Working in an online environment, we often come across web sites or papers that are good resources for people in Montessori education. This page collects our findings into broad subject categories, which can be accessed using the turquoise buttons below. Each resource has a link and brief description to give a sense of what it contains. Click on the organizations logo to be taken to the page. We will continue to add more resources as we find them, so be sure and check back often. We hope you find these as useful and interesting as we do. To make sure you don’t miss any additions, sign up for our newsletter where we feature new additions to this page, or visit the ClassrooMechanics Facebook page where we feature Web Resource Wednesday with a new resource each week.
ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative and its companion web site, wholechildeducation.org, is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children. Whether it’s instruction, school climate, leadership, family engagement, or any of the other issues schools face on a daily basis, all educators need tools to help them improve their actions and methods. A whole child approach, which ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, sets the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provides for long-term student success. Through this initiative, ASCD helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers transform to a vision of educating the whole child through sustainable, collaborative action. One of ASCD’s Whole Child Partner organizations is the American Montessori Society.
MontessoriPublic is a digital and print communications and advocacy platform that aims to bring Montessori into the public conversation. It presents news and information about Montessori public schools (district, charter, and magnet), other publicly supported Montessori programs, public policy affecting Montessori, and Montessori-relevant ideas and events in education.
Character Lab was founded by Angela Duckworth, author of “Grit,” and other teachers and researchers, to create new ways to help all students develop character. Although character strengths are malleable, surprisingly little is known about how they can be intentionally cultivated. Character Lab strives to change this situation by bridging scientific research and daily classroom practice to help students learn character-building strategies and beliefs. This web site provides resources that are the result of their efforts.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use the materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. The program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. The Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.
The Mindful Schools web site provides information and resources for bringing mindfulness into the classroom. The organization was founded on the belief that mindfulness provides young people with a compass to navigate their lives. Mindful Schools is one of the key players in the movement to integrate mindfulness into the everyday learning environment of K-12 classrooms. The organization has trained over 25,000 educators, parents, and mental health professionals who work with youth. These graduates, spanning 100+ countries, have reached over 1.5 million children worldwide.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students. The Center offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving student supports and academic enrichment. We believe that with the right resources and support, educational stakeholders can better collaborate and serve students and families.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
Conscious Discipline’s foundation of safety, connection and problem-solving is leading a revolution of the heart as concepts initially applied in the classroom extend to every facet of our lives. Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based approach to behavior management strategies and classroom structures. It has received high ratings in 8 of 10 categories in a Harvard analysis of the nation’s top 25 social-emotional learning programs that provides teachers with tools they can use to turn everyday situations into learning opportunities.
Every brain needs a break! MindUP™ was created with educators, for educators, to help them improve student engagement in learning, academics and focus, and to give them some tools and strategies to bring joy back into the classroom. Teachers need tools to help not only their students, but themselves, and MindUP™ gives them a break from the stresses of daily life, leaving more time for teaching and less time managing classroom behavior.
The Benefit Mindset describes societies everyday leaders who promote wellbeing on both an individual and a collective level. It builds on CarolDweck’s pioneering research on how beliefs can profoundly shape the lives we lead and the actions we take. Rather than being driven by individual gain, this emerging community of people are finding that there is real value, in being of value – to ourselves, to others, to nature and to the future.
The Head Start Center for Inclusion systematically addresses existing barriers to effective inclusion and increases the competence, confidence and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. They take the most current research in including children with disabilities as well as the current research on professional development/knowledge utilization and move it into authentic everyday practice. These models of inclusion work well for ALL children not just those with special needs. Be sure to check out their teacher resources page: http://headstartinclusion.org/teacher-tools .
SNAP-Scaffolding for Numerical Synapses is the project of a former Montessori teacher who hopes to pique interest in and encourage a lifelong love of numbers, regardless of age. The resources here cover the numbers one through ten and provide lots of suggestions for exploring each digit with children in an early childhood learning context. Though it was created as a part of her earning her Montessori teaching certificate, the lessons can stand alone. This is a brilliant resource for helping children begin to see the important role that numbers play in our world and a great way to help them develop an interest in numeracy and mathematics. This is a great waypoint on the road to other STEM subjects.
