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Grammy in the Schools - Grammy Foundation

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6 to 12
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There are many ways to build a career in music. This site from the Grammy Foundation is dedicated to helping talented students find career opportunities, and to helping schools develop...more
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There are many ways to build a career in music. This site from the Grammy Foundation is dedicated to helping talented students find career opportunities, and to helping schools develop programs to encourage budding musicians. There are grant resources, career ideas, commentary from successful musicians, and lots more. Music teachers should keep this one in their favorites. REQUIRES FLASH!

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Keep it Real - South Carolina Educational Television Commission

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9 to 12
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This site bravely tackles some of the serious issues faced by teens who engage in inappropriate, risk-taking behavior. Click on "Real Choices" for a series of interactive videos that...more
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This site bravely tackles some of the serious issues faced by teens who engage in inappropriate, risk-taking behavior. Click on "Real Choices" for a series of interactive videos that involve students in real-life decision making and allow them to see the consequences of their choices. The "Keep it Reel" feature, a collection of short films produced by teens, focuses on some common problems experienced by young people and provides suggestions for coping with them. Warning: the "What is Trauma?" link contains some graphic images, so use with caution.

tag(s): adolescence (11), sequences (16)

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Kids and Teens Action without Borders - Action Without Borders

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3 to 12
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This site presents thoughtful and inspiring ways for kids to take an active role in improving the community around them. Click on the "Take a Lead" link for practical ways ...more
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This site presents thoughtful and inspiring ways for kids to take an active role in improving the community around them. Click on the "Take a Lead" link for practical ways to turn your ideas into reality. Plenty of real-life examples are provided, but some creative brainstorming in your classroom is a must. Dozens of lesson plans, covering everything from environmental issues to economics and human rights are provided in the "For Teachers" section.

tag(s): civil rights (123)

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Introduce this site in a civics or government course in order to show students how important political awareness and activism can be - and how they can get involved. Dependent on your class, it may not be important to advocate that they join the cause - but more introduce it and let them know that they can. This might be better at the end of a civics course, culminating all the information they have learned thus far and showing a practical application of it.

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Disabilities Studies for Teachers - Syracuse University

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6 to 12
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Help your students to develop awareness, understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. This searchable site offers a series of lesson plans and materials that can be...more
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Help your students to develop awareness, understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. This searchable site offers a series of lesson plans and materials that can be easily integrated into secondary social studies, history, and literature curricula. Strategies for using differentiated instruction are also included.

tag(s): disabilities (21)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered in this site! This would be a great resource for History or English classes!

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High School: the Big Kahuna - Castleworks, Inc.

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6 to 8
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Help your middle school students feel a bit more confident about entering high school with this kid-friendly site that addresses many common fears and anxieties. Topics include "Getting...more
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Help your middle school students feel a bit more confident about entering high school with this kid-friendly site that addresses many common fears and anxieties. Topics include "Getting Prepared," "Bigger, Faster, More," "Small Fish Again," and "Get Extra-Curricular!" A printable journal page offers a structured way for kids to record their feelings and questions, while a reading list of adolescent fiction provides great suggestions for those who want to read more about the topic.

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Are Colleges Still Affordable? - PBS

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10 to 12
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Students in second-year algebra and beyond can answer this pressing question in a lesson that introduces a mathematical model comparing the cost of education to potential earnings....more
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Students in second-year algebra and beyond can answer this pressing question in a lesson that introduces a mathematical model comparing the cost of education to potential earnings. Students are challenged to determine if the investment is a good one. The reality of real-life debt is encountered as students compute the amount that must be repaid each year for the life of the loan and check out starting salaries of target careers. A discussion component asks students to critique the model and discuss other factors that should be taken into consideration. This is a thought-provoking, authentic application of math skills

tag(s): careers (136), college (48), financial aid (16)

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Inside the Teenage Brain - PBS Frontline

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7 to 12
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Why do adolescents behave the way they do? It is a puzzling mystery that continues to frustrate parents, teachers AND teens! This site delves into the recesses of the ...more
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Why do adolescents behave the way they do? It is a puzzling mystery that continues to frustrate parents, teachers AND teens! This site delves into the recesses of the teenage brain to provide scientific explanations for many exasperating behaviors. Interactive maps of the brain are supplemented with clear and informative explanations. Advice and online activities can help adults interact more successfully with this very unique population! Refer parents to this site, use in class to help teens better understand themselves, or explore it yourself for some enlightening ideas on improving teen communication in the classroom! Shockwave required for some features of the site. Developed by Frontline (PBS)

tag(s): adolescence (11), brain (71)

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Eat Your Vegetables - NIH

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4 to 12
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The National Institutes of Health offers this site containing lots of resources to encourage folks to eat vegetables in appropriate quantities. While the subject may not be popular...more
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The National Institutes of Health offers this site containing lots of resources to encourage folks to eat vegetables in appropriate quantities. While the subject may not be popular with young people, health and nutrition teachers will find a number of resources that can be used to help students make more intelligent choices about the foods they eat.

