Literacy Awards Banquet Keynote: Angela Lane

angelalaneMiami native, Angela Lane, grew up in Miami-Dade County, Florida, “in a world of endless possibilities limited only by self.”  The daughter of a Pentecostal minister, Ms. Lane traces some of her writer’s inspiration back to the sights and sounds in her father’s small church.  She explains, “I’m convinced that we are a product of our environment; it’s just that mine incorporated fantasy and faith.”

Ms. Lane’s debut picture book, Mommy, There’s A Giraffe in My Room!, was featured at the 2007 Miami Book Fair International and honored with a spot on the Florida Department of Education summer reading list, Just Read Florida! 2009.

Ms. Lane also serves as a legislative assistant to Florida State Representative Kionne McGhee, she writes and acts in contemporary stage plays, and she shares her love of books with young students on school visits.

The mother of three children, Ms. Lane lives in Miami with her husband, Robert.

For more information on the Florida Literacy Conference and the Awards Banquet, please visit our website.


Deadline for Award Nomination is Fast Approaching!

2012 Literacy Award Recipients

2012 Literacy Award Recipients

Attention! Attention! Award nominations are due in TWO WEEKS! Do you have someone you want to be recognized for their noteworthy accomplishments and achievements at Conference? Nominate them for their great work. The deadline is: MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013.  Submit a Nomination Now!

Your selected nominee can be nominated for any of the following awards:

Individual Award Categories

Outstanding Literacy Volunteer Award- honors a literacy volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional service and commitment in either tutoring or program operations. This award may be given as recognition for a specific outstanding achievement or for ongoing exceptional service. The recipient will receive a $100 gift certificate from New Readers Press.

Mary J. Brogan Leadership Award- Recognizes a Florida resident whose support of literacy exhibits the highest standards of excellence, dedication, leadership, creativity, and accomplishment. The recipient will receive a $100 gift certificate from New Readers Press.

Flight for Freedom Award- honors an adult student who has demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in improvement of literacy or leadership skills within literacy. The adult student must currently be tutored by a literacy volunteer, enrolled in an adult education program (GED, ESL, Workplace Literacy, etc.), or be a former student who was enrolled in a program within 6 months of the nomination submission. The recipient of this award will receive two complimentary round-trip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines.

Organizational Award Categories

Excellence in Education Award- honors an organization demonstrating achievement, innovation, leadership or organizational excellence in support of adult and family literacy education in Florida. Eligible organizations include community-based volunteer literacy programs, local educational agencies, and institutional literacy programs. The recipient of this award will receive a $100 gift certificate from New Readers Press.

Outstanding Business Partner Award- honors a company or business partner for leadership or significant contributions in support of literacy at the local, regional or state level. Nominees may have established a literacy program in the workplace or shown leadership in supporting community adult education, literacy or family literacy activities. Example areas of support may include, but are not limited to providing: grants/financial contributions, volunteers, space for training/tutoring, in-kind donations, or publicity and media coverage.

The perks of being an award recipient:

  • Each award recipient will receive two complimentary tickets to the Awards Banquet on May 9th at the Florida Literacy Conference in Captiva, Florida.
  • Each award winner’s affiliated organization will also receive a reduced conference registration rate of $75, which is transferable to anyone in the organization, as well as one free Awards Banquet ticket.

The Florida Literacy Coalition would like to thank Southwest Airlines and ProLiteracy for their generous donations and continuous support.

For more information, contact Amanda Terrell at, or call (407)246-7110 ext. 210

Top Literacy Stories: January 23

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Orlando Magic donates $1 million to education
The Orlando Magic’s charitable foundation gave out $1 million in grants Wednesday morning to 19 nonprofit organizations in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, boosting efforts to improve literacy, education and healthy lifestyles, and alleviate homelessness.

SEC Seeks Comment on Financial Literacy, Investor Disclosure
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking public comment on financial literacy and investor disclosure issues as part of its review mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

How to create your 2012 Nonprofit Career Plan
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Meet the 2011 Florida Literacy Conference Planning Committee

The 27th Annual Florida Literacy Conference: Open Books Open Minds will be held at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, May 4-6, 2011.

Last week, the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) met at the hotel to get conference planning underway.  Topics of discussion included keynote speakers and Adult Learner Day plans, among others.  Subcommittees were also formed to help with special components of the conference including the annual Florida Literacy Awards and entertainment.

The 2011 Florida Literacy Conference Planning Committee. From L-R: Rosemary Blake, Karen Hill, Brent Stubbs, Amanda Gonzalez, Jonel Persinger, Melissa Padgett, Erika Greene, Brad Bell. Sitting: Greg Smith, Cindy Godby, Sarah Guetschow and Debra Hargrove

Committee members not pictured above include: Kara Sammons, Margaret Anne Wheeler, Linda Palmer, Joyce Whidden, Margie Kinslow, Mike Painter, Marilina Viera and Kay Semion.  FLC thanks all of the committee members for their time and dedication to making this another successful Conference.

