Online Literacy Organizations and Other Literacy Related Web Sites
Reading Association (http://www.reading.org)
The International Reading Association seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction through studying the reading process and teaching techniques; serving as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research through conferences, journals, and other publications; and actively encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
State Reading Association (http://www.reading.org/councils/counc_va.htm)
Information about the current officers, local affiliates of the VSRA and a link to their web page - www.vsra.org
Council of Teachers of English (http://www.ncte.org)
The National Council of Teachers of English is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Its membership is composed of elementary, middle, and high school teachers, supervisors of English programs, college and university faculty, teacher educators, local and state agency English specialists, and professionals in related fields.
Reading Recovery is an early intervention program for first graders who are having difficulty learning to read. This site, hosted by New York University's School of Education, provides information on the Reading Recovery Program components, Reading Recovery sites, research findings, information for administrators, and frequently asked questions.
Library Association: Kids, Parents and the Public (http://www.ala.org/publicpage/index.html)
This section of the American Library Association has great resources, including booklists and web sites for parents, kids, teens and families.
for Exceptional Children (http://www.cec.sped.org)
This is the site for the largest international organization dedicated only to special education. It includes information about the organization, its special interest groups, and its publications. It also includes information about professional standards and accreditation, training and events, public policy, and legislative information.
Research Center on English Learning and Achievement (http://cela.albany.edu/)
CELA is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and language arts. CELA's research seeks to learn what elements of curriculum, instruction, and assessment are essential to developing high literacy and how schools can best help students achieve success. We provide that information to teachers, schools, and communities so that they can choose the approaches that will work with their students.
for the Center for Critical Thinking (http://www.sonoma.edu/cthink/K12/k12class/trc.nclk)
This site provides links to a variety of teaching resources related to critical thinking. The resource list also includes instructional guides and lesson plans to help educators implement critical thinking strategies in classrooms.
for Applied Special Technology (http://www.cast.org)
CAST is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development of innovative uses of technology. This site has publications, sample software programs and teaching strategies that are interactive and demonstrate the universal curriculum concept for students of all learning abilities and disabilities.
for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (http://www.ciera.org)
The purpose of this site is to improve reading achievement by generating and disseminating theoretical, empirical, and practical solutions to persistent problems in the learning and teaching of beginning reading.
Center for Family Literacy (http://www.famlit.org)
This resource promotes the advancement and support of family literacy services for families across the US through programming, training, research, advocacy, and dissemination of information about family literacy.
Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) conducts research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing. This site provides publications, research reports, parents' guides, sample assessments, and a searchable database of alternative assessments in practice.
Institute on Child Health and Human Development: Publications (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/)
This web site provides a list of publications available from the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.
Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education (http://www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/ECI/)
This comprehensive site focuses on research and resources for families, educators, communities, and policy makers, in an effort to assist all children, regardless of societal, economic, family, linguistic, and/or disability conditions.
Center for Educational Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/)
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting an analyzing data that are related to education in the US and other nations.
Thematic Instruction (http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/res/vogt.html)
This site provides the full version of an article written by Mary Ellen Vogt. It explores the advantages of cross-curricular thematic instruction in helping students to succeed in reading and writing.
Resources Laboratory (http://www.uiowa.edu/~crl/)
This site is the home page for the Curriculum Resources Lab at the University of Iowa. It includes bibliographies of materials on many subjects including picture books for secondary students who are reading at early levels, as well as links to other web sites on children's literature.
CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. They are designed for the classroom with one online computer. Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, and task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites, and a rubric, based on California Language Arts Content Standards.
This site, hosted by the Madison Wisconsin Metropolitan School District, provides links organized by subject and theme including ESL, language arts/literature, professional resources, all content areas, and use of the newspaper. In addition, every link is listed alphabetically with the library page the link appears on.
Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication (http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/)
This site offers a variety of teaching resources relating to the role of prior knowledge and schema in literacy development. The home page provides access to READRO, a listserv discussion forum for reading educators, bibliographies, parent brochures, and book reviews exploring critical thinking, reading, and writing across the curriculum.
