General Education Websites
Information for parents, online activities and help for students.
- Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Web sites about the government and by the government for kids, teachers, and parents.
(Michigan Electronic Library) Lists resources by audience (administrators, media specialists, new teachers, etc.) and by topic.
- EDUCATION Index
Guide to education-related links on the web.
- Education Week
News on current issues, events, and trends.
- Education World
Education World's goal is to make it easy for educators to integrate the Internet in to the classroom. This site includes lesson planning, professional development, technology integration, daily features and employment listings.
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources.
- FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
(Dept. of Education) Easy access to the learning resources of more than 35 federal agencies including teaching ideas, learning activities, photographs, maps, primary documents, data, paintings, and sound recordings.
- Sites for Teachers
"A list of the best teacher's resource and educational sites on the net," ranked by popularity.
- Test Reviews Online
(Buros Institute) Information on almost 4000 commercially available education, psychology, and speech and hearing tests, and where to find them. This is the online version of the Mental Measurements Yearbook. (NOTE: This site replaces the ERIC/AE Test Locator, which was discontinued in December 2003.)
- Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Links to all public community colleges, state colleges and all UMass campuses. Also has links to other state higher education offices as well as their human resources offices (many with job listings). Maintains a GPA calculator.
- Massachusetts Department of Education
The Mass DOE is charged with the responsibility of ensuring improved teaching and learning in all of the Commonwealth's public schools. Extensive information is provided on many topics including the MCAS, the MTEL, the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, Special Education, Education Reform and much more.
- U.S. Dept. of Education
The federal government is committed to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every U.S. citizen. Links to the “No Child Left Behind Act”, the “Reading First Program” and the National Center for Education Statistics.
General Lesson Plan Sites
Although there's some free material at this site, much is only available by subscription, for a fee.
- Educator's Reference Desk: Lesson Plans
(Information Institute of Syracuse) NOTE: This site replaces the AskERIC Lesson Plans site.
- The Gateway to Educational Materials
Lesson plans, curriculum units, and other online education resources.
- Lesson Plan Resources
(Kennesaw State University) A list of links to lesson plan websites.
Over 2000 free lesson plans for grades pre-K to 12.
Searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects.
- PBS TeacherSource
Over 4000 free lesson plans and activities for grades pre-K to 12. Related to public television programs.
- Smithsonian Education
(Smithsonian Institution) A small collection of lesson plans.
- Teacher Talk Forum
(Center for Adolescent & Family Studies, Indiana University) Lesson plans and activities, focusing on middle school and high school levels.
Daily news articles of interest to educators, education resources and links, education-related humor and stories, lesson plans, and Teacher-2-Teacher mailing lists.
For more lesson plans, look under the specific subject areas listed at the top of the page.
Reading & Language Arts
Math Resources for Teachers
- Afterschool.gov for kids or teens
Games, activities, homework help, and lessons.
- Ask Dr. Math
(The Math Forum @ Drexel University) Questions asked by teachers and students. Teaching ideas, discussions and math problems.
- Educator's Reference Desk: Mathematics Lesson Plans
Replaces the AskERIC Lesson Plans site, which was discontinued in December 2003.
- Eisenhower National Clearinghouse on Math and Science Education
Professional resources, hot topics, career development.
- Lesson Plans
(Eisenhower National Clearinghouse)
- Math.com: For Teachers
Lesson plans, standards, resources, freebies.
- Mathematics Archives
(K-12 Materials) Supported by the National Science Foundation. Offers links to websites that contain significant collections of materials that can be used in the teaching of mathematics at K-12 levels. Includes lesson plans, software, topics in mathematics, contests and competitions.
- Mathematics Lesson Plans
(ERIC Clearinghouse) Links to math lesson plans and math activities for grades K-12.
- Mathematics: Study and Teaching
(Librarians' Index to the Internet) Listing of sites useful for math teachers.
- Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education
Sites that incorporate major federal educational initiatives, lesson plans, and activities.
- EPA - Environmental Explorers' Club
Games and online activities for children about the environment.
- Genetics Education Center
(U. of Kansas Medical Center) Lesson plans, education resources and more on human genetics and the Human Genome Project.
