Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

Who is the lead administrator of the New Worlds Reading Initiative?

The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning has been designated by the Florida Department of Education as the lead administrator of the New Worlds Reading Initiative. The UF Lastinger Center is a registered Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO) and is eligible to accept tax credit contributions to support the initiative.

What is the contact information for the New Worlds Reading Initiative?

The contact email for the New Worlds Reading Initiative is new.worlds@coe.ufl.edu. Interested individuals can sign up to receive additional information about the program on the homepage at www.newworldsreading.com

ELIGIBILITY

What students are eligible to participate in the New Worlds Reading Initiative (NWRI)?

Public and charter school students in kindergarten through fifth grade may be eligible based on the following criteria:

Kindergarten-Grade 3: Any student who has been identified as having a substantial deficiency in reading if any of the following criteria are met in accordance with Rule 6A-6.053 subsection 12:
The student scores at the lowest achievement level/benchmark as identified by the publisher during a universal screening period, on an assessment listed in the district’s approved District K-12 Comprehensive Evidence-based Reading Plan;
The student scores at the lowest achievement level/benchmark as identified by the publisher during progress monitoring administration at any time during the school year, on an assessment listed in the district’s approved District K-12 Comprehensive Evidence-based Reading Plan; or
The student has demonstrated, through consecutive formative assessments or teacher observation data, minimum skill levels for reading competency in one or more of the areas of phonological awareness; phonics; vocabulary, including oral language skills; reading fluency; and reading comprehension.

Grades 4-5: Any student who scored either a Level 1 or Level 2 on the prior school year’s English Language Arts Florida Standards Assessment or meets any of the three criteria outlined above for identification of a substantial deficiency in reading.

Can a student become ineligible for the New Worlds Reading Initiative?

A student remains eligible from the time they enroll in the New Worlds Reading Initiative until they complete fifth grade, even if their reading scores improve, unless they choose to opt out of the program.

Are students in private and charter schools eligible to participate in the program?

The program is currently only available to public and district-sponsored charter school students. Private school and home school students are not eligible.

ENROLLMENT

How do eligible students/families enroll to participate in the New Worlds Reading Initiative?

Eligible students can enroll at www.newworldsreading.com.

When does enrollment begin?

Enrollment is now open for eligible students.

What information will families have to provide when they enroll?

Parent/Caregiver Information: Name, Phone Number, Email Address
Student Information: Name, Date of Birth, Grade, School District, School
Shipment Address
Book Interests
Book Language Preference

How can a parent or caregiver change a student's enrollment information?

Please contact our customer service desk.

How can a parent or caregiver unenroll a student?

Please contact our customer service desk.

What information should the district collect internally for eligible students?

Student Name
School
Grade
Performance Data Indicating Eligibility

How will student information be protected?

As an institution within a public university, the UF Lastinger Center will abide by all rules and regulations regarding the security of personal student information.

How can a school be added to the enrollment form?

Please contact us at new.worlds@coe.ufl.edu with the name and district of the school and we will add it as soon as possible.

How can a district obtain enrollment data?

Please contact our customer service desk.

BOOK DELIVERY

How will the books be delivered to students?

The UF Lastinger Center will deliver books directly to students’ homes through the mail. If circumstances require an alternative delivery method, the UF Lastinger Center will work directly with the school and/or district to identify an alternate plan.

How will books be delivered to homeless/migrant/transient students?

If circumstances require an alternative delivery method, the UF Lastinger Center will work directly with the school and/or district to identify an alternate plan.

When will books start being delivered?

Book delivery will begin in December 2021.

How often will books be delivered?

Books will be delivered on a monthly basis from October through June each year. However, for this school year (2021-2022) delivery will begin in December 2021 and end in June 2022.

How many books will students receive?

Eligible students enrolled in the program will receive nine books each year, including the 2021-2022 school year. Students may receive more than one book in certain months to ensure receipt of nine books within the school year.

What kinds of books will be available?

Available books will include both fiction and nonfiction texts covering a wide variety of genres and topics to appeal to students’ interests. Books will be high-quality, age-appropriate and organized by grade and reading levels.

Will students and families get to choose their own books?

At this time, students/families will have the opportunity to select the genres and topics of books they would like to receive; however, they will not be able to request a specific book title. Each genre will include a number of books that represent a variety of topics, characters, settings, and stories.

Will books be available in languages other than English?

Yes, book titles will be available in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Will books be available in other formats (e.g., Braille) to accommodate exceptional learners?

We are working diligently to make this program as inclusive as possible. Alternative book formats will be offered as available with plans for continued expansion.

How will you determine the appropriate level of books for students?

Books are selected from the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards for each grade level. Additional titles are selected to meet the needs of students based on reading levels. Some titles will be selected that may be above the child’s reading level for caregivers to share with their children.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

What information/marketing materials are provided to school districts?

An initial marketing toolkit has been provided to school districts containing both hard copy and digital assets including, but not limited to:

Phone scripts for use with eligible families
Email and newsletter messaging to use when communicating with schools
Email and newsletter messaging for schools and teachers to use with families
Promotional Flyers
Social Media Assets

How will information be shared with schools?

The UF Lastinger Center is working with a New Worlds Reading Initiative Contact in each school district to disseminate information to schools. The Lastinger Center will also communicate directly with schools to provide marketing materials, troubleshoot enrollment processes, and assist on a case-by-case basis.

How will information be shared with families?

The UF Lastinger Center will communicate directly with families who enroll in the program. The UF Lastinger Center will also promote the program to families through social media campaigns, press events, traditional media outlets, and through community partners. Schools will be provided with an informational/marketing toolkit containing pre-packaged materials to share directly with families.

How can a district and/or school order additional promotional flyers?

Please contact us at new.worlds@coe.ufl.edu and provide the school name and number of flyers.

What happens if a school did not receive any flyers?

Please contact us at new.worlds@coe.ufl.edu and we can check our shipment tracking to determine whether flyers were ever sent to the school. If not, we will order flyers. If a shipment was sent, we will provide the tracking information to help the school locate the flyers.

Who should a reporter/journalist contact if they would like to interview a staff member?

CONTACT US

I’m a journalist who has questions about this program. Who should I contact?

Please contact media@newworldsreading.com for all media inquiries and/or requests.

Who do I contact if I have other questions or need support?

 

Contact us directly at New Worlds Reading

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