Teacher Toolkit

Welcome! Our partners have ensured teachers have access to the best resources and tools available. Explore our library to find the most tailored and appropriate material for your class preparation.

What is it?

We have created the Teacher Toolkit with an aim toward empowering early career educators with tools that can be used immediately to impact your profession and practice in the classroom. Teacher Toolkit houses many resources, from local to national, all free of cost to support educators throughout their early career. Whether you are in need of content specific sources or are interested in networking with like-minded educators across the country—we have tools for you. 

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Free Webinars for Educators

Make sure you “join” the mailing lists or listservs for these partners to stay up-to-date with new content from these nationally recognized organizations. 

 

Ed Week Webinars

Various resources for educators, addressing test assessments, censorship, climate change, and other current topics. They also provide articles and news about leadership, policy and politics, technology, jobs, teaching, and learning. Additionally, Ed Week offers “spotlight sessions” that are updated monthly with new content.

ASCD Webinars

These webinars provide effective and research-based practices in action. The topics include equity, achievement, teacher support, tools and strategies for teaching and learning, burnout, empathy, classroom management, legislation, conversation engagement, literacy experiences, and instructional coaching.

Simple K12 Webinars

These webinars include supporting student behaviors, research-based strategies to promote diversity in the classroom, utilizing literacy tools and strategies, mindfulness, and navigating difficult conversations. It is in the form of a calendar and is easy to access each webinar.

A to Z Teaching Forum

You will have access to discussion boards that are focused on the different levels within K-12 education, grade levels, and special topics. Sometimes online discussion forums become a necessary way to engage and have your questions answered. Check it out!

ProTeacher Community

Join the ProTeacher Community and get connected to K-12th grade educators across the US.

The Teacher’s Corner

The Teacher’s Corner offers free lesson plans and activities across their website. Explore their catalog of resources.

Iowa College of Education

Join Iowa State's Baker Teacher Leader Center for their ongoing series of webinars for educators

AI in the Classroom

Educators developing expertise in AI, its capabilities, underlying technology, essential platforms, and key terms will be empowered to unlock new learning opportunities for all learners

Federation for Children with Special Needs - Professional Development

Online Professional Development opportunities focusing on services provided to students receiving Special Education Support presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs

Making the Generative AI Leap

Institutions are still struggling with the question of how to implement it effectively and responsibly for enhancing learning. Watch an on-demand webinar for an interactive discussion on generative AI adoption trends in higher education, including how to address resistance and implement it effectively for improved learning outcomes. The webinar features gen-tech expert Sid Dobrin and practical demos from Grammarly for Education.

Sites for Educators

You will find both webinars for educators and social media platforms. Social networking sites provide endless opportunities for educators and can empower teachers to explore new ways of sharing information and build community. You will find a bundle of resources that teachers share with one another to support their practice in the classroom. For the webinars, make sure you “join” their listservs to stay up-to-date with all the new content from these nationally recognized organizations. 

Educator instructional supports offer additional resources and information focused on supporting student learning, including supports and procedures for struggling readers and strategies to support diverse learners.

This webinar discusses the RTI system, Response to Intervention.  The webinar reviews the difference between RTI and special education, as they are often confused. RTI implementation in each Tier school is also discussed. 

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This website has on-demand professional learning opportunities for educators in a multitude of areas, including instruction, behavioral supports, student differentiation, and many others.

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Bookshare provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools, libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to their students or clients. A Bookshare membership offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access to technology makes it easy to read books with a computer.

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The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics offers a multitude of resources for grades PK through 12. These resources focus on problem solving and problem based learning opportunities that can quickly be implemented into classroom lessons.

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The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) offers support and resources sorted by grade level, by topic (e.g., biology, chemistry, climate science), and by type (e.g., enhanced ebooks, lesson plans, journals, books). 

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The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) offers lesson plans, journals, and books for the classroom. Additionally, there is a monthly focus that offers topic area resources, like poetry.

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How can educators and administrators affirm and support Native American students in schools? In this interactive webinar, presenters discuss strategies for implementing culturally responsive policies and practices to affirm and support Native American students. This webinar also discusses teaching and climate-building strategies.

