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Broward's Teacher of the Year ELEANNA HURST REVEALS SECRET OF HER SUCCESS

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Editor’s Note

Who's your favorite teacher? For me, several come to mind. But one graduate school professor at Florida A&M University stands out for introducing me to the

significance of documen�ng our history. His name is Dr. David H. Jackson Jr., a historian who is arguably the foremost expert on the life of prominent educator and orator Booker T. Washington. Jackson's guidance encouraged me not only to study African American history (which I was not afforded the opportunity while in undergrad at a predominantly white ins�tu�on), but to conduct research and contribute to the Body of Knowledge. Our Body of Knowledge. This is why this issue of Legacy is perhaps our most important—to acknowledge the unsung heroes teaching in South Florida classrooms, strategizing in administra�ve offices, and making the tough decisions in school

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board mee�ngs. They all play an integral role in shaping the lives of our young people and our society.

My reward comes when my students graduate and actually land a job in their intended profession. It's the goal of all effective educators—to transform young men and women into successful professionals. Growing up in a household of educators, I witnessed the impact my mother and father had on thousands of public school students in our small north Florida community. And it rubbed off on

me. I wear another hat as a journalism professor at Florida Memorial University. It is both challenging and rewarding. My reward comes when my students graduate and actually land a job in their intended profession. It's the goal of all effec�ve educators—to transform young men and women into successful professionals. While this issue doesn't begin to scratch the surface of South Florida educators who are to be commended, I hope it serves as a reminder to other teachers and administrators that, yes, you are valued and that you are truly making a difference. Russell Motley Editor-in-Chief Legacy Magazine

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Introducing Legacy South Florida's Top Black Educators of 2017

Victor Aikhionbare, Ph.D. Professor, Poli�cal Science Palm Beach State College

Dorothy W. Davis, M.A.

Patricia Brown Asst. Principal, Opera�ons Coral Springs High School

Stephen Campbell, Ph.D. Associate Professor, NSU School of Psychology

Bonnie Clemon, Jr.

Tunjarnika L. Coleman-Ferrell, Ed.D. Dean, Academic Affairs Palm Beach State College

Principal, BCPS Seagull Alterna�ve High School

Jane Cross, J.D.

Assoc. Prof. & Director, Caribbean Law Programs NSU College of Law

Director, Employee & Labor Rela�ons Broward County Public Schools (BCPS)

Asst. Dean, Prof. Dev. & Educa�on Nova Southeastern University

Sandra Dunbar, DPA

Jermaine V. Fleming, Ed.D. Director, School Performance and Accountability Broward County Public Schools

Associate Dean, Lake Worth Campus Palm Beach State College

Don Gladney, Ed.D.

Krystal Hall-Shivers Guidance Director, BCPS Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED

Horace Hamm, Ed.S. Principal, BCPS Lyons Creek Middle School

Wylie Howard, Jr., M.A.

Principal, BCPS Whiddon-Rogers Educa�on Center

Eleanna Hurst, M.S. Teacher, BCPS Collins Elementary School

Karlton O. Johnson, Ed.D. Principal, BCPS Blanche Ely High School

Sharon E. Mar�n, M.A. Associate Professor Palm Beach State College

Dildra Mar�n-Ogburn, Ph.D.

Rhonda R. Parris

Jeane�e Payton Early Childhood Coordinator NSU’s University School

Patricia Richie, M.S. Dean, Business, Trade & Ind. Palm Beach State College

Chair, Dept. History & Poli�cal Science Nova Southeastern University

Andrea Shaw Nevins, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Smith, Ed.D. Intern Principal, BCPS Hollywood Hills High School

Nerissa Street Teacher, BCPS Founder, Girls Call the Shots

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Principal, BCPS Sanders Park Elementary School

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Millennial

Back to Basics: Students Must First Learn Life Skills to Succeed

By Gregoire Carter Narcisse

Educa�on – our one true star�ng point as a society – is not given the appropriate respect it deserves. We spend the bulk of our �me reveling in the greatest of many professions, yet not enough �me admiring the vital part educa�on plays into everything. How do we celebrate the inven�on and the inventor, while forge�ng the instructor who taught the inventor and

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fostered the crea�vity within them to create their inven�on? As we celebrate top educators in our community, let us take a step back and evaluate our current teaching curriculum landscape. How are we preparing this genera�on, and those following it, for life? I won’t argue that the Pythagorean theorem and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave aren’t crucial to understand for me to succeed in everyday life; however, it’s a shame that my genera�on (I’m 22 years old) was robbed of “prac�cal” classes such as shop class, home economics, social studies and civic educa�on. From the ages of 3 to 18, society’s educa�onal standard suggests that our youth be ins�lled with discipline and understand the concepts of literature, mathema�cs, science and history as among the plethora of subjects crammed into their developing brains. What we have forgo�en is the quantum leap that a child is expected to make going from the sheltered culture of primary educa�on to the freedom and liberty of higher educa�on. How do we expect our youth to have the requisite skills and ap�tude to balance life and truly

