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Information for New Americans: SCHOOL
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Facts On File: Curriculum Resource Center

Universal Class Continuing Education Courses
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Teacher Reference Center

CAUTION! Before signing up or paying for any education program, please verify that the school or program is properly accredited. A complete list of recognized accrediting agencies may be found on the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION website.

CAUTION! Before submitting any personal or financial data online, first verify that the company or organization is reputable, and the internet connection secure. The library cannot guarantee the privacy or security of information transmitted via library computers.

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Public Schools - Official home page for all the South Plainfield public schools, including the Parents section UPDATED LINK! (forms, notices, policies, enrollment, and related information), and Adult & Community Education UPDATED LINK! (English As A Second Language, youth classes, adult classes, and trips). See also South Plainfield Education Foundation, whose ongoing mission is 'generating funds for scholastic and civic incentive programs, as well as provide scholarships for South Plainfield students.'

Adult & Continuing Education

See our Adult & Continuing Education Webfinder on WordPress.
See also Sites for Seniors: EDUCATION

College & University Information

GENERAL

Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center: Search thousands of college and graduate school entries, identify scholarships, take practice tests, and use test prep eBooks; includes practice tests and study tips for all kinds of standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, PSAT, CLEP, GED, NCLEX, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, civil service, postal, law enforcement, and ASVAB; you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode and PIN to get started. (Thomson Corporation)

Career Colleges and Technical Schools [Archived page] - Advice and resources for choosing a career college or technical school that will train you for a specific career, trade, or profession such as automotive technician, computer technician, hairstylist, medical assistant, or truck driver (2003 - 2013, U.S. Department of Education). See also: Choosing a Vocational School (2012, Federal Trade Commission), and Job Training links.

College Admissions: Know How 2 Go VIDEO - Advice and information for students from middle school through high school, as well as military members & veterans, on how to prepare for college and why they should go to college. Also includes advice for parents, teachers and mentors for helping teens succeed in school (American Council on Education et al.). See also Financial Aid & Scholarship Info, below.

College Search: Big Future - Enter information about what you want in a college, majors you're interested in, financial needs, test scores and other information, and you'll get a list of schools that match your needs and preferences (College Board). See also Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center [Library card barcode required] and College Navigator (National Center for Education Statistics). Hobsons' CollegeView offers useful sections on Historically Black colleges & universities, Christian colleges, and Community Colleges. Use the Site Map to find helpful articles on a variety of topics. (Hobsons college recruiting services; site includes advertisements)

College Source® Online [NOTE: This site charges a subscription fee, but offers a free trial period; registration required.] - Virtual library of over 50,000 cover-to-cover, original-page-format college catalogs. Formerly College Catalogs Online.

Common Application Online - This site simplifies the application process by offering an online form accepted as the application for admission at hundreds of colleges and universities, including schools outside the U.S.; you can submit the same form to as many of these institutions as you choose.

Diploma Mills - Consumer alert on ads and emails that claim you can 'earn a college degree based...on life experience.' (2012, Federal Trade Commission)

e-Campus Tours - 360° virtual tours of over 1300 college campuses in the U.S. (Edsouth; non-profit corporation).

Privacy in Education - This guide for parents and adult-age students outlines the types of information that school records commonly contain, and discusses privacy-related laws in education and emerging issues in security & informational privacy. The issues covered pertain to K-12 as well as college-level records. (2015, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)

Study Abroad: IIE Passport - Choose Country, Field of Study, Instructional Language and other criteria from the search boxes to locate study opportunities in countries around the world (Institute of International Education; non-profit organization, site includes advertisements). See also CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange, an international education organization that creates and administers programs allowing high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad; also includes information for U.S. families interested in hosting a foreign exchange student. Students Abroad provides lots of helpful advice on travelling to and living in a foreign country (U.S. Department of State).

U.S. Colleges & Universities - Searchable directory of accredited colleges, universities, career & technical schools, and community colleges in the U.S.. Includes accreditation status, addresses, phone numbers, and links to college websites; search by name or browse by state (U.S. Department of Education). See also Community College Finder (American Association of Community Colleges), Military Colleges & Schools (Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States; site includes advertisements) and N.J. College & University Directories (State of New Jersey).


