September 2012 Update

September 2012

Exciting News:

  • The Council for Educational Change will host the first session of the prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy in Tallahassee October 16 – 17. The Academy is funded by the Florida Department of Education to promote leadership among high performing principals who will have the opportunity to enhance their skills and build capacity within their schools and districts. Additional corporate sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Publix Super Markets Charities.
  • Congratulations to Broadmoor Elementary for its award of $15,000 from Target. The funds are to enhance literacy initiatives at the school. Principal Linda Klein was a participant in the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation funded Leader-to-Leader project as well as a recipient of mentoring scholarships from the Deborah L. Natansohn Foundation.
  • The Council has received a grant for $90,000 from the Committee for Economic Development to implement a state of the art STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), curriculum at Jose Marti (6 - 12) MAST Academy. The goal is to develop a replicable model that integrates the STEM community with curriculum content to improve student performance and aid in teacher retention. The project will be called B - PASS: Business - Partnership to Advance STEM Success, and Principal Jose Enriquez will continue to work with his Executive PASS partners, Eddy Barea of Ibiley Uniforms, and Malou Harrison of Miami-Dade College.


Spotlight On:
Chuck Blumenkamp is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Council for Educational Change, and the Chairperson of its Tampa Bay Area Focus Group. The Focus Group has as its goal to broaden the footprint of the Council in the center of the state, and is currently facilitating the partnership among MacDill Air Force Base, the Council for Educational Change, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Monroe Middle School, and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

  • Chuck has been actively involved as a PASS program CEO mentor since the 2007-2008 school year, when he became the business partner at Gibsonton Elementary, currently an alumni PASS school.
  • When Franklin Middle School came on board as a PASS school during the second half of the 2009-2010 school year, Chuck stepped forward a second time and served as the business mentor.
  • In 2011, Franklin Middle School was selected to become a single gender school, and Chuck now serves as the business mentor partner for the new Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy.
  • His expertise, garnered from 29 years in the Telecommunications Industry, most recently as Verizon’s Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for the Southeast Region was especially valued during the initial year for the single gender model at Franklin. The front office staff received community communication support sessions provided by Mr. Blumenkamp when the new model was initiated.
  • As Director of Consumer Sales at GTE, he helped pioneer the company’s introduction of Advanced Intelligent Network Services, their entry to broadband entertainment services as well as both GTE’s and Verizon’s entry to the market for high speed internet services.
  • Previously, Chuck led business units responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, policy and operations, financial and OAM&P systems, mergers and acquisitions, business development, investor relations and regulatory affairs for GTE and Contel.
  • Chuck is an avid reader and is always researching information that will support educators which he then shares with his principals and also with Council consultants.

Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award:
This reward recognizes and rewards Principals who have accomplished these three things:

  1. Raised student achievement
  2. Empowered and supported staff
  3. Developed meaningful partnerships

If you are a Principal who meets these criteria and you have participated in a Council program or activity in 2011 or prior…
You could be one of three $10,000 award winners in 2012!!!

The 2012 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Event will be held on November 14th in Miami-Dade.

PASS© and Executive PASS©:

  • Todd Simpson, winner of the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award in 2010, who provided outstanding leadership as principal of PASS alumni school Reynolds Lane Elementary in Duval County, is now the principal at R. L. Brown Elementary. Reynolds Lane Elementary, an "A" school in 2012, was awarded three "A's" and a "B" under his leadership. While at Reynolds Lane, Todd worked closely with his PASS business mentor Russell Newton, President of Timucuan Asset Management, and PASS coach Frances Gupton. We welcome Sabrina Session-Jones, the new principal at Reynolds Lane. Mr. Newton will work with both Mr. Simpson and Ms. Session-Jones.
  • Executive PASS business partner Pam Woodley of Rollins College and Lino Rodriguez, Principal of Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center, have a strong partnership. Honoring the Grand Avenue faculty and staff at a luncheon for their commitment and service continues to be a valuable objective for this partnership and has been done four years in a row. The recent luncheon sponsored by 4Rivers Smokehouse was enjoyed by all. Sherry Clarke, PASS Coordinator represented the Council.
  • Congratulations to former Executive PASS program principals Arnold Montgomery and Dr. David Moore, who were both promoted to the position of Director in the Educational Transformation Office of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Mr. Montgomery’s Executive PASS partner was Andy Ansin from WSVN TV Channel 7.  David Moore is a former Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Gold Medallion Finalist. In addition, former Executive PASS principal Pablo Ortiz was promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Educational Transformation Office.
  • Kudos to Golden Glades Elementary in Miami-Dade on the success of its recent “Come Together Day”. This event involved the joint partnerships with Immanuel Temple Church, Mayo Films, the Council for Educational Change, and the City of Miami Gardens. The entire community was invited and over 300 people were in attendance, including the School Board member, Dr. Wilbert 'Tee" Holloway. Parents and students where provided school uniforms, book bags, school supplies, entertainment, food, and a number of services (health, social, and educational). Dr. Paul Zimmerman is the PASS CEO, Theron Clark the Principal, Dr. Geneva Woodard the PASS Coach, and Dr. Patricia Dixon the PASS Coordinator.

New Executive PASS Partnerships:

Allapattah Middle: Principal – Bridget McKinney
Business Partner – Favio Taborda, John Hancock Financial Network

Frederick Douglass Elementary: Principal – Yolanda Ellis
Business Partner – Richard Russ, Russ & Associates

Lenora Braynon Smith Elementary: Principal – Dr. Contessa Bryant
Business Partner – Adam Vega, John Hancock Financial Network

Miami Heights Elementary: Principal – Jorge Rivas
Business Partner – Stuart Robertson, John Hancock Financial Network

Miami Jackson Senior, Principal – Carlos Rios, Jr.
Business Partner – Henry Petithomme, Youth Power Movement

North Miami Senior: Principal – Michael Lewis
Business Partner – Henry Petithomme, Youth Power Movement

Scott Lake Elementary: Principal – LaKesha Wilson-Rochelle
Business Partner – Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams, Jr.

Publix Super Markets Charities & Raymond James Financial, Inc. are statewide sponsors of the PASS© and Executive PASS© Programs

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
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