succeed if we, ourselves, do not teach it to them? How many teenagers matricula�ng into college do we know that have not the slightest clue how to: balance a checkbook, make simple repairs to a car, understand basic accoun�ng and taxes, cook for themselves, do laundry, and maintain proper fiscal and �me management? We all can name those select few, but should we not be able to confidently proclaim that the next genera�ons are adequately prepared for life? The educators I most revered growing up are those who taught me poignant and prac�cal life skills. The ones who understood that while I need all the general knowledge in the world, it would serve me no good if I had no common sense or basic life skills. We have a responsibility to our future leaders to ensure their development is as thorough as it possibly can be. The purpose of your forma�ve years is not to have a robo�c rank-in-file mentality and to believe that being the most disciplined equates to the most successful. Instead, a child’s forma�ve years should see their

crea�vity fostered to the fullest, while learning the prac�cal skills needed to survive in this vast world. To the peak educators who believe in a greater tomorrow and who prepare their students for the world, rather than blindly following a curriculum, I say thank you for your incredible work. Kids should be leaving school with the knowledge base that essen�al life skills were a part of their core curriculum. I want to live in a world where a high school graduate can balance a checkbook, do laundry, change a �re and, in the same breath, figure out A²+B²= C². Gregoire Carter Narcisse 954-881-6335 gregoirenarcisse@gmail.com Gregoire Narcisse attended Florida State University where he became the youngest to ever graduate with a Bachelor's Degree, doing so at 18 years of age. Gregoire then went on to pursue his Master of Science in Education at the University of Miami, achieving it at the age of 19. He is currently a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual.

Broward Students Improve on State Tests; Superintendent Robert Runcie to Focus on Early Literary

Robert Runcie, Broward County Schools Superintendent More students in Broward County Public Schools this year are making the grade and are on the right track. And Superintendent Robert Runcie says he couldn’t be prouder. “We set goals for ourselves,” said Runcie, who’s in his seventh year with the district. “It's just having the will to do the right thing.”

The Florida Department of Educa�on issued 2017 grades for Broward Schools that showed improvements in several areas. More than half, 55 percent, of students in grades three to 10 passed the English por�on of the exam. That’s up from 53 percent last year. For the math por�on of the test, 60 percent of students in grades 3 to 8 passed the test. That’s up from 58 percent last year. Just two years ago, the school district had 24 D schools and 22 F schools. This year the district dras�cally reduced those numbers to six D schools and only two F schools. “We have the right leaders in our schools,” says Runcie. “First and foremost, they have to create a climate of collabora�on and strong professional learning communi�es within the schools for the adults. They also have to set very high expecta�ons for the kids and that translates into, they have to love the kids.” Runcie says he is grateful to lead such a talented management team in his senior cabinet, a suppor�ve school board and

15,000 hard-working teachers. That’s why he says he working hard to support teachers and get reforms in place that enhance the profession. “Part of our mindset is what we call con�nuous improvement,” says Runcie. “We set aggressive targets and we work hard to meet those goals on an ongoing basis. We review them on a regular basis.” Runcie says his goal is make Broward

We set aggressive targets and we work hard to meet those goals on an ongoing basis. We review them on a regular basis so we again will continue to move this district forward.”

County Schools the best large urban school district in the country. He admits there is no one simple answer to explain his success. He explains there is no magic bullet, just simply ge�ng the right leaders and teachers in the right schools which helps to establish the right climate for success. According to Runcie, it is important to focus on what is best for the students and to meet them where they are. He says students’ needs vary from school to school, which is why it is important to have the right staff in place—to create learning environments to help them thrive regardless of their circumstances. “One of the biggest founda�onal things that Broward County is inves�ng in for long-term success is a focus on early literacy,” says Runcie. “Some of the ini�a�ves we have to support for this commitment include the Early Literacy Ini�a�ve and the Broward Campaign to Grade Level Reading. We are taking a community approach to this.”


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Politics By Christopher Norwood, J.D.

In the 1800s, the widespread call for free public educa�on was a direct result of Civil War reconstruc�on efforts for freed slaves. Thus, this cemented the fact that poverty and public educa�on have always been intertwined in the American ethos. Fast forward more than 200 years, and closing the achievement gap for both poor

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School Choice Debate: Detrimental to Florida? Or Blessing for Struggling Students? and people of color is s�ll the oldest and single most challenging issue in the history of public educa�on in this country. The Florida Legislature’s version of educa�on reform o�en centers around public-school choice. We can like or hate this fact, but it's a fact nonetheless. Un�l Democrats control the agenda, we must must come to terms with certain reali�es. Opposing school choice in Florida is detrimental. In Florida 30 percent of public school students are in some sort of public school choice program, but in South Florida the home of the two largest coun�es of Democra�c voters, that number some�mes doubles to the tune of over 50 percent. Earlier this year Beck Research released a na�onal poll that found that more than two thirds of likely 2018 voters support the idea of school choice. Eighty-three percent said they favor special-needs scholarships, 74 percent support public charter schools, 69 percent favor educa�on savings accounts and 51 percent support school vouchers.

