50 Great Online Resources for Teachers and Educators

The purpose of this guide is to share quality resources available to current and prospective teachers. Listed here are more than 50 websites (the vast majority of them available free of charge), ranging from general resources on teaching and education, to specific resources targeting individual subjects. Also listed are professional associations, journals, conferences and blogs.

Quick Links
General Resources
Art Education
History Education
Math Education
Science Education
Language Arts Education
Journals
Education Research Associations
Associations
Conferences
Blogs

General Teaching Resources

Khan Academy: Khan Academy is an online educational video resource. The subjects are wide ranging from mathematics, to history, art and science and more. Khan Academy is one of the most developed websites in terms of content boasting over 3400 videos and over 190 million lessons delivered.

The Educational Technology Clearinghouse: The Educational Technology Clearinghouse is a comprehensive site that provides links to information about technology integration in the classroom. ETC also links to various educational, professional and extra-curricular resources including lesson plans. The site is also Florida based and provides state standards for each subject.

PBS.org Teacher’s Resources: This portion of the PBS website devoted to teachers provides an education news feed, hosts the annual Teacher Innovator Awards and provides access to PBS programs that have covered education such as Frontline. There are also teaching resources and episode descriptions for teachers searching for a topical episode of various programs.

NASA Educational Resources: This NASA site provides teachers with educational resources in the areas of space and science. These include lesson plans and various programs such as “Cloud of the Month” for the K-4 bracket all the way to detailed lessons on the use of infrared technology in astronomy for older 9-12 classes.

Smithsonian Education Website: The Smithsonian education website for educators is an extensive resource that covers all major subject areas and provides educators with lesson plans, professional development resources, field trip guides as well as a massive resource library. The site is searchable by subject and grade and is easy and convenient to navigate.

Federal Resource for Educational Excellence: Federal Resource for Educational Excellence (FREE) is a website with extensive resources provided to educators from all specializations. Some of these include not only links to major resource repositories but also educational animations, primary document resources, photographs, and video.

Art Education

Art Education Resource Guide: This is the resource guide for art educators by the National Art Education Association. The comprehensive array of resources offered for the location and procurement of the equipment necessary to art instruction; art supplies, curriculum tools, classroom equipment, classroom supplies, specific resources for the providers of supplies for various types of art.

Kennedy Center Arts Edge: The Arts Edge website by the Kennedy center provides lesson planning, guides and how-to resources for art educators. Another unique and useful feature of the web site is the “Standards Finder” which allows educators to search for standards by subject, grade and keyword.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies is dedicated to enabling the success of arts programs around the country. The website has research resources available for arts educators with topics such as Grant Making and Creative Economic Development to help art educators fund their programs. There is also research available on the topics of Structure and Best Practices. The foundation offers web seminars and a guide to the NASAA locations for on site workshops and training.

National Endowment of the Arts: The National Endowment of the Arts was established in 1965 as an independent agency of the government; the purpose of which is to work through partnerships to provide funding for everything from art programs in schools, to the creation of world class art. The NEA website is the place to go for information on applying for grants (and to apply for those grants). The website also has resource lists for the various arts disciplines, accessibility, and planning.

Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero: Project Zero is an educational research group at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. The goal of the project is to enhance learning, thinking and creativity in the arts, humanities and sciences through the study of art education. The website provides educators with valuable information from research projects conducted by graduate students of one of the best educational institutions in the world.

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education: The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education is comprised of all persons at state agencies responsible for arts education. The goal of the organization is to support the professional effectiveness of individuals and provide a voice for art educators around the nation to advocate for the arts.

History Education

UMBC Center for History Education: The University of Maryland Baltimore County Center for History Education is a resource for lesson plans and history labs for history educators. The site has also compiled primary source materials from UMBC’s collections and national repositories into a comprehensive classroom resource for teaching American History.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994 as a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of history education. The institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers aiding in the education of millions of students in American History. Resources include online exhibitions, podcasts. The institute also has a program where teachers may be nominated for excellence in education.

National Archives Education: The National Archives provides extensive teacher resources including professional development workshops, the online teaching tool DocsTeach, lesson plan resources, field trip planning resources and information on incorporating primary source materials into the curriculum.

