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Resources & Teacher Tools

Learn new strategies for creating a more effective learning environment.

Teacher Toolbox

If you’ve ever been told you’re way too into your job…
If you can’t stop talking about teaching (even during happy hour)…
If you buy teaching books with your own money and wake up in the middle of the night with lesson ideas…
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Reading Language Arts


CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond.


Get access to thousands of high-quality books, loved by millions of kids grade 6 and under.

Library of Congress

This website from the Library of Congress provides free reading resources for kids, teens, educators and parents. It includes access to classic literature, poetry, webcasts of famous authors, recommended reading lists, and more.


Sports Illustrated Kids

This kid-friendly spin-off of the familiar Sports Illustrated magazine provides online resources, articles, interviews with famous athletes, videos, games and more engaging content. There are even articles written by kids in the Kid Reporter section of the site.

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 themetime period, and reading level.


Khan Academy

Khan Academy is on a mission to give free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Their personalized learning resources are available for all ages. Video learning segments are followed by practice activities.

Prodigy Education

Engage your class and differentiate learning with easy-to-use teacher tools. While students play, real-time data creates progress, comprehension and coverage reports for you – no grading required.

Math TEKS Activities

This live binder contains TEKS aligned Math lessons for 4th- 8th grade.


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.

Energy Kids

This teachers can be use student-friendly website to explore energy sources and ways to save energy, through online puzzles, quizzes, and experiments.

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.

Professional Reading

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


Social and Emotional Learning Find and share resources for creating a healthy school culture by helping students develop skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions.

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.

Daily Dedications

This activity prompts students to share stories about people close to them in a daily 30- to 60-second presentation. Educators can encourage students to use visuals, music, and other interactives to tell brief vignettes of the special people in their lives.

Tech Tools

Common Sense Education

Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

10 Teacher Picks for Best Tech Tools

Teachers and administrators from preK-12th grade named these tech tools their top picks for 2021 and beyond.

10 Tech Tools for Student Engagement

These tools will help to keep the students on target and focused on learning.

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