For the past several years more than half of the students in Miami-Dade County a�ended a public school that they and their families picked themselves. Today, some 60 percent of Miami-Dade public school students—around 215,000 students— enrolled in some form of choice program, including charter schools, compared to 41 percent in 2011. Public School Choice op�ons include charter, magnet, career academies, homeschooling and other public school choice op�ons. If the 215,000-plus students a�ending public schools of choice in Miami-Dade County counted as a separate district, that district would be the third-largest in the state. This past year, we saw a major poli�cal shi� in the Legislature. More than half of the Legislature's Democrats voted for HB 15, which expanded eligibility and boosted the size of the tax credit scholarships (akin to vouchers) that help parents pay for private school tui�on for low-income parents and for parents with special needs

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children. Not only did a majority of Democrats support vouchers, the House Democra�c Leader Janet Cruz and most of her Leadership Team voted YES (7 out of 10). Florida has the largest program in the country. The Democrats have learned a valuable lesson from 2014 when Governor Rick Sco� doubled his share of African-American voters from 2010, reaping 12 percent, up from 6 percent in 2014. This is a historical fact, counter-intui�ve, but s�ll a fact. Remarkable for a candidate who had no urban agenda, except for corporate scholarships for low-income students, an issue that’s overlooked by Democra�c strategists who have been using the same African-American outreach strategy since the days of Mar�n Luther King. That’s why this recent vote on HB 15 is monumental. Republicans cannot use this issue as a wedge anymore because Democrats have finally conformed to the idea that school choice is a mainstream policy objec�ve.


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Baugh Report By Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh

In Today’s World, Our Students Need Higher Education

Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh President and CEO, Urban League of Broward County Educa�on is more cri�cal today than ever before. Here’s why: the income gap between students with a college degree and those without a degree is bigger than ever. College has become the qualifica�on for upward mobility. And yet our na�on’s higher educa�on is designed for those with considerably more money. Studies show

Palm Beach Report By Ann Marie Sorrell

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that sons and daughters of collegeeducated parents are more than twice as likely to go to college as the children of high school graduates and seven �mes as likely as those of high school dropouts. Our educa�on problem, of course, doesn’t start in college. Studies also show that on the day they start kindergarten, too many children from families of low socioeconomic status are already more than a year behind the children of college graduates in their understanding of reading and math. And despite the best efforts in our public educa�on system, nine years later the achievement gap, on average, will have widened even more. We have to do be�er to turn this around. So where do we start? At the federal level, the Na�onal Urban League’s annual State of Black America Report points to three ac�ons to fight educa�on inequality: ● Increase federal funding for public schools, with a focus on equity to eliminate resource gaps. ● Expand the Every Student Succeeds

Act (ESSA) pre-K program so that every child has access to a high-quality, full-day pre-K program. ● Double the na�on’s investment in the Pell Grant program to expand the number of students receiving funding and increase the maximum Pell Grant award. As Na�onal Urban League CEO and President Marc Morial explained, these calls for ac�on come as recent proposals before Congress would shi� desperately needed resources away from underfunded public schools toward our heavilyinvested-in military. In fact, the federal budget currently under considera�on would slash the budget of the Departments of Educa�on, Health, Housing and Labor, which collec�vely provide considerable resources for uneducated, sick, homeless and unemployed Americans. I’ll add that we also need to support our historically black colleges and universi�es (HBCU). One of the main ways to do that is to increase student access to federal grants and work-study programs to finance their educa�on. Close to 70 percent of students

at these ins�tu�ons depend on these programs. Locally, we have to do our share as well to help our students succeed. For us at the Urban League of Broward County, crea�ng opportunity through educa�on is one of our core areas of service. We teach youth skills on making posi�ve decisions, focusing on school work, and staying clear of drugs and bad behaviors. Our staff also works on suppor�ng college choice for minority first genera�on students. Just recently, we had a packed room of high school seniors on our College Decision Day where they declared their decisions for college. It was wonderful seeing the look of excitement, ambi�on and hope in the students’ smiles and eyes. We need to foster those same expressions on the faces of many more students, so they too can be educated and upwardly mobile. The Baughtom Line: Let’s work to preserve federal, state and local educa�onal programs aimed at closing the economic gaps between those who are educated and those who are not.

US HUD Deputy Regional Director Tours West Palm Beach Housing Authority's Latest Developments

Christopher Taylor, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Regional Administrator received an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the West Palm Beach Housing Authority’s new housing developments and learned about the new Housing Center of the Palm Beaches that will officially launch this Fall. On June 21, Taylor was joined by Jose Cintron, Director of the Miami HUD Field Office; Armando Fana, Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of West Palm Beach; Denise Smith-Barnes, Chair for the Board of Directors of the West Palm Beach Housing Authority, staff, and members of the board. The tour started with a look at MerryPlace, several City of West Palm Beach Coleman Park projects, and Sabal Palm Place which includes nine units of public housing for families. The next phase and highlight of the tour was a first look at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior Complex which includes 99 units for seniors, a free-standing club house, fitness center, ac�vity room, and energy efficient appliances to name a few features.

Following the tour of will boast 353 new Paul Laurence units and the future Dunbar Senior home of the Housing Complex, was a visit Center of the Palm to Silver Palm Place Beaches, an umbrella which includes 120 designa�on which family units, a encompasses several swimming pool, areas of opera�on playground, fitness including the West center, clubhouse Palm Beach Housing and more. Authority, the “We are seeing a non-profit Pine Ridge Construction is nearing completion at HUD's change in the Holis�c Living Center, Silver Palm Place apartment complex in West Coleman Park Baobab Development Palm Beach, which includes 120 family units. Neighborhood and Inc (the development this is the centerpiece of that change,"said arm), Low Income Housing Tax Credits Armando Fana, Director of Housing and (LIHTEC) Units, Enterprise Proper�es– Community Development for the City of Affordable rental communi�es, Licensed West Palm Beach. "When you look at the General Contractor, and Cer�fied LIHTC development that is happening all around Management Company (Cer�fied by Florida the neighborhood, the City has brought in Housing Finance Corp). new infrastructure and new home owner“The West Palm Beach Housing ship opportuni�es, but this beau�ful Authority along with the City of West Palm project is going to be a catalyst for great Beach has done a great job perfec�ng the things to come.” model of city, state, and federal partners Dunbar Village, which opened in 1938, working together, especially u�lizing the had 239 units. This Fall, the 17-acre site low-income tax credit program to increase

