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October 2, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education to Hold K-12 Conference and Innovation Fair

The Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation will co-host the 2007 K-12 Conference and Innovation Fair beginning on Tuesday in Orlando. The conference will focus on new approaches to improving student achievement, redesigning teacher compensation, and innovative secondary public school career, collegiate and magnet academies. Of particular interest will be the Innovation Fair on Wednesday, October 3 featuring model programs and academies at 46 schools from 18 districts.

The K-12 Conference and Innovation Fair will be held:

October 2-5, 2007
Caribe Royale Orlando
8101 World Center Drive

Tuesday, October 2
Conference Kickoff with Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg, Education Foundation Chairman Alan Levy, K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke and the 2008 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year Richard Ellenburg at:

5:00 p.m.
Caribbean V

Wednesday, October 3

Opening General Session
8:30 a.m.
Caribbean V

Innovation Fair
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Caribbean IV

Title I School Recognition
Twelve of Florida’s Title I schools will be recognized for their success in raising student achievement

2007 Turnaround Principal Recognition
Recognition of 57 school principals who have improved their school grade at least two letter grades in one year

Thursday, October 4:

General Session and Keynote Address by Dr. Theodore Hershberg
8:30 a.m.
Caribbean IV

Red Ribbon Certified Schools Recognition
Recognition of schools for their dedication to year-round substance use prevention and the health and academic achievement of their students

Friday, October 5

Closing General Session and Keynote address by Coach Ken Carter
11:45 a.m.
Caribbean IV

For more information about the K-12 Conference and Innovation Fair, please visit