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Literacy Resources

Project Read Together

Project Read Together provides literacy instruction and enrichment to children in the community.
We bring literature and literacy instruction to students through evidence based, multi-sensory reading methods.
Project Read Together connects teachers, post- secondary education students and k-12 students in the community
through engaging literacy instruction and events.

The International Dyslexia Association

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

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

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.


Professional Journals

The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

The Reading Teacher

Voices from the Middle

Educational Leadership

American Educational Research Journal

Research and Evaluation

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.

Additional Links

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.

The National Reading Panel:

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.


21st Century Resources


Current Opportunities: Scholarships, Jobs, & Guidance, Volunteer

Project Read Together provides literacy instruction and enrichment to children in the community.
We bring literature and literacy instruction to students through evidence based, multi-sensory reading methods.
Project Read Together connects teachers, post- secondary education students and k-12 students in the community through engaging literacy instruction and events.

To see how you can become a part of it, please click on the tab above or click her to go to the web page: Project Read Together

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.

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.

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Prof V's Cafe Receives Accolades from Florida House Rep Greg Steube

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.

Bradenton Herald:

SCF professor launches program to connect education worldwide

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.

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Author Friends of The Cafe: Book Recommendations

Have a date yet for the end of the world as we know it?

Dee Baker, star programmer for a Fortune 100 media powerhouse, has options. She also has access to the secret plans of the U.S. government to make the end of the world survivable, for some.

The ultimate job benefit is a berth in an ark, safe from the storms as climate change accelerates, and the processes that normalize Earth’s climate sputter and fail.

Set in Connecticut, this near-term SF adventure is per-apocalyptic, where ordinary people choose extraordinary ways to face a climate and world gone haywire.

Will Dee be one of the fortunate few to get an ark berth? Or is that even the goal?

Purchase this on Amazon

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 air boat 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!"
-book quote

View or purchase this book on Amazon

Prof V's Class Spring 2013-Our Bright Up and Coming Teachers


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Open Discussion: Standardized Testing Starts February 18th to the 22nd

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:

Standardized Testing Discussion

Blog Posts

News Share #3: "Teachers walk fine line with students on Facebook"

For my third news share piece is an article that ask the question...

"Should students and teachers ever be friends on Facebook?"- Associated Press

Posted by Joshua Wertheim on April 21, 2012 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

USF Advisor Blog

Hey, It’s Logan! I am currently a sophomore at State College of Florida. I have changed my major multiple times and just recently decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In order for that to be possible, though, I must take the three pre-requisite classes to be consider considered for admittance in to the Elementary Education program at the University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee. I am currently enrolled in two of the pre-requisite classes. However, I have been…


Posted by Logan Altman on March 31, 2016 at 6:53pm

Pay raise for teachers?

This is an article about a potential $2500 annual pay raise for teachers in Florida. While I believe teachers are deserving of a pay raise, I think these are empty promises and election time trickery. There are still questions concerning the merit…


Posted by Jeff Clark on January 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Time to Vote in America!

This November 6, 2012 is election time in America.  I want to encourage all of you to become informed on the issues and decide who will support your cause and your beliefs and to vote.

 This past Friday I was fortunate enough to see President Barack Obama speak at Cleveland State University.  I attended the rally with my best friend of 31 years.  (Please do not start adding up the years to figure out my age!). Four years ago I listened to Mitt Romney and shook his hand as he…


Posted by Professor V on October 9, 2012 at 11:30pm


Ch. 3 Reflection

Chapter 3 was a very fun and very informative chapter to read! It was awesome to learn about how our education system developed over the years and to see how far we've come. It's crazy to think that back in the early colonial days education wasn't…Continue

Started by Kristen Mooring Sep 17, 2015.

Ch. 3 Reflection

Chapter 3 was a very fun and very informative chapter to read! It was awesome to learn about how our education system developed over the years and to see how far we've come. It's crazy to think that back in the early colonial days education wasn't…Continue

Started by Kristen Mooring Sep 17, 2015.

Ch. 2 Reflection

Reading through this chapter was very fun and very informative! I really loved seeing all the different testimonials from different teachers at different levels. Hearing their stories, seeing their favorite things about teaching, the things they…Continue

Started by Kristen Mooring Sep 10, 2015.

Chapter 1 Studyguide


Started by Mikayla Jacobs Sep 3, 2015.

Chapter 10 Reflecting

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, 2015.


I have really learned a lot from this chapter. It answered questions that I did not even know that I had, I was told by a coworker  teacher friend of mines that I work with that National Board for certified Teacher requires 5 full years of…Continue

Started by melinda kendrid Apr 19, 2015.

Professor V's Global Webinar Presentation on Your Good Works

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Global Education Conference

Under Secretary UN Dr. Tharoor Reviews Outre and Cafe Collaborations

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!

Professor V's Teaching Cafe is dedicated to 21 Century Skills

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:

  • Acquire and apply core knowledge and critical-thinking skill sets that are essential in an information age.
  • Demonstrate creativity, innovation, and flexibility when partnering with business and community members to advance common goals.
  • Make decisions and solve problems ethically and collaboratively.
  • Use technology to gather, analyze, and synthesize information for application in a global economy.
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  • Display leadership skills that inspire others to achieve, serve, and work together. 



