Teachers and Students Collaborating Worldwide
The cafe environment encourages creature comforts, and collegiality. Students can work one on one with a tutor or come in and work in small groups. Imagine a Seattle coffee house where everyone is involved in a think tank!
Reading Cafe has developed a large community outreach in Sarasota Florida. Check out how we make reading fun!
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Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards FOR English Language Arts & Literacy in
History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
This link provides materials that are divided into text complexity grade bands as defined by the Standards: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8,
9–10, and 11–CCR. Each band’s exemplars are divided into text types matching those required in the Standards for
a given grade. K–5 exemplars are separated into stories, poetry, and informational texts (as well as read-aloud texts
in kindergarten through grade 3). The 6–CCR exemplars are divided into English language arts (ELA), history/social
studies, and science, mathematics, and technical subjects, with the ELA texts further subdivided into stories, drama,
poetry, and informational texts. (The history/social studies texts also include some arts-related texts.) Citations introduce
each excerpt, and additional citations are included for texts not excerpted in the appendix. Within each grade
band and after each text type, sample performance tasks are included for select texts.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.
Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free e books: choose among free e pub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. Project Gutenberg carries high quality e books: All the e books were previously published by bona fide publishers. They digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers. No fee or registration is required.
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.
Alliance for Excellent Education
The mission of the Alliance is to promote the transformation of high schools to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.
US Department of Education
The US Department of Education’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote education excellence throughout the nation. The site also includes resources and information on the latest research, funding opportunities, educational policy, and programs.
International Reading Association
IRA was founded in 1956 as a professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages. Their members are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
ASCD is a community of educators, advocating sound policies and sharing best practices to achieve the success of each learner.
National Council of Teachers of English
The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds, and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.
Council of Great City Schools
The Council of the Great City Schools is a coalition of 66 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems. The Council serves as the national voice for urban educators, providing ways to share promising practices and address common concerns.
Adolescent Literacy Research Network
The network’s research projects will identify what contributes to the development of reading and writing abilities in adolescents. It will also help create method for the identification, prevention, and remediation of reading and writing disabilities in adolescents.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires States to create their own standards for what a child should know and be able to do for all grades. Standards must be developed for reading and for math immediately and for science by the 2005-2006 school year.
National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) The Nation’s Report Card: Reading 2005
Assessments were conducted in 2005 in all 50 states in reading in the fourth and eighth grades. The District of Columbia and the school systems operated by the Department of Defense for domestic and overseas personnel also participated, for a total of 53 jurisdictions. Results for grade 12 students will be reported in the summer of 2006.
NAEP 2005 Reading Assessment Results
The assessment was administered from January to early April 2005 to more than 165,000 students at grade 4, to 159,000 students at grade 8, and to 12,000 students at grade 12.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The Nation’s Report Card
The latest trends in student’s reading achievement.
National Center for Research on English Learning and Achievement
Research and resources on children and older youth’s English and literacy achievement.
This Web site is updated regularly with information about NRP publications and materials. This site is also an archive, featuring the congressional charge to the NRP, biographies of NRP members, meeting minutes, and other historical information.
Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse
This site aims to increase the knowledge base, research, and practice of literacy coaching as a form of teacher professional learning that builds teachers' capacities to offer quality literacy instruction to students and, in turn, to increase students' literacy achievement.
Focus on Literacy Coaches and Literacy Leadership: IRA Programs and Resources
This page within IRA's site aims to provide support to reading professionals for supporting colleagues as they incorporate best practice in literacy teaching and learning across the subject areas.
University of South Florida-Interactive Academic Advisor Forum
Please join us in Professor V’s Teaching Cafe for a very special visit from advisors from the University of South Florida.
Advisors will be available during this time to field questions from students about their education program and about USF. The discussions will be asynchronous and are available to everyone. Visits are scheduled each semester. This semester our collaborations will take this semester.
Everyone is welcome. Join the discussion now
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is proud to offer over 1.3 million dollars in scholarship and grants to all graduating high senior who reside in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto Counties. This includes recent graduates who are currently attending any accredited, college, trade/vocational school or university. Community Foundation recipients can attend any accredited institution across the United States and abroad. Applicants need only to submit one application in order to be considered for any of our 70 unique scholarship opportunities. Average scholarship award is $2,500 and can be as much as $12,500 per year. Online applications must be submitted by 10:00pm on March 1, 2015 in order to be considered for the 2015-16 school year.
Apply today at CFSarasota.org!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is currently seeking staff for our
summer program. Program runs from June 3rd- August 15th. Hours are
8am-5pm, Monday- Friday. Please visit the Jobs link.
See the ABC new story on Professor V's Teaching Cafe advancements in education.
Florida House Representative Greg Steube Gives Professor V’s Teaching Café positive accolades.
Florida House Representative Greg Steube from District 73 met with professor Vigliotti to discuss her global forum “Professor V’s Teaching Café”.
