Free Digital Resources for School Leaders and Teachers

Visioning and Planning

Alliance for Excellent Education – Tremendous resource for staying up to date on education policy, standards, and learning initiatives.

“The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally under-served, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.”

Future Ready Schools – Superintendents are invited to join the over 2000 superintendents who have taking the “Future Ready Pledge” to assure that all students in th

Personalized Planning Dashboard – A free interactive planning tool that provides ongoing support to district and leadership teams who take the Future Ready Schools Pledge. School districts have the opportunity to analyze their current goals and plans and get personalized results and suggestions for addressing any gaps in their own strategies. A template for creating a comprehensive action plan is provided, along with access to advisors who can assist.

Project Tomorrow Speak Up
The Speak Up Annual Survey is an
easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in your local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. In addition, the annual reports from Speak Up provide education leaders with current, accurate guidance on what students, educators, parents and the community at large consider to important trends in educational technology.

Classroom Instruction

PowerMyLearning Connect – This powerful learning platform from the national nonprofit, PowerMyLearning, is provided at no cost for all educators, students and parents.

The PowerMyLearning collection of free education resources and activities is a powerful tool for driving personalized instruction and self-directed learning. Find activities in all K-12 subjects, aligned to the Common Core. Educators, students and parents can each sign up for their own free accounts. Teacher tools, including how to create playlists, embedding formative assessment, etc. are included in the teacher accounts.

Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment
Including regular and repeated formative assessment as part of a teacher’s instructional strategies is one of the most effective ways to assure success for all students. Common Sense Media – through their Graphite web site – has collected a number of digital tools for teachers to use with their students to learn quickly what their students know and don’t know and then make adjustments to the learning process as needed. The website includes links to teacher reviews of the digital tools listed on their page. Direct links to the websites of each of the tech tools for formative assessment on their list are also provided.