Zach Lynn on the 10th annual Literacy Leadership Institute

Zach Lynn

Zach Lynn

If there’s one thing about the Florida Literacy Coalition that stands out above all others, it’s their commitment to sharing information and helping their friends get better at what they do.  I was recently given the opportunity to attend Florida Literacy Coalition’s 10th Annual Leadership Institute—and they sure did share a lot!

From volunteer management to developing funds, from best practices to new GED standards, I came back to the Adult Literacy League with pages of notes and handouts.  Our staff and volunteers are very keen on professional development and staying up with the current trends, so everyone was very appreciative of all the information I passed along.  Our Executive Director loves to hear anything from the amazing Neil Sturomski, our Development Director got some tips and tricks about fund cultivation, and our social media volunteers are starting to understand how we could use Pinterest in our communications plan.

But some of the most pertinent information was about the new 2014 GED—which will revolutionize how we serve our students.  We currently offer four free classes a week for GED Preparation and see an average of 5-6 students per class.  As they work hard to study up on some difficult subjects, they now see an even more difficult deadline because the test will change in January 2014. And we’ll have to change with it.

The new 2014 GED will be all computer-based.  Luckily we have an upgraded mobile laptop computer lab, but we’ll need to also upgrade how we teach.  Passing along information from the Leadership Institute has sparked ideas and creativity from our current GED instructors, who are thinking of ways to incorporate technology into their lessons.  Information and resources from the Leadership Institute have been a very nice start to this process, and I know the Florida Literacy Coalition will be there to share more information and continue to help us get better at what we do!

Zach is the Volunteer Coordinator with the Adult Literacy League

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


10th Annual Literacy Leadership Institute

Attention directors, program managers, and board members!

The 10th annual Literacy Leadership Institute will take place at the Hilton Altamonte Springs. This is an exciting professional development opportunity designed for directors, program managers, and board members of non-profit and library based adult and family literacy organizations.The Leadership Institute will feature of variety of expert speakers from around Florida. The topics addressed include:

  • The New GED Test Series
  • Fund Development
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Board Development
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
  • Social Media

On top of all these wonderful presenters, attendees can get up to $350 in travel expenses reimbursed (restrictions apply)! Don’t miss your chance to attend this training. Sign up by March 1 in order to guarantee your spot.

When: March 21-22, 2013

Where: Hilton Altamonte Springs. Make your reservations online by March 1 to take advantage of the $99 group rate!

More information on the Leadership Institute and the registration form can be found here. If you have any questions please contact Jessica Ward, Education & Training Coordinator, at (407) 246 – 7110 ext. 203 or

This training opportunity is made possible by Florida’s Adult and Family Literacy Resource Center and funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education.

We look forward to seeing you in March!