July 2017 Update

July 2017

Spotlight on Saint Clair Evans Elementary, Duval County
The faculty and staff at Saint Clair Evans Elementary School in Duval County have a lot to be excited about. The school was nominated by the Council for Educational Change to receive a $50,000 grant from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children. The school used these funds to equip a state of the art science laboratory and create an interdisciplinary curriculum with a focus on science. The results were amazing.

  • Using the iReady reading diagnostic assessment at the end of the year, 60% of all students’ school wide achieved their target reading goals. This increase was aided by the instruction using the high interest leveled readers that kept the students actively involved as readers and were also purchased with grant funds.
  • All grades showed an average of 48 - 52% increase in reading proficiency from the fall to the spring test administration.
  • Fourth graders increased from 29% of the students meeting their target goal in the spring of 2016 to 45% meeting their goal in the spring of 2017.
  • On the math iReady diagnostic, 64% of students met their target goal and 33% were on or above grade level.
  • Kindergarten students began the year with only three percent of the students at or above proficiency as measured by the district’s math assessment. This increased to 74% proficiency by the end of the year.
  • On the district's science assessment, all grade level showed an increase from the pretest to the post-test. Third grade students increased from an average score of 33% to an average of 46%, a 13 percentage point increase. Fourth grade students showed an average increase of 10 percentage points, from 34% to 44%. Fifth grade students increased from an average of 28% at the beginning of the year to an average of 56% at the end of the year, a 29 percentage point increase.

Saint Clair Evans moved its Florida Department of Education School Accountability Grade from a “D” to a “C”.
The school was recognized in the local media for its great work.

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

  • New Executive PASS partnerships in Miami- Dade include:
    • Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy – Principal Jose Enriquez, Jr. and Business Partner Jacquelyn Perez of MassMutual; and
    • Santa Clara Elementary – Principal Stephen Papp and Business Partner Hillary Kessler of MassMutual.
  • PASS school Lanier Elementary in Tampa held a Leadership Day as a culminating celebration of the year’s work with the Leader in Me implementation. Over 260 guests (parents, district staff, and members of the community) attended to learn about student leadership opportunities and the Leader in Me program. Students created and led classroom presentations to showcase their learning about the “7 Habits” and leadership. The Lanier Elementary PASS program is funded by the Betty and Phillip Casey Family Fund within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
  • Faculty and administrators at Broward County’s Henry W. Flanagan High School (families and support staff are also welcome to attend) will have the opportunity to participate, before officially returning to work, in a weekend two night summer paid training retreat at a Florida resort. This is thanks to the generosity of Executive PASS partner, Henry Rose, and the Falcon Foundation who partner with Principal Michele Kefford.
  • Biltmore Elementary in Duval became a PASS school this past summer. PASS is a three year executive mentoring partnership model. Russell B. Newton, Jr. decided to move his partnership (from R.L. Brown Elementary) when Mrs. Sessions-Jones was transferred (from R.L. Brown) to Biltmore. The PASS partnership was celebrated as the school welcomed Mr. Newton with a huge banner and a “big” Thank You. Mr. Newton visited classrooms and talked to teachers and students. Other highlights from this school year include:
    • PASS dollars were used to supply incentives for the HERO store, and the FSA Pep Rally.
    • A “Best Effort” celebration was held at the end of the year. Students who put forth their best effort during the school year were rewarded with a party funded with PASS dollars.
    • First Baptist Church hosted pizza parties for students
    • The STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) workshop for students and parents was a huge success. Parents rotated through centers doing robotic hands-on activities.
  • Bay Point Middle School Principal Dr. Jason Shedrick says the leader-to-leader benefits of his partnership with Dr. Ronald Porter of Eckerd College include campus to campus activities and communication. Dr. Porter provides opportunities to attend events on the campus of Eckerd College (student meetings and speaking to college students). The partnership also provides college students who volunteer as mentors for the middle school students.

In the News

  • The exceptional work of the Council is featured in the University of Miami's Perspective Magazine. The article featured an interview with Council Board Chair, Steve Wasserman and President and Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin.
  • Miami Today published its Best of Miami special section, featuring Arthur Noriega V, Steven Wasserman and Eric Montes de Oca, three Council board members. Dr. Elaine Liftin nominated them for their commitment to improving education, as well as their participation in the PASS program. Mr. Wasserman is Executive Vice President of Colliers International South Florida and has worked with several schools, the current one being Dillard High School in Broward. He and Principal Casandra Robinson have implemented an extremely successful career exposure program for students. Arthur Noriega, CEO of Miami Parking Authority, is a long-time supporter of Miami Northwestern Senior and Principal Wallace Aristide. Mr. Montes de Oca is Vice President and Equity Partner at Grycon LLC and sits on the Board of Directors of the Latin Builders Association Charter School.


  • Natalie Antunez, the first Council nominated Leonore Annenberg Scholar has graduated from Harvard with a degree in Sociology. She will travel to New York to begin her career at Cartier.
  • Martha Chang, former PASS principal at Ponce de Leon Middle in Miami, will relocate to Orlando. She will become principal of Lake Nona High School in Orange County, and is looking for executive partners to work with her and her school.
  • Dr. Julio Valle, Jr. has accepted a position as Regional Executive Director at the Bureau of School Improvement in the Florida Department of Education. Dr. Valle is a graduate of the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy.
  • The Miami Northwestern Senior High School Class of 2017 has earned $6.6 million in scholarships and received 641 acceptance letters. The number of acceptance letters includes full rides to Howard University, Florida State University and other universities. The school is located in Miami’s Liberty City within walking distance of four housing projects. Despite, its location, the alumni, faculty and students stick to the school's motto—“Pride, Tradition and Excellence.” Council Board Member Art Noriega serves as the business mentor of this PASS partnership, which is funded by Himan Brown Charitable Trust.
  • Five high school AVID students from Village Academy in Palm Beach have been selected to attend a six week summer session at Morehouse College. The PASS program at Village Academy is funded by The Arthur & Sara Jo Kobacker, Alfred & Ida Kobacker Foundation.


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