Alan Darcy to Perform at the Florida Literacy Coaltion

Alan Darcy, saxophonist and vocalist extraordinaire, will be performing at the 2011 Florida Literacy Conference. Alan’s jazz/pop style has earned him rave reviews. Alan has also performed in hundreds of venues including the Historic Tampa Theater and New York’s Birdland. Alan has released three CDs. His 2003 CD, Fearless, includes his orignal music that was featured in the independent film, Runs in the Family.

We hope to see you all at the Conference, listening to the smooth stylings of Alan Darcy.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Tomorrow, March 2, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday! The National Education Association promotes Dr. Seuss’s birthday as Read Across America day. Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is widely recognized as a breakthrough in the fight against illiteracy. Dr. Suess was challenged to write a book using only words from a list of 343 words and to keep the book under 225 new words. He wrote The Cat in the Hat using only 223 words that young children should know, and the rest is history!

Pick up a book and enjoy the day! Thank you to all of the literacy volunteers, tutors, teachers and organizations across Florida that work so hard to spread the joy of reading.

Pat Williams of the Orlando Magic to speak at the Florida Literacy Conference

Pat Williams

The Florida Literacy Coalition is excited to announce that Pat Williams, Senior Vice President and co-founder of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 Florida Literacy Conference. Pat is one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers. In addition to leading the Orlando Magic, Pat is also the author of 60 books, including Read for Your Life: 11 Ways to Better Your Life with Books. His most recent one title is Extreme Focus: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power to Achieve Your Dreams.

Since 1968, Pat has been the general manager with teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Orlando. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history.

Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations. Pat and his family have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle and The Wall Street Journal.

We are so excited to have Pat Williams speak at the conference. Make sure that you are registered for the conference so that you do not miss the opportunity to hear Pat’s inspirational message.

FLC Issues Call For Presenters

It’s that time again!!

The Florida Literacy Coalition is now accepting conference session proposals for the 27th Annual Florida Literacy Conference: Open Books Open Minds, which will be held May 4-6, 2011, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary (in Lake Mary, Fla.).

This is the perfect opportunity to share your wisdom, techniques, research and promising practices in adult and family literacy with other professionals from across the state and beyond (we have teachers come from as far as Canada – cool, eh!?).

The deadline to submit your proposed session is Thursday, Dec. 16.  Proposed sessions will be selected based on the information you provide.  Since we try to offer new sessions each year, please note that if you have previously presented your proposed session, it should still be relevant, timely and updated with fresh material.

Submitting a proposal is easy!  Simply click here and fill out the online form.  Once you have submitted your proposal, you will be given the option to receive an email copy for your records.  *Remember: the information you provide (as it appears on the form) will be used in the final conference program.

FLC will confirm receipt of your proposal submission within 3 business days, and will provide final notification on the status of your proposed workshop by Friday, January 28, 2011.

Any questions regarding conference proposals can be sent to

We thank you for your support, and your enthusiasm for professional development and continued education.  We are looking forward to another stellar conference and the advancement of adult education, literacy and family literacy throughout Florida.

The Florida Literacy Conference is Almost Here!

The FLC team is pumped for our great keynote speakers this year!

Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education, will give an update on the Obama administration’s efforts to improve the basic skills and employment outcomes of individuals, particularly those from the most vulnerable populations.

Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, 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.

Make sure you are registered for the conference so you don’t miss the oppotunity to hear from these two amazing women working for the advancement of literacy.
Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier

Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier

Sharon Robinson