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Reading & Dyslexia

Colorín Colorado

Colorín Colorado is a bilingual web site that provides information, activities, and advice on helping children learn to read and succeed at school. Developed by the Reading Rockets project, Colorín Colorado features practical information for Spanish-speaking parents, beautiful illustrations from Caldecott Award-winning illustrator David Diaz, video clips of celebrities such as the late beloved Celia Cruz, and skill-building activities that draw upon Spanish-language songs and rhymes.

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Council for Exceptional Children: Division of Learning Disabilities

The Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) is one of 17 special interest groups of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). DLD works on behalf of students with learning disabilities and the professionals who serve them. DLD promotes efforts to meet the needs of more 2.8 million school-aged children and youth currently receiving special education services for identified learning disabilities in the United States.

Council for Learning Disabilities

The Council for Learning Disabilities is an international professional organization dedicated solely to professionals working with individuals with learning disabilities.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

COPAA is an independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities

Curry School of Education: Office of Special Education

The Curry School of Education, Office of Special Education, provides a wealth of information for educators, parents, and students with a variety of disabilities.

Designs for Change

The basic mission of Designs for Change is to serve as a catalyst for major improvements in the public schools serving the 50 largest cities in the country, with a particular emphasis on Chicago.

Developmental Delay Resources

DDR is dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas. It publicizes research on identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry that tracks new trends. DDR also provides parents and professionals with a network of support and current information after a diagnosis.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc., (DREDF) is one of the leading national law and policy center in disability civil rights. DREDF was founded in 1979 by a unique alliance of adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education provides innovative teaching materials for teachers, useful and enjoyable resources for students, and smart advice for parents about how to help their kids enjoy learning and excel in school. The site is constantly reviewed for educational relevance by practicing classroom teachers in elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative, University of Illinois

The Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative at the University of Illinois is home to more than a dozen projects focused on the education, care, and parenting of young children.

Education Planet

Education Planet is a K-12 Web services company designed to help teachers, students, and parents easily find and utilize teacher approved educational resources, web tools, and e-learning services. It features a database of more than 100,000 educational resources. Teachers use Education Planet to search over 16,000 lesson plans, utilize powerful teacher web tools, share teaching ideas, and learn more about how to integrate technology into curriculum.

Education World

Education World features a search engine that can be restricted to only search educational sites. It also offers news from USA Today, monthly site reviews, employment listings, and original content such as lesson plans, articles written by education experts, and information on how to make the best use of technology in the classroom.

Education-A-Must

Education-A-Must Inc. has been in existence and servicing the communities needs since 1996. They began by helping one child and have grown to over 500 to date.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Formerly No Child Left Behind)

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was enacted on January 8, 2002. NCLB focuses on accountability for all schools, local control, and options for parents. The legislation requires schools to use research-based curricula and instructional techniques that have been proven to work in classrooms across the United States.

Etta Israel Center

Founded in 1992, the Etta Israel Center (EIC) is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to raising awareness and sensibility towards people with special needs.

Everybody Wins!

Everybody Wins! is a privately-funded non-profit organization devoted to increasing children's prospects for success in school and in life through one-to-one reading experiences. POWER LUNCH is a lunch-time literacy and mentoring program pairing elementary school students with adult volunteers.

Family Education Network

This section of the Learning Network is designed to help parents stay connected to their children's learning. Find homework help, creative activities, printables, games, and ideas from other parents and experts.

Federal Education Association

An affiliate of the National Education Association, FEA supports literacy through advocacy, support of teachers, and conferences.

Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

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