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General References

This page contains learning and teaching resources aimed at strengthening literacy skills in a number of subject areas. The links include books and other learning resources distributed by exhibiters at various conferences in California such as the Title I Directors’ conference and the Achieving Schools conference.

Our intent is to provide a convenient list of links to “no-cost or low cost” current materials and methods that might help parents support the work of classroom teachers. However, we have also included some of the more expensive instructional materials and methods that seem to be very interesting or complete. We have not evaluated these documents and sources. This is left to the viewer.

We have organized the materials and vendors into the following categories that correspond to general subject areas: 

  1. General References
  2. Reading Literacy/English Language Arts
  3. Math & Science Literacy
  4. Art & Music
  5. English Language Learners /Bilingual Education & Foreign Language
  6. Other/Unusual subject areas
  7. Professional Development
  8. Test Preparation
  9. Supplemental Education Services
  10. Elementary Education 

We have also coded the vendors according to price. 

Cost Range of References

  • Free - No cost
  • Low - Under $3.00 per copy
  • Moderate - $20 or under per copy
  • High - Over $10 per copy
  • Very High - Over $20 per copy
  • Variable - Range indicated by reference

1. General References

Online Dictionairies
Use for: Definitions
Cost: Free
  • YourDictionary.com
    Contains dictionary and translation entries for Arabic, Cambodian, English, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and 269 more languages.
  • Word2Word.com
    Contains dictionary and trnslation entries for Arabic, Cambodian, English, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and 177 more languages.
Online Translation Services
Use for: Language Translation
Cost: Free
  • Al Misbar
    Translates blocks of text and web pages from English to Arabis. Easy to use.
  • BabelFish Translation
    Translate words and web sites into English, Spanish, and seven other languages. Easy to use format.
  • Google Translate
    Google's free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages. Translates over 50 languages. Easy to use.