Professor V’s Teaching Café has been globally utilized, lauded and written about. The forum is unique in that it utilizes web 2.0 technology to connect post-secondary education students in authentic academic and professional interactions.
Representative Stuebe’s congratulatory appreciation Professor V’s Teaching Café is a huge boon for the web site.
His interest in the progressive field of global education and his recommendation is the latest accommodation among many important leaders and reviewers in the field.
This semester, Vigliotti collaborated with University of South Florida professors the week of Halloween for virtual advising and college counseling for her students. Vigliotti said she usually invites advisers into her classroom, but invited them to log on to her website this year for her online classes.
"I don't know of any college that has ever made that collaboration happen," Vigliotti said.
View the full story at bradenton.com
What Happened to Ochopee?
Politicians contended for prestige beneath an environmental spotlight while government agencies pushed their personal land grab agendas on the hopeful South Florida community of Ochopee. Since the 1920s pioneering families came to the area with the common belief of making a life in an America free from oppression: an airboat and swamp buggy venture, tomato farmers, restaurants, bars, a general store, a campground, and a motel. When environmentalists in league with government came to take, it was the common person, the one who scrambled every day to feed their family who suffered. The only one with a stake in it, they had something to lose.
"Thus began what Ochopee locals deemed a land grab that resulted in residents being forced from their property"
-Brent Batten, reporter for the Naples Daily News
"With tears in my eyes, I write you a note of thanks for the awesome book What Happened to Ochopee?...I cannot begin to tell you how much this book meant to me. My heart was deeply saddened to read of all the abuses given out to the wonderful hard working folks of Ochopee"
.-letter from a reader
"A sad story of politics, bureaucrats, takers and bird watchers destroying a way of life for families just trying to live in a completely unique place in our country."
-Amazon reader review, Minneapolis, MN
"Why do the government officials listen to bird watchers before they listen to us?" County Commissioner Moore looked at him and said, "It's unfortunate that one of those bird watchers has the weight of about one hundred of us." He looked around the room. "Let's see if we can't get one hundred of us to every one of them!"
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As students you have all had experiences with standardized testing. Now you are all future teachers in training. Please post your ideas and perspectives on the efficacy of standardized testing on our students. Feel free to post the positive and negative effects that you have personally experienced as students and as teachers.
To help prompt your thinking, you may watch the Dan Rather Reports, "Teaching to the Test" Excerpt below:
Hello there everyone!
The question I had for the USF advisor was the steps I need to take after completing my AA when it comes to the transfer process and how to go about the College of Education once I am transferred. I had little knowledge about the transfer process after getting my AA from friends that have already transferred, but I had no idea about the College of Education and the test to get into the program. After asking my question, Kristen Slusser was the advisor that…Continue
Posted by Samantha Lowicz on April 14, 2015 at 2:32pm
My name is Cindy Gulsby. As some of you may remember from my introduction I am currently enrolled with The University of Central Florida. I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Technical Education and Industry Training. My question for the USF advisory team was about how much more schooling I would need in order to obtain a degree in elementary or secondary education. This is something I would not tackle until I finish with my Bachelor’s degree that I have already…
My name is Michael Ruiz and I recently (as of last week) posted a question regarding private schools. Specifically, if I needed to do anything special - when going for my degree - in order to work for one, or even a different type of school like a charter or magnet.
Now, a little background before I go on.
I was eased into this teaching career and found out by talking with some people of the trade that it’s more of a mindset than it is technique. You have…Continue
Posted by Michael Ruiz on April 15, 2015 at 6:17pm
Posted by beverley comstock on November 2, 2011 at 8:30am
Reflecting on effective teaching and realizing that I must be prepared and continue to do homework to be successful. Chapter ten gave great information reflecting on public education, one size does not fit all, technology,goodness of fit and…Continue
Started by Lawanda James Apr 23.
It's important to have a good environment for the students to learn, and learn the rules regulations and conditions of the classroom. Have meetings with the students to form community in the classroom. Allow the students to have a purpose, values…Continue
Started by Lawanda James. Last reply by melinda kendrid Apr 9.
The virtual classes in high school is a great program for students. The distance learning classes gibe student a chance to make up a course if he or she has fail the course in the past. I know a few students that have taken classes on Florida…Continue
Started by Lawanda James. Last reply by melinda kendrid Apr 2.
Please use this link to see the Global Education Conference:
Sanfeer's magazine Outre was launched this week by a prominent Member of Parliament of India Former Under Secretary UN Dr. Shashi Tharoor. Click on the link to learn more. Congratulations Sanfeer!
What are 21st Century skills?
According to ASCD, 21st century skills include changes in teaching, learning, and leadership that adequately prepare students for the 21st century. Specifically, these skills include:
We proudly support this statement from ASCD and are actively involved in every aspect of 21st century skills. Join us in this endeavor.