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Professional Development Reosurces Community Resources

Professional Development Resources
These links and resources are for you to learn and find the information you need. Some of them offer opportunities that provide a certificate upon completion while others are simply for your own information. Learn about helping students in various situations, learn new strategies, and get up to speed on all kinds of topics. Scroll down for a listing of links you can use and you can share with parents and community members.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
promotes 21st century readiness for every student from a holistic viewpoint, merging the three R’s with four C’s (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). P21 advocates for policies across the U.S. education system that support this approach for every school.

What Works in Education: Edutopia
helps educators—through videos, blogs, and discussions—to implement core strategies, like project learning and integrated studies. The site also profiles “Schools that Work” and offers a comprehensive discussion board.

Additional Preparation Help
State Employment Information
Ed Week’s Agent K–12’s state information pages provide detailed data on each state’s teacher certification requirements, salary and incentive packages, and professional development programs, plus links for further research.



Arts & Crafts in the Classroom

EarlyChildhood.com Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts ideas grouped by subject.

National Art Education Association
Nonprofit educational organization that promotes art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.

The Story of Movies
Grade Level: Middle School
An interdisciplinary curriculum introducing middle school students to classic cinema and the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film. Free DVDs, a Teacher’s Guide, and a Student Activities Booklet, plus online resources, including a professional development area for teachers.
Recommended by KDP member Marilyn Cook, Port Aransas, TX.

Assessment

Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation
Online journal provides access to refereed articles on assessment, research, evaluation, and teaching practice.

National Center for Fair and Open Testing
Principles and indicators for student assessment systems.

Creating Better Student Assessments
Definitions of content and performance standards and issues involved in developing assessments to measure state content and student performance standards.

Autism
Autism Web™
Audience: Educators and Parents
Though this site exists primarily to educate parents about autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, general education teachers will find helpful descriptions of teaching strategies for working with students exhibiting these learning challenges, as well as teaching materials.

National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)
Autism Spectrum Disorder Series: Overview, Assessment, Interventions and Strategies for Success. This monthly education resource focuses on research, writing, and practical information about causes, characteristics, eligibility, assessment, and teaching strategies.

Behavior & Behavioral Problems

A Guide to Bullying and Cyberbullying
Learn to better understand bullying and cyberbullying—the definitions, the causes, and the solutions. Get apps and see more resources.

Intervention Central
Tools and resources to help school staff members and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning.

Behavior Problems & Discipline
FAQs about behavior and discipline, and links to additional information.

Bullying Prevention Manual
Audience: Professional PreK–12 educator/teacher, Administrator
Teachers need to be prepared to handle bullying issues in the classroom, and schools should be prepared to deal with this on a school-wide basis. This handbook focuses on reducing bullying behavior through the blending of school-wide positive behavior support, explicit instruction, and a redefinition of the bullying construct. Available for elementary and middle school levels. Recommended by KDP member Clinton Smith.

Brain-Compatible Instruction

Funderstanding
Discusses brain-based learning and ideas for engaging students.

Brain Connection

A resource for applying brain science to teaching and learning.

Jensen Learning Corporation
Assess your knowledge of brain-based learning with this quiz.

Certification & Licensure By State
countyoffice.org
Eliminate the headaches of trying to find contact information of a school or local government office. As your go-to place for all local government offices in the United States, countyoffice.org has alphabetical listings of county and state offices as well as agencies for the IRS, social security, hospitals, and many more, including public and private schools and colleges. You’ll find phone numbers, addresses, and directions nationwide. Search by specific entity or state.

Teacher.org
Get comprehensive, state-specific information to gain teaching certification, including required exams, specific pathways, certification requirements, continuing education options, employment and salary information, and even specific district statistics.

Character Education
Character Education Partnership
ources for developing civic virtue and moral character in youth for a more compassionate and responsible society.

Character Education Network

Quality, ready-to-use curriculum to facilitate character education.

Character Counts
A widely used approach to character education.

Classroom Resources

NEH-Supported Exhibitions
National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the U.S government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Education World
Lesson plans and ideas for incorporating technology in the classroom, articles for teachers and administrators, and links to resources.

USA Today Education Online

Resources to help tie classroom instruction to current events.

authorSTREAM
Audience: All
Use the FREE online tool for converting your PowerPoint® presentations to flash videos.
Recommended by KDP member Ludmila Smirnova, Mount Saint Mary’s College, Newburgh, NY.

