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MEDIA ADVISORY

January 16, 2007

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Winn to Open Dropout Prevention Conference
2007 Effective Strategies Institute on Dropout Prevention Planting Seeds of Promise: Reaching, Teaching, and Engaging

TAMPA — Education Commissioner John L. Winn tomorrow will open the 2007 Effective Strategies Institute on Dropout Prevention Planting Seeds of Promise: Reaching, Teaching, and Engaging, a dropout prevention conference at the Belleview Biltmore Resort in Tampa. The event is hosted by the Florida Department of Education in conjunction with the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University. School administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists and others from throughout the state will attend the event. The conference will feature nationally known keynote speakers, as well as professional educators. Presentations will emphasize a variety of strategies that work with students who are at risk of dropping out of school before high school graduation. For a conference agenda and complete listing of break-out sessions, visit www.dropoutprevention.org/conferen/conferen.htm#efi.

The 2007 Effective Strategies Institute on Dropout Prevention Planting Seeds of Promise: Reaching, Teaching, and Engaging conference:

January 17 - 19, 2007
Belleview Biltmore Resort
25 Belleview Boulevard
Clearwater

Commissioner Winn will welcome attendees and introduce Robert Barr, Ph.D. and William Parrett, Ph.D. who are both nationally recognized for their work in the areas of at-risk youth, school improvement and alternative education. The general session will begin:

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Wednesday, January 17
Tiffany Ballroom

Calvin Mackie, Ph.D., professor, author and inventor will speak during the luncheon:

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 18
Tiffany Ballroom