the number of affordable units in the community while decreasing the federal investment which will allow us to build more units in the future,” said Christopher Taylor, HUD Deputy Regional Administrator. “We are happy to have HUD visit us, con�nue to support our efforts, and compliment us about what we are doing and how we s�ll con�nue serving the people that we have been charged to serve since 1938," said Laurel Robinson, Execu�ve Director of the West Palm Beach Housing Authority. "Dunbar is o�en said to be hallowed ground and has served its public purpose for over 77 years. It is now entering a new life and we have broken new ground on this hallow ground. We are anxious to see people come and live here and have seniors, families and kids swimming in the pool and using all the fine ameni�es – it is going to bring such life and vitality as Dunbar has done in the past and will con�nue to do into the future." To learn more about the West Palm Beach Housing Authority, visit www.wpbha.org


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Broward County’s 2017 Teacher of the Year Creates ‘Safe’ Haven for Learning

By Audrey Jaynes As a young girl growing up on the small Caribbean island of Nevis—a place so �ny that if she misbehaved in school, her parents would know before she arrived home—Eleanna Hurst would line up her dolls and play teacher, wri�ng and grading imaginary papers. Today, in a school district more than 200 �mes the size of Nevis, Hurst no longer has to imagine herself instruc�ng pupils. She’s a third-grade instructor at Collins Elementary School, who started teaching 13 years ago. She believes she was chosen as Broward County Teacher of the Year, in part, because of her passion. “When I put my mind to something, I do it whole heartedly,” says Hurst, 36, who is a firm believer in in con�nuous self-improvement. Since receiving her Na�onal Board Cer�fica�on and a master’s in Elementary Curriculum and Instruc�on from Nova Southeastern University in 2006, Hurst con�nues to take advantage of whatever professional development courses are offered by Broward County Public Schools, including reading endorsement and gi�ed endorsement courses.

As a Title I school, Collins Elementary serves a diverse student body of majority low-income students, with 94 percent receiving free or reduced-price lunch. With that comes a host of real-life challenges, from food insecurity and neighborhood violence to substandard housing, a lack of posi�ve role models, and stress and instability in the home. Although she can’t control what happens with students outside of school, Hurst says she focuses on what she can

control in her classroom. Stressing the importance of safety. Maintaining a calm a�tude. Sharing kind words. Showing respect. Hurst says it all creates an effec�ve learning environment where her students are safe to make mistakes and safe to be themselves. “She loves what she does and she has that type of passion that just pulls you in,” says Tracy Jackson, the principal at Collins Elementary School principal. “It’s like a magnet.”

Third-grade teacher Eleanna Hurst is surrounded by her students at Collins Elementary School in Dania Beach.

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Jackson insists that Hurst is not just an amazing teacher, but a dynamic leader who mo�vates and empowers her peers. “I have no problem leading from behind—helping others see their poten�al,” says Hurst. Hurst’s humility is visibly genuine. In fact, she never even men�on the fact that last year, her third graders doubled their percentage points on the Florida Standards Assessment ELA reading test—the highest increase in the county. With her sunny disposi�on and charm, Hurst brings a li�le bit of Nevis to Broward County. During the summer, students who par�cipate in the Collins K-2 Summer Literacy Program make ice cream—which is science, of course—while incorpora�ng reading, wri�ng and problem solving. “Simple is always be�er” says Hurst. “My success formula is looking at what the students’ needs are and addressing them head on; loving them and caring for them as my own; and being consistent so they know that I’m there every day. They see me and they know the love that I have for them.”

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Hair Care Company Miss Jessie’s Moves NY Headquarters to Miami Beach

Miko Branch A�er 20 years in the Big Apple, a mul�-million dollar African-American hair care company has headed south to Miami Beach. Miss Jessie’s offers salon services and products designed for curly and natural hair. Founded by sisters Miko and Ti� Branch, the company has already hired staffers to help establish and strengthen its new headquarters. "My sister and I frequently visited Miami and we enjoyed ourselves. We felt like we were in the American Rivera," says Miko Branch, the co-founder and CEO

of Miss Jessie’s. “Miami is an interna�onal community with many mul�cultural people. Businesswise it’s a wonderful place to set up shop and be helpful to many people when it comes �me to care for their hair.” With product names such as “Coily Custard,” “Quick Curls,” and “Pillow So� Curls,” this line of creams, shampoos and condi�oners are popular among heads with kinky and wavy textures. It’s the type of hair the sisters had to manage while growing up with the Branch family matriarch. Branch says she always encouraged them to be independent and determine their des�nies, so it’s no surprise they named the company a�er their paternal grandmother. “Miss Jessie was an inspira�on to my sister and me,” says Branch. “She was the first female CEO we ever saw. She ruled our family from her kitchen table. She was a great delegator because she could tell you what to do. And, you always did what Miss Jessie asked you to do.” Branch recalls that her grandmother had a natural command in her tone and voice. But she says Miss Jessie always treated people how she wanted to be treated. “That combina�on in connec�on with

