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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

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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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

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

Early Childhood Today Resources

This link offers information on early childhood education and so much more.  You can find resources for parents with infants/toddlers developmental problems.  It offers the latest research standards and policies.  Parents can also find information on early childhood apps, preschool classroom curriculum, research practices and high scope educational research information.  There's also activities - art, blocks, cooking, dramatic play, math, sand and water play, science, music and movement,…


Posted by Lawanda James on March 25, 2015 at 9:18pm

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


The Information Technology Revolution

Chapter 7 Powerpoint on the information technology revolution…Continue

Started by Jenna Shankle Mar 19.


Hello class I really enjoyed learning about chapter 7. I enjoyed reading about Open-ended, centered communication and tags that are features of WebQuest.WebQuest is where teachers can go and get help from other teachers. I really thought that was…Continue

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Started by melinda kendrid Mar 9.

Chapter 6

Learning about all the trends and issues affecting education was interesting.IEP - Individualized Education Program,  is one I'm know a little about.  We have several children at our center who have IEP's and I also have a son that has one.  I feel…Continue

Started by Lawanda James Mar 5.

Chapter 5

Chapter 5 gave a lot of different information on religion and school, learning style, multicultural education, and LGBT.  The English-Language learners was a part of chapter 5 I could relate to.  I spoke with our director about finding different…Continue

Started by Lawanda James Feb 19.

Chapter 3 Discussion (Week 4)

Chapter three gave me an understanding of Federal and State efforts with different funding offered for education.  I've heard of Title one schools but never knew what it meant.  Reading about all the programs Title one provide help with…Continue

Started by Lawanda James Feb 5.

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!

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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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Renae Lawley posted a blog post

Educational Resource can tell this site is ran by a university, Stanford to be exact. Not only were there detailed descriptions on how to teach a lesson but also how to cope with difficult things like when students work in groups. I am a lover of math and this site is all about how to teach math the best. I believe that if someone is interested and enthusiastic about teaching a subject then the students will feel the same; and this…See More
44 minutes ago
Bilsey Garcia added a discussion to the group EDF 20667

An educational app

This app is also a website. It's like facebook for students. You can post quizzes, practice questions and games, link, and it's all supervised by you. You can create different groups and it grades the students instantly after finished with quiz or test.Edmodo is just in case your school does not have a place for you to be able to communicate or have a program that you can use with you students.See More
1 hour ago
Dawn Stewart added a discussion to the group EDF 20667

Education/Resource Link

I thought the following link would come in very handy in the future and is something that may be helpful to look at currently, as well. It is to the Florida Department of Education. On this website you can find things like, Florida School Laws, resources regarding children with disabilities, Florida Standards, etc. It also has links for assessments, certifications, performance evaluations, and professional development for teachers. One thing that may be beneficial to some of us now is the…See More
2 hours ago
Alyssa Antony added a discussion to the group EDF 20667

App for teaching

I found the app Evernote. This is an app that allows you to take notes and access them at any time from any device.…See More
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Chelsea Davis posted a blog post
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Tiffany Agosto posted a blog post!

As a person inspiring to teach on a middle school level, I found that an old website that even I used to use as a kid is still around and is providing what appears to be "#1 Educational Gaming Website". It was certainly a fun way to learn for me, and it still appears to help kids worldwide learn different subjects in fun and inventive ways! Check it out if you get the chance, it's a really cool website! More
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JaNhea Beisner posted a blog post

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is a great website for teachers, students, and parents. It is full of great resources in every grade level and multiple subject areas. For teachers, it provides lesson plans, worksheets, and other resources. For students, theres homework help, games, activities, and step by step math lessons. For parents there is also homework help and a "motivation station." There are never ending resources on Discovery Ed and the best part of it all is it if free!…See More
3 hours ago
Kristine Musumeche added a discussion to the group EDF 20667

Education link

 The teaching link I found is called Math Way. This is a teaching tool for students to use in math. The tool can be used online or as an app on your phone. This tool has been very helpful for me because I am not good at math. On this app you can pay to see the step-by-step process of whatever math work you have. Just like any teaching tool it has its pros and cons. The pros to that are, if you really need help you can follow these steps and figure out the problem yourself. The con to this app…See More
3 hours ago
Michael Ruiz added a discussion to the group EDF 20667

