June 2011 Update

June 8, 2011

Doing Great Things:

  • Council for Educational Change President and Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin has been appointed to the State of Florida’s Race to the Top Teacher and Leader Preparation Committee. The group is charged with revising the current Florida Principal Leadership Standards to fully align with the research. The committee consists of postsecondary representatives, teachers, principals, district administrators, and school board members.
  • The Florida Department of Education announced that students made impressive gains on this year’s FCAT writing exam. Dr. Christi Chandler Buell, Principal of Sulphur Springs Elementary in Tampa, and former Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Gold Medallion Finalist is absolutely delighted that 99% of the fourth grade students at the school scored four or above.
  • Thanks to the generous support of the Deborah L. Natansohn Foundation, Linda Klein, Principal of Miami-Dade’s Broadmoor Elementary and the staff celebrated their student writers with a Book Fair. Every student in the school (Pre-K through grade 5) authored and illustrated a book. All books were bound, and selected authors read their books to parents, special guests, and their peers. Every child’s bound book is placed in a special section of the school’s media center.

Learning for Leaders:
School teams have been invited to attend the Council’s 9th Annual Florida Leadership Academy to be held June 19-22 in Tampa. The event will feature sessions designed to showcase best practices – programs and strategies – that are currently working in schools throughout the state.  The Academy is conducted in partnership with the Florida Department of Education.  Our 2011 sponsors are Carnival Cruise Lines, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Akerman Senterfitt, Publix Super Markets Charities, and Etraffic Solutions Inc.

An Exemplary Partnership:

  • JPMorgan Chase continues to be a great business partner and valuable supporter of Sulphur Springs Elementary,” shared Principal, Dr. Christi Chandler Buell. A focus on needs, sustainable solutions and enduring commitment are appropriate phrases to describe the ongoing support provided by JPMorgan Chase since 2008. The four primary initiatives supported by JPMorgan Chase are: the Parent University, the Leader in Me School Leadership Initiative, the Sulphur Springs YMCA Community Learning Center, and a science instructional initiative with The Florida Aquarium.  While all have had an impact, we will highlight one of the parent involvement initiatives, Parent University, this month.  “The Parent University was initiated in the 2010-11 school year.  This six week program focuses on teaching parents strategies that help support their child’s success in school.  The program uses the Parenting Partners curriculum and is taught by Sulphur Springs’ teachers.  There is a culminating “graduation event” at the end of each six week session.  Each of the parents and children are invited to the Glazure Children’s Museum and the Spaghetti Warehouse for a banquet to celebrate participation in the program.  There were thirty families that participated during this initial year.

Leader to Leader:

  • Business Partner Danielle Waton and her partner, Jason Falick of the DBS Financial Group, under the auspices of Mass Mutual, have secured funds for Henry Reeves, Carrie P. Meek/ Westview, and Miami Park Elementary Schools to be used for incentives for students. Principals Julian Gibbs - Reeves; Tracy Crews - Westview; and Sandra Banky - Miami Park are delighted with the assistance.
  • Arcola Lake Elementary, recipient of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant for the second year sponsored a “Spring Bling”. Faculty, staff, and students were involved in physical activities, face painting, and balloon art. The event was a kick off to the spring fitness initiative. Students in grades 2 – 5 participated in the Miami Dolphins’ Gatorade Jr. Training Camp held on May 26 on the P.E. field. The school’s annual “Family Field Day” event was held on May 27. Faculty, staff and students participated in games and physical activities for fun and enjoyment.

PASS© and Executive PASS©:

  • The school staff and partners were treated to lunch during Staff Appreciation Week at James Bright Elementary in Hialeah. To thank partners from Waste Services, Inc. and PASS CEO, Eleonel Lorenzo, the school provided “serenades” by the Spanish Trio. The event culminated with games, piñata breaking, and door prizes.
  • Beau Parrillo, business partner for Crestview Elementary in Miami-Dade sponsored a carnival for the students who achieved their Accelerated Reader targets. Students were treated to a day of fun and excitement which included games, prizes, bounce houses, giant slides, a DJ, cook out, field games and more. Parent volunteers assisted in planning this much deserved activity.
  • The Spring Executive PASS Networking Meeting for Miami-Dade schools was held on May 17th at Doral Middle School. Partners Tom Eriksen and William Meredith of Covanta Energy and Eddy Barea of Ibiley Uniforms provided a full breakfast with beautiful flowers for the tables. Principal Tatiana De Miranda hosted the meeting and showcased the school’s award winning jazz band and cheerleaders.
  • The annual South Florida PASS meeting was held on May 5th at the home of PASS CEO and Board Member, Jeffrey Miller.  Mr. Miller was a gracious host, and participants shared their success stories and relaxed in the beautiful surroundings. The Central/North Florida PASS Regional Meeting will be held in Tampa on June 23 at Embassy Suites close to the USF campus.


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