March 2011 Update

March 4, 2011

Wonderful News:

  • The Council for Educational Change has received $50,000 from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. These funds will be used to promote a statewide awareness of the National Standards for High Performing Principals. State leaders will be encouraged to recognize principals for their outstanding performance, as it is felt that those who successfully implement these standards will demonstrate school improvement and academic gains for students.
  • Valerie Ward, 2009 winner of the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award, has been named to the City of Miami Gardens Excellence in Education Compact Board of Directors. She is currently a participant in the Council’s Executive PASS© program as the principal of Scott Lake Elementary.
  • Congratulations to Coral Springs High School where students received a $6,000 grant from JCPenney to compete in state robotics competitions. The school’s football team also received $2,000 from the South Florida High School Football Show winning the online voting competition. Coral Springs High is one of the BankAtlantic sponsored schools in Executive PASS.
  • Will Weatherford, Representative for District 61, initiated a tribute in honor of National Mentoring Month in the Florida House of Representatives. In this tribute, he recognized groups involved with this cause, and the Council for Educational Change was mentioned in the group. These names were proclaimed and mentioned in the Florida Legislature.
  • A wonderful article appeared in the Miami Herald about the positive changes at Miami Central Senior High. Until recently, the school had been among the lowest performing in the state, but the article pointed out how high expectations among students have them awaiting acceptance to prestigious universities. Miami Central is part of the Council’s Executive PASS program.

A Special Partnership:

Doug Davidson, Market Executive of Bank of America, N.A. and Toynita Martinez, Principal of Booker T. Washington Elementary have a great partnership. The school’s “Hornet’s Dozen visited the downtown Tampa tower for a tour of the branch (including a behind-the-teller line tour). Students received a brand new US Dollar gold coin and rode to the 41st floor for a pizza party in the private dining room of the Tampa Club. Matt Ross, Banking Center Manager and Cory Johnston, Personal Banker made this a day the children will long remember.

Members of the bank staff will be providing math tutoring for fourth grade students as they prepare for the FCAT. Booker T. Washington is a Title 1 school where more than 95% of the students receive free/reduced lunch.

PASS©/Executive PASS News:

  • We are pleased to announce new Executive PASS partnerships in Miami-Dade: Miami Beach Senior High, Dr. Rosann Sidener, Principal – Business Partner, Christopher Morales, John Hancock Financial Network; Paul Bell Middle, Ingrid Soto, Principal – Business Partner, Carlos Temperan, John Hancock Financial Network; Miami Lakes K-8 Center, Rosy Calvo, Principal – Business Partner, Sarah Suarez, BankAtlantic; Felix Varela Senior High, Connie Navarro, Principal – Business Partner, Ozzie Delgado, John Hancock Financial Network.
  • Our networking meeting with BankAtlantic was outstanding. Guillermo Muñoz of Westland-Hialeah Senior High hosted the event at the school. An end of the year “extravaganza” is being planned.
  • The staff at Crestview Elementary School was greeted by the staff at United Automobile Insurance Company, and their PASS CEO, Beau Parrillo. The school held its Professional Day activity in the Training Room which houses state-of-the-art technology. The theme of the day was, “Using Technology and Collaboration to Drive Instruction.” The teachers had hands-on experiences utilizing the school’s new software and an opportunity to do collaborative planning. Mr. Parrillo treated the staff to lunch and included an invitation to return.
  • Coral Springs Senior High hosted a City/Community-wide Partnership Day on February 16th to solicit support for school-wide initiatives, not just for financial support, but for human resources as well. South Florida PASS Coordinator, Dr. Pat Dixon was in attendance as well as Thomas Triozzi, the school’s partner from BankAtlantic.
  • The Council’s own Dr. Pat Dixon, was the key note speaker at Boyd Anderson High School’s Parent Literacy/FCAT Parent Night. The event was attended by parents, staff, community members, and School Board staff. The goal was to update parents on the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, rationale for the new standards, new expectations for FCAT 2.0 and its phasing in process, and the role of parent involvement. Parents were provided dinner and had the opportunity to attend break-out sessions focusing on FCAT strategies and  how to utilize the district’s Virtual Counselor, an online system to track students’ grades and attendance.
  • Students at James H. Bright Elementary competed in the Annual Spelling Bee. Faculty members and distinguished members of the community served as judges. These included: City of Hialeah’s Mayor, Julio Robaina; Miami-Dade County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Marcos Moran; Hialeah Police Chief Overton and Major Somohano; retired principal Dr. Felicia Gil; and EESAC community member Adam Vega. Fourth grade student Alyssa Miguez was crowned as the school champion.

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