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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

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

USF Project.

Hello there everyone!

The question I had for the USF advisor was the steps I need to take after completing my AA when it comes to the transfer process and how to go about the College of Education once I am transferred. I had little knowledge about the transfer process after getting my AA from friends that have already transferred, but I had no idea about the College of Education and the test to get into the program. After asking my question, Kristen Slusser was the advisor that…


Posted by Samantha Lowicz on April 14, 2015 at 2:32pm

My Blog / USF Project

Hello everyone,

My name is Cindy Gulsby. As some of you may remember from my introduction I am currently enrolled with The University of Central Florida. I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Technical Education and Industry Training. My question for the USF advisory team was about how much more schooling I would need in order to obtain a degree in elementary or secondary education. This is something I would not tackle until I finish with my Bachelor’s degree that I have already…


Posted by Cynthia Gulsby on April 15, 2015 at 7:04pm — 3 Comments

USF Education Blog Project

Hola, people!

My name is Michael Ruiz and I recently (as of last week) posted a question regarding private schools. Specifically, if I needed to do anything special - when going for my degree - in order to work for one, or even a different type of school like a charter or magnet.

Now, a little background before I go on.

I was eased into this teaching career and found out by talking with some people of the trade that it’s more of a mindset than it is technique. You have…


Posted by Michael Ruiz on April 15, 2015 at 6:17pm

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…


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I have really learned a lot from this chapter. It answered questions that I did not even know that I had, I was told by a coworker  teacher friend of mines that I work with that National Board for certified Teacher requires 5 full years of…Continue

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Chapter 9 Classroom Communities 1 Reply

It's  important to have a good environment for the students to learn, and learn the rules regulations and conditions of the classroom.  Have meetings with the students to form community in the classroom.  Allow the students to have a purpose, values…Continue

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CH. 9

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…Continue

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Chapter 8 1 Reply

The virtual classes in high school is a great program for  students.  The distance learning classes gibe student a chance to make up a course if he or she has fail the course in the past.  I know a few students that have taken classes on Florida…Continue

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Ch. 8

Hello everyone, in this chapter I was happy to learn about the 21st-century skills. I learned that it is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving. I feel…Continue

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The Information Technology Revolution

Chapter 7 Powerpoint on the information technology revolution…Continue

Started by Jenna Shankle Mar 19.

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. 



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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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Latest Activity

Aaron Holland replied to Kristine Musumeche's discussion double major in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Krisitine,   Double majoring is a definite possibility, but it should be researched and it must involve a plan with an advisor. Undergaduate studies now requires double majors to develop a 10 semester plan form the beginning of the college…"
4 hours ago
Troy Hicks replied to Troy Hicks's discussion Greetings from Michigan in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Thank you, Lynne. It is certainly interesting to know that many districts are suffering the same budget constraints and that the state mandates endorsements in ESOL for so many majors. I appreciate the insights. Thanks, Troy"
4 hours ago
Aaron Holland replied to Ariel Gostischa's discussion USF Early Education in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Ariel, I am glad you are close to taking the next step in becoming a teacher, USF is constantly producing some great educators each year! You are correct, the next step ( do this ASAP) is to apply to USF, and then also make sure you have…"
4 hours ago
Aaron Holland replied to Julia Fullgrapp's discussion USF Advisory Session Questions in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Julia, Thank you so much for your questions. I apologize for the delay in responding, we were short handed last week.   Transferring with an A.A. along with passing scores on GKT meet admission requirements for Elementary Education program…"
4 hours ago
Lynne A Carlson replied to Troy Hicks's discussion Greetings from Michigan in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Dr. Hicks, Hi, I'm Lynne Carlson, a secondary education advisor here at the University of South Florida - Tampa.  Our undergraduate programs are state-approved so our graduates have completed all requirements.  This means they are…"
6 hours ago
Kristen Slusser replied to William Edward Padelford's discussion Getting Ready to Transfer in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi William, Thank you for your interest in USF’s College of Education! I am happy to assist you with your questions. If you need an additional math course for your AA requirements, most students will typically take College Algebra (MAC 1105)…"
6 hours ago
Kristen Slusser replied to Tiffany Agosto's discussion Hello there! in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Tiffany, I am happy to tell you more about USF’s College of Education! Here are some of the highlights: We are one of largest Colleges of Education in the nation. We graduate more education students than any other urban institution. We are…"
7 hours ago
Kristen Slusser replied to Alexandra Greco's discussion Secondary Education and Psychology in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Good afternoon Alex, Thank you for your interest in USF’s College of Education! USF has a “Time to Degree” policy which indicates that a student may declare a second major, but only if it does not add more than 2 semesters to the…"
7 hours ago
melinda kendrid posted blog posts
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I have really learned a lot from this chapter. It answered questions that I did not even know that I had, I was told by a coworker  teacher friend of mines that I work with that National Board for certified Teacher requires 5 full years of teaching/counseling, it was nice to find out that it is 3 years, I was also amazed by the google for teachers website, it offers tools from Google for Educators, whether old and familiar or new and improved, it will keep teachers and students inspired,…See More
Dawn Stewart commented on Bilsey Garcia's blog post USF project
"Hi Bilsey, Can I ask what happened in your last job experience that has made yo change your mind? Also, congratulations on the baby! :) Dawn"
William Edward Padelford added a discussion to the group USF Interactive Advisory Session