2. Reading Literacy/English Language Arts

  • AKJ Educational Services, Inc.
    Audience: Literacy Programs
    Cost: Variable
    “We exist as a business to provide schools and literacy programs with high quality, cost effective paperback books. We are very focused on providing you, the customer, with what we call the three S’s -- Service, Selection and Savings. Service -- AKJ is a small company, dedicated to offering our customers outstanding service. This includes accurate and timely order fulfillment; correct billing; friendly, knowledgeable telephone customer service; thorough and prompt title research; and suggestions of alternative titles. Selection -- AKJ is able to access just about any paperback book currently in print. Our catalogs concentrate on titles, both classic and recently published, which can be integrated into your curriculum. We organize the titles along appropriate thematic lines, with reading levels and industry recommendations noted for each title. For titles not listed in our catalogs, we are consistently helping schools with special orders. Please refer to our Special Orders instructions. Savings -- AKJ is a price leader in paperback books. We offer very competitive discounts and very modest shipping charges.”
  • Ballard & Tighe Publishers
    Use for: NCLB, Language Assessment, & Professional Development
    Cost: Variable
    With the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, educators are challenged to meet new requirements in terms of language assessment and educational materials, as well as professional development. We are ready to assist you in meeting these challenges! As the leader in language assessment, Ballard & Tighe will continue to help states meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act with our comprehensive IPT family of language proficiency tests. And our online professional development program will enable educators to meet the rigorous demands of the increasingly diverse classroom.
  • Benchmark Education Company
    Use for: Literacy Education
    Cost: Variable
    At Benchmark Education Company, we are committed to building literacy success that lasts a student’s lifetime. In this year’s catalog and website, you’ll discover many new resources, as well as enhanced established programs in order to serve you better.
  • Educators Publishing Service
    Audience: Grades K - 12
    Cost: Variable
    Specializing in K-12 language arts materials that support academic standards and build basic skills.
  • ETA/Cuisenaire
    Audience: Grades K - 6
    Cost: Variable
    ETA/Cuisenaire is widely recognized as one of the pioneers in manipulative-based education and supplemental materials. ETA/Cuisenaire currently offers more than 6,000 products. Many of these materials, like the self-correcting VersaTiles® learning system, are developed by and manufactured exclusively by ETA/Cuisenaire. Our materials cover the areas of mathematics and science in grades K–12 and reading/language arts in grades K–6.
  • Examplars
    Audience: Grades 5 - 8
    Cost: Variable
    Exemplars pioneered the field of providing performance assessment tasks that meet national standards to improve assessment AND instruction. Founded in 1993, Exemplars began by assisting educators using K-8 mathematics problems and assessments that met NCTM Standards. We added Mathematics 9-12 two years later. Due to the popularity of math, we started publishing Science K-8 in 1997. RWR Exemplars (Reading, Writing and Research in the Content Areas) was published for grades 5-8 in 1999. Exemplars materials are now used by educators in 50 states and worldwide.
  • Houghton Mifflin Company
    Audience: K - 8
    Cost: Variable
    Welcome to Education Place, the comprehensive Web site produced by Houghton Mifflin School Division which publishes a variety of educational materials, including textbooks, resource materials, and technology, for K-8 teachers and students. Launched in January 1996, Education Place is the longest running Web site of any educational publisher. With more than 18,000 pages of engaging content to explore, visitors to award-winning Education Place can delve further into the subjects they most enjoy to find helpful teaching resources, textbook support, educational games, and more. Education Place extends the School Division's commitment to quality learning through our additional sites, Kids' Place and Parents' Place.
  • Kaeden Books
    Audience: Grades Pre-K - 2
    Cost: Variable
    Kaeden Books are an ideal complement to any quality-reading program. Our books are written for early emergent and fluent readers in pre-kindergarten through second grade. These fun stories help your children develop confidence in the reading process through the use of predictability, repetition and patterns. Text placement and illustration assist in the development of strong reading strategies. Supportive pictures and story structure help in the development of comprehension. But most importantly, KAEDEN BOOKS are FUN for the READER! Kaeden books was founded in 1986 in Rocky River, Ohio to provide materials for elementary teachers to use with children in the first few years of the reading experience. We believe reading should be fun for children. Our stories are lighthearted and about everyday happenings in children's lives.
  • Learning Wonders
    Use for: Teach through play
    Cost: Variable
    Learning Wonders seeks to teach children through play. As such, they offer many fun-to-use items to teach children in all curriculum areas.
  • Holt McDougal
    Audience: Middle/High School
    Cost: Variable
    McDougall Littell, a division of Houghton Mifflin, is one of the nation’s leading secondary publishers. Our programs and services are dedicated to assisting today’s educators in defining the middle and high school classrooms of the 21st century. This includes print, technology, and Internet support for curricular instruction in language arts, mathematics, world languages, social studies, and science.
  • New Century Education Corporation
    Audience: All ages
    Cost: Variable/High
    New Century Education provides instructional software to help students of all ages and ability levels achieve proficiency in core curriculum subjects. The New Century Integrated Instructional System combines software-based curriculum, integrated assessments, and valuable teacher and administrator reports. It helps teachers provide one-to-one instruction in a large group setting, providing each student with the most appropriate instruction and support to achieve state standards.
  • Pacific Learning
    Audience: Grades K - 6
    Cost: Variable
    We publish exclusively for the K-6 market, offering high-quality learning materials that provide literacy solutions, and delivering dynamic professional development. Pacific Learning has strong links with Learning Media of New Zealand, from whom we derive many of our materials. We are a fast-growing, California-based company with a track record of customer satisfaction.
  • Pearson Electronic Learning
    Audience: Elementary/Middle School
    Cost: Variable/High
    Pearson Digital Learning leads the nation in developing essential learning skills for elementary and middle school students through effective, research-based technology programs. A division of Pearson Education, Pearson Digital Learning draws on the exceptional resources of international media company Pearson plc to deliver exciting, engaging content, while providing the highest levels of customer care and technical support in the industry.
  • Pearson Learning Group
    Audience: Grades Pre-K - 12
    Cost: Variable
