June 2015 Update

June 2015

Spotlight On: Board Member Steve Wasserman...
Long time Council Board member, Steven Wasserman, serves as Senior Vice President for Jones Lang LaSalle and is one of the team leaders in the South Florida Industrial Group. Mr. Wasserman has a diversified industrial practice where he represents institutional property owners in leasing and strategic advice. He also represents local and national tenants looking to buy or lease space. Finally, he represents owner users in the disposition of their industrial buildings and land.

Mr. Wasserman has 32 years of experience in the South Florida market.  He has dealt with a broad number of complex issues from build to suit, land development, environmental, acquisition and disposition of specialized properties. In addition, he has marketed a 200 acre business park, +2 Million square feet of institutional leasing and sold hundreds of thousands of square feet of owner/user properties.

Steve was the corporate partner at the school during its participation in the PASS program. He received the Community Service Leader Award presented by Colliers International for his work with Broward’s Boyd Anderson High School in 2008. He was also awarded Colliers Manager of the Year in 2008, and Top Achiever JLL 2011. He is also an active member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).

While working with Boyd Anderson, Mr. Wasserman mentored a group of students and took them to Washington DC. As a result of the trip, all of the students went on to attend college. He has also provided opportunities for internships and summer career experiences with local businesses. Currently he is partnering with Stranahan High School and the marine industry to provide similar experiences.

Legacy of Leadership…

Thanks to the generous support of Norman and Irma Braman, the Council for Educational Change is undertaking a project to recognize the legacy that outstanding leadership has had on schools. Previous and current principals, other educational, and business leaders who have had a significant impact on the academic performance of students are being interviewed. From their comments several themes have emerged as well as their interesting and heartwarming stories. These success stories are being captured and will be compiled into a document. The document will serve as a guide for other schools and partnerships to use and replicate. On May 19th, many of those individuals interviewed met at the offices of the Miami Parking Authority, where CEO, Arthur Noreiga V hosted lunch. At this roundtable discussion, participants shared their stories of success and were videotaped. These images will also be shared as they help to document the legacies.

Commissioner’s Leadership Academy Institutes…

The final session of the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy will take place on June 16 – 17th in Orlando. Approximately 150 participants have been honing their skills in working with teachers to improve their practice. This has been done through the use of classroom walkthroughs facilitated by staff of the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington. Each of the participants has attended four or five full day sessions with his/her cohort. These sessions consist of observing three teachers and then discussing ways to confer with the teachers to best improve their skills. The sessions have been extremely beneficial to the principals as well as the teachers involved. Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, herself a graduate of Council for Educational Change programs, will host a reception for the participants on June 16th. Carnival Foundation, Florida Blue, and Publix Super Markets Charities are proud sponsors of the Council’s Leadership Academies.

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

  • On May 13th approximately 75 principals and their business partners met at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus for the Semi-Annual Executive PASS networking session. It is noteworthy that all of the campuses of Miami-Dade College partner with at least one local high school, and several campuses have several partners. In all instances, the goal is not only to provide assistance to the high school, but to the entire community. All of the participating high schools offer dual enrollment classes. In other instances, there are a variety of activities, including such things as professional development for teachers and staff, use of college facilities, and teach swaps. Florida International University also pairs with several schools and feeder patterns for the “Education Effect” Project. Other businesses are involved in numerous projects with schools including such things as incentives for students, financial literacy projects, mentoring students, and providing books and supplies for the students. Boots Richards, Executive PASS coordinator did an outstanding job organizing the event. Thanks to campus President, Dr. Jose A. Vicente for hosting the event.
  • UCP Bailes Elementary of Central Florida has been serving children for over 59 years. Principal Anna O'Connor-Morin and her staff are enthusiastic about UCP Bailes, a UCP Elementary Charter School in Orlando, becoming a PASS model this year. Learning is always engaging for students at UCP Bailes and sometimes "out of the box." Sherry Clarke, PASS Coordinator, saw this in action recently when she met Golda, one of two wonderful pets serving as an engaging support during reading activities for the children.

Congratulations to…

  • Guarn Sims and the staff at Village Academy where 100% of the senior class is graduating. Guarn Sims, principal of Village Academy, has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2015 Non-Profit Organization of the Year at the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Luminary Gala! Mr. Sims was one of the Gold Medallion finalists for the 2014 Leonard Miller Principal of the Year Award. The announcement of the winner and celebration of the Delray business community will be on Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Delray Beach Marriott.
  • José Enriquez and the staff at Jose Marti MAST 6 – 12 Academy, where the initial graduating class will participate in commencement activities. 

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

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Charles B. Blumenkamp, Chair • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Columba Bush* • 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 • Robert Moss • Anabel I. Nemrow
Arthur Noriega V • Harold E. Patricoff • Fred Pezeshkan • Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell*
Steven J. Saiontz • Ned Shandloff* • Steven J. Uhlfelder • Scott Ulvi • Steven Wasserman
Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines* • Dr. Paul Zimmerman    *Life Trustees
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