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Curriculum Development
Featured Resources
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy
"The standards establish guidelines for English language arts (ELA) as well as for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects." For grades K-12 (select grade level and subtopics from their menu). From Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Common Core Mathematics Standards
"The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students." For grades K-12 (select grade level and subtopics from their menu). From Common Core State Standards Initiative.
EngageNY
"Teaching and learning resources. We designed this site specifically for New York's teachers, principals, administrators and Network Teams. Have questions about Common Core standards, data-driven instruction or teacher and leader effectiveness? This is your one-stop shop." From the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
ERIC
"ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)."
New York State Learning Standards and Curriculum
Sections include: Core Curriculum Guidance, Learning Standards, E-Blast, General Education Diploma Requirements, Middle Level Education, Transfer Student Information, and more. From the New York State Education Department.
Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology and Other Related Publications
Find many of the publications in PDF format for downloading to your computer, or purchase hard copies by either contacting the Department's Publications Office, or downloading the 'Order Form' and mailing in your order. From the New York State Education Department. See also: Publications Catalog of the NYS Education Dept. - K-12 curriculum guides are listed and can be ordered from Albany. (PDF format - view with Adobe Acrobat Reader).
New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards
"Adopted and approved by the Board of Regents in January 2011."

Other Resources
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database
Described as "a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner." Registration required to participate. From the American Library Association (ALA). See also this ALA/AASL page and their Crosswalk of the Common Core Standards page.
ARTSEDGE
"ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment." From the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Bring Science Home
From Scientific American. "With the help of our partners, Scientific American features a fun, new, science-related activity every Thursday that parents and their six- to 12-year-olds can do together. Adults will find easy-to-follow instructions and simple materials lists as well as additional background to help them explain the key concepts."
C-SPAN Classroom
"Free primary source materials for social study teachers." Browse by topic (e.g. Campaigns and Elections, Economics, Immigration, U. S. Constitution) or search.
Common Core State Standards Initiative
"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy." A list of states which have adopted the Core is available. Standards can be downloaded at this link.
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum
"Common Sense Media offers this free Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum to help educators empower their students and their school communities to be safe, responsible, and savvy as they navigate this fast-paced digital world."
DocsTeach
"Find and create interactive learning activities with primary source documents that promote historical thinking skills." From the U.S. National Archives.
Educator Guides: Operas
"Designed to bring opera to the classroom, each opera-specific guide includes full length classroom activities, musical highlights, story synopses, accompanying audio clips, post-opera activities, and student resources - all helpful tools to become familiar and understand the opera before viewing." From The Metropolitan Opera.
KinderArt
"Over 800 free art and craft lessons, activities and plans for K-12."
Lesson Plans
Browse by grade, subject, or month. From the National Education Association (NEA).
National Park Service for Teachers
Described as "a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning, and other resources. All of the materials draw from the spectacular natural landscapes and authentic places preserved in America's national parks." From NPS.gov.
PBS NOVA: Education
"An award-winning source for standards-based classroom resources in science, technology and engineering, from NOVA and other public television series." Topics include: Anthropology, Archeology, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Science Forensic Science, Geography, Health Science, History, Life Science, Math, Paleontology, Physical Science, Science and Society, Space Science, and Technology.
Poetry Curriculum and Lesson Plans
"The Academy of American Poets presents lesson plans that align with Common Core Standards, each of which have been prepared by a curriculum specialist concerned with developing skills of perception and imagination. We hope they will inspire the educators in our community to bring even more poems into your classrooms!"
PBS Teachers
K-12. Browse resources and lesson plan ideas by grade level (see menu at top of their page). Includes an archive of webinars and a forum for discussions between educators.
PUMAS (Practical Uses of Math And Science)
"A collection of brief examples showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes can be used in interesting settings, including every day life."
ReadWriteThink
"Here at ReadWriteThink, our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials." From the International Reading Association (IRA) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Scholastic: Technology Tools, Organizers, and Templates for Lesson Planning, Classroom Management, and Teaching
Scholastic provides a variety of tools, and downloadable guides, and other resources for educators.
TeachingHistory.org
"A single destination for K-12 American history content, teaching methods, and current research." From George Mason University.
Teaching with Historic Places
"Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom." From the National Park Service's Heritage Education Services.
Thinkfinity
"Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by our content partners - the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards."