    Pearson Learning Group has it all with a powerhouse selection of supplemental products for grades PreK-12! Our family of imprints--including Modern Curriculum Press, Celebration Press, Dale Seymour Publications, Good Year Books, and Globe Fearon--provides you with exceptional NSF-funded products, bilingual products, phonics and assessment materials, accessible programs for special needs and ESL students, and much more. Pearson Learning Group has just what you need to meet all your teaching needs and get students on the fast track to success. Sing, Spell, Read & Write from Modern Curriculum Press, a unique program that helps children learn to read using music in a multisensory approach, and Globe Fearon's Pacemaker® Curriculum, providing comprehensive resources that span the curriculum from mathematics and computer technology to literature and science, are shining examples of the great products we have to offer.
  • PhonicsQ
    Use for: Cue-based
    PhonicsQ is an engaging visual system that consists of picture cues in three different formats effective in a variety of learning situations. It is designed to help students link the phonemes of oral language and the graphemes of written language to decode, encode and pronounce new words. This system, which was developed with students in a resource room, is unique in that it provides a single picture a a cueing device for a particular sound. Teachers can provide a consistent cue with a minimal number of words, students can learn to cue themselves with a picture and then work independently, and it supports all reading programs and approaches.
  • Principle Woods, Inc.
    Use for: Reading comprehension, Fun Activities
    Cost: Variable
    For young readers, the path to Principle Woods leads to an entertaining forest where a lively cast of animal characters—both good and naughty—have zany adventures and learn lessons in the process. Although it is important that children enjoy reading these stories, of even greater value is comprehension. And with the use of the carefully designed Principle Woods curriculum, there is no doubt that all readers will exit Principle Woods as much different children than when they entered it. That is, they will exit with a complete and rich knowledge of the principles that guide our lives.
  • Red Brick Learning
    Use for: Reading instruction, supplemental materials
    Cost: Variable
    Red Brick Learning partners with educators to help all students, from struggling to fluent readers, achieve reading success. We create innovative supplemental educational materials that provide carefully leveled nonfiction books and targeted instructional support for K-8 classrooms.
  • Remedia Publications, Inc.
    Use for: Basic reading skills, special education, ESL, Adult literacy
    Cost: Variable
    emedia Publications specializes in reproducible books that focus on basic skills and repetition. We are a family-owned business that takes great pride in meeting the needs of our customers. The company has been in business for over 20 years serving the needs of special education, regular education, E.S.L (English as a second language), adult education and inclusion students.
  • Saxon Publishers
    Use for: Literacy
    Cost: Variable/High
    Saxon Publishers, Inc. is the largest family-owned publisher of math, phonics and spelling, and early childhood development programs in the United States. Students throughout the U.S. currently use Saxon’s educational materials for grades pre-K-12. The effectiveness of Saxon’s programs is backed by more than 20 years of documented quantitative results from the classroom. Saxon is headquartered in Norman, Oklahoma.
  • Scholastic Inc.
    Use for: Literacy
    Cost: Variable/High
    Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world, including the phenomenally successful Harry Potter™, The Babysitters Club ®, Dear America ®,The Royal Diaries™, Animorphs ® and Clifford the Big Red Dog ®. Through the company’s unique school and community-based distribution channels, including its book clubs and book fairs, Scholastic reaches 35 million children, 40 million parents and nearly every school in the U.S.
  • Scientific Learning
    Use for: Language/reading skills
    Cost: Variable/High
    Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience research, Scientific Learning's Fast ForWord® family of products use patented technology to target the language and reading skills widely recognized as the keys to all learning. Each product's interactive exercises integrate proprietary CD-ROM and Internet technology to create an optimal learning environment that adapts to the level of each student. Patented Web-based tracking tools provide ongoing monitoring of each student's progress.
  • SRA/McGraw-Hill
  • Audience: Grade 8
    Cost: Variable
    SRA/McGraw-Hill has more than 60 years of experience in working to help every child learn. We publish preschool to 8th grade products for reading, phonics, Direct Instruction, language arts, mathematics, science, art, social studies, test preparation, world languages and early childhood instruction.
  • Sundance
    Use for: Reading instruction
    Cost: Moderate
    Distinguished by its strong commitment to innovative reading instruction, Sundance serves more than 200,000 teachers throughout the United States and internationally. Some of Sundance’s most popular series include AlphaKids Guided Readers (for Reading Recovery® and Guided Reading programs), Little Red Readers (for emergent readers), Second Chance Reading (for below-level readers), LEAP (enrichment activities for grades 4–6), LIFT (critical thinking activities for middle school students), Novel Ideas Skills (reading skills for high school students), and much more!
  • Sundance/Newbridge Publishing
    Use for: Social students and science
    Cost: Moderate
    Our well-earned reputation for stunning, real-world photography is exemplified in the Discovery Links for Social Studies, Science, and Intermediate+ programs, and our new Go Facts Science guided writing series. Look to Newbridge's Early Science series—the only one of its type for primary grades PreK–2, and our popular Ranger Rick® science program for grades 2–5 to engage curious minds. To help students build a foundation for math fluency, depend on Newbridge's Early Math program for grades PreK–2. Newbridge completes the package by offering teacher resources, audiocassettes, classroom collections, photo card libraries, and activity kits.
  • Taylor Associates
    Use for: Reading instruction
    Cost: Variable
    Reading Plus is a modular reading improvement system designed for Levels 1 through College and Adult. It is composed of: Appraisals to place students appropriately in Core Programs, which are centrally managed, as well as an array of Support CDs and Off-Line Activities that supplement the Core system.
  • TCR (The Curriculum Resource)
    Audience: Grades 5 - 12
    Cost: Moderate
    TCR helps schools promote research-based, best teaching practices to improve student achievement through reading and writing in the content areas. Our Internet-delivered curriculum and professional development program support educators for elementary through high school by connecting reading/writing to the real-world in virtually every subject area. Our founding company, NewsBank, inc., has been a leader in the educational industry using multiple technology platforms to deliver real-world information from over 2,000 current and primary sources to schools. Today, TCR remains committed to bridging the gap between instruction that is standards-based and engaging.