Common Core & Standards-Based Curriculum

Common Core Lesson Plan Generator
Create free common core-aligned lesson plans with Formswift’s professionally designed templates. Expedite the process of writing a lesson plan using three templates for math, science, and language arts courses. Teachers create and fill out a lesson plan and download it in a PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Common Core Tools
Audience: All
The common core unpacked! Created by the North Carolina Department of Education, these documents break down each Common Core standard into understandable language so teachers can make sense of it. Then, it provides examples of each standard, helpful for you visual learners!
Recommended by Keon Ruiter, Professional Representative of the KDP Executive Council.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)–Common Core Standards
NASSP has compiled a number of resources to help high school leaders as they work to meet the challenge of implementing the new Common Core standards. Included are action briefs, webinars, and articles.

Copyright & Fair Use

Copyright and Fair Use
Stanford University provides copyright and fair use guidelines.

U.S. Copyright Office
Fact sheet on fair use of copyrighted material.

Counseling & Mentoring

Best in School Counseling
School counselors as well as prospective school counselors will benefit from the blogs, toolkits, organization information, and resources listed in this collection of 99 websites. Find tools for every school setting, blogs both informative and entertaining, and help from fellow professionals.

A Guide to Mentoring Students
This mentoring guide, published on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat site, informs and advises about mentoring students. Though not specific to a school setting, the guide discusses various components of mentoring that can be applicable in many settings. It explains what a mentor does, the qualities needed, and the benefits of mentoring. It even provides a sample agreement for mentors and mentees to sign.

American Counseling Association (ACA)
Home for the American Counseling Association, this site provides a blog on counseling, professional and student resources for all types counselors, not just school counselors. It’s a good site to visit to keep current in the field of counseling.

American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
Home to the professional organization for school counselors, from elementary to college level, the ASCA site provides resources, podcasts, and guidelines for school counselors. Some information areas are for members only.
Grade levels: All

Children’s Grief Education Association (CGEA)
This online home for the CGEA offers a wide array of resources to help people meet the needs of grieving children and families. Educators, parents, and others will find information for specific types of grief and for handling various situations—from military deployment to suicide—as well as pages directed to children and teens. CGEA also provides online continuing education courses on grief.

Keeping Students Safe From Bullying
Incidents involving bullying, harassment, and violence threatens students’ sense of safety and their ability to learn. An infographic highlights the role of school counselors in bullying and school safety.

Responding to Grief in Students
New Teacher Advocate articles to help you recognize the symptoms of grief, appropriate responses, and where to turn for more help. There’s also an FAQ article that lists age-appropriate books on grief-related topics.
Responding to Grief in Students
When Grief Strikes
Grief Book List

Differentiated Instruction

Carol A. Tomlinson
Fulfilling the promise of differentiation and responding to the needs of all learners is the lead line for Carol A. Tomlinson’s Web site that offers various links to practical applications for helping all learners in your classroom. Tomlinson is an author and accepted authority on differentiating instruction.

Staff Development for Educators

The Teacher Resources section of SDE provides more than 70 free downloadable pdfs on differentiated instruction. Topics cover a wide range of instructional strategies to differentiating textbooks and meeting the needs of students in poverty.

Differentiation Central
offers reliable information and resources—lesson plans, strategies, articles, and more—to deepen your understanding and enhance your practice of differentiated instruction. Also, share successes and get help from experts.

ASCD
is an educational leadership corporation dedicated to advancing best practices and policies in all areas, including differentiated instruction. Find articles, books, multi-media instruction, conference information, and courses available for downloading.

Digital Citizenship & Online Safety

YouTube’s Digital Citizenship Resources
Teachers can access this to help educate students, ages 13–17, about behaving responsibly online, protecting their identity, and more.

Civility in the Digital Age

Civility in the Digital Age provides guidance to media specialists, administrators, teachers, policy makers, and parents on effective strategies that assist young people in gaining knowledge, skills, motivation, and self-control for using the Internet and other information technologies in a safe and responsible manner. The site hosts articles, reports, and links to other related resources. Nancy Willard, executive director of Civility in the Digital Age , is a recognized authority on issues related to the safe and responsible use of the Internet.

CyberSmart!
The education team at CyberSmart! has created K–12 standards-based student curriculum that addresses various aspects of safety and security online, including manners and ethics. Lessons offer authentic learning and creativity and meet 21st Century challenges. Visit CyberSmart! for information on cyberbullying and online workshops for educators.

WiredSafety
This comprehensive site provides help, information, and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. Services available include helping victims of cyberabuse (online fraud, cyberstalking and child safety, hacking, and malicious code attacks) and parents dealing with issues related to social networking and cyberbullying. The site is run by WiredSafety.org, a 501(c) (3) charity and the largest and oldest online safety, education, and help group in the world. Most services are free or charge.

