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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.
Below are some important and relevant links. These will be updated on a regular basis.
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
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.
They will be available during the week of October 28th to November 1st 2013.
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.
Under Construction: Please check back soon!
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:
Unfortunately, I posted later and did not give the advisors much of a chance to respond to me. I learned so much through reading other students' discussions though. I did not know that USF offered a bachelors degree in ESE. If I had known this a few years ago, chances are I would have seriously considered this program. Now, as I have decided upon a bachelors degree in ECE at State College of Florida, I will be looking into any masters' programs they may offer in education. I also did…Continue
Posted by Ashley K Craw on November 1, 2013 at 12:56pm
This week, we had the privilege of having a web visit from various USF advisors onto our class website! Talk about putting our studies into action!
In this experience, we were able to ask USF advisors from the College of Education any questions we had, whether it pertained to the culture of the school, campus life and student involvement, and even questions about our future steps into the Education program at USF, if that is where we are aiming to go.
I really enjoyed the fact…Continue
Posted by Francisco Loera on October 31, 2013 at 10:38pm
As the online world is moving forward at high speed, more and more of our education world is being launched online. Participating in the first ever online Interactive Advisory Session with USF was an interesting experience. I love the spirit that Professor Vigliotti has to forge ahead and explore what works, and what doesn't work, in the online world. I am sure that Christopher Columbus found many things that helped him as he moved forward in his discoveries, and also many things that needed…Continue
Posted by Angela Adkins on October 31, 2013 at 2:03pm
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Please take a minute to check out our presentation. We have some great ideas to share with the group.Continue
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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.
Please be aware that while we collaborate globally, it is important to keep your identity private. Please be protective of your private information while logging on to any web site, including this one.
Use fake information for birthdates; do not give your address, phone number, school or job locations or any other identifying information. It is wise to use a secondary e mail address that is not your primary address whenever you log on to social web sites.
For more information on protecting yourself and your identity, please see the following web page: http://www.atg.wa.gov/InternetSafety/Adults.aspx .
Be smart, be safe,