NELMS Leadership Resources

Technology Toolkit for Instructional Leaders

Marco Polo has been sponsored by several businesses and organizations over it history. In the latest version (sponsored by Verizon) usrs can search for lesson plans and inter actives in all content areas.
The Nobel Foundation maintains this media-rich and interactive site to promote the area of human endeavor honored by the annual awards.

Open Education Resources
This site allows users to upload lesson plans and curriculum resources that have been effective in classrooms.

Generation M
This 2005 report confirms what we know about teens, they are sophisticated users of technology and media.

Pew Internet and American Life
Researchers associated with this project have been documenting changing patterns of Internet use for several years. The reports are brief, supported by data, and timely.

Grants Alert
A comprehensive site for grant seekers.

Universal Service Administrative Company
This is the business that administers erate funds.

Family Matters: Single parent concerns about the middle school transition
Link to pdf of the study
This study investigated the differences between single parent mothers' and fathers' concerns about the middle school transition. The sampling population was 149 single parents of students from middle schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The findings showed that both groups of single parents had a higher number of academic transitional concerns than social transitional concerns. The mothers had higher concerns for the academic transition than the social transition. The fathers, however, had more concerns for the social transition than academic transition. With these findings, schools may want to develop school and family centered strategies for addressing the gender based and single parent family concerns in the transition to the middle school.

American Association of School Administrators
AASA focuses on four major areas: improving the condition of children and youth; preparing schools and school systems for the 21st century; connecting schools and communities; and enhancing the quality and effectiveness of school leaders.

Association for Educational Communications and Technology
AECT provides leadership in educational communications and technology by linking professionals who hold a common interest in the use of education technology and its application to the learning process.

Consortium for School Networking
CoSN, a non-profit organization, promotes the use of telecommunications in K-12 education to improve learning. Members represent state and local education agencies, nonprofits, companies, and individuals who share their vision.

Education Commission of the States
The Education Commission of the States is a nonprofit, nationwide interstate compact formed in 1965 to help governors, state legislators, state education officials and others develop policies to improve the quality of education.

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE is the largest teacher-based, nonprofit organization in the field of educational technology. Its mission is to help K-12 classroom teachers and administrators share effective methods for enhancing student learning through the use of new classroom technologies. 

National School Boards Association
The National School Boards Association fosters equity and excellence in public elementary and secondary education in the United States through school board leadership.

US Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
The Office of Educational Technology is committed to bringing technology into the classroom. On their Web site are links to publications and research, federal resources, state contacts and descriptions of programs that they administer. is unique in it's variety of essential and interesting Internet links. In particular, are the educational resources page, links to Internet help and online tutorials and the exceptional listing of 260+ Internet search engines broken down by category.  

Technology Toolkit compiled by Jerry Crystal, Director of Technology Integration, 
Carmen Arace Middle School, Bloomfield, CT,