Orlando, FL–This week, over 450 online teachers from across Florida and 19 other states will converge on St. Augustine’s World Golf Village for the 9th annual Florida Virtual School (FLVS) conference where they will attend intensive professional development seminars and discussions on effective online teaching strategies. Headlining the FLVS conference are three nationally recognized inspirational speakers — LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. founder Michael Wood, renowned surgeon Dr. James “Butch” Rosser, and former FSU football star and author Scott Burrows. Each will share their stories of how commitment, innovation and vision have helped them achieve their goals and positively impact others.

“For years, we have challenged the status quo in education because we believe more can be done to support the needs of students. Every year, we strive to draw upon lessons learned from other innovators and work to apply them to how we approach our mission,” said FLVS President and CEO Julie Young. “Every teacher at FLVS plays in important part in ensuring students receive a quality education that will help them develop the skills, gain the knowledge and have educational experiences necessary to succeed in college, the workplace and life. By gathering insights from other industry leaders, FLVS teachers can explore and engage new strategies to achieve greater academic excellence.”

The three keynote speakers will address how technology, innovation and commitment have lead to great personal and professional successes. Michael Wood, founder and former CEO of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., will talk about merging technology and education. Mr. Wood will discuss how his personal quest to assist his son in learning phonics led to the creation of LeapFrog Enterprises, now one of the top educational brands among parents and consumers. Dr. James “Butch” Rosser, MD FACS, Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of Advanced Medical Technology Institute of Beth Israel Hospital, will discuss the two key topics. First, Dr. Rosser will share the importance of leveraging technology to reach remote locations. Then he will reveal ongoing research about the effects of video game skills on laparoscopic surgical proficiency and the impact of gaming on healthcare. Former FSU football star and accomplished author Scott Burrows will talk about overcoming seemingly impossible challenges to achieve success.

The FLVS annual conference will cover a range of topics including a strand on emerging technologies–edutainment–used in online learning, such as podcasting, streaming video, new online content, online collaboration tools, and gaming technologies for education. FLVS will hold sessions about public policies impacting virtual education and education in general, including the new A++ plan and growing home school marketplace. The conference will also offer a number of sessions focusing on professional development and leadership issues to equip teachers with new strategies on improved student engagement and current research about effective teaching strategies.

For additional information about the FLVS annual conference, including a schedule or information about attending, please contact Jodie Pozo-Olano at 804/986-6911. General information about FLVS can be found on the website (www.flvs.net).

About Florida Virtual School Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students throughout the country. A nationally recognized e-Learning model, FLVS founded in 1997 was the country’s first, state-wide Internet-based public high school. Today, FLVS serves middle and high school students with more than 80 courses. FLVS is governed by an independent educational entity with a gubernatorial appointed board and is the only public school where funding is tied directly to student performance. Additional information can be found at www.flvs.net.

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