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The More You Know,

The More You Can Help Your Child

 

Q. How can I use the Internet to improve the quality of my involvement in my children's educations? I have no time to read a lot of books or go to meetings, but I can surf the Web, if I only knew where to go.

 

Start with the Encyclopedia of Education on www.ShowandTellforParents.com It's a complete list of categorized links to answer most any question on education.

 

Here are some reliable sources from that list, to background yourself on the key issues:

 

Blogs: www.joannejacobs.com, www.CrankyProfessor.com, http://drcookie.blogspot.com, www.ParentPundit.com, www.Eduwonk.com

 

Classical schools: www.welltrainedmind.org, www.accsedu.org

 

Curriculum: www.coreknowledge.org, www.saxonpub.com, www.textbookleague.org, www.historytextbooks.org, www.pabbis.org

 

Disadvantaged children: www.noexcuses.org, www.urbancure.org

 

Homeschooling: www.hslda.org, www.consideringhomeschooling.org, www.nheri.org

 

Federal funding and programs: http://www.ncpa.org/iss/edu/

 

Finance: www.ncsl.org/programs/educ/ed_finance/intro.htm, http://www.heritage.org/research/education/K-12.cfm, www.ncpa.org

 

Gifted and talented: www.nagc.org

 

Grassroots organizations: www.chalkboardproject.org (Oregon), www.EdWatch.org (Minnesota), www.EducationReport.org (Michigan), www.catalyst-chicago.org (Illinois)

 

Homeschooling: www.hslda.org

 

Laws, rules and regulations: www.ncsl.org, www.nsba.org/cosa

 

Learning problems: www.ReadByGrade3.com, www.ldonline.org, www.adhdfraud.com

 

Mathematics: www.mathematicallycorrect.com, www.kitchentablemath.net

 

News: www.EducationNews.org, www.EdWeek.org, www.EagleForum.org/educate/index.html, www.ewa.org

 

Parental involvement and fund-raising: www.ptotoday.com, www.pta.org

 

Phonics: www.spalding.org, www.riggsinst.org, www.howtotutor.com

 

Policy: www.alec.org, www.ppionline.org, www.heritage.org, www.cato.org, www.goldwaterinstitute.org, www.TexasPolicy.com

 

Private schooling: www.capenet.org, www.nais.org, www.ncgs.org, www.exodusmandate.org, www.sepschool.org

 

Private scholarships: www.scholarshipfund.org, www.pave.org

 

Quality: www.edexcellence.net

 

Reading: www.nrrf.org, www.NationalReadingPanel.org

 

Reform: www.EdWatch.org, www.heartland.org, http://www.effwa.org/main/page.php?number=32

 

Religious issues: www.aclj.org, www.rutherford.org, www.gtbe.org

 

Research: www.education-consumers.com

 

School boards: www.asbj.com

 

School choice: www.edreform.com, www.AllianceforSchoolChoice.org, www.heartland.org

 

School spending: School district spending report on www.eiaonline.com; see your district's website and your state's education department website for your district's annual report

 

Sex ed: www.TrueLoveWaits.com, www.medinstitute.org

 

Special education: www.cec.sped.org, www.ideadata.org, www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/14/91/1491.htm, www.csef-air.org

 

Statistics: www.nces.ed.gov

 

Teacher organization, nonunion: www.aaeteachers.org

 

Teacher quality: www.abcte.org, www.nctq.org

 

Testing reform: www.kimberlyswygert.com

 

Textbooks: www.textbookreviews.org

 

Time management: www.jefflindsay.com/Block.shtml, http://geocities.com/weswalker99/

 

Tutoring: www.kumon.com, www.sylvanlearningcenters.com, www.tutor.com

 

Unions: www.nea.org, www.aft.org, www.eiaonline.com, www.landmarklegal.org

 

University model schools: www.naums.net

 

Writing: www.tcr.org, www.readbygrade3.com/cvrltr.html

 

Homework: Share this list with other parents, and add websites of particular interest to your state or your school.

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.ShowandTellforParents.com Parental Involvement 42 2008

 

 

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