Teaching History: Teaching History offers some unique resources. In addition to lesson plans and state standards guides the site offers insights into best practices and an “Ask a Master Teacher” program in which recognized successful teachers offer insights into the most valuable ways to teach history.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History operates with the goal of working with educators and interested parties in helping educators and students alike explore the natural world through exibits, on-site programming and online resources. The online resources include professional development resources and various classroom resources such as lesson plans, web-based student activities, and a link to the Museum’s database which is searchable for classroom aids and images.

History Channel Classroom: The History Channel Classroom offers study guides on the various programs available to educators from The History Channel. The website also features video clips on various relevant subjects of which educators may make use throughout the school year.

University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education Resources: This collection of resources is compiled by the students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education. The web site has classroom exercises and ideas of quizzes and subject matter.

Math Education

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education. The website is a resource for information on everything from standards to advocacy and important developments in the mathematics education field. The website also provides lesson plan resources as well as professional development resources.

ENC: goenc.com is a paid subscription service that is available at rates that enable access for an entire school. The site is one of the largest repositories on the internet with thousands of standards based mathematics and sciences lesson plans, online articles that feature teaching ideas, resources and success stories. The site also keeps its subscribers up to date on education news and has a massive searchable catalogue of mathematics and sciences resources.

Math for America (MfA) : Math for America (MfA) is a non-profit organization that is devoted to the improvement of mathematics and science education. The MfA website features numerous resources including an archive of “test yourself” problems, games and challenges, skills practice, lesson plans, activities, and resources on possible careers that employ mathematics.

PUMAS: PUMAS stands for Practical Uses of Math And Science. The PUMAS website at NASA is designed to provide teachers with interesting and engaging examples of how mathematics and sciences can and should be applied to everyday life. The program pulls examples of everyday common uses of math and science from professional scientists and mathematicians that actually use math or science in the way the example demonstrates.

The Association of Mathematics Teacher Education (AMTE): The Association of Mathematics Teacher Education (AMTE) is the largest organization devoted to the professional development of mathematics educators. The AMTE website offers a broad range of professional resources from journals to job listings, and conference information.

Science Education

National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education: The website for the National Institutes of Health has a plethora of resources for the subject of biology offering materials on everything from basic biology or anatomical studies to bioethics. Among the resources offered are lesson plans and supplementary curricula, online exhibits, photos, images and graphics.

The United States Geological Survey: The United States Geological Survey website makes many resources available to earth sciences educators. This includes geographical and geological maps, online lectures, images of geological phenomena and a variety of resources useful for lesson planning and research.

National Science Teachers Association: The focus of the National Science Teachers Association is on professional development and enhancing classroom experience for students. The website has many quality resources for professional development including lists of conferences, institutes, publications, products, and exhibits. There is a student membership option for those pursuing teaching in the sciences as a career.

Language Arts

Teacher Vision: Teacher Vision offers members a wide variety of language arts educator resources for every grade. There are countless lesson plans, classroom activities, class handouts, suggestions for themes to focus on and more.

The National Council of Teachers of English: The National Council of Teachers of English offers members many resources for both classroom inspiration and professional development. One of the major focuses of the organization is on teaching educators how to combat illiteracy, and how to create an engaging classroom that teaches children to love language.

The National Writing Project: The National Writing Project seeks to help educators engage students and instill in them a love of writing while improving their overall educational experience. The National Writing Project has over 200 sites in all fifty states partnered with local university faculty that provide high quality professional development programs for educators.

The International Writing Centers Association: The International Writing Centers Association, a The National Council of Teachers of English affiliate, supports writing centers that work with K-12 students on the development of their written skills. The IWCA aids the development of writing center directors, staff and tutors via sponsored meetings, publications and professional development programs.

Education Research Associations, Institutions, and Centers

AERA: Founded in 1916 The American Educational Research Association strives to increase the collective knowledge of education and encourage in depth scholarly inquiry and research on the subject of education with the end goal of improving the educational process. Its key programs are Educational Research and Policy, Government Relations, Social Justice, Professional Development, and Communication and Outreach.

