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Charter College of Education, CSULA. The Charter College of Education is the first of its kind in the United States. This site includes information about the CCOEs three divisions, their clusters, special programs, and their faculty and staff. It also includes links to a number of other sites important to educators and those doing educational research.



  • Bilingual Research Journal This is the online version of the Bilingual Research Journal, made possible by the National Association for Bilingual Education for its members and the academic community. The full text of the articles are available in both PDF and HTML. Coverage ranges from volume 21, number 1, Winter 1997, through the current.

  • Center for Applied Linguistics A private, non-profit organization composed of scholars and educators who use the findings of linguistics and related sciences in identifying and addressing language-related problems.

  • National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs The National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education (NCBE) collects, analyzes, and disseminates information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners. The NCBE is operated by the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Blind & Visually Impaired

  • American Printing House for the Blind Founded in 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

  • Braille Institute - Los Angeles Center "A private, non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate blindness and severe sight loss as a barrier to a fulfilling life." The Sight Center includes a library, Braille publishing services, a recording department, a store for adaptive items, and a conference center. Includes links to other Braille centers and other relevant sites.

  • California School for the Blind Provides intensive, disability specific educational services for enrolled students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, and visually impaired/multi-disabled, whose primary learning needs are related to their visual impairment.

  • National Eye Institute Established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of Americans, the NEI is one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. Part of the NEI mission is to develop public and professional education programs that help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of services and devices that are available for people with low vision.

  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped The Library of Congress administers the free program that loans recorded and Braille books and magazines, music scores in Braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the U.S. who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment.

  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired A partner with independent school districts in Texas to provide instructional and related services to students who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

Children & Reading

  • Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents Promotes literacy by evaluating children's books in Spanish concerning Latino people and their culture. The site is in English and Spanish.

  • Caldecott Medal Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, it is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This site includes a list of past Caldecott winners and honor books and a list of the Caldecott books that have been translated into other languages.

  • The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Established in 1963, is a unique gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children's and young adult literature. It is a noncirculating examination, study, and research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children's and young adult literature. The CCBC is committed to identifying excellent literature for children and adolescents and bringing this literature to the attention of those adults who have an academic, professional or career interest in connecting young readers with books.

  • Coretta Scott King Book Award This award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table. The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

  • HAISLN Recommended Reading Lists The Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network reading list includes titles of books (fiction and non-iction) that are evaluated annually and compiled by librarians. They are arranged by grade levels from preschool throught 12th grade.

  • International Children's Digital Library This site is in progress. It is a five year international project that began late 2002 and is intended to be a digital library freely available to children worldwide. More than 10,000 children's books from more than 100 cultures will be included eventually.

  • International Reading Association Links to useful resources on various aspects of literacy including those of other organizations, teacher/parent resources, adult and family literacy resources, and information about research centers. Article archives include highlights from past issues of Reading Today. Includes lesson plans, information about standards, and web resources for teachers.

  • LAPL Kids Path Created by the Los Angeles Public Library, this web site includes reading lists by grade level, award winning books lists, the California Reading List, LAPL Children's Literature book list, recommended books by grade level, and more.
  • Literature for Children  Provides Internet access to over 550 high quality digitized children’s literature titles, pre-1850 to post-1950.  The collection focuses on literature from the U. S. and Britain.  Uses may browse alphabetically by title or author.

  • Newbery Medal Named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery, this is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This site includes a list of past Newbery winners and honor books and a list of the Newbery books that have been translated into other languages.

  • Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Award (NCTE) The National Council of Teachers of English, through the Committee on the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, has established an annual award and up to five honor books for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children. The Committee also works to promote the use of nonfiction children's books in the classroom.

  • Pura Belpre Award This award, established in 1996, honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian from the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian, storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children in the U.S. through her pioneering work of preserving and disseminating Puerto Rican folklore.

  • Recommended Literature Search - Reading & Language Arts Developed and maintained by the California Department of Education this web site allows the user to create a customized reading list by grade level, language, culture, genre, classification, curriculum connections, or awards. Results may be sorted by title or author.

  • Schneider Family Book Awards Honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three annual awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0-10), middle school (age 11-13) and teens (age 13-18). The book must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional.

  • Starfall A learn-to-read website offered free as a public service. Primarily designed for first grade, but also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and second grade.


  • ASSIST (Statewide Student Transfer Information for California) A computerized student-transfer information system that can be accessed over the World Wide Web. It displays reports of how course credits earned at one California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California's colleges and universities. With funding from the California State Legislature, ASSIST was created in 1985 under the guidance and counsel of the three California postsecondary educational segments: the University of California, the California State Universities, and the California Community Colleges.
  • College and University Rankings  Created and maintained by Education & Social Science Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this site draws together and provides context to various ranking services.

  • Universities Around the World Searchable database of Universities around the world. This database is based on "World List of Universities 1997," published by the International Association of Universities. You can select to search by country, or in the case of the United States, by state. With either search you can also limit by keyword.

  • Web U.S. Higher Education Provides links to other accredited institutions in the United States.


  • Homeschool World Provides information for parents and students interested in homeschooling and educators who need to know about homeschooling practices in the U. S. and worldwide.

Lesson Plans & Instructional Resources

SPECIAL GUIDE: Lesson plans can be found in many of our education databases: use this online Lesson Plan Guide for detailed instructions.

You can also find lesson plans and instructional resources at any of the websites listed below.

