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June 30, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

5th Annual Just Read, Florida! Leadership Conference

What: Just Read, Florida! will convene its fifth annual Leadership Conference July 10-12. This conference is the only one of its kind in the state and one of the few in the nation that focuses on the fundamentals of reading. All of Florida’s school superintendents, principals, reading coaches and district instructional staff are invited to attend. This year, more than 3500 attendees have already registered. State and national leaders, reading experts and celebrities will speak during the three-day event. There will be more than 300 concurrent sessions, many led by principals and reading coaches from across the state, sharing reading education strategies and best practices.

Who: Governor Jeb Bush will speak Monday and be joined by Florida State Board of Education Chairman Philip Handy, renowned author and screenwriter Antwone Fisher, and Just Read, Florida! Director Evan Lefsky, Ph.D. On Tuesday, Education Commissioner John L. Winn, former Disney American Teacher of the Year Ron Clark, K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke, Ph.D., and Florida Lottery Secretary Rebecca Dirden Mattingly will speak. Lt. Governor Toni Jennings and literacy expert Bill Brozo, Ph.D. will speak Wednesday.

Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista

When: Monday, July 10 - Wednesday, July 12

The event is free and open to the media. The Florida Department of Education Communications Office can arrange interviews with speakers, presenters and educators from your community. To learn more about the conference visit For media inquiries contact the Communications Office at (850) 245-0413.