At college access summit, education heavyweights will discuss Common Core standards, Florida policy and how the new curriculum approach will impact college and career readiness.

Tampa, FL — Already being rolled out in elementary schools, Common Core standards will be implemented statewide in the fall of 2014, as a part of a coordinated national effort to set benchmarks for college and workforce readiness. At the 2013 Florida College Access and Success Summit in Tampa on June 14, 2013, a distinguished group of panelists will share their insights on Florida policy trends tied to new Common Core standards and their potential impact on readying high school students for higher education and careers.

The early morning panel titled, “Common Core to College, Where are We?” will include Florida College System Chancellor Randall Hanna; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation program officer Scott Hill; K-12 Vice Chancellor Anna Shults and Florida College Access Network researcher Troy Miller. The panel will be moderated by John O’Connor, a public radio reporter with StateImpact Florida who has been covering Common Core issues for the past two years. The session takes place from 10:00am to 11:15am.

As head of the state’s 28 community- and state-colleges, Chancellor Randall Hanna brings a wealth of working knowledge about Florida’s most utilized higher education institutions. Scott Hill has developed extensive knowledge while helping several states institute K-12 standards-based reform and has served as California’s Undersecretary for the Office of Education and as an education advisor to the nation of Qatar. Former 2007 Indiana State Teacher of the Year, Anna Shults blends pragmatism with policy in her new role overseeing Common Core implementation for Florida schools chief Tony Bennett. Florida College Access Network policy analyst and researcher Troy Miller investigates effective policies that improve college access and success at the K-12 and postsecondary levels.

The Florida College Access and Success Summit takes place on Friday, June 14 from 7:15am to 2:30pm at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. It is open to leaders from all organizations and businesses interested in helping Florida increase the number of its residents who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025. To register, click here or visit and click on the summit banner.

Florida College Access Network receives support from the Florida Department of EducationHelios Education Foundation, Lumina Foundation and the University of South Florida.

For more information, please call communications specialist Casey Sanchez at (813) 974-8606 or by e-mail at

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