The Council for Educational Change has named Steve Wasserman Interim Chair. Wasserman, who serves as Senior Vice President for JLL in South Florida, will lead a 32-member board of directors in promoting the Council’s statewide mission. The Weston-based Council develops and implements mentorship programs that strengthen the leadership of K-12 public schools in Florida. The programs are designed to help school principals narrow the ‘achievement gap’ and to address critical education issues that may hinder the preparation and nurturing of our future workforce.
Founded in 2002 by the late Leonard Miller, co-founder of Lennar Corp., the Council pairs seasoned business executives with passionate school principals to improve the quality of education in public schools. Executives mentor school principals on strategic planning, problem solving, team building, innovative thinking and the myriad of other leadership skills required to lead a well performing school.
Some of the Council’s programs include the Partnership to Advance School Success (PASS©),Executive PASS©, Florida Leadership Academy© and New/Beginning Teacher Development & Retention Programs. 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 and 67 districts in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Duval and many other counties in Florida.
Mr. Wasserman’s commitment has been an asset to the Council since joining the board in 2005. In addition to his responsibilities as a board member, Mr. Wasserman takes an active role partnering with school principals. For example, he has worked closely with Boyd Anderson High School as a PASS CEO, at Stranahan High School, and currently with Dillard High School. There, he recently helped Dillard High School host their first annual Career Fair.
“Steve’s passion for helping our students receive a quality education drives his vision and desire to see the Council succeed,” said Dr. Elaine Liftin, the Council’s President and Executive Director. “We will benefit significantly by having him become our Interim Chair.”
As vice president of JLL, Mr. Wasserman is one of the team leaders in the South Florida Industrial group, which represents institutional property-owners in leasing and strategic planning. Wasserman represents local and national tenants seeking to buy or lease space. He also represents owner-users in the disposition of their industrial buildings and land.
Mr. Wasserman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami and is an active member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).
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