November 2012 Update

November 2012

Good News…

  • Congratulations to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and the entire Miami-Dade County Public Schools district on winning the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize is the largest education award in the country. The award recognizes school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement at the same time as reducing the achievement gap for poor and minority students. The district will receive $550,000 for college scholarships for 60 high school students that graduate in 2013.
  • The Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award luncheon will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center. In celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Council for Educational Change, all three of the Gold Medallion Winners will receive a check in the amount of $10,000.
  • The prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy was held for 25 of the best principals in the State in Tallahassee on October 16 – 17th.
    • After hearing her remarks, participants were afforded the opportunity to meet Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, at an evening reception sponsored by TaxWatch.
    • Motivational speaker, David Weber, spoke on “Leadership Skills Redefined,” and captivated the audience.
    • Lyle Kirtman focused on how to help build a school site culture of excellence looking forward.
    • Dr. Todd Whitaker identified steps regarding “Building a Culture of Excellence Through Relationships.”
    • Exciting discussion followed a session looking at the political reality of schools in Florida and addressing leadership through advocacy. Senator Bill Montford, Dominic Calabro of TaxWatch, and Bob Cerra prepared commentary regarding realities of education from a political perspective.
    • Dr. John Hansen addressed behavioral characteristics of role alike groups. This was designed to help identify their work styles and how to use their talents when working with individuals who exhibit different styles and modalities.

Help Broadmoor Win a Grant from Clorox…
Broadmoor Elementary School in Miami-Dade is vying for a $50,000 grant to build a playground. It is the only school in Florida in the running, so you can help by logging on to:

Typing the school name or Miami-Dade should bring up their information. Voting begins November 12.
You can vote once a day per device until December 19. Please help the students at Broadmoor to have a playground by winning this grant.

Spotlight On…
Ambassadors of Education: Publix Super Markets Charities

Research shows that the leadership at the school site is the most important determiner of student success. As an Ambassador of Education, Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) has partnered with the Council to deliver programs that enable school leaders to make a difference in the lives of students in hundreds of schools throughout Florida.  The results of these programs have a school-wide and community impact, highlight early childhood initiatives, and touch thousands of lives.
PSMC has funded statewide programs that develop school based leaders such as: the Florida Leadership Academy; Assistant Principal Forums; and most recently the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy.  Their support of leadership is very significant, and has a lasting impact on communities. Year after year, these empowered leaders guide their team of educators, and engage parents and the community, to create a culture of excellence and success for their students.

PSMC has funded mentoring and community specific programs such as PASS©-Partnership to Advance School Success, and Executive PASS.  These business mentorship programs directly focus on school and community goals to improve student academic achievement. PSMC is also a statewide sponsor of these programs.  Addressing another very important area, they have supported New Teacher Retention and Development programs. This is particularly relevant because “over a third of the nation’s new teachers leave the profession within five years. In urban school districts, one in five new teachers leave the classroom after just one year, and nearly half leave within five years.”

The Council is honored and proud to partner with Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) on educational programs statewide. On behalf of all of us at the Council, and those we serve, Thank You to our Ambassadors of Education - Publix Super Markets Charities for their generous support.  Together, we are making a difference in hundreds of schools and communities throughout Florida.

PASS© and Executive PASS©

  • PASS partnerships continue to be sustained in Duval County. Welcome to the new PASS partnership for Richard L. Brown Elementary in Jacksonville. Russell Newton, Jr., a strong supporter of PASS and business engagement in Duval schools is the business mentor; Todd Simpson is the principal; and Frances Gupton is the PASS coach. Mr. Newton has been involved with PASS partnerships throughout the 2000's. His advocacy for student achievement improvement, counting what counts, principal leadership and recognizing teachers for their impact on achievement has truly had a positive impact on education. Sherry Clarke is the PASS Coordinator.
  • On October 26, Jose Marti MAST 6 – 12 Academy hosted the kick-off event for its $90,000 B-PASS (Business Partnership to Advance Stem Success).  The grant is funded by the Committee for Economic Development (CED). Principal Jose Enriquez, CEC President and Executive Director Dr. Elaine Liftin, and Bill Knudsen, Educational Program Director for the CED welcomed 22 partnerships to this unique program focusing on the integration of the STEM subject areas across the school’s curriculum and internships.

New Executive PASS Partnerships

Highland Oaks Middle: Principal – Cheryl Kushi
Business Partner – Jacy Kline, ING Financial Partners

Charles Drew Middle: Principal – Reginald Lee
Business Partner – Henry Petithomme, Youth Power Movement

Parkway Middle: Principal – Fabrice Laguerre
Business Partner – Henry Petithomme, Youth Power Movement

Dates to Remember:
November 1 – Principal for a Day
November 14 – Annual Board Meeting
November 14 – Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Event
November 20 – Executive PASS Networking Meeting

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
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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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