her wan�ng to get things done made her an incredible role model for my sister and me when we became CEOs." Branch advises aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs to “Dream it. Package it. Market It. Do it.” “You have to do it yourself. There is no classroom or mentorship that will give you the lessons and first-hand experiences that you'll gain in your line of business. Those experiences are valuable, even in failure,” says Branch. “If you learn an unpleasant lesson or do something that causes you to lose a certain part of your business, those lessons will s�ck with you and help you become be�er prepared for your next opportunity.” Branch says these four principles helped her build business success and sustainability: Commit to Your Reasons: “I have a very strong desire to be my own boss. That desire serves me well in the good and hard �mes. But, my desire to be independent and to be in a posi�on of choice and decision is a key driver for me.” Like What You Do: “I’ve chosen something I like and something I do well. When the challenges come, the good news is that no one has to force me to do something that I like to do and something I

do well. My passion comes out naturally. That has served me well in terms of longevity.” Create Results for Customers: “Together with my sister Ti� Branch we were able to create products that worked. We created products for a market that didn’t know they needed our products to help them. Once they discovered that our products could help them support their God-given texture, they used our products.” Build a Strong Brand: “When you are successful in business, the compe�tors will come. When they come, it is very clear to our customers that Miss Jessie’s is a trusted brand that does what it says it’s going to do.” Branch credits her sister for helping to create their hair care empire, which is marketed in major department stores and online. Sadly, Ti� Branch died in 2014 at the age of 45. “I would not have been a success as an entrepreneur and a woman without the support and love of my late sister Ti�,” says Branch. Learn more about the hair care products at www.MissJessies.com.

Fort Lauderdale CRA By Ann Marie Sorrell

FORT LAUDERDALE’S NORTHWEST COMMUNITY LAUNCHES NEW BRAND; NEW RETAIL, HOUSING DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY

The Northwest community of Fort Lauderdale has launched a new brand and website. More than 100 community members gathered June 17 at the Backyard Boogie, a block party held to celebrate the community’s new brand: “Historic Sistrunk, the Heart & Soul of the City.” The event took place in the City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) parking lot located at 914 Sistrunk Blvd. There was music and games highligh�ng the community’s historical figures and trailblazers. The highlight of the Backyard Boogie was the unveiling of the Historic Sistrunk website: www.historicsistrunk.com. Guests got a first glance through their mobile devices. The neighborhood was branded through the process of a focus group with stakeholders from the Northwest community and The Mosaic Group, the marke�ng agency for the Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency. The

Rendering of the new residential and retail development SIX13, located at 613 NW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Construction begins in 2018. name Historic Sistrunk was selected to preserve the rich history of the community and honor the legacy of the community’s pioneering Black physician, Dr. James Franklin Sistrunk (1891-1966) who prac�ced in Fort Lauderdale for 44 years. Sistrunk Boulevard, a main thoroughfare, spans Historic Sistrunk from its eastern to western boundaries. The brand, which features a colorful ‘S’ above a scripted font, was selected by the

residents as it embodies the Afrocentric heritage of the neighborhood and shares the colors of the Sankofa bird, an Adinkra symbol from the Asante people of Ghana, West Africa that is said to represent "posi�ve reversion". The symbol teaches the wisdom in learning about the past which helps in building the future, maintaining and cherishing cultural values. The Sankofa is a symbol embraced by The Trailblazers of Broward County, which many members have roots in the Historic Sistrunk neighborhood and they led a project to erect a beau�ful 12 �. bronze Avian monument in Sistrunk Park last March. Now and over the next couple of months, residents, visitors, and those who are passing through Historic Sistrunk, will see the new branding on full display with street pole banners, side walk decals, and u�lity box wraps. The new branding will bring new awareness and a greater sense of

pride to the community, thus spurring new investments, developments, retailers, restaurant, businesses, homeowners and more. New development is already underway as the CRA Board of Commissioners gave final approval for $7 million of gap funding to Affiliated Development for the construc�on of the mixed-use development property named The SIX13 on June 6. The project includes 8,300 square feet of retail space and 142 workforce residen�al units. Construc�on will begin in 2018 at 613 NW 3rd Ave. This gateway development will create approximately 260 jobs during construc�on and will serve as a catalyst to spur essen�al social and economic improvements along the Historic Sistrunk Blvd corridor.

Funding is available for commercial and residential development, existing businesses in the CRA area, and businesses interested in expanding or relocating to the Fort Lauderdale Village District. The Fort Lauderdale CRA invites you to invest and grow with us. To learn more about the initiatives of the NPFCRA, visit: fortlauderdalecra.com or call (954) 828-6130.


