Every child deserves the opportunity to experience new worlds and achieve their full potential!
The New Worlds Reading Initiative is a FREE Florida literacy program that will:
- Mail a new book to each eligible enrolled K-5 grade student in Florida each month for free
- Help students build a personalized library based on their interests
- Provide families with practical, supporting materials that build reading confidence
- Reinforce the science of reading techniques used by highly trained reading teachers
- Support each student to successfully launch their reading skills and develop a love of reading
Thanks to the support and investment of the Florida Legislature, this statewide book delivery program is a collaborative effort with the Florida Department of Education, school districts, and other local and state organizations, and the University of Florida Lastinger Center. Don't miss the chance to discover more about the New Worlds Reading Initiative.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested individuals can sign up to receive additional information about the program on the homepage at www.newworldsreading.com
What students are eligible to participate in the New Worlds Reading Initiative?
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.
How do eligible students/families enroll to participate in the New Worlds Reading Initiative?
Eligible students will be able to enroll through an easy-to-use, secure portal located on the New Worlds Reading Initiative website. A QR code will be included in print and digital flyers to make access as streamlined as possible.
When does enrollment begin?
The enrollment portal is currently scheduled to open on October 11, 2021.
What information will families have to provide when they enroll?
- Parent Information: Name, Phone Number, Email Address
- Student Information: Name, Grade, School District, School
- Mailing Address
- Genre/Topic Preferences
- Book Language Preferences
What information should the district collect internally for eligible students?
- Student Name
- 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 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, some book titles will be available in Spanish. Books in additional languages and/or multiple languages will be included as available.
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?
The UF Lastinger Center’s team of literacy experts will work in consultation with the Department of Education and community literacy organizations to identify specific books for each grade level determined by Lexile level and topic area covered.
What information/marketing materials will be provided to school districts?
An initial marketing toolkit will be 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
When will marketing toolkits be available to districts and schools?
Initial marketing toolkits are anticipated to be sent to districts and schools during the first weeks of October. Additional marketing materials will be distributed to districts and schools in conjunction with a broader public relations campaign later in the school year.
How will information be shared with schools?
The UF Lastinger Center will work 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.
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To provide you and registered children services and information you request from us;
To improve the quality of experience when you interact with University of Florida services;
To send you a welcome e-mail and verify ownership of the e-mail address provided when you create an account and/or when you register a child;
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To analyze your requests and usage patterns so we may enhance and improve University of Florida services;
For benchmarking and research related purposes associated with the use and performance of Services; and
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We may collect, use, store, and transfer the following data in connection with providing you the University of Florida services you request:
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Registered Child’s name and delivery address;
Authorized Adult’s Email Address(es);
Registered Child’s Date of Birth;
Registered Child’s Gender;
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We only use personal data for the purposes for which we collect it, unless we reasonably determine we need to use it for additional reasons compatible with the original purpose. Please note we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent where such is required or permitted by law.
6. DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL DATA
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7. NON-PERSONAL DATA
The following are types of Non-Personal Data we may collect throughout Services, including through our Site:
b. Log Data. When you visit our Site, we automatically collect technical and statistical data about your visit, such as your browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data, the pages you visit and any search terms you use (“Log Data”). We will use and share Log Data for any purpose including industry analysis, demographic profiling, and other purposes.
c. Pixel Tags. We may use “Pixel Tags” (also referred to as clear gifs, web beacons, or web bugs). Pixel Tags are tiny graphic images with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies that are used to track online movements of users. In contrast to Cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Pixel Tags are embedded invisibly in web pages. Pixel Tags also allow us to send e-mail messages in a readable format, and they tell us whether e-mails have been opened to ensure that we are sending only messages that are of interest to our users. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to users. We do not tie the information gathered by Pixel Tags to personal data.