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Education - General Resources
Educational Directories
Free online, searchable directory of K through 12 schools.
Edutopia
"Through the Edutopia.org Web site, we spread the word about ideal, interactive learning environments and enable others to adapt these successes locally. Edutopia.org contains a deep archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for districtwide change. Allied with a dedicated audience that actively contributes success stories from the field, our mission relies on input and participation from schools and communities. The diverse and innovative media resources available from The George Lucas Educational Foundation are designed to connect and inspire positive change in all areas of education." Includes videos, a blog, classroom resources (K-12), and more.
ERIC
"ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)."
FindYouthInfo.gov
"FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news."
FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)
"More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly." From the U.S. Department of Education in cooperation with various other U.S. Government agencies.
Middletown Teacher Center
New York State Education Department
New York State Report Cards
The New York State Report Cards provide enrollment, demographic, attendance, suspension, dropout, teacher, assessment, accountability, graduation rate, post-graduate plan, career and technical education, and fiscal data for public and charter schools, districts, and the State. For each reporting year, a companion database containing statewide data in many of the above areas is also provided for statistical analysis purposes. Click on the appropriate year and then choose county and district.
NYS BOCES and Regional Information Centers
Click on links to New York State Boards of Cooperative Educational Services.
Road Scholar
"Discover nearly 8,000 educational tours in all 50 states and more than 90 countries with Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more." Formerly Elderhostel / Exploritas.
School "Report Cards" from NY State
Posted by the NY State Education Department based on local schools test results.
SchoolTree.org
Listings for over 140,000 public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, and school districts in the United States. Click on the state to begin.
Selected Education Web Sites
The New York State Library has compiled internet sites useful for educators and students. It is searchable by subjects, as well as such topics as charter schools, distance learning and more.
U.S. Dept. of Education


Home Schooling
Eclectic Homeschool Online
Find articles from a Christian perspective on homeschooling, materials to purchase and reviews of other materials.
Home Instruction Laws and Regulations
New York State's exact regulations for home schooling.
Home Instruction Questions and Answers
The New York State Education Department has 70 questions and answers divided into the categories of general, evaluation, individualized home instruction plan, commencement of home instruction during the school year, college entrance and suggested strategies.
Homeschool.com's Top 100 Web Sites
National Home Education Research Institute
NHERI conducts and collects research about homeschooling and publishes the research journal called the Home School Researcher.


Online Learning Resources
Brightstorm
Free educational videos in the following subject areas: Math (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus), Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), and English (Grammar, Writing). Their Test Prep services are not free.
GCFLearnFree.org
"GCFLearnFree.org exists to serve the educational part of the GCF mission. We create and provide quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy, and math skills necessary for them to be successful in both work and life."
Khan Academy
Educational videos. "Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 150 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."
Online Courses
For Members of Thrall
OpenCourseWare (OCW)
Free video lessons and learning materials from colleges and universities.
WatchKnowLearn
"Free educational videos for K-12 students." Said to contain over 30,000 online videos in 3,000 categories.

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Organizations & Associations
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
"The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do."
The National Education Association (NEA)
"The nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education."
New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (NYS PTA)
"Making every child’s potential a reality by establishing the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (NYS PTA) as the premier association for parent involvement and advocacy for all children."
New York State Council of Educational Associations
"NYSCEA is the umbrella organization consisting of professional educational associations that meet to learn from the NY State Education Department about the latest Department initiatives and issues, as well as to find common ground and formulate collective positions."
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
"The New York State Education Department is part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States. Our mission is to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York. Our vision is to provide leadership for a system that yields the best educated people in the world."
New York State School Boards Association
"The New York State School Boards Association serves as the statewide voice of more than 700 boards of education."
New York State STEM Education Collaborative
"AMTNYS, NYSSPE, NYSTEEA and STANYS work collectively and collaboratively to deliver STEM Education in the spirit and vision of New York State’s MST Frameworks and Learning Standards"
New York State United Teachers
"NYSUT is more than 600,000 people who work in, or are retired from, New York's schools, colleges, and healthcare facilities. We are classroom teachers, college and university faculty and professional staff, school bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, teacher assistants and aides, nurses and healthcare technicians."
State University of New York (SUNY)
"The mission of the state university system shall be to provide to the people of New York educational services of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative of all segments of the population in a complete range of academic, professional and vocational postsecondary programs including such additional activities in pursuit of these objectives as are necessary or customary."
U.S. Department of Education
"Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies."

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Professional Development Resources
Middletown Teacher Center
"Founded in 1984, the Middletown Teacher Center is a professional development organization dedicated to the educational support of teachers, administrators, school-related personnel, parents and community. The programs and services offered through the Teacher Center are developed through a continuous process involving needs assessment and evaluation methods. These programs and services align with staff needs, the professional development goals of the Middletown School District, and local, state, and federal initiatives." (Middletown, New York).
New York State Education Department: Teacher Resources
Topics include: Teacher Certification, Professional Development, Standards, Grant Programs, Awards, Appeals, Decisions, and Regulations.
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Home Page
"The NYSTCE are criterion-referenced, objective-based tests designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The explicit purpose of these tests is to help identify for certification those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate level of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the responsibilities of an educator in New York State public schools." Includes information about the test (registration, results, etc.), free test preparation guides. Practice tests are fee-based. From Pearson Education.
Primary Sources: 2012
"Primary Sources 2012: America's Teachers on the Teaching Profession is a survey of more than 10,000 public school teachers from every state, urban and rural districts and who are representative of novice and experienced professionals at all grade levels and in all specialties." The report/survey focuses on teachers comments concerning the "state of their schools, their classrooms, and their profession." From Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Professional Development
Professional development bulletins, news, and other information of interest to educations in New York. From NYSUT (New York State United Teachers).
Teachers' Domain
"Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You'll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities." From PBS.
U.S. Department of Education: Strengthening Teaching
Articles on teachers, teaching reforms, classrooms, and many other articles related to educational professions and professional development.