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Opinion

Methods to Bolster Community ‘Safety Nets’; Students’ Success at Stake

By Dr. Marcus Bright

Our children need a community safety net to catch them when they fall into difficult circumstances. Many of these young people lack an adequate support system at home and fall through the cracks into despair and devasta�on. This is not the fault of the children themselves, but the consequence of a number of behavioral and systemic dysfunc�ons that may have put them and their families at a disadvantage. This is why the movements to defund

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public educa�on and shi� funds to private interests must be vigorously opposed. This "reverse Robin Hood" tac�c threatens to destabilize the public schools that the majority of our children a�end. Unfortunately, the dominant narra�ve of “bad public schools” is o�en able to drown out counter narra�ves. The stories of good public schools are mostly submerged by broader derogatory characteriza�ons. This adds ammuni�on for the development of public policy based on no�ons and narra�ves that are inaccurate and incomplete. If you can put the en�rety of public schools in the dysfunc�onality bag, then it becomes easy to move an alterna�ve agenda of destruc�on. Secretary of Educa�on Betsy DeVos and several state governments have put their foot on the gas with regards to accelera�ng the growth of charter schools, including those that are privately managed. Charter schools serve a purpose and can be great vehicles for innova�on, but the starving out of tradi�onal public schools to fund the resurgence of charter schools is

not a tenable proposi�on for the over 90 percent of students who a�end tradi�onal public schools. Educa�on is s�ll the core vehicle for social mobility. A�empts to create a stra�fied system of schools that have, and others that severely lack, threatens to expand the quasi-caste economic system that exists in too many areas. For the Trump administra�on to propose elimina�ng the 21st century a�er-school program and massively cu�ng other cri�cal programs, illustrates that they are disconnected from the everyday reality of vulnerable popula�ons. Services like these help to meet cri�cal needs in our communi�es. We must remain vigilant about protec�ng the presence of a�er-school and summer programs in this age of poten�al peril. It will take the use of poli�cal leverage to bolster the further development of a�er-school and summer programs. They will not be able to sustain on a large scale relying on private charity. Embedded funding streams for these community safety net programs should be for�fied in

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public policy. We also have to invest more of our most precious asset—our �me. We have to do more to go out of our way to speak with the young people that we see every day. We should impart our knowledge on them, but more importantly we must listen. They are giving us all of the clues, but we too o�en ignore them. Let’s take the �me to listen to their concerns and meet them at their needs. We can't afford to con�nue to have adult-to-adult conversa�ons about what young people need without including them. We must make sure that our programming is more substan�ve and meaningful to students and we should always look for be�er ways to reach them where they are on a consistent basis. Ul�mately, there is no one cookie cu�er set of solu�ons that will solve the mul�faceted set of problems that children face. Let’s find some common ground that we can organize around to push the ball forward toward crea�ng a strong community safety net. Marcus Bright, Ph.D. is a Scholar and Activist

High School Math Teacher Multiplies Student Achievement

Horace Buddoo is more than just a high school math teacher at West Broward High School. Based on the responses from his students, he represents a model of what an effec�ve educator should be--a mentor, a community service organizer, and an advocate for educa�on reform. “My passion about educa�ng students stems from my quest to live my most purposeful and impac�ul life,” said

Buddoo. ”I recognize that my purpose as a teacher isn't just to teach them math, but it is to use my �me in the classroom to build the character, self-esteem, and mindset of my students.” Buddoo has le� a profound effect on students such as Aime Kalangwa, a former refugee from the Democra�c Republic of Congo, who witnessed the brutal killings of his family. Kalangwa was eventually brought to South Florida with the help of foreign aid. “It’s really hard to believe that I could be human again a�er losing all of my family,” said Kalangwa, reflec�ng on the impact Buddoo has had on his life. “I lost trust and love. I became an animal a�er seeing my en�re family killed. Mr. Buddoo showed me how to trust again.” Kalangwa said Buddoo schooled him how to func�on and grow up the way most American boys his age do. “I didn’t even know how to use deodorant and he showed me how,” said Kalangwa. “All my classmates started talking about how horrible I smelled, but Mr. Buddoo, my mathema�cs teacher, became my mentor in my life and I thank

him so much for that.” Since gradua�ng high school, Kalangwa received a bachelor degree from FAU and formed a founda�on called The Future is Today, which helps refugee orphaned children in Africa. “I remember having to communicate with Aime in class via google translate and spending hours a�er school tutoring him,” said Buddoo. “He failed many of his tests the first semester, but he never gave up and became one of my top math students.” Beyond the classroom, Buddoo helps his students learn the value of community service. For example, Buddoo’s students fed the hungry in South Florida, packing over 100,000 meals to send to needy families and children. It happened through the local chapter of the na�onal non-profit organiza�on called Do Something Club. In April, Buddoo spent his spring break in Finland to study its top-rated educa�on system. He said he hopes to incorporate effec�ve teaching strategies locally. “From Finland’s educa�on system I learned less is more,” said Buddoo. ”There was less �me devoted to tes�ng so that more �me can be devoted to learning.”

In Finland, Buddoo said students are required to complete fewer homework assignments. This way, more �me is spent with families. Class sizes are smaller, allowing instructors to spend more �me on students’ individualized needs. “The Fins pride themselves on ensuring that every child gets the quality educa�on they deserve no ma�er where they live or their economic status, and this is why I con�nue to advocate for educa�on reform in the US,” said Buddoo. Buddoo is currently collabora�ng with the University of Michigan's Graduate School of Educa�on in its Teaching Works program. This project aims to improve teacher training by researching and modeling highly impac�ul and effec�ve teaching. “I think our public educa�onal system needs more empathy for the students they serve; from the policymakers and legislators who pass laws that cripple school districts' ability to effec�vely address the needs of their students to the teachers who try to educate kids without knowing who they are as individuals,” said Buddoo.


