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Professional Development Websites

Website Title: ACT, Inc.
Address: http://www.act.org

Description: ACT, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides assessment, research, information, and program management services in the areas of educational and career planning and workforce development. The organization is best known for its ACT Assessment, an achievement-based, curriculum-referenced exam that is administered to more than six million students a year. This website highlights the organization's major programs and services and provides answers to frequently asked questions.


Website Title: After School Education and Safety Program
Address: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ba/as/pgmdescription.asppgmdescription.asp/pgmdescription.asppgmdescription.asp/

Description: As a result of Proposition 49, a voter-approved initiative, The After School Education and Safety Program (ASESP) was enacted. ASESP funds were appropriated to establish local after-school education and enrichment programs throughout California. School administrators may want to bookmark this website to use when they research additional funding sources for new after-school student programming.


Website Title: America's Teens
Address: http://www.afterschool.gov/

Description: This website exposes adults to teen issues and encourages teenagers to become informed citizens by getting involved in government activities and understanding civic affairs. The website features information on a variety of topics. Find strategies to maximize teen learning, a career building interest inventory and suggestion on how to have more fun as a family. GEAR UP coordinators who want to stay current with youthful trends may bookmark this site.


Website Title: Beyond Books
Address: http://www.beyondbooks.com

Description: Beyond Books is a website that complements standards-based middle and high school curricula. The material on the site includes original text from featured resources, audio recordings, video footage, online activities and links to other educational resources. GEAR UP coordinators can use this resource to download teacher-support materials, student self-assessments and California State Standards.


Website Title: California Department of Education
Address: http://www.cde.ca.gov

Description: The official website for the California State Department of Education (CDE) provides extensive information geared toward educators about the state school system. Organized by category, educators can use this site to research specific school Academic Performance Index (API) scores, download subject-specific, academic content standards, learn more about the state's testing (STAR 9, California High School Exit Exam) programs, identify professional development workshops and conferences, and register online. Various resources, published by the CDE Press, can also be ordered online through the site.


Website Title: California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP)
Address: http://csmp.ucop.edu/projects

Description: The mission of the CSMP is to improve student achievement and learning through comprehensive, discipline-based professional development of teachers. The CSMP work is led by University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) faculty and senior, accomplished teachers on UC, CSU, and independent college campuses. The CSMP works extensively with schools and districts serving large populations of educationally disadvantaged students.


Website Title: College Board
Address: http://www.collegeboard.com

Description: The College Board website provides students, parents, and education professionals with a broad range of tools and resources that students need when planning for the transition from high school to college, including information about financial aid, test preparation, and choosing a college. Educators can use this site to research the College Board's programs, including the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, Advanced Placement Program, and the CLEP. This site also allows students to register for the SAT and receive their scores, prepare for the SAT I, and even apply to select colleges online.


Website Title: Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Address: http://www.cec.sped.org/ab/

Description: The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

This website features professional development opportunities and resources such as:

  • Journals and newsletters with information on new research findings, classroom practices that work, federal legislation, and policies
  • Special education publications
  • Information services such as the National Clearinghouse on Careers Serving Children with Disabilities, and the IDEA Partnerships, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education

Website Title: MiddleWeb: Exploring the Middle School Reform
Address: http://www.middleweb.com

Description: MiddleWeb provides a wealth of resources for schools, districts, educators, parents, and public school advocates working to raise achievement for all students in the middle grades. This site includes articles and links about curriculum, teaching strategies, teacher professional development, parent involvement, classroom assessment ideas, and the latest information on middle school reform.


Website Title: Minority Student Achievement Network
Address: http://www.msanetwork.org

Description: The Minority Student Achievement Network is a national coalition of 25 multiracial, urban-suburban school districts across the United States. The Network's mission is to discover, develop, and implement the means to ensure high academic achievement for students of color, specifically African American and Latino students.

The Minority Student Achievement Network conducts collaborative research that informs school practices, engages in and evaluates evidence-based instructional interventions, and provides learning opportunities for teachers. The ultimate goal of the research is to increase knowledge of the processes that contribute to the achievement gap in order to inform policies and practices that will enhance the academic performance of African American and Latino/a students.

The website includes conference information, news/publications, research, district updates, related organizations, promising practices, and a robust book club review section.


Website Title: National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)
Address: http://www.ncela.gwu.edu

Description: The National Clearinghouse (formerly known as NCBE) is part of the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information network. The Clearinghouse collects, analyzes, and publishes information related to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the United States. Through its website, NCELA produces publications, a weekly electronic news bulletin, "Newsline," and a monthly electronic magazine, "Outlook."


Website Title: National Middle School Association
Address: http://www.nmsa.org

Description: Since its inception in 1973, the National Middle School Association (NMSA) is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to the growth of middle level education. This website features the professional development, journals, books, research, and other information NMSA provides to assist educators on an ongoing basis. Additionally, to support their members, NMSA publishes the Middle School Journal and Middle Ground magazines and over 100 books on a wide variety of middle level education topics.


Website Title: Promising Practices in After School (PPAS)
Address: http://www.afterschool.org

Description: The PPAS website was designed for after-school program directors and GEAR UP staff who want to identify effective program models and strategies and share ideas and best practices with other after-school program administrators. GEAR UP staff can use this website if they are interested in planning activities for their program, finding funding or looking to either enhance existing curriculum or implement new program components.


