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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 (US Department of Education). See also: Choosing a Vocational School (2012, Federal Trade Commission).
College Admissions 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)
College Board: College Search - 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 Navigator - Search for colleges by name, geographic area, type of institution, instructional programs and/or size. College Navigator will provide a list of schools matching your criteria, along with statistics for each school on enrollment, costs, graduation rates, admissions, financial aid, accreditation, and more. (National Center for Education Statistics)
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 US. 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).
Hobson's CollegeView - A variety of college-related information. Includes 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. (Hobson's college recruiting services; site includes advertisements)
Know How 2 Go VIDEO - 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 UPDATED LINK! 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). See also College Goal Sunday (N.J.), below.
Mapping Your Future - Career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy resources for students, families, and schools. Includes 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)
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. (2014, 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 NEW! (American Association of Community Colleges), Military Colleges & Schools (Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States) 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.
(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, 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)
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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 Answer - Information on selecting, applying to, and paying for college. Formerly Wired Scholar. (''Sallie Mae'', SLM Corporation)
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 NEW! 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)
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 teaching tips, information, resources, and other helpful content 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.)
Getting a GED - Answers to common questions about the GED: What is the GED? How Do I Get Ready for the Test? What is the GED Test Like? Who is Eligible to Take the GED Test? Why Do I Need a GED? and Will the GED Help Me Get Into College? En Español: Cómo obtener un GED. (The Beehive / One Economy Corporation)
Literacy Link - Online lessons, practice tests, and other materials to help you prepare for the GED and learn basic workplace skills. Free registration is required (WKET-TV). See GCF LearnFree for more free online tutorials teaching basic Math, Reading / English, and Workplace Skills (Goodwill Community Foundation, 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. (2011, American Academy of Pediatrics)
National Association for Gifted Children - A wealth of information and resources for parents UPDATED LINK! of gifted children. Covers assessments and checklists, developmental stages, achievement, social & emotional issues, and educational opportunities & regulations. There are many additional resources UPDATED LINK!, as well as a separate section for educators UPDATED LINK!. (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 (2012, 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 UPDATED LINK! by alphabet, girls schools, boys schools, coed schools, location, size, grades offered, military schools, and subject focus, as well as summer programs [NOTE: Summer Programs list was not loading when checked 11/14.] (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 - Online guide offering statistical profiles of pre-K through 12 schools, plus advice for parents about school selection, navigating the system, and getting involved. 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 - Information and sample questions for elementary and high school students taking standardized tests such as the ASK and HSPA.
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)
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 NEW!, 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
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 NEW! - Curriculum materials focused on science, healthy living, and citizenship. The site includes a large collection of free learning-by-doing activity sheets in PDF format. (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. (WETA-TV, PBS station)
ALTEC - 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)
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.)
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).
A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling - This comprehensive site contains links to articles, websites, and other useful resources relating to all aspects of homeschooling. (By Ann Zeise, a 'retired' homeschooling parent; 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 Childhood Student Emergencies: Prepare Now (American College of Emergency Physicians). For resources on preparing pre-schoolers for kindergarten, see also Pre-Schooler links, below.
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)
C-Span Classroom VIDEO - Video on current events, government, economics, politics and history, suitable for classroom use. Click on 'Subjects/Topics' to begin.
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 author / educator E. D. Hirsch, Jr.; commercial site)
CyberBee - Curriculum ideas and related web resources for teachers and homeschoolers. (By Library Media Specialist Linda C. Joseph)
Doing What Works is now What Works Clearinghouse, below.
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 - 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 - 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 (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.
Health Curriculum Resources - Teacher's guides and student materials 'on the science behind selected health topics. They combine cutting-edge biomedical discoveries with state-of-the-art instructional practices.' Use the Title menu on the left to choose grade level and topic. (National Institutes of Health)
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 - Helpful homeschooling advice and information, plus links to book catalogs, curriculum resources, support groups, discussion boards, recommended websites, and more. (Commercial site)
Home Fires - Online journal for homeschoolers with facts, articles, curriculum materials, links and more. There is a fee for some resources, but many are free. (Diane Flynn Keith, editor; site includes advertisements)
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 NEW! 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)
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: Parent Resources - Advice and information for parents to help their children succeed at learning mathematics. Also includes Tips for Teachers as well as lessons, activities, and other math resources for elementary, middle, and high school teachers (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). 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. Curriculum standards are for Canada, but most materials should be generally useful to teachers, homeschoolers, and parents in the U.S. as well. Teachers' section includes a lesson library which is searchable by grade and subject (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) - The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards include Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards as well as K-12 standards for: Visual & Performing Arts; Comprehensive Health & Physical Education; Science; Social Studies; World Languages; Technology; and 21st-Century Life & Careers (State of New Jersey). See also Common Core State Standards (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers). EBSCO offers a Curriculum Standards tool that allows teachers to locate curriculum standards based on several criteria. The Curriculum Standards application is available in EBSCO's Kids Search, Searchasaurus, and Student Research Center. See EBSCO's Curriculum Standards tool for information on how to locate the tool in each resource.
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 - Information and sample questions for elementary and high school students taking standardized tests such as the ASK and HSPA.
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 UPDATED LINK!, formerly ThirteenEd Online (Educational Broadcasting Corporation).
Physical Education Energizers [Link opens a PDF] - Short classroom-based physical activities that integrate physical activity with academic concepts; printable booklets (PDF) 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 NEW! 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 Education Gateway (SEGway) - High quality educational websites on space science, sun/earth, and solar system, with suggested grade levels (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) and content standards provided for each. The site is 'designed to help teachers locate and identify the resources they can use best and that fit their local curriculum and National Science Education Standards' (University of California, NASA, et al.). See also Science Learning Center; use the menu on the left to filter the list by subject and/or grade level (National Science Teachers Association). AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services in applied math & science, designed for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use. 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 NEW! 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. (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)