NARST: The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) is an internation research body founded in 1928. NARST is devoted to research in science education and the assimilation of knowledge gained through research. The ultimate goal of this association is to improve science literacy throughout the world.

IES: The Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Research is one of the four centers within the Institute of Educaiton Sciences. The goal of NCER is to solve the fundamental problems facing our education system through rigorous research. Because the focus of NCER is on getting results, it is committed to using scientifically rigorous research that is relevant to educators and will tangibly improve the education available to the nation’s youth.

Professional Journals

The American Journal of Education: The American Journal of Education is a scholarly journal devoted to promoting a dialogue between education scholars and practitioners, enabling practitioners to tangibly improve their education methods and through discourse improve education throughout the country.

The American Educational Research Journal: The American Educational Research Journal publishes the results of original empirically backed theoretical studies and analyses that significantly advance the modern understanding of the intricacies of education. The publication has a specific focus on political, cultural, social, economic and organizational issues in the field.

The American Secondary Education Journal: The American Secondary Education Journal is a refereed journal with emphasis on secondary education methodology. One of the unique attributes of this journal is that it serves secondary education specifically and is intended to benefit not only teachers, but administrators and others involved in the field as well.

The Art Education Journal: The Art Education Journal is a strong resource for teachers in one of the more difficult fields of education. Art education is an extremely broad field with the potential for many different styles of evaluation and instruction. A journal such as the Art Education Journal can communicate various ideals, styles and methods to teachers better enabling them to instill a love for art in their students.

Associations

NEA: The NEA is the largest professional association in the country with over three million members. The goal of the NEA is the advancement of the cause of public education in the country, ever vigilant against threats to the well being of public schools, advocating for necessities and overall improving public education wherever they can.

NCTM: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics educators across the country. Dedicated to supporting teachers and helping them provide students with the highest caliber mathematics education available.

NCTE: The National Council of Teachers of English is the premier association for English teachers. This association is dedicated to helping English teachers advance their field and remain on the cutting edge of language arts instruction.

NSTA: The National Science Teachers Association is the primary professional organization for science educators. A member driven organization with over 60,000 members, the NTSA publishes books and journals geared toward science teachers from K-College. The NTSA also advocates for science programs and policy that will allow teachers to improve the educational quality of their students.

NAEYC: The National Association for the Education of Young Children was founded in 1926 and is the world’s largest organization working for the advancement of the education of young children.

Conferences

ASCD: ASCD, fomerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is one of the leaders in educational organization specializing in best practices, policies and more for the benefit of each individual learner. They hold an annual conference complete with seminars, presentations and panels geared toward professional development.

Learning and the Brain: Learning and the Brain holds conferences and symposiums around the country. Conference themes include Educating Diverse Minds and Educating Creative Minds and Organizing Student Minds to Improve Learning. This organization is devoted to helping educators stay on the cutting edge of the science behind the brain and how it affects their industry.

ISTE: The International Society for Technology in Education holds annual conferences about the implementation and integration of technological advances that affect the field of education.

NQEC: The National Quality Education Conference is an annual conference for educators that includes workshops, real life examples and networking with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of the educators in attendance.

Blogs

Teach for Us: Teach For Us is a network of blogs from those participating in Teach for America covering everything from personal experiences to insights gained and observations about the state of education in a variety of contexts.

Science Fix: This blog is an entertaining resource for middle school science teachers, but isn’t just of interest to science teachers. Darren Fix has been a science teacher for 17 years and has many valuable insights that can benefit anybody in the field.

Reading Year: This blog reviews many new books every year with an eye for educational potential. Teachers can benefit from the insights of this colleague that devotes much time to finding, reading, and reviewing new works that may be beneficial for the classroom.

Regurgitated Alphabits: This is a humorous and endearing blog written by a long time teacher who “loves her students, wrestles with her job and mourns the fact that they used to be the same thing”. Prospective teachers may find this blog a beneficial window into their prospective field, and current teachers may rejoice and commiserate with their colleague as she writes of her experiences.

Miss Cassidy’s Class: This Canadian teacher blogs about her experiences with her class Moose Jaw, Sasketchawan Canada. The blog is heart-felt and endearing; an encouraging read for prospective teachers and current teachers alike.

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