Digital Citizenship
Audience: All
This site shows and educates students and adults about using technology appropriately both in school and out in the real world. Consider making this your first stop before using the Internet in the classroom.
Recommended by KDP member Marilynn Cook, Port Aransas, TX.

Disadvantaged Children

Annenberg Institute
Organization working to develop the capacity of urban communities to build and sustain programs and policies that improve teaching and learning.

Diversity

Teaching Tolerance
Audience: All Sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance gives educators multiple ways to increase inclusivity in schools, teaching, and learning in response to diverse trends and realities in society. The site provides many ideas and activities for classroom teachers' use. Recommended by KDP member Patty Phelps.

Drug Education

Addiction Prevention: Essential Lesson Plans for K–12 Educators
Find the most relevant and appropriate instruction about drugs and alcohol, with lesson plans about understanding health and addiction, external influences, and making healthy choices, as well as additional lesson plan resources. Discussion information is also shared about addiction glorification, gateway drugs, prescription drugs, and the importance of education.

National Drug Facts Week Teaching Guide and Resources
Audience: Teachers, students, parents
To help you plan for National Drug Facts Week or simply start a discussion in your classroom or with an individual, start with this site. Resources include pamphlets to dispel the myths and give the facts, posters, interactives and videos, a blog, surveys, questions for students, and much more.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Audience: Students and Teachers
This user-friendly site has information, interactives and classroom activities, CSI-type web adventures, printables, articles, lesson plans, quizzes, and more, including links to more resources.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Audience: Parents, Teachers
A good support site with clear information, community resources, stories of hope, guides, and a parent toolkit.

Project Know: Substance Abuse and Addiction Education
Audience: Teachers, parents, anyone using drugs and those who care about them
This website has a number of excellent resources that can be used to educate yourself about drugs, so read them thoroughly. The more accurate knowledge a person has, the better his or her ability will be to make an accurate and informed decision. Having accurate information is the best way to identify yourself as a knowledgeable teacher that your students, whether children, teens, or adults, will listen to.

Safety Center Incorporated

Safety Center provides important safety education for children, teens and adults to keep them safe in the community, on the road and on the job.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World
The Truth About Drugs Education Package contains practical tools to educate young people about substance abuse.

Neuhaus Education Center
Audience: All Educators
This organization dedicated to preventing reading failure has provided literacy training for educators since 1980. Teachers can gain current research-based strategies and materials to teach reading, writing, and spelling to all students, including those with dyslexia.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic®
Audience: Students, Parents, Educators
RFB&D works with publishers and technology innovators to bring textbook and literature titles for every grade level and most subjects to individuals with visual and learning disabilities. RFB&D’s digital library provides current editions of state-adopted texts, so students can learn while using the same versions as their classmates.

Early Childhood Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Organization dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, particularly children from birth through age 8.

American Institutes for Research
Article about the benefits of early childhood education and developing appropriate content.

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

Exchange Everyday
prompts the exchange of ideas among early childhood professionals, who are creating thriving learning environments. This electronic newsletter contains success stories, news, solutions, and trend reports.
Recommended by KDP member and Executive Council Vice President, Susan Trostle Brand.

Economics

Council for Economics Education
The Council of Economics Education provides resources for teaching economics and personal finance for K–12 classes.

Education Policy
TeachersCount, a partner organization of KDP, offers an educational policy section on its Web site that features articles on current issues and trends in education. Topics include NCLB, teacher certification, school unions, and charter schools, and they are continually updated to help you keep current.

AACTE Education Policy Clearinghouse
is a national alliance of educator preparation programs that provides up-to-date news on educational policy and legislation both nationally and by region.

“The Inconvenient Truth About American Education Reform” – Pasi Sahlberg
In this video (1 hr., 26 min.), Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg addresses some of the problematic and unintended consequences of approaches to reform in the American education system.

Educators with Disabilities
Accommodating Educators with Disabilities
Audience: Educators, Undergraduates
With well over one million educators with disabilities working in our classrooms, this site is helpful in outlining accommodation needs for impaired teachers of every grade level. This also discusses employee rights and employer requirements to comply with title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Educators with Disabilities
Audience: Educators, Administrators, Undergraduates
The Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Educators with Disabilities Caucus (EDC) is a national network of preservice students, teachers, researchers, and administrators with disabilities. This site offers a forum for exchanging information on recruiting, hiring, and supporting such personnel.

Teachers with Disabilities « The Life That Chose Me
This post of a special education blog offers an intimate insight into the school day of teachers with disabilities. Other posts discuss many issues encountering special education classrooms.

English as a New Language

Dave’s ESL Cafe
Lesson ideas for teachers and definitions of English slang and idioms for students.