3. Math & Science Literacy

  • Daily Bite Education Materials
    Audience: Grades K - 6
    Cost: Variable/High
    Daily Bite is an academic review regime created to help teachers and administrators get students productively on task every day. In addition, Daily Bite enables students to practice skills in a variety of academic areas which are found on standardized tests nationwide. Each inexpensive package of transparencies contains an integrated set of review materials covering the full range of academic disciplines - language, math, geography, and analogies. Daily Bite Reviews are available in English for grades K - 6 and in Spanish for grades 1 - 3.
  • Futurekids
    Use for: Technology education
    Cost: Variable/High
    Founded in 1983, Futurekids began with a focus on computer literacy for children and teachers around the world, first in learning centers and now in schools. Today, Futurekids is a global leader in helping schools use technology to transform education. With more than 15 years experience, we've been a trusted and valued partner to thousands of schools in 65 countries. Our mission is simple; to help schools become futureschools and to help children become futurekids, creating a worldwide community that integrates the power of technology to facilitate and improve student performance.
  • HOTS Program
    Audience: Grades 4 - 8
    Cost: Variable/High
    HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) is an exemplary 1-2 year program for Title I and LD students in grades 4-8 that solves the biggest problem in American education: ...the overwhelming tendency of disadvantaged students to decline dramatically in grades 4-8 and thereby rewiden learning gaps and become at risk for dropping out—regardless of how effective their early schooling was.
  • Teacher Created Materials
    Audience: Teachers and Parents
    Cost: High
    Teacher Created Materials is an educational publishing company founded in 1982 by Rachelle Cracchiolo and Mary Dupuy Smith, two classroom teachers. We believe that the main reason for our tremendous growth since then is that we know--first-hand--about teaching. All of our products are “created by teachers for teachers and parents.”

4. Art & Music

  • Arts Attack
    Audience: Grades K - 8
    Cost: Variable/High
    Arts Attack is an award-winning video-based art program that addresses the needs of classroom teachers, parent volunteers, and art specialists with its teacher-friendly art curriculum program.

