Just Read, Florida!
Just Read, Florida!
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"Reading is the foundation of all learning. Our children must learn to read well if they're to excel in life and achieve their dreams. The Just Read, Florida! Initiative is helping to ensure a brighter future for all the children in Florida."
Just Read, Florida! is the statewide reading initiative that prioritizes reading in Florida's public schools and among all the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. Just Read, Florida! is based on the latest reading research that includes emphasis on phonemic awareness (knowing that words are made up of sounds), phonics (the link between sounds and letters), vocabulary (what words mean and how to say them), fluency (the ability to read words accurately and quickly), and comprehension (the ability to understand what you read).
Charged with establishing reading as a core value in this state, Just Read, Florida! was launched in 2001 with the unequivocal goal of every child being able to read at or above grade level by the year 2012. With that goal in mind, Just Read, Florida! focuses on three main components:
EducatorsTo date, over 45,000 teachers statewide have attended Just Read, Florida! reading academies to learn the latest in scientifically based reading research. Federal and state grants initially provided for over 2,000 reading coaches in K-12 schools. Florida was awarded $300 million in Reading First funds from 2003-2009, the reading component of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. Reading First funding provided professional development, teacher materials, reading coaches, and classroom library improvement. Reading First in Florida impacted 45 school districts, 583 schools, 14,000 educators, and over 320,000 students.
The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) was established by Governor Jeb Bush in January, 2002. It is jointly administered at Florida State University by the Learning Systems Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences. FCRR conducts basic research on reading, reading growth, reading assessment, and reading instruction that will contribute to the scientific knowledge of reading and benefit students in Florida and throughout the nation. The center also disseminates information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade, conducts applied research that will have an immediate impact on policy and practices related to literacy instruction in Florida, and provides technical assistance to Florida's schools and to the State Department of Education for the improvement of literacy outcomes in students from pre-K through 12th grade.
In Florida, strengthening families is a top priority, beginning with a focus on family literacy. The Florida Family Literacy Initiative encourages families to learn together, with education that helps parents improve their competitiveness in the workplace and helps children start school ready to learn. By learning together, families keep each other motivated to perform.
Community & Corporate Involvement
One Book, One Community programs work to inspire whole communities to read the same book with the goal of promoting reading, sparking discussion, and building community.
Just Read, Families! provides information designed to help parents take an active role in reading with their children during the summer. The Just Read, Families! website offers parents the tools they need to nurture a reading-friendly environment at home. This campaign is a product of Just Read, Florida! partnerships with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Libraries and the Panhandle Area Education Consortium.