July 2013 Update

July 2013

Spotlight On: Joe Weaver…
Joe G. Weaver is a recent addition to the Board of Trustees for the Council for Educational Change. He is President of Raymond James Trust, N.A., subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF). Joe came to Raymond James Trust in 2011 after more than 20 years of banking and wealth management experience, most recently at Regions Financial as the Private Banking & Wealth Management Executive for West Florida. He also served as the Managing Director of U.S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Tampa, Florida where he led a team of advisors and specialists focused on acquiring and developing relationships with high net worth individuals and families.

Prior to moving to Tampa in 2006, Joe was the northeast sales executive for the Premier Banking & Investment Division at Bank of America. Joe's responsibilities included managing, coaching, and directing all client management processes with affluent clients across the northeast footprint for Bank of America which included Metro New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.

Joe is a Florida native and received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas Christian University where he was also the team captain of the nationally ranked swim team. He earned his Six Sigma Greenbelt certification for his work in creating a structured coaching process focused on reducing sales variability with clients at Bank of America. He also holds an NASD Series 7 and a 24 license as a registered investment principal.

PASS© and Executive PASS©

  • Brand new Executive PASS partner, Eduardo Suarez of Mass Mutual provided the teachers of Jose de Diego Middle School with a special treat as part of the school’s Teacher Appreciation Week celebration. CrepeMaker came to the school’s media center and prepared crepes for the teachers. Principal Yaset Fernandez was so thankful, and all of the staff felt especially appreciated!
  • Dr. Marlene Leyte-Vidal, Principal of Sunset Elementary and her business partner, Ryan Foley of John Hancock Financial Network have a unique partnership. Their goal is to enhance the leadership skills of the fifth grade students. They conduct mini-lessons with the school’s Grade 5 Ambassadors.  Ambassadors present to their homeroom peers, and participate in a Student Leadership Symposium. The program provides support to help students develop good presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Conniston Middle School in West Palm Beach sponsored its first annual AVID Night. AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination - is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The program was planned and implemented by the students in conjunction with their partner, Wells Fargo.
  • Ivette Diaz-Rubio, Assistant Principal at Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy has created a blog post about her experience with the B-PASS (Business Partnership to Advance STEM Success) program. The model was sponsored by the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and implemented the STEM focus at the school. The post can be found at the CED blog on their website: www.ced.org.

Commissioner’s Leadership Academy…

  • The final session of the first year of the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy (CLA) was held June 12th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa. Commissioner Tony Bennett spoke to the graduates and presented them each with a certificate. On behalf of the Council for Educational Change, Mr. Bennett was presented with a framed certificate which included a photo of each of the participants. The Council is currently in the process of screening applicants for the second year of the program. The CLA is generously sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, Florida Blue, and Publix Super Markets Charities.
  • The Council for Educational Change, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), will present a two-day forum on the Common Core State Standards from July 15 - 16 for principals and their teams in Duval County.  Day 1 will include a session on Leadership to Implement the Common Core State Standards for 60 principals selected by the district. On day 2, the principals will attend a half-day session along with a parent and a business partner from their schools for a “Community Conversation”. The Conversation will allow participants to develop a plan to share information on the Common Core with other members of the community. The event is sponsored by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
  • West Orange High School Principal, James Larsen, demonstrates that the CEC and the FDOE had the right people as participants in the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. James was recently promoted to the position of Executive Area Director for the Southeast Learning Community. James’ promotion tops off a year which saw one of the teachers at West Orange win the Life Changer Award, one of ten given nationally for excellence in education, and another teacher won an Abraham Lincoln/Horace Mann Fellowship.  Great teaching translates into student learning, as evidenced by the fact that West Orange was number one in the district on the End of Course Exam in Biology, with 96% of the students earning a passing score.  In addition, West Orange High students won the National Championship in ROTC for Color Guard and Honor Guard, and back-to-back State Championships in Cheerleading.


Helios STEM Project…
The STEM: Strong & Steady project, generously funded by the Helios Education Foundation, is beginning its second year with the addition of seven new middle schools in Hillsborough County. An orientation for teams from the new schools including the Principal, Assistant Principal and the Department Chairpersons of math and science was held on May 28, in Tampa. Participating schools will attend a STEM Academy, a project activity, which will be held Aug. 1 - 3 in Sarasota. Schools that have completed year one of the program have created a number of interdisciplinary lessons in mathematics and science that are currently being used. The STEM Academy is funded through the Helios grant and sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, Florida Blue, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

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

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Gene E. Marshall, Chair • Charles B. Blumenkamp, Chair-Elect • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Hugh M. Brown* • Columba Bush* • Charles E. Cobb Jr.* • Irv Cohen • Scott A. Curtis* • Edward W. Easton*
T. Willard Fair* • Maribel Ferrer • Edward T. Foote, II* • Karen Fryd • Dr. Robert W. Graham, III • Bill Habermeyer* • Steven T. Halverson*
Elsie Sterling Howard • Cyrus M. Jollivette • David S. Kenin Esq* • Jonathan I. Kislak* • Daniel W. Mahurin*
Richard Manners • Beth G. Martinez* • Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller • Robert A. Morris Jr.* • Robert Moss • Anabel I. Nemrow • Beau Parrillo
Fred Pezeshkan • Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell* • Steven J. Saiontz • Michael Scheck* • Roger Slade • Elliott Stern* • Steven J. Uhlfelder
Keith T. Ward • Steven Wasserman • Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines • Dr. Paul Zimmerman • Robert A. Zinn     *Life Trustees
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