Resources - Links to Other Sites:

New York State Reading Association:

International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association - IRA) - the ILA's blog for K - 8 educators who are looking to stay current regarding ELA instruction

EngageNY is a go-to site for teaching and learning resources specifically designed for NY's educators:

New York State Department of Education:

New York State United Teachers:

National Education Association:

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD):

ASCD's monthly online-only "Mining the Research" column - Stay abreast of the latest education research: is a place where curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages

******** allows teachers and students to connect globally through literature

******** - This site strengthens kids and communities through the power of their own stories

**** - ALA Youth Media Awards – The American Library Assoc. honors books, videos and other outstanding materials for kids and teens - allows teachers and students to create and share activities, projects and resources that are visually grouped.

Young Voices of New York is a website produced by the NY News Publishers Association (NYNPA) where young people under the age of 14 can write news articles and reviews under the mentorship of an experienced journalist and educator, as well as share ideas with other young people through blogging:

Nonfiction Read Alouds from StarWalk Kids Media: offers free literacy-related teaching resources to boost reading comprehension skills and strategies and are Common-Core aligned:

The News Literacy offers an appreciation of credible journalism and tools to be an informed participant in the nation's democracy: offers literacy resources, as literature, non-fiction literature and current events: has the latest scientific research in literacy-related and other topics:

Fred Seiden, RSCS Co-President - Visit his Half Hollow Hills' class website (eBoard) which may provide a resource for intermediate teachers, students and parents:

Born to Learn - an insightful and entertaining animated series on how we learn:

Rock Thoughts is an international collaborative art and storytelling project designed to empower children through creativity:

Adolescent Literacy - a source for educators and parents in developing reading and writing skills for students in grades 4 - 12:

Reading Rockets: offers free research-based lesson plans and online resources that will help you use internet content to teach reading and language arts in grades k - 12:

Awards and Grants to Educators for literacy-related projects:

Connecting with Colleagues: Educational Networking:
1. VoiceThread allows for group digital conversations in one place from anywhere in the world creating electronic forums for students and teachers:

2. Twitter for Teachers is a Twitter mentor site that allows teachers to find other educators, in all categories, to share ideas:

3. SupportBlogging provides an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, and parents to use blogging as an educational tool:

4. Teaching-blogging resources, developed by Bill Ferriter, teacher, author and digital columnist for Educational Leadership:

5. The Teachers Leaders Network (TLN) is a network of active communities of highly accomplished educational leaders who are dedicated to student success and the development of the teaching profession:

6. Bookmarked favorites, compiled by "Crista," a teacher, is a website that hosts a treasure of recommended sites for all content areas, useful blogs and wiki's, InterWrite Board resources, and fun/interesting sites:

7. A Year of Reading (recommended by Instructor Magazine)
Teachers review new children's books. The reviews are teacher-focused and pinpoint possible readers as well as how a book may be used in a classroom.

8. The Professional Learning Network - a professional social network for educators:

9. Classroom 2.0 - a social network for those interested in web 2.0 design and social networking in education:

10. The English Companion - a professional social network built around the subject of English:

11. Generation Y Teachers - a professional social network for younger teachers:

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: a wealth of sites for ELA/Literature curriculum and professional development:

Wordsmith is a worldwide online community of over 800,000 readers, worldwide from Australia to Zimbabwe, who share a love for words, wordplay, language, and literature:

Professional development resources that help educators to advance and support the creation of inclusive and equitable K - 12 communities, relative to reading and language arts:

Choice Literacy: the home on the web for K - 12 literacy leaders. the site presents tools, guides, literacy lessons, and expert advice from literacy coaches, teachers, and school leaders. This website has grown to include over 700 professionally produced and edited video and print features from the most prominent educators, as well as promising newcomers:

Ten Great Sites with Free Teacher Resources:

Using Technology Tools to Improve K - 6 Literacy Instruction:

Lessons for teaching literacy through art, Literacyhead uses art to teach children skills in reading and writing:

One World Education is a non-profit program that showcases writing by middle and high school students to promote youth literacy:

#elemchat is a powerful learning and collaboration opportunity that is the weekly #edchat; #elemchat was created to provide elementary school educators a venue for discussing issues and strategies that are specific to teaching in the elementary school context:

Literacy in Learning Exchange is a web-based hub of information and resources for teachers from the National Center for Literacy Education that offers research, expert commentary and case studies of schools, including video clips and work samples that are using fresh, effective approaches to literacy.

