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This guide will get you started on your research in education.

On the Web

These resources on the open internet may be useful for your research.

  • AFT - American Federation of Teachers - The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.
  • After School Alliance - The Alliance works with a broad range of organizations and supporters, including policymakers and policymaker associations, advocacy groups, afterschool coalitions and providers at every level, business and philanthropic leaders, technical assistance organizations and leaders representing a variety of interests, each with a stake in afterschool.
  • American Association of School Administrators - AASA, the School Superintendents Association, advocates for the highest quality public education for all students and develops and supports school system leaders.This website includes information about AASA's governance activities, advocacy initiatives, membership, conferences and meetings, program and resource development and more.
  • American Council on Education - ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association. We represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entitie
  • American Education Research Association - The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
  • Annenberg Learner - Mission is to "Advance Excellent Teaching in American Schools." We have pursued this mission for more than three decades by funding and distributing multimedia resources for teachers (K-12 and college levels) to teach their subjects and to stay up-to-date in their fields.
  • Association of American Educators - The largest national, non-union, professional educators' organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.
  • Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University - A collection of picture book abstracts searchable by topics, concepts, and skills for building content area reading across all academic subjects. The collection contains abstracts of over 5700 picture books for children, preschool to grade three.
  • College Board Online - The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
  • Consortium for Policy Research in Education - The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) brings together education experts from renowned research institutions to contribute new knowledge that informs PK-20 education policy and practice.
  • Council for Great City Schools - Council's goals; To educate all urban school students to the highest academic standards. To lead, govern and manage our urban public schools in ways that advance the education of our children and inspire the public’s confidence. To engage parents and build a confident, committed and supportive urban community for raising the achievement of urban public schoolchildren.
  • Council on Graduate Schools - The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has been the national voice for the graduate dean community. CGS is the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research. 
  • Discovery Education - Discovery Education accelerates school districts' digital transition through comprehensive standards-based content, professional development, formative assessment, and community engagement proven to positively impact student achievement
  • Education Trust - The Education Trust is a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students. Founded for one reason and one reason alone: to push, prod, and cajole our country toward educational justice.
  • Educator's Reference Desk - Education Reference Desk provides a variety of education tips, tools and resources for teachers, students and life learners.
  • Edutopia - Dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Focused on practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.
  •, home of Education Week and Teacher Magazine - Education Week is American education's newspaper of record. Reporters, researchers, and bloggers cover local, state, and national education news and issues from preschool through the high school transition to college and career.
  • EnglishUSA - EnglishUSA is the only organization in the United States that includes all types of intensive English programs (IEPs).  With a membership of over 400 accredited IEPs, we are the largest membership organization specifically serving and supporting IEPs in the United States.   We support the professional development of IEP leaders and staff, uphold professional standards for IEPs, and increase the visibility of IEPs in the United States. 
  • Florida Department of Education - The Department of Education is here to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by providing them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities, and to maintain an accountability system that measures student progress.
  • Florida Standards - The Florida Standards reflect our foundational expectations of what ALL students should know and be able to do in each grade from kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Global School Net - Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century, brain-friendly learning, and improve academic performance through content-driven collaboration. We engage educators and students in brain-friendly e-learning projects worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education - For nearly 100 years, the Harvard Graduate School of Education has prepared smart and passionate individuals to become transformative leaders in education. HGSE is grounded in the belief that education is the most pressing issue of our time, and that research-based education policy and practice have the power to create a more just and prosperous society.
  • Institute of Education Sciences - Their mission is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly. By identifying what works, what doesn't, and why, aiming to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of failure. We are the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
  • Library of Congress - Teachers - The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.
  • Literacy Center Education Network - Their mission to design inspiring, beautiful, and engaging learning activities for preschool-age children. Through a unique methodology, we encourage playful learning of home languages and strategic mapping between the home language and English.
  • National Association for Multicultural Education - NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education.They provide opportunities for learning in order to advance multicultural education, equity and social justice. NAME proactively reframe public debate and impact current and emerging policies in ways that advance social, political, economic and educational equity through advocacy, position papers, policy statements and other strategies.This organization is a preeminent digital clearinghouse of resources about educational equity and social justice.
  • National Association for Pupil Transportation - NAPT is the school transportation industry's largest and most diverse membership organization with members throughout the United States and Canada, as well as several countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
  • National Association of Independent Schools - The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
  • National Center for Education Policy - The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education was established in 1998 as a project of the Higher Education Policy Institute to promote public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school.
  • National Center for Education Statistics - The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.
  • National Council for Private School Accreditation - A Consortium of Accrediting Associations for the Recognition of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Private Schools. Serves as a national review panel for the standards and review procedures of private school accrediting associations.
  • National Education Association - The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
  • National School Board Association - NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members. The organization believes education is a civil right, and public education is America’s most vital institution.
  • National Center for Research on Gifted Education - With funding authorized through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, the Institute launched the National Center for Research on Gifted Education to address these issues. Specifically, the Center will examine the extent of gifted programming and student participation in three states; identify districts and schools that show high achievement growth rates among gifted students, including those from underserved groups; and explore how these sites successfully identify, serve, and retain students from underrepresented groups in gifted programs.
  • PBS Learning Media - PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
  • ReadWriteThink - 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.
  • Regional Educational Laboratories - The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. Fundamentally, the mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system.
  • State Education Department Contacts - Contact the department of education in your state, or the adult ed, arts, child care, higher ed, humanities, libraries, PTA, special ed, tech-prep, vocational rehabilitation, vocational-technical, or other education office in your state.
  • U.S. Department of Education - ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
  • VisionLearning - Materials, targeted to both students and educators, make peer-reviewed, bilingual content freely available. Visionlearning modules explore specific STEM concepts and examine how we have come to understand them, the people who have contributed to our understanding, and the ongoing research that builds our scientific knowledge.

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