5. English Language Learners/ Bilingual Education & Foreign Language

  • Damand Promotions
    Use for: Homework aids
    Cost: Moderate
    Parents and teachers working together to improve the academic success of all children is a must! This can only be done if parents can support the classroom instruction at home. This is where the Homework Series can help all parents and students. In our books and CDs we present each concept so it is easy to understand and follow. Reinforcing classroom instructions at home is our goal.
  • Didax Educational Resources
    Audience: Grades K - 12
    Cost: Moderate
    Didax Educational Resources publishes books, games, manipulatives and software for grades K-12 in reading, phonics, math and social studies. Resources for teachers, parents and kids, featuring Unifix, Chunks, Clusters, World Teachers Press and more.
  • Kiss, bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Buisness in Sixty Countries
    Audience: Business Travellers
    Cost: Moderate
    In a global economy, it is crucial for business people to be sensitive to cultural differences. And although the best reason for doing so may be ethical, it's great for business as well! This is an invaluable book for "doing well while doing good" in your intercultural relations, covering the protocols of appointments, business entertaining, greetings, forms of address, gestures, dress, and gifts in 60 of the nations you're most likely to be doing business. The authors are very aware that no generalizations apply to all residents of a nation, and are careful not to stereotype or judge. Highly recommended to any business traveler--or any student of the diversity of human cultures. Available for purchase at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Bow-Shake-Hands-Countries/dp/1558504443
  • OELA/NCELA
    Use for: Educational aids/information
    Cost: Free
    NCELA, the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (formerly NCBE, the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA, formerly OBEMLA) to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S. NCELA provides information through its web site and topical publications, and produces a OELA's weekly electronic news bulletin, Newsline. As part of the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information network, NCELA works with other service providers to provide access to high quality information to help states and local school districts develop programs and implement strategies for helping all students work towards high academic standards.

6. Other/ Unusual Subject Areas

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Innovation in Education
    Use for: Interactive software education
    Cost: Very High
    Now part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Riverdeep was founded in 1995. Riverdeep Interactive Learning is jointly headquartered in Novato, California and Dublin, Ireland. It is one of the fastest growing education and consumer software companies in the United States. Riverdeep's Web-based and CD-ROM solutions can be found in more than 45,000 schools in over 20 countries worldwide. In April 2003, Riverdeep became a private entity.
  • Siboney Learning Group
    Use for: Assessment Research
    Cost: Very High
    Orchard is the fastest growing and most successful comprehensive instructional software program available today. Given increased demands for accountability and student performance, every school should be an Orchard school. The combination of state-specific assessment, research-based targeted instruction with simple and flexible teacher management is offered to every school at a great price.
  • Success For All Foundation
    Use for: Assessment Research
    Cost: Free
    The Success for All Foundation (SFAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of proven reform models for preschool, elementary, and middle schools, especially those serving many children placed at risk. SFAF has continued work begun in 1987 at Johns Hopkins University and still retains strong links to Johns Hopkins. As of 2003, the Success for All Foundation is serving about 1,500 schools in 48 states. Programs in elementary reading, writing, math, preschool, and middle school are in circulation. In addition, SFA-Reading First and Early Reading First programs are available. The goal of the Success for All Foundation is to transform schools by creating and disseminating programs that are both based on research and that have themselves been researched in rigorous evaluations. Success for All is a comprehensive restructuring program for elementary schools, based on the following principles:
    • Emphasis on prevention, early and intensive intervention, and tutoring for students with academic difficulties.
    • Incorporation of state-of-the-art curriculum and instructional methods.
    • Emphasis on the integration of phonics and meaning-focused instruction, cooperative learning, and curriculum-based assessments.
    • Writing/language arts instruction emphasizing writer’s workshops.
    • Pre-school/kindergarten instruction with story telling and language development.
    • Adaptations for Spanish and English as a second language.
    • A family support program engaging parents, community members, and integrated services.
    • Extensive professional development throughout the elementary grades.
    • Materials include Spanish versions.

7. Professional Development

 

