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Reading Cafe Tutoring Services helps students improve academic success by teaching important literacy strategies.

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 Tutoring Services

Reading Cafe has developed a large community outreach in Sarasota Florida.  Check out how we make reading fun!

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Literacy Resources

Reading Resources

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

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 Education Non-Profit Launched This Summer!

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. 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.

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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.

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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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New Book by Local Author Jeff Whichello

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!"
-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

Case 11 Suggestion on how to approach stereotyping of minorities in the classroom by teachers and students.

According to the Abstract by Radical Pedagogy (2003) ISSN: 1524-6345, "Engaging in meaningful dialogue about race will prepare students to function in a society that is becoming more global and diverse. It is the instructor's duty to create a classroom atmosphere that…


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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

Observing classrooms

I really enjoy observing other teacher's classrooms, because it gives me many ideas for my future classroom. It's amazing to see how many different ideas can be created for a classroom! Every teacher has a different theme and layout for their classroom. I think observing helps in the long run, because it allows a future teacher to see how a classroom should and should not be ran. I have not come across many classrooms that I did not like, but a few pertained features that I did not care for.…


Posted by kristen on March 20, 2014 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment


What I enjoyed learning about was the Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment.

What that means is Quid Pro Quo (This for That) Sexual Harassment occurs when employment or academic decisions resulting in a significant change in status are based on an employee or student's submission to or rejection of unwelcome verbal or physical sexual conduct.

I really wish I new what that was back in high school, I had an…


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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.

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.

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.

Chapter 2

Baylee,I have sent you my formatted slides thru canvas for #28-30.If you have any questions, please feel free to email me thru canvas.THANKS!CarmenContinue

Started by Carmen Serrano Sep 9.

Chapter 1 Studyguide


Started by Mikayla Jacobs Sep 3.

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.

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.
  • Exhibit positive interpersonal relationships that value multiple languages, cultures, and all persons.
  • 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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Brooke Kull replied to Courtney Schmidt's discussion Chapter 5 in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"I loved reading about this. I wasn't familiar at all with Howard Gardner or these multiple intelligences. But I agree that it also challenged me to think of my strengths and weaknesses and which intelligences apply to me and which do not.…"
Brooke Kull replied to Kristen Espinosa's discussion Chapter 5 in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"I agree with you on the drop-out rates. It's really sad to hear but it didn't really surprise me either. I'm sorry to hear about your experiences with bullying but thank you for being strong enough to share with the class. It is…"
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"Hey Samantha! There was a lot of information in this chapter and to me it feels as if the further we go the deeper we are getting into our thoughts. After I read a chapter I definitely walk away having so many questions in my head but at the end of…"
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"It's definitely important to realize how different each of our students are and that they all have their own unique perspectives and challenges in life. And not only are the students different in their struggles outside of school, but I found…"
Kristen Espinosa replied to Lori Ann Henderson's discussion Chapter 5 in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"I liked learning about the different cultures of students and learning about how important bilingual teachers are to students trying to learn a new language. Our classroom is evolving and the students are becoming more and more diverse as time goes…"
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Web Posting #5

 This chapter was filled with so much enriching information, I genuinely enjoyed this chapter. Diversity is such an essential part our everyday lives, in today's society there is no way for us to escape it. I see diversity as an amazing thing I personally love learning about different cultures. I am a preschool teacher and I teach my students to embrace their cultures because that makes them unique and different from others. Last week our theme was family and I had my students bring in a dish…See More
Kristen Espinosa replied to Kristen Mooring's discussion Ch. 5 Discussion in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"I'm taking that class too! It really is great to learn about the different diversities of students and to be able to understand how these differences can affect them and how we can help to make sure everyone is given the same opportunities. The…"
Kristen Mooring replied to Gabriella Gulyak's discussion Web Posting 5 in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"I loved learning more about the five different learning styles as well. It's super important to keep in mind that not every student learns the same way, and that we need to use as many of those methods of teaching that we can so our students…"
Brooke Kull replied to Gabriella Gulyak's discussion Web Posting 5 in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"I enjoyed learning about the various learning styles as well. I'm also a visual learner! I definitely comprehend much better when I see visuals such as graphs, pictures, charts, etc. I get so distracted by just listening too. Lectures are the…"
Kristen Mooring replied to Amanda Forst's discussion Chapter 5 Discussion in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"I thought the multiple intelligence part was super cool too! I never thought about how young children grow in such different and unique ways from one another. I can't wait to see how different teaching and learning methods will affect me future…"
Kristen Mooring replied to Brooke Kull's discussion Chapter 5 Discussion in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"I thought that quote was really great too. It's so important for teachers to branch out, learn from, and accept students of other cultural backgrounds. It's 2015, it's high time we stopped trying to over-Americanize all our students…"
Kristen Espinosa added a discussion to the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824

Chapter 5

Honestly I was very pleased with our learning of diversity in this chapter, learning about the different students and how to help or understand students based on what we know of them and how to help them with their differences is such an important part of being a teacher. We have to have an understanding of our students, or at least be open to their differences and be accepting of them.Hearing about the drop-out rates was honesty depressing, but not surprising. I had also dropped out of high…See More
Kristen Mooring added a discussion to the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824

Ch. 5 Discussion

I found this week's chapter to be especially fun, seeing as it ties in very well with the other education class I'm taking right now, which is Intro to Student Diversity! The chapter covered a lot of things we've been learning about, such as the many different cultural backgrounds and ethnic groups that students may come from, and how it affects how well and in which ways they best learn.One of the things that struck me the most was the incredibly high drop out rate in America today, and all…See More
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Curticha Felix replied to Gabriella Gulyak's discussion Web Posting 5 in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"Hey Gabriella ! I really enjoyed learning about the different styles of learning too. I previously learned about this but not as deep as this chapter explained it. It amazes me as to how many different ways people learn and for us teachers makes it…"
Curticha Felix replied to Amanda Forst's discussion Chapter 5 Discussion in the group EDF 1005 CRN # 10824
"Hey Amanda ! I absolutely love that quote it is so important for us to embrace differences in our classroom and not ignore them. As a preschool teacher myself I see hands on how much it helps to have a diverse class and to be able to learn more…"
Brittney Greer added a discussion to the group Waterfall

SG 5

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