Organizations and Web Sites

Recommended Links

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The following are links to recommended organizations and web sites that provide information on learning disabilities, ADHD, and other issues.

You can also see this list organized by type of organization, by focus, or by audience.

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Ballard & Tighe Publishers

Ballard & Tighe publishes materials for ELLs. Their materials anticipate and bridge some language, conceptual, and vocabulary gaps that ELLs may have.

Bank Street Literacy Guide: English Language Learners

This section provides guidance to volunteer tutors working with children who are learning English, and for whom English is not their first language.

Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish: Books About Latino Culture

The Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University, San Marcos has created a database of recommended books (in English) about Latino culture. The site has a sorting feature so users can sort by grade level, age, setting, or publisher.

Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish: Books in Spanish

The Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at California State University, San Marcos has created a database of books in Spanish. Search features include grade, country of origin, and topic.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The Barbara Bush Foundation supports literacy efforts across the country where parents and children can learn to read together.

Barefoot Books

Barefoot Books is a company offering children's books, CDs, and gifts designed to cultivate and encourage creativity, independence, and diversity.

Barefoot Books: Educational Resources

These activities, worksheets, and ideas from Barefoot Books encourage children to explore the world around them in creative ways.

Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools

The Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES), is a nonprofit organization that assists schools, school districts, and community groups in the work of creating or redesigning schools to elevate overall achievement. The BayCES mission is to dramatically improve educational outcomes and life options for students and families who have been historically underserved by their schools and districts. BayCES is a network of equitable, high performing, small public schools.

BBC: Learning English

The BBC "Learning English" webpage offers English language-learning multimedia tools such as short courses and quizzes to test grammar and vocabulary. They offer some material in other languages, including Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Benefits of Using Sentence Frames

Sentence frames are one easy way to focus on a language structure, provide scaffolded support for ELLs and explicitly teach English language structures.

Best Evidence Encyclopedia: ELLs

The English-language Learners section of the Best Evidence Encyclopedia summarizes the impact of a few online reading programs for English-language learners and other language minority students in the elementary grades.

Between the Lions

Between the Lions is an award-winning PBS children's series designed to help young children learn to read. The Web site includes games and materials from the show, including a literacy curriculum aimed at children ages 4-7.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

BBBSA provides one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and children primarily from single-parent families in programs throughout the United States including School-based Mentoring Teacher programs.

Bilingual Educator Jobs

NABE.org has a job board where you can register to receive email notifications about positions as well as browse for open jobs online. Be sure to check your state Bilingual Association affiliate’s website for additional links.

Bilingual Graphic Organizers

Many graphic organizers in both Spanish and English from the Pomperaug Regional School District 15 in Connecticut.

Blank Essay Template

These templates were created to accompany Janet M. Parady, M.S.Ed.'s article, "Helping Your Child Write an Essay: Organizing and Brainstorming." Ms. Parady is head of the high school Language Arts Department at Landmark School in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts.

Bloom's Taxonomy: An Introduction

This site offers an introduction to different stages of Bloom's Taxonomy theory, as well as methods for applying the theory in lesson plans.

Book Adventure

Using Book Adventure, young readers not only receive the intrinsic satisfaction of reading a book and demonstrating their comprehension through short quizzes, but also earn rewards for reading and demonstrating comprehension of the books they've read.


Bookshare, the world's largest accessible digital library for people with print and learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), provides free membership to qualified U.S. schools and students, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education. Get access to more than 43,000 digital books, textbooks and teacher-recommended readings to help your child succeed and enjoy reading independently.

Breaking News English.com

This site offers free and reproducible current news articles and MP3 audio files, communication activities, partnered work, discussions, readings and vocabulary.

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