Foreign Language Teaching Forum
Advice, lessons, ideas, and encouragement from foreign language instructors.

Center for Applied Linguistics

Organization dedicated to improving communication through better understanding of language and culture.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
A global education association.

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
Audience: All
NABE's mission is to advocate for bilingual and English language learners and families. The site offers information on the annual national conference, professional workshops/institutes, newsletters, journals, research, advocacy, and policy issues/updates.
Recommended by KDP member Veronica Lopez-Estrada.

Stossel in the Classroom
Audience: K–12
"Stossel in the Classroom" offers a new DVD free to teachers each school year. The DVD includes video segments from John Stossel's television programs and specials with both English and Spanish subtitles, as well as an accompanying Teacher's Guide containing lesson plans, activity suggestions, viewing guides, and vocabulary, available in both English and Spanish.

Gifted Learners

Summer Institute for the Gifted
Resources for educators, students, and families.

Center for Gifted Education
A learning community that values and fosters individuals’ talent development.

NEAG Center for Gifted Educational and Talent Development

Resources for working with gifted and talented children.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Government Education Sites

Department of Education

Grants & Grant Writing

Grant Wrangler
Teachers and administrators will “Find Funding Fast for K–12 Schools” at this site offered by Nimble Press. Search by topic or due dates; read descriptions and how-to’s; subscribe to the Grant Wrangler bulletin; and view a list of professional grant writers at this often-updated site.

Education Grants in Mathematics, Science, and Technology
FirstEnergy Service Company, a diversified electric company headquartered in Ohio, is offering mathematics, science, and technology education grants of up to $500 each to pre-K–12 educators at schools in communities served by the company's electric operating companies. Visit the FirstEnergy Web site for complete program information, including descriptions of recent projects and a service-area map.

Non-profit Guides
Free grant-writing tools for nonprofit organizations.

Grant Writing Tip Sheets
Suggestions for grant writing.

Grants Information Collection

Books, periodicals, and pamphlets and a sampling of videos on fund-raising, proposal writing, and philanthropy.

Grants for Teachers
Butler Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Sites Featuring Grants Lists
Philanthropy News Digest
Teachers Count
National Geographic Educational Foundation
Chevron Texaco Fuel Your School Grants
Education World: Grants
American Federation of Teachers
Western Governors University
California Department of Education
National Science Teacher Association
APS Education Online: Classroom Grants and Donations

Grief & Disasters

Talking to Children About Disasters
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discusses talking to children about disasters and provides additional resources for parents and caregivers.

David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Director, Division of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Suggested Reading List

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

The Important Role Teachers Can Play in Supporting Grieving Students
Helping Students Cope and Adjust
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Higher Education
GRE Exam Prep
Planning to take the GRE? Check out the test prep resources at GoGrad.com and gain in-depth insight into all the test sections. Also, get study advice and “hacks,” specific study schedules, practice test information, test day advice, and more. Helpful links offer practice tests and disability testing resources. GoGrad.com also offers test prep guides for taking the GMAT and LSAT.

Inclusion

Cast: Universal Design for Learning
Organization focused on finding educational solutions for all learners.

Florida Inclusion Network
Learning opportunities, consultations, information, and support for educators, families, and community members about inclusion.

Special Education Inclusion
Information and resources regarding inclusion.

International Education
National Endowment for the Humanities offers summer seminars and institutes for teachers, with nearly half of those offered in 2009 focused on other countries or having a global perspective.

American Councils: Be an ambassador of American Culture by opening your school to an international school, or opening your home to an international student.

The Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative: Named after Ambassador Chris Stevens, the initiative is an international effort to build global competence for young people in the United States, the Middle East, and North Africa by growing the field of online virtual exchange.

Teachers of Critical Languages Program: This fully funded program places highly qualified English as a Foreign Language teachers from China, Egypt, and Morocco to teach Chinese or Arabic language and culture in U.S. K–12 host schools for an academic year.

Kennedy–Lugar Youth Exchange and Study: The U.S. Department of State's Kennedy–Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, provides competitive merit-based scholarships for U.S. citizens in secondary school to study for an academic year in select countries.

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC): The TGC program is a year-long, fully funded professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers to become leaders in global education.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program: U.S. K–12 teachers and educators can apply for grants to engage in collaborative projects for approximately two to six weeks abroad.

C2C: Make the World Your Classroom: The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural, and professional exchanges across the world.

C2C: Host a High School Exchange Student: Bring the world into your home, family, and community by hosting an international high school exchange student. By hosting a student for a few weeks or an academic year, you’ll share cultures and form bonds that last a lifetime.

