Teachers do more than prepare students academically, they prepare them for the real world, and ensure that society thrives under the influence of well-adjusted adults. In the United States, there are more than 3.7 million full-time elementary and secondary school teachers, of which 3.3 million are public school educators.
This guide is a starting point for education students and new professionals alike. Navigating the working world during and after college can be difficult, especially if you don’t regularly access helpful resources. The resources in this guide include professional organizations, open courseware, education journals, magazines, blogs and twitter feeds.
- Association of American Educators (AAE) – The AAE, established in 1994, was formed when educators recognized the need for an organization that was student centric, focusing on student achievement above all else.
- National Education Association (NEA) – The NEA is the largest professional employee organization for public school teachers. The association’s 3,000,000 members are committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA represents educators at every level, from preschool to graduate school.
- National Council of Teachers of English – This group represents English teachers and is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and language arts at every level of education.
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) – Representing about 55,000 science teachers, supervisors, administrators and scientists, the NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) – Serving as the public voice of mathematics education, the NCTM supports teachers in order to ensure high quality mathematics education for all students. NCTM envisions a world in which everyone is enthusiastic about mathematics.
- Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) – Founded in 1876, the MTNA remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing the value of music study and music making through the professionalism of music teachers.
Teaching Open Courseware
Open Courseware are free classes offered through some of the nation’s leading higher education institutions including MIT, Yale and Stanford. These courses are not a substitute for traditional, brick-and-mortar classes that offer credit, but instead offer an innovative way to round out your education and learn new skills.
- Concept Centered Teaching – Dr. Kosinski-Collins of the HHMI Education Group at MIT teaches this under graduate/graduate course that highlights the latest developments in science education. This course helps participants learn to uncover and confront student misconceptions in order to foster students understanding and retention of key concepts.
- Student Thinking at the Core – This Vanderbilt University course examines the ways teachers can make the most of what students bring to the classroom – their ideas, perceptions and misunderstandings – to promote and further the learning of all students. Using a concept called “leveraging student thinking,” the course uses two decades of research to help teachers improve interaction.
- University Teaching 101 – Johns Hopkins University offers this course, which is especially useful for higher education professionals, new PhD grads and research scientists who have an interest in enhancing their teaching techniques. This is a six week course that requires between two and four hours each week.
- Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom – This five week course from the University of California at Irvine discusses the dynamic landscape of virtual K-12 education and how to more effectively engage students. The course also touches on how to best use free resources to improve student retention and performance.
- Big Data in Education – Ryan Baker, professor at Columbia University, leads participants in a discussion of the explosion of data that can be used to improve educational effectiveness. The course instructs students on how and when to use key methods for educational data mining and learning analytics.
- Effective Classroom Interactions – In the early years of childhood, kids gain the skills and knowledge that will provide a foundation for the rest of their; these skills are often learned under the supervision of teachers. This University of Virginia course is designed to raise teachers’ knowledge of specific types of teacher-child interactions that promote children’s development.
Open Access Journals
Professional journals are peer-reviewed periodicals. The journals listed in this section are available online at no charge. They are a great source for the most current research and reviews in the education field.
- Creative Education – This is a monthly journal dedicated to the latest advancements in creative education. The journal’s goal is to maintain a record of state of the art research in areas of advising and counseling, business education, curriculum development, elementary education and more. CE only publishes original, unpublished material.
- Journal of Science Education and Technology – This is an international, interdisciplinary journal that publishes both invited and contributed articles concerning education at all levels. The broad range of papers include biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering.
- International Education Studies – This Canadian journal uses a double-blind, peer-review process to cover topics like education method, education policy, education development, classroom technology, classroom psychology, special education and cross cultural learning.
- International Journal of Education & the Arts (IJEA) – The IJEA is a platform for the discussion of the significance of art in education. The journal maintains the goal of being a communal space in which a dialogue revealing the potential of art education can be discovered. IJEA publishes primarily peer-reviewed content on topics such as aesthetics, art theory, music education and education in literature.
- Journal of Urban Mathematics Education (JUME) – Published twice a year, the mission of JUME is to cultivate a transformative academic space in mathematics. JUME embraces critical research, emancipatory pedagogy and scholarship of engagement in urban communities.
- Education Next – This journal aims to provide a clear and unbiased view of the facts in a stormy sea of education reform. The journal’s view is that change is needed in American K-12 education; while Education Next does not endorse any particular program, campaign or ideology, it focuses on where the facts lead.
Books can be a great resource for new information for educators, given that a teacher’s education never truly ends. This section features critically acclaimed titles, all of which are thought to significantly benefit teachers at all stages of their careers.