The Florida Literacy Conference is one of the state’s premier events for professional development and networking for adult education and literacy practitioners, teachers, tutors and adult learners.

Stay tuned to this blog for more conference updates and updates from the CPC.  And feel free to ask any questions you have about the 2011 conference in the space below!

Congrats to the 2010 Florida Literacy Award Winners

The Florida Literacy Coalition recently recognized three organizations and three individuals for their commitment and dedication to increasing adult and family literacy in the state of Florida.  The awards were presented at a special banquet held during the Florida Literacy Conference in Captiva, Fla.

In all, six awards were presented during the banquet.

  1. Bank of America (Central Florida) was recognized as an Outstanding Business Partner for their leadership and significant contributions to support Orlando’s Adult Literacy League.  Through grants and program training, the organization has raised the profile of adult education and literacy in Central Florida.
  2. The Gainesville Sun was honored as an Outstanding Media Partner for their outstanding, innovative and effective coverage of literacy issues.  The company has been a driving force behind the area’s Annual Family Literacy Festival, and provides the Alachua County Literacy Network with a regular meeting space, administrative support and free advertising for volunteer recruitment.
  3. Marion County’s Literacy Council received the Excellence in Education award as an organization demonstrating outstanding achievement in adult and family literacy education.  The council has doubled the number of adult students it services in the past two years and has a dedicated volunteer base of more than 80 tutors.  The organization has come a long way from its beginnings in the founder’s garage in 1999.
  4. Cherie Byrnes of Citrus County was recognized with the Outstanding Literacy Volunteer award for her efforts with the Citrus County Library System.  Byrnes has demonstrated exceptional service and commitment to tutoring and program operations, and was instrumental in launching the library’s first English language classes.
  5. Nancy Tamayo de Galdez, an adult student from Palm Beach County, was honored with the Flight for Freedom Award for her extraordinary accomplishments in improving her literacy skills.  A single, working mother, Tamayo de Galdez started learning English as a second language in 2007.  Over than past three years she has volunteered hundreds of hours with the local literacy academy and other community organizations.  She also is currently attending Kaiser College to become a medical assistant.
  6. Margaret Anne Wheeler of Polk County was recognized with the Mary J. Brogan Leadership Award for upholding the highest standards of excellence, dedication, leadership and creativity for her literacy work in Polk County for more than two decades.  Wheeler is revered as a role model for others, an ambassador for excellence in education and an advocate for the adult learner.

2010 Florida Literacy Award Winners (L-R): Kristin Bash, Gainesville Sun; Margaret Anne Wheeler; Cherie Byrnes; Marisol Sepulveda and Karen Hill, Marion County Literacy Council; Carla Brosy and Barbara Travis, Bank of America-Sanibel; Julia Clark, on behalf of Nancy Tamayo de Galdez

Congratulations to all of the 2010 Florida Literacy Award winners.  Keep up the great work!

Celebrate Literacy at the 2010 State Literacy Awards Banquet

StarfishWe hope you’ll join us for the 2010 State Literacy Awards taking place at 6:30 p.m.,  Thursday, May 6.  Every year we have the privilege of honoring three individuals and three organizations for their hard work and dedication to the literacy cause throughout Florida!

This year is no different! We had a competitive bunch of nominees and our awards committee had a tough time narrowing it down to just one winner from each category! As tough as it was, the task at hand has been completed, which leads us to the celebration!

Joining us for the banquet is Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.  She will share sources of inspiration for her new book, Testing the Ice, and her observations of how reading gives people the confidence help change the world.

We have experienced record-breaking sales of banquet tickets this year! Be sure to reserve your ticket early as they are limited.  Tickets are $25 for conference attendees and $30 for other guests.

Reserve your ticket one of two ways:

  1. Fill out a registration form with just the banquet ticket information and fax it to (407)246-7104
  2. Contact Erin Balleine at (407) 246-7110 ext 202.  She will be happy to process your request via email/phone.

If you are unable to reserve your ticket before the conference, be sure to purchase it during registration. All ticket sales will cease at 5 p.m., Wednesday May 5. 

Also, be sure to join FLC for the Annual Champagne Reception preceding the State Literacy Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m.  To RSVP contact David Wagner.  The event is reserved for FLC members and for banquet attendees.

Look for Portraits of Literacy at the Conference

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and we’ve got the evidence to prove it!  The Florida Literacy Coalition recently conducted a photo contest, Portraits of Literacy.  More than 150 photos were submitted from photographers throughout Florida and around the world.

Voting for the semi-finalists ends tomorrow!  So vote today!

Finalist photos will be on display at the Conference and attendee votes will determine the winner.  The winner will be announced during the State Literacy Awards banquet on Thursday, May 6.

Many thanks to all the photographers entering this inaugural competition for their support of literacy.