The Choices Program from Brown University offers innovative, researched based K-12 educational curriculum on international issues that give more perspective for students. The content associates history with current issues and encourages analytical thinking.
Girls Garage is a nonprofit design and building program and dedicated workspace for girls and female-identifying youth ages 9-18. Founded in 2013, Girls Garage is the first-ever design and building workshop for female youth in the United States. See the link here for distance programming and projects.
GoNoodle is a site that engages kids with free monthly videos on mindfulness and movement. Created by child developmental experts, searchable categories are physical awareness, socio-emotional health, and academic success.
The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) is a unique research library of examination, study, and research for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children’s and young adult literature. The CCBC is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, and receives additional support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The CCBC is especially known for its support of gathering information for teachers facing book bans, and promoting diversity statistics in the publishing industry of children's books.
The CCBC has a searchable database of recommended books.
NASA at Home has many online tools to engage people of all ages: e-books, virtual tours, apps, podcasts, videos, and a special site for kids about space and STEM including games, coloring pages, books online, problems to solve, and construction projects. There is also a tab for teachers, parents and anyone interested in education and space.
The New York Times Learning Network is an online portal to educational resources for older students and teachers. Designed to "bring the world into the classroom" this site uses articles published in the NYT and offers educational activities for students (quizzes, contests, daily lessons, writing prompts, photos and videos, student opinions) and teacher resources plus tips on how to use the site.
The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has a site of free organized educational tools based on your state and its educational standards. Start by choosing your local station at the top, which will associate state standards with activities, or simply browse by subject.
Rethinking Schools, based in Milwaukee, WI, is a site of educational tools created by teachers concerned with equity issues in education and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane and multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race.
The SPICE program (Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K-12 schools and community colleges by developing multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes.
TeachingBooks.net is an online database provided by Murphy Library that can be used by teachers, students, librarians, and families to explore children's books and young adult literature and their authors. The database provides access to educational materials and programs (short movies, audio book readings, book discussion guides). UWL members will need to provide netID and password to gain access. Here is a link to a few tutorials on how to use the different features they offer including a quick introductory video, how to create customized reading lists, how to create an educator login, sharing resources, the Chrome Extension, and other archived webinars on other subjects (book groups, literature circles, cultural representation in literature, multi-leveled lessons, "fresh ideas", English language learners) and much more!
Teaching for Change is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. with the motto of "building social justice, starting in the classroom." This organization uses publications, professional development, and parent organizing programs to accomplish their goal. You can find teaching resources here. Recommended books here.
Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) is a non-profit educational organization that designs teaching tools that create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. Teaching Tolerance emphasizes social justice and anti-bias, which encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. Classroom resources, professional development, and articles for discussion are found here.
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country. For more than ten years, the Zinn Education Project has introduced students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. Find and select teaching materials by time period, resource type, grade level here.