May 2016 Update

May 2016

Council for Educational Change: Finalist for Prestigious NOVO Award…
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Business Committee NOVO Awards Task Force announced that the Council for Educational Change—Partnership to Advance School Success (PASS©) had been selected as one of the three finalists for the 2016 NOVO Awards in the budget of less than $2 million category.

The NOVO Awards are presented for innovative excellence in the not-for-profit business sector in the delivery of services to the community. The recipient of the award was announced at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Trustee Luncheon on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Jungle Island.

We would like to express our appreciation to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for this recognition.

The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children has awarded a total of $150,000 in grants to Belleair Elementary School in Clearwater; Saint Clair Evans Academy in Jacksonville; and Pineview Elementary School in Tallahassee. Each school will receive $50,000.

The Council for Educational Change, a statewide nonprofit organization, is the conduit for the grant allocations. The Council staff identified schools that would receive the greatest benefit from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and consulted with each school principal in the application process. The Council’s mission is to provide school principals and their school leadership team with the resources and support necessary to achieve significant improvement in the academic performance of their students.

Since 2008, the Leonore Annenberg School Fund has provided $1.2 million to elementary schools across Florida. School grants include funding for art and music programs, STEAM labs (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), computers, educational software and books for classrooms and school libraries.
Belleair Elementary will employ these resources to improve reading proficiency and learning for the student body. 

Pineview Elementary plans to purchase tablet computers, software and books with the goal of providing print and digital books. This will be one component of a planned Media Center containing a range of resources integrating language arts and science while improving critical reading skills. 

Saint Clair Evans will acquire science resources for each K-5 classroom and build a science learning lab. These resources will enable the school to emphasize science education and provide tools for scientific exploration to students with minimal scientific background.

“We are delighted to provide additional resources to our public schools across Florida,” said Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director of the Council for Educational Change. “The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children and the Council share a passion for making a difference in the lives of children. We want to ensure that every child is prepared to lead a meaningful and productive life.”

PASS© and Executive PASS©
Statewide Sponsors: Raymond James Financial and Publix Super Markets Charities

  • Village Academy is delighted to announce that it has produced its first Ivy League student. Lizeth Arzate has been accepted to Cornell University with a full scholarship. Lizeth is a full time dual enrolled student. This exciting accomplishment is at the core of what Village Academy is all about: College and Career Readiness! The Council for Educational Change (CEC) is pleased to have been able, via PASS grants through the years, to support the AVID Program - a program with instructional strategies that prepares students to move on to higher education after graduation.
  • Dr. Michael Grego, Superintendent of Schools in Pinellas County, along with Council Board member Scott Ulvi, welcomed his Executive PASS principals to the Stavros Center for their Annual Networking Session on April 13. Five of the schools made presentations on their successfully implemented programs. Each of the participants received a booklet with a compilation of all of the projects which were implemented as part of the program. The Executive PASS facilitators in Pinellas are Sandy Leanes, Debbie Ramker, and Valerie White.
  • On May 5, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel (HM&B) hosted a select group of students from its Miami-Dade partner, Brownsville Middle School, for a field trip to the City of Miami Police Academy and Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse in Downtown, Miami. On May 1 of each year, HM&B partners with the school to participate in the annual American Bar Association Law Day activities. This year’s Law Day theme is “Miranda: More than Words.” In 2016, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning, which was developed in response to this landmark ruling, apprises suspects being interrogated by police of their right to remain silent and their right to legal representation. The Law Day field trip offers the students an interactive experience and learning opportunity on how to properly engage with local law enforcement officials and to further their understanding of Miranda Warning rights.
  • Congratulations to Executive PASS Principal William Aristide of Booker T. Washington Senior High for his induction into the Miami-Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame for 2016. Mr. Aristide is an award winner in the area of education.
  • On April 21, Duval County Superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, welcomed all of the Executive PASS principals and their business partners to the Schultz Center to share their partnership highlights. Each of the partnerships prepared a poster board which outlined their success stories. The Executive PASS facilitators in Duval are Frances Gupton, Jordan Baker, and Barbara Short.

Annenberg Scholar Payton Attends White House Science Fair
During the 2012-13 school year, the Council for Educational Change nominated Payton Kaar, a junior at Northeast High School for a $250,000 Leonore Annenberg College scholarship. In her sophomore year, Payton and a team of students from Northeast High School in Broward County built a water sanitation system to be used after national disasters. The system was totally bicycle powered and collapsible/transportable.

The project was part of a Lemelson-MIT Inventeam. The group received a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson Foundation and presented their work at Eureka Fest at MIT.

Payton and one other member of the team were invited to present their project at the 2013 White House Science Fair. This year, the girls were two of only six alumni of the science fair to be invited back to speak on a panel on the importance of women in science. Payton, who received The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship, recently completed her sophomore year at the University of Miami majoring in anthropology with a focus on primatology. Her educational goal is to conduct research with baboons or gorillas after being inspired by her cultural anthropology college classes.

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
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