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  • Learning for Families & Adults
    Edutopia is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world's best universities. Most are free. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just4Kids The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the national sponsor of Just for the Kids (JFTK), which provides school, district, and other education leaders with essential system performance and best practice information they need to make sound decisions. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lexicon of Educator Terms This is a wonderful site that explains educator terms. You can find definitions from ability grouping and achievement gaps to zero-tolerance. A great help to any educator! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rethinking Schools Online Rethinking Schools is an activist publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents, and students. Yet it also addresses key policy issues, such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding equity, and school-to-work. The publication emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Society for Neuroscience is committed to advancing the understanding of the brain and nervous system by creating venues where great science gets shared, providing professional development for neuroscience professionals, promoting public education and general education in neuroscience research, and informing legislators and other policymakers about new developments ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. The Alliance focuses on America 's six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Self-directed learning-This site supports teaching self-directed learning (SDL) and becoming a self-directed person. It supports home-schooling, experiential education, open schooling and life-long learning. Keeping a journal, setting goals, planning and taking action are key tools. Self-improvement, personal development and the development of character are central themes of SDL. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NCFL is always working to strengthen and broaden our approaches to family literacy, building on advancements in education and technology as well as the changing needs of families. Our dedication to working with community partners is at the heart of NCFL's mission. We have developed model programs and innovative laboratories that have become recognized as leaders in advancing family literacy.
  • Learning Games, Activities & Apps"
    All Contents Educational App Store (EAS)- With an ever increasing demand by learners, parents and teachers for educational apps and the growth in Android, Windows and iOS devices, the team at the Educational App Store (EAS) have created a marketplace to bridge the gap between Education and Application Publishers. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Literacy is a leading vocabulary website worldwide with the best flash online word games. The vocabulary games include an online word search, an online crossword puzzle, and hangman online (our version is called HangMouse). Users choose the vocabulary list that the online word game will use in the word game. The vocabulary games are popular for use on smart boards for word games to build vocabulary skills in classrooms ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Content Literacy Funbrain-- Since 1997, kids, teachers, librarians, and parents have enthusiastically turned to Funbrain for its free educational games, online books, and comics. Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid , Amelia Writes Again , and Brewster Rocket . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mathematics Figure This! - Helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges
  • Literacy
    Partners in Language Development SIL International is a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide as they build capacity for sustainable language development. SIL does this primarily through research, translation, training and materials development. SIL works alongside ethnolinguistic communities and their partners as they discover how language development addresses the challenging areas of their daily lives—social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wiktionary is an online dictionary that uses simpler words so it is easier to understand. We have 22,401 entries. Vimeo is video + you. We put your videos first and give you the best ways to share, discover, and be inspired. Video on Academic Vocabulary ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Reading Reading Rockets -We bring the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. Our goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present "what works" in a way that parents and educators can understand ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Welcome to the Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF) . We are dedicated to assisting educational programs by providing inexpensive children's books. LEF has several programs available to teachers, non-profit groups and reading programs. LEF has already distributed books to over 40,000 schools nationwide. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The International Reading Association is 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. Our members include classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university faculty, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists, and parents. With members and affiliates in 99 countries, our network extends to more than 350,000 people worldwide. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Writing The OWL at Purdue ESL Instructors and Students Materials on writing for ESL teachers and students The OWL at Purdue ESL Resources for Teachers This website includes links to organizations and journals for language teachers and language policy developers, as well as to online teaching and reference materials. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Achieve3000 What It Is: A comprehensive suite of digital solutions that significantly accelerate literacy and deepen learning across the content areas. What They’re Offering: Achieve3000 Literacy at Home Digital provides access to engaging non-fiction articles at 3 reading levels. Sign up for a free account here. Additionally, they are offering Literacy Printable Packets for students who do not have internet access at home.
  • Bilingual Education & ESL
    Center for Applied Linguistics ( CAL ) Information on research, resources and other services offered by CAL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ESL Lesson Plans and Resources Marty Levine, Professor Emeritus from California State University – Northridge provides resources and lessons for bilingual educators contributed by teachers from around the world. Career opportunities for bilingual educators are listed as well. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) The professional organization dedicated to advocacy for English language learners in the U.S. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages An organization that is working to advance professionals that teach English to ELLs TESOL: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ U. S. Department of Education-Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) This website provides information for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. There is also a link to information in Spanish.
  • Dyslexia
    National and International Dyslexia Resources: From: The Schenck School - Build a solid educational foundation for students with dyslexia and develop their rich potential. - Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. ADD-itude - a huge site with a great reference section, just search ‘dyslexia' on that page – International Dyslexia Association - an international organization that supports education and research on behalf of people who learn differently Dyslexia Advantage - The mission of Dyslexic Advantage is to promote the positive identity, community, and achievement of dyslexic people by focusing on their strengths. Eye to Eye National - focus is on the strengthening of essential social-emotional skills, including self-esteem, self-advocacy, and community building Dyslexia Empowerment Plan - launched by the book of the same name Learning Ally - a nonprofit providing dyslexia support through audiobooks & parent support services. Learn how we help parents, students & adults dealing with dyslexia. The National Center on Improving Literacy - a partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Learning Disabilities - The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. National Resource on ADHD (CHADD) - a program of CHADD, established to be the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD Help - a trusted guide to mental & emotional health Dyslexia Reading Well - a virtual well of dyslexia resources Dyslexia Training Institute LD Online - a comprehensive website for parents and educators, out of PBS station WETA-TV in Washington, DC Dyslexia Headlines - provides links to current articles related to dyslexia Video compendium - from Decoding Dyslexia, Ohio For reading/reading instruction Reading Rockets - a national service of PBS station WETA in Washington, DC Get Ready to Read - an initiative from the National Center for Learning Disabilities Reading Between the Lions - based on the popular PBS television show Storyline Online - an engaging children's site with activities and stories read aloud by actors Professor Garfield - another engaging site for young readers Dyslexia Resources in Georgia and Metro Atlanta Georgia Department of Education Decoding Dyslexia of Georgia CHOA's Dyslexia page E-learning for Books about Dyslexia to consult*: Creative Learners by Selma Ridgway (COMING SOON!) Think Differently by David Flink Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats Straight Talk about Reading by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats Understanding Learning Disabilities by Mary Louise Trusdell and I.W. Horowitz The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock & Fernette Eide The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf * PLEASE NOTE: If while learning about your child's reading difficulty, you begin to suspect that you may be dyslexic yourself and find reading to be a chore, many of these titles and others are available as audio books.
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