EDUCATION Resources Collection

Photography Resources:

Working Assuptions and wrkxfamily :

wrkxfmly is a multiweek assignment for high school photography students that expands the story to include unique and important perspectives of young people from diverse communities around the country.

Aperture On Site:

The Aperture On Sight curriculum is designed to teach visual literacy through working with photography and creating photobooks. It builds students’ abilities to communicate as visual storytellers, develops them as creative and critical thinkers, as well as building their capacity for academic and professional success.

Venice Arts Library:

Welcome to Venice Arts’ Public Library. This space was designed for educators, teaching artists, and others working on community photography, film, animation, comics, and related projects. Take a look at what’s on our Shelves, including Venice Arts’ core curriculum guide, sample Syllabi that support California’s Arts Proficiency Standards, sample Teaching Activities shared by Venice Arts, as well as our teaching artists and students.

Free membership is being made available through the generosity of the California Consumer Protection Foundation.


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Project Zero

Featured Projects:

Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education composed of multiple, independently-sponsored research projects. Since 1967, Project Zero has examined the development of learning processes in children, adults, and organizations. Today, Project Zero’s work includes investigations into the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, ethics, and other essential aspects of human learning. Our mission is to understand and enhance high-level thinking and learning across disciplines and cultures and in a range of contexts, including schools, businesses, museums, and digital environments.

Agency By Design

Twitter: @agencybydesign
Instagram: @agencybydesign

What does it mean to see the world like a designer? What is “maker thinking?” What kinds of thinking dispositions characterize a tinkerer? These are some of the questions at the heart of the Agency by Design project, a multi-year research and development initiative at Project Zero, a research organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 
Talking With Artists Who Teach
: artists, in addition to their artistic practice, maintain a rich and dedicated teaching practice. Though the popular notion is that artists teach to supplement their income, this study is premised on the understanding that teaching is, for many, an opportunity to think deeply about the nature of art, their own artistic practice, their own growth and development, and what and how others learn in and through the arts. 

Education Archive / Homework and Resources of Credential Work: /HOMEWORK

Prof. Elliot W. Eisner: "What Do the Arts Teach?"

John Dewey

Timetoast timelines
private edu

Technology in Education:

Public Broadcasting

Google Teacher Resources


Education Philosophy
Wikipedia articles:



Lesson plans
from the workshop: Google Earth and Google Maps

Links for Google Maps workshop:

Resources (these are also included in the lesson plan):

Content-specific Lessons and Ideas: A lot of different subject areas!
  1. Google Lit Trips:
  2. Google’s Lesson Plan Library:
  3. Google Maps for Educators:
  4. Google Earth and Discovery Education:
  5. Google Earth Lessons:
  6. Additional Classroom Resources:
How-to guides/videos:
  1. Google’s Geo Education page:
  2. Google Earth for Educators:
  3. Five cool, easy things you can do with Google Earth:
  4. Official Google Earth YouTube Channel:
  5. How to create a "path":
  6. SpatialSci's YouTube Channel:
  7. Google Earth Getting Started Videos;

Geospatial thinking:
  1. Learning to Think Spatially:
  2. The Spatial thinker:
  3. Developing Spatial Thinking Skills in Education and Society:


NY TIMES Education Resources

A list of resources from around the Web about education as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.

·       General

·       Education Department

·       National Center for Education Statistics

·       The Nation's Report CardFrom the N.C.E.S.

·       World Education TrendsO.E.C.D., 2005


·       Education NewsDaily digest of media reports.

·       Education Week Daily articles; some content by subscription only.

·       Chronicle of Higher Education Daily articles; in-depth coverage and data by subscription only.

·       Almanac of Higher EducationFrom the Chronicle of Higher Education.

·       Inside Higher EdNews and commentary.

·       Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education Policy news, emphasizing Western states.

·       Arts & Letters Daily

·       College newspapers online

Policy Groups

·       Center on Education Policy

·       Education Trust

·       Alliance for Excellent Education

·       Fair TestOpposes over-reliance on standardized testing.

·       Center for Educational Freedom Cato Institute

·       Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

Special Education

·       Education Department's special education office

·       Council for Exceptional Children

·       National Council on Disability

·       National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities

·       National Center for Learning Disabilities

·       International Dyslexia Association

·       Schwab Foundation for Learning

·       Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy

·       Center for Law and Education

·       LD Online

Associations and Trade Groups

·       Parent Teacher Association

·       National Association of School Boards

·       American Association of School Administrators

·       American Council on Education Higher education.

·       Association of American Universities

·       American Association of Community Colleges

Education Unions

·       National Education Association

·       American Federation of Teachers

·       United Federation of TeachersRepresents New York City teachers.

·       Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions

Philanthropies and Foundations

·       Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

·       Council for Advancement and Support of Education

·       Ford Foundation

·       Lumina Foundation for Education

·       William and Flora Hewitt Foundation


·       Teach for America

·       American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education

·       National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

·       National Center for Alternative Teacher Certification

College Admissions

·       AdmissionsAdvice.comTips, reviews, links and a blog from a college counselor.

·       CollegeConfidential.comAdvice and reviews.

·       College BoardAdvice on finding a college, applications and financial aid.

·       College Bound

·       National Association for College Admissions CounselingStudent resources.

·       Common college application Used by about 300 schools.

College and graduate school rankings

·       U.S. News & World Report

·       Princeton ReviewBased on student surveys.

·       Kiplinger's Personal Finance"Best values in education."

·       Washington MonthlySchools that promote social mobility.

·       Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

·       Hispanic Magazine

·       John Templeton Foundation Evaluating character development.

·       Graduate school rankings

·       Business Week Business school rankings.

·       Wall Street JournalBusiness school rankings.