Website Title: Public Broadcasting Society Professional Development — Teacher Line
Address: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/

Description: PBS TeacherLine, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is committed to helping PreK-12 teachers acquire the skills they need to prepare students for a successful future. TeacherLine provides online professional development through facilitated and standards-based courses, supportive and collaborative learning communities, and exemplary Internet-based resources. TeacherLine offers more than 90 courses in mathematics, reading, instructional technology, instructional strategies, science, and curriculum mapping. Courses are facilitated by specially trained educators, combining the best of face-to-face professional development with the best of online instructional design.


Website Title: Schools to Watch
Address: http://www.clms.net/stw/

Description: Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage is a California statewide initiative made up of several organizations. The member organizations of the California Middle Grades Alliance include: California League of Middle Schools (lead agency) ; California Department of Education ; Association of California School Administrators ; California County Superintendents Educational Services Association; California Middle Grades Partnership Network; and the California School Boards Association The goals of the Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program are to:

  • Create a research-based definition of the characteristics shared by high-performing middle schools
  • Identify high-performing middle schools throughout California
  • Share the real-world strategies in place at these sites with educators from middle schools throughout the state via web-based school tours, school site visits, and phone or e-mail consultations

Website Title: U.S. Department of Education
Address: http://www.ed.gov

Description: As the official website of the U.S. Department of Education, this resource is designed to ensure "equal access to education and to promote education excellence for all Americans." The site provides information in five major categories — grants and contracts, financial aid for students, education resources, research and statistics, and policy. All entities funded by the organization — ERIC clearinghouses, regional labs, research centers, special education and rehabilitative service organizations, and hundreds of others can be accessed from this location. An A-through-Z index offers an alphabetical reference of the best "starting points" on the site by topic.


Website Title: Voices from the Middle Magazine
Address: http://www.ncte.org/pubs/journals/vm

Description: Featured on the National Council of English Teachers, Voices from the Middle devotes each issue to one topic or concept related to literacy and learning at the middle school level. Each issue includes teachers' descriptions of authentic classroom practices, middle school students' reviews of adolescent literature, a technology column, and reviews of professional resources for teachers. Voices from the Middle also explores the connections between the theory and practice of each issue's topic. The periodical is published four times each year at $20/year.


Website Title: Annenberg Learner
Address: http://www.learner.org/

Description: Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. It is part of The Annenberg Foundation and advances the Foundation's goal of encouraging the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.


Website Title: Educators Professional Development Conferences and Workshops
Address: http://www.educatorsprofessionaldevelopment.com/

Description: Educators Professional Development is the largest online database of professional development conferences and workshops for educators and teachers from Early Learning to Grade 12.


Website Title: Staff Development for Educators
Address: http://www.sde.com/

Description: Learn real-world strategies and practical classroom-proven techniques at SDE's teacher workshops, teacher conferences, and online training programs. Plus, take advantage of on-site/in-service training—professional development that comes to your school or district!


Website Title: Online Professional Development
Address: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/index.cfm

Description: Choose from a list of 34 online courses to reach your professional development goals for license renewal, salary advancement, and continuing education. The site also offers resources for online assessment, distance education, curriculum, rubrics, and an e-newsletter.

Areas of study include:


Website Title: UC Berkeley College Tools
Address: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/index.cfm

Description:College Tools for Schools tackles the issue of unequal access to California's colleges and universities. California now lags behind most other states in preparing students for postsecondary education. Challenge for California Schools explains why schools should make college an option for all students. Why College? offers ideas for parents and families about how to support children's preparation for college. More Resources provides links to related background and research papers.


Website Title: California Dept of Education Taking Center Stage II
Address: http://pubs.cde.ca.gov/TCSII/

Description:Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII): Ensuring Success and Closing the Achievement Gap for All of California’s Middle Grades Students promotes, illustrates, and supports the concepts embedded in the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success. Created specifically for middle grades educators, the Web portal delivers developmentally responsive and research-based practices through videos, professional learning activities, and best practice vignettes focused on the young adolescent.


Website Title: Corwin Press:  On-line Professional Development & Professional Development Resources
Address: www.corwin-sinet.com or www.corwin-sinet.com

Description:Today's education professionals recognize the value of job-embedded, research based, and date-driven professional development.  Corwin's professional development resources include books, multimedia kits, and on-line, on-demand professional development courses that pair rich, integrated learning tools with Web 2.0 social networking technologies.  The professional development offerings have the quality, depth and rigor that educators have come to expect from Corwin.  In addition, Corwin has partnered with the School Improvement Network to provide rigorous on-line professional development.


Website Title: Corwin Press:  On-line Professional Development & Professional Development Resources
Address: www.corwin-sinet.com or www.corwin-sinet.com

Description:Today's education professionals recognize the value of job-embedded, research based, and date-driven professional development.  Corwin's professional development resources include books, multimedia kits, and on-line, on-demand professional development courses that pair rich, integrated learning tools with Web 2.0 social networking technologies.  The professional development offerings have the quality, depth and rigor that educators have come to expect from Corwin.  In addition, Corwin has partnered with the School Improvement Network to provide rigorous on-line professional development.




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