Resources

This resource section is divided into Homework Resources, followed by Parent Resources, and organized by subject. Please scroll down to find those areas of interest to you.

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HOMEWORK RESOURCES:

The following websites provide parents and kids with information on specific subjects or ideas related to homework and projects. You’ll find everything from long division and vocabulary to photosynthesis and Newton’s law of gravity. Ideas for clubs and science fair projects too.

Use these to reinforce learning, help with homework, get another perspective on a lesson, practice math facts or review for tests. Most sites are free, some have fees (but they’re worth it) and the appropriate age range for each link is indicated. I’ve screened hundreds of sites and count these among my favorites:

Brainpop.com The animated characters Tim and Moby take kids through every subject imaginable. Well organized for grades 4-12 with lots of interactive lessons, videos and quizzes. Also available in Spanish and ESL.

Brainpop jr.com same Tim and Moby but for Kindergarten through grade 3.

DestinationImagination A parent run after-school program that sparks innovation and creativity in science, math and working together. Create a DI team at your school. Solve challenges, compete in tournaments, have fun.

factmonster.com The kid version of the U.S. Census. Great info on states, regions, people, in easy to follow format.

Funbrain.com Another animated site for K-grade 8. Focuses mostly on math and reading. Fun games and interactive videos.

Handwriting without tears: advice, resources and worksheets for handwriting issues

Hippocampus.org: An academic website that provides free lessons and videos on all subjects for middle and high school with a focus on math.

infoplease.com An in-depth resource for any information your child needs. Well categorized.

Khan Academy.com An amazing resource. Over 100,000 on-line lessons for grades K-12. Covers all aspects of math, science, and history. Perfect for kids (and parents) who need a reminder on math formulas and science theories.

Kidshealth.org A terrific site for all things related to biology, health and nutrition. Kids, teens and parents

learninggamesforkids.com Lots of games and reinforcement for all subjects. Very visual, easy to navigate.

Mr.Nussbaum.com A highly interactive site with many games and videos that reinforce lessons and ideas on all subjects K-8.

Bill Nye the Science Guy.com You’ll find lots of good science info under For Kids and Teachers. Check out episodes and home demos. Also a great place to get ideas for the Science Fair.

Sciencebuddies.org amazing site for science fair ideas and inspiration. Over 800 projects ideas.

Sheppardsoftware.com Great for pre-school through grade 4, covers lots of subjects. Fun activities and games.

Studyisland.org This is a subscriber based program that many schools use based on state standards for curriculum. Teachers will give out the user name and password if your child’s school has a license for it. Focused more on test prep. Good for tutorials.

Vocabulary/freerice.com Practice vocabulary and help feed the hungry. The more words you know, the more rice you give away.

wordcentral.com An online dictionary that also has some good vocabulary games

Best educational apps for kids

Other great sites:

kids national geographic

Yosemite national park

discover.com

 

PARENT RESOURCES:

Here are some terrific websites for parents related to school, learning and education – organized by subject. If you have any suggestions or input on these resources, please contact me.

 

ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder:

Super-parenting for ADD by Edward M Hallowell M.D. and Peter S. Jensen, M.D. Ballantine, New York, NY 2008; Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. Ballantine, New York, NY 2005

 Dr. Edward Hallowell: Describes the Hallowell method, a strengths-based approach to the treatment of ADD, learning and emotional disabilities as well as medicinal and alternative treatments to ADD

Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD by Peter S. Jensen, M.D. The Guilford Press 2004

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents  by Russell A. Barkley  The Guilford Press 2000

Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD By Daniel Amen M.D. http://www.amenclinics.com

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kohlberg and Kathleen Nadeau 2002 Routeledge New York, NY

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) The largest non- profit membership organization for individuals with ADD and their families. Excellent clearinghouse for evidence based research and advice

National Institute of Mental Health describes symptoms, causes and treatments of ADHD and printable information

 

Autism/Asperger’s

A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive by Sally Ozonoff , The Guilford Press, 2002

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm Future Horizons, 2005 Award winning book

AutismKey - A complete list of autism foundations, organizations and treatment centers in the U.S. with website and phone numbers.

Asperger’s Association of New England: A non-profit that provides up to date information and support for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and their families’ www.aane.org/

Autism Speaks: The leading autism advocacy organization, dedicated to research for causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of children and their families.

 

Advocacy

Parents for Public Schools: A nonprofit group that educates, engages, and mobilizes parents to help improve schools, particularly those in underperforming urban districts www.Parents4publicschools.org

PTA (National Parent-Teacher Association): The largest child advocacy organization that provides lots of resources and ideas on how to advocate for your child or school policies and practices at the local, state and national level.

