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Education Article Databases
- Educator's Reference Desk
The Educator's Reference Desk service provides education information to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators,
parents, and others throughout the United States and the world. Access to the ERIC database and over 2,000 lessons plans are just some of the useful information you will find here. Got an education question? You just might find the answer here!
- Education World
A well-organized site, this is the place "where educators go to learn." The site supports K-12 school administrators and teachers by providing information on lesson plans, curriculums, books in education, school administration, special themes, and educational Web site reviews. Browse or search by keyword a database of more than 120,000 educational sites. Advanced search features include keyword searching by title, description, or URL, grade level, and age of link. Some notable features include a Holidays Center which is a good place to get ideas for educational activities for children, a School Administrators Archive, and a World School Directory.
- No Child Left Behind
A website devoted to enhancing understanding and providing resources to support the No Child Left Behind education law signed by President Bush on January 8, 2002. Links for testing, charter schools, state contacts, and news are a few of the links available.
- Usable Knowledge
Usable Knowledge is an online resource from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that aims to make education research and best practices accessible to educators, policymakers, members of the media, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and parents.
- PBS Learning Media
This site serves as a repository for free materials, including media from Nova, Frontline and other broadcasting partners, providing access to thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities.
Curriculum and Lesson Plans
Funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Indiana University, this site contains "a collection of classroom lessons to help biology teachers more effectively teach basic concepts in the areas of evolution and the nature of science." Developed and tested by biology
teachers during nine years of summer institutes, the lessons are grouped under three topics: Nature of Science, Evolution, and Origin of Life. Lesson plan contents include a synopsis, concepts, materials, time, teaching strategy, procedures, and handouts in .pdf format. Some lessons are still under development. The site also contains a Teaching Units section, although only one unit, on Human Evolution, is currently available. Additional resources include papers and articles by ENSI (Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes) participants and a modest collection of annotated links.
MERLOT stands for Multimedia Educational Resource For Learning and Online Teaching. MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.
- Teachers Helping Teachers
This is a non-profit site created by teachers and for teachers. It consists mostly of well organized lesson plans, but it does have sections on stress reducers and poetry.
- Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
Child Care and Early Education Research Connections promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. Their vision is that children are well cared for and have rich learning experiences, and their families are supported and able to work. Through this Web site, CCEERC offers research and data resources for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and others.
With news, shopping opportunities, online communities, lesson ideas and how-tos, this website has lots of information to help teachers hone their craft.