COLLEGE RATINGS & RANKINGS

Before visiting any of the ranking sites listed below, we recommend you read
CAUTION & CONTROVERSY, which examines the validity of rankings.
(2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Academic Ranking of World Universities - An annual ranking of the top universities in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia/Pacific region. Institutions are ranked by indicators such as faculty and alumni winning prestigious prizes or publishing in prestigious journals, as well as per capita academic performance. (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy; site includes advertisements)

America's Best Colleges (US News & World Report) - This annual rating of U.S. colleges & universities also offers college data, information about scholarships, loans, & grants, and related articles. (Site includes advertisements)

College and University Rankings Links - A directory of numerous college ranking lists, covering both undergraduate and graduate programs, plus law schools and business schools, as well as schools outside the U.S. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

College Results - Not really a ranking guide, this site allows you to learn about universities' records of graduating diverse groups of students, and compare the graduation rates of similar institutions. Data is drawn from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. (The Education Trust; non-profit organization)

Washington Monthly College Guide - Annually rates colleges on their commitment to national service. (Washington Monthly magazine)


FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIP INFO

CAUTION! Before applying for financial aid or scholarships, please see:
Avoiding Financial Aid Scams (U.S. Department of Education).

CAUTION! Use of financial aid services may require filling out a detailed personal & financial questionnaire. Before submitting any personal or financial data online, first verify that the company or organization is reputable, and the internet connection secure. The library cannot guarantee the privacy or security of information transmitted via library computers.

NOTE: Some additional information on financial aid and scholarships may be found at many of the websites listed in the General section, above.)

CareerOneStop Scholarship Search - Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities, by category or keyword. (U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)

College Goal Sunday - See Middlesex County FAFSA Workshop, below.

College Savings Plans Network - Information on federal-tax-exempt college savings or 529 Plans (National Association of State Treasurers). See also Smart About Money: Saving for College (National Endowment for Financial Education; an independent, non-profit foundation).

CSS / Financial Aid Profile - 'By filling out one form, you can apply online for non-federal financial aid from almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs.' (The College Board)

FinAid.org - A comprehensive annotated collection of online information about student financial aid. Covers scholarships, loans, military, and other student aid. (A Monster company, Mark Kantrowitz, Publisher; site includes advertisements).

Financial Aid Tips for Parents NEW! - 'A few simple steps to start the financial aid piece of the college application process.' (2016, U.S. Department of Education)

local resource Middlesex County FAFSA Workshops - Need help filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Representatives from Middlesex County College will be available at these events to assist students with completing the FAFSA. Multiple events designed to assist all college applicants in completing the national application for college financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and provide information on available financial aid resources (Middlesex County College). To learn more about FAFSA or download an application, see Student Aid on the Web, below.

local resource N.J. Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) UPDATED LINK! - Information, advice, and related resources for students and parents on choosing a college, applying to college, paying for college, and more. Includes specific information on loans, grants, and scholarships available in New Jersey. Use the menu on the left to navigate. (State of New Jersey)

Paying for College INTERACTIVE - Whether you're attending college soon, are a current student, or already have student loans, this site offers useful interactive tools and resources to help you understand your options, compare offers, and make the best decisions for financing your college education. Also includes additional Resources for Students (CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).

Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Search thousands of college and graduate school entries, identify scholarships, take practice tests, and use test prep eBooks; includes practice tests and study tips for all kinds of standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, PSAT, CLEP, GED, NCLEX, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, civil service, postal, law enforcement, and ASVAB; you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode and PIN to get started. (Thomson Corporation)

Student Aid on the Web - Provides information on obtaining Federal Student Aid (FSA) including grants, loans, and work-study funds. Also offers advice on choosing a school, preparation and applications, and attending college. The current Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education is available in English and Spanish. You can fill out the Online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) UPDATED LINK!, or download a PDF FAFSA UPDATED LINK! to print and fill out manually; click here to view federal and state Financial Aid application deadlines. Use the FAFSA4Caster to begin exploring your financial aid options and get an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. See also Financial Aid Tips for Parents, above. (U.S. Department of Education)

Student Loans: Avoiding Deceptive Offers - Consumer alert explaining how to spot the potentially deceptive claims or business practices that some private companies may use to get your student loan business (2012, Federal Trade Commission). See also Student Loans Q & A NEW! (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).


