APPENDIX II: RECOMMENDED WEBSITES FOR TEACHERS

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APPENDIX

II: RECOMMENDED WEBSITES FOR TEACHERS

The World Wide Web is difficult to navigate, constantly changing and idiosyncratic.
Most of the teachers who helped assemble this list of recommended sites prefer Google as their
search engine, but some
disagree. Any directory of recommended sites is going to include sites
that have moved or have closed shop. In addition, one person’s best site can be someone else’s
dud. We encourage you to explore these sites for yourself and bookmark your own favorites.

Our recommendations are divided into three general categories (professional
organizations, resources and lesson plans, and publishers and corporate
-
for
-
profit sites) and are
listed alphabetically within each group. As you visit these sites, you will disco
ver that most
could be listed in more than one category.
These sites were last confirmed on November 20,
2012.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (http://www.actfl.org/).
ACTFL is dedicated to the improvement a
nd expansion of the teaching and learning of all
languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of

more

than

7,000

foreign

language

teachers

and

administrators

from

elementary through graduate
education, as well as g
overnment and industry.

American Federation of Teachers (http://www.aft.org/). The mission of the American
Federation of Teachers, AFL
-
CIO, is to improve the lives of its members and their families; to
give voice to their legitimate professional, economic,

and social aspirations; to strengthen the
institutions in which they work; to improve the quality of the services they provide; to bring
together all members to assist and support one another; and to promote democracy, human rights,
and freedom in the uni
on, nation, and world.

American Educational Research Association (http://www.aera.net/). AERA is concerned
with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education
and by promoting the dissemination and practical applica
tion of research results. AERA is the
most prominent international professional organization with the primary goal of advancing
educational research and its practical application. Its more than 22,000 members are teachers;
administrators; directors of rese
arch, testing, or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies;
counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists. The broad range of
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disciplines represented by the membership includes education, psychology, statistics, sociology,
his
tory, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.

American Library Association (http://www.ala.org/). ALA provides leadership for the
development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the
profession of libraria
nship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

ASCD (formerly
Association

for

Supervision

and

Curriculum

Development
)
(http://www.ascd.org/). The ASCD 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
st
udents, and serves as a world
-
class leader in education information services. ASCD publishes
Educational Leadership
.

Bilingual

Education

(
http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/eslbil.html
).

This site has links to a
number of other sites that focus on bilingual edu
cation.

Children’s Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org/). CDF is a strong, effective
voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. It pays
particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children an
d those with disabilities. CDF
educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before
they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown.

Coalition of Essential Schools (http://www.essentialsc
hools.org/). CES is a national
network of more than 1,000 schools, 19 regional centers, and a national office seeking to
promote higher student achievement and to develop more nurturing and humane school
communities. CES National supports the work of this
network by providing professional
development, conducting research, maintaining this
web
site, and advocating for the CES
Network.

Educators for Social Responsibility (http://www.esrnational.org/). ESR’s mission is to
make teaching social responsibility a c
ore practice in education so that
young people develop the
convic
tions and skills needed to shape a safe, sustainable, democratic, and just world. ESR
supports social and emotional learning, character education, conflict resolution, violence
prevention, an
d intergroup relations. It offers comprehensive programs, resources, and training
for adults who teach children at every developmental level, preschool through high school.

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ERIC (http://www.eric.ed.gov/). The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) i
s
an online digital library of education research and information sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Education.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (http://www.glsen.org/). GLSEN is one of
the nation’s leading voices for equality and safety in th
e educational system.

Global Schoolhouse (http://www.gsn.org/). This site provides excellent resources for the
information consumer, especially teachers who want to use the Internet in their classrooms.

Institute for Democracy in Education (www.ohiou.edu/i
de). IDE was founded by local
teachers in
southeastern
Ohio dismayed that public school reform overlooked the historic
purpose of public education

the development of participatory citizens who have cultivated
democratic habits of heart and mind. IDE includ
es more than
twenty

regional offices across the
United States and Canada.

International Education and Resource Network (http://www.iearn.org/). iEARN is a
nonprofit organization made up of almost 4,000 schools in more than
ninety

countries that
empowers te
achers and young people (K

12) to work together online through a global
telecommunications network. Through participation in iEARN projects, students develop the
habit of getting involved in community issues, thus better equipping them for future citizensh
ip
participation.

International Society for Technology in Education (http://www.iste.org/). ISTE publishes
Journal for Research on Technology in Education and develops technology standards for
schools.

Internet Public Library (http://www.ipl.org/). IPL is
a public service organization and
learning and teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information.
Activities include finding, evaluating, selecting, and organizing library material. IPL advocates a
learn
-
by
-
doing approach to train in
formation professionals and students to work in an
increasingly digital environment.

