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  • History panel to discuss African American Education in Lake County
    MOUNT DORA — The Lake County Historical Society will host a panel discussion on “African American Education in Lake County from 1886 to 1970.” Vivan Owens, author of the book, The Mount Dorans: African American History Notes of a Florida Town, will moderate the free discussion on Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the W.T. Bland Library in Mount Dora. The public is invited to attend. 

    Highlights will include the earliest schools for African Americans in Lake County, including the Rosenwald schools built in the 1920s; how teachers led their classes with limited financial resources; pitfalls during early integration attempts, and the closings of African American schools in 1970 as integration began.

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  • Gov. Scott Presents Shine Awards to Nine Reading and English Educators
    TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott recently recognized nine outstanding educators – including one from Lake County -- for their contributions to education with the Governor's Shine Awards.

    In conjunction with 2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, which is being recognized January 26 - 30, Scott honored teachers who specialize in the fields of reading and English language arts. Each year, Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! brings together education leaders and volunteers to promote the importance of literacy. This year’s theme, “Reading Accelerates Success,” connects the value of literacy with careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    Lake County’s honoree was Anjanette McGregor, a teacher at Tavares High School. She entered the teaching profession 11 years ago. She began her teaching career in Monroe County and then relocated to Lake County where she teaches high school intensive reading and English language arts. She works diligently to keep all teachers abreast on the new standards, including innovative ways to implement those standards to increase student engagement and success. McGregor is currently working on a community education project that will focus on the intricacies of education policy with the goal of increasing parental and community involvement.

    The other honorees were from schools in Okaloosa, Orange, Alachua, Leon, Hernando, Hillsborough and Marion counties.

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  •  Summer Literacy Adventure

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