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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

An Alternative to Litigation: Selecting a Mediator; Sword-n-Shield vs Bridge-n-Brick

By Stanley Zamor

Stanley Zamor, Diplomate Mediator and Arbitrator As the par�es and their a�orneys were signing their se�lement agreement, they were all smiling and speaking with a tone of exhaus�ve relief. “Who would have thought we’d be here,” said one of the a�orneys. “I already knew where this was going,” I said. “What do you mean? What’s wrong with here?” he replied. “We’ve been li�ga�ng this case for three years, so trial

seemed inevitable, but we finally resolved the case and we are all here cordial and sa�sfied.” “Well from what I’ve learned, the lack resolu�on and conflict boiled down to lack of communica�on and the ambiguity in the law,” I replied. They all nodded and I congratulated them for not focusing on their legal arguments, instead focusing on what the par�es wanted and needed to move beyond the dispute. Have You Heard? You’ve probably heard that “the selec�on of an a�orney is important and shouldn’t be considered lightly.” But do you know that the selec�on of a mediator is just as important and possibly even more difficult? Why? Contrary to the A�orney’s Oath, which includes how they are to vehemently advocate for their clients, the Florida Rules for Cer�fied and Court Appointed Mediators describes the media�on process and ethical considera�ons as (but not limited to), “ a neutral and impar�al third person acts to encourage and facilitate the resolu�on of a

dispute without prescribing what it should be; their role is to reduce obstacles to communica�on.” So, a mediator’s role is quite different than that of an a�orney. The mediator must have and maintain the appearance of being unbiased throughout the process. This is more challenging than you might think, especially since many mediators travel within a variety of social and professional circles. Sword-n-Shield vs Bridge-n-Brick A�orneys are adversarial by training; they either engage or defend within the li�ga�on context. Conversely, mediators are supposed to be peace-bridge builders and collabora�ve. Since a mediator’s focus is on building consensus while exploring solu�ons, they should not be primarily focused on being persuasive and li�gious. 5 Tips When Selec�ng a Mediator So how do you select a mediator? The following are ini�al sugges�ons you may want to consider (this is not an exhaus�ve list): 1) What Are Your Goals in Media�on? – Manage your expecta�ons and if you only care about winning, then a mediator is not

what you need. 2) Prepare a List of Mediators – Check referral services and networks, or by word of mouth. Those who have gone through a media�on are usually a good source. 3) Training, Knowledge and Research – Contact mediators on your list and ask to be sent promo�onal material illustra�ng wri�ngs that reflect skills in collabora�ve nego�a�ons. 4) Mediator Interviews – Have a conversa�on with the mediator, not just their office staff. 5) Style and Cost – Discuss what style of media�on they use and what is their fee structure. Good Luck. Stanley Zamor is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit/Family/County Mediator & Primary Trainer and Qualified Arbitrator. Zamor serves on several federal and state mediation/arbitration rosters and has a private mediation and ADR consulting company. He regularly lectures on a variety of topics from ethics, cross-cultural issues, diversity, bullying and family/business relationships. szamor@i-mediateconsulting.com www.i-mediateconsulting.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/stanleyzamoradr (954) 261-8600

Career Leadership Development By Mary V. Davids

5 Ways to Reinvent Your Career Before Year’s End

Have you ever felt stuck in your career? Reached a glass ceiling? Tired of working a dead-end job without being able to see a clear way out? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Feeling burned out and frustrated are normal challenges faced by many professionals within the workforce at some point during their careers.

Here are some specific ways in which you can prepare yourself in order to get to that next level within your career and regain control of your legacy. 1. Take Inventory. Set aside �me to write down the things you like and the things you don’t like to do. This simple step will help you discover your limits no ma�er how much money is on the line. Be clear about the things you would love to do if money weren’t a factor at all. Deciding what you are willing or not willing to do will help you to clarify what next steps you need to take to have a sa�sfying career and life. 2. Prepare for the Current Interview Process. When you’re comfortable in your posi�on, it is reasonable for you to stay out of touch with interviewing techniques and styles being used in the current job market. In a recent survey of 2,000 bosses, 33 percent indicated they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview if they will hire that candidate. This means it is crucial that you are adequately prepared before you start that interview. Get in touch with

a recruiter to learn more about preparing for an interview. As technology and corporate culture desires change, so do interviewing techniques. You will need to be prepared for what the “new normal” is so you don’t look foolish in front of hiring managers. 3. Evaluate Your Strengths and Transferable Skills. Knowing the difference between where your skills and knowledge levels are right now and what your prospec�ve employer or industry requires is vital to landing new opportuni�es. Do a comparison, then if necessary, discover how you can get the level of experience and knowledge required to land the posi�on. 4. Create a Realis�c Plan. I coach dozens of professionals each year who desire to either transi�on into higher level posi�ons or change industries and start their own businesses. I’ve found the issue isn’t that they don’t know how to do the work. It’s that most just need help crea�ng a realis�c and clear pathway to get to where they want to go. Once you have a

plan and a �meline, you can make serious moves within your career. 5. Leverage Social Media. The people you are connected with on social media o�en have significant value–value that most people never tap into. Just because you know someone in one capacity doesn’t mean you know everything about them, who they know, what they’ve heard, and how they can become a valuable resource for you to leverage in pursuit of a new career path. Update your profiles to reflect your most recent accomplishments and work experience. When sharing content, instead of sharing without thinking of your brand message, become more strategic by reitera�ng your skills, reminding your contacts of your knowledge and providing valuable �ps they can use based on your experience within the industry. Mary V. Davids is a Brand Strategist, Career Development Coach and Owner of D&M Consulting Services, LLC. For career tips and advice visit www.marydavids.com or email info@marydavids.com.


