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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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Texas State Teachers Association

Texas State Teachers Association is a National Education Association State Affiliate that regularly lobbies legislators for the resources schools need, campaigns for higher professional standards for the teaching profession, and files legal actions to protect academic freedom and the rights of school employees.

Texas TESOL

TexTESOL is an affiliate of TESOL with five regional affiliates. TESOL&s mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

Text Features: Non-Fiction Printed Page vs. Website Format

This chart from ReadWriteThink.org gives students a reference for comparing non-fiction textbook or printed material to website content features.

Text-Mapping Project

Step-by-step lesson plan on how to map text with students.

The "I Hate to Write" Guide to Writing a Report

This little report from Steve Kessell at the Curtin University of Technology is written in a folksy style and highlights some of the barriers to good writing and offers simple guidelines to good writing, such as the essay advice to "1. Tell what you’re going to tell them, 2. Tell them what you have to tell them, and 3. Tell them what you told them."

The Access Center

The Access Center is a national technical assistance (TA) center funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. Their mission is to improve educational outcomes for elementary and middle school students with disabilities. The Access Center is also dedicated to building the capacity of TA systems, States, districts, and schools, to help students with disabilities learn from the general education curriculum.

The ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center

The NPTAC provides Parent Centers with technical assistance and up-to-date information and resources and materials to improve results for children with disabilities living in rural, urban, and suburban areas and from underrepresented and underserved populations.

The Balance of Informational and Literary Texts in K-5

Standards author Susan Pimentel discusses the ways in which the standards balance informational and literary text for elementary grades.

The Best Music Websites For Learning English

Larry Ferlazzo shares his favorite sites for using music to help students learn English.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states, and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation — grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

The Clarifying Routine: Elaborating Vocabulary Instruction

From our sister site, LDOnLine.org, comes this excellent article by Edwin Ellis outlining effective techniques for teaching vocabulary.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. The CSLP also offers bilingual summer reading PSA's.

The Education Trust

The Ed Trust helps state and local leaders build broad-based vehicles to mount and sustain K-16 reform. The Ed Trust focuses on the institutions most often left behind in plans to improve education — those serving concentrations of low-income, Latino, African American or Native American students.

The English Language Arts Standards: Key Changes and Their Evidence

This video created by the writers of the standards shares five critical shifts from earlier standards: text complexity; analysis, inference and evidence; writing to sources; mastery of writing and speaking; and academic vocabulary.

The Faculty Room

The Faculty Room is a space for faculty and administrators at post-secondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities.

The Full Option Science System (FOSS) website

The FOSS website includes a science curriculum scope and sequence for K-8, plus detailed information about how the program works.

The Geneseo Migrant Center

The Geneseo Migrant Center provides a variety of services to migrant farmworkers residing in the immediate geographic area as well as coordinating programs on a regional, statewide, and national level to benefit migrant farmworkers and their families.

The Global Fund for Children

The Global Fund for Children advances the dignity of youth around the world by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations and highlighting multiculturalism and issues that affect children through a dynamic media and book-publishing program.

The Instant Access Treasure Chest

The Foreign Language Department at Virginia Commonwealth University has developed a treasure chest of valuable information for teaching strategies. Focusing on LD, the site contains many categorized articles useful to teachers in any classroom.

The IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement

The IRIS Center is a national center that aims to provide high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers about students with disabilities.

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