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Adult & Continuing Education
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 - 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 (U.S. Department of Education). See also: Choosing a Vocational School (2012, Federal Trade Commission).
College Admissions: Student & Parent Resources - Explains what what you need to do in high school, year by year, to prepare for college. Also includes information on financial aid and more (National Association for College Admission Counseling). Know How 2 Go VIDEO provides advice and information for students from middle school through high school 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.). First in the Family VIDEO offers advice and resources for young people who will be the first in their families to go past high school. Includes videos, year-by-year checklists, downloads, and links. (WKCD & Lumina Foundation for Education). Mapping Your Future includes career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy resources for students, families, and schools; separate sections for middle / high school students, undergrads, graduate students, student loan borrowers, parents, and school counselors (Sponsored by Money Management International, a nonprofit credit counseling agency). See also College Goal Sunday (N.J.), 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 College Navigator (National Center for Education Statistics). Hobsons' CollegeView offers a college search and 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 - Virtual library of over 50,000 cover-to-cover, original-page-format college catalogs. This site charges a subscription fee, but offers a free trial period (registration required). 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; 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 VIDEO - Hundreds of virtual campus tours of colleges and universities in the U.S. You must register for a free account (enter your name, grade, zip code, email address, and a password) to access the tours (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 & EducationDynamics; 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. 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 Directory - Links to the home pages of U.S. colleges, universities, and community colleges, arranged alphabetically or by state. Also links to accrediting boards (University of Texas at Austin). 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).
Before visiting any of the ranking sites listed below, we recommend you read
CAUTION & CONTROVERSY, which examines the validity of rankings.
(2014, 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 - Rates colleges on their commitment to national service. Use the College Guide menu to see separate lists for National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Master's Universities, Baccalaureate Colleges, 'Best Bang for the Buck Schools,' and 'Affordable Elite Colleges.' Click here for 2014 rankings of National Universities. (Washington Monthly magazine)
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NOTE: Some additional information on financial aid and scholarships may be found at many of the websites listed in the General section, above.)
Career Infonet 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 (N.J.) - College Goal Sunday is an annual event (usually in January / February in N.J.) designed to assist low income and first generation students in completing the national application for college financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and providing information on available financial aid resources. (Co-sponsored by NJASFAA and HESAA with a grant from the Lumina Foundation)
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).
N.J. Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) - 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 - 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)
Plan for College - Information on selecting, applying to, and paying for college. Formerly College Answer. ('Sallie Mae', SLM 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 apply for Federal Student Aid online or download an application at FAFSA Online Financial Aid Application; 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. (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)
College Board - Register for the SAT® online and practice online with actual SAT® test questions; includes info on PSAT/NMSQT®, AP®, and CLEP®. Includes AP Central, with information, teaching tips and other resources for all 34 AP (Advanced Placement) courses. 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, parents, and K-12 Educators.
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 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)
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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.)
New Jersey Department of Education GED Information Page - Explains what the GED test is, how to register, where to take the test, etc.
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 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)
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 NEW! and The Gifted Underachiever NEW!. (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 (non-profit organization) [NOTE: Free registration is required for full access]. See also New Jersey Association for Gifted Children and Gifted & Talented Education Resources (National Society for the Gifted & Talented™, non-profit organization).
America's Best High Schools - 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 UPDATED! (2014, 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)
Great Schools: New Jersey UPDATED LINK! - 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 a parent involvement primer, plus advice for parents NEW! about parenting, school selection, learning issues, 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.
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. NOTE: Best Practices and Star Schools programs have been discontinued (New Jersey Dept. of Education). See also New Jersey Schools to Watch® (now a collaboration of NJEA and New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education).
New Jersey Statewide Testing - See New Jersey Core Currriculum Content Standards (CCCS) and related links, below.
Private / Independent Schools UPDATED LINK! - 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)
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)
South Plainfield Public Schools - Official home page for all the South Plainfield public schools, including the adult school. Click here for Parents section, which includes forms, notices, policies, enrollment, and related information. 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.'
Kidstuff: HOMEWORK HELP
Homework Links: GENERAL HOMEWORK HELP
Useful Websites: GENERAL REFERENCE / MULTI-SUBJECT SITES
DATABASES & PREMIUM RESOURCES
Learning Disabilities Webfinder
EBSCO Explora NEW! - 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! PLEASE NOTE: All the content from EBSCO's Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center is now available through EXPLORA! Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center will be discontinued in January 2016.
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 - 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 AUDIO VIDEO - Curriculum materials focused on science, healthy living, and citizenship. The site includes free videos and learning-by-doing activity sheets in PDF format; choose a topic, then click on 'Online'. (National 4-H Council)
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)
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).
