In order to provide more opportunities for teachers to continue their professional development and learning, we have included a list of professional networks and resources for teaching and learning.

National / State Professional Networks

Resources for Teaching and Learning

The National Writing Project issues a newsletter each month that contains relevant topics for writing teachers. It provides updated news, links to interesting articles regarding current trends in written communication, and important information about the National Writing Project. Educators can subscribe via this link, or simply click on it to access the most current newsletter.

This website provides tips and tools for ELA teachers. It is an online forum that allows educators to share resources and information, creating a network of teachers. Some materials and articles can be accessed without an account, but users are encouraged to sign up in order to share information or access all resources.

Providing multiple resources for upper elementary and secondary education writing classes, the College Ready Writers program focuses primarily on argumentative writing and helping students develop a strong author’s voice. It supplies classroom teachers with multiple lesson plans that focus on argumentative writing, as well as formative assessment strategies and professional development resources.

“Connecting educators to what works.” Teachers can use this site to search for relevant articles, lessons plans, or resources regarding writing and reading. It also provides professional development materials and tips for integrating technology into the writing curriculum.

Edutopia is home to multiple articles regarding multiple academic subjects, including writing. Educators can stay updated on current trends as well as topics regarding mentorship, peer collaboration, etc. As in Education World, teachers can search Edutopia to find relevant articles and resources regarding the subject with which they need assistance.

Through this site, educators are able to research methods for teaching challenging topics that the country and world have faced. It provides search tools, articles, lesson ideas, and videos that support teachers as they navigate strategies and methods regarding the teaching critical social justice topics.

This website empowers people through multiple modes of communication. It provides multiple teaching models, a classroom resource catalog, educational journals, and a daily literacy blog that provide support to ELA teachers in all grade levels.

A community-focused sit that was developed for both for students and educators, this hub provides suggestions and information on how to incorporate media into the classroom while creating awareness about social justice research. Students have their own section that allows them to access relevant research and current events, challenging them to think globally and critically about current topics in politics and education. Teachers can navigate articles and lesson ideas that promote the use of technology, community networks, and current events in written classroom work.

The Media Awareness Network provides information to parents and educators regarding the use of technology in children’s lives. Its goal is to create awareness in the use of technology and challenge its users to think critically when interacting with media. Teachers and parents can search for writing resources that pay attention to the incorporation of media within the written word, such lessons regarding the writing of a blog or newspaper article.

This site provides teachers and secondary students with articles regarding history and current events, which are beneficial for research papers.. It is a credible government website that also provides information regarding grants and funding for particular programs that sponsor diversity and minority representation in education and humanities.

NEA has been around since 1965, established by Congress to provide funding and support for the arts. It focuses on diversity heritage and the inclusion of all people. Educators can access this site regarding the inclusion of arts into their classrooms, particularly in reference to literature and theater. Resources include podcasts, articles, and videos that can be used to create interactive writing experiences for secondary students.

Teachers can access the PA Common Core State Standards through this website, along with multiple resources and assessment ideas. 

PBS Teachers provides resources, videos, articles, and teaching ideas for writing educators of grades K through 12. “Teacher Toolkits” provide all materials necessary for a last-minute schedule or topic change. Students can also access their own portal that link content areas together through writing exercises and video prompts.

Multiple writing lesson plans, student interactives, printouts, professional development articles, and parent resources can aid students in developing author’s voice and craft, as well as practicing multiple forms of writing. Resources are sorted by grade level, which allows teachers to easily navigate the site.

This is focused on the inclusion of all students, no matter their background, race, ethnicity, or religion, into the general education classroom. It provides multiple articles on social justice issues and provides insight on how to address topics within the classroom. Educators can access the website, magazine, or blog to find important articles that can generate prompts for argumentative writing, critical response papers, research papers, etc.

Catering to educators for grades 1 through 6, this website provides access to current event articles and writing prompts that are grade-level specific. Teachers  can register for free and access graphic organizers that include prompts for comparisons/contrasts, essay guides, generating questions from readings, summarizing, and predicting. 

Educators can access multiple downloadable activities that raise awareness for social justice issues in education and in the country. Secondary students can develop skills, such as persuasive writing, through prompts that encourage them to address these important issues and share their perspectives while respectfully acknowledging others’ opinions.

This website provides access to multiple book titles and articles that incorporate the inclusion of minorities into literature and education. These resources can be used to create insightful writing prompts and responses from students.