  • Classroom Connect
    Audience: Grades K - 12
    Cost: Very High
    Classroom Connect is an award-winning provider of professional development programs and online instructional materials for K-12 education. We're devoted to helping teachers become better teachers by engaging them in their own learning and inspiring positive change in the classroom. For nearly a decade, Classroom Connect has expanded its suite of professional development offerings to meet the changing needs of school districts nationwide. Today, our products are delivered online, face-to-face, at conferences, and in print, and are available by subject areas that include Reading, Math, Technology Integration, Curriculum & Instruction, and Educational Leadership.
  • Compass Learning
    Audience: Grades PreK - 12
    Cost: Very High
    CompassLearning is a dynamic educational technology corporation committed to working with educators and parents to improve the academic achievement and performance of all students, Pre-K-12 and beyond. Whether they are just cutting their teeth on technology or on the cutting edge, educators turn to CompassLearning as the complete solution for harnessing the full power of technology to help students meet the highest academic standards and reach their fullest potential.
  • Evans Newton, Inc.
    Use for: Materials and services technology
    Cost: Variable
    ENI's programs are designed to level the playing field for all students to succeed in their academic careers. ENI works with district administrators and staff to determine goals, provide leadership, coordinate implementation, develop and motivate staff, and evaluate results. A variety of materials is available including “Parent Assisted Learning” packets. Parent Assisted Learning (PAL) Packets are activities that help a parent or guardian strengthen their child's learning base and include the tools necessary to communicate with their child about the specific skills he or she is learning in school. These take-home activities can be done in brief 15-to-30 minute sessions and require no special materials or skills. Each objective-based activity is designed to be carried out with minimal preparation by the assigning teacher and little to no preparation by the parent or guardian. PAL Packets provide research-based strategies and techniques that benefit all students, regardless of their prominent learning styles. PAL Packets include background information for parents and an explanation of what skill the child is actually being asked to demonstrate in easy-to-understand language. PAL Packets include directions for activities that can be done in or outside the home and that are specially designed to motivate students. PAL Packets include advance organizers that are designed to help a child use his or her background knowledge to learn new information, bridging the gap between what a child already knows and what he or she needs to know before the targeted skill can be successfully accomplished. PAL Packets also include graphic organizers that are designed to develop students' thought processes, helping them to more readily grasp and apply new ideas and concepts.
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Classwell Learning Group
    Audience: Grade PreK - 12
    Cost: Very High
    We at Classwell Learning Group are dedicated to helping increase student achievement in grades pre-K–12. Our comprehensive educational management system seamlessly integrates quality instructional materials, assessment resources, and professional development tools, and puts them all in one convenient place. Classwell integrates educational technology into daily classroom activities to positively impact teaching and improve student performance.
  • National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA)
    Use for: Implementation of NCLB
    Cost: Free
    NAFEPA members continued their involvement with federal legislation throughout the 1990s and continuing into 2000 with the ESEA reauthorization known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. NAFEPA members are taking the lead in implementing the new law in their local regions and districts.
  • Pearson Achievement Solutions/Skylight Professional Development
    Audience: Grades K - 12
    Cost: Very High
    Pearson SkyLight, a brand of Pearson Professional Development, has been the leader in K-12 best practice professional development for more than 27 years. Pearson SkyLight weaves a vast repertoire of proven, research-based content into professional development programs and products that provide immediate classroom impact and long-term, measurable results. These programs and products include district professional development, distance master's degree programs and graduate courses, and professional books and videos. From individual educators to entire school districts, Pearson SkyLight integrates standards and scientifically based research into classroom practice using the most flexible on-site and online customized solutions available.
  • Quickmind
    Audience: Grades K - 12
    Cost: Very High
    QuickMind K-12 Interactive Education is a revolutionary new company providing the educational market with an innovative and customizable set of tools, databases, products and resources for teachers and students to utilize from school or from home, anytime, anywhere! QuickMind incorporates 3 dynamic media types into an incredible integrated learning solution. Print, CD & Web based solutions that are perfect for all grade levels, curriculum areas & technical abilities.
  • Region 18 Education Service Center
    Use for: Texas educators
    Cost: Very High
    Region 18 ESC is one of twenty service centers in the state of Texas. Region 18 covers 37,553 square miles and includes 19 counties, 33 school districts, over 6,300 educators and approximately 81,000 students. As a catalyst for change, Region 18 Education Service Center collaborates with shareholders, provides professional development and showcases best practices to promote quality instruction in order to maximize student performance.
  • Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc.
    Use for: Literacy training
    Cost: High
    The focus of Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc. is literacy education with an emphasis on the teaching of reading and writing from a child-centered, meaning-centered perspective. We believe that students become enthusiastic, independent, life-long learners, and accomplished readers and writers, when supported and guided by skillful teachers. The professional development work that we do and the books that we publish support these beliefs.
  • Rigby
    Use for: Grades K - 12
    Cost: Very High
    Rigby wants to be the company you turn to provide supplementary literacy resources, alternative reading programs, and staff training for educational professionals.

