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New Worlds Reading

New Worlds Reading Initiative

Teacher Professional Learning

The New Worlds Reading Initiative Teacher Professional Learning, created in partnership with the Florida Department of Education and the UF Lastinger Center for Learning, is a FREE professional development opportunity for Florida educators.

What is it?

  • Training and resources that connect the New Worlds Reading Initiative home book delivery program to classroom-based school literacy instruction
  • 1.5-day, in-person institute (breakfast, lunch and snacks provided)
    • Day 1: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Day 2: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Who is eligible?

  • K-5 classroom teachers in Florida’s public and charter schools
  • VPK lead teachers and aides who work at a VPK contracted provider

Why participate?

  • Receive a $450 stipend
  • Connect New Worlds Reading book delivery to classroom instruction 
  • Gain knowledge on the Science of Reading
  • Learn how to use children’s literature to teach the B.E.S.T. Standards
  • Improve student literacy outcomes

When does enrollment begin?

Enrollment has closed for this summer’s sessions. Thank you to everyone who completed our interest form!

We will be sharing more information, including locations and event details, via email with eligible participants.

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Where are the sessions held?

Sessions are scheduled in counties across the state and organized into VPK – K, 1 – 2 and 3 – 5 grade bands. Each school district has been assigned a regional location. See the flyer below to check which region you’re in!


June 4 & 5


June 4 & 5


June 6 & 7
July 16 & 17


June 27 & 28


July 8 & 9
July 10 & 11
July 16 & 17

If you want to receive direct communication about our programs, including updates or enrollment notifications, please fill out the Program Interest Form form below!

Learn more about: New Worlds Reading