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Online Resources: Education

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Achieve
(Free)
Achieve is a resource for governors, business leaders, and others seeking to improve student achievement and raise the level of educational standards. Its web site includes annual reports, information on benchmarking and other initiatives, and a national clearinghouse database for researching academic standards.
Adolescent Literacy
(Free)
AdLit.org is a national multimedia project that offers information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers. AdLit.org is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation’s capital, and is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and by the Ann B. and Thomas L. Friedman Family Foundation.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
(Free)
The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) mission is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through research, training, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers. 
American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA)
(Free)
AASPA represents school personnel professionals, including personnel/human resource administrators, personnel support staff, superintendents, principals, and graduate students interested in this field. It provides resources, professional development activities, and networking opportunities.
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
(Free)
AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
(Free)
The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.6 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.
Annenberg Media
(Free)
Annenberg Learner’s mission is to “Advance Excellent Teaching in American Schools.” We have pursued this mission for more than three decades by funding and distributing multimedia resources for teachers (K-12 and college levels) to teach their subjects and to stay up-to-date in their fields.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
(Free)
ASCD is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan education association committed to the mission of forging covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners. Founded in 1943, ASCD provides professional development in curriculum and supervision; encourages research, evaluation, and theory development; and disseminates information on education issues ranging from inclusion to parent involvement, learning styles to school leadership.
A Rhyme a Week
(Free)
A Rhyme a Week: Nursery Rhymes for Early Literacy.
Awesome Library
(Free)
Awesome Library organizes the web with 37,000 carefully review resources.
A to Z Teacher Stuff
(Free)
A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.
Style Manual – August 2010 edition
(Free)
The California Department of Education  Style Manual addresses issues such as language usage and style, grammar, source citation, and others. It is meant to help CDE staff members plan, organize, and prepare a manuscript in a form that is clear, accurate, and that will require a minimum of editing and rewriting before it is published.

Style Manual – September 2016 Edition

California State Board of Education
(Free)
The 11-member State Board of Education is California’s K-12 policy-making body for academic standards, curriculum, instructional materials, assessments and accountability

We oversee the state’s diverse public school system, which is responsible for the education of more than six million children and young adults in more than 10,000 schools with 295,000 teachers. We are in charge of enforcing education law and regulations and continuing to reform and improve public school programs.

California State Board of Education: Content Standards
(Free)
Content standards were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.
Center for Civic Education
(Free)
National Standards for Civics and Government.
Center for Media Literacy
(Free)
The Center for Media Literacy (CML) is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. Visit the reading room: Media Literacy and Education.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
(Free)
Welcome to the Resource Library that the CPIR is compiling for the Parent Center network!  Find resources of interest to you through the quick-find links (just below) or through the dynamic “Search for Resources” feature, which will let you filter your results by format, audience, and producer.
Center for Parent Information and Resources: Mental Health Resources
(Free)
There are many, many organizations and groups that deal with mental health. This page will help you find the one or ones that offer the type of assistance, intervention, or information you’re seeking.
Characteristics of the 100 Largest  Public Elementary  and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 1999-2000
(Free)
The information provided in this publication was reported by state education agency officials to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the Common Core of Data (CCD). It relates to student membership and staff in public schools and school districts in the United States and outlying areas during the 1999-2000 school year, graduate and dropout counts for the 1998-99 school year, and to revenues and expenditures for fiscal year (FY) 1998.
College Board
(Free)
College Board.  Education Professionals. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
Common Core of Data
(Free)
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States.
College Board
(Free)
College Board.  Education Professionals. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
Common Core State Standards
(Free)
Common Core State Standards. Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.
Common Core
State Standards Initiative

(Free)
Common Core State Standards Initiative. This site is the official home of the Common Core State Standards. It is hosted and maintained by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). It provides parents, educators, policymakers, journalists, and others easy access to the actual standards, as well as supporting information and resources.
Conscious Teaching
(Free)
Conscious Teaching. Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching. Since 1993, our books, workshops and courses have been providing new and veteran k-12 teachers with “stuff they can use” to engage their students and structure safe, respectful learning environments. Look around and see how we help teachers bring out the best in themselves and their students. Conscious Classroom Management is a lively, fun, and interactive workshop that addresses these questions, giving K-12 teachers practical solutions for successfully managing their classrooms.
Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature
(Free)
DAWCL has over 10,000 records from 125 awards across six English-speaking countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland). Click the link Explanation of Awards above to see a list of awards, their countries, and a brief explanation. Each book is indexed to some degree so users can find it using the form search or the keyword search.
Early Childhood Longitudinal Program (ECLS)
(Free)
The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS) program includes three longitudinal studies that examine child development, school readiness, and early school experiences. The birth cohort of the ECLS-B is a sample of children born in 2001 and followed from birth through kindergarten entry. The kindergarten class of 1998-99 cohort is a sample of children followed from kindergarten through the eighth grade. The kindergarten class of 2010-11 cohort is following a sample of children from kindergarten through the fifth grade.
ED Data Inventory
(Free)
The goal of the ED Data Inventory is to describe all data reported to the Department of Education, with the exception of personnel and administrative data. It includes data collected as part of grant activities, along with statistical data collected to allow publication of valuable statistics about the state of education in this country. The ED Data Inventory includes descriptive information about each data collection, along with information on the specific data elements in individual collections.
EDSITEment
(Free)
A variety of links to other Websites and references to resources available through government, nonprofit, and commercial entities for the use of lesson planning.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
(Free)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
4Teachers
(Free)
4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use.
Global Autism Collaboration
(Free)
List of organizations participants by country.
High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09)
(Free)
Nationally representative, longitudinal study of 23,000+ 9th graders from 944 schools in 2009.  Students followed throughout secondary and postsecondary years. Surveys of students, their parents, math and science teachers, school administrators, and school counselors. A new student assessment in algebraic skills, reasoning, and problem solving for 9th and 11th grades. 10 state representative datasets.
Houghton Mifflin Education Place
(Free)
Pre-K–6 resources for teachers, students, and families to support instruction in the classroom and at home.
IDEA – The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(Free)
IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education, just like other children.  The law has been revised many times over the years.