Back to School Activities - Links to ideas and resources for teachers and homeschoolers starting off a new school year, including icebreakers, first-day activities, crafts, clip art, printables, and more. (Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers; site includes advertisements)
Back-to-School Transitions - Suggestions to help ease the transition from summer vacation to schooltime and get the new school year off to a good start (National Association of School Psychologists). Back to School offers brief, helpful information for parents at the start of the school year, covering check-ups & immunizations, nutrition, homework help, financial assistance, plus links to related resources (USA.gov). See also 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 UPDATED LINK! & Medical Forms UPDATED LINK! (American College of Emergency Physicians). For resources on preparing pre-schoolers for kindergarten, see also Pre-Schooler links, below.
C-Span Classroom VIDEO - Video on current events, government, economics, politics and history, suitable for classroom use. Click on 'Topics' to choose videos. Free registration is required to access lesson plans and materials for teachers.
Cable in the Classroom has been replaced by InCtrl, below.
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 and Technology Resources for Educators - Free curriculum materials designed to help educators and students in grades K-8 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)
Core Knowledge® - 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 homeschoolers (By E. D. Hirsch, Jr., professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia; commercial site). For official Core Curriculum Content Standards, see New Jersey Core Currriculum Content Standards and related links, below.
CyberBee - Curriculum ideas and related web resources for teachers and homeschoolers. (By Library Media Specialist Linda C. Joseph)
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.)
Eduweb® Adventures INTERACTIVE - 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. (Eduweb, a developer of digital learning games and activities.)
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).
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. A related site, FlackCheck.org VIDEO, '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)
FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence VIDEO INTERACTIVE - A directory of digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations. Topics include arts & music, health & phys ed, language arts, math, science, world studies, and history. Includes primary documents, interactives, photos, and videos. For students and teachers, K-12. (U.S. Department of Education)
Garden-Based Learning - Learning activities which provide children with opportunities for mastery, belonging, power, and generosity, while teaching them about science, nature, and economics (Cornell University). See also School Garden Resources (Life Lab, a non-profit organization), KinderGarden & School Gardens (Texas Agricultural Extension Service), KidsGardening (National Gardening Association), My First Garden (University of Illinois Extension), 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 geography, 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 Garden-Based Learning links, above.
Heritage Teaching Resources - A variety of online materials about Black History, Women's History, Asian Pacific Americans, Hispanic Heritage, and American Indian Heritage (Smithsonian). See our Ethnic Groups/Multicultural links for additional resources.
Home Education Magazine is now part of Unschooling.com, below.
Homeschooling in New Jersey - See New Jersey Homeschool Association, below.
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)
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.
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)
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.
Kid Tools - 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 (University of Missouri). ALTEC Advanced Learning Technologies offers teacher tools and other 'educational resources that use technology to improve instruction across all content areas and grade levels' (Advanced Learning Technologies project, University of Kansas; site includes advertisements).
Library of Congress Webcasts VIDEO - Another great site to find online videos on 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 - See Homework Links: SCIENCE & MATH.
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). For additional lessons, activities, and other materials, see Media Literacy 101 (for teens; University of Washington) and Media Smart Youth (for 11- to 13-year olds; National Institutes of Health) .
New Jersey Core Currriculum Content Standards (CCCS) - Explains what the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards are and how they were developed (2014, State of New Jersey). The New Jersey Educator Resource Exchange NEW! offers standards-based classroom resources organized by subject and grade, as well as parent guides to the common core, and other materials that explain what your child is learning under the new standards and how to best reinforce their learning goals at home. New Jersey Statewide Testing provides information and sample questions for elementary and high school students taking standardized tests such as the ASK and HSPA.
New Jersey Homeschool Association - Includes legal information and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about homeschooling in New Jersey. (Volunteer-run organization)
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.
New Jersey Statewide Testing - See New Jersey Core Currriculum Content Standards (CCCS) and related links, above.
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 (in partnership with University of Southern California).
New York Times Learning Network - See New York Times Learning Network and related links.
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 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 UPDATED LINK! - A collection of printable booklets (PDF) offering short classroom-based games & exercises that integrate physical activity with academic concepts; for middle school teachers and homeschoolers. (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction)
Pre-Schoolers: Helping Your Pre-school Child Prepare for School suggests 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 Get Ready Activities, Countdown to Kindergarten [Link opens a PDF], and Ten Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten [Link opens a PDF]; also available in Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and other languages. (Boston Public Schools).
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)
School Success VIDEO - 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, Homework Help, and a Parent Guide to Homeschooling Success (Scholastic Inc.)
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). 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 (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 Education VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Smithsonian educational resources for students, teachers, and families, with features on topics in art & design, science & nature, history & culture, and people & places.
Teach With Movies - A guide to using movies to introduce students to 'major events of history; great achievements of civilization; 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.' There is a small fee for full access to learning guides, but basic info and helpful indexes are free.
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).
Unschooling: Home Education Magazine UPDATED LINK! - Helpful homeschooling advice and information, plus links to book catalogs, curriculum resources, support groups, discussion boards, recommended websites, and more. (Commercial site)
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. Hundreds of additional great lesson plans and related resources are available free at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), arranged by subject (non-profit organization).
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)