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AcademicInfo: AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information. Their mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers).

AIMS Education Foundation: Whether you need help building conceptual understanding, providing effective intervention, or giving engaging enrichment, AIMS hands-on activities supplement your math and science programs to help every student succeed. Free resources and activities can be found under the Free Resources tab.

American Library Association - Awards and Notables: This web site is the location for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), which administers literary and related awards, including the Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Wilder, Carnegie, Batchelder, and Belpre Medals and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award. Children's Notable Lists recommends exemplary books, videos, recordings and computer software for children.

Annenberg Classroom: Annenberg Classroom offers a wide array of educational resources under a single umbrella. Educators can find curricula, lesson plans, multimedia programs, and other teaching materials all indexed and in conformance with the educational standards of their state. Search by keyword, by subject area, or by state standard to find one of the richest sets of teaching aids available in a single location.

AR BookFinder: With the aid of AR BookFinder, educators, parents, and students can search for Accelerated Reader (AR) books online by title, author, readability level, point value, and topic.

Avoiding Plagiarism: Guidelines, resources, and tips for avoiding plagiarism.

Census in Schools: The United States Census Bureau is an important resource for data about the people and economy of the United States. The Census in Schools program promotes data literacy and increases awareness of Census Bureau products and activities by providing educators with teaching tools, resource materials, workshops, and other professional development opportunities.

Character Education: The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction offers this resource to support the character education movement.  Available at the web site is the Character Education Information Handbook and Guide for Support and Implementation of the Student Citizen Act of 2001.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections: This website promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. Their vision is that children are well cared for and have rich learning experiences, and their families are supported and able to work. Through this Web site, they offer research and data resources for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and others.  This is an open access collection from a partnership among the National Center for Children in Poverty at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan; and the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Children's Literature Web Guide: The Children's Literature Web Guide is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for children and young adults. Much of the information found through these pages is provided by others: fans, schools, libraries, and commercial enterprises involved in the book world. This web page is a useful resource for teachers, librarians, parents, book professionals (writers, editors, booksellers and storytellers), and kids. David K. Brown maintains this web site at the University of Calgary's Doucette Library of Teaching Resources.

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University: This academic web site gives teachers, librarians, parents, and students a place for designing literature-based thematic units for all subjects. This site offers you: abstracts of over 5000 children's picture books; search capabilities for over 950 keywords, including topics, concepts, and skills which, describe each book; web links for keywords so you can integrate your up-to-date content knowledge with our picture book resources.

ClassZone: One step beyond the classroom is ClassZone, where McDougal Littell's Mathematics, World Languages, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts textbooks come to life. Just click on your subject area, choose the book you use in class, and you will have access to your textbook's companion Web site. Through ClassZone, students will stay sharp-minded with online puzzles, current events coverage, and quizzes, while teachers can access up-to-date tools for daily lesson plans as well as resources to enhance their professional development.

Common Core State Standards: The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

Cooperative Children's Book Center: The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children's and young adult literature.

Copyright Libguide: Contains information pertaining to copyrights. 

Creating & Sharing Open Educational Resources: We've look at what others have created, remixed instructional materials to meet our needs and now we'll discuss how to create a piece of openly licensed content that aligns to student learning objectives.  How you share your content can vary widely and we'll look at some of your options open as a content creator.  The thing what makes OER work is collaboration and sharing!  Now it's your turn to publish your work and allow others to apply the 5R's.

Curating Open Educational Resources & Open Licensing: This session will take a closer look at Open Educational Resources (OER) and open licensing, and how this impacts finding and attributing openly licensed materials.  Why educators might use OER for teaching and learning and how to find and evaluate relevant OER will be covered.  We will also address the importance of digital literacy in relation to openness.

Daily Reflector Image Collection: The more than 7,500 images from The Daily Reflector, Greenville NC's daily newspaper, document the sweeping changes in Easter North Carolina between 1949 and 1967. Children, teens, parents, and teachers will find links to science-related games, online and at-home labs, lesson plans, and educational resources at Brainy Kids Online - a part of the Dana foundation.

Directory of North Carolina Performers: The Performer's Directory lists Web sites and e-mail addresses for individuals or groups who do children's programming.

Discovery Education Classroom Resources: Discovery Education provides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning.

The Eastern North Carolina Digital Library: This site contains 399 fiction and non-fiction volumes of rare materials, 150+ museum artifacts, maps and more than 100 educational lesson plans/activities pertaining to the history of the 41 counties in Eastern North Carolina. This project brings together many primary sources of local history materials, historical fiction related to these localities, and museum artifacts that highlight Eastern North Carolina's rich past.

EducationWorld: EducationWorld, the educator's best friend is a resource that includes: a search engine for educational web sites only, a place where educators can find information without searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; site reviews; daily features and columns; teacher and principal profiles; wire side chats with the important names in education; employment listings. EducationWorld's goal is to make it easy for educators to integrate the Internet into the classroom.

