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Director of Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Selected for Leadership Florida Education Program

October 10, 2018
SARASOTA, FL (Oct. 10, 2018) - Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for The Patterson Foundation, has been selected for Leadership Florida Education Class IV. As a part of Leadership Florida’s Education Program, Duda will work with educational leaders throughout the state to address challenges and increase opportunities with the goal of making Florida the number one state in the country for public education.

The Leadership Florida Education Program is focused on bringing together accomplished educational leaders who are dedicated to sharing their ideas and individual strengths with the intent of bettering Florida’s K-12 public schools. Leaders include superintendents, school board members, principals, teachers, state education department professionals, education foundation representatives, association leaders, business partners, and other public officials. Over the course of eight months, Leadership Florida’s Education Class IV will attend collaborative sessions providing an extensive background of K-12 education from international, national and statewide perspectives.

Duda began working with The Patterson Foundation when she directed the community dedication of Patriot Plaza, the ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery. She now works as the director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a communitywide effort in Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties that works to ensure reading proficiency among students by the time they finish third grade. The Campaign focuses on delivering the essential support and resources children need to achieve reading proficiency and build a foundation for future academic success. As director, Duda works closely with collaborative partners from multiple sectors, including foundations, people, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to connect with leaders in our state’s education system as we explore innovations creating tangible impact throughout Florida,” said Duda. “My experience with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, in particular, has illustrated how much can be accomplished when multiple sectors join together in working toward a common solution. This emphasis on cross-sector collaboration is one of the Leadership Florida Education Program’s hallmarks, and I look forward to the new possibilities this experience will open up for our children.”

Prior to her work with The Patterson Foundation, Duda worked with thousands of elementary, middle and high school students as the director of education at Florida Studio Theatre. She is an award-winning playwright and educator who has performed for thousands of school-aged children. With more than 20 years of experience in arts education, her creative and meaningful approach to educating has positioned her as an inspirational leader in the community.

The Leadership Florida Education Program is an extension of Leadership Florida, a statewide community of leaders who are committed to working together to educate and inspire each other to better their local communities, as well as the state of Florida. The nonpartisan organization provides meaningful networking opportunities for its more than 800 members, such as forums, workshops, and professional programs.

To learn more about Leadership Florida’s Education Program, please visit www.leadershipflorida.org.  Visit www.thepattersonfoundation.org and gradelevelreadingsuncoast.net for more information on The Patterson Foundation and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit www.thepattersonfoundation.org and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.


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