The FloridaLearns Foundation and PAEC Present:

46th Annual Leadership Conference

Wyndham Bay Point Resort ~ Panama City Beach, Florida | Click Here for Directions

Featured Speakers

Dr. Janet Allen

Dr. Janet Allen

Janet Allen is an international consultant recognized for her literacy work. She is the author of numerous professional books:Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary 4-12; Tools for Teaching Content Literacy;More Tools for Teaching Content Literacy; On the Same Page: Shared Reading Beyond the Primary Grades; Yellow Brick Roads: Shared and Guided Paths to Independent Reading; and, Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 (Stenhouse Publishers); It's Never Too Late: Leading Adolescents to Lifelong Literacy (Heinemann); and co-author ofThere's Room for Me Here: Literacy Workshop in the Middle School (Stenhouse); The Scholastic Read-Aloud Anthology (Scholastic); and,Reading History (Oxford University Press). She is the editor of the collection, Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with End-of-Life Issues (Greenwood).

Janet's other writing includes diverse contributions to the profession. She has also written numerous professional articles and chapters in texts related to young adult literature, teaching reading and writing, and vocabulary instruction. For three years, Janet wrote a continuing column in Voices from the Middle, "The Word Market." In addition, she has written a children's picture book, Best Little Wingman (Boyds Mills Press). Keynotes from Janet's four-day It's Never Too Late literacy institutes have been recorded in a collection entitled Re-Imagining Reading (Stenhouse Publishers).

Janet is a senior program consultant for Holt McDougal Literature 6-12. In addition, she has authored a comprehensive audio-assisted literacy program: Plugged-in to Reading and Plugged-in to Nonfiction for grades 3-12 (Triumph Learning).

Janet taught high school reading and English in northern Maine from 1972 until 1992 when she relocated to Florida to teach English and reading education courses at the University of Central Florida. During her tenure at UCF, she directed the Central Florida Writing Project and assisted in the creation of the Orange County Literacy Project. Janet left her position at UCF to spend her time researching, writing, speaking, and conducting seminars and content literacy institutes across the country. Dr. Allen has received several teaching awards including the Milken Foundation's National Educator Award.

July 17, 2013 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Keynote Presentation
The Ripple Effect: Building Common Ground with the Common Core
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM July 17th

The Common Core State Standards seem to have taken on their own momentum. From Common Core Conferences to Common Core professional books and journal articles, we have been inundated with professional development, products for curriculum, and promises of unparalleled academic success. But, what would it really take to support students and teachers in learning that would lead to this success? Join us to explore four critical characteristics of effective teaching that should form the foundation to meet the learning outcomes in the Common Core State Standards.

July 17, 2013 1:45 PM—2:45 PM If We Could Just Bottle That! What Do Effective School Leaders Do Differently?

There are hundreds of studies that detail the impact of effective teachers on students’ learning. With all the initiatives to distill teaching into checklists and observable actions that characterize a teacher as “highly effective,” it can be difficult to know what to look for when you go into a classroom. Once the checklists are completed, it is even more challenging to know how to provide the professional development each teacher would need to become increasingly more effective. This workshop will focus on effective teaching actions and what you as an administrator can do to help each teacher maximize his or her impact.

Dr. Mark Wilson

Dr. Mark Wilson

Leading up to his recognition as National Principal of the Year (2009), Dr. Wilson spent the better part of two decades bringing groups of people together, inspiring them to action, and leading them to success. He has served in education as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal, working at both the middle school and high school levels. Through this process Dr. Wilson has seen his responsibilities grow and his commitments increase, however, he has never lost touch with his passion and deep mission to produce not only good students but, perhaps even more importantly, responsible and caring citizens. He has always led by example, continuing to serve his students and staff as a classroom instructor throughout his illustrious career.

Dr. Wilson continues to share his inspirational journey from years of hard work to nationally-acclaimed administrator through powerful keynote addresses, insightful workshops and school/district consulting. His presentations inspire, educate, and challenge audiences to develop cultures within the four walls of schools that are meaningful and rewarding for all involved in the process.

Mark has served as the President of the Georgia Association of Education Leaders (GAEL), the umbrella organization for educational leadership in the state. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP).

For several years, Dr. Wilson has been an invited speaker at national conferences, been a panelist on numerous forums, and served on dozens of statewide committees. He has been a frequent guest on "The Takeaway", a national radio show, been published in Principal Leadership, and keynoted at many business and leadership conferences.

As principal, Dr. Wilson has found a way to connect passion to service and success. His expertise in school culture and climate has led him to work with hundreds of educators who have visited his school, or in schools he has visited. It is Mark's goal to carry that experience and vision to as many people and places as possible!

July 17, 2013 12:45 PM—1:45 PM
Keynote Presentation
Uncommon Leadership for the Common Core

Never before in our country's history have we engaged in the level of national collaboration in education as we have with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards. As we implement the standards, school administrators are the key to success. In this address, 2009 National High School Principal of the Year Mark Wilson will share the importance of the school leader in making this implementation successful, as well as describe the unique nature of this national effort. To be successful, it will take a high level of leadership in schools across Florida and across the nation.