COLLEGE & VOCATIONAL TESTING (SAT, etc.)

College Board - Register for the SAT® online and practice online with actual SAT® test questions; includes info on PSAT/NMSQT®, AP®, and CLEP®. You can also use the site to identify and search for suitable colleges, apply to college online, explore career options, and learn about college costs and financial aid. The site has separate sections for students UPDATED LINK!, parents, and Educators. Includes AP Central, with information, teaching tips and other resources for all 34 AP (Advanced Placement) courses.

ETS - The Educational Testing Service Network - Information on standardized tests such as the SAT®, AP®, GRE®, TOEFL®, CLEP® and others, including online registration, test-taker guidelines, and practice tests.

Petersons Testing & Education ReferencePetersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Practice tests and study tips for all kinds of standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, PSAT, CLEP, GED, NCLEX, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, civil service, postal, law enforcement, and ASVAB; you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode and PIN to get started.

Varsity Tutor Practice Tests - Free online diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards and related learning tools for a wide range of tests, including ACT, AP, ASVAB, CLEP, GED, GMAT, HSPT, LSAT, MCAT, PSAT, SAT, and others. (By Varsity Tutors LLC, a tutoring services company)

GED Test Preparation

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local resource Adult Education & Literacy Training in New Jersey - Adult education and literacy programs that can help New Jersey residents improve their basic skills to become better equipped for future employment. Available classes include Adult Basic Education, Citizenship, English as a Second Language (ESL), and High School Equivalency Test preparation; these services are provided free of charge to New Jersey residents (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development). See also GCF Learn Free, below. To learn more about the GED (high school graduate equivalency) exam, see the New Jersey Department of Education GED Information Page and the official GED website, below.

American Council on Education GED Page - The official website for the GED, or General Educational Development test (also known as Graduate Equivalency Diploma), is now a for-profit business. The site provides general descriptions of the test and sample questions. (American Council on Education & Pearson Education, Inc.)

GCF LearnFree - Includes selected links to GED & GED Alternative Prep Resources, plus free online tutorials teaching Basic Math, Reading / English, and Workplace Skills (Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.).

local resource New Jersey Department of Education GED Information Page - Explains what the GED test is, how to register, where to take the test, etc. There are now two alternative high school equivalency tests called HiSET and TASC (ETS).

Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center Petersons Testing & Education Reference Center - Practice tests and study tips for the GED and many other standardized tests, plus test-taking tips and strategies; you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode and PIN to get started. (Thomson Corporation)

Skillswise: Maths VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Printable fact sheets & worksheets, quizzes, and learning games designed to help adults improve their basic skills in math. Covers whole numbers, measuring, fractions, decimals & percentages, and handling data. (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Gifted & Talented Children

See also:
Learning Disabilities Webfinder

Gifted Teens - A brief outline of several ways parents can help a teen who is gifted, both at home and at school. For gradeschoolers, see Academically Gifted Children and The Gifted Underachiever. (2015, American Academy of Pediatrics)

National Association for Gifted Children - A wealth of information and resources for parents of gifted children. Covers assessments and checklists, developmental stages, achievement, social & emotional issues, and educational opportunities & regulations. There are many additional resources, as well as a separate section for educators. NOTE: Many of these resources are free to everyone, but membership is required for full access to all content (non-profit organization). See also New Jersey Association for Gifted Children and Gifted & Talented Education Resources (National Society for the Gifted & Talented™, non-profit organization).

Special and Gifted Education Topics NEW! - 'A comprehensive resource for special educators and others who work with children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. It includes information about the different exceptionality areas; international special education; hot topics in special education; and professional practice topics such as assessment, evidence-based practices, and inclusion.' (Council for Exceptional Children)

Learning Disabilities

See our Learning Disabilities Webfinder on WordPress.

