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Professional Organizations


Resources for Certification/ Standards/NJDOE/Testing

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Resources for First-Year Teachers*

  • North Central Regional Educational Laboratory The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory has created a website for teachers that gives them access to the views of a range of experts on teaching at-risk students.  The links contain streaming audio on issues surrounding these students.

  • Teacher Tools  A variety of links to items new teachers will find helpful are included on the Teacher Tools website.  They range from links to lesson plans and curriculum-related sites to such useful information as "freebies" and "quick meals for tired teachers."

  • Teachers' Network - New Teachers Online  Among the many resources offered by the Teachers Network is New Teachers Online, a website that features videos, links to lessons plans and information about grants.  Some features can be used immediately in the classroom.  The site also offers new teachers the support of veteran teachers as Web mentors.

  • Project Para  Project Para is a self-study program designed by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln that focuses on many aspects of teaching, from roles and responsibilities to behavior management.  While the site is designed for paraeducators and the teachers who supervise them, new teachers will find much of value here as well.

  • American Federation of Teachers  The American Federation of Teachers sponsors this page on the topic of discipline and school safety.  It includes links to information on classroom management, school safety plans and districtwide discipline policies.

  • Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory  By Request is a series of pamphlets produced by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory between 1996 and 2005.  They are now available on the NWREL website.  The URL above connects to the booklet on "increasing student engagement and motivation," always a concern for the new teacher.

  • National Education Association  The National Education Association sponsors this comprehensive website offering a wealth of tools, ranging from blank forms, lesson plans and record-keeping tips to advice from veteran teachers.

  • Beginning Teachers Support Program  This is the homepage of the Beginning Teachers Support Program, compiled by the educators at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  From lesson plans to available federal resources, the professors offer advice and information on a wide variety of topics.

  • U.S. Department of Education: Improving Student Performance  The US Department of Education has created this encyclopedic site on improving student performance.  You can participate in online discussions, exchange information with mentor teachers, participate in workshops, and read reports concerning reform initiatives and education laws.  Updates are available through and email newsletter.

  • New Teacher Center  The New Teacher Center connects novices with accomplished teachers from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  The goal of the center is not merely the survival of new teachers but the development of high quality teachers through "mentoring for instructional excellence."  The website offers download, articles, products and services geared toward new teachers.

  • New Teacher Support Page - Univ of North Carolina  This is the New Teacher Support page from the website of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina.  It features real-world advice from faculty members on issues such as curriculum, fears, classroom management and motivation.

*Collins, J. & Nigro, M. (2008). WebWatch: Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Tools for First-Year Teachers. Phi Delta Kappan: The Journal for Education. V89.N7, p55

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Resources for the Classroom

  • Teacher to Teacher
    The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher (T2T) initiative has been created by and for America's teachers.  It supports teachers' effort in the classroom through professional development and digital workshops and by sharing relevant information through email updates.  Teacher workshops offer classroom teacher the opportunity to participate in free high-quality professional development.

  • Teach-nology
    The best on the web for teachers.  Includes over 400 sites for rubrics, teaching tools, lesson plans, etc.

  • Inspiring Teachers
    Student teacher homepage with practical tips, resources, inspirations

  • Teaching Heart
    Great site with tips on classroom management, portfolios, interviews and resumes, learning centers, etc. 

  • The Educator's Reference Desk
   brings you the resources you have come to depend on. 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.

  • edHelper.Com is dedicated to providing teachers a single shop for educational resources.

  • Educational Unit & Lesson Plans  Teaching lesson and unit plans, research help for students & quality educational units for grades 5-12.

  • Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators  is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials provides educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.

  • Fact Monster.Com  offers an online atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia and almanac.

  • Teacher Vision.Com  features seasonal features, articles, free newletters, lesson plans and student activities.

  • Lesson Plans Page  offers over 2,500 free lesson plans, educator discussion forums and weekly science experiments and math lessons.

  • Lesson Planz.Com  is a searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects.

  • Yahooligans! Teacher Guide  offers sample lesson plans, activity ideas, teaching resources, and information on internet literacy.

  • Adprima
    Educational information for new and future teachers in the 21st Century.

  • ProTeacher
    An online bulletin board for PreK-8 teachers.

  • NJPEP  NJPEP is the online professional development Web site of the NJ Department of Education.

  • What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching
    A publication from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • The Journal 
    The Journal is the longest running, most widely read education technology publication serving educators.


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Classroom Management Resources

  • Behavior Management Advice Site offers thousands of tips on managing student behavior.

  • The Really Big List of Classroom Management Resources
    A listing of hundreds of sites originally compiled by Monmouth University graduate students.  (Last updated 2002)

  • 1-2-3- Magic for Teachers:  Effective Classroom Discipline Pre-K through Grade 8
    Phelan, Thomas W. & Schonour, Sarah J. (2004).  ParentMagic,Inc.

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Technology Resources

  • 4Teachers offers online tools and resources to help integrate technology into the classroom.

  • Educational Technology Clearinghouse groups pages into three sections: Subjects with links to the best of the web sorted by subject and grade level; Resources with links for teachers, administrators, grant-seekers and other members of the educational community; and Reference Desk with quick links to most useful reference sources on the web.

  • Knowledge Network Explorer  Strategies and resources for using the internet effectively in the classroom.

  • Tommy's Technology Tips for Teachers  how to use the computer as a tool for making classroom management tasks easier

  • ISTE National Technology Standards
    national standards for educational uses of technology that facilitate school improvement in the United States.

  • NetDay Compass
    an organized directory of web sites that include education technology information to help you make smart decisions about technology planning, infrastructure, funding, and classroom support. The "Real Stories & Best Practices" section highlights the experiences of other technology decision-makers—their stories provide perspective on what works (and what doesn't!) in schools.

  • Education World: Technology in the Classroom

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Employment Resources

  • NJHire
  Powered by USTeach,  is a must for candidates interested in employment opportunities in New Jersey school systems. No cost to job seekers. Candidates seeking jobs in New Jersey school systems are strongly encouraged to enter their resumes into this database.

  • NJ School Jobs

    Helpful for teachers, coaches, support personnel, and administrators interested in employment opportunities in the state of New Jersey. Exclusively serves NJ schools.

  • Kean University Career Services  provides information on teacher job fairs, workshops on interviewing and creating resumes.

  • National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse  provides information on becoming a teacher, a national job bank database, and links to state departments of education.

  •  offers a national job bank database, job hunting tips, and teaching job resources.

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Professional Organizations

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