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Friday, September 26, 2008

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Renowned Education Expert Kicks Off What’s Working Series

~ Meetings share national best practices for Florida’s education system ~

TAMPA – Education Trust President, Kati Haycock, will kick off the Department of Education’s (DOE) new What’s Working meeting series Monday with a comprehensive presentation on Florida’s education system. Ms. Haycock will speak on the importance of alignment between secondary and postsecondary institutions, the significance of access to accelerated learning opportunities in high school, and compare education in Florida to national trends.

“The What’s Working series is the perfect venue to bring stakeholders together to share ideas on increasing the academic performance of our students,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “We are honored to have such a distinguished national education expert provide us with feedback on ways we can further enhance education in Florida.”

Ms. Haycock is one of the nation’s leading child advocates in the field of education, having served as Executive Vice President of the Children’s Defense Fund, President of The Achievement Council, and Director of the Outreach and Student Affirmative Action programs for the nine-campus University of California system.

The meeting will be held:

Monday, September 29
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tampa Airport Marriott
Hillsborough Grand Ballroom East

To view a live webcast of the meeting, visit

Hosted by the DOE, What’s Working is a series of meetings designed to inform education policy makers (such as district school superintendents; community college, state college, and state university system presidents; legislators and legislative staff; business stakeholders; State Board of Education members; and DOE staff), of current education trends and promote an open discussion of new methods for achieving greater academic success in Florida’s teaching institutions. Two additional What’s Working meetings are being planned for this winter that will focus specifically on the subjects of reading and mathematics.