September 2016 Update

September 2016

Lawyers Alliance Launch
The Council for Educational Change is formally launching the Lawyers Alliance to further its mission of strengthening leadership in public schools. Strong leadership leads to vibrant schools and a prepared workforce. On Tuesday, September 13th, at 6 PM, South Florida lawyers will gather for a cocktail reception, hosted by Art Noriega, at the offices of the Miami Parking Authority. The event is an opportunity for lawyers to learn about the Council’s program that will make a significant difference in our schools.

The Lawyers Alliance will support civic and legal education to the classroom. The lawyers’ involvement will help create bridges between students and the legal community, including judges, court officials and law enforcement.

Calling All Principals Who Have Ever Participated in a Council Program: Apply for the 2016 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award
Each year, the Council presents the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award to a principal who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, involved the parents and community, and raised the academic performance of the students. Raising academic performance translates into demonstrated learning gains. Success 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 accepted 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 Gold Medal winner receives $10,000, and each of the finalists receive $5,000. The award is presented to the principal for his/her personal use. Take a minute to check out the application. It is only three questions, and the payoff is substantial.

Remember, the award is open to any principal who has EVER participated in a Council for Educational Change program.

Spotlight: Gene Marshall
Despite his retirement, Gene Marshall continues to work to improve education in the Tampa Bay Area. Mr. Marshall is the immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Council for Educational Change. He recently had an article published in the Tampa Bay Times titled, “Community Engagement is the Answer to Help Rescue K-12 Education in the Tampa Bay Area”.

Mr. Marshall is a founding member of the board of Northstar Bank, a community bank organized in the State of Florida and headquartered in Tampa. He is a retired Senior Vice President of JPMorgan Chase Bank and former Regional Operations Executive of the Tampa and San Antonio centers within the retail sector.

Gene Marshall joined The Chase Manhattan bank in 1969 in New York City. After spending 21 years in various management positions in global bank operations in New York, he moved to the Retail Banking Sector and relocated to Tampa Bay in 1990, where he built and managed operations processing centers in Tampa and San Antonio. He was named Senior Vice President in 1993. He retired in June of 2004 after a career of 35 years with the bank.

Mr. Marshall has been, and continues to be active in the community, having served on the boards of several non-profits, namely Vice Chair of The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Vice Chair of the Council for Educational Change, Chair of The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Board Member of the Hillsborough Education Foundation, University Area Community Development Corporation, and was the 2005-06 Chair of the United Way of Tampa Bay, and past member of the Board of The Patel Foundation of Global Understanding. He holds a BBA degree in Finance from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York, and an MBA in Management from New York University.

Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children Makes a Difference
For the past eight years, the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children has invited the Council for Educational Change to nominate elementary schools for funding projects. Dr. Gail Quigley, Council Consultant, helps the schools craft their proposals. The fund has provided $1.2 million in grants for programs in art, music, science, technology, reading, math, and engineering. Schools have used funds to purchase such things as computers, educational software, books for classrooms and school libraries, as well as the latest in educational technology.

For the 2016 – 2017 school year, three schools nominated by the Council have received $50,000 each to implement their programs.

  • Belleair Elementary in Pinellas County will use technology and high interest reading materials to promote reading proficiency
  • Pineview Elementary in Leon County will purchase tablet computers, software, and books to integrate science and language arts while improving critical reading skills
  • Saint Clair Evans Academy in Duval County will put science resources in every classroom and build a science learning lab

All three of the schools who implemented their programs in 2015 – 2016 posted significant learning gains, and two of the three improved their state accountability grade. The schools are Myrtle Grove K-8 in Miami-Dade, Dr. Apryl Kirnes Principal, AC Perry K-8, Catrice Duhart, Principal, and Reynolds Lane Elementary in Duval County, Marianne Simon, Principal.

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

  • Executive PASS partner, The Rothman Family Foundation, is appreciated and valued by all at Campbell Park Elementary for their commitment and support of the school. Principal Christine Hoffman included this partnership in an opening of school staff activity, where the school leaders and staff learned about partnership plans for the coming year in a presentation by Sandy Leanes, Executive PASS Coordinator. They also enjoyed the kernel corn treat and the message “Your Executive PASS Program Partner, The Rothman Family Foundation, is popping with pride to partner with you this school year.”
  • The exciting full community school initiative for Mort Elementary was approved by the Hillsborough School Board and the ribbon cutting for the opening was held August 8th. Superintendent Jeff Eakins, community partners, PASS partners, parents, teachers, and district staff joined together to celebrate this initiative which will provide more health and social services to the school. Brian Butler is the PASS business partner for this partnership, actively supported by the Spurlino Foundation.
  • New Executive PASS partnerships in Miami-Dade include: Miami Lakes K-8 Center - Principal Carlos Salcedo with Business Partner Georgette Perez of Miami Dade College - North Campus; Miami Beach Senior High Principal John Donohue with Business Partner StuartR ohatiner of Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Company, P.A.
  • Broward County has a new Executive PASS partnership. The JM Family Enterprises will sponsor a partnership with Deerfield Beach Middle. The orientation meeting of the JM Family Enterprises Executive Partnership with Deerfield Middle School included Kim Bentley, AVP, Corporate Philanthropy; Dan Chait, Executive Vice President of JM Family Enterprises; Principal Francine Baugh; Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director of the Council for Educational Change; and Dr. Geneva Woodard, program facilitator.
  • The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce held their Celebration of Education breakfast on August 11th. Jeff Rubin, CEO of IT’SUGAR, and Kiwana Alexander-Prophete, Principal of Carver Middle School, were the featured guest speakers. The attendees included the principals and newly appointed teachers from schools in the City of Delray. Additionally, there were representatives from the community, local government (including Mayor Glickstein), regional and district administrators (including Dr. Glenda Sheffield, South Regional Superintendent), and local business executives (including Florida Power and Light). Jeff and Kiwana shared their PASS partnership experiences at Carver Middle. Their presentation was inspirational and motivational, and provided a vivid picture of a model partnership. Jeff provided background information on how the Council guided the process and ensured implementation.


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

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Steven Wasserman, Interim Chair • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Columba Bush* • Ambassador Charles E. Cobb Jr.*
Scott A. Curtis* • Diane Davis* • Edward W. Easton* • Dorothy Eisenberg • T. Willard Fair*
Edward T. Foote, II* • Karen Fryd • Karnardo Garnett, Esq. • Dr. Robert W. Graham, III • Steven T. Halverson*
Lori R. Hartglass • Cyrus M. Jollivette* • Jonathan I. Kislak • Joseph E. Mahoney, Jr. • Daniel W. Mahurin*
Gene E. Marshall • Brad Martin • Beth G. Martinez* • Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller
Arthur Noriega V • Harold E. Patricoff • Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell*
Steven J. Saiontz • Ned Shandloff* • Steven J. Uhlfelder • Scott Ulvi
Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines* • Paul Zimmerman, MD    *Life Trustees
3265 Meridian Parkway Suite 130 Weston, FL 33331 phone: 954.727.9909 fax: 954.727.0990


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