Gateway Education Sites
International Education Sites:
"ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. Each year, we serve millions of people in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies, nationally and internationally. ACT has offices across the United States and in Madrid, Spain. Though designed to meet a wide array of needs, all ACT programs and services have one guiding purpose: to help people achieve education and career goals by providing information for life's transitions." [from site description] Librarians and educators will be interested in the research reports, listed and downloadable at: http://www.act.org/path/policy/education/k12.html.
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
"Educational Testing Service's largest business segment is testing. With state-of-the-art technology and more than 50 years of experience, ETS is changing the world of traditional admissions testing. Computerized delivery of tests, multimedia and simulation technology, new forms of measurement, and ongoing innovations in test design put ETS at the forefront of assessment development."[from site description] Librarians will be most interested in the Test Collection,[www.ets.org/testcoll], Tests on Demand and the Information Competency Testing (http://www.ets.org/ictliteracy/index.html).
United Nations Cyberschoolbus
The United Nations Cyberschoolbus was created as an online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces teaching materials and activities designed for educational use and for training teachers. The vision of this Project is to provide exceptional educational resources to students growing up in a world undergoing increased globalization. This site provides a number of activities and projects that teach students about global issues. There are different curriculums including: Peace Education, Briefing Papers, Poverty, Schools Demining Schools, and more. It provides links and resources about different global topics.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNESCO is an organization that works to promote quality education as a fundamental right for everyone by addressing different ranges of themes. It is the international lead agency for education, the sciences, culture and communication. UNESCO works to achieve universally free primary education and gender equality. They explore new teaching methods and strategies to change teacher practices. UNESCO is working to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture. They seek to serve the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, including the least-developed countries, notably in Africa, and women and youth. This site provides links to different events in their particular field of interest, and also useful information on what is going on in the rest of the world.
United States Education Sites:
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
"The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers. ... Five divisions within the organization represent the broad spectrum of AFT's membership: teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRP); local, state and federal employees; higher education faculty and staff; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the union includes more than 170,000 retiree members."
"In non-convention years, the AFT hosts the Quality Educational Standards in Teaching (QuEST) conference, a professional issues meeting that attracts nearly 3,000 educators from around the country. AFT's healthcare, higher education, public employee and PSRP divisions also host yearly professional issues conferences."
The Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) serves academic education and the related behavioral sciences librarian community. The following links are from the EBSS website:
ACRL, Education and Behavioral Sciences Section : World Wide Web Projects
Provides web sites related to education.
ERIC Reauthorization News
This section has information on the ERIC system, from the beginning of the reauthorization period, replete with government document tracings, letters from stakeholders and site change information. It is consistently updated and reliable.
CMC/PACEM links to many evaluated sites of interest to college and university education librarians. Topic areas include: Assessment/Educational Tests , Associations, Agencies and Organizations, Children's and Young Adult Literature, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Educational Foundations, Educational Statistics (National & International), ESL/Bilingual Education, Electronic Journals, Free Educational Materials, General Education, Instructional Technology, Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities, Multicultural Resources, National Standards, and School Counseling and Psychology. The sites are selected and evaluated by academic librarians around the country.
Educator's Reference Desk
The Educator's Reference Desk builds on over a quarter century of experience providing high-quality resources and services to the education community. From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, 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.
Librarian's Index to the Internet: Education
Librarians have organized Internet resources in Education into areas such as accreditation, English as second language, plagiarism, study skills, trade schools, violence, general resources and much more.
National Education Association
This site has up to date news from the education sector for the participants in education: teachers, support professionals, student teachers, higher education faculty and staff, and retired members. The compilation of standards by subject and state is comprehensive. The topics covered in this in-depth site form a valuable resource for the education information specialist and customers. They include: Issues in Education (Accountability & Testing, "No Child Left Behind"/ESEA , Special Ed/IDEA , Teacher Quality , Vouchers Charter Schools , Class Size , Early Childhood Education , ESEA ("No Child Left Behind" Act) , Health , International Issues , Mathematics and Science , National Board Certification , Priority Schools , Privatization , Reading , Rural Education , School Quality , School Safety , Social Security , Teacher Shortage , Technology in Schools and Title IX . Areas to include in your current awareness are the following links: Legislative Action Center, Press Center, In the Classroom , NEA Publications and much more.
United States Department of Education
Developed for four audiences(Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators), the site contains Topic pages(including: Accountability, Assessment, and Standards, Accreditation in the United States, Arts Education, Choice (Educational), Charter Schools, Early Childhood, FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid), Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Find a School (connects to NCES), High Schools, History, International Education, Mathematics,Reading Resources, Safe & Drug-Free Schools, Science, Supplemental Services, Teacher Quality, Technology,. Advanced Searches of the database can be limited by grade language and terms. NCLB Updates, Jobs, Publications, and Education Offices can be examined. Some of the specific resources of interest to educators include FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) , GEM (Gateway to Educational Materials), and EROD (Education Resource Organizations Directory).