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Online Resources for Educators


About Me ... Mr. Ojeda

Elizabeth Avenue (For me, the heart and soul of the city)

Roselle Catholic High School (1995)

Rutgers University (2000)

Kean University (2001, 2003, 2006)

NYU Steinhardt (2006-Present)

Elizabeth Public Schools

Monsignor Jo㯠S. Ant㯠School No. 31, Elizabeth, NJ

Terence C. Reilly School No. 7



First Days of School Advice from MiddleWeb



Advocacy Groups and Think Tanks

Alliance for Excellent Education

Americans for the Arts

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

Broad Foundation

Brookings Institution

Center on Education Policy

Center for Immigrant Families (New York, NY)

Education Commission of the States

Educational Testing Service

Green Dot Public Schools

KIPP Schools (Knowledge Is Power Program)

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

National Association for Bilingual Education

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

National Center on Education and the Economy

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

National Urban League

New York Collective of Radical Educators

Teach for America

The Education Trust

Third Way A Strategy Center For Progressives

Yahoo! Groups NJLatinoIssues



Bill of Rights Institute

Classroom Debate Resources (from Education World)

C-SPAN Classroom

Developing a Class Constitution (Lesson Plan from

Mock Constitutional Convention

National Mock Trial

New Jersey Legislature's Teacher Resources

PBS Democracy Project

Planning a Successful Crime Prevention Project

Teaching Tolerance

Why Vote? (Lesson Plan from the PBS Democracy Project)


Community and Youth Organizations

Artists for Humanity, Boston, MA

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Everybody Wins! (National Literacy Program)

New York City Coalition Against Hunger

North Ward Center (Newark, NJ)




Education News

Education Week

New York Times Education News

PBS Newshour: Education

Teacher Magazine

Washington Post Education News

Washington Post: Jay Matthews' Class Struggles Column


Education Writers

Alfie Kohn

Gerald Bracey


En Espaלּ/a>

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GRASP: Informacielacionada con el Spectrum Aut�ico

LD Online (Trastornos del Aprendizaje)

New Jersey: Informacion Civica en Espaלּ/a>

Recursos del Departamento de Educaciederal

Writing Letters in Spanish: Some Pointers


First Days of School

Icebreaker Ideas

Top 20 Back-to-School Resources (from NEA)


General Teacher Sites

ABC Teacher

Bulletin Board Ideas from Discovery School

Discovery School

Education World

Educator's Reference Desk Lesson Bank

Free Resources from the U.S. Department of Education

New York Times Learning Network

PBS TeacherSource

Smithsonian Office of Elementary and Secondary Education


Teaching for Change

Teaching Is a Work of Heart



Atlas - Xpeditions (from National Geographic)

Color Landform Atlas of the U.S.

Contour Maps with DOGSTAILS (Lesson Plan from National Geographic)


J-Track Satellite Tracking

National Atlas

New Jersey Outline Maps and Map Links


Gifted Education

Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development 


Grants and Funding

Foundation Center

Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Spencer Foundation

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Wallace Foundation


History and Social Studies

ALMA Project

American Rhetoric

Coded Slave Songs

Document-Based Questions (from EdTeck)

Eyewitness to History

Freedom Webisodes

Geostat Center: U.S. Presidential Election Maps 1860-1996

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Guide to Using Primary Sources (from ALA)

Lewis and Clark (from PBS)

Rutgers Oral History Archives

SCORE Resources for the Social Sciences

Teaching about Current Events (Article from Education World)

Time Life Pictures

Timelines: Timeless Teaching Tools

Why teach history?


Instructional Strategies

Buck Institute for Education

Guide to Effective Lecturing

Increasing Student Engagement and Motivation: From Time-on-Task to Homework (from NWREL)

Inquiry-Based Approach (Article from YouthLearn)

Mind Tools

Ms. Powell's Management Ideas for Teachers

Nine Essential Instructional Strategies (Article from MiddleWeb)

Problem-Based Learning (from University of Delaware)

Project-Based Learning Online

Schoolwide and Classroom Discipline (from NWREL)


Language Arts Literacy

Activity Bank (from SCORE)


Common Student Writing Problems

English Companion

Four Square Writing Method

Language Arts PowerPoint Slideshows (from

Method to Research Madness (from Scholastic)

Online Grammar Guide


Radio Diaries

Reading Strategies (from Pegasus Charter School)

Strategies for Reading Comprehension

Teen Reads

The Reading Lady

Web English Teacher

Writing Fix

Writing Lab Handouts (from Online Writing Lab)


Leadership and Management

ASCD Special Report: Leadership II

Encyclopedia of Organization Theory

Harvard Business Online

Jim Collins

Leader to Leader

Marshall Goldsmith Library

Public Relations 101 How-To Tips for School Administrators (Article from Education World)

Rainmaker Thinking

Society for Organizational Learning

The Welch Way


Local Interest (Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey)

Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey

Around About Peterstown

Around the World ... Again (Local Aviators Fly around the World)

City of Elizabeth

County Watchers (Union County, NJ)

Drumthwacket, the Official Residence of the Governor of New Jersey

Elizabeth Avenue

Fourth Ward Online (Elizabeth, NJ)

Historical Maps of Union County, NJ

Historical Society of Elizabeth

Latino Education and Empowerment Resource (LEER)

Lenape Lifeways

New Jersey GIS Maps (from the NJ Department of Transportation)

New Jersey Historical Commission

New Jersey's Online Gang Free Community

Newark 1967 (Retrospective from the Star Ledger)

St. Joseph Social Service Center, Elizabeth, NJ



Algebra Help

Algebra Homework Help

EdHelper's Algebra Page

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Radical Math

SparkNotes Math Guides

Young Investor


New Jersey Education Issues

Abbott Leadership Institute

Association for Children of New Jersey

Education Law Center

Excellent Education for Everyone (E3)