School Directories & Information (K-12)

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Public Schools - Official home page for all the South Plainfield public schools, including the Parents section UPDATED LINK! (forms, notices, policies, enrollment, and related information), and Adult & Community Education UPDATED LINK! (English As A Second Language, youth classes, adult classes, and trips). See also South Plainfield Education Foundation, whose ongoing mission is 'generating funds for scholastic and civic incentive programs, as well as provide scholarships for South Plainfield students.'

America's Best High Schools - Annual rankings from US News & World Report (Standard & Poor's / US News & World Report; site includes advertisements). For a quick overview of educational quality in each state, see Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness (2015, U.S. Chamber of Commerce et al.).

Association of Boarding Schools - A searchable directory of Accredited College-Prep Boarding Schools throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad, plus information about different types of boarding schools, choosing a school, how to apply, and more. You can also search or browse schools by alphabet, girls schools, boys schools, coed schools, location, size, grades offered, military schools, and subject focus, as well as summer programs (non-profit membership organization). See also Private / Independent Schools, below.

Center for Public Education - Practical information, analysis and expertise on key issues in public education, pre-K - 12. For educators, school boards, policymakers, and the public. (National School Boards Association; non-profit organization)

local resource Great Schools: New Jersey - Online guide offering ratings of pre-K through 12 schools based on how well students do on standardized tests compared to other students in the same state. Includes advice for parents about parenting, school life, academics, emotional smarts, character, learning issues, testing, and more. You can also use the site to research schools in other states. (Non-profit organization; site includes advertisements)

Military Colleges & Schools - Directory of accredited schools with military programs approved by the Department of Defense, with links to the schools if available. Covers colleges, junior colleges, and elementary / secondary schools.

local resource New Jersey Blue-Ribbon Schools - 'The nationally-funded Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors schools that are models of excellence and equity.' You can find more award-winning New Jersey schools and educators on the Recognition Program home page. See NJ School Performance Reports Database NEW! for reviews of individual schools in the state. NOTE: Best Practices and Star Schools programs have been discontinued (New Jersey Dept. of Education).

New Jersey Statewide Testing - See - See New Jersey Student Learning Standards and related links, below.

Private / Independent Schools - A searchable directory of private / independent schools. You can search by school name, location, school type, religious denomination, sports programs, and other special programs. The site's Parents' Guide offers helpful information about choosing, applying to, and paying for independent schools (National Association of Independent Schools, a non-profit membership organization). See also Association of Boarding Schools, above.

School Locator - Search this site to find schools in a specified geographic area. Provides statistical data such as enrollment and student-teacher ratio. Covers private and public schools, as well as colleges and libraries. (National Center for Education Statistics)

Teachers, Parents & Homeschoolers - Resources

See also:
Kidstuff: HOMEWORK HELP
Homework Links: GENERAL HOMEWORK HELP
Useful Websites: GENERAL REFERENCE / MULTI-SUBJECT SITES
DATABASES & PREMIUM RESOURCES
Learning Disabilities Webfinder
Standardized Tests

EBSCOHost ExploraEBSCO Explora - EBSCO's new easy-to-use interface for students, teachers, and public library users! Explora offers rich, reliable content (including articles, essays, videos, and primary source documents), simple & effective searching, easy-to-browse categories arranged by popular subjects, topic overviews that provide a starting point for research, colorful, mobile-friendly design, and more!

NEW! DROP-IN HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT GROUP AT THE LIBRARY!

Databases

Facts On File: Curriculum Resource Center FACTS ON FILE: CURRICULUM RESOURCE CENTER - Printable handouts, images, and other resources on a variety of subjects, including history, geography, and science, for the elementary, middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum. If you're logging on from home or school, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to start.

Teacher Reference Center Teacher Reference Center - Indexing and abstracts for 280 education-related periodicals. Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Ed, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Math, and Teacher Education.

4-H Curriculum - Curriculum materials focused on science, healthy living, and citizenship. Choose a topic & grade level, then click on 'Online Resources'. (National 4-H Council). [NOTE: Free online resources are available only for some topics. Curriculum guides are available only for purchase.]

