Professional Development and Resources

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English Language and Language Arts

Booklist Reader
Provides book lists on a variety of topics and genres, as well as news articles, and features recommendations from librarians, Booklist Reader staff, and more. (Grades K-12)
Lesson plans, essays, and more on incorporating poetry into your curriculum. (Grades 1-12)

Smithsonian Tween Tribune
Current events articles at a range of adjustable reading levels. (Grades 4-8)

We Need Diverse Books
We Need Diverse Books is a nonprofit that advocates for more diverse books to be published. Their site features a blog and booktalking kit to assist school librarians in promoting culturally responsive titles. (Grades Pre-K-12)

School Library Journal
Resources for librarians and educations, includes book lists and reviews. (Grades Pre-K-12)

Science and Technology

National Geographic Magazines for Students
The site features a teacher's guide, as well as an interactive edition for students. (K-5)
Resources for learning computer science while at home. (Grades K-12)

NASA for Educators
Lesson plans, videos, simulations, and more from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (Grades K-5)

US Geological Surveys
Includes interactive, real-time maps of geological activity, as well as educational resources. (Grades 5-12)

Kentucky Science Center
Includes classroom resources and information on their educational programs. (Grades Pre-K-12)

Social Studies

National Archives
The National Archives have educator resources, featuring primary sources from their collection. (Grades K-12)

Annenberg Classroom
Free resources, including videos, games, and complete lessons plans for teaching about the US Constitution. (Grades 6-12)


From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics that provides virtual games, interactives, and standards-aligned lesson plans. (Grades K - 12)

Arts and Humanities

Developed by the National Endowment for the Arts, EDSITEment! features lesson plans and teacher's guides. The site also features digital resources and online education for the humanities. (Grades K-12)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art for Kids
#MetKids is an interactive site developed for, with, and by kids. Students can interact with various artifacts and offices of the Met. The Met also features lesson plans for teachers that introduces students to the museum's collections. (Grades 2-8)

Kentucky Virtual Art Museum
Museums and institutions from across Kentucky selected artwork that represents the scope of their collections. Their goal is to provide teachers with an exciting array of images for the classroom and make them aware of the rich resources in their Kentucky museums. (Grades 3-12)


PBS Learning Media
KET and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned video, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers in all subject areas. (Grades K-12)

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Features guided courses on multiple subjects for all grades, with parent and teacher guides. (Grades K-12)

Common Sense Media
Features reviews for books, movies, and media for parents and teachers. Includes digital guides and media literacy guides for teachers. (Grades K - 8)

TED Talks
TED Talks are videos that provide information on a variety of topics, including technology, business, global and social issues. (Grades 7-12)

Teaching Tolerance
This site features over 2,000 lesson plans for educator to use to teach tolerance and acceptance. Educators can use this resource to build social emotional learning skills at home. (Grades K-12)

Professional Development

Kentucky Virtual Library
The Kentucky Virtual Library includes guides, databases, and more for the professional development of Kentucky's Teachers.

JCPS-Employee Portal
Jefferson County Public School Employee Portal includes pertinent information to other school teachers.

Kentucky Department of Education
Kentucky Department of Education has learning opportunities for educators of all backgrounds.

National Educators Association
National Educators Association provides professional development through webinars and podcasts.

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Last Updated: 04/01/2020