Association for Childhood Education International: Promotes innovative solutions to education challenges and inspires action that creates positive, sustainable futures for children and youth worldwide.

Global Schools First: Global Schools First is a recognition program for primary schools (K–6) worldwide that are committed to integrating global citizenship education into all aspects of their school.

German American Partnership Program: The program initiates and develops student exchange programs between the United States and Germany, inspiring intercultural understanding, promoting German language instruction, and motivating personal friendships.

Primary Source: This organization advances global education through online courses, seminars, and resources for K–12 educators.

Qatar Foundation International: QFI inspires meaningful connections to the Arab world by creating a global community of diverse learners and educators and connecting them through effective and collaborative learning environments—inside and outside the classroom.

Al-Masdar: This resource-sharing website is dedicated to providing high-quality, open education resources for K–12 educators on teaching the Arabic language and about Arab society and culture.

World Wise Schools: World Wise Schools program is dedicated to promoting global learning through lesson plans, activities, and events—all based on Peace Corps Volunteer experiences.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language:
Participate in the Peace Corps’ newly developed TEFL training program, which allows volunteers to earn a Peace Corps TEFL Certificate upon successful completion of program requirements.

U.S Department of Education International Education Programs: Opportunities for Teachers: The Department’s overseas programs are funded under the Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act (also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act) and supports Seminars Abroad, Group Projects Abroad, and Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad. Domestic international education programs are funded under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and supports international and area studies across the United States. Examples include Georgetown University Middle East National Resource Center, Howard University African Studies Center, and UCLA Latin American Institute. Contact cheryly.gibbs@ed.gov (Title VI) or gary.thomas@ed.gov (Fulbright-Hays) for more information.

Student Video Contest (Grades 6–12):
Win cash prizes by creating a short video on a global challenge impacted by population growth. All middle and high school students are eligible to enter.

Population Education: Professional development courses and resources for K–12 teachers, future teachers, and nonformal educators on population history, impact, and future implications.

Language Arts

International Reading Association
Organization that supports those who help others learn to read. Resources include research, professional development, advocacy, and conferences.

Read. Write. Think.
Access to high-quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

American Library Association (ALA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)


ALAN Online
Audience: University faculty or researcher
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) wants to connect the young adult literature community . . . one book at a time. Join a discussion, read book reviews and author interviews, and get access to the ALAN Review, a journal devoted to the study of adolescent literature.
Recommended by KDP member Jeffrey Kaplan, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Learning Styles

Learning Styles
Learn about different learning styles.

All Kinds of Minds
Information for understanding differences in learning.

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences (MI) provides interactive assessments of your learning style/MI as well as tips to make your learning style work for you.

Lesson Planning

About.com Elementary Education
Elementary teachers not only can find lessons and activities at this site, but also guidelines and instructions for writing and developing effective lesson plans. Those guides and links to quick activities can be found under the Lesson Plans tab. Quick-link here for a list of ready-to-implement lessons and a lesson plan template.

About.com: Secondary Education
This site might be the first stop for middle and high school teachers, especially when it comes to planning lessons. From curriculum basics to reviews and assessment, the lesson plans section is set up with a teacher’s needs in mind. It is managed by a 13-year classroom and online educator.

PBS Teachers
Educators of various levels will find lessons, activities, and ideas for various subject areas, including many technology-related activities. Some, but not all are tied to PBS programming.

Mathematics

Math Counts
Grade Level: Middle
Math Counts is a national mathematics enrichment, coaching, and competition program for middle school students. Find the problem of the week, a mathematics arcade, and a student forum. Math Forum at Drexel University
Grade Level: All
The Math Forum at Drexel University is an online resource, providing problems and puzzles, online mentoring, research, team problem-solving and professional development, from teachers, mathematicians, researchers, students, and parents.

TODOS: Mathematics for All
Grade Level: All
A resource for teachers that advocates for an equitable and high-quality mathematics education for all students including Hispanic/Latino students by increasing the equity awareness of educators and their ability to foster students' proficiency in rigorous and coherent mathematics. Recommended by KDP Web Committee member.

Differentiated Instruction for Math
outlines strategies that allow math students to work on skills appropriate to their readiness level and to explore mathematics applications.

Music

National Association for Music Education
Resources for adding music to the classroom curriculum and encouraging the study and making of music.

Music Education Madness
A meeting place for all music educators, regardless of their level of expertise.

New Teachers

Teacher.org
Made for teachers by teachers, this site offers prospective, new, and even veteran teachers support and resources in order to advance in their careers. Find career information for nearly every path in education. Also, get resources such as lesson plans, scholarship opportunities, and more.

