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These links are provided as a resource. The Contra Costa County Office of Education does not take responsibility for the quality, accuracy, and context of the following Web sites. If you find an outdated link, please send us an e-mail.



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CCCOE Resources

DATELINE: List of classes and resources for teachers, produced monthly by the CCCOE Communications Office

Resources for Special Education Teachers: List of useful links and for Special Ed teachers

Resources to Help Assist Students and Adults Through Trauma: List of links compiled by the Communications Office

ETAC: Educational Technology Advisory Council: The purpose of ETAC is to facilitate communication of information, distribution of educational resources, and promotion of a network between districts in Contra Costa County in order to enhance learning through the use of technology.

Bats: A Thematic Resource is developed and maintained by CCCOE Technology Systems staff to provide a resource for teachers doing a thematic units on Bats. Tens of thousands of teachers and school children from all over the world have used and enjoyed the site.

Feed Your Need for Speed: Improving School Networks and Networks: Plain and Simple are developed by the CCCOE Technology Systems staff to support teachers and technical help responsible for maintaining and improving the school's network performance.

Understanding Education Acronyms IEP? ISP? CPS? Find out what these, and other educational acronyms mean.

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California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Calisphere Use the University of California's calisphere Web site to explore thousands of primary source documents and images.

Explore Science and Explore Math use Macromedia's interactive Web technologies to really grab the learner.

Social Studies Web Site for K12 Teachers by Dennis Boals

NASA's Education Materials Finder will help teachers locate resources that can be used in the classroom.

Schools of California Online Resources for Educators (SCORE) A huge resource with separate sites covering Science, Math, History/Social Studies, and Language Arts.

Social Studies Lesson Plans and Resources Compiled by Dr. Marty Levine of California State University, Northridge.

Social Studies School Service: Catalogs, online resources, curriculum materials for Social Studies teachers.

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Job Search Web Sites

Education Sites:

CCCOE's job listings is maintained by the California Teacher Recruitment and Incentive Program. EdJoin is a portal to thousands of teaching and other education job openings and to a broad range of job placement and training services for job seekers. is stated as having "the largest pool of K-12 employment opportunities online. Career Center notifies job hunters of teaching jobs as soon as they are posted.

EduTech offers online educational employment listings

Education World job newsletter posts job listings in a weekly online newsletter sent out to subscribers.

General Job Search Sites:

Craigslist is a Bay Area-based site with numerous categories of job listings including "education/teaching" is advertised as the "#1 career site on the web." Job listings include an "education, training and library" category

CareerBuilder lists 300,000+ jobs in categories including "education & training."

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Education Resources

Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative: The Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative is a comprehensive effort to improve mathematics instruction and student learning.

Lesson Study Group at Mills College: Lesson study is widely credited for the steady improvement of Japanese elementary mathematics and science instruction. Since 1999, lesson study has rapidly emerged in many sites across the United States.

Edutopia: The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Web site to encourage innovation in schools. Edutopia documents, disseminates, and advocates for exemplary programs in K-12 public schools to help these practices spread nationwide.

Google for Educators: Google has assembled information and tools such as a teacher’s guide to Google Tools for Your Classroom, the quarterly Google for Educators newsletter, The Infinite Thinking Machine, as well as a number of additional tools.

Microsoft Education: Provides access to a wide range of education resources to help you better integrate technology and curriculum innovation into your schools and classrooms.

KidSource Online: A treasure trove of education, healthcare, and recreation information categorized for newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, and K-12 students.

MathMagic: A K-12 telecommunications project that provides strong motivation for students to use computer technology while increasing problem-solving strategies and communications skills.

Reading Revolution Reading and Spelling Program: Reading Revolution is a uniquely powerful program that has helped more than 100,000 students – even the most challenged reader.

Scholastic's Instructor Magazine: Everything from strategies for integrating the curriculum and meeting the needs of the kids you teach to professional development opportunities and help with assessment.

Teachers Helping Teachers: A site completely by and for teachers. Contains links by areas of interest (math, science, language arts, social studies) where you will find tips and lesson plans related to the topic.

Teachers.Net: Contains instructions for subscribing to the WebTalk, an interactive electronic information list for educators.

The QuestGarden Page: Defines and provides for one of the most innovative and best ways to use the Web.

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Government & Other Educational Organizations

Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)- Region 6

California Department of Education (CDE)

CDE Dataquest: find facts about California schools and districts
CalEdFacts: A compilation of statistics and information on a variety of issues concerning education in California.

FCMAT (the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team): Comprehensive information about California Schools.

Thomas Legislative Information: Bills, Congressional Record, Congressional Advisory Board Reports, The Legislative Process, Legislative Branch Internet Sites, and U.S. Government Internet Resources

The Library of Congress

FEMA Kids Teacher Resources The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Web site for kids teacher and parent resource page.

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No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Resources

Certificate of Compliance Worksheet

California HOUSSE – Part 1 – Assessment of Qualifications and Experience

California HOUSSE – Part 2

NCLB Portfolio Process Forms

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Information Resources

Contra Costa Crisis Center
This database of the Contra Costa Crisis Center contains information about health and human services available to residents of Contra Costa County. Generally, the services described are low-cost or offered for a fee based on income.

