Whether preparing for college, returning to school as a nontraditional student, planning a curriculum for your classroom, or helping your child succeed in school, there are many educational resources available to students, educators, and parents.
Studentaid.ed.gov has information to help you plan and pay for college. Click on Prepare for College to use the Financial Aid Estimator Tool, a Planner Timeline, College Savings Calculator, and several college preparation checklists. Assessment tests to help you identify your interests and determine a program and/or area of study are also available in this section.
Use this site to fill out a free application for Federal Student Aid. You can find a list of the documents you will need as you fill out your form at the FAFSA website.
This site lists and explains financial aid programs administered by the California Student Aid Commission., and the “Fund Your Future Workbook”, available in English and Spanish, which explains how to apply for California grants and scholarships. Resources for avoiding fraud and student identity theft are also available.
For Educators and Parents
While the first two sites listed below are designed for teachers and parents, please note that many government sites offer a special section for teachers, often with lesson plans to help in the classroom.
This site from the National Endowment for the Humanities contains lesson plans and student activities aligned for grades K-12. You can filter seach results by topic and grade range. Topics are A More Pefect Union, History & Social Studies, and Literature & Language Arts.
This site includes electronic booklets, available in English and Spanish, for helping your child to learn and succeed in school. Topics include “Helping Your Child Learn Science,” “Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics,” “Helping Your Child with Homework, “Helping Your Child Learn History”, “Helping Your Child Succeed in School”, “Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence,” and “Helping Your Child Become a Reader.”
This site also has resources for special needs children, including children with disabilities, gifted children, and children needing assistance learning English.
The California School Directory contains information about all public, private, nonpublic nonsectarian schools, school districts, and county offices of education in California. You can search the site by county, type of school or school name. Once you select a school, you can then review DataQuest Reports which give you information about academic performance, standardized testing and reporting, staffing, expulsion, suspension and truancy data, course enrollments, and dropout data.
View various data on Oakland Public Schools, both district and charter. Data available include report cards, maps, teacher credentials, and California School Dashboard results.
Kids.gov serves as a portal to government information on education from several federal agencies. You can learn about child care, financial aid and student loans, colleges and other forms of higher education, libraries, and resources for teachers.