Students at the Center is a New England based organization that helps educators to understand and make use of current research on student-centered approaches to teaching and learning by synthesizing and sharing research, best practices, and other resources. Together with their partners, they aim to ensure that all students—with a special focus on under-served youth and students of color—have meaningful opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed for success in college, in the workforce, and in civic life. They believe that the new strategies must be grounded in the best available evidence about how students learn, including findings from important new lines of research into brain development, motivation, creativity, persistence, self-regulation, the application of knowledge to real-world problems, and other topics that the organization groups together under the banner of student-centered learning.
The National Geographic Education site offers a variety of resources and programs to educators to aid student learning, including a resource library, virtual expeditions, professional development and grants, and student competitions. The Resource Library offers high-quality, standards-based, educational resources and activities, including free maps, lesson plans, imagery, interactives, and reference materials that have been curated into collections that cover science, exploration and storytelling. The professional learning opportunities are aimed at educators engaging with students from pre-K to post-secondary and range from in-the-field projects to online networks to grant opportunities and courses. The virtual expeditions with National Geographic Explorers take classrooms to amazing destinations where they can discover more of our amazing world. Students can also participate in the Society’s innovative challenges and competitions, such as the Geo Bee and the Geo Challenge. Explore the world!
EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. All websites linked to EDSITEment have been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact in the classroom. They cover a wide range of humanities subjects, from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology, and have been judged by humanities specialists to be of high intellectual quality. EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. From a single point of access, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons’ growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality holdings. OER Commons forges alliances between trusted content providers and creative users and re-users of OER. The worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. This shift in educational practice is not just about cost savings and easy access to openly licensed content; it’s about participation and co-creation. Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning content through engaging educators in new participatory processes and effective technologies for engaging with learning.
The Wild Network strives to focus attention on ways to overcome the profound barriers that prevent kids and their families from getting and providing enough time in outdoor, natural settings – what they refer to as Wild Time. There is a a growing understanding that children need more of it in their lives and that if family life, communities and schools can be restructured so that they provide more of it then everyone can thrive. This site offers teachers a range of resources specifically designed to promote Wild Time.
The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. The NWP is a network of web sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university. They provide professional development, develop resources, generate research, and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.
NASA for Educators is an education web site created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and geared to teachers at all levels (Pre-K through college). It provides a huge number of resources for use in STEM education. In addition, there are links to the NASA Wavelength site, the NASA Education YouTube Channel and more. This robust digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators has undergone a peer-review process by educators and scientists to ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting.
Learning Science is a site developed by Temple University that gathers together a variety of online resources for teaching science, including videos, news, games, and more. The content is intended for use by all K-12 students and teachers of science for use in classrooms and beyond. The site is organized by grade level and subject matter making it easy to find materials relevant to specific age groups. It is also aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, a comprehensive set of curriculum guidelines developed for science education.
PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. You can access thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities through this fantastic web site. With PBS LearningMedia for Students, learners of any age can create their own learning experiences by engaging directly with powerful, innovative content. PBS LearningMedia for teachers offers professional development opportunities for educators looking for tools and training that will help to support 21st century instruction, including free webinars about the latest tech trends to graduate-level courses from PBS TeacherLine.
ReadWriteThink’s mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. All ReadWriteThink lesson plans are based on the NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. The International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English have a shared purpose to ensure that all students are knowledgeable and proficient users of language so that they may succeed in school, participate as informed citizens, find challenging and rewarding work, appreciate and contribute to our culture, and pursue their own goals and interests as independent learners throughout their life.
Education World is a complete online resource that teachers, administrators and school staff can visit each day to find high-quality and in-depth original content. The site is updated daily and offers: carefully curated news briefs on topics that matter to educators; Lesson plans, printables, worksheets and thousands of other classroom-ready resources; EdTech tips and ideas as well as reviews of apps, websites and tech products; and a huge library of professional development articles and columns.
Centre for Educational Neuroscience – Neuromyth or Neurofact – A site with a collection of short articles addressing educational psychology beliefs. Each belief is reviewed to see whether it is supported by recent research.
Edutopia.org – Edutopia is dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. They are focused on practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.
An Ethical Island – This is the personal web site of a person who stumbled into teaching in a roundabout way. Part of her journey involved a lot of work with research about how to teach more effectively. In the course of her journey, she has summarized in infographic form a lot of the principles of effective instruction. Check out her site and the great information she shares. In particular, one infographic I like is about Intrinsic Motivation, a subject I mention a lot in my own work. It lists 27 ways to help students develop intrinsic motivation.