Stand for Children: A multi-state advocacy organization committed to improving public schools for all students. Provides resources and strategies for changing policy and practices in schools; covers many states and local chapters.

Students FirstPublic education reform with Michelle Rhee, former Superintendent of Washington D.C. Schools and education reformer leading efforts to change unions and teacher evaluations:

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy–The Special Education Survival Guide. Wright, Peter W. D., and Pamela Darr Wright. Harbor House Law Press, Inc. 2002 Place of publication: Publisher, Year. Special education law and advocacy; provides the latest updates on federal policy and state regulations:

 

Bullying/Cyberbullying

(see also Media/on-line Safety)

Coloroso, Barbara. The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School–How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle. HarperCollins, New York, NY 2008 Place of publication: Publisher, 2004.

Simmons, RachelOdd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. HarcourtBooks New York, NYPlace of publication: Publisher, 2011.

STOP Cyberbullying: Provides information for children and adults on what cyberbullying is, how it works and how to prevent it.

Stop Bullying: US government campaign in conjunction with US Department of Health. Bullying 101 with definitions, prevention, statistics, state-by-state laws, and how to handle.

BullyFree: It starts with me! National Education Association campaign and website to end bullying. Prevention, resources and latest policy information.

US News and World Report: Are parents teaching teens to be bullies

 

Cancer in Family

The Mesothelioma Group –  Provides scholarships for students and/or cancer victim’s families and donates to local charities

American Childhood Cancer Society  -Helps children battle and overcome cancer; dedicated to cancer research and building awareness

 Pleural Mesothelioma - Free information, resources and support to help families overcome Pleural Mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

 

 College – On Campus Support for Students

College guide for students with disabilities - an excellent summary of accommodations, accessibility and assistive technology available at colleges.

 

Communication and Parent –Teacher Conferences

The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other. Lightfoot, Sara Lawrence. Place of publication: Ballantine/Random House, 2003.

How to Talk so Kinds Can Learn at Home and in School by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish Scribner, new York, NY 2003

7 effective parent-teacher conference tips from TeachHub

Making the most of parent-teacher conferences from GreatSchools.org

Making Parent-Teacher Conferences Work for Your Child from Nat’l PTA

Tip for Productive Parent-Teacher conferences from SchoolFamily.com 

Parent-Teacher Conference Tips for parents from Education.com 

Tips for parents on parent teacher conferences from The Learning Community 

Make the Most of Your Teacher Conference from Scholastic

 

Education

Tough, Paul. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. Houghton Mifflin Company New York, NY 2008 Place of publication: Publisher, Year.

Wagner, Tony. The Global Achievement GapWhy Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need–and What We Can Do about It. Perseus Books, New York, NY Place of publication: Publisher, 2008

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” by Alfie Kohn Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY 2000

The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children by E.D. Hirsch, Jr Houghton Mifflin New York, NY  2007

Weber, Karl. Waiting for SupermanHow We Can Save America’s Failing Public Schools. Place of publication: Participant Media/Perseus Books, 2010 (book and documentary).

US Department of Education: The parents and families section of this website and Homeroom Blog provides a wealth of up to date information and easy to read research related to timely events in public schools and education.

 

School, district and state rankings:

 

 Kids Count: State-by-state education ranking that provides reams of data at every level and comparison charts. Based on public school enrollment and state standardized tests.

Family Education Network: Educational content and resources for parents, teachers and kids. Grade specific guidance, newsletters and online tools. 

State by State comparison of Education performance:

Snapshot of state by state (US Gov) and Schoolfamily.com article on school facts

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Information about the state of education today 

Description of school building conditions

 

ELL (English Language Learners)

ColorinColorado – A bilingual site for families and educators of English Language Learners

WIDA: World-class Instructional Design and Assessment for ELL

 

Executive Functioning/Organization

Beyond Booksmart - Excellent resource for executive functioning coaching, consulting and workshops. Many blogs and videos on site; Located in MA and IL

 

Joyce Cooper-Kahn, PhD and Laurie C. Dietzel, PhD, Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning Woodbine House Bethesda, MD 2008).

 

Peg Dawson, Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (Guilford Press, New York, NY 2009)

 

Dawson, EdD, Peg, and Richard Guare, PhD. Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention, 2nd ed. (The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series; 2010).

Kidspiration: The visual way to understand words, number and concepts http://www.inspiration.com/kidspiration

 

Homework Help

The Case against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Children and What Parents Can Do about It (Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, 2006).

