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End of Phase One

Ceremony and Celebration


Davie Fla. (January 9, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Principal Rapid Orientation and Preparation in Educational Leadership (PROPEL) program held a recognition ceremony for the first cohort of students who completed their first phase of the program on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The celebration was held at the Florida Atlantic University’s Davie Campus and marks the milestone of completion of the full course of academic courses, professional development, and job-embedded activities by the participants to achieve Level One Certification and be eligible to be hired as Assistant Principals in the Broward County Public School system. PROPEL is a three-year, $3.5 million grant awarded by the Florida Department of Education as an innovative approach to principal preparation.

Over fifty PROPEL students with their family members attended the event and were joined by various program coordinators and contributors. FAU faculty such as Associate Provost Anthony Abbate, Vice President Dr. Phyllis Bebko, Dr. Ira Bogotch, Dr. Steve Rios, Dr. Jennifer Freeland, and Dr. Maslin-Ostrowski joined the evening accompanied by FAU College of Education Educational Leadership Department Chair Dr. Robert Shockley and Associate Dean Dr. Donald Torok. In recognition of the Broward contribution and partnership, the event was attended by various Broward County School District directors and administrators including Superintendent Dr. Robert Runcie and BCPS Chiefs Dr. Elise Calabrese, Dr. Joanne Harrison, and Dr. Desmond Blackburn. Representing the School Board, Ms. the School Board President was also in attendance. The Director of Leadership from the Office of Talent Development, Dr. Sharon Moffitt and BCPS PROPEL Coordinator Ms. Anne Dilgen helped host the event, which was also attended by the cohort’s principal mentors and the program’s adjuncts who have taught and mentored the participants throughout the year.

The evening commenced with an award ceremony that included a review of first year accomplishments, followed by acknowledgement of FAU faculty and Broward County personnel, and continued with a presentation of the cohorts year one completion certificates. Speakers at the event included Mr. Runice, Dr. Calabrese, and Debra Porter District Coordinator of Talent Development. Hosting the event was Dr. Daniel Reyes-Guerra, PROPEL’s Director and Principal Investigator. Representing the Florida Department of Education was Julie Orange, the Project Manager of the Race to the Top grant.

Closing off the evening, all attendees were invited to the campus’s Student Union where a tasteful reception took place. This reception allotted for all program participants to bask in their accomplishments with not only their families but all those who have supported and taught them through their first year. 

Updated April 15, 2013