There is a world of resources for teachers these days.  Vermont-NEA is gathering resources for its members to make it easier to navigate through the resources.  If you have a resource to share with fellow members, please contact Juliette Longchamp at [email protected] 

Some excellent first stops for a variety of material include:

GPS Network- http://www.gpsnetwork.org/ - The GPS Network is an NEA Great Public Schools site, where teachers and paraeducators can collaborate, download(and upload) lessons and resources, find professional learning events (webinars and Google hangouts), and lots more.  Vermont-NEA members Sharon Davison and Kelly Bouteiller are facilitators for the GPS Network.  Join and collaborate with other educators with similar interest!

Better Lesson - www.betterlesson.com- 130 Master teachers were selected to develop common core lessons in Math and ELA.  Waitsfield teacher Thomas Young is one of the Master Teachers selected.  This is a free site and materials may be downloaded for classroom use.

EngageNY- www.engageny.org - This site has wealth of information in including units, professional learning modules, parent materials, and videos.  Some information is specific to NY, but most is not.

NEA Lesson Plans - http://www.nea.org/tools/LessonPlans.html  This site has lessons for a variety of subjects.  No need to log into this site.

EduCore:  Tools for Teaching Common Core- educore.ascd.org - this free site contains tools and professional development resources to help implement the common core.  There are resoucrces available for download and classroom use.

Share My Lesson:  www.sharemylesson.com - This site is an AFT webite where teachers can upload and download lessons.

The Ultimate Teacher Resource Guide - This site has lings to general teacher resources as well as resources for history, science, world language, music, English/language arts, math citizenship and art.

Achieve the Core:  This website has excellent ELA and Math Resources.  If you are looking for Text Sets or specific problems to align with specific math standards, this is a great site. 

 

Resource Categories:

Classroom Management

Behavior Intervention Guide - This guide provides ideas and resources for Positive Behavior Intervention in classrooms. 

Common Core

Better Lesson - www.betterlesson.com- 130 Master teachers were selected to develop common core lessons in Math and ELA.  Waitsfield teacher Thomas Young is one of the Master Teachers selected.  This is a free site and materials may be downloaded for classroom use.

EngageNY- www.engageny.org - This site has wealth of information in including units, professional learning modules, parent materials, and videos.  Some information is specific to NY, but most is not.

EduCore:  Tools for Teaching Common Core- educore.ascd.org - this free site contains tools and professional development resources to help implement the common core.  There are resoucrces available for download and classroom use.

Smarter-Balanced Digital Library - www.smarterbalancedlibrary.org - This library of both classroom and professional learning resources is being developed by teachers throughout the United States.  More information on when Vermont Teachers can access this library as part of the State's committment to supporting teachers implementing the Common Core is coming shortly.

SBAC Content Specifications for Mathematics 3-8 - This is the July 2015 version.  This is a useful tool when identifying majort topics for each grade.  Beginning on page 69 is a very clear chart for grades 3-8.  The chart identifies the major topics (Hi) and the additional/supporting standards (Lo).  When planning for the year, teachers will want to make sure that enough time is given to the major topics so students will have ample opportunity to construct deep understanding of the content.

SBAC Content Specifications for H.S. Mathematics - Refer to page 6 of this document to see the major and additional/supporting standards.

SBAC- Content Specifications for ELA and Literacy in History/SS, Science and Technical Subjects: This is the July 2015 Content Specifications for the SBAC.  It is a good resource for use in planning classrooom activities and performance assessments.

Class Discussion Protocols and Activities

A Potpourri for Discussion Protocols, Ideas, and Strategies - This pdf has activities from a variety of websites and books, compiled by Julie Longchamp.  If you have anything you'd like to add to this resource, email it to her at [email protected]

Math

SBAC Content Specifications for Mathematics 3-8 - This is the July 2015 version.  This is a useful tool when identifying majort topics for each grade.  Beginning on page 69 is a very clear chart for grades 3-8.  The chart identifies the major topics (Hi) and the additional/supporting standards (Lo).  When planning for the year, teachers will want to make sure that enough time is given to the major topics so students will have ample opportunity to construct deep understanding of the content.

SBAC Content Specifications for H.S. Mathematics - Refer to page 6 of this document to see the major and additional/supporting standards.

Mathematics Assessment Project- Assessing 21st Century Math - The Mathematics Assessment Program (MAP) aims to bring to life the Common Core State Standards (CCSSM) in a way that will help teachers and their students turn their aspirations for achieving them into classroom realities. MAP is a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and the Shell Center team at the University of Nottingham, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The team works with the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and school systems across the US and UK to develop improved assessment.  It looks like it has lessons for grades 6- high school.

