April 2016 Update

April 2016

New Board Chair Appointed
The Council for Educational Change is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Interim Board Chair – Steven S. Wasserman. Mr. Wasserman, who serves as Senior Vice President for Jones Lang LaSalle in South Florida, will lead a 32-member board of directors in promoting the Council’s statewide mission. The Weston-based Council for Educational Change develops and implements mentorship programs that strengthen the leadership of K-12 public schools in Florida. The programs are designed to help school principals narrow the achievement gap and to address critical education issues that may hinder the preparation and nurturing of our future workforce.

Spotlight: Broward Career Fair
Council Interim Board Chair, Steve Wasserman organized a Career Fair at Dillard High School in Broward County on March 15. Mr. Wasserman is the Executive Vice President of the Industrial Division of Jones Lang LaSalle. Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the following businesses: Actavis, ATC, Broward College, Career Source, City of Fort Lauderdale, D. Stephenson Construction, Firewall Centers, FPL, Hoerbiger, JDL Technologies, Jones Lang LaSalle, Miller Construction, NABWIC, Office Depot, Pollard PLLC, Rex3, SBBC IT Department, Urban League, WPLG Channel 10, Advanced Roofing, Broward Health, Castle Group, Auto Nation, Cross Country Medical, Goldsmith Resources, Hypower, Jet Blue, Marine Association of South Florida, Moss Construction, NBC Television, Police Chief of Fort Lauderdale, Progressive Waste, Richline Group, Sonny’s Direct, Wells Fargo, and WSVN Channel 7.

Spotlight: Remembering Edward T. Foote, II
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Council for Educational Change Board Member Edward Thaddeus “Tad” Foote, II.
Dr. Foote served as Chairman of the Board from 2003-2005. During his tenure, he guided the Council as it transitioned from the $100 million South Florida Annenberg Challenge into the Council for Educational Change. While at the helm, he developed the current mission of the Council and stewarded the creation of our successful Florida Leadership Academies and Forums.

As the fourth president of the University of Miami, Edward T. Foote, II significantly raised the academic and research stature of the school, spearheaded a capital fundraising campaign that was the second largest in the history of American higher education at the time, and instituted a series of other reforms that ranged from improved facilities to new academic programs.

"President Foote’s tenure as president from 1981 to 2001 was marked by a far-reaching and rigorous pursuit of academic excellence that helped to distinguish our students and faculty among the finest in the nation," said UM President Julio Frenk. "Together with his late wife, Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote, they made Miami their home, and we are a far better and stronger institution and community thanks to them."

A former Dean of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Foote was only 43 when he succeeded Henry King Stanford as UM president in 1981.

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

  • As part of the PASS program, Sandy Lane Elementary has implemented the AVID program, which is working very well. Principal Nicole Clifton was recently recognized as an effective AVID school leader and invited to participate on the AVID Center, Principal Collaborative Design Team. She traveled to San Diego in March for a planning meeting. Sandy Lane also recently acquired the Tune InTo Reading program as an additional support helpful to the students as they work on increasing reading achievement levels. Students are also enjoying the choral whole class performance of selected books as a reading enhancement.
  • When you visit Campbell Park Elementary, you will notice visible reminders of the school’s academic focus areas and Florida Standards progress and goals. If you are meeting with Principal Robert Ovalle or Assistant Principal Christine Hoffman, they will probably be on their way from a classroom where they provide instructional support to teachers and positive reinforcement to students. Recently, the Superintendent's staff visited and provided a relationship building outdoor luncheon cookout for staff. Mr. Ovalle values his PASS partnership with Emery Ivery, Tampa Bay Area President, United Way Suncoast, and has enjoyed the business and community perspective he brings along with his ongoing support.
  • Doug Levine is a new partner to Jose de Diego Middle School. He brings energy and innovative ideas to Jose de Diego that will equip students with a pathway to possible careers as adults. Currently, he is working with the principal, Dr. April Thompson-Williams, to foster an opportunity for students to hold a career seminar with a panel of professionals in May 2016. The purpose of this seminar will be to engage students’ awareness of innovative strategies in securing positions as adults. Students will hear from a panel of successful professionals who are committed to sharing their experiences of obstacles/achievements on their plight to their current positions they hold today. Some guests will include Zak the Baker as well as local entrepreneurs. Mr. Levine has also supported literacy initiatives aligned with the school improvement goal.
  • Sanderlin PreK-8 IB World School gave recent tribute to its awesome partner, Bright House Networks, on its morning TV news broadcast. The Bright House sign was presented to the school to hang in the studio to showcase this exemplary Executive PASS partnership. Bright House's adoption of the news studio, SUNN, has provided them with funds to improve their technology and equipment. The news crew was so excited to show their thanks for this wonderful community support. In addition to adopting the newsroom, Bright House does many other great things for the school throughout the year.

Executive PASS Partner Miami-Dade College Presents STEM Expo
Members of the Homestead Campus presented a STEM Expo at South Dade High School (SDHS) to promote STEM education for upper level SDHS students. Presentations included a variety of fun, interactive demonstrations to stimulate curiosity and reduce potential STEM related anxiety. Students were also presented with issues to consider to ensure a successful transition to the college or university environment. This was the first programming activity for the Executive PASS© program partnership. Presentations included:

  • Professor John Maloney (Engineering and Technology) discussed computer employment opportunities
  • Professor Yusnier Viera (Mathematics) talked about mental math, which is the ability to mentally process complex mathematical algorithms
  • Professor James Ley (Chemistry) presented a hands-on exercise on chemical scents or odorants, and their effects on our olfaction or sense of smell
  • Professor Hal Hollingsworth (Physics) gave a demonstration on angular velocity which included a series of hands-on experiences for student volunteers
  • Jorge Salinas (SIS-STEM grant program) discussed the new Department of Education program intended to improve student success and retention in STEM courses
  • Kevin Moore (Advisement) addressed the financial realities of college education and gave advice on how to avoid student debt.
  • Dr. John Barimo (Marine Biology) discussed the importance of life learning

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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