New Teacher Center
Organization provides leadership and a national voice for new teachers and assistance to schools and districts in developing new teacher induction programs and professional development opportunities.

Ideas for New Teachers and Education Students
Information on lesson planning, writing behavioral objectives, classroom management, and different instructional methods.

Survival Guide for New Teachers
Department of Education provides ideas for new teachers to work with veteran teachers, principals, parents, and teacher educators.

NewTeacher.com

Information to help new teachers as they enter the profession.

New Teacher Forum offers a way for new teachers to reach out for advice and collaboration.

Online Education

AcademicInfo Educational Resources & Subject Guides
AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information as well as links to a wealth of resources from abbreviations and acronyms to reference Web sites.

Online Resources for Students
is a comprehensive guide created for current students and teachers as a reference site of essential online tools and resources; “a gateway to all things academia.”Educational Resources include general information on getting started with online education, guides on test preparation, and education blogs. Member recommended. Grade level: Secondary, Post-secondary, Teachers

Physical Education

American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Organization that encourages and promotes the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education
SHAPE is the Society for Health and Physical Educators. This includes dance and an emphasis on early childhood education. SHAPE also encourages teacher research and includes grant funding for projects.

Professional Development Resources

Books for Teachers
Each month, you’ll find 3–4 recommend books that are great for Teachers. Simply click on one of the “top choices” to read a synopsis of the book. You also can recommend great books for other educators.

All Things PLC
Site includes information about Professional Learning Communities and the PLC movement in the U.S., including a PLC locator (find and compare statistics with other PLC schools across the nation), a collection of downloadable articles and research, plus tools and resources that can spark or advance a professional learning community in your school.

Mark Twain Museum Teacher Workshops
The Mark Twain Museum offers week-long workshops to familiarize teachers with significant works by Twain, to provide a forum for discussion and creative thinking about how to approach Twain’s writings in the classroom, and to experience the town that served as the fictionalized setting for his best known books. Cost is only $100 per teacher.

What Works Clearinghouse
Scientific evidence of what works in education.

Education World
Links to professional development resources and updates on school issues.

Center for Teaching Quality
Site for improving teacher quality through recruitment, preparation, induction, evaluation, and compensation.

American Association for Employment in Education
AAEE offers resources related to working in the field of education (for HR directors) and for finding a job in the field of education. The Job Search Handbook and the Educator Supply and Demand Report are very useful for job seekers. Sign up on their website to learn about job fairs in your area.

Reading Online
Electronic journal of the International Reading Association features articles on reading education.

Staff Development for Educators
A leading provider of professional development resources for Pre-K–12 educators.

Best Practice Resource
Staff development resources for professional growth.

Curriculum and Instructional Resources
Links to national standards, instructional materials, professional organizations, and certification requirements.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Organization devoted to quality teaching, learning, and leadership. Offers Web seminars, videos, books, and workshops.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
Links to many resources on topics of interest to educators.

University of Wisconsin–Stout
Online professional development programs for teachers.

Casenex
Online case-based approach to professional development.

Clearinghouse on Educational Policy and Management
Find resources on educational policy and management.

Educator’s Reference Desk
Links to online education information, lesson plans, and archives of answers to questions posed previously by educators.

Edvantia
Research, professional development, and technical assistance to help educators succeed in meeting federal and state mandates for high-quality teachers, research-based instructional practices, and school improvement.

AACTE Education Policy Clearinghouse
Provides up-to-date news on educational policy and legislation both nationally and by region.

International Literacy Association
Outlines the teaching proficiencies and professional knowledge required of today’s literacy educators.

The Jason Professional Development
Provides continuing education in science and math to teachers via online courses and face-to-face workshops.

Teachers.Net
A network of more than 50,000 educators connected by e-mail.

Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning
Research and practical guidance for educators.

Edutopia
Free magazine to qualified subscribers.

College Surfing
Helps identify colleges by programs and degrees.

Public Education

Center on Education Policy
National, independent advocate for public education and more effective public schools.

Public Education Network
Information on public education funding and school reform.

Reading

In2Books offers a reading program in which children are given free books to read and “discuss” with online adult mentors. This program serves Title I schools across the country and helps students read and communicate better, and think critically.

Literacy Head
Audience: PreK–12
Literacyhead is a weekly online magazine for connecting literacy and the visual arts. The teaching resources make connections to visual arts, reading, and writing in an integrated lesson.
Recommended by KDP member Claudia Pitchford.

