Florida’s ‘Teacher Talk’

Teacher Talk’s April episode takes a look at various summer reading programs, including “Find A Book” Florida and also offers an interview with our own Malbert Smith.  In the interview Dr. Smith covers a wide variety of topics, including how parents and educators  access to the Lexile measure, how to manage multiple measures, how Lexile measures can be used in and outside of the classroom, and how to use “Find A Book” without having a Lexile measure.  He also talks about the many resources available to both teachers and parents.

 Teacher Talk is hosted by The Florida Department of Education and was designed to communicate with Florida teachers about innovative approaches to education. Through this venue, they make numerous resources available to help with the day-to-day challenges of teaching. “Teacher Talk” airs monthly on the Florida Knowledge Network, the JustforTeachers website, iTunesU and the Florida Education Channel on Dish Network. Episodes air the second Tuesday of every month and re-run as time slots are available.

Be sure to take a look.

“Find a Book” at the Mall This Weekend

This weekend, two Simon Malls in Miami will host “Kidgits Book Blast” events, and MetaMetrics will be there to talk about Lexile measures and “Find a Book, Florida.”

 Each of the seven “Book Blast” events will feature a variety of activities, giveaways and guest speakers to promote the joys of reading. MetaMetrics will be onsite for the first two events—Dadeland Mall (Feb. 11) and The Falls (Feb. 12)—to answer questions about Lexile measures and demo the free “Find a Book, Florida” search tool. These initial events will also include author Lisa McCourt who will read her popular book, “I Love You, Stinky Face,” which has a Lexile measure of AD1290L. Other McCourt titles also have been measured and are available in “Find a Book, Florida.”

“Find a Book, Florida” is a joint effort between the Florida Department of Education and MetaMetrics. The Department relaunched the search tool last September to support year-round reading by allowing students to build their own book lists based on ability level (Lexile measure) and interests.

A two-week book drive will also commence at each “Book Blast” event. Families are encouraged to donate new or gently-used books at the malls’ Guest Services Desks for two weeks following the events. Donated books will be distributed to programs and schools near the malls in conjunction with the Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education’s “Just Read, Florida!” office.

“Kidgits Book Blast” events will be held at the following locations:

  • Dadeland Mall (Miami): Friday, February 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Falls (Miami): Saturday, February 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tyrone Square (St. Petersburg): Saturday, March 5, from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Melbourne Square (Melbourne): Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Miami International Mall (Miami): Saturday, March 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Coral Square (Coral Springs): Saturday, March 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Seminole Towne Center (Sanford): Saturday, March 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Families can sign up for the Kidgits Club for a membership fee of $5. Membership includes a number of benefits, like a membership card and T-shirt, scheduled entertainment and activities, discounts and a quarterly newsletter. For more information, visit www.simon.com/kidgits.

MetaMetrics is an educational measurement organization. Our renowned psychometric team develops scientific measures of student achievement that link assessment with targeted instruction to improve learning.