MiddleWeb (http://www.middleweb.com/). This site is dedicated to reform and
innovation in middle schools, with an emphasis on urban issues. It provides links to other onli
ne
resources and a listserv that connects middle school teachers interested in improving middle
grades, teaching, and learning.

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National Association for Multicultural Education (http://www.nameorg.org/). NAME
advocates for educational equity and social
justice. Membership encompasses the spectrum of
professional educators and specialists, including early childhood, classroom
,

and higher
education faculty, administrators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, curriculum
specialists,
li
brarians
, schol
ars, and researchers. NAME publishes
a
newsletter and a quarterly
journal,
Multicultural Perspectives.

National Center for Fair & Open Testing (http://www.fairtest.org/). NCFOT is an
advocacy organization working to end the abuses, misuses, and flaws of st
andardized testing and
to ensure that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open, and educationally sound. It places
special emphasis on eliminating the racial, class, gender, and cultural barriers to equal
opportunity posed by standardized tests, an
d preventing their damage to the quality of education.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

(http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/)
NCELA is

funded by the

U.S. Department of Education
to collect, analyze, and disseminate
information relating to the
effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in
the United States.

National Coalition of Education Activists (members.aol.com/nceaweb). NCEA is a
multiracial network and membership organization of parents, school staff, union and c
ommunity
activists, and children’s advocates working for equitable and excellent public schools. NCEA’s
quarterly newsletter,
Action for Better Schools
, provides an annotated list of practical resources.

National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (
http://www.nctaf.org/). NCTAF
is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group dedicated to improving the quality of teaching nationwide as a
means of meeting America’s educational challenges. NCTAF’s work is based on a solid body of
research demonstrating that access to

competent, qualified teachers is a crucial factor in
determining student achievement.

National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and
International Studies (http://www.languagepolicy.org/). JNCL and NCLIS are membership
organiz
ations united in their belief that all Americans must have the opportunity to learn and use
English and at least one other language. The site provides links to individual language
associations.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (http://www.ncate.org/).
NCATE is a coalition of professional associations of teachers, teacher educators, content
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specialists, and local and state policymakers committed to quality teaching. Through
the process
of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works
to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for
the next century.

National Council for the Social Stu
dies (http://www.socialstudies.org/). NCSS provides
leadership, service, and support for all social studies teachers. It serves as an umbrella
organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics,
political science,

sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law
-
related education. NCSS
publishes curriculum journals for teachers working in elementary, middle, and secondary
schools, and a social studies research journal.

National Council of Teachers of English (http://ww
w.ncte.org/). NCTE is devoted to
improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. It
provides a forum for the profession, opportunities for teachers to continue professional growth
throughout their careers, a
nd a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the
teaching of English.

National

Council

of

Teachers

of

Mathematics

(http://www.nctm.org/).

NCTM

provides
the vision and leadership necessary to ensure a mathematics education of the

highest q
uality for
all students. NCTM publishes four professional journals:
Teaching Children Mathematics
,
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, the Mathematics Teacher
, and the
Journal for
Research in Mathematics Education.

National Education Association (ht
tp://www.nea.org/). NEA is America’s oldest and
largest

organization

committed

to

advancing

the

cause

of

public

education.

NEA conducts
professional workshops, supports members involved in contractual negotiations, lobbies state
and federal legislative bod
ies, and promotes dialogue on major educational issues.

National Endowment for the Humanities (
http://www.neh.gov/
).

NEH is an independent

grant
-
making

agency

of

the

U.S.

government

dedicated

to

supporting research, education, and
public programs in the
humanities.

National Science Foundation

(http://www.nsf.gov/). NSF is an independent grant
-
making
agency of

the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, and public programs
in the sciences.

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National

Middle

School

Association

(http://www
.nmsa.org/).

NMSA

is

a

resource center
for middle school teachers.

National Science Teachers Association (http://www.nsta.org/). NSTA promotes
excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. Membership includes science
teachers, supervisors, ad
ministrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others
involved in science education. NSTA publishes a professional journal for each level of science
teaching.

National Writing Project (http://www.writingproject.org/). NWP promotes exe
mplary
instruction of writing in every classroom in America. It recognizes that our lives and practices
are enriched when those with whom we interact represent diversities of race, gender, class,
ethnicity, and language.

Network of Educators on Central Ame
rica (http://www.teachingforchange.org/).
Teaching for Change provides curriculum guides and other resources to help teachers engage
students in innovative classroom activities that deal with issues of equity and social justice.

