Free Teaching Resource Provides Links to Key Teaching Aids

Recently the U.S. Department of Education launched a new and improved version of the much acclaimed web site, Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE). The new site makes it easier for users to find teaching and learning resources by offering, for the first time, a list of 500 educational topics and a redesigned home page. FREE provides educators with lesson plans, primary documents, science visualizations, math challenges, literary works, paintings, music manuscripts and many other vital classroom resources. The tool also combines important educational elements culled from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, National Science Foundation, NASA, National Archives and other federal agencies. By integrating these important agencies and resources, FREE is able to provide comprehensive lesson plans. For example, one such plan helps teachers integrate 100 of the most important documents in U.S. history into class by providing a timeline covering the milestone documents along with in-depth descriptions.


Students expand and learn vocabulary using this online tool.  For every correct answer, students "earn" 10 grains of rice for under-developed countries.  A great tool for learning while experiencing the benefits of giving.

Chicago History Museum

History at your Fingertips: Great Chicago Stories
Enrich your curriculum with Great Chicago Stories, a suite of historical fiction narratives and supporting classroom resources inspired by the Museum's collection. Area educators selected the topics, wrote the lessons, and tested the narratives and their accompanying resources in their classrooms.

Teacher Development Sourcebook

The first issue of the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook focuses on the role of teacher collaborative work in improving instruction, and includes research overviews, data on current practices and requirements, a professional development calendar, and an exclusive directory of more than 200 K-12 professional development products and services.

U.S. Department of Education's FREE Website

This site serves as a repository of school-related resources from agencies across the spectrum of federal government. FREE stands for "Federal Resources for Educational Excellence". Subjects covered include social studies, US and world history, science, math, health and physical education, arts and music and language arts. RSS Feeds are available.

DonorsChoose: New Funding Program Available For Teachers

Donors Choose is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack.  Here, teachers submit ideas for materials or experiences that their students need to learn.  Individual teachers can choose a project and make it a reality. 
How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

Project Gutenberg:  Free Ebooks for Students and Teachers

Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet. The collection of over 18,000 downloadable books was produced by hundreds of volunteers in conjunction with University of Illinois.


As part of the union’s ongoing commitment to improving teacher retention, the AFT recently launched "T-Source", a new online forum that will assist educators with the most fundamental challenges facing teachers in the classroom. T-source will provide professional resources and communication opportunities designed to appeal to newer teachers entering the profession.

“One of the primary reasons we developed T-source was to provide immediate assistance for teachers,” said Antonia Cortese, AFT executive vice president. “We know that beginning teachers who have access to intensive mentoring by veteran colleagues are much more likely to stay in the profession during this critical period. Not all teachers have access to such programs and the AFT developed T-source as a place for educators to get the basics and the support they need fast.”The interactive features of T-source will allow educators to access a range of research-based information and to reach out to each other.

These features include:

  • Activities focusing on best practices for the classroom
  • An interactive tool that allows teachers to configure a well-designed classroom in a virtual environment
  • Tips on establishing rules and procedures and,
  • Guidance on working with paraprofessionals and parents

Chicago Parent

Online Magazine geared to parents and teachers.


A well organized resource web site filled with thousands of free printable pages and classroom worksheets. You can also customize the materials you download using simple online tools. Site membership with your own log in is available as an option.

Gersh's Guide For Educators

Posted by Sheila Offman Gersh, a New York Educator with the City College of NY - Center for School Development, this site serves as a portal that links to online educational resources on a variety of topics. Subject matter experts; a listing of interesting sites; CyberGuides; how to host your own site; and other valuable resources are all available on one page.

Getting Serious About Play as a  Learning Tool in Classrooms

For Georgianne Walsh, of New Jersey, a beloved raccoon puppet known as Chester acts as the official greeter for her kindergarten students every morning. Amy Wallace, who teaches in New York City, created a puppet named Maya about whom her first graders became so concerned that Wallace purchased a tent for her to sleep in at night.

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