Sneak Peek at the Financial Literacy Track!

It’s surprising, sometimes frightening even, how little we really know about personal finance and money management, since most of us know close to nothing about sound practices beyond the basics.  In fact, most of what we do know is information that our friends and families have given us or that we have learned through our own research. Rarely does it come from any sort of formal education. When we consider how we can all benefit a bit more from a few lessons on financial literacy, it becomes clear just how important financial literacy is vital to an adult learners stability and progress.

The 29th Annual Florida Literacy Conference will hold over 60 sessions within 14 distinct tracks, including a first of its kind financial literacy track! For those interested in learning more about personal finance and sound money management, here’s a look at what the track has to offer so that you can set your conference schedule proactively.

Sessions include:

  • Financial Aid for the Nontraditional Student
    Did you know the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship can be awarded to GED students? This session covers avenues for funding higher education through federal, state, institutional, and local resources.
  • Money $ense
    How do you make sense out of money?  One of the ways is to look at your behavior, habits and past to determine why you use money in a certain way. This workshop explains how to educate your clients to understand and change their behavior.
  • Financial Literacy Resources for Adult Education
    There are many free resources for providing financial literacy in the Adult Education classroom. Receive sample brochures, website information  and the latest research/statistics for financial literacy.
  • Making Money Work for You
    This brief intro to financial literacy and consumer education is designed for teachers and tutors of ESOL and ABE students.  (Participants can also access this module via Florida TechNet’s “Moodle” trainings.)
  • Opening Doors to Home Ownership
    In this interactive session, we will share the Opening Doors to Home Ownership website designed for high school and adult learners.  The focus of this commercial-free website is to develop financial literacy through topics such as credit, budgeting, preparing for home ownership, and understanding mortgages.

Trying to imagine how adult learners manage financially, or rather how they don’t, can explain why learning even the most basic money management skills can greatly benefit the lives of our adult learners. Attend this track and bring back skills and practices your students that will immediately have an impact on their lives!

FIRST LOOK: Sessions at the Florida Literacy Conference!

2013Logo_yl__border_300dpiThank you to everyone who submitted a proposal to present at the 2013 Florida Literacy Conference. I was extremely impressed by the number of proposals that we received, and their overall quality. After reading each submission, I was inspired by the dedication and thought that went into each and every proposal. I am confident that Conference attendees will have an opportunity to learn from some very knowledgeable and devoted practitioners at this year’s event. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend sessions within the following 14 tracks:

Adult Learner

Corrections Literacy


Family Literacy

Financial Literacy

Health Literacy

Learning Disabilities

Library Literacy

Program Management



Volunteers in Literacy

Workforce Education

Adult Basic Education, GED, and Adult High School


For those of you that have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the sessions for this year’s Conference, a preliminary list can be found here. More information about the specific and dates and times of the sessions will be available at the beginning of March. See you in Captiva!

Upcoming FLC Deadlines!

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend these important events hosted by the Florida Literacy Coalition! In the coming months, we are offering a variety of trainings such as the 10th Annual Literacy Leadership Institute and the Train the Tutor Trainer Course. The registration deadlines are fast approaching, so reserve your spot today!.

March 1– 10th Annual Literacy Leadership Institute Registration Deadline

March 6– Adult Learner Essay Book Submission Deadline

March 8– Last day to register for the Conference at the Early Bird rate

March 11– Florida Literacy Award Nominations Due

March 13Webinar: Tutor Tips and Strategies for Teaching Reading

March 15– Train the Tutor Trainer Applications Due

March 19– Health Literacy Grant Application Due


Conference Registration Special!

Buy 10 Get 1 FREE!

2013Logo_yl__border_300dpiAttention Florida Literacy Conference Registrants, we have a green light special for conference registrations!  Buy 10, get 1 free!

Yes!  It is true!  If you plan on sending ten (10) or more people from your organization to the Florida Literacy Conference, you will get one registration free!  Registrations must be sent together.  So, have one person collect all eleven (11) registrations, write a check for ten (10)!  Or, collect all twenty-two (22) registrations, and write a check for twenty (20)!

If you’re a real super saver, then don’t forget, early bird registration ends March 8!

For more information about the conference, go to

Keep an eye out for the Conference brochure in your mail! If you did not get one and would like one, please email

Registration is open for the 2013 Conference!


Registration is now open for the 2013 Conference!  Until March 8th, you can register for the reduced rate of $235!  If you are an FLC member, you can get a greater discount by paying just $210 for the conference!  If you are not a member yet, you can sign up to be a member right on the conference registration form.


Registration to the conference includes:

  1.  Admission to amazing and inspiring general sessions,
  2. Your choice of informative sessions within 13 tracks,
  3. The opening reception filled with delicious hor dourves,
  4. A yummy continental breakfast on Thursday, a tasty closing luncheon Friday and daily refreshments,
  5. A chance  to meet with fellow literacy advocates though social and networking events,
  6. Admission to the resource filled literacy product exhibition, and
  7. A snazzy conference tote bag, program and resource materials

Registration is easy!  Just follow this link to registration, and it will take right to the registration form.  You can pay online through PayPal (no PayPal account needed!) or you can send us a check or PO.

 Member, Early Bird – March 8, 2012 $210
Non-Member, Early Bird – March 8, 2012 $235
Member – Before April 26, 2012 $235
Non-Member – Before April 26, 2012 $260
On-Site – After April 26th, 2012 $275

Do you have more questions about the conference?  Go to the Conference webpage!

Sarah Entine Announced as Closing Keynote!

