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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!

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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.

Organizations

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:

http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org/NRPAbout/about_nrp.htm

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.

Events

21st Century Resources

 

Boys and Girls Club Seek Summer Help

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.

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 place November 3-6, 2014. Everyone is welcome. Join the discussion now

Prof.V Teaching Cafe on ABC News

See the ABC new story on Professor V's Teaching Cafe advancements in education.

 

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.

 View the full story at bradenton.com

 

Reading Cafe Tutoring Services Summer Reader's Theater

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

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…

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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…

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

USF Post

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…

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

USF

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…

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

Forum

Globalization and education

Here is our groups power point!Continue

Started by melanie hess Oct 30.

Digital world

Here is our group project for group 2Continue

Started by melanie hess Oct 16.

Trends in schools 1 Reply

Here is our groups power point! enjoy!Continue

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Chapter 6 PowerPoint- Contemporary Trends and Issues in Education

Attached! Continue

Started by Moriah Hope Rudisill Oct 9.

Students in America today!

Here is our group power point presentation on chapter 5. We hope you learn and enjoy!Continue

Started by melanie hess Sep 25.

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!

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. 

(http://www.ascd.org/research-a-topic/21st-century-skills-resources.aspx)

 

We proudly support this statement from ASCD and are actively involved in every aspect of 21st century skills.  Join us in this endeavor.

 

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

 
 
 

Internet Safety

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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 .

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Latest Activity

Mlisa Manning is now a member of Professor V's Teaching Cafe
Thursday
Aaron Holland replied to Kimberly Solomon's discussion Is USF the school for me? in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Kimberly, Unfortunately we do not have exclusively online programs. I am not sure if Sarasota campus offeres a bulk of classes at North Port. I do know our program's strength stems from the field experience placement and the on campus…"
Nov 12
Aaron Holland replied to Colby Bowman's discussion USF Discusion in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Colby,   Haha, parenting is definitely a thing you learn by DOING!! I can relate to you on that! Cute baby also!   I hope that you are involved in field work with your current program at FGCU, this is vital to geting the experience of…"
Nov 12
Kristen Slusser replied to Natalia Tirado's discussion Questions I Have in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Natalia, Thank you for your interest in the USF Elementary program! Our program offers students a solid theoretical base along with the opportunity to put their learning into practice through observations hours and a final internship. The…"
Nov 7
Kristen Slusser commented on Professor V's group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi all! My name is Kristen and I am an Academic Advisor in USF's College of Education. I am happy to answer any questions you have about the our programs, requirements, USF, etc.. Please let me know if you have any questions!"
Nov 7
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USF Interactive Advisory Session

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 January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014. 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.See More
Nov 7
Sarah Martin posted a blog post

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…See More
Nov 6
Rose Jean posted a blog post

USF learning project

This week's project, I learned so much from the advisors about Education requirements and what it takes to become a teacher .I learned that Public schools require at least a bachelor's degree; while an associate's degree or high school diploma is acceptable for some child care centers. In many cases, preschool teachers start out as assistant teachers. With this experience, they may advance to being teachers and eventually to lead teacher status. The advisors advised me to get an AA if I am…See More
Nov 6
Sarah Martin added a discussion to the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
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Additional Classes Before Transferring to USF

Hello! My name is Sarah and I am currently in my first semester at State College of Florida. I am planning on majoring in Elementary Education when I transfer to USF Sarasota in two years. Even though I am going to school for Elementary age (with plans to teach K-3) I have also taken a big interest in teaching preschool. I am a lover of theatre and performing arts so I feel that I would have much more freedom with preschool to incorporate the arts more. But who knows? I may decide that K-3 is a…See More
Nov 6
Colby Bowman posted a blog post

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 our assignment to ask…See More
Nov 6
Ashley K Craw posted a blog post

USF Post

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 open a day care for children with…See More
Nov 6
Alyssa McGregor posted a blog post

USF

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 high…See More
Nov 6
William Edward Padelford replied to William Edward Padelford's discussion Education For the Teaching FIeld in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Thank you so much for this information!"
Nov 6
William Edward Padelford posted a blog post

So Many Options

For a while I hadn’t really put a lot of thought into how I’d continue my schooling. I just pretty much thought about what was happening presently and that things would sort themselves out when they needed to. But then when I saw this assignment I had to really think about where I’m going to go with this career. Through this I also remembered consulting a guidance counselor about which program I should take. I only really knew about the Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education…See More
Nov 6
Natalia Tirado posted a blog post

USF project

I decided to take someone else's question and answer it for myself. "What kind of teacher will I be?". I believe that I will be a great teacher that will impact students. I have always wanted to make a difference in someones live and I used to think it would in the life of someone who would understand it. One day when I was playing with my baby cousin I realized how much I loved children and how much I wanted to impact the lives of children. I want to be the teacher that a student remembers…See More
Nov 6
Ellie replied to Ellie's discussion Elementary Education Question! in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Thank you for all of your help! I am currently observing in a classroom and I am looking foward to receiving my bachelors and begin teaching, and go back to school for my masters! I am planning to attend UCF in Orlando. How many years of experience…"
Nov 6
Natalia Tirado added a discussion to the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
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Questions I Have

Hello, my name is Natalia Tirado and I am currently studying to get my A.S in ECE at SCF in Bradenton. I was thinking about changing my degree to an A.A to go into the elementary education program that you guys offer but I am just not sure what I want to do yet.What do you guys have to offer from the elementary education program at USF?See More
Nov 6
Serena Lynn Fincel replied to Serena Lynn Fincel's discussion Higher education and beyond. in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Thank you for clarifying that.  I was responding to a post someone else had made in regard to the foreign language requirement.  I am fortunate that I fulfilled the foreign language requirement in high school. "
Nov 6
Kimberly Solomon added a discussion to the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
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Is USF the school for me?

Hi. My name is Kimberly Solomon. I am currently studying to become an elementary school teacher. My mom and grandma have both were elementary school teachers and have greatly influenced my decision. At the school my mom works at there is a newly employed teacher who went to USF and seems very well prepared for her class. My one question for you is do you offer all of the teaching classes either online or towards the after noon and are they offered at the North Port campus? Okay so that is more…See More
Nov 6

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