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Below are some great links to resources for all age groups:


Preschool:

Teachers Pay Teachers http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ – an open marketplace for educators where teachers buy, sell and share original teaching resources

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/ – an online tool for collecting and sharing images or resources that you can categorize onto “boards”; popular among teachers

PBS LearningMedia http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/ – classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, etc.

Thinkfinity http://www.thinkfinity.org  – Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community

Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/grade-level-k-2 – George Lucas Educational Foundation’s evidence-based K-12 learning strategies that empower teachers to improve education

Curriki http://www.curriki.org – free learning resources for the world

Teachers Network http://teachersnetwork.org – free lesson plans, units, activities, articles, videos and more

SAS Curriculum Pathways http://www.sascurriculumpathways.com – interactive, standards-based resources in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish (free for teachers)

Discovery Education http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/ – free programs and contests, interactive games, puzzles, lesson plans, and videos

BrainPOP  http://www.brainpop.com – animated curricular content (animated lessons, videos, assessments, games, etc.)

Storyline Online http://storylineonline.net/ – free online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children’s books aloud

Starfall http://www.starfall.com/ – free online phonics/reading tool (and other items that are low-cost)

neoK12 http://www.neok12.com/ – collection of free online educational videos, lessons, quizzes, puzzles, and games

EducationWorld http://www.educationworld.com/ – free lesson plans and research materials

TeachersFirst http://www.teachersfirst.com – free lessons, units, and web resources with ideas and best practices for effective integration of technology as a tool for teaching and learning

Share My Lesson http://www.sharemylesson.com/ – an online community for downloading and sharing free teaching resources

BetterLesson http://betterlesson.com/ – lesson plans, classroom materials, and instructional resources from high-performing teachers

HotChalk’s Lesson Plans Page http://lessonplanspage.com/ – free lesson plans written by teachers

Scholastic.com http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/free-lesson-plans – free lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, and extension activities

Creativity Resources for Teachers (by the Denver Art Museum)http://creativity.denverartmuseum.org/for-teachers/resources/teachingresources/

Home Grown Books http://homegrownbooksnyc.com/ – creative and visually stimulating books designed for early readers.

PE Central Video Lessons for Preschoolers http://www.pecentral.org/mediacenter/preschoolmini.html – free mini videos for teaching various physical education techniques to preschoolers



Elementary School:

FunBrain for Parents

Educational games are the highlight of this site. The games cover all interest areas and target specific age levels. There are “parent-kid challenges,” “homework relief,” and “books on the run” links. Also linked to this site, there is a family education newsletter that helps with school, life, entertainment, and special needs issues.http://www.funbrain.com/parents/index.html

KidsReads

This website shares reviews of “cool new books” and authors. The books are categorized by age and by genre. There is a link for podcasts and another for book clubs. The newsletter highlights the newest and best on the site.http://www.kidsreads.com/index.asp

PBS For Parents

This site contains guides on a variety of topics such as child development, curriculum connections, and technology for kids. It also shares information on hot issues in education. On the lighter side, there are games, stories, and guides to the TV programs offered by PBS. The guide is also available in Spanish. Bienvenidos a PBS Padres!http://www.pbs.org/parents/

http://www.pbs.org/parents/siteguide/spanish/index.html

Scholastic for Parents

This site contains age appropriate guides for helping your child learn to love reading. Divided into early childhood and school age children, the site also contains resources for helping your child with math, technology and other subjects. Additionally, there is an array of information about family matters.http://www.scholastic.com/parents/

Time for Kids Teacher’s Homepage

This site shares diverse resources for parents including virtual tours around the world, kid-appropriate current events stories, homework help, and games.http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/parents



Middle and/or Junior High:

Hey, Parents. What Minecraft Is Doing to Your Kids Is Kind of Surprising.

http://www.2machines.com/articles/183040.html

About.com: Parenting of Adolescents

Founded in 1996, and acquired by the New York Times Company in 2005, About.com offers over 550 experts sharing information on various topics. Parent will find interesting resources on parenting, including the section calledParenting of Adolescents.http://parentingteens.about.com/

Great Schools: Parents Guide to K-12 Success

This site offers parents resources to make informed choices about their children’s education. This website provides elementary, middle and high school information for public, private and charter schools.http://www.greatschools.net/

IRA - International Reading Association

This website offers literacy links to various parent resources in education.http://www.reading.org/resources/community/links_edu_tp.html

