February 2017 Update

February 2017

Spotlight: New Board Member
Barry E. Johnson

Barry E. Johnson is the Past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida’s first and the longest sustaining business development organization and one of the largest chambers in the southeastern U.S. He directs a team of 25 Chamber professionals, supporting more than 400,000 employees of chamber member companies in South Florida.

Barry joined the Greater Miami Chamber following 25 years in corporate communications leadership at AT&T, wrapping up his career as vice president-corporate affairs for the company’s Florida operations.  He directed corporate brand programs, guided public policy initiatives affecting local issues, state and federal legislation, served as corporate spokesman and orchestrated philanthropic investment of the AT&T Foundation.

His prior positions at AT&T included progressive management assignments across a wide range of corporate communications elements, including business advertising, relationship management, business representation, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, speech writing and constituency relations. Previous to joining AT&T, Barry anchored, reported and produced radio and television news for several ABC and Mutual Broadcasting affiliated stations.

He has been active in the south Florida community for over 25 years. In addition to serving as chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber during his AT&T career, he has been chairman of the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade County and Co-Chairman with the Mayor of Miami-Dade County of the first community’s long-term economic development plan, One Community, One Goal.

Currently, he is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, the Board of Directors of the Beacon Council, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Mayor’s International Council and the Immediate Past Chairman of the Miami-Dade Advisory Board of the Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also an advisor to the School of Business at Miami-Dade College and a member of the Executive Committee of the South Florida Regional Business Alliance and the Advisory Board of the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Barry is currently serving as the President at the South Florida Progress Foundation.

PASS© and Executive PASS©;
Statewide Sponsors: Raymond James Financial and Publix Super Markets Charities
Sandy Lane Elementary has been working hard on improving their math scores and increasing parent involvement as a part of their PASS grant and school improvement goals. So MathMINDS was the perfect fit! A Family Math Night was held in January to help shift the cultural perception of Math from being scary to exciting and essential. Students and their families came together for a pizza dinner and had a hands-on mathematical experience through game playing. The families even got the opportunity to take pictures with the school mascot, JiJi. They had a terrific turnout and Math fun was had by all!

PASS business leaders and community partners share their talent, time and resources with our schools. Mort Elementary Principal, Woodland Johnson, knows it is important for partnering to be a two way street. The holiday season found the Manatee Melodies musical student group singing for business partners and community members. What a wonderful way to share and give back. One of Mort's very active partners is Brian Butler, President of Vistra who serves as the PASS business partner for Mort Elementary.

The Campbell Park Community received a fantastic donation of one million dollars from Duke Energy. The money will be used by United Way to start services in the community (health, legal, jobs, etc.). The money will also be beneficial for the students and their families who live in the Campbell Park community. Duke Energy is an Executive PASS partner with Campbell Park Elementary.

Schools are starting students out young in learning the art of mediation. USF St. Petersburg is doing an outstanding job in teaching students the skills needed to perform mediation with their fellow students at Fairmount Park Elementary and Lakewood Elementary. Participants in the program went through extensive leadership training and were recently officially sworn in as mediators by judges in Pinellas County at a special ceremony. The schools have great hope that many minor incidents and disagreements can be resolved through the mediation program and that young people learn a new set of skills to solve problems that will extend into their personal lives and affect their futures in a positive way.

Our newest PASS partnership in Central Florida is between Lanier Elementary Principal Rachel O’Dea and PASS mentor John Giordano. Donors Betty & Phillip Casey funded the partnership through their fund in the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Our deep gratitude goes to Board Member Gene Marshall, who was instrumental in making this partnership a reality. Council President and Executive Director Dr. Elaine Liftin will be at the launch of the program which is scheduled for March 21st.

A new Executive PASS partnership has been formed in Miami-Dade County between Shenandoah Middle School Principal Bianca Calzadilla and her Business Partner Fernando Recalde of the Vital Financial Group.

Carver Middle’s New PASS Partnership
This PASS partnership is funded by the City of Delray Beach. Principal Kiwana Alexander-Prophete and business mentor Jeff Rubin, CEO of IT’SUGAR have already established a very successful partnership.

The new partnership will build on the previous PASS model which led to students developing a gummy bear lollipop sold in IT’SUGAR stores. The sale of the Carver gummy bear lollipop was a hit nationwide! Proceeds from the sale of the lollipop are being reinvested in the school.

It was no surprise to Mr. Rubin when Kiwana became a finalist for the 2015 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award for her work at Carver Middle.

Carver Middle’s PASS Partnership Creates Executive PASS Opportunity
Another very interesting element of the second phase of this partnership is the support of Pine Grove Elementary as an Executive PASS school. The school is part of Carver Middle’s feeder pattern.

New PASS Partnership for Latin Builders Association Construction & Business Management Charter High
This partnership is funded through the Latin Builders Association. We are honored that Council Board Member Eric Montes de Oca will be Principal Chayma Gomez’s mentor and partner.

The launch of this partnership is scheduled for March 2017.

In The News
Check out the Miami Herald’s Business Monday section each week for the Business Roundtable discussion column. Council for Educational Change President and Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin, is one of the CEOs whose comments on local issues is included.

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

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Steven Wasserman, Interim 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
Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines* • Paul Zimmerman, MD    *Life Trustees
3265 Meridian Parkway Suite 130 Weston, FL 33331 phone: 954.727.9909 fax: 954.727.0990 www.ChangeEducation.org

 

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