Teacher Resources



ALTEC is committed to taking hold of the promise of technology to empower learners of all types and ages. We focus on instructional Web-based resources, professional development, program support, scaleable online assessment, and assistance for special needs.

Tip:  Look under Instructional Resources and Teacher Tools.


ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development)

external iconASCD is where the information is for supervision and curriculum. This association is one of the leading groups in the field of education, supervision, and curriculum. Offering conferences and up-to-date periodicals, ASCD also provides ongoing research for the improvement of our schools.

Tip: Read sample articles based in your field under recent and past publications.



A wonderful reader's advisory database for grades 3-8, you can look for books by subject, grade level, author or title. Subscribe to their video podcast to automatically receive the latest videos of book trailers.  Searchable archive of past book trailers very useful.


Common Core State Standards Initiative 

The national learning standards adopted on June 24, 2010 by the Illinois State Board of Education. 


Discovery Education

external icon (includes Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators)

Discovery Education has so much to offer teachers it will never fit in this annotation. Lesson plans, videos, puzzlemakers, science fair ideas, contests, grants, science help and more. But this site is not only for the science fields. Kathy Schrock's Guide to Educators is also housed here. There are so many resources for educators, librarians, students, and schools to use.



Curriculum resources for Illinois school librarians.



A wonderful resource for the classroom, library or home with up to date information on "new and cool" fiction, series, author information and more.


Our Documents external icon

Need a fresh new way to teach American history? Our Documents is your site. One hundred important documents from American history are featured in this site, along with specialized tools for enhancing the study of them.

Tip: Search the Teacher Sourcebook and lesson plans for social studies ideas.


Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Illinois State Board of Education's commitment to 21st Century learning standards.  Available are skills resources and support systems.


PBS Teachersexternal icon

site contains standards-based resources in the arts, health and fitness, mathematics, reading/language arts, science/technology, and social studies on the PBS Teachers site.

Tip: Search for lesson plans, activities and other materials that are tied to PBS programming, both on-air and online.


Read, Write, Think

Created by teachers for teachers to offer the best materials for reading and language arts education. The site focuses onlearning language, learning through language and learning about language. Great site for any Language Arts, ESL, or English Teacher.

Tip: Search for lesson ideas, Web materials, student activities, and accompanying standards.


SOS Information Literacy:

S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic web-based multimedia resource that includes peer-reviewed lesson plans, handouts, presentations, videos and other resources to enhance the teaching of information literacy (K-16).



external icon Looking for some fresh ideas for the classroom? Thinkfinity is the place for you. This site offers thousands of lesson plans and interactives that align to both state and national standards. They have a consortium that includes partners National Geographic Xpeditions, Smithsonian's History Explorer, Arts Edge and other leaders in the education field.

Tip: Search for materials by keyword, subject, grade level or type of resource!