Absences Add Up - 'Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success, both in school and in life... As a parent, you can identify the reasons why your child is absent from school and help them to overcome these challenges.' This site connects you to resources that can help if your child is missing school because they are struggling in the classroom, having trouble with bullies, or dealing with challenges at home (Ad Council, U.S. Department of Education et al.). See also Parent Involvement, below.

Adolescent Literacy VIDEO - Information and resources for parents and educators of students (grades 4-12) having difficulty with reading and writing. Includes articles, Q&A, classroom strategies, newsletters, themed booklists & book discussion materials, author interviews, video presentations and more (2000 - 2011, WETA-TV). See also Parent Involvement, below.

ALTEC Advanced Learning Technologies - See Kid Tools, below.

Annenberg Media: Learner.org VIDEO - Instructional videos and teacher professional development programs for those with broadband Internet access, covering a wide range of subjects for grades K-12, college, and adult learners. You can also browse teacher resources by discipline and grade. Free, but you must register to view the programs. (The Annenberg Foundation)

ArtsEdge: Arts Education Resources VIDEO - Articles, multimedia, lesson plans, and other resources for educators, families, and students on a wide range of arts-related topics (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). Integrating the Arts Resources INTERACTIVE 'use the visual arts to teach concepts of social studies, science, language arts and math curricula. Designed for middle school students but adaptable for elementary and high school' (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore MD). Art Access NEW! INTERACTIVE is a collection of themed websites for students, teachers, and families on topics such as African art, African-American art, Asian art, Native American art, Renaissance art, Modern art, and more. Each site includes artworks, lesson plans, family activities, recommended books & media (including related websites), map and glossary (Art Institute of Chicago).

Back to School - Brief tips to help parents make this year's back to school time easier, with links to related resources (Kids.USA.gov). See also Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Parents UPDATED LINK! [Link opens a PDF] (National Association of School Psychologists), Back to School Health & Safety Tips, School Tips: Ages 5-12, School Tips: Ages 12 - 18 (American Academy of Pediatrics), Going to School (PBS Parents), and Your Child's Back-To-School Health Checklist & Medical Forms (American College of Emergency Physicians). For resources on preparing pre-schoolers for kindergarten, see also Pre-Schooler links, below. See also Parent Involvement, below.

C-Span Classroom VIDEO [Free registration is required to access some materials.] - Video and other resources on current events, government, economics, politics and history, suitable for classroom use.

Character Education - Free resources, materials, and lesson plans to help teachers promote ethical values in their students. Includes character-building activities, discussions, and other resources, with a special section on character in sports (Live Wire Media, an educational media producer/distributor). For additional information and resources, see Character Education FAQs and Character Education Resources (Character Education Partnership). See also Service Learning Clearinghouse, below.

Common Sense Media: Technology Resources for Educators - Free curriculum materials designed to help educators, parents, and students in grades K-12 use the Internet safely and effectively while taking full advantage of the rich content available online. (Originally co-published with Macmillan/McGraw-Hill; now part of Common Sense Media)

Computer Science & Engineering for K-12 NEW! - A collection of handouts, worksheets and other documents to help teach Computer Science and Engineering concepts. These materials primarily target middle-school students (6th - 8th grade), but most can be used without modification for younger or older students. (Gary Kacmarcik, a computer engineer at Google Chrome)

Core Knowledge® [Free registration required to download many resources] - Lesson plans and other resources for a core curriculum aimed at helping elementary and middle school students establish strong foundations of knowledge, grade by grade. Includes information for Implementation and Homeschool FAQs (By E. D. Hirsch, Jr., professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia; commercial site). For official Curriculum Standards, see - See New Jersey Student Learning Standards and related links, below.

CyberBee - Curriculum ideas and related web resources for teachers and homeschoolers. (By Library Media Specialist Linda C. Joseph)

Discrimination in Education NEW! - The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. This website provides information on laws and policies, and includes Frequently Asked Questions on different kinds of discrimination, including discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

EDSITEment - 'The Best of the Humanities on the Web.' An outstanding collection of lesson plans, with links to online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities. Browsable by category/subcategory and grade level; you can also search by keyword or phrase. (National Endowment for the Humanities et al.)

