May 2012 Update

May 2012

Fantastic News…

  • The Council for Educational Change is delighted to announce that one of the candidates we nominated was selected as the recipient of a $250,000 college scholarship sponsored by the Leonore Annenberg Scholarship Fund, a partner of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Natalie Antunez, a junior at Hialeah High School and her family were surprised when Council staff and Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho came to the school and made the announcement. Natalie has a 5.8 grade point average, while taking a rigorous academic schedule of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes.
  • Nathan B. Young, Robert B. Ingram, and Arcola Lake Elementary Schools in Miami-Dade are all recipients of grants which total $208,000. These grants are due to the generosity of the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children, a partner of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The Council nominated the schools, all of which serve student populations where over 90% of the students receive free/reduced lunch. The curriculum programs which these grants will support will change the instructional culture at the schools.
  • Dr. Pablo Ortiz, Provost of Miami Edison Senior High has been named the Miami-Dade Principal of the Year for his outstanding leadership. Prior to his taking over, Miami Edison faced closing by the state due to poor performance on the state accountability test. Dr. Ortiz is a participant in the Council’s Executive PASS© program. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho described Dr. Ortiz as “the epitome of leadership.”
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools has been named a finalist for the prestigious Eli and Edythe Broad Prize for Urban Education for 2012. If the district is selected as the winner, Miami-Dade County high school seniors who graduate in 2013 will be eligible for $550,000 in college scholarships, but they are guaranteed $150,000 by virtue of the fact that the district is a finalist. This is the fifth time that Miami-Dade County has been a finalist. The School District of Palm Beach County is also a finalist for the award.

Spotlight on Board Member Sue Miller...

Council Development Chairman, Sue Miller, is the recipient of United Way Worldwide’s 2012 National United Way Tocqueville Award. Sue is South Florida’s first recipient of this prestigious national award. This distinction comes in recognition of her more than 30 years of service to United Way at the local, national, and international level.

Sue received the award on May 1 in Nashville, Tennessee, at United Way Worldwide’s Million Dollar Roundtable gathering. The National United Way Tocqueville Award was created by United Way Worldwide to recognize persons who have rendered outstanding service as volunteers on a national level, to promote voluntary community service, to recognize the value such service has to our nation, and to bring visibility to the work of United Ways nationwide.

She was instrumental in the creation of the local United Way’s Tocqueville, Million Dollar Roundtable and Women’s Leadership programs. She helped to turn the Tocqueville program into one of the nation’s most successful major gifts programs, which over the years has received several national Fleur-de-Lis Awards for Excellence. Over the years, Sue has served in leadership roles on the national Tocqueville committee and has used that platform to champion major gift giving across the country – visiting other communities and inspiring them to follow Miami’s example. She’s played a key role in advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. in support of quality early education and spearheaded a Women’s Leadership Exchange between the local United Way and the United Way of Jamaica.

Update on Council Programs….

  • Family members, district, school, and community stakeholders joined together with Principal Terry Strong at Winston Elementary in Lakeland, to dedicate the media center in honor and memory of Cathy White Worthen who was an impactful, positive force for reading improvement at Winston Elementary. Superintendent Dr. Sherrie Nickell provided greetings to the many educators, family members and community members present. PASS business mentor Hunt Berryman and Vivian Underwood, original PASS© coach, were present and continue to serve on the Winston School Advisory Council at this "A" school. Sherry Clarke represented the Council. The Winston Elementary PASS partnership was sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.
  • At Frederick Douglass Elementary School, principal Pamela Sanders-White, initiated a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) school-wide program, where students earn points for displaying model school behavior. Russ’ Place, named in honor of Richard P. Russ, one of the school’s business partners, was created during the 2011-2012 school year. It houses student incentives that motivate appropriate student behavior. Students earn points to receive prizes. Russ’ Place plays an integral part in the academic success of the school. Mr. Russ serves as a mentor to several students and donates in-kind services for numerous school-wide events.
  • The students at Scott Lake Elementary School in Miami-Dade County started the Easter celebration by making baskets filled with cupcakes and candy sponsored by the school's PTA. Students in grades Pre-K through 5 assembled their baskets, iced their cupcakes, and then filled their baskets with candy. Prior to the activity, students read stories, developed vocabulary, and had writing assignments related to Easter. The event was enjoyed by all. The principal of this Executive PASS school is Valerie Ward.
  • After winning the State finals in Tampa, the 17-member Miami Southridge Spartan Players drama club will represent the State of Florida in the International Thespian Theatre Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. Miami Southridge Senior High is a proud Executive PASS school led by Principal Dr. David Moore.
  • The Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami, through its Talent Development program, will partner with the Academy of Hospitality Schools of Miami Norland, Booker T. Washington, and Miami Northwestern Senior High schools to launch Project TEED (Tourism Employment Education Development). This Executive PASS partnership is spearheaded by Graylyn Swilley Woods.
  • Getting a haircut this month was a special event for PASS CEO Doug Davidson. He shaved his head in support of pediatric cancer. His generous actions resulted in the organization receiving over $10,000 for this worthy cause.
  • FCAT is in the air throughout the State and the excitement could not have been more obvious than at many of our PASS and Executive PASS schools. The students, staff, parents, and entire communities were invited to the schools to share in the Pep Rallies where special guests included Mayors, former students, professional athletes, mascots from professional teams, and school board members.
  1. Principal Angela Lott and the staff of S. A. Hull Elementary in Duval County were great motivators during FCAT prep activities.
  2. Students at Palm Springs North Elementary 'rocked' in preparation for the FCAT by having Trivia games focusing on effective test prep strategies. The principal of this school is Maribel Dotres.
  3. Booker T. Washington Elementary in Hillsborough County had an especially exciting April 11th with a "mismatch" clothing day and FCAT pep rally followed by another successful parent involvement evening event with wonderful particiby all.
  4. Dates to Remember…
    May 29 – Executive PASS ETO Meeting
    May 30, 2012 – Executive PASS Networking Meeting
  5. In Miami-Dade, Broadmoor Elementary Principal Linda Klein promised the students no homework which resulted in 100% attendance for every day during FCAT testing.


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

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Gene E. Marshall, Chair • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Hugh M. Brown* • Columba Bush* • Charles E. Cobb Jr.* • Irv Cohen • Scott A. Curtis • Dr. Akshay Desai
Edward W. Easton* • T. Willard Fair* • Edward T. Foote, II* • Karen Fryd • Dr. Robert W. Graham, III
Bill Habermeyer* • Steven T. Halverson* • Elsie Sterling Howard • Cyrus M. Jollivette • David S. Kenin Esq* • Jonathan I. Kislak*
Daniel W. Mahurin* • Beth G. Martinez* • Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller • Robert A. Morris Jr.* • Robert Moss • Beau Parrillo • Fred F. Pezeshkan
Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell* • Steven J. Saiontz • Michael Scheck* • Roger Slade • Elliott Stern* • Steven J. Uhlfelder
Keith T. Ward • Steven Wasserman • Lynne Wines • Dr. Paul Zimmerman • Robert A. Zinn     *Life Trustees
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