Meet the 2012 Conference Keynote: Mawi Asgedom

“Treat all people-even the most unsightly beetles-as though they were angels sent from heaven.”
― Mawi Asgedom

Mawi Asgedom will be the keynote speaker for our opening session at the 2012 Florida Literacy Conference. As a child, Mawi fled civil war in Ethiopia and survived a Sudanese refugee camp for three years. After being resettled in the United States, he overcame poverty, language barriers and personal tragedy to graduate from Harvard University, where he gave the Commencement address to an audience of 30,000. Mawi will describe his own mother’s struggle to learn English and rejuvenate attendees with his humorous and inspiring stories of the immigrant experience and the pivotal role of community organizations.

After the opening general session, Mawi will host a free session for school counselors called “Guidance Counselors as Heroes.” Mawi will share proven methods for helping students of all backgrounds excel. He will also introduce the new leadership skills elective course Mawi Learning is launching with Florida Virtual School on June 1, 2012. And of course, Mawi will share the story of how his own guidance counselor inspired him to attend Harvard and even helped him move in when his parents could not. Prepare to be inspired. Register Here. 

If you want to start bringing Mawi into your classroom, watch his 12 minute video on an English Language Learner’s Guide to Success.

For more information about Mawi, view his Oprah interview in the first three minutes of this video.

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.

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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!