Homework help from National PTA with lots of resources and links: http://www.pta.org/programs/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1411

Helping Your Child With Homework: How to help your child get organized, improve study skills, and learn best from their homework from SchoolFamily.com. http://www.schoolfamily.com/homework

Top 10 Ways Parents Can Help with Homework from Family Education.com

http://school.familyeducation.com/homework/parenting/38543.html#ixzz2HEWykuyp

Homework Help from Great Schools http://www.greatschools.org/students/homework-help/3069-cb-1-2-3-help-with-homework.gs

Teach Your Kids how to Study from SchoolFamily.com  http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/859-teach-your-kids-how-study

20+ Ways to End Homework Hassles from Parenting Magazine http://www.parenting.com/article/20-ways-to-end-homework-hassles

Homework: A guide for parents from the National Association of School Psychologists http://www.nasponline.org/resources/home_school/homework.aspx

Help for Homework; Homework Hub, Scholastic http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/http://www.pbs.org/parents/goingtoschool/helping_homework.html

 

Kindergarten

Recent Research on All-Day Kindergarten http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Recent_Research_All/

 

National Institute for Early Education Research on Kindergarten Readiness http://nieer.org/resources/policyreports/report5.pdf

 

Kindergarten Transitioning Tips from the National Education Association http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/HE/44013_NEA_W_L6.pdf

 

Countdown to Kindergarten for Massachusettes: http://blogs.tc.columbia.edu/transitions/2010/02/24/massachusetts-countdown-to-kindergarten/

 

Great kids book for getting ready for Kindergarten:

Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. By Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff. Puffin 2001

The Night Before Kindergarten. Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell. Grosset & Dunlap 2001

Kindergarten Rocks! Katie Davis, Sandpiper 2008

 

Learning Disabilities (see Special Education)

 

Learning Styles

Identify your child’s learning style from SchoolFamily.com

http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/826-what-is-your-childs-learning-style

What’s your Learning style? From Instructor Magazine http://people.usd.edu/~bwjames/tut/learning-style/

 

Media/On-Line Safety
Common Sense Media: A terrific site that reviews all movies, television shows, and videos and provides ratings to help parents make decisions on what’s appropriate for their kids http://www.commonsensemedia.org/new

 

Kidswatch.com Parental Control Software for Electronics http: //www.kidswatch.com/

 

On Guard Online: An easy to navigate site that helps parents help their kids stay safe online. Also in Spanish http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0012-kids-and-socializing-online
WiredSafety: An online safety, education, and help group that provides information and education to Internet users of all ages; extensive information on cyber-bullying and privacy law.

 

2Smart4You: A site for the tween/teen savvy kid who doesn’t want to hear from parents. Uses comics and videos to explain how to use the internet safely and avoid cyber -bullies and predators. www.2smrt4u.com/

 

Nutrition and Exercise

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Ratey, John J., and Eric Hagerman.Little Brown and Co. New York, NY 2008.

 

Keep Recess in Play: Hwy recess should not be held as punishment http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/28/recess-pediatricians-policy-statement/1796547/

 

USDA recommended dietary guidelines for adults and children http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

 

Role of Nutrition in Learning and Behavior http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/pubs/learning.pdf

 

Junk food widely available at Elementary Schools http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/junk-foods-widely-availab_0_n_1258200.html

 

Creating a healthier environment in schools http://www.healthiergeneration.org

 

How to Start a School Garden http://www.healthiergeneration.org/uploadedFiles/For_Schools/1_SnacksMeals/GardenTK.pdf

All about School Gardening: http://kidshealth.org/ and gardenabcs.com

Linking schools to community farms http://farmtoschool.org/

Worldwide resource for combining food, gardens, learning and schools edibleschoolyard.org

 

 

Parent Involvement in Schools/Education

 GreatSchools.com Provides great information on school choice and how parents can help their kids get a great education

FamilyEducation.com Tips on all aspects of parenting with a solid focus on schools and learning

PTA (National Parent-Teacher Association): The largest child advocacy organization provides lots of great resources and ideas on how to get involved in your child’s education and help them succeed. Covers local, state and national PTA and parents involvement.

Schoolfamily.com  Helping parents help their kids succeed at school. Umbrella organization for PTO groups that includes resources, articles, and tips on all school related issues form Kindergarten through grade 8. Grade by grade advice.

PTO Today: magazine that provides parent groups and leaders with fundraising tips and ideas to improve schools; affiliated with schoolfamily.com

Straight Talk about Schools: Understand the System and help Your Child Succeed by Judy Molland. Free Spirit Press, 2007.

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family–School Partnerships. A. T Henderson, K. L. Mapp, V. R. Johnson, and D. Davies. New York: The New Press, 2007.

