Florida Literacy Coalition

Florida Literacy Awards Recognizes Outstanding Contributors to Literacy

LogoThe Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) hosted its 30th Annual Literacy Conference May 7-9 at the Hilton Daytona Beach. The three-day Conference provided over 70 training and professional development sessions for adult literacy tutors, teachers, and program administrators across the state. Byron Pitts, the Chief National Correspondent at ABC News, spoke at the opening general session and shared his struggles with literacy as a young man. During that event, Florida Blue announced the continuation of the Florida Health Literacy Initiative grant program with FLC and this year’s award winners. Wells Fargo introduced a new partnership with FLC to provide mini grants to local organizations to integrate financial education into adult education, literacy and family literacy programs.

Florida Literacy Coalition Announces Annual State Literacy Award Winners

LogoThe Florida Literacy Coalition recently recognized two organizations and three individuals for their commitment and dedication to increasing adult and family literacy in the state of Florida. The awards were presented at a special banquet held during the annual Florida Literacy Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Florida Literacy Conference to Be Held in St. Petersburg May 9-11

LogoThe Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) will be hosting the 28th Annual Florida Literacy Conference next week at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

Florida Literacy Coalition Receives National Health Literacy Award

LogoThe Florida Literacy Coalition was recently presented with the United States Conference of Adult Literacy’s (USCAL) Award for Program Innovation and Collaboration for the development of the Florida Health Literacy Initiative.

Celebrate September as Family Literacy Month

LogoFlorida Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation recognizing September as Florida Literacy Month. The fifth annual Florida Literacy Month will be celebrated in conjunction with International Literacy Day on Sept. 8 and National Library Card Signup Month. Florida’s First Lady, Ann Scott, will celebrate International Literacy Day at an event at the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park to conclude her Summer Literacy Adventure. This September 8 event is collaboration between Florida State Parks, the Department of Education and the Department of State.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the Florida Literacy Coalition Award Health Literacy Grants

LogoEighteen Florida adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and family literacy programs were recently awarded one-year grants of up to $5,000 each to support the development of local health literacy programs.

Health Literacy Grants Available to Literacy Organizations in Florida

LogoGrant proposals are being accepted for the third year of the Florida Health Literacy Initiative. The Florida Health Literacy Initiative is a partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) and the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC). This Initiative works to provide health-education resources for local adults in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and family literacy programs so that students make informed choices about their health and nutrition. The cornerstone of this three-year statewide initiative is a mini-grants program that will award twenty grants of $5,000 each in May 2011.

Florida Literacy Coalition Receives 2010 National Health Literacy Innovator Award

LogoThe Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) is pleased to announce that its health literacy curriculum, Women’s Health: A Special Addition to Staying Healthy, received the 1st place award for Reads-Easy™ in the National Health Literacy Innovators contest.

Florida Literacy Coalition Announces Annual Literacy Conference Keynote Speakers

LogoThe Florida Literacy Coalition announces two esteemed keynote speakers will highlight the organization’s 26th Annual Florida Literacy Conference, May 5-7, on Captiva Island.

Learning to Read Is Often Harder Than It Appears in Precious

LogoWith six Oscar nominations recently announced Precious, the movie based on the novel Push by Sapphire, is again in the headlines. However, Monica Baxley, an adult learner, wants people to know that learning to read can be much more difficult than it appears in Precious. Monica, who learned to read as an adult and then went on to get her GED, says, “Everybody learns at a different rate and it can take some people much longer to reach their goals.”