- Teaching Outside the Box – LouAnne Johnson, a former Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer and high school teacher, offers practical suggestions for arranging your classroom, talking to students and avoiding the misbehavior cycle.
- Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness – This is a guide for anyone who teaches anything. Deborah Schoeberlein is a pioneer in the practical application of mindfulness in education. She shows teachers how to hone in on what’s happening inside and around them.
- The Art and Science of Teaching – Robert Marzano presents this comprehensive framework for effective instruction, wherein strategies should be clearly based on sound science and research. Marzano’s framework takes the form of 10 questions, all of which represent a logical planning sequence for successful instruction.
- A Case Study Approach to Classroom Management – In this book, Dr. Scarpaci uses an interactive case study approach to guide students in understanding and implementing an effective classroom management program. The text focuses on turning theories into practice.
- How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching – Distilling research and synthesizing the scientific approach into something relevant to a teacher is what this book does. By introducing seven principles of how students learn, the authors draw upon a range of perspectives, including cognitive, developmental and social psychology, in order to identify the key principles that strengthen effective learning.
- The First Days of School – With more than 3.7 million copies sold, this is the best selling book ever on classroom management and teaching for student achievement. The book guides novice and veteran teachers alike through structuring and organizing a classroom for success. The methods detailed in this edition are valid for all classrooms, from preschool through college.
Online Teaching Magazines
Unlike journals, the magazines in this section are trade or specialty publications that focus on teaching and education administration.
- Education Week Teacher – This weekly publication covers education news and issues affecting grades K-12. Started in 1959, it also produces three special annual reports: Quality Counts, Technology Counts and Diplomas Count. Education Week Teacher’s website also hosts a series of blogs on a variety of education related topics.
- Teach Magazine – Since its inception in 1993, this publication has grown to become the largest education periodical in Canada. It covers issues of interest to K-12 educators; interests that range from fundraising to curriculum development and technology. Teach employs a hands-on, pragmatic approach to inform readers.
- School Arts Magazine – This is a self-described art education publication dedicated to promoting excellence and support for educators in the visual arts. Founded in 1901, it publishes nine issues per year that coincide with the school calendar (skipping July). Subscribers may choose either the print or digital edition.
- Teacher Plus Magazine – Written for teachers by teachers, this publication has the goal of being a “forum within which teachers can raise their concerns, discuss ideas, and share and update their knowledge.” The magazine discusses alternative ways of thinking and doing things in the classroom.
- Radical Teacher – Published three times a year, this periodical considers itself to be a “socialist, feminist and anti-racist journal dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching.” In addition to education issues related to gender and sexualit, disability and culture, it publishes articles on classroom practices and curriculums.
Blogs offer a more laid-back, conversational approach to the latest teaching industry news. Blogs are often written by industry professionals and contain the thoughts and concerns in common amongst professionals in the education industry.
- Edudemic – A blog about the confluence of technology and education. It features posts on topics such as online learning and technology in the classroom.
- Flipped Learning – The blog of Jon Bergmann, the winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching, aims to turn learning on its head. A pioneer in the Flipped Class Movement, this blog offers insight and guidance into classroom flipping.
- Free Technology for Teachers – With shrinking budgets and vanishing resources, educators are constantly forced to find new and innovative means of delivering instruction. This blog is chock-full of free technology resources for classroom teachers.
- The Innovative Educator – Lisa Nielsen is the Innovative Educator. She shares her ideas and resources with teachers, parents and young people. A certified teacher, administrator and speaker, Lisa engages readers with ways to prepare students for real-world success.
- The Organized Classroom – This blog, written by educator Charity Preston, provides readers with access to ideas and techniques for creating and maintaining an organized classroom.
Who to Follow on Twitter
Twitter is considered by many to be a micro-blog. It’s a source of news and thoughts from industry professionals, served up in 140 characters or less. Twitter users often link to their personal sites, which may feature news, blogs and other media.
- @mattBgomez – Matt Gomez is a kindergarten teacher and father who runs one of the country’s largest and free meet-ups for educators and administrators.
- @robertmarzano – Robert Marzano, respected author, co-founder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory, shares the findings from his educational think tank.
- @KarenNemethEdM – Karen Nemeth, Pennsylvania educator, author, consultant and speaker, shares the latest news about educating young children.
- @arneduncan – This Twitter feed comes from U.S. Secretary, Arne Duncan, and includes tweets about charter schools, testing and the No Child Left Behind program.
- @gatesfoundation – This feed represents the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to improve education by building and giving supplies to schools around the world.