 

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement. Henderson, Anne T., and Karen L. Mapp. Austin, TX: Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), 2002. http://www.sedl.org/connections/research-syntheses.html

 

How to Talk So Kids Can Learn (at Home and in School). Faber, Adele, and Elaine Mazlish. Scribner, New York, NY 2003.

 

Harvard Family Research Project – Excellent research and support on child development and learning http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement

The Basics – How to Help Your Child Succeed in School form the Department of Education http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/succeed/part4.html

 

Parent Involvement Matters – Provides great resources on parent engagement and regular blogs of interest  Complete list of parent involvement resources http://www.parentinvolvementmatters.org/resources/publications.

 

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education:  Advocates for the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education; promotes relationships between home, school and community.
Center for Public Education, provides great overview of parent involvement and resources

 

Play

Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less. Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy. Rodale, 2003

EncouragePlay - a great resource and reminder of how important play is to our children. Owner, counselor Janine also reviews many helpful book on social and emotional development.

 

The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally by David Elkind Da Capo Press, New York, NY 2007

 

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Browne M.D. Penguin, New York, NY 2009 Play is more than fun: Stuart Brown’s Ted Talk

 

Play and Children’s Learning from NAEYC (The National Association for the Education of Young Children) The latest research on play, why play is an important part of children’s learning and development, the role of play in the classroom, and ideas to share with families.

 

Praising Effort vs Smarts

Why praising effort is critical to a child’s competence and success (Carol Dweck) http://news.stanford.edu/news/2007/february7/dweck-020707.html

 

Why you shouldn’t tell kids they’re smart.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/02/why-you-shouldnt-tell-your-kids-theyre-smart/

 

Praise and Intelligence: Why telling kids they are smart makes them act dumb from parenting Science http://www.parentingscience.com/praise-and-intelligence.html

 

Five reasons to stop saying “Good Job!” by Alfie Kohn 2001 http://www.alfiekohn.org/parenting/gj.htm

 

Reading

The Read-Aloud Handbook, 6th ed. Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook, 6th ed. Penguin Group New York, NY (2006). http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/index.html

Raising Lifelong Learners. Calkins, Lucy. (Perseus Books, Reading, MA 1997.

 

Reading Rockets Tips, advice and research on learning to read and reading with your children http//www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents/

 

Jumpstart: Activities, worksheets and resources to reinforce your child’s reading www.jumpstart.com/parents/resources/reading-resources

 

Reading is Fundamental (RIF): The largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the US; delivers free books and literacy resources to those children and families in need; book lists, activities and resources also available http://www.rif.org/

 

Read, Write, Think: Provides step by step reading and writing activities and resources to use with your kids after school www.ReadWriteThink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/

 

Reading resources and instruction: Reading instruction and resources for parents and teachers by grade level http://www.k12reader.com/

 

Redshirting

When should kids start kindergarten? Does redshirting help, or hurt, a child? www.greatschools.org/students/academic-skills/4165-redshirting-kindergarten.gs

 

Kindergarten redshirting is popular, but is it necessary? www.health.harvard.edu/blog/kindergarten-redshirting-is-popular-but-is-it-necessary-201203064455

Redshirting: Holding kids back from kindergarten A 60 Minutes report http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7414212n

 

Raising Resilient, Confident Children

 

The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy. Edward M.Hallowell, MD, Ballantine Books, New York, NY 2002

 

The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon 25th Anniversary Edition by David Elkind, Da Capo Press New York, NY 2006

 

Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Help Your Child Become More Responsible, Confident, and Resilient. Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein McGraw Hill New York, NY 2009. Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child.. Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein McGraw McGraw-Hill, New York, NY 2002 2002.  www.drrobertbrooks.com/

 

Your Child’s Growing MindBrain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence by Jane Healy Three Rivers Press, New York, NY 2004

 

Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success Madeline Levine, Ph. D. Harper Collins, New York, NY 2012 http://madelinelevine.com/

 

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Tough, Paul. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY 2012.

 

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. Mogel, PhD, Wendy. Scribner, New York, NY 2001

 

The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life, Michael Thompson Ballantine Books New York, NY 2004

 

Negotiation Generation: Take Back your Parental Authority without Punishment by Lynne Griffin Berkley Publishing, New York, NY 2007

 

Your Child’s Strengths: A guide for Parents and Teachers by Jennifer Fox  Penguin New York, NY 2008 www.strengthsmovement.com

 

STEM  (Science, Math, Engineering, Technology)
Science Technology Engineering and Math education overview: http://www.stemedcoalition.org

 

Khan Academy - An amazing resource of more than 100,000 on-line lessons for grades K-12. Covers all aspects of math, science, and history. Perfect for kids (and parents) who need a reminder on math formulas and science theories.

 

Destination Imagination: Create a DI team at your school. Solve challenges, compete in tournaments, have fun. Sparks innovation and creativity in science, math and working together. http://www.destinationimagination.org

 

Math games and activities: http://ww38.wwwmrnussbaum.com/

 

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Lots of good science info under For Kids and Teachers. Also a great place to get ideas for the Science Fair. http://www.billnye.com/

 

Site for science fair ideas and inspiration. 800+ project ideas. http://www.sciencebuddies.org/

 

All inclusive site for science fair project resources and ideas http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/resources.php#l47

 

National Geographic for Kids; Social Studies and Geography www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

 

Discovery Channel – science, social studies and geography: http://dsc.discovery.com/

 

School Start Times /Teen Sleep Needs –

National Sleep Foundation – Information on Sleep Health and Safethttp://www.sleepfoundation.org/

 

Do later start times really help students? Psychology Today http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleepless-in-america/201102/do-later-school-start-times-really-help-high-school-students

 

Understanding the Zombie Teen’s Body Clock, Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444354004578060481988196480.html

 

Special Education/Learning Disabilities

Different Learners: Identifying, Preventing and Treating Your Child’s Learning Problems by Jane Healy Simon and Schuster, 2010

 

A Parent’s Guide To Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed Linda Wilmshurst, and Alan W. Brue.. Jossey-Bass 2010 Place of publication: Publisher,

 

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy–The Special Education Survival Guide Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright, Harbor House Law Press, Inc. 2006 Place of publication: Publisher, Year). Website promotes latest laws and regulations. Very user friendly and informative: http://www.wrightslaw.com/

 

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright Answers all parents questions about IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans) Harbor House Law Press, Inc. 2010

 

The Council for Disability Rights: A Parent’s Guide to Special Education and Special Needs http://www.disabilityrights.org/title.htm

 

National Center for Learning Disabilities: All inclusive website that provides basic information with great videos, evidence based research on learning disabilities, resources and support groups for parents and educators.  http://www.ncld.org/

 

International Dyslexia Association: A comprehensive range of research, support and information that ensures barriers to reading and writing are removed. http://www.interdys.org/

 

NICHCY (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) National information center that provides information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth. Provides state by state resource guides. www.nichcy.org

 

The Friendship Circle: Special Needs resources for parents and educators; features best apps for kids with special needs  http://www.friendshipcircle.org

 

Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) Offers workshops and training, advocacy and resources to parents of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them. Located in Boston but serves the nation http://fcsn.org/

 

PACER Center for Children with Disabilities A parent training and information center for families of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21. Provides support, workshops and resources. Located in Minnesota but serves the nation www.pacer.org

Parents Helping Parents: Another parent training and information center for families of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21. Provides support, workshops and resources. Located in California but serves the nation. http://www.php.com/

 

Learning Disabilities Online: A  website with a wealth of information on all learning disabilities and special education issues. http://www.ldonline.org

 

Resources for the vision impaired: http://www.readingresource.org

 

Teaching

Clark, Ron. The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck–101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers. Place of publication: Touchstone, 2011.

 

Results Now: How we can achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning by Mike Schmoker  Association for Supervision and Curriuclum Development, Virginia 2006

 

The Skillful Leader: Confronting Mediocre Teaching by Alexander D. Platt, Caroline Tripp, Wayne Ogden, Robert Fraser Ready About Press, 2000

 

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) The smaller of the two national education unions, though no less contentious, the American Federation of Teachers is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. www.aft.org

 

National Education Association (NEA)

The National Education Association is the largest union in the U.S. and one of the most powerful political forces in the nation. Committed to restoring public confidence in public education Not affiliated with AFL-CIO www.nea.org

 

Technology and 21st Century Skills

Mind in the Making: Galinsky, Ellen. The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Place of publication: HarperCollins, New York, NY 2010.

 

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times. Trilling, Bernie. Jossey-Bass, 2009.

 

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Wagner, Tony. Scribner, New York, NY 2011. www.tonywagner.com

 

Partnership for 21st Century Skills A national organization that advocates for the readiness skills that all students need for career, college and life. http://www.p21.org/tools-and-resources/parents-and-communities

 

Education Connection Center for 21st Century Skills Encourages businesses, communities and schools to work together in digital age http://www.skills21.org/

 

 

I’ll update this list regularly and will continue to include links from these and other resources in my posts.