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MEDIA ADVISORY

August 2, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Winn to Attend Teacher Education Conference

OCALA — Education Commissioner John L. Winn tomorrow will speak at the Florida Teacher Education Conference: Assessing Candidates' Performance for Impact on K-12 Student Learning. This inaugural event focuses on the importance of having highly-effective teachers in Florida and how to prepare this important workforce. The conference is being hosted by the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and Central Florida Community College.

State and national education leaders and experts will speak during the two-day event. Commissioner Winn will speak Thursday and be joined by K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke, Ph.D., Assistant Deputy Commissioner for K-12 Christy Hovanetz Lassila, Ph.D., Central Florida Community College President Charles R. Dassance, Ph.D., and UCLA Professor Emeritus Ronald Gallimore, Ph.D., K-12 Public Schools Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality Pamela Stewart. Friday there will be a panel discussion The Future of Teacher Preparation with Florida State Board of Education Member Donna Callaway, Association of District Superintendents CEO William J. Montford, III, Rollins College Professor of Education/Director of Teacher Education Scott Hewitt, Ed.D., and 2006 Florida Teacher of the Year Samuel Bennett.

The event will be held:

August 3-4, 2006
Central Florida Community College
Klein Center
3001 SW College Rd.
Ocala