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Florida Literacy Conference to be Held in Captiva May 10-12

Orlando, FL, May 07, 2017 --( The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) will be hosting the 33rd Annual Florida Literacy Conference next week at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.

The conference will kick off with keynote speaker Barbara Oakley during the opening general session. Oakley, an engineering professor and author of Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential, will draw on her years of experience to illustrate effective learning techniques. Oakley is sure to be an enthralling speaker, having previously worked as a Russian translator on trawlers in the Bering Sea, a teacher in China, and a radio operator in Antarctica. She brings all of this experience to her keynote address.

Another highlight will include FLC’s Annual Meeting, where the 2017 Adult Learner Essay Book will be unveiled and select student authors will read their stories aloud. The essay book is comprised of more than 250 essays written by adults in various education programs throughout the state, and it is one of FLC’s most popular projects.

The conference concludes Friday with the Closing General Session and the Florida Literacy Awards Luncheon. Keynote speaker Roberto Guzman is an author and professor at the University of Puerto Rico who will give a talk entitled Teaching English Without Teaching English. Awards will be presented honoring the accomplishments of an outstanding Florida adult learner, literacy practitioner, volunteer, literacy program, and supporting business.

FLC thanks the following conference sponsors that have helped to make this event possible: Florida Department of Education, Wells Fargo, Southwest Airlines, Florida Blue, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Publix Super Markets Charities, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, GED Testing Service, and BurlingtonEnglish. Please join us and approximately 400 adult and family literacy practitioners, volunteers, and adult learners next week to network, develop new skills, and share promising practices during the 2017 Florida Literacy Conference.

About the Florida Literacy Coalition
Established in 1985, The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) promotes, supports, and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida. As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida’s State Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers throughout Florida. Special emphasis is placed on assisting community based literacy organizations with their training and program development needs. For more information about FLC call (407) 246-7110 or visit
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