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Shaunté Duggins - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Shaunté Duggins

Associate Director | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Shaunté Duggins focuses on early literacy, teacher education, and professional development, particularly in high-poverty schools.


Shaunté Duggins is the associate director for the New Worlds Reading Initiative at the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning. New Worlds Reading is a state-wide at-home literacy program to help eligible VPK through 5th grade students strengthen literacy skills, build reading confidence, and foster a lifelong love of reading. Her research includes early literacy, teacher education, and professional development, particularly in high-poverty schools.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Professional Development

Language and Literacy Development

Early Intervention

Family Engagement


Media Appearances (3)

‘It fosters more family time’: New Worlds Reading Initiative helps elementary schoolers

WCJB 20  tv


A UF reading initiative is helping elementary school students read at or above their grade level. “Going to the library to get a book, check it in, check it out,” 1st grade student, TJ Rye said. He loves looking at all of the illustrations in the books. He gets a new book every month. Florida’s free at home literacy program is administered by the UF Lastinger Center. TJ’s mom, Mareshah Rye, says the books build his confidence by starting at his level.

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Florida’s New Worlds Reading program off to a good start

Tampa Bay Times  online


As a classroom teacher nearly 20 years ago, it was unfathomable to think that children across Florida could get free books and activities delivered to their homes from a state program. At that time, I was teaching in one county and living in another. I struggled with missing my own child’s school activities. My challenges as a parent informed my goals as a teacher: to ensure that there were multiple avenues for all parents to “be involved,” not just those who could be present at school.

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The New Worlds Reading Initiative is working to increase children's reading skills, one free book at a time

UF News  radio


If a child is unable to read on level by third grade, there’s a good possibility they’ll struggle throughout the rest of their school years – and may be on track to not finish high school. In this episode, Shaunté Duggins talks about Florida’s New Worlds Reading Initiative, based at the Lastinger Center for Learning at UF, and how it hopes to change that trajectory – one book at a time.

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Articles (2)

“We’re Not Walking Schools”: Storying the Pandemic Schooling andemic Schooling Experiences of Mothers of Children with Disabilities

The Qualitative Report

Kristi Cheyney-Collante, et. al


This article describes a study designed to better understand the fallout of extended school closures and staggered re-openings for one group heavily impacted by the pandemic, mothers of children with disabilities. Using feminist ways of knowing as the backdrop, we explored how a small group of mothers experienced pandemic-related educational shifts.

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Growth Through Crisis: Preservice Teachers Learning To Enact Culturally Relevant Literacy Teaching

Action in Teacher Education

Melanie M. Acosta, Shaunté Duggins


A critical mass of literacy scholars have re-defined what it means to prepare reading teachers toward approaches that foreground culture, critical inquiry, and multilingualism. An upsurge in research on critical approaches to prepare caring and conscious reading teachers has resulted, though fewer studies have examined the ways novice teachers worked through moments of crisis that often accompany anti-racist learning experiences.

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