Garden State Coalition of Schools

Licensure and Credentials (from the New Jersey Department of Education)

New Jersey Business Coalition for Educational Excellence

New Jersey Citizen Action

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

New Jersey Professional Education Port

New Jersey Department of Education (Administrative Code)

New Jersey High School Redesign Steering Committee

New Jersey Law Network (Statutes)

New Jersey Legislature (Chapter Laws)

New Jersey Parent Teacher Association

New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers

New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition

New Jersey Schools Boards Association

New Jersey Taxpayers Association

New Jersey United for Higher School Standards

New Jersey: By The Numbers (from the Star Ledger)

Newark Teachers Union Exposed

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NJ

Open Public Records Act

Yahoo! Groups AbbottWatch

Yahoo! Groups PreschoolActionAlliance


Parent Resources

Connect for Kids

Helping Your Child Series (from U.S. Department of Education)

Kid Source Online

National PTA Homepage

Parents Helping Parents

Parents with Disabilities Online

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey

The Informed Parent: The Voice of the Pediatric Medical Center

Tools for Student Success

Yahooligans! for Parents



Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act

National Governors Association


THOMAS (U.S. Congress on the Internet)

Street Law

USA Spending



David Allen & Company




Professional Organizations

American Educational Research Association

American Association of School Administrators

American Management Association

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

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Council for Exceptional Children

Council of Chief State School Officers

National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of Secondary School Principals

National School Public Relations Association

New Jersey Education Association

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New Jersey Principals & Supervisors Association

Phi Delta Kappa International Home Page

Project Management Institute


Reference Tools

Ask Jeeves for Kids

Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use


Google Books

Grammar. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996

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Know Play?

Online Grammar Guide

PH-School Reference Center (German, Spanish, French, Italian Dictionaries)



California Dropout Research Project

Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA

Classroom Action Research Homepage

Freechild: Participatory Action Research

Google Scholar

National Center for Education Statistics

National Staff Development Council Library

Plato Encyclopedia

Radical Academy

Research Alliance for New York City Schools

Regional Education Laboratories

Search ERIC

Social Research Methods

Statistics Every Writer Should Know

Teachers College Record

U.S. Department of Education Publications for Teachers and Parents

Writer's Guide for Research Proposals


School Reform

Achievement First

Big Picture Learning

Chess Clubs Give Kids New Skills and New Hope! (Article from Education World)

Coalition of Essential Schools

Council of the Great City Schools

Data Quality Campaign

Data-Based Decision Making Resources for Educators

Decentralization: Why, How, and Toward What Ends (Article from NCREL)

Dropouts: The Silent Epidemic Campaign

Educating Latinos (from National Public Radio)

Education Next



Hope for Urban Education (from U.S. Department of Education)

Lead and Learn (from Douglas Reeves)

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Schools to Watch

Springboard Schools (formerly the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative)

Where We Stand (PBS Special)


Schools that Inspire

Betty Shabazz International Charter School, Chicago, IL

Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA

Cape Ann Waldorf School, Beverly Farms, MA

Central Park East Secondary School (as formerly known), New York, NY

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (LaGuardia Arts), New York, NY

Green Dot Schools

High Tech High, San Diego, CA

Mark Twain Intermediate School 239, New York, NY

Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta, GA

Social Justice High School, Little Village, Chicago, IL


Science and Technology

AAA Buttons (free website buttons used on this site)

Digital Literacy

Digital Portfolio Homepage

Digital Templates (from Microsoft)

Digital Tools and Templates (from Education World)

FBI Kids' Internet Safety Tips

How Stuff Works

LoTI Connection

Preparing a Teaching Portfolio

Science Resources from SCORE

WebQuest Page at San Diego State University


Service Learning

Service Learning (from the Peace Corps)


Special Education

CEC Blog for New Teachers

Learning Disabilities Online


Wrights Law


Student Activities and Organizations

Destination ImagiNation


Teacher Motivation

25 Ways to Motivate Teachers (Article from Education World)

65 Ways to Recognize Teachers (Article from Education World)


Youth Issues and Opportunities

Close Up (Washington, DC)

Venture Scholars

Younger World

Favorite Sites

Sites that I check daily or weekly, that I consistently find helpful, and that I often recommend to friends


The site is loaded with lesson ideas, articles, and archives going back to 2000.  Most importantly, the chatboards give teachers the opportunity to share ideas and practices. These boards helped nurse me through my first years as a teacher. 



Manager Tools




The best guidance on management and leadership available anywhere.  Private sector, public sector, or nonprofit sector matters little: what we do is all about people ... and more communication is better.


The hub for all news related to New Jersey.



New Jersey Professional Education Port



Excellent resources linked to New Jersey's system of standards and assessment.



Education World



Articles and instructional materials culled from all over the web. A great starting place for lesson ideas.





Favorite Books

Books that have shaped my thinking on education, schooling, and life; that have taught me or inspired me; and that I reread over and over


How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler





Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen




Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement by Jean Anyon




In the Middle by Nancie Atwell




The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker



Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire




Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin




Somebody Else's Kids by Torey L. Hayden




Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860 by Carl Kaestle




To Seek a Newer World by Robert F. Kennedy




Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozol




Selected Speeches and Writings by Abraham Lincoln




Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood by Jay MacLeod




1776 by David McCullough




The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger




I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers by Cris Tovani




Tinkering toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform by David Tyack and Larry Cuban




Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring by Angela Valenzuela




Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe




The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong




Other People's Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey's Schools by Deborah Yaffe




A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn




Last Updated on June 20, 2010

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