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Picture Book Database

Encyclopedia of Education (8 volumes)
REF LB15.E47 2003

Encyclopedia of Special Education (3 volumes)
REF LC4007.E53 2007

Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies

Gender and Education: an Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
REF LB17 .E53 2009

Education Statistics of the United States
REF LA201.E37 2009-10

Associations, Organizations & Agencies

U.S. Department of Education

Education Week
A resource offered on Education Week’s home page, this site provides 200 links to major associations involved in education policy or education reform. An alphabetical listing of sites allows users to search known organizations, and a browsable list is available as well. Also included are links to government agencies involved in education and education reform.

Comprehensive Education Sites

Education World
This site is a comprehensive website with a K-12 focus. It offers materials on curriculum, lesson planning, model schools, employment listings, school and university directories, international education organizations, and other resources through a search engine database that indexes 115,000 educational sites.

The Literacy Web 
This site offers an extensive collection of online literacy-related materials covering a full range of topics from assessment to technology, along with curriculum links for preschoolers through adults, including ESL.

Comprehensive K-12 Curriculum Resources

A-to-Z Teacher Stuff
This site is teacher-created and offers lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, teacher discussion forums, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets, emergent reader books, themes, and more.

C-SPAN Classroom 
Free resources for teaching Civics and U.S. Government

Cool Science
Howard Hughes Medical Institute--sharing the facts and fun of science with students of all ages

Curriculum Connections (Anti-Defamation League) 
Curriculum Connections is a collection of original lesson plans and resources that help K-12 educators integrate multicultural, anti-bias, and social justice themes into their curricula. Each edition is organized around a particular topic or theme, and a new edition is published three to four times per school year.

EDSITEment-The Best of the Humanities on the Web
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment contains references to resources available through government, nonprofit, and commercial entities.

i-Safe America
The leader in Internet safety education

The Lessons Plan Page

Claiming to be ‘home of the largest collection of lesson plans on the Internet', this teacher-centered site is very well organized and easily searchable. Users who click on a subject are offered subdivisions by grade-level. Lessons generally focus on the elementary level.

Free puzzlemakers, math worksheets, and lesson search available.

Math is Fun 
Combines mathematics and fun at basic skill levels.
Standards-based math activities

QR Codes in Education
Offers a QR code generator and a list of ways educators can use them.

Read, Write, Think
Provides educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.

Reach the World 
Bringing the world into classrooms

Smithsonian Education
Smithsonian Education represents their ongoing support of academic endeavors. The Educators section offers many fine models of lesson plans in relation to discipline and grade-level standards.

Teachable Moment
TeachableMoment.Org provides educators with timely teaching ideas to encourage critical thinking on issues of the day and foster a positive classroom environment. Topical activities are available for elementary school, middle school, and high school levels.

TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. 
Site includes audio lectures as well as a document library of original sources documents from the founding through the 20th century and beyond.

Started in August 1995 by an elementary school teacher and her husband, this site includes lesson plans, curriculum-related links to subjects, and a Teacher-2-Teacher discussion list. Lesson plans, teaching tips, and classroom techniques are the primary focus. offers teachers free access to 19,000 lesson plans, 5,600 printable worksheets, over 200,000 reviewed web sites, 50+ teaching articles, 60 teaching themes, rubrics, educational games, teaching tips, advice from expert teachers, current education news, teacher downloads, web quests, and teacher tools for creating exciting classroom instruction.

The WebQuest Page 
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity for students, which includes information from the World Wide Web. Short term quests lasting 1-3 class periods are focused on learners acquiring a new body of knowledge and digesting it. Long-term quests last from a week to a month and are designed to have students learn and integrate knowledge. They will be able to analyze content, transform it and demonstrate comprehension in a public setting.

Web Sites and Resources for Teachers
Created by two elementary education professors at California State University, Northridge, this site offers curriculum resources for Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, Art, Music, Just for Kids, Languages, Physical Education, New Sites, Our Books, and Awards. Under these categories one finds lesson plans, instructional materials, online activities and projects, and virtual trips to museums and countries around the world.

Worksheet Library
Worksheet Library is home to over 5000 printable K-6 worksheets for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers. Many are available at no charge.

This site contains many tools for teachers. The Trackster search engine allows teachers to organize and annotate online resources, which become part of the database. Instructors can find resources by keyword, subject and grade, themes and standards.

Integrated Curriculum

Project Based Learning
Project Approach

Whole Child

Promise of Place Place-based Education
Montana Heritage Project 
Orion Society

Sevice Learning Clearninghouse 
Kids Consortium 
Students in Service to America

Authentic Education 
Big Ideas

What is Authentic Assessment
Authentic Assessment blog

Democratic Education 
The Institute for Democratic Education 
International Democratic Education Network 

General Sites

The Educational CyberPlayGround
This site provides a "webliography" of links to educational resources on various subjects. A fun and easy way to navigate the Web for students, teachers, and new Web users.

RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch.

Higher Education

Directory of State Higher Education Agencies
Sponsored by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), a nonprofit, nationwide association of chief executive officers serving on statewide coordinating boards and governing boards of postsecondary education, this resource provides addresses and contact information for state higher education agencies.

Higher Education Research Institute 
The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) is based in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. It serves as an interdisciplinary center for research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education.

Professional Organizations

Vermont Institutes
A partnership supporting teacher quality and school leadership in Vermont.

VITA-Learn is a non-profit, charitable corporation whose mission is to promote and encourage the use of information technology to meet Vermont's educational goals and standards.

Standards, Student Achievement & Program Evaluation

The Education Trust
Promotes high academics in schools and colleges serving low-income minorities.

Council for Exceptional Children
Information and Resources for students with disabilities and gifted students.

International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
Conducts comparative educational studies to aid in education reformation.

Learning First Alliance
"Dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools."

Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning
McREL’s Mission Statement: Making a Difference in the Quality of Education and Learning for All…

National Assessment Governing Board
Created by Congress to evaluate schools and their progress with links to "The Nation’s Report Card".

National Center for Research and Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing
A site for parents, students, and teachers alike with a library of resources, job postings, standardized testing information, and links to related sites.

National Council for the Social Studies
A site that highlights the standards for social studies curriculums, as well as an online bookstore, conferences, a discussion board, associated groups and the latest news.

National and International Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
This official site of the ASCD includes the latest news from the organization. Listings of featured resources and publications, upcoming conferences, forums, and links to related sites.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
Working toward improving the nation’s schools.

Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
Working to improve education for people of all ages through assessment and evaluation

Sciences Study
Compares state math and science achievement scores with 40 other countries.

Statistical Sources

The Condition of Education (Annual)
A link to the National Center for Education Statistics site, this is the electronic version of an annual report submitted to Congress. This comprehensive compendium describes the current status and recent progress of education in the US, summarizing major education statistics on the status and progress at all levels of schooling, from preprimary to graduate.

Maintained by a professor of educational administration and foundations at Illinois State University, this site offers a national database of support for higher education. By clicking on a particular state, one receives a statistical report for appropriations of tax funds for operating expenses of higher education, 1997-998 and 1998-99 for that state.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Part of the US Department of Education, the NCES collects, analyzes, and disseminates data and statistics about education in the US. It contains an archive of government statistical reports, most of which are available free of charge in .pdf format.

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