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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


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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

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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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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

Prerequisites and More Before Transferring to USF for Elementary Education

This week I had the opportunity to ask an academic adviser from University of South Florida any question that I wanted to. I honestly struggled with this because I have a highly educated mother who has already answered every question that I have ever had about the Elementary Education Program and about how to transfer to USF. Finally, after almost a whole week of struggling with what I wanted to ask the adviser I finally found a question: Are there any other classes other than the required…


Posted by Sarah Martin on November 6, 2014 at 11:58pm

USF Blog

I am always excited when I have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals.  Years of experience give them wisdom that students should be incredibly thankful to benefit from.  We all have moments in our lives when we look back and think, “…if only I knew then what I know now.”  When we have the opportunity to learn from someone who has been there and done that it not only provides us with benefits, but it also benefits our future students.


When I learned about…


Posted by Colby Bowman on November 6, 2014 at 10:31pm

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My mom was an elementary school teacher, so I grew up around education.  Playing school with my brothers (and stuffed animals when they weren’t around) hinted at my future career.  It wasn’t until I was out of high school that I realized that I wanted to be a preschool teacher, and not until after my first semester that I realized I wanted to do something in ESE.  In a dream world, I would get my bachelor’s degree from SCF, get a master’s degree in ESE and…


Posted by Ashley K Craw on November 6, 2014 at 10:13pm


Growing up, I always saw myself being a teacher but had heard a lot of negativity towards the profession so I was a little leery about it. When I initially started college I had no clue what I was going to do. I mostly just went to make my parents happy. I finally chose a major in my second semester; accounting. I took all the business courses and did what I needed to do but decided that just because I was good at something didn’t mean that I enjoyed it. Going back to my original plan in…


Posted by Alyssa McGregor on November 6, 2014 at 9:36pm


Group 3 Powerpoint


Started by Samantha Lowicz on Thursday.


Hello My name is Brittany Rowe and I have been going to SCF for two years now. I will be getting my A.A degree at the end of this semester and then transferring to USF. I am excited to get to know and work with everyone.Continue

Started by brittany rowe Jan 14.

Becoming a better teacher

Here is our last group power point! Enjoy!Continue

Started by melanie hess Nov 29, 2014.

Classroom community

Here is our group power point for chapter 9.Continue

Started by melanie hess Nov 23, 2014.

Globalization and education

Here is our groups power point!Continue

Started by melanie hess Oct 30, 2014.

Digital world

Here is our group project for group 2Continue

Started by melanie hess Oct 16, 2014.

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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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Cynthia Gulsby added a discussion to the group EDF 20667

Week #3 Chapter 2 Discussion

I enjoyed reading chapter 2 this week. The information in this chapter helped me to realize some of the statistics behind teaching. The stories from teachers located all over the country provided me the reader with a different insight to the teaching profession.While reading about who our teachers are, I was surprised at the average age the survey reported. I assumed that the under 30 age group would be higher. The other statistic that took me by surprise was the male teacher percentage. I have…See More
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Chapter 1 Joy Luce

Dear Team,I disagree with the 1st quote on page 1: "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches."-George ShawI believe, "He who can, does, he who can very well, teaches others." I think teachers are the model of being able to learn, being able to adapt, being able to dissect new ideas and new studies. Then we teach them to others. Those who cannot do, should not be a teacher.  As Yoda would say, "Do or do not, there is no try." I will stick with Yodaism Mr. Shaw.I think on page 4, teacher that do…See More
Joy Luce replied to Deborak Konnen's discussion Chapter 1 in the group EDF 20667
"Dear Deborah Konnen, I agree with you when you say the climate within the school for the students must be a safe environment for children to be able to learn and be successful. I believe the culture of a school should be warm and inviting but secure…"
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Elizabeth Butler replied to Elizabeth Butler's discussion Week 2 Chapter 1 Discussion in the group EDF 20667
"Hi Bilsey! I observe at West Elementary in Arcadia, FL. I never attended there as a student but wish I did. Elizabeth "
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Michael Ruiz replied to Elizabeth Butler's discussion Week 2 Chapter 1 Discussion in the group EDF 20667
"That school sounds really nice, like a high end atmosphere. I realize that most of the climate is build up of attitude and output, but the whole smells and habit thing add a nice touch as well. I bet that kind of place can leave an impact on the…"
Michael Ruiz replied to Deborak Konnen's discussion Chapter 1 in the group EDF 20667
"I know that sometimes it can feel as if your boss is limiting you, especially in regards to your job. But there's gotta be some sort of force to organize everything and that's what the administration is there for. I know of some teachers…"
Michael Ruiz replied to Alyssa Antony's discussion Chapter 1 in the group EDF 20667
"Yeah unions can be scary for some employers. I noticed that in some places where I worked at there were posters and memos regarding unions, a lot of legalise speak. But it makes these unions sound beneficial and can help you with any troubling…"
Michael Ruiz added a discussion to the group EDF 20667

Chapter 1 Discussion

There's a lot of information to open up to in this chapter, especially the areas that talk about experience. I liked the example used of Mrs. Fisher, a seventh grade teacher, that gave a person enough confidence to try out for the Bronx High School of Science. It explained how creative and innovative teachers can also stand out into a student's mind, and I gotta agree with that.Looking back, I remember the teachers that were the most energetic, so to speak. One teacher I remember from my second…See More
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