Opening General Session
Join us in the main ballroom as we kick off the Conference. Hear from various speakers including our opening keynote presenter, as we set the tone for your conference experience. This is one session you won’t want to miss.
Janna Peskett - Ignite Student Learning with a Growth Mindset
Why is it that some students work doggedly at a difficult task while others give up at the first sign of struggle? Student motivation and resilience is a result of a combination of effective learning strategies and a growth mindset, the belief that mastery can be achieved through effort. Research shows that our implicit beliefs about intelligence determine educational outcomes. Learn how to help adult learners and teachers change their mindsets to develop self-efficacy and resilience.
Janna Peskett began her career in education teaching mathematics to special education high school students, where she realized that, despite others’ expectations, anyone can achieve at high levels. She is Director of Digital Content and Curriculum Design at Mindset Works, where she oversees the creation of digital growth mindset curricula and resources.
Closing General Session & Florida Literacy Awards Luncheon
This banquet-style luncheon provides a great send-off on Friday afternoon. Join us as we celebrate the recipients of our Florida Literacy Awards, and take part in our raffle.
Rachel is the Executive Director of Welcoming America. Inspired by her family’s refugee story and by the worldwide movement of welcomers, Rachel works to create communities where all residents – including immigrants and refugees – can thrive and belong. Since joining the organization in 2011, she has served as the organization’s Deputy Director and in other senior leadership roles, helping grow Welcoming America from a nascent startup to an award-winning organization with a global footprint.
Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), as a regional director with the United Way of the National Capital Area and managing international development programs with Management Systems International (MSI). Ms. Peric holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Public Management from the University of Maryland..