American Federation of Teachers
A group of teachers founded AFT to protect their professional interests, benefit the people they served, and create strong local unions affiliated with the labor movement. The AFT has grown into a trade union representing workers in education, health care, and public service.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
ASCD, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 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; initiates and supports activities to provide educational equity for all students; and serves as a world-class leader in education information services.
CAST: National Center on Universal Design for Learning
CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning. Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative contributions to educational products, classroom practices, and policies. Its staff includes specialists in education research and policy, neuropsychology, clinical/school psychology, technology, engineering, curriculum development, K-12 professional development, and more.
Center on Instruction
The Center is a cutting-edge collection of scientifically based resources on instruction. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, COI develops and identifies free resources that Regional Comprehensive Centers and state, district, and local educators can use in their pursuit of high quality instruction.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
Children's Literacy Initiative
Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a nonprofit that works with K-3 teachers to transform instruction so that children can become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers. CLI's goal is to close the gap in literacy achievement between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers. CLI provides training and coaching to teachers and administrators, and quality children's books to classrooms.
Common Core State Standards Initiative
A state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent framework to prepare children for college and the workforce by defining the knowledge and skills students should have in their K-12 education in order to succeed.
Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools (CIS) works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources. CIS strategically aligns and delivers needed resources so that students can focus on learning.
CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
CONNECT is developing web-based, instructional resources for faculty and other professional development providers that focus on and respond to challenges faced each day by those working with young children with disabilities and their families. The modules help build practitioners’ abilities to make evidence-based decisions.
Discovery Education provides innovative teaching materials for teachers, useful and enjoyable resources for students, and smart advice for parents about how to help their kids enjoy learning and excel in school. The site is constantly reviewed for educational relevance by practicing classroom teachers in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
Education Planet is a K-12 Web services company designed to help teachers, students, and parents easily find and utilize teacher approved educational resources, web tools, and e-learning services. It features a database of more than 100,000 educational resources. Teachers use Education Planet to search over 16,000 lesson plans, utilize powerful teacher web tools, share teaching ideas, and learn more about how to integrate technology into curriculum.
This online edition of America's top educational newspaper features daily news and current, as well as archived issues of Education Week and Teacher Magazine.
Education World features a search engine that can be restricted to only search educational sites. It also offers news from USA Today, monthly site reviews, employment listings, and original content such as lesson plans, articles written by education experts, and information on how to make the best use of technology in the classroom.
Updated daily, this site provides summaries and links to the top news articles and commentaries on education, from newspapers across the country and the world. Free online subscription allows you to receive a daily e-mail news update.
Educator's Reference Desk
Through The Educator's Reference Desk you can access AskERIC's 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses. The Educator's Reference Desk provides a search interface for the ERIC Database, allowing access to over one million bibliographic records on educational research, theory, and practice.
GreatTeacher.net is a community organization and website portal dedicated to the sharing of resources and information about the field of education and teaching. GreatTeacher.net was established in 1999 as a resource for students and educators, and all who are interested in the field of education. This website was created by educators as a platform to provide knowledge and disseminate information and provide free services to the education community.
In2Books, the largest nonprofit literacy program in Washington, DC, helps students become successful readers, writers, and thinkers through a combination of challenging work for students and literacy professional development for their teachers.
International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is an international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. The IDA membership consists of a variety of professionals in partnership with people with dyslexia and their families. The IDA actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for people with dyslexia. We support and encourage interdisciplinary research. We facilitate the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and are committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research based knowledge.
IRIS Center for Training Enhancements
The IRIS Center creates free training enhancement resources for college faculty who are preparing the next generation of school personnel and for professional development providers who are training current school professionals. IRIS training enhancements are designed to equip school personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Materials includes online interactive modules, case studies, information briefs, activities, and a searchable directory of disability-related websites.
The Knowledge Matters Campaign is an advocacy initiative focused on the critical role of knowledge-building. It’s time to restore history, science, geography, art, music, and more to the education we give to all students, especially those least likely to gain such knowledge outside school. Greater comprehension, critical thinking, curiosity, and equality will be our reward. Educators need to devote more time to building vocabulary and knowledge in science, social studies, and the arts — starting in early childhood. Policymakers need to create incentives for districts and schools to make long-term investments in building academic knowledge. Parents need to demand a well-rounded education and read aloud, visit museums, and discuss current events with their children.
