Resources & Teacher Tools
Learn new strategies for creating a more effective learning environment.
Reading Language Arts
Learning For Justice
This website provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create inclusive school communities where children and youth are respected, valued and welcome participants.
Zinn Ed Project
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
Science News for Students
Science News for Students is an online publication from the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about science. This magazine includes current events for middle and high school readers, focused on STEM fields like physics, biology and math.
Coverdell World Wise Schools Lesson Plans (Peace Corps)
Coverdell World Wise Schools (CWWS) is an innovative education program that seeks to engage learners in an inquiry about the world, themselves, and others in order to: broaden perspectives; promote cultural awareness; appreciate global connections; and encourage service. Educators use these materials to teach subjects as varied as language arts, environmental education, and international economics. Teacher-tested lesson plans are organized by grade range (3-5, 6-9, 10-12), geographic region, topic, and publication title.
Not Light, but Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom
Inspired by Frederick Douglass's abolitionist call to action, “it is not light that is needed, but fire” Matthew Kay has spent his career learning how to lead students through the most difficult race conversations. Kay not only makes the case that high school classrooms are one of the best places to have those conversations, but he also offers a method for getting them right, providing candid guidance.
Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond-
In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.
Teaching in the Online Classroom - Surviving and Thriving in the New Normal by Doug Lemov
This guide explores the challenges involved in online teaching and guides educators and administrators to identify and understand best practices. It is a valuable tool to help you and your students succeed in synchronous and asynchronous settings this school year and beyond.
Social Emotional Learning
Courageous Conversations for Equity and Agency
This article discusses how teachers can help older students navigate controversial or emotionally charged topics, such as race, mental health, and privilege. The framework prompts students to remain engaged, sit with discomfort, speak their truth, and get comfortable with non-closure. Students devise conversation norms as well as verbal or nonverbal cues to signal when they feel hurt by a comment.