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Legacy Briefs

Broward County Court Judge Kal Evans swears in the Executive Board for the 2017-2018 TJ Reddick Bar Association on June 17, 2017 at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. The T.J. Reddick Bar Associa�on (TJRBA) hosted its 26th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala at the Renaissance Cruise Port Hotel to honor inspiring jurists and support aspiring a�orneys. TJRBA presented scholarships to future lawyers Ashanda Carter, Jeremy McLymont and Johanna Laurent. It also honored Circuit Court Judge Michael Robinson, Florida State Senator Chris Smith, Esq., and a�orneys Hilary Creary and Johnny McCray. Newly inducted TJRBA president A�orney Harold Pryor Jr. noted, “Our goal each year is to honor the rich legacy of the men and women who paved the way for today’s Black lawyers in Broward County and throughout the State of Florida.” Log on to www.TJReddickBar.com for more information. Nova Southeastern’s law school promotes Olympia Duhart to associate dean Professor Olympia Duhart of Nova S outheastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law was recently Olympia Duhart promoted to associate dean for Faculty and Student Development. NSU law school dean Jon M. Garon explained, “Duhart’s leadership will play an important role in con�nuing to expand NSU Law’s na�onal reach on important legal topics and to assure that the research efforts of our faculty engage our students as well as the legal profession.” The newly created posi�on expands on Duhart’s current responsibili�es that include direc�ng the Legal Research and Wri�ng program and promo�ng the wri�ng, scholarship and learning effec�veness for students and faculty.

Hampton Appointed Miramar Assistant City Manager Miramar's city manager recently appointed Natasha Hampton to assistant city manager for Employee and Public Natasha Hampton Rela�ons. Most recently serving as chief marke�ng and public rela�ons officer, Hampton will now provide execu�ve oversight over the city's Human Resources opera�ons in addi�on to managing the Marke�ng and Communica�ons departments. In her new role, the Florida Memorial University alumna is now a member of the city manager's execu�ve team. A 19-year City of Miramar veteran, Hampton previously served in diverse capaci�es in various departments including Public Works, U�li�es, Engineering, and Parks and Recrea�ons. She earned a master's in Public Administra�on from Nova Southeastern University. Noted educator pens Educa�on 3.0 to help parents empower children Adap�ng to the digital age can be challenging for people who grew up in the analog era. Awardwinning educator and Dr. Denise Barrett administrator Dr. Denise Barre� wrote Educa�on 3.0: How To Get Your Kids What They Need to Succeed to help parents provide their children with the tools necessary to succeed in the technological age. The book

includes insights that seek to help students develop relevant skill sets and integrate technology with learning. Barre� suggests parents can educate and prepare their children for success by ins�lling a thirst for lifelong learning and embracing the “village mindset.” Log on to www.TheBeautyOf Educa�on.com to book Barre� for events, conferences and workshops. Hai�’s Chef Thia earns top honors at Interna�onal Culinary Compe��on More than 30 chefs represen�ng countries from across the globe recently converged at Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna Reagan Building and Interna�onal Trade Center to compete in the Events DC "Embassy Chef Challenge." Cynthia “Chef Thia" Verna raised the golden pineapple trophy in victory. Verna, who represented Hai�, bested her compe�tors from countries spanning from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan. A�er her victory, Verna posted an emo�onal Facebook Live video that racked up more than 200,000 views within 24 hours. Food Network Extreme Chef Terry French joined her in the clip. New book aims to help close achievement and wealth gaps Many Black students are going to college and gradua�ng with debt and transi�oning to low paying jobs. I Am College Material! was created to help students, and the army of people that support them, transform their educa�on into the opportunity of a life�me. The book includes the insights of college presidents, deans, billionaires, students and a U.S. Cabinet Secretary, all designed to give your student a compe��ve advantage. Many undergraduates consider themselves as college students,” said award-winning

author Zach Rinkins. “I want them to look at themselves as emerging professionals! This book features �ps to help students go from registra�on to gradua�on.” Find out more at www.IAmCollegeMaterial.com. Carnival chief Arnold Donald tops 2017 EMpower 100 Leaders Carnival Corpora�on President and CEO Arnold Donald has been named the top minority business leader in Arnold W. Donald Corporate America by the EMpower 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List. The list was presented by the Financial Times as part of the on-going ambi�on to address the diversity deficit at the very top of businesses. Arnold shared the honor with Carnival employees and explained, "We are also very proud of the diversity of our workforce and believe that the power of diversity of thinking drives innova�on, which is fueled by leveraging the knowledge and crea�vity of our rich backgrounds, experiences and perspec�ves to achieve common goals." Investment Analy�cs Miami taps Brige�e Lumpkins to lead business development Brige�e Lumpkins has accepted a posi�on managing business development for Investment Analy�cs Brigette Lumpkins Miami, L.L.C. She will focus on raising capital and servicing ins�tu�onal clients invested in the firm’s global public equity strategies. Lumpkins brings over a decade of experience managing both ins�tu�onal and private client rela�onships to the role. The Spelman alumna has worked at Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and Hamilton Lane. A�er comple�ng her undergraduate educa�on, Lumpkins earned master’s and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania’s pres�gious Wharton School, respec�vely.


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