Literacy Matters

Literacy Matters is one of the world's leading nonprofit education organizations promoting literacy and institutional reform. The project is funded by the Annenberg Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.http://www.literacymatters.org/parents/ideas.htm

MiddleWeb: Exploring Middle School Reform

MiddleWeb provides a wealth of resources for parents and public school advocates interested in raising the achievement of middle school students. This site is supported by volunteers and Stenhouse Publishers.http://www.middleweb.com/mw/resources/MWRpublic.html

NCTE: The National Council of Teachers of English

NCTE is a professional organization for educators. Their website offers up-to-date information and news for parents, as well as tips for parent involvement.http://www.ncte.org/parents

NEA National Education Association

The National Education Association is a volunteer-based organization committed to advancing the cause of public education.

http://www.ncte.org/parents

PBS It’s My Life

It’s My Life is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to create safe educational online media activities for children aged 9 to 12. Parents and children can read informative articles, share stories, play games, and get advice from experts.http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/parents/resources/middleschool.html


High School College and University:



Adaptive Technology:

Mac Operating Systems

Natural Reader (Windows and Mac versions)

GhostReader (Mac only)



Adult Education:

Organizations and Resources

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)
LINCS is a national dissemination, resource gathering, and professional development system providing information on a wide variety of literacy relevant topics, issues, and resources for educators of adult learners. The LINCS design uses three components: 1)Regional Resource Centers; 2) Resource Collections; and 3) Discussion Lists. The coordinated efforts of LINCS partners continues to provide a national infrastructure for the literacy community to access the most comprehensive collection of family and adult basic skills research, teaching, learning and training resources.

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
Dedicated to enhancing the field of adult learning.

Commission on Adult Basic Education 
Provides leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners.

Community Partnerships for Adult Learning
This sponsored program works to strengthen ties among businesses, libraries, colleges, national nonprofits, faith-based and community-based organizations, social services and workforce development agencies, federally funded state-run programs, and other providers to improve the accessibility and quality of adult education.

Employment and Training Administration (U.S. Department of Labor)
provides a comprehensive list of adult programs including "America's Labor Market and Information System."

FindYouthInfo.gov
Offers Federally-developed interactive tools and other resources to help community organizations and partnerships in their efforts to support youth. Also, included are tools and resources to help form effective partnerships, assess community assets, understand risk factors and protective factors, generate maps of local and Federal resources, and search for evidence-based youth programs.

GED (General Educational Development) Testing Service
A program of the American Council on Education, this site provides general information on the GED Testing Service.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training
Engages in research and development projects for effective practices, findings of which are incorporated into the criteria for the Continuing Education Unit.

International Reading Association
A professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
Dedicated to identifying causes and promoting prevention of learning disabilities, as well as advocacy for individuals with learning disabilities.

LiteracyLink
Provides an integrated instructional system of video and online computer technology to help adult students advance their GED and workplace skills. Also provides professional development resources and training to literacy educators.

State Resources 
A collection of state-specific web sites organized by state.

National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium
Provides professional development opportunities to state adult education staff. Also disseminates information and reviews adult education public policy initiatives.

National Center for Family Literacy
Supports family literacy service-providers through programming, training, research, advocacy, and dissemination of information.

The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
Coordinates a national research agenda for adult basic education activities, including the dissemination of research and best practice information.

National Center for Education Statistics
Collects and reports statistics and information illustrating the condition and progress of education in the United States and other countries.

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) is building the capacity of states with emerging immigrant populations to provide systematic training and effective, ongoing technical assistance to teachers and administrators in adult English language acquisition programs. CAELA also will disseminate research-based resources and promising practices at the national level.

Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
A site funded by the California Department of Education, Adult Education Unit, that includes information on grant opportunities, curricula resources, lesson plans, software, and reference libraries.

ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy offers an accreditation system of standards that focuses on outcomes that are relevant to the local communities that ProLiteracy affiliates serve. ProLiteracy Worldwide was formed by the 2002 merger of Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
A professional education association whose mission is to develop the expertise of those involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages.


Retiring Adults:

Senior Net – SeniorNet’s mission is “education for and access to computer technologies” that will enhance older adults’ lives.

Age in Place Tech – For industry trends, research and analysis on the latest gadgets geared towards helping seniors stay in their homes, consult this site for the technically inclined.

Telikin – A “simpler, easy to use computer,” as featured on ABC News.