July 17, 2013
3:00 PM—4:00 PM

How to Bring About Change (When Change Seems Hard to Bring)

You know the what about change, but do you know the how? Leaders who know how to successfully bring about change are able to thrive during times of transformation. Unfortunately for most school administrators, there's precious little professional development about the skills needed to lead others through change. The sort of change that we're facing now in education requires knowledgeable practitioners who are equally skillful in behavior modification. In this session we'll focus on the essential questions of changing the habits and behaviors of the adults in your charge. What are the tools you're using to lead change? During this interactive session, we'll break it down and look at specific actions you can take to be the change leader you can be!

Jones Loflin

Jones Loflin

Involve yourself in a presentation by Jones Loflin and you will quickly learn why he has become one of the most respected names in helping individuals and organizations deal with the challenges facing them today. His gift of communication combined with his wit and enthusiasm make for programs that are illuminating and unforgettable.

Clients are drawn to Jones because of his unique ability to develop and deliver practical programs that specifically address the complex needs of an organization. His strength is in providing simple strategies that enable individuals and organizations to pursue their goals with confidence and clarity. It's no wonder that the most frequent comment heard by a meeting planner or a member of the Human Resources team after a presentation by Jones is "This is exactly what we needed!"

Drawing on skills honed as an educator, business owner, and speaker, Jones has created and conducted training programs for groups ranging from international corporations and trade associations to governmental agencies and educational institutions. Jones' insightful programs make an impact instead of an impression because they regularly include the use of humor, powerful examples and frequent audience involvement. His client list includes Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Bridgestone, US Airways, Siemens International, Federal Express, The US Navy and a host of other international business and education-related organizations.

In addition to his success as a speaker, Jones is an accomplished writer. His latest book, Getting the Blue Ribbon, offers a powerfully practical way to get better results in times of change. He is co-author of the award-winning book, Juggling Elephants, which is available in the US and in over 12 foreign countries. Jones' first book, Prime Rib or Potted Meat?, is a humorous and thought-provoking collection of his ideas on getting more out of life. Jones is also a member of the American Society of Training and Development and National Speakers Association.

July 18, 2013 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Keynote Presentation
Building The Bridge To Better Results

One of the core principles we seek to deliver to our students is that no significant accomplishment comes without hard work. Why is it then, that we so often fail to follow that same timeless principle in planning for a new school year or even achieving our own personal goals? Jones Loflin, an award-winning author and our luncheon speaker today, would say it’s because we have forgotten how to be intentional. In this humorous and thought-provoking presentation, prepare to take a metaphorical journey through the process used to create award-winning apples, and see how these same strategies are “ripe” to help you “harvest” better results in your work and life this year.

9:45 AM—10:45 AM
Managing the Four Most Dangerous Distractions in your Workday

With the ever-increasing demands being placed on you as an educator, the last thing you need is something draining your physical, emotional and mental energy. Unfortunately, you make decisions and take actions every day that do sabotage your ability to be focused on the right task at the right moment. Expect to leave this engaging session with a long list of strategies and tips you can take to minimize the impact of four key distractions you face every day: Technology, Mental Monsters, Health and Expectations. Jones Loflin, our luncheon speaker and author of Juggling Elephants and Getting to It will be delivering this timely session.

Dr. Joseph G. Joyner

Dr. Joseph G. Joyner

Dr. Joseph G. Joyner has been Superintendent of Schools for the St. Johns County School District since July 1, 2003. He is the third appointed superintendent of one of the most rapidly growing school districts in the state and the nation.

The St. Johns County School District is one of only 10 school districts in the state to earn an "A" for the past eight years. High school graduates rank second in the state in readiness for college and the district's most recent school accountability scores were the highest in the state. For three consecutive years, the school district has also been the highest performing in the state.

Other accomplishments include continually ranking among the top districts in the state in the percentage of money spent on the classroom and creating nationally recognized high school academies. The Superintendent also initiated the first Pursuing Victory with Honor program in the state which incorporates character education into athletic programs.

In 2007-08 Dr. Joyner served as President of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADDS) and continues to serve on their board. In 2007 he received one of two Superintendent of the Year Awards from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. The following year he was selected as the Florida Superintendent of the Year by FADDS.

Dr. Joyner is very involved in the community and received the 2009 Gus Craig Award from the Salvation Army in recognition of his community service. He serves on the boards of the American Cancer Society, PACT Prevention Coalition, the St. Johns County Education Foundation, St. Francis House and United Way. He is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Historic St. Augustine.

Dr. Joyner attended Florida State University on a football scholarship and holds master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Central Florida. He was selected as a UCF Outstanding Alumnus for 2005 and as an Alumnus of the Decade in 2007.

July 18, 2013 8:45 AM—9:45 AM
Keynote Presentation
Servant Leadership

Dr. Joyner will outline the essential skills in leading a school or district with character. The 10 characteristics of a servant leader will serve as the building blocks for an effective leader.

FloridaLearns Foundation, Inc.
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium