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A Tale of Two Schools
A PBS site examining reading instruction and life in an urban & rural school.

A to Z Teacher Stuff
Provides online resources and activities for all disciplines as well as printable worksheets.

AOL @ School Statewide
A series of six online learning portals designed for grades K-2, 3-5, middle school, high school, teachers and administrators. Includes internet links, encyclopedias, dictionaries, lesson plans and more.

Baltimore City Teaching Residency
A highly selective teaching residency designed to increase student achievement.

Baltimore County Family Child Care Association
Providing a constant source of current information about issues involving child care and education for providers.
This site features education, conference, a library and professional development resources related learning, the brain and brain development. Also includes brain teasers and games.

Children's Book Council
This site shares news on children's literature and includes essays on related topics.
Free resources include articles on the nature and treatment of dyslexia, as well as literacy, reading, and spelling. Also includes classroom tips for teachers and parents.

Eduscape Teacher Tap
The Teacher Tap is a free, professional development resource that helps educators address common technology integration questions by providing practical, online resources and activities.

Elementary Technology
Tons of articles and resources on elementary technology.

EPA Teacher Center
A collection of fact sheets, brochures, and web pages that you can use to explain environmental issues. These resources offer basic and clear information to assist you in teaching your students about the environment.
Information tailored to parents of "little kids," "kids," and "teens," including homework help, parenting tips, advice from experts, and a wealth of informational articles.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
This site contains free resources for teachers, parents and students, including teaching ideas, learning activities, photos, maps, primary source documents and more.

Games and quizzes for kids, a curriculum guide, standards finder, quiz builder, web-based gradebook and newsletter for teachers, and a homework relief center and parent-kid challenge games for parents.

Gateway to Educational Materials
A search engine to look for lesson plans and curriculum units on the Internet.

Houghton Mifflin Education Place
K-8 resources for teachers, students, and parents. Includes Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Intervention, Professional Development, activities, games, and textbook support.

How Can I Be Involved in My Child's Education?
Article that addresses such questions as, "How Can I Help My Child with Homework?", "How Can I Make Our Home a Good Place for My Child to Learn?", and "What If My Child Doesn't like School?".

How To Conquer Public Speaking Fear
A report by Morton C. Orman, M.D., that discusses ten key principles and eleven "hidden" causes of public speaking stress.

How to use thinking skills to differentiate curricula for gifted and highly creative students
This article gives suggestions as to how to teach the various levels of thinking skills to gifted and talented students. Enter article title in search box.

Improving Reading Acheivement of America's Children
This article suggests 10 principles to improve the reading achievement of children.

Interagency Committee on School Construction
A program established to provide State funding for eligible and justified public school construction projects that were approved by the Board of Public Works.

Kids' Bookshelf
Features book reviews, e-books, games, kids websites, and "today in history." Kids can also write to their favorite authors and submit their own book reviews, poems and short stories to be published on the site. Articles for kids, parents, and teachers are also included.

Learning Disabilities Resource Community
The LDRC is a virtual information community open to anyone affected by learning disabilities either as an individual with a learning disability, a parent, teacher, researcher, or a concerned community member. The LDRC is a place to gain knowledge about learning disabilities, discover new teaching and educational tools, share information and experiences, and contribute to a greater understanding of the "hidden disability". To help users appraise the efficacy and usefulness of information on this website, all information is categorized and authors are identified with their credentials and affiliations.

Learning to Read Resources
An extensive list of links to literacy development web sites. Also contains relevant research, lessons, literature, and more.

Let's Go Learn
Free resources include articles on literacy and parent involvement in learning, a parent Q&A on literacy development, and e-seminars.

Literacy and Technology
Technology tools that specialize in literacy development.

Maryland Public Television
A comprehensive site covering news and public affairs, arts and culture, kids and family, prgrams, and education.

Maryland Student Service Alliance
Works with Maryland public school students, teachers, and administrators, to promote excellence in service-learning, and help students meet the statewide graduation requirement.

