August 2012 Update

August 2012

Spotlight On:
The Council for Educational Change is proud and pleased to once again partner with the Helios Education Foundation who are generously sponsoring a new project to develop state-of-the-art school-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) instructional leadership. The project, STEM: Strong and Steady, will serve an initial group of teams at 10 Hillsborough middle schools: Adams, Bartels, Davidsen, Madison, Martinez, McLane, Orange Grove, Stewart, Webb and Wilson. Ten additional middle schools will join the project over its three year duration. It will be implemented collaboratively by the Council and Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS).

Peter Bucholtz, the Council's Director of Professional Leadership Development Programs will be the Project Director. Larry Plank, the HCPS Director of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education with serve as the HCPS project lead agent. The project's goal is to develop a model of replicable and sustainable STEM instructional and leadership best practices that can be instituted district wide. Among the strategies that will be explored are: integration of the different STEM subjects across the disciplines; integration of STEM subjects in other curriculum; formation of a collaborative school site STEM team; motivation of students' interest and participation in STEM courses and future career opportunities; formation of a strong STEM school program.

The project has two components: 1) layered external learning activities, and 2) focused school site activities where the learning is applied. The schools' program teams consist of a principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, math and science SAL's (department heads) and other teachers with a lead role in delivering STEM related instruction.

The Council kicked-off the learning activities at a STEM: Strong and Steady Academy in Sarasota on Aug. 2-4 for the school participants and special guests. Special thanks and appreciation to the Helios Education Foundation’s President and CEO, Paul Luna, and Dr. Stacy Carlson, Vice President and Program Director, who have provided additional support. The Council formerly implemented the Helios Education Foundation’s Teachers and Teaching Initiative to develop novice teachers in the Tampa Bay area which ended in 2012.

Commissioner’s Leadership Academy:
The Council for Educational Change has been contracted by the Florida Department of Education to design and implement the prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy over the next two years. The intent is to identify 25 of the highest performing principals in the state and build on their strengths and successes. These principals will all have been nominated by their current Superintendent and will attend five days of training over the course of the 2012 – 2013 school year.

The research based content of the Academy will expose participants to practices and strategies useful in helping others. It will be on two levels: how to do it, and how to help others learn it. In addition, there will be job embedded tasks. Participants will share and explore with their high performing peers about what they are doing and how to build on their successes.

Extraordinary News:

Congratulations to these Council program schools for improving school grades from 2011 to 2012.

School District Grade in 2011 to
Grade in 2012
Carter G. Woodson Elementary Duval C to A
Garden City Elementary Duval C to B
Henry D. Perry Middle Broward  C to A
James B. Sanderlin Elementary Pinellas D to B
Kelsey Pharr Elementary Miami-Dade F to C
KIPP Impact Middle Duval F to B
Lakewood Elementary   Pinellas D to C
Manatee Elementary Collier C to A
North Dade Middle Miami-Dade D to C
North Shore K-8 Center Duval D to B
Pinellas Central Elementary Pinellas B to A
Reynolds Lane Elementary Duval C to A
Toussaint L’Ouverture Elementary Miami-Dade C to B


Council Board Chairman, Gene Marshall, has been elected Chairman of the University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. (UACDC).  After retiring as Vice President of JPMorgan Chase Bank of Florida, Mr. Marshall has been quite active in the Tampa Bay community serving on the boards of a number of non-profits including: Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Hillsborough Education Foundation, BayCare Health System, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Caribbean American National Development Organization (CANDO), and NorthStar Bank.


New Executive  PASS Partnerships:

Holmes Elementary
Principal – Laura Tennant
Business Partner – Karen Fryd, South Florida Youth Foundation

Laura Saunders Elementary
Principal – M. Denise Ferrarone
Business Partner – Taylor Kollen, ING Financial Partners

Pine Villa Elementary
Principal – Dr. La Tonia Harris
Business Partner – Paul Baker, John Hancock Financial Network

South Hialeah Elementary
Principal – Haydee Villanueva
Business Partner – Alexis Perez, Dade Technology

William J. Bryan Elementary
Principal – Milagros Maytin-Miret
Business Partner – Noah Kahn, John Hancock Financial Network

Young Men’s Preparatory Academy
Principal – Leonard Ruan
Business Partner – Joseph Furst, Goldman Properties


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

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