Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs)

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Online Resources for Educators



Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS):

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute—birth through age 12:

Desired Results for Children and Families—birth through age 12:

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Free Newsletters/News Briefs


ASCD Smart Brief: Daily briefing on top stories in K—12 education

Choice Literacy: The Big Fresh Newsletter—what’s new in literacy education

Education Week: Free e-newsletters—lots of different options 

 The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) Smart Brief--Literacy education information delivered three times a week


National Education Association: neaToday--NEA news delivered twice a week 


Blogs Worth Checking Out


Edutopia: What Works in Education--   

Lee and Low Books (multicultural and diverse literature):

Literacy Daily (International Literacy Association blog): 

Two Writing Teachers: 

A Year of Reading: 


Technology Integration Websites



Free Technology for Teachers:

Education World:

Carnegie Mellon Eberly Center:

Office of Technology Education

International Society for Technology Education (ISTE):

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Content Area Professional Organizations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages:

National Art Education Association: 

National Council of Teachers of English:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:

National Council for the Social Studies:

National Science Teachers Association:


Professional Organizations


American Psychological Association
Provides information on the largest professional organization of psychologists in the country. Includes studies and news items focusing on children's behavior, learning, and physical growth and presents information on conferences, publications, and membership.

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading.  ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child.

Association for Childhood Education International
Provides information about one of the leading organizations for professionals in early childhood care and education. Includes materials related to children from birth through the elementary years and presents information on conferences, publications, and membership.

 Council for Exceptional Children
Provides information on the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the education of individuals with special needs. Click on the "Divisions" link for information on the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), devoted to supporting young children with special needs and their families. Included on the DEC Website are reports, position statements, and information on conferences and membership.

 National Association for the Education of Young Children
Presents information on the largest organization for professionals working with young children and their families. Provides lists of resources, publications, position statements, and information on conferences and memberships.

 Advocacy Groups and Information Centers


Child Trends
Provides an overview of this advocacy group that is devoted to protecting children. Includes articles and research findings on child welfare topics, such as child abuse and neglect and child poverty.

 Child Welfare League of America
Presents articles, research studies, and general information on the oldest child advocacy organization in the United States. Includes descriptions of advocacy activities of the CWL, which is devoted to promoting policies that protect children and strengthen families.

Children Now
Presents information on an organization that advocates for the well-being of children and families. Includes articles, data summaries, and research on such topics as the media, violence in children's lives, children's health issues, and child care.

Children's Defense Fund
Provides information on one of the leading child advocacy groups in the country. Contains goals and position statements and information on key issues and problems facing children and families in the United States.

Common Sense 
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

 Education Commission of the States
Presents information on an organization devoted to disseminating research and theory that can guide educational practice. Includes articles and research findings on educational issues, including those affecting young children and their families.

 Families USA
Includes information on an organization that advocates for child and family health. Provides articles, summaries of pending legislation, position statements, and other resources related to health issues.

 Kids Count
Presents information on a national organization that tracks the status of children in the United States and shares this information with policymakers, educators, and families. Includes surveys and data summaries that profile the well-being of children both nationally and state-by-state.

 National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Includes information on this national organization and referral center that provides resources on disabilities for families, educators, and other professionals. Includes a library of articles and research reports and an information search engine.

 National Safe Kids Campaign
Provides information on an organization devoted exclusively to protecting children from their number one killer: unintentional accidents. Includes research reports, safety tips, and statistics on childhood accidents.

 Stand for Children
Provides information on this grassroots action group that takes action on issues related to children's health and education. Includes policy statements on national issues, including early childhood education and health care.

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United Nations Children's Fund
Presents information on UNICEF, a United Nations organization devoted to helping children living in poverty in developing countries. Includes press releases, articles, and overviews of its initiatives related to early care and education, gender equity, child health and mortality, and childhood survival during war and natural disasters.

Government Agencies 


Environmental Protection Agency: Office of Children's Health Protection
Presents information and an overview of initiatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency related to children's health. Includes articles and research summaries related to such topics as asthma and respiratory ailments, neurological impairments, and the environmental factors that contribute to these conditions.


National Head Start Association
A link to the Head Start Information Center of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Provides access to hundreds of research reports and articles related to early childhood development and preschool education. Contains specific information on Head Start, a federally funded birth-to-preschool program that serves children and families in poverty.


U.S. Department of Education
Contains hundreds of links to research studies, statistical reports, articles, grants, policy statements, and other documents related to all aspects of education, including topics such as early childhood education, ethnicity, poverty and education, and early reading.

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Contains links to studies, articles, statistical reports, and information on current initiatives of the largest government agency that supports the health and welfare of children and families.


Special Education Websites


Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Advocates for individuals who are gifted and for those with disabilities. Has been instrumental in the successful passage of laws that have guaranteed the educational rights of students with disabilities. Has divisions (e.g., talented and gifted [TAG]) that focus on different groups of exceptional individuals.

 ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
The official ERIC clearinghouse addressing matters on giftedness and disabilities, operated by the Council for Exceptional Children. Contains links, fact sheets, bibliographies, parent information, and other useful information.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Has a special focus on children and youth (birth to age 22). Provides links to many articles, questions and answers, information on IDEA, and a Spanish version.

Smart Brief on Special Education
SmartBrief is a leading digital B2B media company. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief delivers each day's most relevant industry news to more than 5.8 million senior executives, thought leaders and informed industry professionals.

Special Education Resources for General Educators (SERGE)
Designed to put practicing general educators in touch with professional development resources and to answer educators' questions about classroom practices relating to students with disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
One of the oldest and largest disability-related organizations, with the mission to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities through UCP's commitment to the principles of independence, inclusion, and self-determination.

 American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Founded in 1921, a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the public. Provides links in the area of visual impairments; includes a section on talking books.

Multicultural/Culture Sites


National Latino Children's Institute:


Notable Books for a Global Society:

Worlds of Words:

 International Children’s Digital Library: 

 National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
The leading organization in the country addressing multicultural education. Has links to articles, resources, publications, and other areas relevant to multicultural education.


University of Southern California Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research
Provides links to Asian American, African American, Native American, and Latino/Hispanic resources; articles and audiovideo materials, including a video portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

U.S. Census Bureau
Contains demographic data, projections, links, and a wealth of information from poverty statistics to ethnic census data.


Council of the Great City Schools
Offers many helpful resources and links (e.g., "What Works in Urban Education"), describing 155 successful urban programs.


U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Provides numerous links to other agencies in the government; federal laws, such as ADA; information on sex, racial, age, and disability discrimination; and many other sites.


League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Advances for the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. Contains links to issues such as education, census, legislation, and other Hispanic organizations.


 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Addresses issues of school desegregation, fair housing, employment, and voter registration, as well as elections.

National Congress of American Indians
Works to inform the public and Congress on the governmental rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Includes a directory of tribes in the United States.


The National Urban League
Emphasizes greater reliance on the unique resources and strengths of the African American community to find solutions to its own problems. It has strong roots in the community that are focused on the social and educational development of youth, economic self-sufficiency, and racial inclusion. Provides several helpful links.




Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS):

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute—birth through age 12:

Desired Results for Children and Families—birth through age 12:

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