National Center for Families Learning
The National Center for Families Learning (formerly the National Center for Family Literacy) inspires and engages families in the pursuit of education and learning together. Since 1989, the NCFL has helped families make educational progress by pioneering and improving family literacy programs. NCFL offers free resources for parents, educators, and community organizations.
National Center for Technology Innovation
The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) advances learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities by fostering technology innovation. NCTI helps researchers, product developers, manufacturers, and publishers to create and commercialize products of value to students with special needs.
National Council for Teachers of English
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, NCTE has provided a forum for the profession, an array of opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the teaching of English.
National Summer Learning Association
The National Summer Learning Association serves as a network hub for thousands of summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country, providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation. The NSLA offers professional development, quality assessment and evaluation, best practices dissemination and collaboration, and strategic consulting to states, school districts, community organizations, and funders.
National Writing Project
The NWP is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university. The NWP provides professional development, develops resources, generates research, and acts on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.
Newsela is a free online tool for delivering high-interest, cross-curricular nonfiction texts to students, right at their reading levels. By combining standards-aligned real-time assessments with leveled content from premier daily news sources and eminent nonfiction publishers, Newsela makes reading-to-learn relevant, interesting, and effective regardless of interest or ability.
Get access to tens of thousands of free classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease.
PBS Teachers provides educators with nearly 3,000 free lesson plans and activities tied to PBS programming. Teachers can sort lesson plans by subject area and grade level.
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists. The tool is available for purchase from LearningStore.
Read Write Think
Access to high-quality free lesson plans and printables, student interactives, professional development tools, and parent and afterschool resources for educators, families, and out-of-school program professionals.
Reading A-Z offers thousands of printable teacher materials to teach guided reading, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, reading fluency, alphabet, and vocabulary. The teaching resources include professionally developed downloadable leveled books, lesson plans, worksheets, and reading assessments.
ReadingLady.com was founded to provide personal support to teachers and offer them access to the best teaching resources on the market. Includes lesson ideas for comprehension strategy instruction, author studies, and information on the Four Blocks framework for literacy instruction.
ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. ReadWorks is faithful to the most effective research-proven instructional practices in reading comprehension.
RTI Action Network
The RTI Action Network is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide. The goal is to guide educators and families in the large-scale implementation of RTI so that each child has access to quality instruction and that struggling students — including those with learning disabilities — are identified early and receive the necessary supports to be successful.
Scholastic Teacher offers free lesson plans, interactive activities, a bookfinder tool, book discussions, and many more resources for teachers.
Share My Lesson
Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, this free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage and inspire each other. This free platform has a resource bank for Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice and guides to help with dedicated resources that support the standards.
The Starfall learn-to-read website is offered free as a public service. Primarily designed for first grade, the site is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade, and Home Schooling.
Teachers.Net web site provides teacher networking, columns by educators such as Alfie Kohn and Harry Wong, lesson plans, live meetings with experts, and job information.
Teaching Cannel is a video showcase of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. Teaching Channel works to revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve education.
Teaching LD provides information and resources for teaching students with learning disabilities. It is a service of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children. DLD is a international professional organization consisting of teachers, psychologists, clinicians, administrators, higher education professionals, parents, and others.
Teachnet offers lesson plans in a variety of content areas, and classroom tools to help with classroom management and organization.
The Learning Page
Learning Page provides a huge collection of professionally produced instructional materials you can download and print. Lesson plans, books, worksheets, and much more can be found on the site.
The Really Useful List of Fill-in-the-Blank Web Tools
Created by members of Monmouth University, this list of practical tools and resources will help K-12 teachers put the Internet to good use in their classrooms. The list provides tools, forms, templates, checklists, and interactive activities that will help to create Web sites, lessons, puzzles, rubrics, projects, games and more.
Wonderopolis nurtures wonder and learning through the power of discovery, creativity, and imagination. The Wonders of the Day help families and teachers find learning moments in everyday life.