Updated 28 Jan 2017

Links

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We post links to sites about education and accessibility as we happen across useful ones. These are service-oriented or educational sites. (If you are looking for products to buy, see the links above.)

Educational Activities

Cooperative Games

The website CooperativeGames.com is devoted to promoting cooperative games and sells them as well. Their free blog has reviews, rationales and observations. A recent article reviewed the exhibit, The Science of Sharing, Investigating Competition, Cooperation, and Social Interaction which was previously on display (but apparently not anymore) at The Exploratorium in San Francisco.

(You can also find books on the subject.)

Literacy

The Measured Mom website has a wealth of free “sight word printables.” These would be extremely easy to turn into Montessori-style nomenclature cards (aka “classified cards” or simply “3-part cards”)1. You will find some great ideas for using them at the website.

Mathematics

The “Visual Fractions” website presents fraction concepts and operations visually. It includes fun interactive online practice, worksheets and tests. Read more in my blog post.

Educational Alternatives

General Resources

Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
Founded in 1989, AERO provides resources to “advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education,” including conferences, training, consulting, and publications. Their “network includes Montessori, Waldorf (Steiner), Public Choice and At-Risk, Democratic, Homeschool, Open, Charter, Free, Sudbury, Holistic, Virtual, Magnet, Early Childhood, Reggio Emilia, Indigo, Krishnamurti, Quaker, Libertarian, Independent, Progressive, Community, Cooperative, and Unschooling” (from their website).

I attended the 2012 AERO conference in Portland, Oregon and can attest to the wealth of knowledgeable and inspiring speakers. The 2014 conference near New York City included Ron Miller (educational researcher, writer and activist), Zoë Neill Readhead (of Summerhill School), Lenore Skenazy (“America’s Worst Mom”), Jerry Mintz (involved in starting over 50 democratic schools, many still in existence), Justo Méndez Arámburu (co-founder of Nuestra Escuela), teachers from the Brooklyn Free School, and Ramchandra Das (founder of three Ashrams in Nepal that serve and provide learner-centered education for about 170 underprivileged children and 80 adults).

Many recordings from their conferences, as well as books and other materials, can be purchased through their bookstore.

International Democratic Education Network (IDEN)
IDEN is a network of people and organizations that share common ideals about trust, respect, equality, responsibility and freedom for children as well as adults. Children learn about democratic governance by practicing it. Children and staff work together and the child’s vote is equal to the adult’s.

Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA)
IDEA promotes “meaningful educational change based on democratic values and human rights.” They encourage discussion and joint action with youth, schools and communities to better meet children’s needs. Rather than focusing on blame, they practice restorative justice to create a better world.

Montessori

There is no single “official” Montessori organization. The Association Montessori Internationale is the oldest. They have resources for parents as well as teachers and can help you locate Montessori schools in your area. Some Montessori schools are not affiliated with any of these. However, the school is more likely to be of high quality if the school and/or its teachers are certified by at least one of these.

American Montessori Society (AMS)

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), USA: Association Montessori Internationale/USA

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education

The Montessori Foundation

North American Montessori Teachers’ Association

Educational Thought

Articles

The 21st Century Learning Initiative
The 21st Century Learning Initiative’s website has over 400 articles, interviews and presentations that synthesize educational and human brain research, how societies function, and other normally disparate subjects that all have a bearing on how we educate. Articles span over 30 years, starting in 1983. These are sorted into folders that represent a timeline of educational thought. “Each folder has a key document, and a number of supporting documents sorted by a star rating ranking their importance to the story as a whole.”

Healthy Children

Ergonomics

StandUp Kids
Concerned about children’s sedentary lifestyles, StandUp Kids wants to help them move throughout the day by encouraging schools to get standing-height work stations. Their website has good information about why this is so important.

Parents, Newborns and More

Fearless Parent
Societal pressures on parents may scare them into complying with “expert” decisions that are not always in their individual child’s best interest or, at the very least, undermine the parents’ self-confidence. Fearless Parent™ counters unquestioned assumptions and media scares with good research, while helping parents to help each other.

From their “About Us” page:

Fearless Parent™ is the thinking person’s daily dose of unconventional, evidence-based news about health, wellness, green living, and holistic parenting choices.

Toxic Baby
At this website, the movie trailers for the film by the same name will scare you into learning more. Every year, thousands of new chemicals come into our world in the form of industrial waste, pesticides, and products. In the USA, these bypass the FDA because they are not food, and the EPA cannot possibly catch up. But it’s not just what’s outside. We poison ourselves and our children with what we put into our mouths, on our skin and in our homes. Toxic Baby gives us the hope that we can reduce our children’s and our own exposure to toxins by learning what to consume, what to avoid, what to buy and what to boycott.

Specific Conditions: Diabetes

Diabetes Motion
The Diabetes Motion website gives free tips on managing blood glucose levels during and after exercise for those with diabetes. Learn how to synchronize eating, exercise and medicine to optimize glucose and insulin levels and work toward greater health. Although aimed at adults, the website’s explanations will also help parents of diabetic children to understand the body’s energy cycles so they can manage diabetes better. The website’s founder, Dr. Sheri Colberg, is an exercise physiologist who received her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. She has written a number of books, including (affiliate links go to Amazon): Exercise and Diabetes: A Clinician’s Guide to Prescribing Physical Activity (2013), Diabetes-Free Kids (2012), Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook (2008), and 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (2008). She has also written a number of articles both for scientific research journals and for the general public.

Special Needs

Parent Organizations

Center for Parent Information and Resources
Serves Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs). These organizations are all over the USA and can be found by visiting the Center’s interactive map. The Center is also compiling a library of resources.

Technology to Assist People with Special Needs (Assistive Technology)

Assistive Technology Industry Association
As their website states, “The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services.” You do not have to be a member to attend one of their conferences or online webinars (though there is a fee for the latter). They hold a conference in Orlando, Florida every year. I went a few years ago and found it a great opportunity to learn about a number of products and talk to vendors. Their website has pictures and statistics from the 2015 conference. The 2016 conference will be held from February 2-6, 2016.

Bookshare
A wealth of accessible books and periodicals (including audiobooks) for people with disabilities that adversely affect their ability to read printed materials. Membership is free for qualifying individuals and institutions that serve them (and $75/year for everyone else).

Easter Seals @ Crossroads
Abundant videos, podcasts and other information about assistive technology.

Miscellaneous Resources

Public Domain Art

Reusable Art
Beautiful old artwork. The copyrights have expired and the artists have long since passed on. You can use these in your own projects or on your website for free. However, check the “About Us” page at the site, because copyright protection times vary in different countries, and some of the works may still be under copyright protection in your own country.

Footnotes

1 Montessori Print Shop has good instructions for how to make these 3-part cards.

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