ERIC®: Education Resources Information Center - Enormous searchable directory of journal articles and other materials on teaching & education. Links to full text are included where available (limited availability). (U.S. Department of Education). See also EBSCOHost Professional Resources for Educators & Librarians.

FactCheckEd Learning Resources - Critical Thinking lesson plans and related materials aimed at helping students acquire the skills to see through deceptive advertising in consumer products and in politics; now part of Annenberg Classroom. More recent materials are available on FlackCheck.org VIDEO, which 'uses parody and humor to debunk false political advertising, poke fun at extreme language, and hold the media accountable for their reporting on political campaigns.' (Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania)

Garden-Based Learning - Learning activities which provide children with opportunities for mastery, belonging, power, and generosity, while teaching them about science, nature, and economics. Most are designed for grades 2-8, but are easily adaptable (Cornell University). See also Learning Through Gardening: Teacher Toolbox (New Jersey Agricultural Society), School Garden Resources (Life Lab, a non-profit organization), KinderGarden & School Gardens (Texas Agricultural Extension Service), KidsGardening, My First Garden (University of Illinois Extension), Hudson Valley Seed Resources for Educators NEW!, Fairchild Botanic Garden Teaching Modules NEW!, and Green Schools Initiative, below.

Geography: Helping Your Child Learn Geography [Archived pages] - General guidance for parents of grade school students on introducing kids to basic geography concepts, with many suggested games & activities you can do at home, in your neighborhood, and while traveling - great for home-schoolers. For pre-schoolers (ages 2-5), see Early Childhood: Where Learning Begins - Geography [Archived pages] (1996, 1999; U.S. Department of Education)

Green Schools Initiative - 'Green schools have good indoor air quality, use natural light, save energy, serve healthy food, create green schoolyards, and teach stewardship.' This site offers information and advice for greening the schools in your community (David Brower Center, a non-profit environmental organization). See also Green Strides Resources (U.S. Department of Education), and Garden-Based Learning links, above.

Heritage Teaching Resources - Online resources for teachers and students on Black History, Women's History, Asian Pacific Americans, Hispanic Heritage, and American Indian Heritage (Smithsonian). Celebrate Cultural Heritage Months is a related site (Smithsonian). See our Ethnic Groups/Multicultural links for additional resources.

HippoCampus - 'A free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content - videos, animations, and simulations - on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. (Monterey Institute for Technology and Education; non-profit organization)

local resource Home Schooling in New Jersey - Legal info & FAQ about homeschooling in New Jersey. Use the left-hand menu to find additional information on Alternative Education, Home Instruction, and Non-Public Schools (New Jersey Department of Education). Want to find out more about homeschooling or connect with other homeschoolers? The South Plainfield Public Library hosts an informal Homeschooling Support Group at the library. See also New Jersey Homeschool Association [NOTE: This volunteer-run site has not been updated in a while, so some information may be out-of-date and some links may be broken].

Homeschooling Children with Learning Disabilities - Resources on homeschooling for children with special needs (WETA-TV, PBS station; site includes advertisements). See also Learning Disabilities Webfinder.

Home School Legal Defense Association - Information on current legal and political issues related to homeschooling; includes updates on state legislation. (Non-profit organization; site includes advertisements)

Homeschool Kids: A Parent Guide - Subject primers, grade-by-grade guides, book lists, printables, tips, and other resources for homeschooling success (Scholastic Inc.; site includes advertisements).

InCtrl VIDEO - A series of free standards-based lessons that teach key digital citizenship concepts. These lessons, for students in grades 4-8, are designed to engage students through inquiry-based activities, and collaborative and creative opportunities. The site also provides suggestions on how to integrate the use of digital tools into English/Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Library/Media Center lessons. (National Cable & Telecommunications Association, trade association for the U.S. cable industry)

Interactives INTERACTIVE - 'Provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas,' including math, science, language, history, and arts (Annenberg Media). Eduweb® Adventures INTERACTIVE is a collection of imaginative, interactive K-12 learning experiences created for museums, zoos, and other institutions; great for homeschoolers. Browse by subject or grade level; some of the older games may no longer be available. (1996 - 2016; Eduweb, a developer of digital learning games and activities.)

