General Education

  • 50+ great web sites for kids and parents ( the American Library Association's picks for great sites on the internet.

  • Busy Teachers' Website ( provides teachers with direct source materials, and lesson plans/classroom activities with a minimum of site-to-site linking. Although the latest update to this page was in 2001, it still provides pathways to useful information.

  • The Condition of Education ( Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, this website is an integrated collection of the indicators and analyses published in The Condition of Education 2000–2005. Some indicators may have been updated since they appeared in print.

  • Discovery Education - Free Teacher Resources ( provides resources for teachers, organized by grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

  • Education Place ( provides resources for k-8 teachers, parents and children. It offers a wide variety of subjects including reading, mathematics, science and social studies.

  • ( is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Washington, D.C. Their primary mission is to help raise the level of awareness and understanding among professionals and the public of important issues in American education. Covers local, state, and national news and issues from preschool through the 12th grade.

  • eThemes ( from the University of Missouri, this website features over 2,500 educational topics with lesson plans and hands-on activities for K-12 classroom uses.

  • FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence ( is sponsored by FirstGov, the U.S. Government's official web portal. It provides free resources in all subject areas.

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) ( is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.

  • The Institute for Urban and Minority Education ( The Institute conducts research and evaluations, provides information services, and assists schools, community-based organizations, and parent school leaders in program development and evaluation, professional development, and parent education.

  • The Literacy Web ( at the University of Connecticut is designed to promote the use of the Internet as a tool to assist classroom teachers in their search for best practices in literacy instruction, including the new literacies of Internet technologies.

  • The Montessori Foundation ( gives information about Montessori philosophy. Links to magazines and articles about Montessori. It includes classifieds.

  • National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy ( (NCSALL) was a federally funded research endeavor until 2007, with this website still including development focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts were dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that served adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma.

  • PBS Learning Media ( Resources and lesson plans in all subject areas.

  • Smithsonian Education ( The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies provides leadership in education at the Smithsonian and produces a variety of programs, services, and resources for the education and museum communities. The Center studies education at the Institution and builds consensus on standards for strengthening its educational programs, publications, and websites.

  • Southwest Educational Development Laboratory ( is a private, nonprofit corporation operating under contracts and grants from federal, state, and private sources to conduct research, develop school improvement tools, and provide assistance to education agencies and policymakers.

  • ( This site provides teachable moments for educators with timely teaching ideas to encourage critical thinking on issues of the day and foster a positive classroom environment.

  • Teacher/Pathfinder Educational Internet Village ( search using key words for quality educational material and resources that are otherwise difficult to find.

  • Tips and Strategies from First-Year Teachers ( Tips written by former first year teachers for those just embarking on their new career.

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Last Updated: April 16, 2014