October 2015 Update

October 2015

Spotlight: Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.
Congratulations to Publix Super Markets as they celebrate their 85th Anniversary. Our very own local stores are recognized nationwide. Forbes and Fortune Magazines sing its praises year after year listing Publix in multiple –most admired and best of– lists (from the Miami-Herald). Not only are they a great chain and employer, they are also excellent community citizens and business mentors.

Publix Super Markets Charities has supported education and the Council for Educational Change’s mission since its inception as the South Florida Annenberg Challenge. Their ongoing support of the Council's Principal Leadership Academies and executive mentoring programs, (PASS© – Partnership to Advance School Success and Executive PASS©), has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of students, and thousands of educators, in hundreds of schools statewide.

Publix store managers have actively participated in both the PASS and Executive PASS programs. They have shared their business expertise to assist school leaders in addressing school and community needs. Their support of the Leadership Academies has provided leadership skills and strategies that have turned around schools throughout Florida. Academy participants have also garnered award nominations for the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award. Most notably, candidates have been from PASS schools they supported (Terry Strong, Principal at Winston Elementary in Lakeland, FL and Guarn Simms, past principal at Village Academy in Delray, FL).

We are honored to have a corporate partner that sets such high standards in giving back to the community. Their support has impacted hundreds of communities statewide, as well as their very own employees and their families. On behalf of all the students and educators whose lives have been enhanced by your support and dedication to education, we congratulate you and thank you.

Commissioner’s Leadership Academies Institutes…

  • The Council for Educational Change has partnered with the Florida Department of Education and the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington to coordinate the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. This year over 180 principals and district administrators will participate in a year-long professional development initiative. The initial session took place on October 7-8 in Orlando. Some of last year’s participants have been selected to come back and serve as facilitators for this year. The intent of the academy is to build instructional leadership capacity to improve student achievement. Principals will work with teachers to enhance their instructional skills. Participants will work with principals in their districts to build capacity throughout the state. The Council’s leadership programs are generously sponsored by Carnival Foundation, Florida Blue, and Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.
  • Congratulations to Ana Othon, a participant in last year’s academy from Miami-Dade.  She has been promoted to the position of Director in the South Region.  Formerly, she was an Executive PASS principal at Jane Roberts K-8 Center.

PASS© and Executive PASS©…
Statewide Sponsors: Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. and Raymond James Financial

  • Principal Angela Lott of S. A. Hull Elementary values the perspective of PASS coach Frances Gupton as they work together on PASS initiatives that support student achievement. They recently welcomed PASS Coordinator Sherry Clarke for classroom visits at the school in Jacksonville. The staff and students are actively engaged in the new Duval district K-5 curriculum studies.
  • Sabrina Sessions-Jones, Principal of R. L. Brown Elementary, knows the importance of establishing learning rituals and procedures and provides strong support to her staff in this endeavor. Her PASS coach, Frances Gupton, utilizes some of her consulting time with this as well. PASS coordinator Sherry Clarke had the opportunity recently to visit the school and observe the students actively engaged in learning activities with the rituals and procedures scaffolding them.
  • Pinellas Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego, Associate Superintendent Lori Matway, Council for Educational Change President & Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin, as well as Council Board Chair, Charles B. Blumenkamp and the Executive PASS principals, their business partners and program coordinators met at the Stavros Center in Pinellas County on September 29th. The purpose of the meeting was to review the best practices of the partnerships and develop plans to move the partnerships forward for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
  • James Monroe Middle School, an alumni PASS school and active participant in the CEC/Helios/Hillsborough District STEM: Strong and Steady project for three years, continues to expand on and use STEM and PASS experiences. The first few weeks of school found students and staff at Monroe actively engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math activities such as the egg drop lesson that supports cross curricular learning, the Florida Standards, and promotes student achievement.
  • Principal Kiwana Prophete and her mentor, Jeff Rubin, CEO of IT’SUGAR have a particularly sweet partnership project. Carver Community Middle School in Delray Beach, Florida, is in the midst of creating its own candy line – Carver’s Candy Creation! This unique candy line will be manufactured and sold by candy giant IT’SUGAR nationwide. The school will reap the profits. This semester-long unit takes students on a journey across subject lines – from world history to math and science; even physical education! So far, students have created timelines of sugar’s impact on the world, studied sugar cane from the ground to the end product, assessed if buying candy in bulk is a better deal than buying single servings, and even examined how sugar and candy impact the human body. In the coming weeks, students will be learning how to trademark Carver’s Candy Creations, finalize the packaging for the candy products, create a marketing plan, and even participate in a democratic voting campaign to determine which candy products will be manufactured and sold by IT’SUGAR!
  • Miami Dade County’s Executive PASS networking meeting will take place November 3rd at Ponce de Leon Middle with Principal Martha Chang as host.
  • New Executive PASS partnerships in Miami-Dade include:
    Brownsville Middle – Principal Ebony Dunn with Business Partner Marlon Hill, of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel;
    Westland Hialeah Senior High – Principal Giovanna Blanco with Business Partner Dr. Joaquin Martinez of Miami Dade College–Hialeah Campus;
    Dr. Michael Krop Senior High – New Principal Dr. Allison Harley with Business Partner Raj Sisodia of Voya Financial Partners;
    Jane S. Roberts K-8 Center – New Principal Milly Arango with Business Partner Manny Menendez of HBW Advisory Service.

    The Executive PASS coordinator for Miami-Dade is Boots Richards.

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* • 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 • Robert Moss • Anabel I. Nemrow
Arthur Noriega V • Harold E. Patricoff • Fred Pezeshkan • Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell*
Steven J. Saiontz • Ned Shandloff* • Steven J. Uhlfelder • Scott Ulvi • Steven Wasserman
Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines* • Dr. Paul Zimmerman    *Life Trustees
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