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New Jersey Department of Education
Find information from the New Jersey Department of Education under "Families," "Students,""Educators," or " Communitiy." This site is useful for New Jersey's official positions on school reform, school-to-work programs, and other educational issues.
Grades: PreK - 12
U. S. Department of Education
Find out about the policies and functions of the U.S. Department of Education. Includes information about grants, legislation, and other education news. Provides educational statistics, and other information.
Grades: PreK - 12
William Paterson University College of Education
The College of Education of William Paterson University of New Jersey serves as a major resource for educational practitioners and institutions by preparing students for entry into teaching and education-related professions.
Grades: PreK - 12

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Curriculum Resources for Lesson Planning
An introduction to the PreK-Grade 12 resources available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library. It also suggests strategies for finding additional resources.
Grades: PreK - 12

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ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center
"ERIC is a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources." Includes articles and documents on education-related topics. Search the ERIC database from here, or from the Library's database page.
Grades: PreK - 12
Kraus Curriculum Development Library
Curriculum guides, educational frameworks, teaching activities, assessment techniques and standards for all subjects from PreK-12. Search by keyword, curriculum area, grade level, etc. Many resources are available full-text online. Available to William Paterson community only.
Grades: PreK - 12

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Busy Teachers' Cafe
Find activities for teaching theme units, many other teaching activities and strategies, printables and other resources. Many literacy instructional activities and classroom management ideas. Developed by Erika Gomez-Schanne, a teacher in Passaic, NJ. Some advertisements.
Grades: K - 6
From the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site contains lesson plans for a variety of subjects in the humanities (arts & culture, foreign languages, history & social studies, literature & language arts) and identifies valuable humanities web sites and educational news.
Grades: K - 12
Education World
A comprehensive site which call itself "The Educator's Best Friend." Major sections for Teachers, Administrators, Lesson Plans, Technology, Professional Development, and the Education World Community. Includes Tools and Templates, resources by Subjects, Worksheets, Holiday activities, Standards and recommendations for improving School Climate.
Grades: PreK - 12
Gateway to 21st Century Skills
The Gateway was developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Now supported by the National Education Association, the Gateway provides access to the lesson plans and other teaching resources from over 750 organizations. All are evaluated for authoritativeness, quality, and availability.
Grades: PreK - 12
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Sponsored by DiscoveryEducation, this award-winning subject guide by Kathy Schrock has links to web resources in many subject areas. Teacher Helpers includes links to information on rubrics, bulletin boards and webquests.
Grades: PreK - 12
McRel Lesson Plans
This selection of lesson plans is divided by broad academic subjects, then by topic. While most were created by McRel staff, some are selected from other online resources. McRel (Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning) is a private, nonprofit corporation that translates the best of education research into practice.
Grades: K - 12

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Other Resources

Internet Public Library
An annotated collection of high quality Internet resources, selected by librarians for their accurate, factual information on a topic. Includes links to online newspapers and magazines, special collections and a section for kids and for teens. IPL is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII).
Grades: K - 12

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