Fund
Deborah L. Natansohn Foundation
Diane Davis, Esq.
DiMare Fresh
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Dominic J. Rechichi, SR, LLC
Doreen Outler
Dorothy S. Eisenberg
Dr. & Mrs. John Moore
Dr. Elaine Liftin
Dr. Gail Quigley
Dr. Geneva K. Woodard
Dr. John Hansen
Drs. Mark & Gail Levin
Duval County Public Schools
Education Foundation of Palm Beach
Edward T.Foote II
Esquire Solutions
Florida Blue Foundation
Florida School Services, Inc.
Foodman PA
Gene E. Marshall
Georgia Slack
Himan Brown Charitable Trust
Holland & Knight LLP
Irving and Joan M. Bolotin Fund
Jacquelyn Soffer
Jeanne Kennedy
Jeffrey S. Miller
Joan Peven-Smith
Joanne Marrazzo
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kaplan, Inc.
Kirk Foundation

Law Offices of David B. Haber PA
Lazaro Cordero, Esq.
Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid, PC
Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children
Leslie Miller-Saiontz
Lisa Kaufman
Lori Hartglass, Esq.
Maria C. Mesa
Mr. & Mrs. David Senita
Mr. & Mrs. E. Richard Yulman
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Zimmerman MD
Mr. & Mrs. Russell B. Newton, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Siegel
Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Erskine
Mr. Gary M. Carman P.A.
Mr. Jonathan I. Kislak
Nancy Laurie Finely Trust
Nancy Rodriguez
New Equity Partners
Nicole E. Pierro
NorthStar Bank
P.L. Dodge Foundation, Inc.
Peter B. Bucholtz
Pinellas County Schools
Publix Super Markets Charities
Ralph Hewitt
Raquel Selinger
Raymond James Trust N.A.
Rice Pugatch Robinson Schiller, PA
Richard & Susan Finkelstein
Robert & Mary Graham Fund
Robert Allen Law
Robert Youngs
Roderick Petrey, Esq.
Sal Paniagua
Sam W. Klein Charitable Foundation
Sandra Leanes
Sherry & Gary Clarke
Shutts & Bowen, LLP
Sisty Walsh
South Florida Youth Foundation
Stanley Tate Enterprises
Steven J. Saiontz
Steven Sonberg, Esq.
Sue Miller
The Graham Foundation
The Miami Foundation
The Newton CLT III-1997
The Spurlino Foundation
Toni Randolph
Tracey J. Hastings
Triumph Enterprises, Inc.
United Way Suncoast
Valerie B. Ward & Associates, LLC
Wargo & French, LLP
Weber Law Firm
Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Bonis


A printable version of the Update is available for download below.

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Charles B. Blumenkamp, Chair • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Columba Bush* • Ambassador Charles E. Cobb Jr.*
Scott A. Curtis* • Diane Davis* • Edward W. Easton* • Dorothy Eisenberg • T. Willard Fair*
Edward T. Foote, II* • Karen Fryd • Karnardo Garnett, Esq. • Dr. Robert W. Graham, III • Steven T. Halverson*
Lori R. Hartglass • Cyrus M. Jollivette* • Jonathan I. Kislak • Joseph E. Mahoney, Jr. • Daniel W. Mahurin*
Gene E. Marshall • Brad Martin • Beth G. Martinez* • Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller
Arthur Noriega V • Harold E. Patricoff • Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell*
Steven J. Saiontz • Ned Shandloff* • Steven J. Uhlfelder • Scott Ulvi • Steven Wasserman
Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines* • Paul Zimmerman, MD    *Life Trustees
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