Google Docs enables students and teachers to not only create and store a variety of word documents online, but also to work together in real time from anywhere in the world and for free.

VITAL New York on Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use by New York's public broadcasting stations and their partners, providing media resources, support materials and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs and teacher professional learning communities:

Links to Some of our Guest Presenters:

Professor Dean Miller - Director of Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy of the School of Journalism:

Beauty and the Beast Storytellers: Margaret Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, award-winning authors and internationally-renown storytellers

Rory Cohen - nationally-recognized literacy consultant of Schoolwide, Inc. Her organization is endorsed by NYSUT as a source in providing teachers and students access to quality resources in improving reading and writing in grades K - 8:

Sarah Cordova, National Literacy Consultant and Director of D.E.I. (Distinctive Educator's Institute) - Ms. Cordova works in elementary and middle school classrooms across the country supporting administrators, literacy coaches and classroom teachers in developing and implementing the most effective and engaging reading and writing practices. For classroom strategies, student samples and classroom photos, please visit
Follow Sarah Cordova on Facebook by searching for D.E.I.

Dr. Heather Forest - awardwinning author, storyteller and recording artist's website for teachers and librarians about the use of storytelling in the classroom to enhance speaking, listening and writing skills:

Dr. Timothy Rasinski - nationally distinguished literacy professor from Kent State University whose webite offers materials and strategies on effective teaching from phonics to fluency:

Irene Ruddock, artist, author, teacher:

Sandi Bloomberg, author of interactive children's books:

Johanna Hurwitz, nationally-acclaimed author of 70 children's books:

Gayl Teller, 2009 - 2010 Nassau County Poet Laureate, Author and Professor:

Learning and Teaching Resources Activities for Kids[1]=19647&gclid=CKGPkLqe0bwCFYRQ7Aod90AAwQ Calculators for Kids: Teach Children Math with These Free Calculation Tools ZoomSci: Science and Engineering Projects for Kids The Kids' Guide to Simple Machines in Cars Wildlife and Nature Lesson Plans and Resources for Educators Forest Fire Safety and Prevention for Kids Astronomy for Kids History of the White House: Building and Rebuilding a Monument

Common Core Standards - Resources:

Link to fifty resource sites on the Common Core Standards:

Educational Apps:

Common Core Standards:

Language Arts:

Grammar Pop

Strip Designer


Write About This

Haiku Creation App:



Mt. Multiplis

DragonBox Algebra 5+

Slice Fractions



Owl Pellet Activities

Pines to Vines: The Forest Biome

DIY Sun Science

Social Studies:


One Globe Kids

Journeys of Invention

Presidents Challenge

Field Trip

Music and Art:

Faces iMake

Anytune Pro+


Flashnote Derby


Special Needs:

See. Touch. Learn. Pro

Learning Ally:

My Pictures Talk

Word Flips

Letter Reflex


The public website for the American Library Association's public awareness campaign:

The American Library Association offers a detailed list of children's book, pring and media award programs:

The Library of Congress provides a database of almost 250 free e-resource platforms, websites and electronic collections:

The American Association of School Librarians helps educators plan lessons that align with the Common Core Standards:

The American Library Association offers a comprehensive list of worldwide digital library collections:

The African Online Digital Library is a source to multimedia collections about Africa:

Archives Portal Europe provides access to the national archives of 16 countries: is an electronic text archive that has thousands of vooks, manuscripts, reference materials, anthologies, and other texts available for free:
Great Websites for Kids is a web directory designed for youth to age 14:

From the Public Library:

Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read by Diane W. Frankenstein

The Following reference books are published by Libraries Unlimited, Westport, Ct.:

The Children’s and Young Adult Literature Handbook, by John Gillespie

Books Kids Will Sit Still For: A Read-A-Loud Guide, by Judy Freeman

The Big Book of Children’s Reading Lists, by Nancy J. Keane

Best Books for Children: Pre-School - Grade 6, by Catherine Barr and John T. Gillespie