August 2016 Update

August 2016

Calling All Principals Who Have Ever Participated in a Council Program–$10,000 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award
Each year, the Council presents the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award to a principal who demonstrated outstanding leadership, involved the parents and community, and raised the academic performance of the students. Raising the academic performance translates into demonstrated learning gains. Success can be measured by such things as an increase in the graduation rate, the percentage of students in a grade level or subject area showing improvement, or in learning gains.

Applications are now being accepted for this prestigious award from all principals who have ever participated in a Council program. The application can be found on the Council’s website:
The Gold Medallion winner receives $10,000, and each of the other finalists will each receive $5,000. The award is presented to the principal for his/her personal use.

Time is limited… do yourself a favor and take a minute to check out the application. It is only three questions, and the payoff is substantial. Remember, this is for any principal who has EVER participated in any Council for Educational Change program.

Steve Wasserman is an effective leader! The Chairman of the Board of the Council for Educational Change is focused on improving education in Broward County and making the community a better place. When the Senior Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle is not brokering industrial transactions, you can find him walking down the halls of Dillard High School. Between his efforts at Boyd Anderson, Dillard, and Stranahan High Schools, he has walked thousands of ‘hallway miles’ in the past decade. His passion is helping principals turn around challenging schools so that all students can have a quality education.

As a businessman, Steve uses his skills such as strategic planning, problem solving, team building, and outside the box thinking, to help principals develop solutions to problems impacting student achievement. He often uses his business contacts to coordinate events such as Career Day at Dillard, Stranahan, and Boyd Anderson High Schools. He has also organized and raised funding to take students on field trips to Atlanta, Washington D.C., and locally to expose students to colleges, the workings of Congress, and to manufacturing plants needing skilled workers.

Recognizing that teachers need to be aware of the skills that students will need to enter the workforce, he has organized a trip to visit local businesses. On August 15th, he took three busloads of teachers, schools administrators, and staff members to companies and manufacturing plants to provide insight into the skills that students need. Teachers saw first-hand what is needed to align their classroom curriculum with the world of work. They visited: Sonny’s Enterprises, largest car wash manufacturer in the United States; City Furniture, one million square foot corporate headquarters and distribution center; Sprout Loud and Rex 3, largest commercial printer in South Florida - high growth internet company; Marine Association of South Florida (MASF), 7 billion dollar industry in South Florida - Tour of Roscioli and Water Taxi on New River (view existing working Marinas); Mario Portillo-Actavis (soon to be Teva), largest generic drug manufacturer in the world; and Broward Health- Cora E. Braynon Family Center, health care professions.

Congratulations Dr. Dassler
Congratulations go out to Brian Dassler, Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality, at the Florida Department of Education on receiving his Doctorate Degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Dassler has been instrumental in partnering with the Council on the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy.

Lawyers’ Alliance…
The Council for Educational Change will host the re-launch of the Lawyer's Alliance at The Miami Parking Authority on Tuesday, September 13th at 6 PM.

The Lawyers’ Alliance is a group of attorneys serving the community under the umbrella of the Council for Educational Change.

Attorneys donate their time, expertise, and resources by engaging with schools as guest speakers, or taking students on court visits, mentoring educators, and sponsoring Law Clubs and debate teams.

Members of the legal community who wish to participate may RSVP to Alina Taranco at 954-727-9909 or send an email  to

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

Buddy Bear
Miami-Dade College’s North Campus proudly celebrated its newest art installation, the Buddy Bear. Known as Berlin’s icon of global friendship and peace, the Buddy Bear comes to the North Campus compliments of the Consulate General of the Republic of Germany in Miami. This generously donated fiberglass Buddy Bear arrived unpainted from Berlin some months ago, at the Consul General’s behest. Full credit is due to the talented graphic design and visual arts students who designed and painted the piece, under the tutelage of professors Eric Cornich and Victor Gomez.

Art pieces like Buddy Bear, and artists like graphic design student Abraham Vargas stimulate students’ capacity to think, create, and embrace the world’s diversities, beyond boundaries. The Buddy Bear not only beautifies the North Campus, but it also adds to the existing sentiment of peace and solidarity. Boots Richards, Executive PASS Coordinator, represented the Council at the official welcome of Buddy Bear.

Buddy Bears began with an event in Berlin in 2001. More than 100 bears were created in the weeks following the initial bear, and they travel around the world. Each of the bears represents a country acknowledged by the United Nations, and they travel around the world promoting tolerance and international understanding.

Mort Elementary
In an initiative to improve student performance at Mort Elementary, the Council for Educational Change partnered Principal Woodland Johnson with Vistra Communications CEO Brian Butler. Using the Council’s business plan mentorship framework, developed a strategic plan to tackle some of the issues that were obstacles to Mort’s success. To support the partnership, the Council engaged the Spurlino Foundation which generously provided $100,000. This funding was matched by the Council and provided a mentoring coach (a retired principal) to support the initiative and its goals. Part of the funding is being used to provide state of the art technology to be used in the classrooms. This is a tremendous benefit for both teachers and students and will help to ensure first class opportunities for the school community.

Sandy Lane Elementary
Welcome to Tzeporaw Sahadeo, the new principal at Sandy Lane Elementary, a PASS school in Clearwater. Ms. Sahadeo brings a wealth of skills and experience to Sandy Lane including teaching, administration, and staff development. Most recently she was a consultant with Marzano Center, Learning Sciences International. Emery Ivery, Tampa Bay Area President of United Way Suncoast serves as the PASS business partner and looks forward to networking with, and supporting her.

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


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