Educational Link (Lesson Plans)

I found this one in my other class and it might be able to help with some of us in the future of our teaching careers.This website is for teachers to go to help prepare for the classroom beforehand. It features lesson plans and templates from both users and schools. It features A LOT of content, regarding almost every single subject matter, and for every grade as well.Each lesson is broken down from meaning and goals, to processes and materials and preparation (depending if they are lesson…See More
3 hours ago
Taylor Fox posted a blog post

Math Website

http://www.coolmath4kids.comThis is a website that I went on in elementary school and I know students who still are using it today. This website is a fun way for kids to practice the math they are learning in class through video games. It's a fun way to practice what they have learned and everyone enjoys it!See More
5 hours ago
Donald Reich posted a blog post

Smithsonian Resource

The Smithsonian has a website just for teachers and prospective teachers seeking to build their education portfolio and lesson plans. The have sample lesson plans and all the resources you need to get started. You can search by subject area and grade level. They also have a link to set up physical and virtual field trips. A good resource when your local resources run dry!Link: More
5 hours ago
Cassandra Ham posted a blog post

Teacher pay Teachers

https://www.teacherspayteachers.comThis website was designed for teachers to help each other out. I heard about this website from one of my teachers and she said that it really helps and it does not cost a lot of money. There are different types of lessons for each grade level that were created by teacher. This website helps support teachers instead of using books manufactured by companies.See More
5 hours ago
Roberto Longoria posted a blog post

The fun new way to learn.

Here is a website targeted towards the younger students to help them out with several different subjects.  This is an interactive website that lets you play games such as baseball but you have to answer math problems to advance bases.  There are several other subjects that this website can tutor you on.  The lists of subjects include Math and Reading. If you just want to play fun games such as Tic Tac Toe, you can but with a MATH twist!  This website caters to the needs of students ranging from…See More
10 hours ago
Jenna Shankle posted a blog post

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is a website that is designed and maintained by Vanderbilt University.  This website has a lot of good practical strategies to use in the classroom and ideas for helping with hard concepts in the classroom.  It also has a long list of books to use in the classroom.See More
22 hours ago
Lawanda James posted a blog post

Early Childhood Today Resources

This link offers information on early childhood education and so much more.  You can find resources for parents with infants/toddlers developmental problems.  It offers the latest research standards and policies.  Parents can also find information on early childhood apps, preschool classroom curriculum, research practices and high scope educational research information.  There's also activities - art, blocks, cooking, dramatic play, math, sand and water play, science, music and movement,…See More
Julia Fullgrapp posted a blog post

Educational Website

Here is a great website for students struggling in school, I used this site to help me with math in high school and it helped me greatly! It offers help in math for students in kindergarten to high school and even college. It's called Khan Academy, they don't offer just help in math, they also offer help in science, economics, arts and humanities, computing and they offer test preparation assistance. It's a really great website for all ages on many different subjects! …See More
Timothy Thomas posted a blog post

Educational App

Here is an app that is really cool especially for teachers! It's free and easy to use.  Here is what the app developers say about their app. "A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages." -Video Science …See More
Samantha Lowicz posted a blog post

Kids Educational Website

I love this website and I actually heard about it through a family member. My uncle and aunt lets my 3 year cousins use this site and we all have the app on our phones and iPad for them to play with. All the games were approved by teachers so you know the children are getting the full education level potential if sitting in the classroom. On this website you can choose a grade level K-5 or you can choose from one of their apps for Math bingo, how to create a car (one of my cousins favorite) and…See More
Elizabeth Butler added a discussion to the group EDF 20667

Educational Resource

I chose Ten Marks as my educational resource site.  Many students at West Elementary are using this site as a math resource.  Teachers are able to assign math lessons to students and get feedback on their progress.  This is a valuable tool for both students and teachers.  I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do.www.tenmarks.comSee More
Cynthia Gulsby posted a blog post

Educational games for children

This website is a fun place for children grades K-8 to go and play games. Most children love to play games on the computer, so why not make them fun and educational. This website offers games in math and reading. Mad Libs junior is there which will help with language art skills. This site also has books and comic books for the children to read if they desire. Parents and teachers are also welcome and a page is available for both. My daughter has used this fun site many times and as a parent of…See More

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