Response to Intervention

Intervention Central
Grade Level: 1–8
Branded “Your source for RTI resources,” Intervention Central truly is a great site for Response to Intervention (RTI) and Curriculum Based Measurement tools for reading and math, as well as behavior interventions.
Recommended by Clinton Smith, KDP Communications Committee member and Special Education Teacher

National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI)
Audience: All levels
Housed at the American Institutes for Research, NCRTI works in conjunction with researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas to provide technical assistance to states and districts and build the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI. With that background, this site is abundant with information and tools (from definitions to Webinars and article downloads), including analyses of measuring assessments. Additionally the center provides expert training and follow-up activities.
Recommended by Clinton Smith, KDP Communications Committee member and Special Education Teacher

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Audience: All educators implementing intervention programs
This site, established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education, is the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for Response to Intervention. Its purpose is to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. Therefore the site is a virtual library of tools and resources, including videos and a Resource Catalog where you can search by subject, resource type, or author.

RTI Action Network
Audience: Educators and Administrators implementing RTI
RTI Action Network, a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities funded by the Cisco Foundation and in partnership with the nation’s leading education associations and top RTI experts, is dedicated to the effective implementation of RTI in districts nationwide. At this site, educators and parents can find information on the basic principles of RTI, as well as guides for large-scale implementation. Resources include an RTI glossary, parents and families section, an online community, various forms of RTI-related professional development opportunities.

School Safety

Stop Bullying Now
Practical research-based strategies to reduce bullying in schools.

Cyberbully.org
Information to help prevent online social cruelty.

Wired Safety
Online safety, privacy, and security information.

National School Safety and Security Services
Information on school security and crises preparedness.

Keep Schools Safe
Information for parents, students, and schools about school safety.

Prevention and Tolerance: A Counselor’s Guide to Bullying
Audience: Grades 6–12
Counselors, teachers, and administrators will find up-to-date information about the problems associated with bullying. Learn to identify the bullies and the victims; the obvious and subtle methods of bullying, including cyberbullying; and ways to stop, prevent, and address these situations. Numerous resources about bullying are offered as links.

Science

American Association of Physics Teachers
Audience: All
AAPT’s teaching resources section offers articles and multimedia, discussion groups, and activities for physics teachers.

National Association of Biology Teachers
Audience: All
NABT offers articles and other resources for science teachers, especially biology.

National Science Teachers Association
Audience: All
NSTA offers free articles, blogs and discussion groups, professional development opportunities, and its own set of standards for science education.

Secondary Education
What Makes a Great Secondary Teacher?
Educating and motivating secondary school students takes a certain type of teacher; it can be very challenging! All teachers encounter obstacles they must overcome, but teenagers offer unique situations through which to navigate. Here are ten traits that a great secondary education teacher should have.

Social Studies

IEA Civic Education Study
Audience: All
IEA presents the results of a survey of over 90,000 14-year-old students in 28 countries to determine their opinions on democracy, national identity, and social cohesion and diversity.

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
Audience: All
NCSS (National Council for Social Studies) provides standards for social studies, as well as information on teaching resources and professional development opportunities.

Special Education & Learning Disabilities

About Special Education
Audience: All
This search program shows the latest topics, tools, and essentials to know about special education.

CHADD
Audience: All
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) presents science and evidence-based information about AD/HD to parents, educators, the media, and the general public.

CLD International
Audience: All
The Council for Learning Disabilities is an international organization that promotes effective teaching and research. Teachers can find news, CLD publications (some content is open access), and information about upcoming conferences.

Council for Exceptional Children
Audience: All
CEC provides updates on special education laws and issues, upcoming conferences, and discussion forums.

GreatSchools Special Education guide for parents
Audience: All
GreatSchools is geared toward parents of children with learning disabilities, but contains information helpful to anyone who works with these students.

Kids Mental Health
Mental health issues affect public schools in record numbers. The Kids Mental Health information portal will inform an administrator who wants to learn more and assist his or her staff in educating these students in the classroom.

LDA America
Audience: All
The Learning Disabilities Association of America supports children and adults with learning disabilities, their parents, their teachers, and other professionals. Teachers can read about signs and symptoms, find tips for working with students, and learn about social/emotional aspects of learning disabilities.

LD Online
Audience: All
This web site focuses on learning disabilities, providing resources for parents, teachers, and other professionals who interact with learning disabled children.

LD Pride.net
Audience: All
LD Pride, part of LD Online, is designed for learning disabled students but very informative for teachers. This site gives information about and insights into learning disabilities and learning styles.

LD Resources
Audience: All
LD Resources is a blog collection of resources on various aspects of learning disabilities. Visitors can comment and discuss.

