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Friday, April 12, 2013

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Common Core Focus of Statewide Meeting

- K-12 and Florida College System educators strategize on transitioning to Common Core -

Gainesville, Fla., April 12, 2013 - More than 200 K-12 and Florida College System educators and administrators have gathered for the 8th annual Connections Conference at Santa Fe College in Gainesville to discuss Florida's transition to the Common Core. This marks the second time the K-12 community has been involved in Connections and the first time the conference has focused on Common Core.

"The Florida College System embraces Common Core and what it means for college and career readiness," said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. "We stand ready to help the next generation of educators deliver Common Core instruction and look forward to collaborating with our public school colleagues to ensure successful implementation."

The theme of the two-day conference is "Focus on the Future." With a mix of speakers from Florida and breakout sessions on Common Core and developmental education topics, the conference will provide meaningful and timely coverage on current trends in college and career readiness. Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett opened the conference as the keynote speaker.

"Florida's students deserve a high-quality education that prepares them for college and career success," said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. "Transition to Common Core will provide deep mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary for college. It is important our schools and colleges work together to ensure a seamless transition to the new standards."

For more information, visit Connections Conference.