Sarah Entine is an award-winning documentary film director and producer. Originally diagnosed with dyslexia in 1978, she only fully comprehended her disability 23 years later, at age 29. Her film, Read Me Differently, focuses on her experience growing up with misunderstood learning disabilities that spanned three generations in her family.

Sarah has spoken to countless students, teachers, parents and service providers about her experience. Her message addresses the need to increase awareness on how learning disabilities impact family relationships. In 2010, Read Me Differently was selected for the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Ken Burns, Spike Lee, and

Martin Scorsese.

Watch the trailer to learn more about the movie and don’t forget to register for Conference to see Sarah!

Sneak Peek at the Career Pathways Track at Conference

AHH! Conference Season is in the air. In seven weeks, we’ll have Conference and there will be much enjoyment in the air. If this is your first conference, I’ll let you know some tricks. Florida Literacy Conference has 13 different possible tracks to follow; Adult Learner, Corrections Literacy, ESOL, Program Management, Reading, Technology, Family Literacy, Health Literacy, Volunteers in Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Library Literacy, Workforce Education, and ABE, GED, and Adult High School. No matter what your interest area is, we have something for you. And if you have many interests, you can mix and match.

BUT if you’re interested in Career Pathways and plan on attending the Conference, we have a sneak peek for the sessions and their descriptions! The sessions aren’t overlapping time for the most part. This is the opportunity to get your schedules ready.

Sessions Include:

  • Higher-Order Thinking Skills: Using Advanced Organizers to Support Instruction
  • Let’s Make Student Success EASY
  • 10 Innovative Ways to Connect Learning with Career Pathways
  • Yes, You Can! Enhancing Student Tech Skills & Goal Setting Using Web 2.0 Tools
  • The Power of Testing: Why, What & Who to Assess
  • Technology Skills for career Success
  • English for Carer and Technical Education Standards
  • Top 10 Commandments of Building an Adult Education Career Pathways Program
  • Building a Local Database to Enhance Career Pathways
Select “Sessions Include” for more information on these sessions! What other tracks are you interested in? Perhaps I can do some detective work and provide you with other top secret information 😉

Dr. Gary Mormino to speak at Awards Banquet!

The Florida Literacy Awards Banquet at Conference is our opportunity to highlight the successful works and accomplishments of those in the literacy community. This year’s speaker is Gary R. Mormino.

Gary Mormino holds the Frank E. Duckwall professorship in history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he directs the Florida Studies Program. A graduate of Millikin University (B.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D.), Mormino has written extensively on immigration and urban America.

He has taught at the University of South Florida since 1977. His writing has ranged across continents and time periods.  His books include Immigrants on the Hill (University of Illinois Press), The Immigrant World of Ybor City (University of Illinois Press), and Spanish Pathways in Florida, 1492-1992.

In 1980-81, Mormino taught as a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Rome.  His latest book, Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams (University Press of Florida), was published in 2005. “The Florida Dream”, a PBS documentary based on the book, aired in 2007. In 2009 his essay on community in Florida received the Charlie Award from the Florida Magazine Assoc. for the year’s best article. In 2003, the Florida Humanities Council named him Humanist of the Year. In 2012, Florida Trend named him a “Florida Icon.”

He is presently working on two projects, a study of Florida and World War II, and a book weaving a history of Florida foodways and culture.

This is a ticketed event.  Make sure to purchase in advance $24 for conference attendees and $25 for guest. A limited amount of tickets are available for purchase at the registration desk.

Don’t forget to Submit Nomination for 2012 Florida Literacy Awards!

Green Light Special! Buy 10 get 1 FREE Conference Registration!

Green Light Special!

Buy 10 Get 1 FREE!

Attention Florida Literacy Conference Registrants, we have a green light special for conference registrations!  Buy 10, get 1 free!

Yes!  It is true!  If you send on planning ten (10) or more people from your organization to the Florida Literacy Conference, you will get one registration free!  Registrations must be sent together.  So, have one person collect all eleven (11) registrations, write a check for ten (10)!  Or, collect all twenty-two (22) registrations, and write a check for twenty (20)!

If you’re a real super saver, then don’t forget, early bird registration ends March 9!

For more information about the conference, go to

Art Literacy at the Dali

“To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country”- George Washington

Did you know that Americans who read books, visit museums, attend theater, and engage in other arts are more active in community life than those who do not? Arts participants, especially readers, engage in positive civic and individual activities, from exercise to charity work, at a strikingly higher rate than non-participants (National Endowment for the Arts). For literary readers, the volunteer rate is 43%, nearly three times greater than for non-readers. As members working in the literacy field, we understand that reading opens several doors for individuals to become productive members of society. So what else can we do?

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, recognizes the importance of the arts and literacy. They have several adult, family, and youth education programs at their campus.  On their website, they provide teacher’s guides, lesson plans, and crafts for students of all ages. The teacher’s guide includes painting descriptions, key works from the collection, a biography of Salvador Dali, as well as a resource list for all their opportunities. This is perfect if you and your student want to go on a field trip or explore a different curriculum. The lesson plans cover a variety of subjects. It creates a multi-faceted learning experience where students are able to learn about Dali’s life and work, but also practice reading and critical thinking skills.

The Dali Museum makes several efforts to highlight student work and include education into their curriculum. They are also minutes away from the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, site for the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference, and contributed tickets to the famous silent auction.

Bethany Mead, the Education Coordinator at the Dali Museum, has a few words on the Dali’s Junior and Teen Docent programs. Read more to find out! Read about the Junior and Teen Docent programs