EduCore - Tools for Teaching the Common Core (ASCD): Open this 21st Century Tool to discover a wealth of resources - professional development, lesson plans and modules, and other materials - that you will need to successfully implement the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and Literacy in your classrooms, schools, and states.

eNCcyclopedia: This encyclopedia is designed to give you an overview of the people, the government, the history, and the resources of North Carolina. The information is organized into the broad information categories listed below. Most of these categories offer an opportunity to select either more specific or additional information on a particular topic.

Ensuring Democracy Through Digital Access: Ensuring Democracy Through Digital Access is an online collection of NC government documents along with lesson plans and activities to provide the teacher/student with an experience in using primary sources in the classroom. 

EvaluTech: EvaluTech offers expanded access to resources that are aligned with the work of the Educational Technology Cooperative. It is committed to providing high-quality information to K-20 education agencies in 16 states, including North Carolina.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence: More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.

Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM): The Gateway to Educational Materials is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.

GCF Global Learning: Offering free, beginning computer courses and other learning opportunities world-wide in English and Spanish.  Online learning opportunities include: computer basics, internet basics, Email basics, career development, Windows, Microsoft Office and more.GCF Global Learning® is supported by the revenue that is generated from the donations to GCF Donation Centers & Stores®.

Great Web Sites for Kids: The American Library Association’s “Great Web Sites for Kids” includes web sites that are fun and educational. The sites are easy to navigate, have clearly identified authoring sources, and make effective use of the Internet to create unique, interactive experiences.

IMPACT: This site offers guidelines and resources for implementation of IMPACT, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's model for effective school library media and technology programs. By supporting both teaching and learning, teachers, media specialists, technology specialists and administrators can make what students learn in school relevant to a knowledge-based society and its economy. Aligned to national standards including Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning, IMPACT provides a road map for an integrated media and technology program staffed by professionals — a goal NCDPI emphasizes as essential for every school in North Carolina.

Introduction to Open Education & Open Educational Resources: What is meant by "open" education and open educational resources (OER)?  Chances are you've engaged with both without even knowing it!  This session will introduce attendees to the idea of "openness" in education and how it can impact their teaching and student learning.  OER will also be introduced, along with other types of educational resources, and the different types of Creative Commons licenses will be reviewed.

Just for Teachers. Department of Education. United States.: Sponsored by the United States Department of Education, this special section, just for educators, features the following resources: Toolkit for Teachers, Teaching Resources from Federal Agencies, One-Stop for Lesson Plans, Publications for Teachers, and information about the Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative.

Kappa Delta Pi Teacher Resources: The International Honor Society in Education, Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), is committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals. This site offers KDP recommended websites, books, journals, and articles on hot topics in education.

KidsClick!: KidsClick! is a web search engine for children.  It was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, in California.

Learn NC: the North Carolina's Teacher Network: LEARN NC, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Education, is a statewide network of educators using the power of the Internet to improve K-12 education in North Carolina. This web site offers a wide array of quality resources for K-12 classroom instruction and teacher professional development, all tied to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Lesson Plans: This site has a list of websites that allow you to find lesson plans in all subjects offered.

The Lexile Framework® for Reading:  This site enables individuals to measure a child's reading ability or the difficulty of a book or article.

Libraryspot's Find Lesson Plan Ideas: is a free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information. This site was created to break through the information overload of the Web and bring the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial in one user-friendly spot. Sites featured on LibrarySpot are hand-selected and reviewed by an editorial team for exceptional quality, content and utility. One feature of this site is that it offers a rich storehouse of lesson plan materials.

Mini Page Archive: The Mini Page is a four-page weekly newspaper feature directed to kids but of interest to readers of all ages. The feature has won many awards for excellence in educational journalism and has appeared in as many as 500 newspapers. This digital archive provides online access to issues published from August 1969 to May 2007, the period during which founder Betty Debnam was editor.

NASA Education: This web site offers information about NASA for educators at all levels, students and children.  Nasa partners with academic institutions, professional education associations, industry, and other Government agencies to provide teachers, students, and faculty with the experiences that capitalize on the excitement of NASA's discoveries.

National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education: This science site features free educational resources for elementary, middle, and high school students, addressing a wide range of topics such as bioethics, alternative medicine, diabetes, and sexual health. Includes information about careers in science. Some material available in Spanish.

National Science Digital Library: The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

NC Standard Course of Study: The North Carolina Standard Course of Study provides every content area a set of competencies for each grade and high school course.

NC Wiseowl Educational Resources: NC WISE OWL is a web site that has, as its centerpiece, several subscription databases. InfoTrac, a periodical database product by the Gale Group, is made up of a Kids Edition for elementary students, a Junior Edition for middle schoolers, and both the Student Edition and InfoTrac Gold Reference Edition for the high school and parent community. The Junior Reference Center offers a simplified format for greater ease of use. Custom newspapers include articles from several North Carolina newspapers, as well as content from national and international newspapers. Also included in the Gale databases is the Scribner Writers Series, with information on more than 1600 authors. Grolier Online offers two encyclopedias: The New Book of Knowledge for elementary and middle school students, and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia for middle and high school students.

NCpedia: NCpedia is free online website designed to provide an overview of the people, government, history, and resources of North Carolina. NCpedia was created through a partnership between the State Library of North Carolina, North Carolina State Archives and NC LIVE.

