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MEDIA ADVISORY

June 13, 2005

Melanie Mowry Etters
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner to Address Principals at Just Read, Florida! Leadership Conference

Education Commissioner John L. Winn will address over 3,000 Florida elementary, middle, and high school principals, reading supervisors, and school superintendents tomorrow at the Just Read, Florida! Leadership Conference in Orlando. Commissioner Winn's remarks will focus on Teacher Retention. Later, Commissioner Winn will visit a Summer Reading Camp at Rosemont Elementary School in Orlando.

Commissioner Winn will address principals at:
8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 14
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando

Commissioner Winn will visit a Summer Reading Camp at:
10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 14
Rosemont Elementary School
4650 Look Out Road
Orlando

The Just Read, Florida! Leadership Conference will feature sessions conducted by some of the nation’s top reading experts. Issues include the five essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension), the role of the school's reading coach, parent partnerships, and success stories from a panel of model school principals.

In September 2001, Governor Bush signed an executive order creating the Just Read, Florida! initiative. The initiative is designed to guide changes at every level of education that have an impact on reading outcomes in Florida schools. It also provides for parent, business, and community involvement with the ultimate goal of every child reading at or above grade level by 2012.

For more information about Governor Bush's statewide reading initiative, Just Read, Florida!, please visit www.justreadflorida.com.