The most recent amendments were passed by Congress in December 2004, with final regulations published in August 2006 (Part B for school-aged children) and in September 2011 (Part C, for babies and toddlers). So, in one sense, the law is very new, even as it has a long, detailed, and powerful history.

Information on Countries from Around the World
(Free)
World demographics by country.
Information on World Demographics
(Free)
Health: Birth, Immunizations, Malnutrition, fertility, Mortality, Population, Tuberculosis, HIV, etc.
International Reading Association
(Free)
Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 56,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.
Jean Piaget Society
(Free)
The Jean Piaget Society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge.
Lesson PlanZ.com
(Free)
LessonPlanz.com is searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects.
Library of Congress: America’s Story from America’s Library
(Free)
The Library of Congress has made digitized versions of collection materials available online since 1994, concentrating on its most rare collections and those unavailable anywhere else. The following services are your gateway to a growing treasury of digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, and books, as well as “born digital” materials such as Web sites.
Merlot
(Free)
MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.
NASA Website for Educators (A –Z List)
(Free)
Browse this alphabetical list for items of interest to educators. Locate top level sites for interesting topics, education pages for NASA missions, print materials, and other hard-to-find pages that offer resources for educators.
NASA Education for Educators
(Free)
Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, Higher Education.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI
(Free)
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs.

