Websites for Teaching & Learning

Please note: TSTA does not endorse or recommend the following listings, with the exception of the NEA sites. 

Professional development

NEA Professional Learning Resources

Grants and awards offers teacher grants for lesson plans that provide education and awareness around the environment and energy. Previous winners’ lesson plans, additional teaching resources, and upcoming teacher grant information can be found at

Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants 

Kids in Need Foundation 

KaBOOM! Grants for Outdoor Play

Math Hero Award

The Captain Planet Foundation

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Grants for Science Teachers

Target Field Trip Grants

Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good

Education Jobs Board education jobs board

EarthCam and National Park Service Provide Live Views from Highest Point in D.C.

The National Park Service partnered with EarthCam to bring live views of iconic U.S. monuments to the world. download and share a 24 hour time-lapse video clip, click here:




National Teachers Hall of Fame

Project Share

Project Share, the Texas Education Agency’s online learning community, provides student resources, professional development courses, academic networking, and professional learning communities to Texas educators and students. read more

Khan Academy

Learn almost anything for free using the Khan Academy’s 3,400 free videos.

College for All Texans website

Looking for one place to find all there is to know about going to college or technical school in Texas? Admissions, financial aid and free test prep are here. read more

Academic Earth

Academic Earth aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to earn a world-class education by offering free online classes and online learning tools. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or take classes that interest you, Academic Earth can connect you to the world’s top universities and scholars.


Curriki is a K-12 global community for teachers, students, and parents to create, share, and find open learning resources that improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.

Own Your Own Future

Own Your Own Future is a student outreach campaign to encourage Texas youth to stay in school, graduate and pursue their passion. read more

Response to Intervention: what it is, how it works

TSTA’s Teaching & Learning staff has information for you. read more

Learn money management

Visa’s free financial literacy program, Practical Money Skills for Life, offers useful financial literacy information for ages kindergarten through adult, including free lesson plans and other classroom materials. read more

Innovation in education

For inspiration, check out teachers’ entries, in all subjects and at all grade levels, for the PBS Teachers Innovation Award.

Information for students with disabilities

TSTA’s parental involvement booklet

Learning to be smart consumers

In this virtual mall, students can play games, design ads and chat with customers and store owners. They’ll learn key consumer concepts, such as how advertising affects them, how consumers benefit when businesses compete, how (and why) to protect information, and how to spot scams. read more

‘Autism Speaks’ toolkit

NEA partnered with Autism Speaks on a free online School and Community Toolkit. It’s packed with information and ideas for creating a welcoming and accepting community for children with autism. There are resources for the entire school community: teachers, administrators, paraeducators, office staff, bus drivers, nurses, custodians, peers, and parents. read more

Pennies for the planet

This program helps young people get involved with conservation. read more

Smithsonian’s online cultural heritage tours

The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies offers a series of free, online cultural heritage tours that invite educators, families and students to explore the Smithsonian’s rich array of heritage-related treasures.

Hip Hop news makes learning fun

Rappers summarize the weekly news. read more

Presidential treasure trove

This is an interactive Presidential Timeline filled with digitized artifacts and historical archives from all of the U.S. presidential libraries. read more

Physicians’ tobacco education program

Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students that is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians. read more

TEACH: a documentary

Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim ‘s half-hour documentary follows the challenging and rewarding first year experiences of four public school teachers. read more

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Since 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 61,000 scholarships in excess of $115 million to Hispanic students from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. read more

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine

GoodCall requires no personal information and it’s free to use.

Want to be a summer park ranger?

The Teacher to Ranger to Teacher Program links National Park units with teachers from low income school districts. Under this program, selected teachers spend the summer working as park rangers, often living in the park. read more

Kids and Government

Brought to you by, is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.

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Best of Humanities

EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

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Science.Gov is an interagency initiative gateway to government science information and research results. Currently in its fifth generation, provides a search of over 60 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2200 scientific Websites.

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