This article suggests 8 easy steps to follow for mindmapping. It also provides links to 2 mindmapping software package sites.

MSDE PT3 site
Welcome to the Maryland State Department of Education's home page for the consortium Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3). Since 1999, the PT3 initiative of the U.S. Department of Education has awarded over 400 grants to education consortia to prepare technology-proficient educators for 21st century schools.

MySchoolOnline is home to thousands of education-related sites. Locate your child's class, school, or PTA/PTO website. Features a "Best Site Showcase" for the best class, school, community, and PTA websites.

National Geographic: Xpeditions
Contains lesson plans sorted by grade level and standard, interactive activities, hundreds of printer-friendly maps, national standards, and links.

National Network of Partnership Schools
Helps educators and parents to enable all elementary, middle, and high schools develop and maintain effective programs of partnership.

National PTA
Resources for parents and teachers regarding education and education legislation.

National Public School Locator
Search for schools, colleges and libraries.

National Reading Panel
Provides free videos and booklets based on research assessment of reading instruction approaches.

Oral Presentation
This page explains some of the basics of effective oral presentation. It also covers use of notes, visual aids and computer presentation software.

PowerPoint Tutorial
Addresses PowerPoint basics in addition to such topics as templates, the drawing toolbar, buttons, transitions and animations, and inserting clipart.

Activities and lessons in all disciplines. Also contains resources for classroom management and teaching practices.

Read Write Think
An excellent website offering lesson plans, web resources, and interactive student activities to promote literacy skills.

Reading Rainbow
Classroom resources, lesson plans, book lists, a curriculum index, a national broadcast schedule and links to purchase Reading Rainbow videos, DVD's, CD-ROM's and more. Winner of the 2004 Tenth Annual Teachers' Choice Award.

Recruiting New Teachers, Inc.
Guidance and resources for prospective teachers.

School Success
A site devoted to helping parents participate and assist in their children's education.
A nationwide directory of school shows, school assemblies, school assembly programs, workshops, and residencies.
A parent’s guide to helping kids with learning difficulties. Schwab Learning is an operating program of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation that funds programs in learning disabilities and human services.
Interactive books and games aimed at emergent and advanced readers in grades K-2. Free books for teachers (up to 400 copies) are offered.

StoryArts Online
Based on the work of Heather Forest, a storyteller, this site shares lesson plans, ideas, and activities for storytelling in the classroom. All stories used are international folktales and fables.

Study Guides and Strategies
Articles on learning, studying, class participation, project skills, reading skills, preparing for and taking tests, writing basics, and math and science skills from the University of St. Thomas.

Teacher View
Features a teacher's toolbox, lesson plans, theme units, a resource library, teacher forum, classroom extras, a writing center, activity pages and more!

Teacher Vision
Overall information site that contains supplementary materials from classroom management to substitute plans.
Eductional resources for teachers, including a chatboard and free lesson plans sorted by grade level and subject.
Resources for teachers, including a lesson planning center, current research and techniques to enhance your classroom atmosphere, collections of materials in different subject areas, and professional development information.

Teaching by Asking and Not Telling - Using the Socratic Method
This article details the Socratic Method of questioning.

The Educator's Network
Lesson planning information, rubrics, theme units, career planning, news and games.

The Virtual Presentation Assistant
The Virtual Presentation Assistant is an online tutorial for improving public speaking skills. The site is designed to help target specific needs as a speaker with sections on determining purpose, selecting and researching a topic, analyzing an audience, using visual aids, presenting the speech, and more.

Webbing into Literacy
Designed for headstart programs, this site provides a "Rhyme a Week," and "Book a Week" programs, as well as family reading activities.

WWW Publication Links
This page links to free-access Journals and Newsletters of relevance to education. From the The Scottish Council for Research in Education Center at the University of Glasgow.



U.S. Department of Education Star Schools Program