September 2011 Update

September 9, 2011

Attention Principal Leaders!

You could be the winner of the 9th Annual 2011 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award with a cash prize of $10,000. If you are a Principal who is currently or has formerly participated in any Council program/activity, you may be eligible. Visit for details and complete your application today.

PASS© and Executive PASS©:

  • Principal Toynita Martinez, and the staff of Booker T. Washington Elementary in Tampa were recognized by WTVT Fox 13 News for their impressive double-jump in FCAT scores, which improved their letter grade from an “F” to a “C”. The school made the highest improvements in Hillsborough. For 2011 – 2012, the team has adopted the mantra, “Just Keep Swimming” to continue to propel the school’s success.  Doug Davidson, Marketing Executive from Bank of America is this PASS school’s business mentor.
  • Lauderhill Middle School in Broward County, a new magnet Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School, began the school year with the theme, “STEM-ulating Minds for the Future”, which clearly defines their goal.  As a motivational boost, Principal Jeannie Floyd, invited former students to greet the staff and shower them with expressions of gratitude for their hard work.  Dr. Patricia Dixon, PASS Coordinator for South Florida, was one of the featured motivational speakers. Marcia Barry-Smith and David Palmer from BankAtlantic are the Executive PASS Partners.
  • Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Paul Zimmerman on their new PASS partnership with Golden Glades Elementary (Theron Clark, Principal) in Miami Gardens. One of the components of their plan is to increase the use of technology in the instructional program. The school has installed Tek Boards in all of the grades 3 – 5 classrooms and outfitted the media center with 24 new desktops.
  • New Executive PASS Partnerships include: Nathan B. Young Elementary - Principal Ray Sands and business partner, Bernard Cottle of Integrated Learning Trust; William H. Turner Technical Arts High School - Principal Lavette Hunter and business partner, Charles Jones of John Hancock Financial Network; Gratigny Elementary - Principal Dr. Aaron Enteen and business partner, Richard Rome of Lightspeed Tech.

 Join in the Conversation:
On September 23, 2011, the Council for Educational Change, in conjunction with the FLDOE and the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability (CEPA), with funding provided by JPMorgan Chase, will sponsor a conversation on National Standards for High Performing Principals. Representatives from business, education, and the legislature will participate. Contact the Council at (954) 727-9909 for additional information.

News Briefs:

  • The Council for Educational Change announces the appointment of Clinton Mueller as the new Director of Development. Clinton comes to the Council with a wealth of experience from being President of the Florida Council on Economic Education to running a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Tampa Bay.  With a proven record of success, Clinton will bring his boundless energy, enthusiasm, and extensive fundraising knowledge to the Council.  Welcome to the Council family, Clinton.
  • Congratulations to Executive Board Member, Lynne Wines on her appointment as President of First Southern Bank in Boca Raton, Florida. Mrs. Wines was formerly the President and Chief Operating Officer of CNL Bank, a $1.6-billion asset statewide bank headquartered in Orlando. She serves as the Chair of the Council’s Finance Committee.
  • Charles “Chuck” Blumenkamp, new nominee for the Board of the Council, will be the business mentor for PASS school, Franklin Middle, one of the new single gender schools in Tampa.

 Leader to Leader:

  • Life Trustee Keith Ward hosted an all-day Strategic Planning Session at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables for the Leadership Team at Henry S. Reeves Elementary.  Principal Julian Gibbs and Education Leader Cecelia Hunter led the group through the curricular expectations for the school which raised its accountability grade from a “C” to an “A.” Eamon Toner, owner of Living Earth Remodelers, hosted a return to school breakfast in celebration of the academic success achieved last year.
  • Danielle Waton and Jason Falick of Mass Mutual provided a “Back to School” luncheon for the staff at Carrie P. Meek/Westview Elementary.
  • Kindergarten students at Broadmoor and Van E. Blanton Elementary Schools all received book bags filled with school supplies from the Hialeah-Miami Springs Rotary Club. Business mentors Polly Thompson, Bob Cheetham, and Fred Morley coordinated the effort which encourages parents to get involved in their children’s education.

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

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Gene E. Marshall, Chair • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Hugh M. Brown* • Columba Bush* • Charles E. Cobb Jr.* • Irv Cohen • Scott A. Curtis • Dr. Akshay Desai
Edward W. Easton* • T. Willard Fair* • Edward T. Foote, II* • Karen Fryd • Dr. Robert W. Graham, III
Bill Habermeyer* • Steven T. Halverson* • Elsie Sterling Howard • Cyrus M. Jollivette • David S. Kenin Esq* • Jonathan I. Kislak*
Daniel W. Mahurin* • Beth G. Martinez* • Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller • Robert A. Morris Jr.* • Robert Moss • Beau Parrillo • Fred F. Pezeshkan
Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell* • Steven J. Saiontz • Michael Scheck* • Roger Slade • Elliott Stern* • Steven J. Uhlfelder
Keith T. Ward • Steven Wasserman • Lynne Wines • Dr. Paul Zimmerman • Robert A. Zinn     *Life Trustees
3265 Meridian Parkway Suite 130 Weston, FL 33331 phone: 954.727.9909 fax: 954.727.0990


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