Test Preparation - Sample Questions & Examinations
Featured Resource
Testing and Education Reference Center
Testing and Education Reference Center
Practice examinations (ACT, CLEP, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, etc.), practice courses, study materials, information on accredited schools, college planning/preparation, financial aid, graduate schools, scholarships, career tools, resumes, and more. Available to members of Thrall.
Universal Class
Free for members of Thrall library, this service has courses with real instructors. Includes GED preparation classes.

Web Resources
ABCs of the ASVAB: All About the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery
From About.com.
ACT: Sample Tests
Sample test questions in these categories: English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing. Also see their additional free and premium test preparation page. From ACTStudent.org.
Civil Service Test Prep and Job Info
Information on civil service test preparation and online learning from CSEA. Some features require CSEA membership.
Free Microsoft Study Guides
From About.com's Computer Certification website.
Free TOEFL Test Preparation Exercises (Curso de Preparacion TOEFL)
GED Math Formulas
From McGraw-Hill Online Learning Center.
GED Practice Test-Mathematics
From McGraw-Hill Online Learning Center.
GED Testing Service
YouTube videos about the GED Test. Description from site: "GED Testing Service, LLC is a joint venture formed by the American Council on Education and Pearson to provide adults with increased access to the GED Tests."
GEDPractice.com
Click the "Start Practice Test" button (down their page) to begin.
Glossary for Contemporary's GED Mathematics
Includes links to flashcards from the book. From McGraw-Hill Online Learning Center.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
Overview and sample questions.
Kaplan's 20-Minute Workout
Requires free registration to take the "workout."
LSAT Prep Materials
Law School Admission Test. "Descriptions of the three LSAT question types, along with some basic test-taking strategies. A complete sample test is available for download. Taking this practice test under timed conditions is a good way to begin preparing for the test." From Law School Admission Council, Inc.
New York Civil Service Website
Very brief Study Guides free for downloading in pdf format. The test guides are made available 60 days prior to the date of the written test. From the New York State Department of Civil Service. See also their State Examinations page for additional test study guides.
Nursing Certification Exam Sample Questions
Select your specialty to see free sample questions to be found on the left hand side of the screen. From the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
NYS Elementary Test Prep
"This site was put together by teaching professionals to help students and teachers gain more information and preparation for the New York State tests. Each testing area provides lessons, practice activities, teacher resources, and sometimes literature tie-ins." For Pre-K -Grade 4 in ELA, Math and Social Studies. From the Oswego City School District. Not affiliated with the NYS Education Department.
NYS Intermediate Test Prep
"This site was put together by teaching professionals to help students and teachers gain more information and preparation for the New York State tests. Each testing area provides lessons, practice activities, teacher resources, and sometimes literature tie-ins." For grades 5-8 in ELA, Math and Social Studies. From the Oswego City School District. Not affiliated with the NYS Education Department.
The Princeton Review:
Free registration is required for some parts of this website. Includes these free practices examinations:
Regents Exam Prep Center
"The goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students meet the New York State Regents requirements in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies." Include Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trig. Provided by Oswego City School District.
Regents Review 2.0
"Includes more than 60 video presentations by some of New York's best teachers. Each section of this website matches the current New York State Regents offerings -- Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts. Each section also includes sample tests and links to additional resources to help you prepare for these important exams." From The Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York.
SAT Test Preparation Center
Official SAT Practice Test and more. Free registration is required. From CollegeBoard.com.
SparkNotes Free Online Test Preparation and Study Guides for College Admissions
These "mini-tests" cover SAT, ACT, AP, GRE, SAT Subject Tests.
StudyGuideZone.com:
Mostly free sample tests in categories including: primary and secondary tests, undergraduate and graduate-level exams, business, financial, medical, teaching, vocational topics. Also includes study tips.
TABE Online Course
Please be aware there are many advertisements and come-ons on this website. Be careful to stick with the free self assessment modules. Do not be lured into buying anything.
TASC (Testing Assessing Secondary Compltetion) - Resources for Test Takers
Includes sample questions (Adobe PDF format) for Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing. From CTB / McGraw-Hill.
The U.S. Naturalization Test
Includes English and Civics Requirements. Click "Redesigned (New) Naturalization Test" (near bottom of page), then scroll down to see "Study Materials for the New Naturalization Test." The "Study Materials" require the free Adobe Reader. From U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).







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