Model Transition Program
Audience: PreK-12
This site provides easy-to-use, adaptable resources, as well as connections to programs and agencies, for special education teachers responsible for transition planning. Recommended by KDP member Shannon Rice.

NCLD
Audience: All
The National Center for Learning Disabilities presents information for parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities. Its research and programs aim to foster effective learning and help students with learning disabilities succeed.

NICHCY
Audience: All
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) provides information about disabilities in children, IDEA and NCLB law, and research-based educational practices.

SERI
Audience: All
Special Education Resources on the Internet lists online resources related to Special Education. On this “clearinghouse site,” educators can find information about specific disabilities, discussion groups, and legal resources.

The Para Center
Paraeducators serve alongside teachers and other educators when working with students with disabilities or those with remedial needs. The Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center offers professional development and research, coaching and mentoring, and career ladders. Administrators who employ aides and assistants in their classrooms will benefit from materials and resources, articles, policy guidelines, links to other resources, and more.

Wrights Law
Audience: All
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys will find accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities, as well as the advocacy blog, The Wrightslaw Way.

Standards-Based Curriculum

National Science Education Standards
National Science Teachers Association outlines national standards for science education.

National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics
Principles and standards for school mathematics by grade level.

National Council for the Social Studies

Standards for social studies, as well as information on teaching resources and professional development opportunities.

International Society for Technology in Education
National standards for educational computing and technology.

State Teaching Standards


Substitute Teaching

National Substitute Teachers Alliance
This organization gives substitute teachers a forum of expression on a nationwide level.

Teacher Induction & Mentoring

The Mentoring Leadership and Resource Network
Articles and discussions on teacher mentoring.

Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment
A variety of resources on beginning teachers and induction.


Community Resources
You’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. Often teachers are the first person a parent or person in the community will go to better understand a situation with a child. Therefore, these links will help you and others in the quest to raise and educate today’s students.

Autism

Autism One
Audience: Educators and Parents
Find therapies and treatment for autism, including dietary responses. Families can find support in the Groups section discussion boards.

Autism Society
Audience: Educators and Parents
Home of the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization and founded in 1965, their mission is, “improving the lives of all affected by autism.” The site provides information on education plans and family issues and advocates for those who have autism.

Autism Speaks

Audience: Educators and Parents
As the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks helps fund research, increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

OASIS @ MAAP
Online Asperger Information and Support (OASIS) Center has joined with MAAP services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals. Contains articles, research information, blog posts, and much more.
Recommended by KDP member Corey Hall.

Behavior & Behavioral Problems

Focus Adolescent Services
Information, resources, and support to help teens with emotional or behavioral problems.

Classroom Resources

Donors Choose
Do you need something for your classroom, but don’t have the resources to pay for it? Want to help a classroom in need of materials? Make a request or browse other teacher requests and donate any amount to a project that inspires you. Repayment is made via pictures and thank-you notes! Recommended by KDP member Jessica Hester.

Digital Citizenship & Online Safety

Get Net Wise
Wise up to safety, security, and privacy when it comes to your cyberconnections. Check this National Cyber Security Alliance site, hosted by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations, to keep current on security and to ensure safe, constructive, and educational online experiences. It also provides blogs on current technology and a glossary of Internet terms.

Connect Safely
“Smart socializing starts here” at Connect Safely. Look for safe and smart tips on social networks, cell phones, and Internet use at this site that can appeal to kids (who says safety can’t be fun?) as well as adults. It offers videos, experts’ commentaries, and a forum for reading and posting about safety concerns.

Staying Sane in Cyberspace

Find 45 digital citizenship resources compiled by TechChef4u. These can help parents in managing devices at home: screen time, pedagogy, Internet safety, responsible use, and more.

NetSmartzKids.org
NetSmartz® is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet.

Safekids.com
Visit this “Internet safety and civility for kids and parents” blog site for posts and commentaries on issues surrounding safe use of the various tools of the digital age, as well as Tools for Families and resource videos.

Disadvantaged Children

National Center for Children in Poverty
Nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Organization dedicated to building better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States.

Early Childhood Education

Teach More/Love More
Click on your child’s age to access family activities including games, sports, crafts, music, cooking, and nature. Find parenting tips, articles on child development, and hundreds of new age-appropriate child activities each month.

Parent Information

Parent Institute
Resources to increase parent’s involvement in their children’s learning.

Especially for Parents
Information about schools to help parents make good decisions about their children's education.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
Advocate for the involvement of parents and families in their children's education.

Special Education & Learning Disabilities

GreatSchools Special Education guide for parents
Audience: All
GreatSchools is geared toward parents of children with learning disabilities, but contains information helpful to anyone who works with these students.

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