National Archives: Teachers’ Resources
(Free)
Engage students with lesson plans and other classrooms materials.
National Assessment Governing Board
(Free)
The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan organization that oversees the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card.
National Association for Bilingual Education
(Free)
Since 1975, the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) has been a non-profit membership organization that works to ensure that language-minority students have equal opportunities to learn English and succeed academically.
National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC
(Free)
Founded in 1926, NAEYC has led the way toward excellence in high-quality early care and education. With nearly 80,000 members from more than 300 Affiliates and more than 120 countries, including teachers, administrators, parents, educators, and policy members, we are committed to bringing high-quality early care and education to all young children.
National Association  of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education
(Free)
NAECS-SDE (National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education) is a national organization for state education agency staff members with major responsibilities in the field of early childhood education.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
(Free)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
(Free)
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) team envisions a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.
National Center On Education and the Economy
(Free)
New Standards is a joint project of the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Center on Education and the Economy. Beginning in 1991 the project culminated in the publication of New Standards Performance Standards, a set of internationally competitive performance standards in English language arts, mathematics,  science and applied learning at the 4th, 8th and 10th grade levels. The standards are no longer in print, but can be downloaded in PDF form.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(Free)
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. 
National Education Association
(Free)
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)
(Free)
A nationally representative sample of eighth-graders was first surveyed in the spring of 1988. A sample of these respondents was then resurveyed through four follow-ups in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000. On the questionnaire, students reported on a range of topics including: school, work, and home experiences; educational resources and support; the role in education of their parents and peers; neighborhood characteristics; educational and occupational aspirations; and other student perceptions.
National Geographic: Education
(Free)
The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.
National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES)
(Free)
The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population and offers researchers, educators, and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The NHES surveys cover learning at all ages, from early childhood to school age through adulthood. The most recent data collection in 2012 consisted of two surveys: Parent and Family Involvement in Education and Early Childhood Program Participation.
National Institute of Mental Health: National Institute of Health
(Free)
NIMH supports research on the following topics: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and more…
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)
(Free)
NIMAC is a federally-funded, national electronic file repository that makes National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) files available for the production of core print instructional materials in specialized formats. The files can be used to create a variety of specialized formats, such as braille, audio, or digital text, on behalf of qualifying blind, visually-impaired or print-disabled students in elementary or secondary school.
National Parent-Teacher Association
(Free)
The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS)
(Free)
NPSAS examines the characteristics of students in postsecondary education, with special focus on how they finance their education.
No Child Left Behind
(Free)
U.S. Department of Education. No Child Left Behind: Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Obama Administration’s blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
No Child Left Behind Act
(Free)
No Child Left Behind/ Elementary and Secondary Education Act  (ESEA).
PBS Learning Media Videos
(Free)
Learning Media Videos on Science, Social Studies, Math and English Language Arts.
A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods
(Free)
Examples of quantitative and qualitative data presented in different forms.
Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
(Free)
PIAAC is a household study that has been developed under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the United States, the study was conducted in 2011-2012 with a nationally representative sample of 5,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65.
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
(Free)
PIRLS is an international comparative study of the reading literacy of young students. PIRLS studies the reading achievement and reading behaviors and attitudes of 4th-grade students in the United States and students in the equivalent of 4th grade in other participating countries.
Read Write Think
(Free)
Here at Read-Write-Think, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
RHL School
(Free)
Ready-to-use worksheets. Content: Reading Comprehension, English Grammar and Usage, Math Problem Solving, Research Skills and Math Computation.
Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)
(Free)
SASS is a system of related questionnaires that provide descriptive data on the context of elementary and secondary education and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States.
Sites for Teachers
(Free)
Hundreds of Educational web sites in reading, mathematics, science, social studies, writing, lesson plans, worksheets, activities, clip art, etc.
Smithsonian Education
(Free)
Welcome to Smithsonian Education, the central education website of the Smithsonian Institution. The site contains information and resources for Educators (Lesson Plans, Resources and State Standard of Learning); Students (explore by topics, and Ideal Labs) and Families.
Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)
(Free)
TALIS is an international study of teachers, teaching, and learning environments. TALIS’s objective is to provide internationally comparable indicators on teachers and teaching to help countries review current conditions and develop informed education policy.
Teaching Channel
(Free)
941 videos on Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Assessment, Behavior, Celebrating Teachers, Class Culture, Coaching, Collaboration, Common Core, Differentiation, Digital Literacy, Engagement, English Language Learners, New Teachers, Planning, Special Education, etc.
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
(Free)
TIMSS provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries. TIMSS data have been collected from students at grade 4 and 8 since 1995 every 4 years, generally. In addition, TIMSS data have been collected twice from students at grade 12 (in 1995 and 2008), which can be referred to as TIMSS Advanced. The next TIMSS data collection is in 2015 and will include students in grades 4, 8 and 12.
United States by Region
(Free)
The regions of the United States are geographic areas which include multiple states. The regional groupings presented here and their definitions are from standard language used by libraries and reflect the groupings used in the classification system for maps. The visual grouping of regions into five maps assists users in comparing and contrasting the contents of each region. The Regions are included in the bibliographic records and are also available for access through the “Subject Index”.
United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics.
(Free)
The Elementary/Secondary Information System (ELSi) is an NCES web application that allows users to quickly view public and private school data and create custom tables and charts using data from the Common Core of Data (CCD) and Private School Survey (PSS).
United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics: Fast Facts
(Free)
The primary purpose of the Fast Facts website is to provide users with concise information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning. Fast Facts draw from various published sources and are updated as new data become available. Additional references on each of these topics are highlighted within each fact.
United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics: NAEP State Comparisons
(Free)
Search and list states and jurisdictions according to average scale scores of students overall and average scale scores of selected student groups (e.g., male and female students, White students, Black students, and Hispanic students) for a specific year. It also orders states and jurisdictions by differences between groups of students and/or years (changes), and by changes in differences.
United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics: Resources
(Free)
n order to fulfill the NCES mission, “…to collect, analyze, and disseminate statistics and other information related to education in the United States and in other nations…,” NCES must strive to develop high quality, customer-driven products and to be fully engaged with the education community to gain a full understanding of the data needs and interests of our customers. As such, several activities have been designed to fulfill that part of our mission including a statistical standards program which sets standards for all of NCES’ activities.
United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics: School District Mapping and Demographics
(Free)
School district geographic and demographic data useful for describing and analyzing characteristics of school districts, children, and K-12 education is also available.
United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics: State Education Data Profiles
(Free)
Search for statewide information in elementary/secondary education characteristics and finance, postsecondary education, public libraries, assessments, and selected demographics for all states.
United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics: Structure and activities
(Free)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.
United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics: Surveys & Programs
(Free)
U.S. Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (IES). National Center for Education Statistics. Surveys & Programs
United States Department of Health & Human Services: Mental Health Organizations
(Free)
Local Organizations with Mental Health Expertise. These organizations can help coordinate a community event, locate speakers who have expertise in mental health, offer peer and family supports, and provide general information on mental health as well as treatment, and available services for mental health issues.
Virtual Middle School Library
(Free)
A virtual middle school library with resources for students and teachers
Web English Teacher
(Free)
Book Reports, Media, Children’s Literature, Drama, ELL/ESL, Poetry, Speech, Writing, Technology Integration, and more.
World Atlas
(Free)
Bodies of water, Continents, Countries, Currency conversion, Current time, Equator, Hemispheres, Find any City, Latitude and Longitude, Oceans and Flags.