Illustrative Mathematics:  Educators collaborate at illustrativemathematics.org, sharing carefully vetted resources for teachers and teacher leaders to give our children an understanding of mathematics and skill in using it. We provide expert guidance to states, districts, curriculum writers, and assessment writers working to improve mathematics education.  Educators can download and adapt materials for their class.  Review terms of use for proper credit.

Youcubed at Stanford University –  This website has a some excellent free activities and other resources including articles on mindset, number sense, depth not speed and math apps.  Select the "task" button on the menu bar for activities aligned to CCSS concepts and practices.  http://www.youcubed.org

English/Language Arts

SBAC- Content Specifications for ELA and Literacy in History/SS, Science and Technical Subjects:   This is the July 2015 Content Specifications for the SBAC.  It is a good resource for use in planning classrooom activities and performance assessments.

Science

National Science Teachers Association - The NSTA is an excellent organization with a monthly magazine.  For teachers of science, a membership is worth the expense, wtih many lesson plans and interesting articles.

The NSTA Learning Center-  The NSTA Learning Center has a link to free resources for elementary, middle school, high school, and college.  There is a lot in this site, so if you are looking for lessons or resources on a specific content area, check here first.

AAAS Science Netlinks - This site has some excellent lessons and a good search feature to help you find them.  For those of you who have AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) books, this is a newly updated site.  You will also find videos (for specific grade levels), and if you click the science news link, you will find a image of the day and a mystery image contest!

Progressive Science Institute - PSI is open source lessons and curriculum from k-12.  As you develop your lessons and units, check out the lessons that are already developed!  They include live links, questions that students can answer and discuss as they construct meaning of concepts, etc.  

Social Studies

The Stock Market Game is an engaging simulation experience of the stock market.  Art Wolf,  from the University of Vermont, is Vermont's contact for this game, which is appropriate for many subject areas including social studies, math, economics, after school programs, etc.  To find out more about the Stock Market Game, visit there website at www.stockmarketgame.org.  Read Art Wolf's Fall 2015 letter to teachers here.  Also, this is FREE!

Hildene Lincoln Essay Competition - Every year, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home runs the Lincoln Essay Competition for 8th graders throughout Vermont.  First place winners receive $1000, second place $750, third place $500, and honorable mentions $200. The deadline for submissions is Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 2016. This year’s topic:  Why do you think racism persists in America: what factors contribute to its persistence and how can these factors be addressed in order to move the country toward a more perfect union? Complete application packets (including guidelines and tips) can be downloaded: http://www.hildene.org/schools.html.

Contact: Stephanie at [[email protected]][email protected] or 802/367-7960

National Council for the Social Studies - Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. The NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.  There are many links to other sites.

College, Career & Civic Life - C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards - As a core area in the K-12 curriculum, social studies prepares students for their postsecondary futures, including the disciplinary practices and literacies needed for college-level work in social studies academic courses, and the critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative skills needed for the workplace. The C3 Framework encourages the development of state social studies standards that support students in learning to be actively engaged in civic life. Engagement in civic life requires knowledge and experience; children learn to be citizens by working individually and together as citizens. An essential element of social studies education, therefore, is experiential—practicing the arts and habits of civic life.

Vermont Humanities CouncilA statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1974, the Vermont Humanities Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.  A state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, VHC believes that engagement with the world of ideas, in interaction with others, contributes uniquely to richer lives, stronger communities, a more humane society, and a better world.  The Vermont Humanities Council has developed a broad range of programs that serve Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds. In 2016 VHC sponsored humanities events in 127 Vermont communities, including towns in each of Vermont’s 14 counties.  Programs include book discussions, speaker events, conferences, a statewide one-book community reading program, and a grants program that supports humanities projects of other nonprofit organizations.

Five Themes of Geography - Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region:  ThoughtCo Site,  World Atlas Site, The Five Themes of Geography were meant to define and organize the subjects of geographic study for educational decision-makers and curriculum developers. The guidelines provided a blueprint for the teaching and learning of geography and informed the writing of the 1994 National Geography Standards. While the five themes are still used in some introductory geography texts, essential geography content knowledge for students is best described in the National Geography Standards, which were updated in 2012. 

National Geography Standards and Skills

Art

World Languages

Technology Education

Guidance

Child Lures Prevention - Child Lures Prevention is based in Shelburne, Vermont and reaches worldwide.  Its mission is "We are here to help you prevent crimes against children and youth through education and awareness.  Together, we can make this a safer ant gentler world for children."  On this site you will find resources and links for parents and teachers.  Resources are available for grades PreK-Grade 12. www.childluresprevention.com

Bullying Resources - The NEA GPS Network has lots of resources for schools that you can find here.  You will need to create a log in for this site, which is available to anyone interested.

Stress, Achievement, Bullying and Mental Health Connection - The NEA GPS Nework has numerous resources here.  You will need to create a log in for this site.

Family, Health and Consumer Sciences

Physical Education/Health

Music

 

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