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. The basic concept involves a teacher providing a set amount of time for the students to work on their passion projects. Students are then challenged to explore something to do a project over that they want to learn about. They spend several weeks researching the topic before they start creating a product that will be shared with the class/school/world. A goal of every teach should be to create lifelong learners. Genius hour projects are a huge step towards that goal.
Maker Ed is a national non-profit organization that provides educators and institutions with the training, resources, and community of support they need to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker education. They work to make it possible for every educator in America—particularly those in underserved communities—to facilitate interactive, student-driven, and open-ended learning experiences for youth.
At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), the highest priority is to help teachers prepare students for successful lives. They accomplish this by showing teachers how to use Project Based Learning in all grade levels and subject areas. BIE creates, gathers, and shares high-quality PBL instructional practices and products and provides highly effective services to teachers, schools, and districts. For teachers, BIE offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate students. For schools, BIE helps bring coherence to PBL practices across grade levels and subject areas, and supports the creation of school-wide processes and structures to support PBL. For districts, BIE offers unrivaled service and expertise in creating and sustaining district-wide PBL initiatives.
The publication How People Learn reviews a lot of recent research in the science of learning and discusses its implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. Published by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. On the right side of this site, note the free PDF download of this title. You do not need to purchase the book to get your hands on this information. The PDF can be downloaded for free.
The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s mission is to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for preK-8 students. They are dedicated to the establishment of effective science programs for all students. To contribute to that goal, the SSEC builds awareness for P-12 science education reform among state and district leaders, conducts programs that support the professional growth of P-12 teachers and school leaders, and engages in research and curriculum development (including their comprehensive K-8, research-based science curriculum program: Science and Technology ConceptsTM (STC Elementary and Middle School)—all to help transform the teaching and learning of science in the United States and throughout the world.
Wonderopolis® is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Wonderopolis® was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites on the web. The excitement of learning that comes from curiosity and wonder is undeniable, and Wonderopolis® helps create learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs. From the very beginning, Wonderopolis® has been lauded for our fresh approach to wonder and learning. Don’t miss their additional site aimed at educators: http://wg.wonderopolis.org/ .
The Right Question Institute aims to teach a strategy that allows anyone, no matter their educational, income or literacy level, to learn to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions that affect them. The skill of question asking is not always explicitly taught in school. We have worked with and learned from educators to develop a teaching strategy that provides a simple, yet powerful way to get students asking their own questions and building off their peers’ questions. In field after field, in community after community, RQI’s educational strategy has been tested and proven particularly effective for engaging and building question asking skills. As we all know, one of the keys to effective learning is asking the right questions. Be sure and visit the educator section for access to downloadable resources.
edWeb.net is a free professional learning network that hosts online communities and engaging edWebinars for educators – anytime, anywhere. edWeb’s community includes 500,000 teachers, librarians, and administrators who are passionate and generous in sharing the most innovative and effective ideas for improving each other’s own practice, and more importantly, student learning and preparation for life. edWeb.net is free for educators and hosts 300 programs a year on the wide range of educational topics. In addition, edWeb provides a free professional social network that any educator or educational institution can use to create a personal learning network to collaborate, share ideas, and move forward faster with new ideas and initiatives.
The Blended Learning Universe — or BLU— is a comprehensive online hub packed with blended-learning resources for educators. Whether you’re looking for a primer on the basics or want to dive deep into the supporting research, the BLU has what you seek. Their understanding of blended learning comes from over a decade of research in hundreds of schools in the U.S. and beyond. The site is curated by the Clayton Christensen Institute and offers a wealth of resources, including practical guides, video tutorials, downloadable worksheets, and a dynamic directory of blended-learning programs worldwide. The goal for this site is to provide meaningful information and tools for practitioners, policymakers, parents, and innovators — essentially anyone working to improve education through personalized, student-centered learning.
NAEYC Early Learning Technology Resources – Guidance on applying the principles of development and learning when considering if, how, and when to use technolgy and new media with young children. . The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
Teaching with Technology Report – As teachers increasingly integrate new technology and tools into their classroom practice, common benefits and challenges can be identified in the collective experience of educators throughout the country. This report, developed with Evergreen Education Group, draws insight from educators teaching in traditional public schools, charter public schools, alternative education programs, and private schools, as well as in-depth interviews with teachers and administrators across the country, and school and classroom observations by its authors.
