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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!

You can view our photo album by clicking on the link above.

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…


Posted by beverley comstock on November 2, 2011 at 8:30am

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

Please use this link to see the Global Education Conference:

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!

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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:

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  • Make decisions and solve problems ethically and collaboratively.
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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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Brittany Cole replied to Stacy Collins's discussion Study Guide 10 in the group Cascade
"Hi,  Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! Danielle I think that each of us should answer question 24, I would think that the Prof. would want to hear from all of us regarding what we've learned this semester. "
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Megan Wacker added a discussion to the group Brooklyn Bridge Sunset

Chapter 10 study guide

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! It's our last study guide and there are 9 questions. I'll do 16-18.See More
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The Story of Thanksgiving

The Story of Thanksgiving as told by Plymouth Rock. Available in HD at /the-story-of-thanksgiving or http://www.worsh... This video gives a great history of thanksgiving for elementary level children. It…
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Educational link ;Khan Academy provides free learning in all subjects for all grade levels. It is a great way to get some free tutoring or to just freshen up in some skills.See More
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Educational Link my center we use a app for the kids called ABC Mouse, my students absolutely love it. It is a fun way for students to learn but it is set up like a game. It is a digital classroom that has a teacher and lets the student design themselves and there are multiple of games that they can play. ABC mouse lets the teacher monitor what they play and the level that they are at…See More
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Educational Link I was researching, I stumbled across this link and I thought it was really resourceful for teachers, especially fun teachers! Unlike a lot of other websites I clicked, this one was colorful and inviting. As the title states, the website includes tips, tricks and strategies for teachers. There's tons of creative ideas for lessons, easy methods for organizing papers, the website also includes ebooks,…See More
Brittney Burkhart posted a blog post

Education Link- Edutopia

I came across a wonderful website that will definitely be useful to any current or future teachers! It is called and I am oh so happy that I found it. I literally spent hours just reading and reading about the different programs, advice, and resources listed on there to assist teachers. This website really enhances the chances of having a better and more effective classroom including relationships with the students as it breaks down why it…See More
Payton Douthett posted a blog post

Educational Link

Top 14 Teacher blogs Scholastic is a great website in general for any teacher to use. If you click on the link, it will bring you to a page that scholastic is featuring and it is about the 14 most inspirational teacher blogs. This has many links within a link! These teacher blogs have everything, teaching examples, experiences, opinions on what teachers should do, how to set up a functioning classroom,…See More
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Educational Link This website provides materials and creative activities for PreK-8th grade for students and educators. There are over 5,000 documents for the public of worksheets, printables, theme units, documents, and much more that students and educators can use, even parents! You can also get a membership which allows you to have unlimited access to over 40,000 materials, activities, tools, and custom worksheet generators. As a member, you can…See More
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Educational Link!

http://www.fun4thebrain.comThis is a website that Mrs. Jarolin used to help teach her students. The students can choose what grade they are in and they can also choose what subject they would like to learn more about. Mrs. Jarolin would work this into her lesson by letting the students have some time to learn on their own versus having a teaching always talking to them. I really enjoyed learning how to use this website!!~BayleeSee More
Emily Paulsen posted a blog post

Education Link

http://www.choosemyplate.govThis website is full of information about nutrition.  It talks about snack patterns for young children and how to handle picky eaters. This information is important because the earlier the child learns the information the better chance they have of starting with good habits. Schools are involved in nutrition because of the problem of obesity in our country. It also has a list of other resources for nutrition programs and…See More
Megan Wacker posted a blog post

Education Link is a site for kids to play educational games for free. There are math games for all ages. There is a game of tic tac toe, you must solve the square to get the X. You can do addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. They also have reading games, one I played is called grammar gorilla. You can play as a beginner or advanced. The beginner just works on verbs and nouns, while the advanced person does all the grammar…See More
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Web Post ~ Educational Link McGraw-Hill Education is a curriculum used at the school I have been completing my field service hours in. They have a variety of resources available for schools, teachers, parents, and students.As a parent, I have enjoyed the use of the McGraw-Hill’s ConnectEd website and I know that, as a teacher, this is a resource I will be taking advantage of.  Here is how it works:For…See More
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Educational Link

Cooperative Learning a popular teaching strategy that includes students of different intelligence's working together in teams while using a variety educational activities to improve their understanding of a certain subject. More
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Educational Link

Gooru is a free, educational search engine for online resources and lesson plans in science, math, social studies and language arts. Teachers and students can search for and curate collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, handouts, games, and quizzes. Collect and gather information into “My Collections” and “My Classes” categories. Grades: K-12. See More
Danielle Barrett replied to Stacy Collins's discussion Study Guide 10 in the group Cascade
"Are we each supposed to do 24?"
Danielle Barrett replied to Stacy Collins's discussion Study Guide 10 in the group Cascade
"I will do 18 and 21."
Danielle Barrett posted a blog post

Education Link ReadWriteThink: This website offers activities, projects, games, tools, tips and how-to’s for parents that are extremely easy to locate right on the main page. The sources range from “How To: Help a Child Chooses a Book” to activities like “A Dragon’s Fire: From A to Z”. There is also a parent tab with a drop down of grade levels to help parents narrow down their…See More
Sara Unger posted a blog post

Education Link

There is a website at the center I work at uses to cover lesson plans and child development checkpoints. It's easy to use and offers great tools to help the teachers keep their lesson plans organized. This tool helps us keep track of the children's development milestones. The website is teaching strategies gold. there is also an app that makes this website even more accessible.
Lori Ann Henderson commented on Professor V's group Spring
"This week I will do 16,17,18 for study guide 10."

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