  • Education World Provides assistance to all educators, particularly K-12 instructors. Includes subject links and weekly features. Sponsored by American Fidelity Education Services.

  • EduHound Everything for Education K-12 Provides a prescreened database directory of K-12 Educational Links categorized by subject, alphabetically from a list of clickable keywords, and additionally providing numerous link pages to selected pertinent resource areas.

  • Gateway to 21st Century Skills Provides access to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the Internet.
  • Getty Museum The education portion of this website includes planning a school visit, teacher programs and resources, lesson plans, fun online games for children, and more.

  • KidsClick! Created by a group of librarians to address concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites. Please note that KidsClick! is not an Internet filter. It is intended to guide users to good sites.

  • Middle School Net Developed and administered by Judy Horn, an instructional technology specialist. Site focuses on curriculum resources and is organized by broad subject categories.
  • New Teachers Home Page Created for the beginning teacher, this site includes practical tips and articles and helpful advice for new teachers.

  • PBS Teachersource Offers curriculum resources for teachers and educators.  Includes 3,500 lesson plans and activities arranged by subject categories, and then by grade levels, and much more.

  • ReadWriteThink A partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. The site Includes K - 12 standards-based lesson plans that are research-based and include detailed instructional plans. The lessons are written for the teacher but include student-ready materials such as worksheets, interactives, and reviewed Web resources. All site content is organized around The IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts.

  • S.C.O.R.E. (Schools of California On-line Resources for Education) A Web-based classroom resource which links to quality Internet resources and teacher-developed lessons in mathematics, science, history/social science, and language arts. Supports California's content standards and curriculum frameworks and promotes information literacy.

  • Smithsonian Education The education site for the Smithsonian Institution, it includes lesson plans, online resources, and other teaching materials.
  • Teachable Moment Offers timely teaching ideas, lesson plans, essays for discussion, and suggestions for guiding young people (primarily K - !2) as they deal with social conflict in the world. It was created by the Educators for Social Responsibility Metropolitan Area (New York City).

  • TeachersNetwork.Org A nationwide, non-profit education organization maintains this site. Includes lesson plans, daily classroom specials, and offers grants and fellowships.


  • Teach-nology  Allows you to make grading rubrics by filling out an online form.  The rubrics are made instantly and can be printed directly from your computer. There are rubric generators for basic reading skills, behavior, oral expression, and more.

School Psychology & Test Reviews

  • California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) Founded in 1953 CASP is a statewide membership association for school psychologists in California. CASP represents the profession for legislative audiences, government officials, and other policy-making bodies. CASP provides continuing professional development, publishes a quarterly magazine, and an annual research journal.

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook Test Reviews On-line Provides free information on more than 4,000 commercially available tests including current publisher information. May be searched by keyword or by using the alphabetic or category listings by test title. More than 2,000 of the tests have been reviewed by the Buros Institute and can be ordered on-line.

  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Represents and supports school psychology to enhance the mental health and competence of all children. A useful resource for members, parents, and educators.

  • School Psychology Resources Online Provides more than 1,000 links to information on topics pertinent to school psychologists, educators, and parents.
  • Theory Into Practice  The TIP database contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction. Theories may be access by learning domains and concepts.

Science and Math

  • DLESE The Digital Library for Earth System Education Funded by the National Science Foundation, includes lesson plans, scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips.

  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives A National Science Foundation supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). The NLVM is a resource from which teachers may freely draw to enrich their mathematics classrooms. The materials are also of importance for the mathematical training of both in-service and pre-service teachers.

  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL). The National Science Foundation's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research. Resources available include images, video, audio, software, journal articles, and lesson plans.

  • Ocean Explorer. This website, sponsored by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) includes lesson plans developed by scientists and educators during Ocean Explorer field seasons. These lessons are geared toward students in grades 5-12. You can find lesson plans by subject or expeditions.

  • Secrets of the Ocean Realm. These science activities were developed for use with students in grades 5-7 and investigate oceanography, marine biology, ecology, physics, conservation, and scuba diving.

  • Teachers' Domain Includes K-12 resources and lesson plans for engineering, earth and space science, life science, physical science, and civil rights. You must register to use, but registration and usage is free. Includes video, audio, interactive, image, and primary source documents.


  • Common Core of Data A comprehensive, annual, national statistical database of information on public schools and school districts in the United States. It gives data for more than 17,000 school districts and in excess of 95,000 public elementary and secondary schools.

  • Kids Count A national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

  • National Center for Education Statistics Primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the U. S. and other nations. Includes links to The Condition of Education and Projections of Education Statistics.


  • California Learning Resource Network Attempts to provide a one-stop information source that enables California educators to identify supplemental electronic learning resources that both meet local instructional needs and embody the implementation of California curriculum frameworks and standards.

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) This nonprofit professional organization promotes appropriate uses of information technology to support and improve teaching, learning, and administration in K-12 education and teacher education. It is the home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project and the National Center for Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (NCPT3).

Vocational Education

  • Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) Part of U.S. Department of Education, OVAE provides recent information on career and technical education, adult education and adult literacy. It supports evaluation, demonstration, technical assistance and national research. Resources on the site include research reports, examples of effective programs, and professional development.

  • Vocational/Career and Technical Education Resources Resources on this comprehensive site include links to general information about vocational education, career and technical education, and workforce preparation. You will also find resources for history of vocational education, current legislation news, statistics, associations, organizations and vocational teacher preparation programs.