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American Students: Take a Virtual Tour of The University of Trivandrum

Dr. Troy Hicks Presents to Prof. V's Studentsand Dr. Jaikiran Via Live Webinar

India and USA-Connecting from Worlds Away! Class of Spring 2012

Dr. jaikiran has sent this photo from a city called Kandy, the old capital of
the country where the tooth of Buddha is preserved


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Serina Thompson added a discussion to the group Winter

Power Point Ten

We are so sorry ladies, we had a lot of trouble up loading this power point. Three of us have spent the past three hours trying to adjust the pictures on the power point to shrink the KB size and nothing is working. We were able to get this to you all right before the time was up so we hope you got it turned in on time. We are very sorry that there is no references on the reference page we ran out of time. One of us three ladies will be writing the professor tomorrow and hopefully she will be…See More
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Brianna Rowland replied to Lydia Sawyer's discussion Chapter 10 Weekly Webpost in the group Spectacular 20588
"Hi Lydia! I also found it very insightful to read about the teaching stories. I think it is great to read about other teachers' experiences and how they dealt with certain conflicts within the classroom and within themselves. Teaching is not a…"
Apr 21
Nicole Wilson commented on Professor V's group Winter
"Are we supposed to re submit the one you just sent Cortney?"
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Brianna Rowland replied to Courtney Lancaster's discussion Chapter 10 Discussion Post in the group Spectacular 20588
"Courtney, I also thought it was very helpful to read the tips for new teachers. When being introduced to something new such as a new career, it can be very difficult and confusing for most so it was awesome that they provided a guideline on how to…"
Apr 21
Brianna Rowland replied to Jonas Gaertner's discussion Chapter 10 in the group Spectacular 20588
"Hi Jonas! I completely agree that it was a great idea to include their response to new technology within the classroom in this chapter. As time passes, technology is becoming more and more advance so why not use it in a way that benefits the…"
Apr 21
Nicole Wilson replied to Kasey Helms's discussion Chapter #10 Discussion in the group Magic 20587
"Hey Kasey! I enjoyed reading your post. I agree with you, I thought that the Tips for New Teachers was something that stood out. I know that when I am a teacher, I will try and keep a journal. I feel like this is something that can really benefit a…"
Apr 21
Brianna Rowland added a discussion to the group Spectacular 20588

Chapter 10

For starters, I think this course has been very insightful to my decision to pursue a career as a teacher. It has opened my eyes to many aspects that I have not thought about when making my career choice and has reassured me about any doubts that I have had. I think this chapter was a great way to wrap up the course especially the tips that they provided for new teachers. These tips include learning as much as you can about your school environment, keeping a journal, joining a collegial group…See More
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Cortney Williams added a discussion to the group Winter
Apr 21
Nicole Wilson replied to Diana Wilson's discussion Chapter 10 in the group Magic 20587
"Hey Diana! I agree, the aptitude for teachers that was included in this chapter was indeed very helpful. The questions do make you think, thankfully I passed the test too and I still very much want to be a teacher and help students."
Apr 21
Nicole Wilson replied to Katelyn A Greb's discussion Chapter 10 in the group Magic 20587
"Great post Katelyn! I really enjoyed the part that included Tips for New Teachers as well. I feel like this section was really helpful, and are things that I will remember and use in my years of teaching. Good luck with everything!"
Apr 21
Paige Bursler replied to Kasey Helms's discussion Chapter #10 Discussion in the group Magic 20587
"I love the idea of doing journals for the children. In my current classroom, I do something very similar to journals. I do what i call portfolios. Each child as their own portfolios and Every month i put 6 things into the portfolios. I put 1 thing…"
Apr 21
Emily Mattes replied to Jonas Gaertner's discussion Chapter 10 in the group Spectacular 20588
"Hello Jonas,  I hoped you enjoyed reading the last chapter and have enjoyed this class as it is coming to an end. I feel that this chapter was a good wrap up and shared good concluding thoughts for us to read about. I enjoyed reading this…"
Apr 21
Nicole Wilson added a discussion to the group Magic 20587

Chapter 10

I can’t believe that this is the final chapter. Like all the other chapters, I really enjoyed this section. I learned a few new things that I didn’t know prior to reading.The part about the certifications I found to be extremely informative, I knew that there were tests for certifications that we are required to take, but I didn’t know the depth of them. I also liked the part where it went over public schooling. I thought the 6 themes of the public educations mission were eye opening and nice…See More
Apr 21
Emily Mattes replied to Victoria Berger's discussion Chapter 10 in the group Spectacular 20588
"Hello Victoria,  I hope you enjoyed this last chapter and learned yet again some good information from this chapter as well. I feel the same way that it was a good chapter to end the textbook off of, The sections I liked from this chapter was…"
Apr 21
Lennon Spoonmore replied to Cortney Williams's discussion chapter 10 in the group Magic 20587
"Fantastic post Cortney! This was a great section that we can all somewhat relate to, having participated in the "field experiences" for this course. Reading your post really made me think about how important this experience was, and had…"
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