SDE's Gold Stars

SDE is pleased to acknowledge the following resources that provide relevant and engaging learning solutions to teachers, administrators, and students... all worthy of receiving SDE's recognition as a "Gold Star" product, service, company, or resource.

Common Core State Standards

    The official site to access and download the Common Core State Standards, as well as frequently asked questions.

    Explore the wonderful world of Dr. Jean, a favorite of early childhood educators everywhere. Discover Dr. Jean's books, songs, and free activities, as well as videos and PowerPoint files.

S.T.E.M. Magazine

    Free lesson plans, teaching ideas, activities, and relevant articles that make your teaching easier and more effective.

Teaching K-8

    Free lesson plans, teaching ideas, activities, and relevant articles that make your teaching easier and more effective.

We Are Teachers

    A great community site dedicated to innovation in education through collaboration and connection to the most effective classroom resources.

Teaching and Learning (website of Rick Wormeli)

    Full of Rick Wormeli's resources for practical and compelling educational change.

TED Talks: Education

    How do we reinvent education? These TED Talks explore the latest thinking — from teachers, parents, kids — on how to build a better school.

Discovery Education


    Sharing evidence- and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.

Educator Labs | Fun Educational Lesson Plans, Activities and Printables

The Bulletin Board (blog by Laureen Reynolds)

    Education expert, presenter, and author Laureen Reynolds shares her favorites links, tech bits, apps, insight, and inspirations of the education community.

ReadWriteThink Lesson Plans

    ReadWriteThink’s mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

    Check out Matt Gomez's insight and reflections on his journey as a Kindergarten teacher, including offering valuable resouces and reviews on classroom technology, activities, and management.


    Explore a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages.

EDSITEment | History & Social Studies

    EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

Free Technology for Teachers (blog by Richard Byrne)

    Connecting the learning we do in our schools, our homes, and our communities, Wonderopolis walks the line between formal and informal education. Each day, we pose an intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways. Our approach both informs and encourages new questions, sparking new paths of wonder and discovery in family and classroom settings.

Lori's Latest Links (blog by Lori Elliott, Ed.D.)

    Discover Lori's blog full of inisght into technology integration for today's teachers and students, inlcuding reviews of webistes, software, mobile apps, and hardware teachers use (or should use) in their classrooms.

Calculators for Kids

Learning Page

Teacher Universe

Highlights Classroom

    Materials and products for your classroom, including engaging stories and activities for you to print and share with your students.

The Stenhouse Blog

    The Stenhouse Publishing blog featuring upcoming and current books, reviews, podcasts, videos, and updates about authors.

Zaner-Bloser Blog

    The Zaner-Bloser blog featuring classroom tips, insight into topical educational themes, contests and promotions, videos, and more.
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