Financial aid and loans

·       Federal Education DepartmentPortal for Information on student loans and aid.

·       Online Tutorial From Kiplinger, a financial advice magazine.

·       The Government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)Most students interested in financial aid for college will need to complete this.

·       College Board's Aid Calculator For comparing financial aid offers.

Study Abroad

·       Institute for International Education

·       Institute for the International Education of Students

College Sports

·       N.C.A.A.

·       N.C.A.A. sports news

·       ESPN U

·       CSTVCollege sports cable network.

Higher Education: Studies and Resources

·       Trends in college prices and aidFrom the College Board.

·       State by state "report card''From the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

·       College graduation ratesFrom the Education Trust

·       The American FreshmanAnnual survey by UCLA.

·       The State of College Admission Annual survey by NACA.

·       Community College Research Center

·       The Center for Studies in Higher Education

InIndependent Schools Admissions Association 

Private schools admissions information. Inside Schools

News and school ratings The After-School Corporation

New York City


Support Materials

California Standards addressed in this Lesson


Offsite Links


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and the NY Times here

What Are Some Methods for Teaching Reading Strategies?

  • BEFORE-READING activities should emphasize methods of merging reader, text, and content --enabling students to set appropriate reading purposes, recall related prior knowledge, preview and predict what the text will be about, and select reading methods to suit their purposes and the text. Included in these considerations may be readers' decisions to expand their background knowledge through related discussion, exploration of key concepts, or related reading.
  • DURING-READING activities should enable students to monitor their comprehension through a variety of strategies and experience and acquire diverse fix-up strategies to improve their understanding where necessary.
  • AFTER-READING activities should teach students to review their understanding of text, relate new ideas to their background knowledge, revisit the text to clarify and extend meanings, make responsible interpretations and criticisms of ideas from the text, revise their thinking, apply the information to other texts and disciplines, and remember crucial learning for future application.




Online Resource


Strategy helps readers by allowing them to review what they read in one part before moving on to the next.


Analogy Graphic Organizer

Graphic organizer used to foster students’ ability to give examples similar to, but not identical to a target example. Vocabulary development tool.

Buehl, D. (2001). Classroom strategies for interactive learning. (2nd ed.). Madison, WI: International Reading Association.

Anticipation Guide

A detailed activity that uses prediction in order to make a connection to comprehension.

Concept (Definition) Map

A concept of definition map helps broaden their experience of new words.


Concept Wheel

Helpful with developing a framework for ideas and concepts. Useful pre-writing activity.

Think Port


Context, Structure, Sound, Reference (CSSR) strategy

Developing reading fluency & vocabulary.

Guided Reading Links


Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DR-TA)

A way of teaching students to read closely and purposefully.


Double-Entry Journal

Allows students to record their responses to text as they read.

Helpful ESL Links


Graphic Organizers

A graphic organizer is an instructional tool used to illustrate a student or class's prior knowledge about a topic or section of text.

Think Port


Guided Reading

Strategy whereby a teacher "guides" small groups of students through the text for the purpose of predicting, assisting in comprehension, focusing upon specific skills, and/or coaching the use of various reading strategies.

English Learning Area


Inquiry Charts

I-Charts offer a planned framework for examining critical questions by integrating what is already known or thought about the topic with additional information found in several sources.

Reading Quest




Jigsaw is a cooperative learning strategy that enables each student of a “home” group to specialize in one aspect of a learning unit.

Jigsaw Classroom



Vocabulary development strategy.

ASD Online


Lit Site Alaska



K-W-L (K-W-H-L)

Used to activate students' prior knowledge.


Learning Log

A Learning Log is a written response to literature but may be used to respond to

other texts.

WebCT Study Help


Magnet Summaries

Magnet summaries involve the identification of key terms or concepts – magnet words – from a reading, which you will use to organize important information into a summary.

“Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning” (2nd Edition). By Doug Buehl (2001), International Reading Association (IRA).


Mind Map

Structured outlines that can effectively introduce new material to students.

“Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning” (2nd Edition). By Doug Buehl (2001), International Reading Association (IRA).

Predict-Locate-Add-Note (PLAN)

Four step reading strategy to assist in transition from learning to read to reading for information.

Reading in the Content Areas



QAR serves five primary purposes:

  • Helps students monitor their comprehension of the text.
  • Provides a purpose for reading the text        
  • Allows students to assess their comprehension of the text.
  • Encourages elaborative and critical thinking.
  • Helps refute the common misconception held by students that the text tells all.

Indiana University


Reading Quest


Question the Author

Questioning the Author is an activity that can help students cope with challenging text materials. The activity conditions students to think about what the "author" is saying, not what the "textbook states."


Format/Topic (RAFT)

Students communicate information by taking an unusual point of view and writing for a specific audience.

Reading in the Content Areas



Reciprocal Teaching

An instructional approach for teaching strategic reading that takes place in the form of a dialogue between teachers & students. In this dialogue, the teacher and students take turns assuming the role of leading the dialogue about a passage of text using 4 strategies: summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting.

Reading Quest


Semantic Feature Analysis

Allows students to examine related concepts but make distinctions between them according to particular criteria across which the concepts can be compared.


Semantic Word Map

Allows students to conceptually explore their knowledge of a new word by mapping it with other related words or phrases similar in meaning to the new word.


Semantic Mapping Strategy


Text Sets

A group of books designed to support the study of a particular theme or genre across a variety of reading levels.


Read, Write, Think


Think Aloud

Strategy used to slow down the reading process and let students get a good look at how skilled readers construct meaning from a text.

Word Family Trees

Strategy encourages students to examine new vocabulary with more depth and sophistication in a variety of ways.