Professional Development

Use these links to find additional information on various teaching topics.

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Professional Organizations

General Resources

The Family Education Network (from Pearson Education) has a wide variety of educational content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and students.

Parent Resources

The National Parent Information Network provides access to research-based information about parenting and family involvement in education. The site includes many articles available in Spanish.

The U.S. Department of Education has a resource area for parents, including "News Parents Can Use," "Tool Kit for Hispanic Parents," and "Checklist & Tips for Parents." Among the sections is:

Useful Terminology

Review a list of useful ESL terminology by well-known author and educator Diane Pinkley. (PDF format)

Teaching Reading

Visit the Read Write Think site for literacy lessons, standards, and other resources in reading and language arts instruction. (From the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English)

Making Inferences
"Inferential Reading Strategies" describes how teachers can help students make inferences while reading.

Devoted to reading strategies, this site features topics on making predictions, visualizing, summarizing, and more. (Dade-Monroe Teacher Education Center)

Reading Fluency
The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) provides information on helping students to become more fluent readers and discusses the newest research on the topic.

Review a range of strategies for teaching fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and phonics in the document "An Overview of Teaching Strategies for Scientifically Based Reading Research." (North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Title 1 Office) (PDF format)

Study Skills Online has a concise definition of skimming. Click on the topics for two skim-reading techniques.

Teaching Writing

The "Teaching Ideas Center" from the National Council of Teachers of English provides teaching ideas and resources on popular topics, plus the chance to share your own ideas. 

The NCTE site also offers "So You Want to Be a Better Writer?," a downloadable page with tips and tools for writing, which you can print out and give to students. (PDF format)

Visit this Classification (and Division) page for a concise definition of classification and tips for writing a classification essay. (San Antonio College)

Teach your students the basics of writing a division/classification essay. (University Writing Skills page, University of Bremen)

Making Inferences
The Critical Thinking website has a series of articles on inferences in reading and writing.

Visit this site from Worcester State College for characteristics and tips for summarizing.

Teaching Poetry

Explore for tips on teaching poetry, poetry theatre, contests, and more.

Visit the Online Poetry Classroom from for curriculum units, lesson plans; biographies of poets; links to other websites on poetry, and other resources.


Learn more about the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA) at this site from George Washington University.

Read a case study by Anna Uhl Chamot, one of the creators of CALLA and an author of Shining Star, showing how the approach can be implemented in schools. (PDF format)

Cooperative Learning

Foster cooperative learning by creating a jigsaw classroom.

The Virginia Tech website offers this overview of cooperative learning models

Learn how to use groups to enhance collaborative learning at the Small Group Learning Page from the National Institute for Science Education.

Read about cooperative grouping strategies at this article from Education World.

Take an online workshop on Cooperative and Collaborative Learning from Thirteen Ed Online (PBS).

Cross-curricular Instruction

Thirteen Ed Online also has a workshop on Interdisciplinary Learning in Your Classroom.

Effective Questioning

Visit the Learning Strategies Database and read about the background, purpose and advantages of questioning strategies. Click on the links at the bottom of the page for specific examples.

Read these suggestions for effective questioning in the classroom. (Nondestructive Testing Resource Center)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign site offers these techniques for effective classroom questioning.

English Language Learning

This teachers' resource area in provides ESL activities, teaching tips, lesson plans, free downloads, and other useful items.

Everything ESL offers lessons, resources, and tips for teachers.

Connect to the world of ESL at TESOL Online.

This archive from the National Council of Teachers of English offers practical teaching ideas for ESL.

This article by well-known author, educator, and teacher trainer Barbara Hojel contains some excellent suggestions for the ESL Kindergarten classroom

Learning Styles

Adjust your teaching style to the learning styles of your students. Visit Teachers Network for insights from educators.

This site features tips on "Understanding Different Learning Styles." (NDT Resource Center)

Monitoring Comprehension

Check out the Project TechLink site for topics on teaching students to use self-monitoring techniques.

The NLDA site offers a paper on "Implementing Self-Regulation and Self-Monitoring in the Classroom".

Multiple Intelligences

Tap into multiple intelligences; explore Howard Gardner's theory from explanation to implementation. From Thirteen Ed Online (PBS).

LiteracyWorks has a chart illustrating the eight types of intelligences.

The TeacherVision site (from Pearson Education) offers concise definitions of eight multiple intelligences.

Note Taking

The Study Skills page from California Polytechnic State University evaluates five note taking systems, including the Outline, Mapping, and Sentence methods.

This page from Study Skills Topic Pages focuses on taking notes in the classroom.

Organizational Planning

Get tips from teachers on classroom management from Teachers Network.


The Teaching site provides tips from teachers on how to encourage self-evaluation.

Using Online Resources

This site offers guidelines for teaching students how to use the Internet. (Teaching and Learning Center, South Seattle Community College)

Teach your students "netiquette" with these printable tips. (Boston Public Library)

Video Instruction

This Pearson Longman site offers concise tips on using video to enhance classroom learning.