Business Executives and School Principals Will Gather April 13th for a Networking Session to Share “What Works”…
Weston, FL [April 8, 2016] CEOs and Pinellas County School Principals will assemble next week for a networking session to share how working together has brought innovation to the classroom and identify new ways to improve the quality of education in their schools. Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego will lead the discussion.
The event will gather business executives and principals who participate in the nonprofit Council for Educational Change’s Executive PASS program. The networking event will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wed., April 13th, at Stavros Center located at 12100 Starkey Road in Largo, Florida. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.
Under the Executive PASS© program, seasoned business executives mentor school principals on strategic planning, problem solving, team building, innovative thinking, and a myriad of other corporate leadership skills that are effective to improve the quality of education for all students. Often, the business leaders will also provide resources to help principals implement new programs.
“Engaging the business community to support our schools is making a difference,” Dr. Michael Grego said. “When a business partner shares their leadership skills with a school leader it adds a new vision and layer of actions that have a positive impact on the culture of the school and academic achievement. What we have learned is, it works both ways. The executive partners are able to learn and better understand the challenges our schools and communities face. We are extremely grateful to the Council for providing the framework of the Executive PASS program, and thank our partners for their excellent contribution.”
The CEO/Principal leader-to-leader partnerships are the cornerstone of the Council for Educational Change, a statewide nonprofit based in Weston. Over the last 13 years, the Council has had an impact on 1.54 million students, more than 39,000 teachers, 5,075 school-based leaders, 885 schools in 67 school districts across Florida.
In Pinellas, business leaders from companies such as Raymond James Financial, Duke Energy, Gries Investment Funds and George F. Young are helping school leaders make a difference in the lives of students.
“The key focus of the mentoring program is to further develop the leadership skills that principals need in order to drive student academic performance and foster a culture of excellence,” said Dr. Elaine Liftin, the Council’s President and Executive Director. “The partnership is the catalyst for change at the school.”
Case in point: Raymond James Financial has partnered with Mt. Vernon Elementary School and is helping increase student performance by providing 110 mentors and offering financial support to help improve attendance, parental engagement and teacher appreciation. The partnership also offers managerial and strategic advice to the school’s Principal.
Thanks to Gries Investment Funds, Northwest Elementary School student attendance and behavior have improved as a result of the partnership. Gries offers financial incentives, such as gift cards, for families and students with perfect attendance and provides school wide behavior incentives for students making 80 percent or above.
At Tyrone Middle School, the partnership with Duke Energy focuses on reputation and image through establishing the Center for Innovation and Digital Learning at the school. Duke also supports the school staff through teacher appreciation events, providing an opportunity for a STEM teacher to receive a Duke Energy grant to attend Keystone Issues Conference in Colorado and offering a Teacher Learning Journey to Duke Energy Control Center.
The partnership between Northeast High and George F. Young has allowed a new Career and Technical Program in Automation and Production to flourish in its first year. The business partner volunteered more than 50 hours in assisting the new teacher getting the classroom set up for the school year. This included helping to design the manufacturing and engineering lab, and providing much needed supplies for the classroom. George F. Young also attends staff meetings and provides valuable input from multiple perspectives.
We invite you to attend this event to learn about many more success stories that are the result of Executive PASS partnerships created by the Council across the region.
For more information contact: Paola Iuspa-Abbott, 305.726.5848 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Council for Educational Change
The Council for Educational Change is a statewide, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to focus on LEADERSHIP to improve student achievement and address critical issues in education. Leonard Miller founded the Council for Educational Change in 2003, as the successor organization of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge. Based in Weston, the Council is led by a Board of Trustees. Some of its accomplishments include the creation of the Executive PASS© program, which forms a partnership between a business leader and a school principal to share business strategies to bring positive changes to the school. The Council also has a three-year matching grant executive partnership program in which a CEO mentors a school principal and commits up to $100,000 to develop and fund strategic plans to create a culture of excellence and success. For more information visit: http://www.changeeducation.org