October 2016 Update

October 2016

Spotlight
The Council for Educational Change is delighted to shine the spotlight on Jeffrey Miller, one of its longest sitting Board members and former Board Chair. He has served the Council tirelessly by previously sponsoring two different PASS schools which achieve tremendous successes. Currently, he is sponsoring the technology based Nearpod pilot in Polk County.

Jeffrey Miller is a South Florida business leader having had enterprises in commercial real estate, banking, utilities and healthcare. Jeffrey has been an active investor in these industries for approximately 30 years. He is a graduate of Ransom Everglades and holds a bachelor degree from the University of Miami.

Most recently, Jeffrey co-founded Krillion Ventures, a $100 Million venture capital fund that provides Seed and Series A stage funding to tech-enabled companies based in Miami, New York City, Boston and San Francisco.

For the past 15 years, Jeffrey has dedicated his time and efforts to improving education on a local, statewide and national level. He serves as chairman of the Board of Breakthrough Miami, and is immediate past board chair for Ransom Everglades School and the Council for Educational Change. Jeffrey serves on the board and is active with Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art, United Way, Jewish Federation, and the University of Miami. Presently, Jeffrey is spearheading the creation o,f and serving as board chair for Beacon College Prep, a nonprofit charter school that will be located in Liberty City, Florida. Jeffrey alongside his brother, Stuart, and sister, Leslie, received the 2015 United Way prestigious Tocqueville Award-----the highest honor given by the United Way.

Jeffrey is a board member of The Miller Foundation, the charitable arm of the Miller Family. Through The Miller Foundation, $150 Million has been donated to the University of Miami, to name the Medical School after his late father, now known as the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Lawyers’ Alliance
The Council for Educational Change held the 2016 of the Lawyers’ Alliance at The Miami Parking Authority on September 13th. The event was co-hosted by the 2,000 member Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Board. The Lawyers’ Alliance is a group of attorneys serving the community under the umbrella of the Council for Educational Change. Attorneys donate their time, expertise, and resources by engaging with schools as guest speakers, taking students on field trips, mock trials, and other activities. The event was held at the Miami Parking Authority in downtown Miami and was well attended. Perricone’s donated the food and spirits. Photos of the event were featured in South Florida City Biz List and Black Tie International Magazine. If you would like to be a part of this program, please call the Council for Educational Change at (954) 727–9909.

UCP Bailes
The UCP Bailes Elementary school year started well with Assistant Principal David DeAmato joining Principal Anna Morin O'Connor and Assistant Principal Beth Morris on the leadership team. They recently met with PASS Coordinator Sherry Clarke and shared progress made in PASS focus areas. UCP has received accreditation for its schools. UCP Bailes, a PASS school, is one of them. The nine member external evaluation team recommended that the AdvancED/SACS Accreditation Commission award accreditation to UCP Charter Schools! AdvancED is a non¬profit organization that assesses PreK-12th grade schools and school systems to measure quality programs, relationships and results. As part of the process, UCP education leadership and other team members prepared for the three day external site visit for over a year – identifying strengths, weaknesses, and improvement priorities, writing policies/other documents, reviewing data, implementing additional best practices and helping to bring the campuses to a more consistent system of schools.

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

  • The PASS partnership at Campbell Park Elementary is an energizing one with the support of Emery Ivery, President of United Way Suncoast and PASS coach Sandy Leanes. Chris Hoffman, an experienced administrator and first year principal, welcomes the business perspective and values the insight of her PASS coach. She encourages staff engagement in partnership activities and brought Assistant Principal Dawn Lewis and Sandy together as they all worked on activities to provide extra support to teachers and students.
  • The semi-annual Miami-Dade fall networking session for all of the Executive PASS schools in the county, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd. The event will be held at Miami Jackson Sr. High. Be sure to “Save the Date” as this is always an exciting event as partnerships share their many successes. . Additional information will be forthcoming the second week of October. Boots Richards coordinates all of the 90 partnerships in Miami-Dade.
  • Exciting news from Mort Elementary:
    • Mort’s teachers were welcomed back to a new school year with a preplanning kickoff held at Busch Gardens. School Board member Cindy Stewart along with many other Community School partners were in attendance.
    • WEDU was on campus filming for a Community School Documentary which aired in September.
    • WUSF filmed a piece highlighting Principal Woodland Johnson’s nomination for “An American Graduate Champion” award.
    • The school was honored to host the Superintendent’s “Back to School” address. It also celebrated the official opening as a community school with a ribbon cutting ceremony and catered reception. April Griffin, Cindy Stewart, Doretha Edgecomb, Sally Harris and Susan Valdes were in attendance along with House Representative Dana Young, and US Congresswoman Kathy Castor and many other community partners.
    • Mort’s CASA Presidents were invited to attend the Florida Hospital Dedication on August 23rd.
    • Mort’s Family Resource Center staff and Hispanic Services hosted its first parent meeting this month.
  • Local television station WSVN recently featured the Executive PASS partnership between Marlon A. Hill, partner at Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel and Brownsville Middle School in Liberty City. Mr. Hill and School Board Vice Chair Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall have teamed up to bring a law academy to the school. Marlon admits the odds are against many of these kids, but he believes, “if you mentor them and give them hope, they will overcome their difficulties and succeed.”
  • Marivel Andreu, Managing Director of Celedinas Insurance Group donated 75 backpacks filled with school supplies to the most needy children at Eneida Hartner Elementary in Miami-Dade. The school serves five homeless shelters and Ms. Andreau has managed to secure book bags with supplies every year. Derick McKoy is the school’s principal.

New Council for Educational Change Board Members
Barry E. Johnson and Eric Montes de Oca were voted to the Board of the Council for Educational Change at its September 20th telephone meeting. Mr. Johnson is the recently retired President of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Montes de Oca holds the position of Vice President and is also an Equity Partner of Grycon LLC, a leading South Florida General Contractor and Construction Management firm. Both will attend their first meeting on November 17, prior to the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award luncheon.

Commissioner’s Leadership Academy Institutes
The Council will again partner with the Florida Department of Education on the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy Institutes. Approximately 200 principals and district leaders will attend the event Oct. 18 – 20 in Orlando. The program consists of three in person sessions and five Learning Walks. During these Learning Walks participants sharpen their skills in working with teachers to enhance their professional practice.

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