International Education - A selection of online resources for teaching and learning about other cultures, places, and languages (Asia Society). TOPICS Online Magazine offers short articles on international customs & cultures, globalization, and related topics, written by ESL learners from many different countries (1997 - 2010).

Kid Tools UPDATED LINK! - Free downloads of user-friendly software designed 'to help students take control of their learning, behavior, and problem solving to improve success in school.' A variety of tools are offered for pre-school through middle school; the website provides information for parents and teachers (2011, University of Missouri).

Library of Congress Webcasts VIDEO - Online videos covering a wide range of topics, including biography, history, culture, education, government, literature, religion, and science & technology. The Library of Congress also has a Teachers' page with classroom materials, lesson plans, and other education resources.

Math Education: Yummy Math - Free activities that make it easy to bring real life into math classrooms. New activities are posted frequently, on themes (under 'Genres') such as holidays, food, sports, movies & entertainment, art, and science. For grades 3 - 12 (2015; by Brian Marks, an instructional math coach, and Leslie Lewis, a semi-retired mathematics teacher). For many additional math learning resources, see our Homework Links: SCIENCE & MATH page.

Media Smarts: Media Awareness Resources - Resources for teaching and learning about media issues (media violence, media stereotyping, online hate, and information privacy); grades K-12. Teachers' section includes a lesson library which is searchable by grade and subject. Curriculum standards are for Canada, but most materials should be generally useful to teachers, homeschoolers, and parents in the U.S. as well (Media Smarts, formerly Media Awareness Network; non-profit organization).

Montessori Homeschooling - Q & A for those interested in using the Montessori principles in homeschooling, with links to additional resources. (International Montessori Index)

New Jersey Common Core State Standards - See New Jersey Student Learning Standards, below.

local resource New Jersey Student Learning Standards UPDATED LINK! - The current standards in New Jersey for preschool and K-12 teaching & learning. Formerly New Jersey Common Core State Standards. New Jersey State Assessments page includes resources and information on the PARCC and other standardized tests such as the ASK and HSPA.

New Jersey Homeschooling - See Home Schooling in New Jersey, above.

local resource New Jersey State Museum - A great destination for homeschoolers who want to get off the Web and out into the world, this general museum located in Trenton collects, exhibits and interprets natural history, archaeology/ethnology, cultural history, and fine art. Facility includes an auditorium and high-definition planetarium. Another excellent educational destination in New Jersey is the Newark Museum, featuring art and science exhibits, a mini zoo, planetarium, auditorium, and other kid-friendly facilities and programs. See our Staycation Guide for many other historical and cultural attractions in the area.

New Jersey Statewide Testing - See - See New Jersey Student Learning Standards and related links, above.

local resource New Jersey Teacher Licensing and Credentials - How to apply for teacher certification in New Jersey, including the Alternate Route requirements. Separating or retiring military personnel who are interested in pursuing a second career in public education should see the Troops to Teachers page. For information on teacher certification requirements in other states, see Teacher Certification Map (2U Inc; includes sponsored listings).

New Teachers: Resources Toolkit - 'From classroom management to working with parents, lesson planning to learning environments, this compilation of blogs, videos, and other resources provides an array of tips and advice for teachers just starting out.' (2015; Edutopia, The George Lucas Educational Foundation)

New York Times Learning Network - See New York Times Learning Network and related links.

Parent Involvement - See links under PTA Parent Topics: Student Learning, Pre-Schoolers: Helping Your Pre-school Child Prepare for School, Back to School, Adolescent Literacy, and Absences Add Up.

PBS LearningMedia AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Tens of thousands of classroom-ready digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more. Free for educators; registration may be required for full access (PBS & WGBH Educational Foundation). See also PBS Nova Teachers' Resources and WNET Education, formerly ThirteenEd Online (Educational Broadcasting Corporation).

