For the past decade tens of thousands of teachers statewide have attended Just Read, Florida! reading academies, coach academies, statewide and regional conferences and face-to-face professional development 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. Currently, the Florida legislature funds reading instruction, literacy coaches and instructional supports through the K-12 Comprehensive Research-Based Reading Plan. With the ever constant mission of training and developing teachers, the Just Read, Florida! office continues to offer professional development via webinars, online trainings, regional and district face-to-face trainings.
Questions regarding student assessments should be directed to the Bureau of K-12 Student Assessment.
Florida Standards Implementation Guide
The Florida Standards Implementation guide is designed to assist educators in planning standards-based instruction while incorporating the three English Language Arts shifts of the Florida Standards. Within this guide, each standard is spiraled to show vertical progression. Located in the appendix/resources section, planning tools around academic vocabulary, content complexity, text complexity and progression charts are available.
- Elementary Reading/Literacy Block Reboot! Presented at the 2016 FRA Conference October 21, 2016 (PDF)
Elementary Grade Levels
The Key Sounds of English
This video models correct pronunciation of 44 phonemes and four blends of the English language and may be helpful to teachers as they work with letter-sound correlation with their students.
- K-2 Progress Monitoring Resources (PDF)
Center on Instruction
The Center on Instruction offers materials and resources on reading that help educators improve reading outcomes for students in grades K-12, prevent reading difficulties from developing in the early grades as a solution to the problem of struggling readers in middle and high school, and meet instructional challenges of diversity in students’ ability and readiness for learning to read. Here are a few examples of the resources that may be found on the Center on Instruction website.
Teaching All Students to Read in Elementary School: A Guide for Principals
This quick start guide for elementary school-level instructional leaders is based on scientific research on reading and reading instruction as well as on studies of successful schools and interviews with successful principals. It includes critical elements of an effective reading program in elementary school, critical tasks for principals as literacy leaders, and special considerations for reading instruction after third grade.
Differentiated Reading Instruction: Small Group Alternative Lesson Structures for All Students
This document was prepared to provide guidance to Reading First Coaches and Teachers regarding alternative lesson structures for providing small group, differentiated instruction to students in grades K-3 within Reading First schools in Florida.
Empowering Teachers is an online resource for kindergarten and first grade teachers on the building blocks of reading. Teachers will find information on how to measure the reading skills of students and use assessment results to provide differentiated instruction based on student needs. This tool will empower teachers to make sound instructional decisions to improve reading outcomes.
FCRR: Student Center Activities, Grades K-5
During 2004-2007, Just Read, Florida! funded the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) to create student center activities for use in kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. These materials have been distributed to all elementary schools in the state of Florida, and also can be accessed online. Accompanying these activities is a Teacher Resource Guide and Professional Development DVD that offers important insights on differentiated instruction and how to use the student center materials.
Literacy Essentials and Reading Network (LEaRN)
LEaRN is a website for principals, reading coaches, and classroom teachers to access scientifically based reading instruction being implemented in a classroom through video clippings. Educators will also have the opportunity to view actual live commentary by reading experts. LEaRN focuses on the practice of teaching reading, on information and visible teaching examples that are directly applicable to classroom activities. The objective of LEaRN is to provide users with a comprehensive, applied tool that provides scientifically research-based information and best practices on reading instruction.
The Source: A Curriculum Guide for Reading Mentors (PDF)
Whether reading mentors or classroom teachers, this curriculum is a great guide that includes an overview of current reading research and weekly lessons for intermediate struggling readers.
Secondary Grade Levels
- Information about Career And Technical Education Reading (CATER) (PDF)
- Literacy League: Podcasts Now Available
Other Professional Resources
- BEESS Portal to Professional Development Alternatives
- Information on becoming a certified teacher in Florida
- International Literacy Association
- Florida Association for Media in Education
- Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE)
- Florida Literacy Association
- Florida Book Awards
Studies & Research
National Reading Panel
Reviewing over 100,000 studies on reading, The National Reading Panel (NRP) found five components essential to a child's learning to read: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
Florida Center for Reading Research
The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) disseminates information about research-based practices related to reading instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade. They also conduct basic research on reading, reading growth, reading assessment, and reading instruction that will contribute to the scientific knowledge of reading.