- NASA Education Program
Science, math, technology, and geography materials specifically for students and teachers.
- Nye Labs Online
(Bill Nye the Science Guy) Features topical episode list, fast facts, summaries, and bibliographies of each show.
(NASA) Lesson plans and information about space exploration, shuttle flights, and famous missions.
- Students and Teachers Page
(EPA) Games, lesson plans, and activities. Environmental grants, scholarships, awards, and laws.
Music Resources for Teachers
- Council for Exceptional Children
The CEC is the largest professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
- Learn English on the Net - Learning Disabilities
(Mohawk Valley Library Association) Covers instructional materials and basic subject areas.
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
The NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities.
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
The NICHCY provides information on:
1. disabilities in children and youth 2. programs and services for infants, children and youth with disabilities 3. IDEA, the federal special education law 4. No Child Left Behind, the federal law on general education 5. research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.
- Office of Special and Rehabilitative Services
(U.S. Dept. of Education) This federal website is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities from birth to age 21.
- Office of Special Education
(Mass. Dept. of Education) Offers valuable information on the IEP process, laws pertaining to special education, parent information and much more. Also check www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/alt for discussion of students with disabilities and the MCAS.
Educators, parents and advocates will find articles, cases, newsletters, etc. pertaining to education law, special education law and special education advocacy.
- Education Statistics at a Glance
(NCES) Searchable collection of federal statistical sources in education, including:
• Condition of Education
Annual compendium of 60 indicators of the progress of education in the U.S., such as outcomes, enrollment and international comparisons.
• Digest of Education Statistics
Annual compilation of statistics on the current state of the U.S. education, K through graduate.
- Kids Count
(Annie E. Casey Foundation) "A national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S." Provides national and state population data on age, gender, households, families, and housing units.
- National Center for Education Statistics
(NCES) Statistics dealing with youth, education and child development.
- State Information
(EdWeek) Education-related data on each state and the District of Columbia.
- Academic Employment Network
"A national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S." Provides national and state population data on age, gender, households, families, and housing units.
- EdWeek Job Listings
Sponsored by the publishers of Education Week, this website connects educators with the latest news and K-12 employment opportunities.
- K-12 Jobs.com
Requires free registration to search.
- Teacher Jobs
(free login) Sponsored by the Educational Placement Service, a private placement concern, which assists teachers, specialists, and administrators in finding employment in public, private, and parochial schools and colleges.
Associations & Organizations
- American Association for Higher Education (AAHE)
Organization dedicated to improving the quality of higher education. Information about its projects and membership.
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Provides the full-text of the latest reports, and abstracts of the AERA's latest journals.
- American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
National teachers' and educational support workers' union.
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Curriculum standards, school safety, and parental involvement. Online publications and employment directories.
- International Reading Association
Goals are to improve literacy skills and research new instructional techniques.
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
An association of educators in English, literacy, and language arts. Site covers jobs, teaching ideas, and professional issues.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Provides online articles, vendor information, recommended standards, and interactive learning activities.
- National Education Association (NEA)
Classroom tips, information on school reform, legislation alerts, and information on education issues.
- National PTA
"The largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States." Information on how the PTA works with parents, schools, and local communities to promote children's education and well-being.
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Provides information on national standards, the evolution vs. creationism debate, online publications, award information, and educational links.
- Phi Delta Kappa International
Links to useful sites, job and career development information, and educational research updates. Selected articles from the Phi Delta Kappan.
- Scholarly Societies Project - Education Societies
(University of Waterloo) A directory of professional education societies that maintain web pages.
(National Council for the Social Studies) Contains useful links, a book catalog, standards and position statements and membership information.
On and Off Campus Access
(1966-present) Indexes journals, curriculum guides, research reports, conference proceedings, bibliographies, and more.
- Expanded Academic Index
On and Off Campus Access
(1980 to present) Indexes general interest magazines and core scholarly journals from all subject areas. Many articles in Full Text. Regis barcode required to access this database from off campus.
- Professional Development Collection
On and Off Campus Access
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of over 500 Full Text journals, including more than 300 peer-reviewed titles. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world. Produced by EBSCOhost. Regis barcode required to access this database from off campus.