First Year Teacher Self-Study Course

First Year Teacher is a self-paced professional development course for novice K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers.

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An educational site offering 5000+ FREE printable theme units, word puzzles, writing forms, book report forms, math, ideas, lessons, and much more.


Bookshare, the world's largest accessible digital library for people with print and learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), provides free membership to qualified U.S. schools and students, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education. Get access to more than 43,000 digital books, textbooks and teacher-recommended readings to help your child succeed and enjoy reading independently.

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, University of Michigan

The model that underlies CIERA's research efforts acknowledges many influences on children's reading acquisition: readers and texts, home and school, and policy and profession. CIERA's task goes beyond finding answers to persistent problems in reading through research to disseminating those solutions to people who impact children's early reading achievement: teachers, teacher educators, parents, policymakers, and others.

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.

Colorín Colorado

Colorín Colorado is a bilingual web site that provides information, activities, and advice on helping children learn to read and succeed at school. Developed by the Reading Rockets project, Colorín features practical information for Spanish-speaking parents, beautiful illustrations from Caldecott Award-winning illustrator David Diaz, video clips of celebrities such as the late beloved Celia Cruz, and skill-building activities that draw upon Spanish-language songs and rhymes.

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.

Discovery Education

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.


EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

Education Planet

Search more than 400,000 educational teacher-reviewed lesson plans and worksheets.

Education Week

This online edition of America's top educational newspaper features daily news and current and archived issues of Education Week and Teacher Magazine.

Education World

Find lesson plans, articles written by education experts, and information on how to make the best use of technology in the classroom.


Edutopia offers teaching and learning resources for teachers and students that inspire collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. Edutopia's mission is to transform the learning process by helping educators implement six core learning strategies, including project-based learning and technology integration.

Florida Center for Reading Research

The Florida Center for Reading Research conducts basic research on reading, reading growth, reading assessment, and reading instruction;disseminates information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade; and conducts applied research that will have an immediate impact on policy and practices related to literacy instruction in Florida.


FreeReading is a free, open-source reading program addressing literacy development for grades K-3. The site provides a high-quality, cost-effective framework for intervention programs supporting K-6 literacy. Schools and teachers can use the complete, 40-week, research-based intervention program for K-1 students, or use the library of lessons to supplement existing curriculum in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing.

International Reading Association

The International Reading Association is 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. IRA members include classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university faculty, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists, and parents.

Museums Online

Find links to museum websites and virtual exhibits, educational games and activities, and extensive learning resources from art, science and history museums.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAEYC is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

National Center on Response to Intervention

The Center supports the implementation of RTI on a national level: (1) Identify, adapt, evaluate, and scale-up RTI models for identifying and serving students with disabilities.; (2) Provide ongoing support and technical assistance to states to support implementation of comprehensive RTI programs in districts, schools, and classrooms nationally; and (3) Disseminate information about proven and promising RTI models.

National Center on Student Progress Monitoring

The National Center on Student Progress Monitoring is dedicated to the implementation of scientifically-based student progress monitoring for grades K-5. The Center works to provide technical assistance to states and districts and disseminate information about student progress monitoring practices proven to work in different academic content areas.

National Education Association

Founded in 1857 in Philadelphia and now headquartered in Washington, D.C., NEA proudly claims more than 2.5 million members who work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. At the national level, NEA's work ranges from coordinating innovative projects to restructuring how learning takes place to fighting congressional attempts to privatize public education.

National Parent Teacher Association

National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities. PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligations to children.

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.

PBS Kids Lab

A bilingual, mobile-friendly resource for parents, educators and researchers, featuring the newest games, activities, mobile apps and other transmedia resources for kids 3-6 years old.

PBS Kids: Ready to Learn

Ready To Learn is public broadcasting's on-going contribution to the fulfillment of the first national education goal — that by the year 2000, all American children will begin school ready to learn. PBS and its member stations are working towards achieving this goal for children in a number of ways: offering a full line-up of high-quality PBS children's programming based on specific educational goals, both on-air and online; creating interactive online resources for kids and their caregivers; producing special on-air educational messages that teach kids important skills; presenting community outreach and educational materials for neighborhoods; and offering TV Tips for Parents.

PBS LearningMedia

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.


Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. You can create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your own word lists. This is a great resource for helping students to prepare for spelling or vocabulary tests.

Read Across America

Initially created as a one-day event to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2, NEA's Read Across America has grown into a nationwide initiative that promotes reading every day.

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

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.

Scholastic Teachers

Scholastic Teacher offers free lesson plans, interactive activities, a bookfinder tool, book discussions, and many more resources for teachers.

School Library Journal

School Library Journal aspires to be an accelerator for innovation in schools and public libraries that serve the information, literacy, and technology needs of 21st century children and young adults. SLJ produces resources, services, and reviews that make library and education professionals savvier, and communities stronger.

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.

Teaching Books's database of instructional materials will enliven your K–12 reading and library activities. Meet the author video, book guides and lesson plans bring children's books and authors to life.

Teaching Channel

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.


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.

Word Central

Merriam-Webster's Word Central offers kids a student dictionary, Daily Buzzword, and interactive word games.

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Diary of a First Year Teacher

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Join Barbara Zielinski, a first grade teacher at River Plaza Elementary School in Middletown, NJ, during her first year teaching.

"Writing is thinking on paper. " — William Zinsser