Reading Resources (http://www.pburg.k12.nj.us/GuidedReading/index.htm)
This site has link to many other resources for guided reading as well as information and all documents for Observation Survey.
This exciting web site has great collaborative learning projects for teachers, parents, kids, and teens. The site motto is "We provide the training wheels needed to get you started!"
E. Vandergrift's Special Interest Page (http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/special/kay/kayhp2.html)
Created by Dr. Kay E. Vandergrift of Rutger's University, this comprehensive web site on children's literature is an outstanding resource for educators of all levels. The site consists of information on gender and culture in picture books, young adult literature, research, literature and technology, the history of children's literature, censorship, intellectual freedom and the Internet, and copyright laws and the World Wide Web.
This site sponsored by Scholastic has several great articles about reading and skills instruction, multicultural book selection, and assessment.
to Read/Reading to Learn Campaign (http://idea.uoregon.edu/~ncite/programs/read.html)
This informative web site is sponsored by The National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators, based at the University of Oregon. It contains research results that shed light on the skills and understandings about literacy that children must acquire in order to learn to read.
Assessment of Educational Progress (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is mandated by Congress to provide objective data about the levels of knowledge, skills, and student performance at national, regional, and on a trial basis, state. This site provides access to information and data about government-mandated, nation-wide assessments at the national, regional, and state levels.
Upon a Time (http://nova.bsuvc.bsu.edu/~00mevancamp/ouat.html)
This site, created by Dr. Mary Ellen Van Camp of Ball State University, contains many resources on children's literature. Information on professional associations, children's literature around the world, children's literature awards, poetry, authors and illustrators, and professional resources plus much more can be found.
House's Teachers' Resource Center (http://www.randomhouse.com/teachersbd)
This site sponsored by Random House has teacher's guides on books for reluctant readers, thematic instruction, authors and illustrators, books by grade level, and Newbery Award winners.
Lesson Plans (http://users.neca.com/rchatel/Students.html#LessonPlans)
This site provides exciting language arts lesson plans which focus on reading comprehension and decoding skills development. Each lesson plan is linked to other exciting web sites including "The Lesson Plans Page" and "Ask Eric Lesson Plans." These links expand the visitor's instructional repertoire in the English language arts.
Units: Integrating the Curriculum (http://www.ncte.org/teach/Vardell9069.html)
This article written by Cynthia Vardell is an excellent resource for understanding the components of thematic teaching.
Hurst's Children's Literature Site (http://www.carolhurst.com)
This comprehensive web site provides information on featured and reviewed children's literature, curriculum and thematic areas, and professional resources including a free online newsletter.
Picture Book Database (http://www.lib.muohio.edu/pictbks/)
Located at the University of Miami, the Children's Picture Book Database indexes abstracts of over 4,000 picture books for children. Designed as tool for teachers creating literature-based thematic units for all disciplines, the database is searchable by a set oftopical keywords (over 900) organized by discipline or alphabetically, or by a boolean combination search. Entries include title and author, an abstract, and a list of related keywords. Many of the topic listings also provide related links. A well-organized and useful site for preschool to third grade teachers, parents, and librarians.
Literature Web Guide (http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html)
This site is a wonderful resource on authors and stories on the web, readers' theater, resources for teachers, parents, storytellers, writers and illustrators, book awards, recommended book lists, journals, reviews, indexes, and research on children's books and much more.
Literature: Beyond Basals (http://www.beyondbasals.com/)
This site provides hundreds of in-depth guides for using children's literature in K-12 classrooms, curriculum ideas, picture books for older and reluctant readers, and links to other web sources on children's literature.
Dedicated to helping teachers, administrators, parents, and students to use and enjoy literature circles.
Schrock's Web Sites for Educators (http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/index.html)
A categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated daily to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
of the Writing Process (http://www.angelfire.com/wi/writingprocess/)
The purpose of this site is to provide a user friendly online resource, for students or teachers, no matter what they are being challenged to write.
Parent Information Network (http://ericps.crc.uiuc.edu/npin/index.html)
This comprehensive site provides information to parents and those who work with parents to foster the exchange of parenting materials. Materials included have been reviewed for reliability and usefulness and include publications, brochures, web links, a parent discussion list, and a parenting newsletter.
