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.

Florida Helping Students Find the Right Books Year-Round

This school year, the Florida Department of Education wants all students to read more. Building on the success of adding “Find a Book” to its recent summer reading program, Florida students again are being encouraged to use the free search utility to help them match up with exciting books based on their own interests and reading ability.

According to Florida Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric Smith, “…reading can help students explore exciting realms from the comfort of their homes or public libraries. Our partnership with the Department of State and MetaMetrics® to utilize the ‘Find a Book’ tool allows us to use students’ interests as the catalyst to take reading beyond the classroom walls and into their daily lives.” (more…)

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.