d. IP Address. We also collect your public IP address when you visit our Site. We may use your public IP address in order to determine whether certain requests are fraudulent or frivolous and we may automatically cross-reference your public IP address with your domain name (usually the domain name of your ISP or employer). Because you may be visiting our Site from your personal residence, your IP address and any associated domain name are treated as “Personal Network Information” instead of Personal Data. “Log Data” does not include Personal Network Information. Although such Personal Network Information may be used to administer and maintain Services, it is not shared with any third parties, except as described above in the sections titled “Third-Party Service Providers,” and “Other Disclosures.” Please note: depending on your jurisdiction your IP address may be considered personal data. In all such cases, it will be accordingly treated as such.
d. IP Address. We may use Non-Personal Data for any reason, including to: (i) administer our Site for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes; (ii) improve our Site to ensure content is presented in the manner most effective for you and for your device; (iii) allow you to participate in interactive features of our Site, when you choose to do so; (iv) as part of our efforts to keep our Site safe and secure.
8. AGGREGATED DATA
After removing any personally identifying information from within the set of Personal Data, Personal Network Information, and Log Data we collect from you, we may combine that information with information we collect from other users and customers (collectively the “Aggregated Data”) in order to improve the quality and value of our Services and to analyze and understand how our Site is used. We may share Aggregated Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling, and other purposes.
When you access or use Services, we automatically collect information about you, including:
a. Access Your Information. You can access any of the personal data that we collect online and maintain it either online or by requesting access from us at the e-mail or regular mail address specified in the Contacting Us section below. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information. You can correct factual errors in your personal data by sending us a request detailing the error and the factually correct information.
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Our privacy practices are consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). We do not intentionally collect personal data from visitors to our website who are under the age of 13, or from individuals who are not of the age of majority. If a child under the age of majority submits personal data to us and we learn that the personal data is the information of a minor child, we will attempt to delete the information as soon as possible. If you believe that we might have received any personal data from a minor, please contact us at the e-mail or physical address in the Contacting Us section below.
By registering a child for Services, you agree that we may collect, store, use, and process that child’s personal data for the purposes described herein. If we learn that a user is a minor, we will take reasonable measures to obtain consent by contacting the Authorized Adult, if possible, and shall, if consent cannot be or is not obtained, take reasonable measures to delete such information from our databases and not use such information for any purpose (except where necessary to protect the safety of the child or others as required by law). We will only ask for personal data that is reasonably necessary for the use of Services and will store such personal data for only as long as reasonably necessary to fulfill these purposes.
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a. General. You may modify the information you have provided to us at any time through your account. You can also opt-out of receiving marketing communications, deactivate, or delete your account at any time.
b. No Fee Usually Required. You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a $10 USD (or equivalent currency) fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive, or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.
c. What We May Need From You. When exercising your rights or otherwise assisting you, we may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity. This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
d. Time Limit to Respond. We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.
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We are concerned with safeguarding your information. We employ (and require our Service Providers to maintain) generally accepted standards of organizational, administrative, physical, procedural, and technological measures designed to protect your information from improper loss or misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction during processing. If you have any questions about the security of your personal data, you can contact us at the e-mail or regular mail address specified in the Contacting Us section below.
However, please note that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, although the University of Florida complies with its legal obligations in respect of the security of your personal data we cannot guarantee its absolute security. We take reasonable and industry standard measures to help protect your information from loss, theft, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
12. DATA RETENTION POLICY
a. General. The University of Florida, Inc. is committed to keeping personally identifiable information from New Worlds Reading Initiative participants for a limited time by adhering to a model that retains information only as long as necessary to allow for research and program reporting.
The University of Florida Access:
The full registration record is maintained for program administration, research and program reporting.
b. Aggregated Data. After removing any personally identifying information from within the set of personal data, we may combine that information with information we collect from other users and customers (collectively the “Aggregated Data”) in order to better understand and analyze Services. We may share Aggregated Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling, and other purposes.
14. CONTACT US
The University of Florida
Attn: Data Protection Officer
PO Box 117052
Gainesville, FL 32611
Consent for data usage
I hereby explicitly consent to allow the University of Florida to use the information provided herein for the purposes of participating in New World’s Reading Initiative book delivery program. To measure the benefits of this program we may create datasets with the information provided herein and share them with research and educational advancement partners. By checking the box and continuing this registration you expressly consent to the terms set forth herein.