The Council for Educational Change To Honor Alonzo Mourning For His Contribution to Education
01/30/2015

The Council, which goal is to improve the quality of education in our schools, will honor Alonzo Mourning for his contributions in support of education.

Online PR News – 30-January-2015 – Miami, Fl. – The Council for Educational Change, with a mission to improve the quality of education in our schools, will honor Alonzo Mourning for his remarkable contributions in support of education. On Feb. 5, the Council will present the inaugural Leadership In Education Award to Mr. Mourning at a dinner ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. The evening starts at 6 pm with a cocktail reception.

Conceived by Leonard Miller, founder of Lennar Corp., the Council seeks to improve education by getting business leaders involved in our public schools. In one example of its visionary approach, the Council pairs up business executives with school principals to sharpen their leadership skills. This partnership empowers school principals to find solutions to critical issues affecting their students’ quality of education.

Through the Leadership In Education Award, the Council seeks to raise awareness of the difference an individual can make in the lives of our students. Mr. Mourning, along with his wife Tracy, has become a role model in helping children reach their full potential regardless of their socioeconomic background.

“Our children are the future of our country,” said Mr. Mourning, co-founder of the Mourning Family Foundation and Vice President, Player Programs for the Miami Heat. “They are our future leaders, doctors, accountants, entrepreneurs, scientists. We owe it to ourselves to give our students, our schools and our school principals the right tools to make them the best of the best. Our community and our nation deserve no less. Let’s make it our legacy to the next generation.”

One of Mr. Mourning’s accomplishments include the creation of his family’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides a multitude of opportunities to enhance the lives of children and families in South Florida through education, enrichment and advocacy. The Foundation supports over a thousand youths and families through the Overtown Youth Center and the Honey Shine program. In recognition for Mr. and Mrs. Mourning’s contribution to education, the Miami-Dade school board in 2009 named a new high school in North Miami in their honor, the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus.

Like The Mourning Family Foundation, the Council has positively changed the future of students by successfully aligning business leaders with public schools. Case in point: Miami-Dade County Principal Wallace Aristide of Miami Northwestern Senior High School steered his school from a fourteen-year “F” rating to an “A” school rating after partnering with Miami Parking Authority CEO Art Noriega. This partnership led Principal Aristide to increase the school’s graduation rate from 55 percent to 82 percent, and the number of dual enrollment classes to grow from 4 to 14.

“It is proven that when business leaders get involved in our schools, we all win,” said Anabel I. Nemrow, a member of the Council’s Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Leadership In Education Award committee. Ms. Nemrow is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of BankUnited, N.A. “This event will honor a member of our community who applied the leadership skills that made him a champion on the basketball court to lead our children into a brighter future, armed with a better education and a stronger foundation.”
Ms. Nemrow is also a member of the Council’s Lawyers Alliance, a group of legal professionals that interact with students in their classrooms as well as in legal settings.
The dinner celebration is expected to attract nearly 200 guests from a wide range of professional fields, including bankers, developers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and school principals.

Tickets or tables can be purchased at the Council’s website: www.changeeducation.org/2015awardevent or you may call Alina at 954.727.9909. Funds will benefit public schools.

About the Council For Educational Change

The Council for Educational Change is a statewide, 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to focus on LEADERSHIP to improve student achievement and address critical education issues. Leonard Miller founded the Council for Educational Change in 2003, as a successor organization of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge. Based in Weston, the Council is led by a 51-member 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 in order to bring positive change to the school. The Council also established a matching grant program in which CEOs mentor principals and commit up to $100,000 to fund the principals’ strategic plans to improve their schools. Other achievements include conducting annual Florida Leadership Academies™ during the summer for principals, assistant principals and teacher leaders for the purpose of acquiring proven strategies that improve student achievement.