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Parent & Teacher Resources


Children’s Book Council
News about children’s books and literacy.

Children’s Book Review
Book reviews for multi-aged children and children’s literacy topics.

Children’s Book Week
Celebrate your favorite books, authors and illustrators every May. Children’s Choice Award voting.

Kids’ Next Book List
Indie Bound Booksellers recommendations for multi-aged children.

Mass Children’s Book Awards
Children’ and young adult literature written by Massachusetts writers or about Massachusetts themes.

National Science Teachers Association
Outstanding Science Trade Books for K – 12 students.

Parents’ Choice Award-Winners
Books and materials awarded for their imaginative, creative and informative qualities.

Education/Technology Resources

Box of Tricks: Education and Technology
Internet resources for education from A to Z.

Cool Tools for Schools
A collection of free web tools developed by a school classroom.

Digital Public Library of America
All-digital library that collects metadata about digital objects held by libraries, museums, and archives around the country.

This search engine does not collect or share personal information.

Edudemic: Connecting Education and Technology
Premier site for technology resource discovery among educators.

Elementary Tech: Wikis and Blogs
Teaching blogs and wikis in elementary school.

Free Tech 4 Teachers
Richard Byrne’s free technology resources for teachers.

Gloucester Public Schools
Gloucester Public Schools’ web site.

iSEEK Education
Search engine for educators and students offering lesson plans, activities and school subjects for K-12 grade levels.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Outlines the goals, mission, and services of The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. School district and administrative profiles provided.

Massachusetts Home Learning Association
Advocacy and education organization, which endorses home learning as an alternative to public or private schooling.

U.S. Department of Education
Federal funding, national statistics, research, and educational policies

Internet Safety for Children and Families
Tips for families on ensuring safety, privacy, and security across tech devices.
Kids can learn about using the internet safely through the adventures of Faux Paw the web-surfing cat.
“Keeping Young People Safe.” Resources on internet safety from the Massachusetts Attorney General.
An important blog about developments in internet safety and technologies for children.
“Kids’ Rules for Online Safety.” A list of suggested rules for young children on the internet. See also the “Parents’ Pledge”.

Resources for Children with Disabilities

An accessible online library for children and adults with print disabilities.

Chapel Hill Snippets
Communication boards and social stories for the non-verbal child.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Autism Spectrum Disorders
Health, financial, and assistive technology links for families with members on the autism spectrum.
The official US government website for information on disability programs and services.

Assistive technology resources for teachers.

Glenda’s Assistive Technology Information
Communication boards, social stories, apps, and other support for children with disabilities

LD Online
Learning disabilities, ADHD, and technology

Reading Rockets: Assistive Technology
Assistive technologies for learning disabilities

Special Needs Apps
Special Needs app reviews.

Zac Browser
Free web browser designed for children on the autism spectrum. Includes access to The Autism News for parents and educators.

Community Organizations

Birth to Three Family Center
Programs and services to support parents and children from birth through age four.

Gloucester Health and Human Services
Community health care portal.

Northeast Arc/Cape Ann Early Intervention
Support for adults and children with disabilities.

Open Door Food Pantry
The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in the Gloucester community.

Pathways for Children
A leading early childhood education and social service agency.

Wellspring House
Wellspring House provides individuals and families with basic needs assistance, education and job training.

Zero to Three
National, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers information on early development.