September 2014 Update

September 2014

On the Educational News Front:
Helios STEM Project...

The STEM Leadership Academy was held in Sarasota from August 7-9 with some 75 participants attending. The Academy is an integral activity of the Council’s three year STEM: Strong & Steady project which is generously funded by the Helios Education Foundation. The project serves teams of principals, assistant principals and math and science department heads from 17 Hillsborough district middle schools. The purpose of the project is to help the participating schools build strong, interdisciplinary STEM programs at their sites which will boost student STEM achievement.

The Academy focused on exploring and vetting model integrative lessons which were developed through the project. The lessons integrate math and science and are aligned to College and Career Readiness Standards and the national Next Generation Science Standards. They were designed to be interactive, exciting and with hands-on learning activities for the students. This is the third Academy held through the project with sponsorship support from the Helios Education Foundation, the Council for Educational Change, Carnival Cruise Lines, Florida Blue, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

Dr. Larry Plank, Director of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education from Hillsborough County Public Schools coordinates the project on behalf of the district. Peter Bucholtz, Director of Professional Development for the Council coordinates the project. Dr. Stacy Carlson, Vice President and Program Director--Florida Transition Years, provides project guidance and support on behalf of the Helios Education Foundation. This is the second Council project that funded by the Helios Education Foundation.

Update on Council Programs…
PASS© and Executive PASS

Statewide Sponsors: Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. and Raymond James Financial

Miami-Dade Executive PASS schools: continuing partnership with new principal Dr. April Thompson-Williams of Jose De Diego Middle, and business partner, Eduardo Suarez of Mass Mutual; partnership with Miami-Dade College – North Campus President Dr. Malou Harrison, and North Miami Beach Senior High Principal Randy Milliken; new partnership with Dr. April Thompson-Williams, Principal, Jose De Diego Middle - and business partner Eugene Simmons of TotalBank; Coral Gables Senior High PrincipalAdolfo Costa and Dr. Lourdes Perez of Miami-Dade College – InterAmerican Campus; Henry Flagler Elementary Principal Zuly Lamazares and business partner Wendy Johnson of Miami Children’s Hospital; Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior – Continuing partnership with new Principal Eric Acosta and business partner Anabel Nemrow of BankUnited; John A. Ferguson Senior – New partnership with Principal Dr. Lisa Robertson, and business partner Dr. Lourdes Oroza, Miami-Dade College – Kendall Campus, Nathan B. Young Elementary – Continuing partnership with new Principal Dr. Tonya Dillard, and business partner Bernard Cottle of WPBT – Channel 2.

Principal Oscar Otero of Conniston Middle School in Palm Beach County and his staff are proud that:

  • 48% of students scored satisfactory or higher in Reading
  • 47% of students scored satisfactory or higher in Mathematics
  • 60% of students scored satisfactory or higher in Writing
  • 44% of students scored satisfactory or higher in Science

Principal Guarn Sims of Village Academy in Palm Beach County and his staff are proud that:

  • 36% of students scored satisfactory or higher in Reading
  • 47% of students scored satisfactory or higher in Mathematics
  • 70% of students scored satisfactory or higher in Writing
  • 77% of students in the lowest quartile made learning gains in Mathematics

Council Board member Steve Wasserman, has been a champion of Boyd Anderson High School for the past eight years. He recently initiated a hands on summer leadership program where students participate in two weeks of career exposure. Mr. Wasserman secured donations from the business community to cover the cost of transportation and food for the students. Also included in the program were eighth grade students from Lauderdale Lakes Middle School.  Nicole Richardson and Novice Johnson, both teachers, participated as representatives from the school.

Boyd Anderson senior Khalid Houser stated, “For the last two weeks, I learned different career paths and the various ways you can move up in those careers. I would be grateful if other students could have the opportunity I had, to experience such great trips. They can learn a lot from these trips and help change their lives like it did to me.”

Aaliyah Dwyer, eighth grader at Lauderdale Lakes Middle, agreed. “This program was amazing. I learned that there are other careers than just the main ones such as law. What I liked most was that it provided me a learning experience while having fun. I really enjoyed it and I was lucky to be a part of it.”

Sophomore Luis Carvalho said, “Before coming on these trips, I had my mind set on a career in music as a rapper and producer. Thanks to Mr. Wasserman, now I know there are other options. I thank him for opening my eyes and I can’t say thank you enough. This program is awesome, and I would do it all over again.”

Contributors to the program include:

  • Alro Steel Foundation, Inc.
  • Edmund Ansin/Ansin Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. John Bell
  • James C. Brady, P.A.
  • Kevin & Mary Carroll
  • Steve Cooperman/Pompano-Lincoln Industrial Ltd.
  • Dr. Robert & Mary Graham
  • Gunster Law Firm
  • Eric Hernandez/Hernandez Lee, LLC
  • IDI Florida
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Robert Kornahrens/Advanced Roofing, Inc
  • Susana Martinez
  • Ed Mitchell/Duke Realty
  • Andy Petrey/Liberty Property Limited Partnership
  • Jonathan Pollard/Jonathan Pollard, LLC
  • Peter Sheridan
  • Dan Shooster/Festival Flea Market

Commissioner’s Leadership Academy Level II…
Due to the Council’s outstanding success with its two-year Commissioner’s Leadership Academy, the Florida Department of Education has requested that the Council coordinate Level II of the Academy. The Commissioner’s Leadership Academy Level II is conducted in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership and the Council for Educational Change. The Level II Academy will be a year-long, job embedded, and research based program for principal professional development with three anticipated outcomes:

  1. Deepen school leaders’ knowledge and skill in identifying high quality instruction along with professional learning necessary to support teachers’ own learning.
  2. Deepen school leaders’ skills in observation, analysis and feedback through on-site support, coaching, and modeling.
  3. Develop school leaders’ skills in providing targeted feedback for teacher growth.

The Level II Academy’s work is grounded in the Center for Educational Leadership’s theory of action: student learning will not improve until the quality of teaching improves, and the quality of teaching will not improve until leaders understand what constitutes high-quality instruction along with the role they play in improving teacher practice. Participation will be limited to 150 school leaders, principals and principal supervisors on an application basis. The CLA Institute is sponsored by Carnival Foundation, Florida Blue and Publix Super Markets Charities


Council For Educational Change


Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award….
Each year, the Council presents the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award to a principal who demonstrated outstanding leadership, involved the parents and community, and raised the academic performance of the students. Raising the academic performance is not necessarily related to the school grade. It can be measured by such things as an increase in the graduation rate, the percentage of students in a grade level or subject area showing improvement, or in learning gains. Applications are now being taken for this prestigious award from all principals who have ever participated in a Council program. The application can be found on the Council’s website: The winner receives $10,000, and each of the two runners up will each receive $5,000. The award is presented to the principal for personal use.


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