 

8. Test Preparation

  • Buckle Down Publishing Company
    Use for: Standards driven initiatives
    Cost: Variable
    Buckle Down Publishing Company creates products exclusively for students of many states. Our materials review and apply the content and skills described by state standards with the intent of helping students and schools attain these standards without violating state education department policy.
  • Test Prep System
    Use for: Software programs
    Cost: Variable
    Since 1997 our company has published numerous educational software programs used by teachers around the world.
  • Educational Testing Service
    Use for: Tests/assessment tools
    Cost: Variable
    Educational Testing Service is the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research. The company is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions, and government bodies in almost 200 countries. ETS develops and administers more than 12 million tests worldwide. Traditionally, ETS's primary purpose has been the development of tests and other assessment tools to provide information (including test scores and interpretative data) to test takers, educational institutions, and others who require this information. ETS is now poised to broaden its scope beyond the U.S. measurement space into the worldwide education and training space.
  • Scantron Corporation
    Use for: Test/assessment tools
    Cost: Very High
    Scantron has made a significant commitment to education technology with products that empower educators. One such product, Classroom Wizard, is a revolutionary handheld computer-based assessment tool that scores and analyzes student classroom progress instantaneously. Tests can be administered via Palm handheld or desktop scanner. Classroom Wizard’s latest enhancements include an attendance module for students and instructors. Another top-seller is Performance Series, a computer adaptive online diagnostic assessment aligned to state standards. Performance Series assists educators in evaluating student knowledge and grade level. Scantron (OMR) scanners are still the most relied upon data collection and assessment systems today. These scanners and related lines of software and forms can be found in 85 percent of educational institutions in North America. 

9. Supplemental Education Services

  • Catapult Learning
    Use for: Software programs
    Cost: Variable
    Catapult Learning is the local administrator’s resource for solutions that advance students’ academic achievement, teachers’ performances and youth and adults’ employment skills. Through our wealth of comprehensive programs and extensive experience, Catapult Learning partners with you to identify and alleviate your district and community concerns. Our partnerships began in 1993, when Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. was challenged by the educational community to provide low-income families and students access to the same supplemental education services offered by Sylvan Learning Centers. SES partnered with six of Baltimore City’s lowest-performing public schools to help students improve their performance in Reading and Math. In 2004, Syvlan Learning Solutions changed its name to Catapult Learning. Today, student access and achievement remain our primary goals. However, we’ve broadened our programs to help districts and communities build their professional capacities.
  • Professional Tutors of America
    Use for: Tutoring services
    Cost: Variable
    Professional Tutors of America, Inc. is a privately owned corporation which offers tutoring services at all levels. Since its incorporation in 1983, P.T.A. has attracted many highly talented and motivated instructors from the education and business communities. Our tutors are carefully screened and selected to meet your specific requirements. P.T.A., Inc. has always believed that every student possesses unique talents. Our goal is to discover and develop these talents to their maximum potential. Research has shown that private tutoring is the most effective method of learning. P.T.A., Inc. agrees with this significant finding and uses this method of instruction throughout the private and business sectors of your community.
  • Reading Recovery Council of North America
    Use for: Literacy advocacy
    Cost: Free
    The Reading Recovery Council of North America, Inc. is a not-for-profit association of Reading Recovery professionals, advocates, and partners. The Council provides a network of opportunities for leadership and professional development. It is an advocate for Reading Recovery throughout North America. Nearly 11,000 individuals have become members of the Council since its establishment in 1995. The Council provides a wide variety of programs and services, including publications, annual conferences, and special institutes and academies. These activities are intended to strengthen the implementation of Reading Recovery and provide opportunities for Reading Recovery personnel to collaborate with early literacy advocates and other education professionals. 

10. Elementary Education

  • Pearson Scott Foresman
    Audience: Elementary level English & Spanish
    Cost: Variable
    As the world's leading elementary educational publisher, we want to be an online leader as well. So, we're making a commitment to you—the teachers, parents, and children who rely on our educational materials. We're going to provide you with the best online resources for teaching and learning, including exceptional curriculum-based Web sites in English and Spanish.