Brochure: Rights and Responsibilities of Parents of Children with Disabilities
Parents of children with disabilities have a vital role to play in the education of their children. This fact is guaranteed by federal legislation that specifies the right of parents to participate in the educational decision-making process. This web site provides parents with information on the rights and responsibilities they should know about to ensure they are a contributing partner with the professionals who will influence their child's future.
This site has a lot of information about the use of technology in the classroom. It includes lesson plans that include technology, chat areas for students, education web sites for students, and links to other resources.
Oz-TeacherNet is a web site based in Australia that provides teachers with the infrastructure for using the Internet to support professional development and curriculum. Through negotiation and collaboration with groups of educators, the project team will assist the development of online resources and tools for events and discussion. The site includes curriculum projects, mailing lists, book raps, and virtual field trips.
SoftSeek is a site that highlights the latest shareware, freeware, and evaluation software for Windows 95/NT, Windows 3.x, and DOS. The children's education section reviews software for children in a variety of curriculum areas including reading and spelling.
Tech-Learning is a web site serving educators with ideas, tools, and resources for integrating technology into the K-12 school, classroom and curriculum. Two prominent components of this web site are the Teaching and Learning electronic magazine and the Well-Connected Educator.
This site has a host of publications on a variety of aspects of technology including Internet safety, the impact of technology, technology and teacher education, and funding for technology.
to School Improvement (http://www.ncrel.org/)
The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) is a not-for-profit organization specializing in the educational applications of technology to improve learning. NCREL's ultimate goal is to help their clients build tools and apply proven practices to create schools where all students can develop their skills and abilities. This informative site provides research- based resources for educators and parents.
The purpose of this site, sponsored by The North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NCRTEC), is to help schools integrate technology into their classrooms. Links provide resources to training and professional development, tools for teaching and learning, and increasing technology capacity.
Exchange for Teachers and Students through the Internet (http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/letsnet/)
Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students through the Internet (LETSNet) project home page is from the Michigan State University College of Education. This web site is dedicated to helping teachers experience the potential value of the web in the classroom by providing actual examples of real teachers who are using the Internet today.
This site is a guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children. Included are highlights of new information in the field of learning disabilities, the basics about learning disabilities, material from leading organizations and professionals, a comprehensive listing of resources and events, and personal essays, artwork, and stories by adults and children with learning disabilities.
National Center for Fair & Open Testing (http://www.fairtest.org)
The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest) is an advocacy organization working to end the abuses, misuses, and flaws of standardized testing and ensures that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open, and educationally sound. The site provides survey information on state-by-state assessment practices for K-12, university, and employment tests. The site also provides links to publications, articles, and fact sheets on standardized and alternative assessment.
Guide to the Internet (http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet/)
This online booklet is intended to help parents, regardless of their level of technological know-how, make use of the online world as an important educational tool. The guide gives parents an introduction to the Internet and suggests how parents can allow their children to tap into the wonders of the Internet while safeguarding them from its potential hazards.
This article from the ALAN Review includes children's and adolescent literature written by parents and teachers related to inclusion issues such as self-esteem and individuality. Key Topics: children's literature, learning disabilities/special needs
Education Web Site (http://www.educ.kent.edu/deafed)
The purpose of the site is to facilitate the identification and sharing of information, questions, and collaborative opportunities concerning the education of deaf and hard of hearing students. The site includes information on teacher education programs, curriculum materials and instructional strategies, research studies and current books, and technologies for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
at McREL (http://184.108.40.206/standards/)
The Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory has received national and international recognition for its work in standards-based education and has provided assistance to more than 30 school districts and several state departments of education as they develop their own academic standards and implement assessments. This web site resource consists of Internet resources--lesson plans, activities, curriculum resources--linked with corresponding subject-area content standards and articles and publications on standards.
Educational Standards: Overview (http://putwest.boces.org/standards.html)
This site provides an annotated list of K-12 Internet sites which deal with curriculum frameworks and standards development in all content areas at the national, state, and local levels. The exciting part of the web page is the alphabetical listing of all states and content areas. This is a case of finding everything you might ever want to know about standards in one place.