CDE Virtual Library: A collection of resources for districts with high priority schools.

EE-Linked Network: Environmental Education on the Internet.

Filamentality: An interactive Web site that guides you through the process of picking a topic, searching the Internet for good sites pertaining to that topic, and "spinning" your own web-based learning page.

Houghton Mifflin's Educational Link Library

Pathways to School Improvement: Provides the latest research on important issues such as assessment, math and science education, educating "at risk" students, safe and drug-free schools, school-to-work transition.

Pew Internet & American Family Life Project: The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, education and civic and political life.

Teachnet: Provides teachers with tips, ideas and activities for improving the classroom.

Teachers' Guide to the US Department of Education: Helps you find your way through the maze of centers and labs, clearinghouses and programs supported by the Dept. of Education.

Wrightslaw: This is a resource for accurate, up-to-date information about advocacy for children with disabilities.
You will find hundreds of articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about special education law and advocacy in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries.

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Health and Food Allergy Resources

Contra Costa Health Services
A comprehensive resource for information on health topics; including wellness and prevention, illnesses and diseases and health issues in our community.

New Asthma Medication Law (AB 2132)
As of Jan. 2005 students are allowed to carry and self administer their own inhaled asthma medication at school. The new law allows the student to treat their asthma symptoms immediately in order to miss less class time. Appropriate forms must be signed by both the parent and physician. Teachers and staff should alert the office if any student is carrying an inhaler. The student may then be seen by the school nurse or the office staff to be evaluated for proper medication use. For sample school forms or school policies on the new law please contact: Sally McFalone, OTR from Contra Costa Health Services at 925-313-6242.

NBSA's School Health Programs
The School Health Programs department supports NSBA's commitment to help school policymakers and educators make informed decisions about health issues affecting the academic achievement and healthy development of students and the effective operation of schools.

Ounce of Prevention Campaign
Centers for Disease Control's campaign to provide resources about handwashing, cleaning and disinfection, and other easy-to-follow steps in an effort to develop and maintain successful hand hygiene and cleaning practices, and is aimed at educating a broad consumer and professional audience.

Pandemic Flu Resources
A list of links related to pandemic influenza.

We Can!™ is a national childhood obesity prevention program
(Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
American Academy & Immunology
American College & Immunology
National Association of School Nurses

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Local Resources

Contra Costa County Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER): Promotes awareness of emergency procedures, especially shelter-in-place. Includes a Kids' Corner with activities for children and information about classroom visits from Wally Wise. Also includes a detailed list of local emergency contacts.

211 Contra Costa: A comprehensive, up-to-date database of local health and social services is the backbone of 211. Call specialists use the database to refer callers to resources. Individuals can access the database, too, free of charge. Just select from the menu options at left. Special guides for targeted populations are updated regularly and can be downloaded in English and Spanish.

Contra Costa Water District: The CCWD's mission is to deliver clean, safe drinking water in an environmentally responsible manner. The district provides a complimentary science and environmental education program which includes grade specific classroom presentations, field trips, watershed visits and school assemblies for schools in the CCWD service area.

Gardens at Heather Farms: CLASSROOM PROGRAMS - Trained docent(s) will come to your classroom to present course material. Each program includes an interactive presentation, hands-on activities and resource materials.

Lawrence Hall of Science: Located in Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) is a singular resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages.

Lindsay Museum: The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a wildlife rehabilitation and educational center that focuses on native California wildlife and natural history. The museum exhibits live, non-releasable native wildlife in Walnut Creek.

Contra Costa Crisis Center Youth Services Through classroom and community presentations, the Crisis Center helps youths develop coping skills in order to reduce instances of suicide, cutting, bullyin, and other destructive behaviors. They also train teachers, counselors, and other adults to recognize youths at risk and to intervene effectively.

Tony La Russa's Animal Resuce Foundation (ARF): ARF has a wide array of programs and resources for teachers to help spread the message of care and compassion for our companion animals. ARF has a wonderful interactive children's Learning Center, FREE classroom and assembly presentations for schools (that meet California Educational Standards) and the ARF Rescue Patrol--interactive software with a humane message of respect for and care of our animal companions as well as educational curriculum tools for educators.

A Recent study from the American Red Cross's School Safety Initiative revealed some troubling findings about kids' awareness of what to do in emergency situations. To get tips, facts and ideas on how to increase your students' crisis awareness savvy, see the Safe Kids Initiative from the American Red Cross

Public school teachers can use DonorsChoose to propose resources for their students. Concerned individuals like you can then select a proposal to fund.

The California Symphony offers teachers, students and parents tickets at $20. For more information, please call the office at 925-280-2490 or visit the California Symphony Web site.

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Internet & Internet Safety
Wired Kids, Inc. is a U.S. charity dedicated to protecting all Internet users, especially children, from cybercrime and abuse. 
WiredSafety provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. Click here for safety information regarding Edudemic is a web site devoted to ‘geeky’ things with an education slant. They focus on what’s happening in the tech world and how it applies to higher education.

EZ Tech Integration for Teachers
This blog contains ideas and comments from 2008-2009 West Contra Costa County's Teacher Of The Year, Natalie Wojinski about her journey to join the Web 2.0 Community.

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day
A resource for teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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Page updated on: December 20, 2017

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