The UF Lastinger Center for Learning is partnering with education leaders statewide to implement this innovative literacy program, established in law by the Florida Legislature through House Bill 3.
In a news release from July 22, Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, stated, “We cannot overstate the profound impact teaching a child to read will have on their future success. Not only do we open them up to new worlds and ideas, we give them the tools to expand their imagination, foster their curiosity and ultimately chart their own destiny.”
This program promotes ongoing, positive connections among families, schools and communities around a shared mission that all children learn and love to read. Through strategic school and community partnerships, hundreds of thousands of eligible students will have the chance to build personalized libraries that reflect their unique interests and backgrounds. Titles may include, and “I Am Enough,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and “Hidden Figures,” based on the Florida Department of Education booklist embedded within the B.E.S.T. Standards.
“It’s critically important for Florida’s children to develop reading skills at an early age for them to be successful at school and in society,” said the bill’s sponsor Representative Dana Trabulsy, R-Fort Piece. “Through the New Worlds Reading Initiative, we give students and parents books and resources to partner with teachers and schools in achieving literacy goals.”
For more information regarding the New Worlds Reading Initiative, please visit newworldsreading.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.