Phi Delta Kappan (http://ww
w.pdkintl.org/). Kappan is an advocate for research
-
based
school reform. Kappan provides a forum for debate on controversial subjects. It is disseminated
to all members of Phi Delta Kappa International and is available by subscription to nonmembers.

Rethin
king Schools (http://www.rethinkingschools.org/). This organization began as a
local effort by Milwaukee
-
area teachers to address problems such as basal readers, standardized
testing, and textbook
-
dominated curriculum. It has grown into a nationally promin
ent publisher
of educational materials. It remains committed to equity and to the vision that public education is
central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy.

Science Learning Network (http://www.sln.org/). SLN is a project sponsored

by the
National Science Foundation. It provides an online science learning community for teachers,
students, and teaching institutions such as museums.

Teachers Network (http://www.teachersnetwork.org/). This is a national, educational,
nonprofit organiza
tion that identifies and connects innovative teachers exemplifying
professionalism and creativity within public school systems. Site includes: Daily Classroom
Specials, Videos for Teachers, For New Teachers, Grants for Teachers, Talk with Teachers, and
Tea
cher Bookstore.

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Teach for America (
http://www.teachforamerica.org
).

This is a national corps of
outstanding and diverse recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit
two
years
to teach in urban and rural public schools. After their
two
years,
Teach for America alumni bring
their unique perspective and experience to every sector of professional life, where they remain
lifelong advocates for making an excellent education available to all children.

United Nations (www.un.org/cyberschoolbus). This
site provides information and
activities linking teachers and students with UN
-
sponsored projects around the world.

United States Department of Education (www.ed.gov/free). DOE offers hundreds of
education resources supported by agencies across the U.S. fe
deral government. Subjects include:
arts, educational technology, foreign languages, health and safety, language arts, mathematics,
physical education, science, social studies, and vocational education. DOE also provides a
survival guide for new teachers a
t www.ed.gov/pubs/survivalguide.

What Kids Can Do (http://www.whatkidscando.org/). This site highlights innovative
programs that show the power of young people to shape our world.

RESOURCES AND
LESSON

PLANS

Awesome Library (http://www.awesomelibrary.org/).

This site organizes the Web with

17,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5

percent

in education.

Beginning Teachers Tool Box (http://www.education
-
world.com/). This is a “survival
kit” for new teachers that includes a newsletter and profess
ional and classroom resources.

Creative Teaching (http://www.creativeteachingsite.com/). This is a nonprofit site
financed by the author to help teachers develop more creative teaching ideas and to help teachers

more

thoroughly

enjoy

their

profession.

The

creator

of

this

site

has

been teaching and teaching
teachers for
thirty
years.

IBIBLIO (http://www.ibiblio.org/). This site is one of the largest “collection of
collections.”
A c
ollaboration
between the Center for the Public Domain and the University of
North Carolina
-
Chapel Hill
, it

offers free software and information on music, literature, art,
history, science, politics, and cultural studies.

Lesson Planz (http://www.lessonplanz.com/). This site is a clearinghouse with more than

4,000

lesson

plans

orga
nized

by content and

theme.

It includes

a

chat room where
teachers share ideas.

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Library of Congress American Memory (
http://
memory.loc.gov/ammem). This is a
gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.
The

site

offers

more

than

seven
million

digital

items

from

more

than

100

historical collections.

Merrow Report (
http://
www.pbs.org/merrow). This site is an engaging documentary
series about learning, about stretching your mind, and about television that ed
ucates. The
Merrow Report looks at issues that shape the ways all of us live and work and learn.

PBS

Teacher

Source

(
http://
www.pbs.org/teachersource).

This

site

provides

teacher
-
developed materials, television programming, and professional development inf
ormation.

Smithsonian Institute (
http://
educate.si.edu). The Smithsonian Institute in Washington,
D.C., designed this site to introduce teachers to programs offered at the museum. It provides
lesson ideas in a range of subject areas.

Teacher’s Corner (http
://www.theteacherscorner.com/). This site provides lesson plans,
thematic units, lesson calendars, and pen pals.

Teachers First (http://www.teachersfirst.com/). On this site, lessons and resources are
organized by subject area.

Teachers Helping Teachers (
h
ttp://
www.pacificnet.net/~mandel). This site is designed to
help teachers share lessons and teaching ideas.

Teachers.Net (http://www.teachers.net/). This site is a large teacher resource site.

PUBLISHERS AND
CORPORATE
-
FOR
-
PROFIT SITES

Copernicus (http://ww
w.edgate.com/). Gateway’s corporate site for teachers, students,
and parents

has

a

range

of educational links

and resources.

It offers

extra

help

for students and
allows teachers to post assignments online.