North Carolina Association of School Administrators: The North Carolina Association of School Administrators was established in 1976 with the mission of insuring quality learning experiences for all students through visionary and effective leadership. NCASA is an umbrella organization under which North Carolina school administrator groups are unified. NCASA provides to all these groups broad based membership services, professional development, financial services, communication, legal counsel, legal fees liability insurance and lobbying services.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction: This web site includes: the NC standard course of study, employment & licensure support, reports & statistics, DPI publication sales, education initiatives such as No Child Left Behind, events & conferences, the NC education directory and program areas such as the Governor's School of North Carolina.

North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals Association: NCPAPA is the only independent state association representing principals and assistant principals exclusively. NCPAPA is also the North Carolina affiliate of both the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, with a representative to each of these organizations.

North Carolina School Boards Association: NCSBA is the professional organization that represents all 115 local boards of education in North Carolina. It is a member-driven association that supports the school governance team—school board members, superintendents, senior administrative staff and board assistants—in its complex leadership role. We help develop, communicate and advocate for the perspective of North Carolina school districts.

Project Look Sharp: Project Look Sharp is a Media Literacy initiative of Ithaca College to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.

The Public School Forum of North Carolina:  This non-profit policy think tank which is a partnership of business leaders, education leaders, and government leaders in North Carolina.  Since opening its doors in 1986, the Forum has evolved into an organization that has made a significant contribution to schools across North Carolina.

Remixing Open Educational Resources: This session will look at how educators and their students can create their own open resources, including "remixing" open materials.  We'll continue developing our understanding of Creative Commons licensing, and how it impacts educators' and students' ability to reuse OER.  Attendees will also gain an understanding of the advantages and potential issues with openly licensing their own materials.

ScienceLab: ScienceLab is your online stop for science stuff!  In addition to homework help, fun experiments, and science fair ideas, the site includes a "Teachers' Lab" with links to classroom resources, lesson plans, grant opportunities, science fair resources, and more.

SMART Exchange: This site allows you to find lesson plans for your SMART Board.  Teachers are also given the opportunity to connect with other teachers.

Smithsonian's History Explorer: Your gateway to innovative, standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history, designed and developed by the National Museum of American History as part of Verizon's consortium. Explore the rich resources of the Museum and bring history to life with artifacts, primary sources, and online tools for the classroom, afterschool programs, and home.

Sunlink: Sunlink is funded by the Florida Department of Education and administered under a grant to the College of Education at the University of Central Florida.  It is a great resource for school media coordinators and educators.

Teach4 NC: Teach4NC is a resource dedicated to the recruitment of teaching professionals for public schools in North Carolina. This resource provides comprehensive information on traditional and non-traditional approaches to becoming a teacher in North Carolina. It also provides links to teaching positions available in North Carolina, as well as other job opportunities in education in the state.

Teacher Rules, Roles and Rights: This site gives the public unprecedented access to the content of collective bargaining agreements and employee handbooks from all over the country. It is the only place you can find so many agreements and school policies in a single location. And we have done much of the work for you, sorting through mountains of text to create a new online interface. This tool gives users the opportunity to compare and contrast over 300 distinct provisions in agreements on a full range of topics, including: Benefits, School calendar, Class sizes, Salary and differential pay, Evaluation, Grievances, Leave, Professional development, Safety, security and class management, Employment termination procedures, Teacher transfer procedures and Union membership.

TeacherTube: TeacherTube is an online community for sharing instructional videos.  The site provides an educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.  In addition, teachers can post videos designed to teach concepts and skills to students.

Teaching Pre K-8: Teaching Pre K-8 Magazine is a professional development-based magazine for teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade that is now celebrating it's 35th year of publication. Our award-winning editorial coverage spans the curriculum and emphasizes classroom-tested ideas and strategies. Each issue of Teaching Pre K-8 features hundreds of resources including: ready-to-use activities, web links, book and product reviews, how-to articles, professional development information, on-location cover stories at schools all over the country and children's book author and illustrator interviews.

Teaching Tolerance: Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond. Our magazine and curriculum kits have earned Oscar nominations, an Academy Award, and more than a dozen honors from the Association of Educational Publishers (EdPress) including the Golden Lamp Award. lesson plans, teaching resources, education, teacher tips: This web site is dedicated to lesson plans in various subject areas as well as power tools and sharing between teachers and educators.

This Day in North Carolina History: Produced by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, This Day in North Carolina History provides daily historical updates from across the state.

US Department of Agriculture: The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, the Center focuses its efforts on two primary objectives: Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.The Center's core projects to support its objectives are the following: Dietary Guidelines for Americans USDA Food Guidance System (MyPlate, MyPyramid, Food Guide Pyramid) Healthy Eating Index U.S. Food Plans Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply Expenditures on Children by Families

US Department of Education: ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™: H.I.P. Pocket Change is a fun educational tool for students and teachers that generates interest in coins, the United States Mint, and U.S. history.

Usable Knowledge: The goal of the Usable Knowledge web site is to provide educational leaders with crisp and convenient access to research that can be used to improve education – learning, teaching, institutional organization, and policy. Usable Knowledge is a creation of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.