Getting Ready to Transfer

Hello, my name is William Padelford and I've got quite a bit of questions that I'd like to ask.I have two credits that I need to finish off at SCF. I enrolled in a Classroom Management course for the summer and I'd like to know if there's a good math that I should take during the summer or if I should take it during the fall semester (it's to help me get refreshed for the General Education Test).If I register now, would it be possible for me to attend USF in the fall?Do I have to complete my…See More
Kristen Slusser replied to Deborak Konnen's discussion Secondary Education in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Deborah, Thank you for your interest in USF’s College of Education! The first step is to submit an application to USF as an upper-level transfer. The university admission application and deadline information can be found here.…"
Aaron Holland replied to Ashley Nelsen's discussion USF transfer in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"As a follow up, the certification for k-6 comes from your FTCE tests and degree. You will be required to take the exams for graduation and will earn your degree as a certificate holder/ candidate. It is not a degree, but vital to teach in Florida."
Aaron Holland replied to Jenna Shankle's discussion College of Education in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Jenna, Congratulations on this big step! Typically once you attend an orientation you will meet advisors and register for classes. Have you signed up yet? If you have the AA, three education course prerequisites and the GKT you meet…"
Aaron Holland replied to Alyssa Antony's discussion USF Advisory Session in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Alyssa, I think taking classes over summer is a decision that depends on what you may need to take for the program. Have you completed the pre-requisites for the elementary education program yet? If there are classes remaining that you need,…"
Aaron Holland replied to Ashley Nelsen's discussion USF transfer in the group USF Interactive Advisory Session
"Hi Ashley, Thanks for your questions. I have included a link to the program information for USFSM for Elementary Education major. Please look this over to see if any of the program courses match your electives. USFSM will have final say on what may…"
Cynthia Gulsby commented on Julia Fullgrapp's blog post USF/SCF Collab
"Julia, I'm sorry you didn't receive a response to your questions. I would have thought everyone would have. It did take awhile for my question to be tended too, but I did hear from Mr. Holland. Who knows maybe someone will see your blog…"
Julia Fullgrapp posted a blog post

USF/SCF Collab

At first when I read about the USF learning project I was annoyed, I couldn't figure out what kinds of questions I would ask an advisor. But as this week came around I realized there are actually quite a few questions that I have for an advisor at USF Sarasota-Manatee. I had been meaning to go to USFSM and physically talk to an advisor for the longest time but never got around to doing it. Seeing as I unfortunately didn't receive a response to my questions, I will now have to make an…See More
Taylor Fox posted a blog post

USF Blog

After this weeks experience with the University of South Florida's staff answering my questions and seeing their responses to other students in the class questions I feel more confident in my career choice and path that I am on right now in college. Senior year of high school I spent the majority of my time off campus doing an internship. Having that experience in high school was incredible and I wouldn't go back and change it for anything, however I missed out on a lot of senior year…See More

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