Discover

(http://www.discover.com/).

This

is

the

home

of

the

Schrock

guide

to
integrating the Internet into the curriculum. It offers numerous resource links and lesson ideas.

Education Week (http://www.edweek.org/). This is an online newspaper that discusses
current

news,

special

events,

and

professiona
l

and

social

issues

of

significance

to teachers.

Encyclopedia

Britannica

(http://www.britannica.com/).

This

is

one

of

America’s leading
encyclopedias with everything from the origins of the universe to current events.

Holt
McDougal
(
http://holtmcdougal.hmh
co.com
).
This site provides resources in all
subject areas.

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Houghton Mifflin (http://www.eduplace.com/). The
web
site provides supplemental
material that parallels and expands on the parent company’s texts.

K
-
12 Teaching & Learning Center (http://www.k12tlc
.org/). This is a privately owned
and operated
web
site for K

12 educators, students, and families. It charges a nominal
membership fee.

Learning

Network’s

Teacher

Channel

(http://www.teachervision.com/).

This corporate
-
sponsored
web
site offers lesson plans
, free e
-
mail newsletters and literature tie
-
ins, quizzes, and
printables to help teachers enhance learning and incorporate technology into their classrooms.

Merriam
-
Webster

Online

(http://www.merriam
-
webster.com/).

This

is

an

online

English
language
dictionary and thesaurus.

My School on Line (
http://
MySchoolOnline.com). This site provides a range of Internet
and
web
site solutions, from teaching teachers how to use the Web to providing easy
-
to
-
use
web
site
-
building tools and education
-
focused content.

The New York Times (
http://
www.nytimes.com/learning). This is a New York City

based newspaper with broad national coverage of events. It includes lesson ideas and sample
assessments.

Prentice Hall (http://www.phschool.com/). This site provides resources in

all subject
areas. It offers teachers the ability to interact with textbooks and create their own
web
sites, and it
provides state
-
specific curriculum information.

World Book (http://www.worldbook.com/). This site provides access to the
World Book

Encyclop
edia.

Yahoo’s Education Directory (dir.yahoo.com/Education/K_12/Teaching). This is a
directory of reference materials, online learning communities, and links to resources on
classroom management, lesson planning, and library resources.

Recommendations
by L
arry Klein of the New Teachers Network
for Building
Your
Own

Web
s
ites

TeacherWeb (
www.
teacherweb.com). This site provides easy
-
to
-
create, easy
-
to
-
update personal
web
sites for
teachers.

Internet

101

(www.internet101.org).

Created

for

those who

want

to

know

just

the basics, this site provides enough
knowledge to have fun on the Internet, yet it will not bore you with too many details. Think of this as a set of
instructions for people who don’t like to read instructions.

Lis
s
a Explains (www.lissaexplains.com). This is Web page design for kids. Topics include HTML, how to create
home pages,
how to
make a Web page, hex codes,
RGB

color chart, free guestbooks, projects, counters, JavaScript,
scripts, downloads, e
-
mail, tables, la
ke and snow applet, applets, search engines, graphics, copy,
and
paste.

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Homeroom.Net (www.homeroom.net). This is an Internet community of school
Website
s, links, and education
-
related information.

Presenting

Java

(www.december.com/works/java.html).

Java

is

a

computer programming language that brings
animation and a level of interactivity to the Web. With Java, you can create animations, simulations, and
applications for Web pages that are truly interactive.

Website Abstraction

Free JavaScripts (wsabstract.c
om/cutpastejava.shtml). This site offers comprehensive
JavaScript tutorials and more than 400 free scripts.

The Free Site (www.thefreesite.com). This provides listings and reviews of the best freebies available on the Net: e
-
mail freebies, free fonts, fun
freebies, free games, free graphics, free Java & Javascript, free postcards, free software,
free sounds, free technical support, free Web space for hosting your site, Web master freebies (free tools,
Website

resources).

Fontsnthings.com (www.fontsnthings.c
om). This site provides a collection of unusual freeware and shareware fonts.

IconBAZAAR (www.iconbazaar.com). This is a gallery of free clipart, graphics, images, webdings, and web

art for
use in HTML development.

ClipArt Review (www.webplaces.com/html/cl
ipart.htm). This site is a guide to free graphics on the Web: icons,
backgrounds, textures, animated gifs, buttons, bars, lines, rules, bullets, clip art.

Cool Archive (www.coolarchive.com). This site offers a huge free vault of clipart images, fonts, icon
s, hundreds of
animations, buttons, bullets, arrows, bars, html and
P
hotoshop tips, sounds. Plus it offers an online logo generator
and button maker to create your own graphics.