February 2015 Update

February 2015

Spotlight On: New Board Member Arthur Noriega V….

Arthur Noriega is the newest Council for Educational Change Board Member. He is an executive with a strong background in construction, operations, and urban development projects with over 16 years of parking industry experience. Mr. Noriega has headed the Miami Parking Authority since 1999. As Chief Executive Officer, he oversees all of the parking and enforcement operations in a major metropolitan city. Mr. Noriega also must act as a strong advocate in the promotion of public and private sector joint ventures, while maintaining an excellent working relationship with local elected and government officials, as well as development authorities. He oversees a staff of 185 employees and an operation that generates $40 million in parking revenue. Mr. Noriega has been responsible for unprecedented revenue growth at the Authority, as well as the development of the City’s seven newly constructed public garages. Miami Parking Authority is currently engaged in the pre-development of two additional public/private joint venture developments within Miami’s Central Business District.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Noriega was vice president of development at The Carlisle Group, where he worked with local municipalities and Community Development Corporations (CDC’s) across the state to create urban development projects. Before that, he worked as Director of Planning and Development with the Authority.

An Economics graduate of the University of South Florida, with professional certifications from Tulane and Northwestern Universities, Mr. Noriega is a dedicated community leader and volunteer. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the South Florida Progress Foundation. He is a founding board member of Miami Exchange, Inc. Arthur Noriega is a member of the Board of the Downtown Miami Partnership, the Miami Sports Commission, and a graduate of Leadership Florida’s 26th Class.

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

  • The newest PASS school is United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Bailes Elementary School. Community members, business partners, students, and parents enjoyed an exciting PASS partnership launch at the school on January 21st. Principal Anna O'Connor-Morin looks forward to working with her business mentor, Ben Noel, Executive Director of Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy and her PASS Coach, Dr. George Pawlas as they implement PASS focus initiatives. The East Orange Bailes Campus was established with the firm belief that children of all abilities can and should learn together. The school’s philosophy is that each child has different strengths, and all children should be given equal opportunities to serve as leaders.
  • Students at Melrose Elementary in Pinellas County are honored each time they make the Principal’s List. The Boys and Girls Club of St. Petersburg is the Executive PASS partner for the school, and funds a shopping spree and a luncheon at 400 Beach restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg. Nita Smith is the CEO and the Principal is Nannette Grasso.
  • New Executive PASS partnerships in Miami Dade include:
    • Sunset Elementary Principal Dr. Marlene Leyte-Vidal with Business Partner Randy Weber, Weber Law Firm;
    • Carol City Middle Principal Sonia Romero with Business Partner Julio Avael, NVP USA Healthcare;
    • Carol City Elementary Principal Thalya Watkins with Business Partner Mikahil Cajuste, Mass Mutual;
    • Miami Southridge Senior Principal Biance Calzadilla with Business Partner, Omar Gaines, Christ Fellowship.
  • Peggy Pearson, Principal of Mt. Vernon Elementary reports that so far this year Raymond James has provided:
    • 82 Mentor/volunteers
    • 350 Backpacks for students
    • Pizza for everyone who attended Open House
    • Shredder to shred confidential documents
    • Dinner for November Family night (175 parents/children attend)
    • Five $25.00 Gift Cards for a drawing for attending
    • Bike for the one student who had perfect attendance last year
    • Ice cream monthly for perfect attendance (Monthly attendance improved by 43 students)
    • $10 gift cards to every student with perfect attendance in a grading period (65 this period)
    • 2 Bikes for a drawing for attendance each grading period
    • Ten $25.00 gift cards for January Family Night
    • Dinner for January Family Night
    • Incentives for teachers staying late to train parents

Miami-Dade College Supports Student Wellness…

Miami-Dade College, North Campus’ Aquatic and Fitness Center partnered with Jose Mari MAST 6 – 12 Academy to implement Project Alive. Students were provided a series of workshops and field-trips that offered educational information and techniques for healthy living habits. The study is a grant program to examine the benefits of how healthy lifestyle changes can make a big change in the health and wellness of school age children and is funded by the AETNA Foundation. It includes eight weeks of educational workshops with advisors at both Miami-Dade College and the school. Participation was voluntary for our ninth and tenth grade research classes.

Students had a pre-fitness assessment which measured their height, weight, and body fat. The same post-fitness assessment was repeated at the conclusion of the eight weeks. Data is still being analyzed, however, it is clear that great improvements were accomplished among the majority of students. The children participated in a series of educational sessions, healthy cooking demonstrations, and kept a food and physical fitness journal to keep track of their progress.

Students benefited from the program by learning about their own level of health and fitness and how, through simple changes in their lifestyle, they can improve their own overall health and wellness. Students received a Flash fitness band to track their activity and sleep habits and an indoor herb garden to grow fresh herbs in order to allow them to continue cooking with fresh products.

Good News from Campbell Park Elementary…

Council Board Chair, Charles B. Blumenkamp visited Principal Robert Ovalle at Campbell Park Elementary and was impressed by the order that the children demonstrated in the corridors, the atmosphere in the classrooms, and the clanliness of the campus. Mr. Ovalle shared his data wall which shows the progress they are making. Ninety percent of the first graders are now reading at or above level. They are building a core of strong performers and the principal’s vision is to change the character of the school and create a legacy of success grade level by grade level. Mr. Blumenkamp “expects when he is successful, he will leave the Campbell Park community with a very fine school.”

Mr. Ovalle took his leadership team to Memphis to see the impact that The New Teacher Program is making in the City of Memphis public schools. They liked what they saw and he has brought The New Teacher Program to his school. He is changing the way he and his subject area coaches interact with their teachers and making fundamental changes in instructional and classroom management procedures. Florida’s Deputy Chancellor of Education, Brian Dassler, visited Campbell Park to learn about the program.

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

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
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Scott A. Curtis* • Edward W. Easton* • T. Willard Fair* • Maribel Ferrer • Edward T. Foote, II* • Karen Fryd
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Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller • Robert A. Morris Jr.* • Robert Moss • Anabel I. Nemrow • Arthur Noriega V • Fred Pezeshkan
Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell* • Steven J. Saiontz • Michael Scheck* • Roger Slade • Elliott Stern*
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