Resources for Teachers
As a former school teacher and school principal for 30 years, I recognize the many challenges teachers face and would like to support teachers in any way I can. Below is a list of resources teachers can use when teaching their students about the federal government, as well as several services offered by my office.
Would you like someone from my office to come to your classroom and talk to your students about Congress? My staff members are available to visit classrooms and can bring materials to share with your students. Please contact our office at 408-558-8085 if you are interested.
US Department of Education
Extensive listing of resources from the DoE
A gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students.
FirstGov.gov, the official U.S. gateway to all government information, is the catalyst for a growing electronic government, and contains extensive materials on all aspects of US government. They also provide an excellent Reference Center.Science Resources
From the House Science Committee
Tour the Capitol
My DC office can help you plan your class trip to Washington.
If you have students, either high school or college students- whom you believe would benefit from interning with my DC or California office, please have them contact my office!
Possible Funding to participate in federal programs
HHS – NIH-Education Programs for Population Research
HHS – NIH-Administrative Supplements for Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Teachers
HHS – NIH-Science Education Drug Abuse Partnership Award
Dept. of Education-Mathematics and Science Partnerships
Dept. of Education-Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow
Dept. of Education-Upward Bound Math-Science
Dept. of Education-Women’s Educational Equity
DoD – NOAA-Teacher at Sea Program
DoD – NOAA – OED-Environmental Literacy Grants
DoD – NOAA – OED-Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program
National Science Foundation
Information on getting funding for science programming
NASA For Educators
Library of Congress – Educational Resources
The Library of Congress is continuing to improve its Educational Resources program for congressional offices. These resources are designed for teachers and students in our district, potentially available through our website. Attached is the manual which gives a general overview of the program, including instructions on how to start posting material online.
The Library of Congress can also give our office a presentation on their educational resources, as well as schedule videoconferencing in order to directly work with educators and teach them how to effectively use the Library’s resources.
Among some of the highlights of the program are:
- American Memory - the digitizing of primary documents, with some documents dated back to pre-civil war era, including music, maps, photos, recorded oral histories. Also available is primary sources listed by state.
- America’s Library – games and interactive stories designed for younger students
- World Digital Library – launched in April 2009 in collaboration with national libraries around the world. Currently in affiliation with 49 partners and growing
- Tools for Teachers – teacher created lesson plans, classroom projects and activities, interactive learning activities
- Professional Development for Teachers
For more information, click here.
Santa Clara County Office of Education
RAFT – Teacher Services
CA DoE Dataquest (School Statistics)
California Department of Education
California Learning Resource Network
Other / General Resources
Gateway to Educational Materials
The Gateway to Educational Materials is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites.
Find out how you can acquire additional funding for innovative projects in your classroom
We The People
If you need more resources for your middle school classroom, I recommend the materials distributed by Project Citizen.