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End of Life Decisions - National Public Radio

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9 to 12
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National Public Radio's coverage of the legal and ethical issues surrounding "right to die" cases examines the rights of patients and the responsibilities of relatives, the state, and...more
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National Public Radio's coverage of the legal and ethical issues surrounding "right to die" cases examines the rights of patients and the responsibilities of relatives, the state, and health care providers. Grappling with the, "Who decides?" question may be troubling for some students, but can be a thought-provoking process.

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Alzheimer's Resources for Students - Alzheimer's Association

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6 to 12
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The aging American population increases the probability that a student will have a family member or acquaintance suffering from Alzheimer's. Because it affects the personality, this...more
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The aging American population increases the probability that a student will have a family member or acquaintance suffering from Alzheimer's. Because it affects the personality, this disease can be frightening or confusing to young people. These pages help teens and children better understand what this disease is and why its victims behave in the way they do. Preview before using.

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Career One Stop - Department of Labor

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6 to 12
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We have yet to find a definitive career planning web site, but this offering from the US Departments of Labor and Education does a nice job of helping students sort ...more
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We have yet to find a definitive career planning web site, but this offering from the US Departments of Labor and Education does a nice job of helping students sort out career options by both industry and education level. There's also a listing of which industries are growing most rapidly. While the site include many professions requiring a 4-year degree, job titles like engineer, physician, and attorney that require the most training are curiously absent.

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National Runaway Safeline

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6 to 12
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors,...more
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors, and anyone else who works with young people who have run away (or may be thinking about doing so) and their families. In addition to location and confidential contact services, the site offers a wealth of resources for both families and young people. This is a quiet problem whose dimensions are far larger than many realize. The site includes resources for homelessness, as well.

tag(s): behavior (47)

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Check out the "Let's Talk" free runaway prevention curriculum for lessons you can use for specific situations or concerns.

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Teens: Drug Use and the Brain - NIDA

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4 to 12
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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on ...more
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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on the decline in drug use among teens. The coverage also includes ecstasy and the "date rape" drugs. Counselors and nurses may find this one particularly useful.

tag(s): drugs and alcohol (22), red ribbon week (9)

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug infographics using Visme, reviewed here.

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America's Best Colleges - US News

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6 to 12
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While no college ranking can be fully objective or authoritative, everyone likes to digest them. The listings from US News offer rankings along a number of different criteria. These...more
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While no college ranking can be fully objective or authoritative, everyone likes to digest them. The listings from US News offer rankings along a number of different criteria. These can be a useful comparator when weighed along with other information. ONly partial information is available without a subscription.

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Technical Schools

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6 to 12
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This online presentation and catalog from trade schools reads much like a college web site. While there are reams of facts and figures, students should be aware that this site ...more
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This online presentation and catalog from trade schools reads much like a college web site. While there are reams of facts and figures, students should be aware that this site aims to attract strong students in the same way as the web sites from the four-year colleges do. Caveat user, but technical schools can provide great career opportunities for particular students.

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Career OneStop

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9 to 12
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This one is a great resource for researching colleges, trade schools, and career opportunities. This site has helpful information for guiding students along a variety of paths upon...more
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This one is a great resource for researching colleges, trade schools, and career opportunities. This site has helpful information for guiding students along a variety of paths upon graduation. The career planning resources help students assess their likes and dislikes to identify how those preferences can translate into successful careers. The site also has helpful information on what certifications and qualifications different jobs require.

tag(s): careers (136), college (48)

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Have students identify a possible career for their own future and create a class wiki displaying the many career choices of your students. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Life Works - National Institutes of Health

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9 to 12
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This is a wonderful resource for exploring Health and Life Sciences careers. Individuals can search the site by salary, education required, and interest areas to determine which jobs...more
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This is a wonderful resource for exploring Health and Life Sciences careers. Individuals can search the site by salary, education required, and interest areas to determine which jobs might be the best match for them. Although this site is rather plain in appearance, there is some great information provided.

tag(s): careers (136)

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Use this site to motivate your students who enjoy science.

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Construct My Future

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9 to 12
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A wonderful resource for exploring careers in the construction industry. This site has information on schools, careers, and scholarships for various sectors of the construction industry....more
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A wonderful resource for exploring careers in the construction industry. This site has information on schools, careers, and scholarships for various sectors of the construction industry. The site also has a teachers' area for helping guide students in their career choices.

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Catch the attention of the builders in your classroom! Share this link on your class website for students to explore both in and out of the classroom.
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Understanding University Success

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8 to 12
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While there's a wealth of "common knowledge" about what it takes to succeed in higher education, specific discussions of the factors and preparation that let students succeed is harder...more
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While there's a wealth of "common knowledge" about what it takes to succeed in higher education, specific discussions of the factors and preparation that let students succeed is harder to find. Developed by a consortium of leading universities, this online PDF reference is the sort of reading that counselors, parents, and students should have available when they begin to plan their high school careers.Remember that your computer will have to open Acrobat Reader to open the reference pages and booklet. Be patient if you are on a slower connection.

tag(s): college (48)

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Guidance counselors will find this one especially useful.
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Betraying the College Dream - Stanford University

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9 to 12
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Stanford University's Bridge Project has examined the disconnect between K-12 and college education systems to learn why many students fail to make the transition from high school to...more
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Stanford University's Bridge Project has examined the disconnect between K-12 and college education systems to learn why many students fail to make the transition from high school to college successfully.

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