LLI Florida celebrates lower school teachers who continually hone their practice of quality student-centered learning. Many teacher conferences today focus on the needs of secondary school students.

From project based learning to social and emotional responses, LLI Florida will help transform you and your school to develop powerful future scholars. Join the first conference dedicated to primary age children.

What is LLI Florida

LLI Florida is a two-day professional development conference that is designed for teachers to share their practical classroom skills with other teachers in the Gulf region. Featuring fishbowl classrooms, active learning sessions, and collaborative events, LLI Florida is the new generation of authentic, effective teacher training.

Fishbowl Classrooms

LLI Florida provides model classroom experience where expert teachers demonstrate active learning for conference attendees. Simply the most authentic PD available anywhere!

Active Learning Workshops

Active learning workshops follows LLI's mission of promoting student-centered learning by reducing the amount of lecture and creating hands-on learning that create artifacts for classrooms, not just ideas to research later.

Teachers Teaching Teachers

LLI Florida will feature teachers from around the region explaining and demonstrating their best classroom practices. Authentic training from people who use these skills everyday!

Why LLI Florida?

Observable classroom practices with expert teachers

LLI Florida will feature model "fishbowl" classrooms where teachers not only talk about their skills, but show them live to attendees with students from MCDS. Simply the most authentic professional development possible at a conference.

Active learning for all learners

Active learning sessions mean that we practice what we preach. Presenters are asked to limit the Powerpoint time and develop hands-on strategies for session attendees. The gives time to create plans and artifacts with an expert guide instead of leaving the heavy lifting for later. You are guaranteed to have three or four actionable items to use on day one.

Building future learners

LLI Florida is one the first student-centered conference to focus exclusively on early and elementary education. Exploring practical strategies and practices for lower school classrooms, LLI Florida will empower teachers to create 22nd century learners.

Locally sourced collaborative learning

LLI Florida is focused on providing the best student-centered learning strategies from the best teachers in the area. Practical techniques and passionate learning create powerful networks of educators from right down the street, giving you the support you need to help transform schools.


Discover session times, topics, and teacher experts. Download the LLI app to create your own schedule


Individual - $ 375

Group 5+ - $ 300/per

Presenter - $150


Special hotel discounts for LLI Florida attendees

Best Western Plus Windsor Inn - $184/night (seasonal)

Call 305-391-7350 and mention "LLI Florida" for 10% off at Best Western Plus Windsor Inn!

The Vagabond - $162/night

Type in code "LLIFL" for 10% off at The Vagabond

Keynote Speaker and Featured Guest

Keynote Speaker

Yong Zhao
Foundation Distinguished Professor
School of Education, University of Kansas

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia as well as a Global Chair at the University of Bath, UK. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes (2016)Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012).

Featured Guest

John Hunter
Founder and Executive Director
World Peace Game Foundation

A native Virginian, graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, and founder and executive director of the World Peace Game Foundation, John Hunter is an award-winning gifted-education teacher and educational consultant who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. During a three-decade career as a public school teacher, Hunter has combined his teaching and artistic talents to develop unique teaching programs including the World Peace Game.

During his university years, he traveled and studied comparative religions and philosophy throughout Japan, India and China. It was while in India that Hunter, intrigued by the principles of non-violence and Gandhian thought, began to think of how his profession might contribute to peace in the world.

Knowing that ignoring violence would not make it go away, how could he teach peace in an often-violent world? Accepting the reality of violence, he would seek to incorporate ways to explore harmony in various situations. This exploration would take form in the framework of a game – something that students would enjoy. Within the game data space, they would be challenged, while enhancing collaborative and communication skills.


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