This Common Sense Coding page offers lots of resources, practical tips, and advice to help teachers plan engaging and inclusive coding lessons in their classrooms. Coding can teach students skills that apply across the curriculum, beyond computer science. Learning to code also EMPOWERS students to become producers, not just consumers, of digital media.
Understood aims to give parents of children, ages 3–20, who struggle with learning and attention issues a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone. The organization wants to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.To achieve this goal, Understood provides a variety of resources, including: 1) well-researched, practical information that’s easy to apply to everyday life, 2) daily access to expert advice that’s free of charge, clearly communicated and never influenced by commercial interests, 3) a secure community where parents can trade tips and experiences with other parents like them, 4) help in recognizing and developing children’s strengths and addressing their challenges, 5) resources and tips to help parents work constructively with schools, professionals and others in their community.
HealthyChildren.org is a website full of resources that is aimed at parents, but is useful for anyone working with children. Backed by more than 67,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all kids, its contents include general information related to child health, guidance on parenting issues, and more. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information and recommendations come from the nation’s leading child health experts and is backed up by scientific research.
Let Grow is creating a new path for parents and schools –a path back to letting kids have some adventures, develop more independence and grow resilience. Let Grow believes kids are smart, strong and at least as capable as their parents were at their age. Unfortunately, treating today’s kids as physically and emotionally fragile is bad for their future. With an unpredictable and rapidly changing economy ahead, kids need to be flexible, creative problem-solvers. They can’t solve their problems if adults are always right there, solving them first! Always helping kids isn’t always helping them. It’s time to start trusting kids and help to foster their independence so they can learn to make their own way in the world.
Future of Skills Report – Education company Pearson teamed up with researchers from Nesta and the Oxford Martin School to create this report that moves the conversation about the future of work past automation. Their forward-looking methodology combines the best of human expertise with the power of machine learning to make more nuanced predictions about the future of work and skills. The Introductory Video gives a nice overview of the project. There is also a PDF of the Trends Report for the United States.
The purpose of kids-in-mind.com is to provide parents and other adults with objective and complete information about movie content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids. To accomplish this they provide detailed information about a film’s content (caution, spoiler alerts), but they make no judgments about what is good or bad and do not “condemn,” “critique” or “criticize” movies. They don’t “praise” or “recommend” movies either nor do they advance any “beliefs”. They are not affiliated with any political party, any cultural or religious group, or any ideology. The only thing they advocate is responsible, engaged parenting.
Ahaparenting.com is a web site filled with practical tips and strategies for parenting kids while maintaining a healthy parent-child relationship. Dr. Laura Markham, a Columbia University trainined Clinical Psychologist, is the expert behind the site, but she’s also an experienced mother of two, so she understands kids and parents. Her techniques translate proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want. Her relationship-based approached has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones, all while keeping the parent-child relationship intact. Her techniques also work well in the classroom!
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is a national, non-profit organization focused on the powerful impact of one achievable goal: investing in summer learning to help close the achievement gap. NSLA uses the power of research, advocacy, training, and policy to transform America’s neighborhoods and communities, one child at a time. When communities nurture and cultivate a child’s natural brilliance and curiosity, there are positive ripple effects throughout every area of life—both for children and their families.
DOGObooks is where kids discover, review and rate books. Their goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books. All book selections and reviews are moderated prior to being published.
Dollar Street was created by imagining the world as a street ordered by income. Everyone lives somewhere on the street. The poorest lives to the left and the richest to the right. Everybody else live somewhere in between. Visit all the homes on Dollar Street! In the news people in other cultures seem stranger than they are. This has to change. Displaying income on a graph does not make everyday life on different income levels understandable. Especially not in places far from home. Dollar Street visited 264 families in 50 countries and collected 30,000 photos to show how people really live so people can see for themselves what life looks like on different income levels. A great resource to use in planning lessons to help children understand basic needs and cultural differences.
room2learn is a platform and design consultancy that tailors school spaces to learning and teaching needs. The platform allows users from around the world to share and explore novel design ideas that update classrooms for the modern era. User’s can share various desk layouts that facilitate different types of lessons and learning as well as exchange “material hacks,” or ideas that can maximize the use of classroom space. The founders believe that if learning environments are designed with innovation in mind, students will be better equipped to learn the skills needed for today’s world.