Physical Education Energizers - A collection of printable booklets (PDF) offering short classroom-based games & exercises that integrate physical activity with academic concepts; grades K-5 & middle school. (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction)

Pre-Schoolers: Helping Your Pre-school Child Prepare for School - Activities to help get children from infancy through age five prepared for school (U.S. Department of Education). To help you decide whether your child is ready to start kindergarten, see Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? (University of Minnesota Extension) and Ready for Kindergarten? (Scholastic Inc., site includes advertisements). See also Countdown to Kindergarten [Link opens a PDF], Ten Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten [Link opens a PDF] (Boston Public Schools), and Parent Involvement, above.

PTA Parent Topics: Student Learning - Parent resources to help your child achieve success in school. Use the left-hand menu to choose other topics (National PTA; site includes advertisements). ED.gov Parent Resources NEW! offers many helpful resources for parents on getting preschoolers ready to learn, learning to read, special education, homework help, and paying for college (U.S. Department of Education). Be a Learning Hero offers expert advice & resources to help your child succeed in school and life (National PTA, Scholastic, Common Sense Media, GreatSchools et al). School Success VIDEO is a collection of useful advice, tools & resources for parents of children in grades pre-K through 8, dealing with everything from spelling rules to bullying. Includes School Help and Homework Help (Scholastic Inc.; site includes advertisements). See also Parent Involvement, above.

Science Net Links - Selected and annotated links to K-12 math and science lessons, tools, afterschool activities, and more; you can search by keywords, subject and grade level (American Association for the Advancement of Science). See also National Science Teachers Association Classroom Resources NEW!. For many additional science learning resources, see our Homework Links: SCIENCE & MATH page.

Service Learning Clearinghouse - Information and technical assistance for promoting learning through community service. The Clearinghouse offers thousands of free online resources for K-12 and more (National Youth Leadership Council). Service Learning Primer is a guide to the whys and hows of doing a community service project. Aimed at teachers, but material will also be useful to students planning a service project. Includes dozens of examples of projects for elementary through high school (Live Wire Media, an educational media producer / distributor). See also Character Education, above.

Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections UPDATED LINK! VIDEO INTERACTIVE - This re-designed site (formerly Smithsonian Education) offers educational resources in Social Studies, Arts, Language Arts & English, and Science with lesson plans and supporting materials. You can search/browse the collections by subject, age range, education features (time required, student activity, teacher collection, etc.), format (audio, video, text, etc.) and more. Less than one-quarter of these collections are Smithsonian-created, the rest are user-contributed.

Teach With Movies - Free guides that show how to use movies to introduce students aged 3 - 15 to 'major events of history; principles of science; extraordinary men and women who have shaped our world; works of music, dance, drama, literature and the visual arts; and ethical, social, and cultural issues facing children as they mature.' Organized by topic, with additional helpful indexes. (Site includes advertisements)

Teaching Channel VIDEO - 'A video showcase of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools... Our video library offers educators a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. The videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms.' Teaching Channel Presents airs on PBS stations. (Non-profit organization)

Teaching Tolerance - Classroom activities, teaching kits, and other resources dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. Mostly for teachers. (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Teaching with Documents - 'Reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections.' Related materials are available on the Teachers' Resources page and DocsTeach website.

Teaching with Historic Places - A unique collection of lesson plans and other resources for using historic sites to teach students about history. Ideal for homeschoolers who can travel to the sites, but includes lots of resources useful for the classroom too (National Park Service).

What Works Clearinghouse VIDEO - 'A website dedicated to assisting teachers in the implementation of effective educational practices,' plus related links. Covers the topics of Early Childhood Education, English Language, Math & Science, Psychology of Learning, and School Improvement, with research-based teaching recommendations, reviews of how actual schools are teaching, and useful tools to help you improve your practice. Formerly Doing What Works. (U.S. Department of Education)

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Curriculum Units - Dozens of detailed lesson plans on a wide variety of themes; for elementary, middle, and high school grades. Share My Lesson is a large resource bank for high quality lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Resources include activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, puzzles, posters, presentations, and assessments; you can browse materials by grade and subject. Free registration required (American Federation of Teachers and TES Global). More free lesson plans and related resources are available from the Library of Congress and National Education Association.

Zoom School (Enchanted Learning) - 'An on-line elementary school classroom with lessons in geography, biology, language arts, and early childhood activities. (Commercial / user-supported; site includes advertisements)

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