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Trans and non-binary students need advocates at school now more than ever. This webinar focuses on a discussion with our trans and non-binary youth panelists on what educators and administrators can do to create and maintain positive, supportive school climates where LGBTQIA+ students can thrive.

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Your students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively  — essential skills for everyone in today’s society. Educators are integrating Scratch across many different subject areas and age groups.

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The website provides books lists, API storytime resources, read-alouds, and resources on how to talk to children about race, racial literacy, racial trauma and ways to cope, how to be a co-conspirator, children’s books to counter anti-Blackness and so much more! 

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Vegas PBS and PBS have curated FREE, curriculum-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers like you. You can search resources in the areas of science, social studies, mathematics, english language arts, engineering and technology, health and physical education, preschool, professional development, the arts, and world languages. 
Welcome to OnePlace by Vegas PBS. Use your AD login to access classroom-ready, standards-aligned curriculum resources, and your own ClassroomCast educational channel.

An exploration of teaching students another way to process text.

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Social media provides endless opportunities for educators and can empower teachers to explore new ways of sharing information and build community.

We are Teachers is a great resource on Facebook that provides informational articles and inspiring activities you can use in your classroom with students. The page is adequately monitored and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the content.

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Teacher Ask Teachers is a private Facebook group (you must ask to join) and a space for teachers to ask questions, give advice, post resources, and share a little humor and inspiration.

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TPT exists to unlock the wisdom of teachers everywhere and empower them to teach at their best. They are the go-to platform for supporting educators with the resources you need to teach successfully in an ever-changing education landscape. 

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A free WordPress blogging site that lets teachers create personal and classroom blogs. Edublog’s step-by-step guide helps users master both technical and pedagogical features. 

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Bring engaging and educational movie and television clips into your classroom with ClassHook. Teachers can search the vetted clips by grade, length, series, standards, and profanity (you can’t choose your favorite profanity, but you can screen out all profanity). Once selected, add questions and prompts to the clips to get kids thinking and discussing. Free basic account allows 20 clips per month.

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A well-known, established social media community, Edmodo provides a free and safe social media and LMS platform with a highly useful suite of moderation tools. Teachers set up classes, invite students and parents to join, then share assignments, quizzes, and multimedia content. Online discussion forums allow kids to comment, offer feedback on one another’s work, and share ideas. 

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A popular website for professional learning and collaboration, EdWeb provides its one million members with the latest in certificate-eligible webinars, best practices, and research for education, while the multitude of community forums focus on diverse topics from 21st century learning to coding and robotics.

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Flip is an asynchronous video discussion tool designed for virtual learning. Teachers post topic videos and students create their own video responses using the Flip software. The original post plus all responses can be viewed and commented on, creating a vibrant forum for discussion and learning. 

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The International Society for Technology & Education community forums are a great way for educators to share their ideas and challenges on technology, digital citizenship, online learning, STEAM, and other cutting-edge topics.

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A rich resource for free educational videos, TED-Ed offers much more, including pre-made lesson plans and the ability for teachers to create, customize, and share their own video lesson plans. There’s even a lesson activity page for monitoring student progress. 

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A free networking site by teachers, for teachers, that features moderated community forums with topics including careers, literacy, mental wellness for educators, and more. TeacherConnect’s founder Dave Meyers maintains an active presence in the forums.

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A Facebook group for elementary STEM or Makerspace specialist teachers to share ideas and ask questions.

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We recognize teachers are often on the go and don’t have a lot of time to sit and watch a webinar and/or read an article on the latest methods in the classroom. Podcasts are great options for teachers. Podcasts are easy to access. You just need a smartphone or computer. Buckle up and take a look at these recommended resources that target different topics within the K-12 school system. 

This podcast channel provides 131 episodes of TED Talks that focus on schools, teachers, and education. They are inspiring talks that focus on balancing truth and beliefs, safety, recognizing students’ potential, and recognizing school resources. 

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This podcast channel involves episodes about effective classroom management, encouraging writing for students, strengthening classroom community, student engagement, and classroom ideas. They are colorful and enjoyable to watch.

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The 10 Minute Teacher is jam-packed with teaching strategies, ideas, and inspirational educators from everywhere. The discussion topics include motivation, teaching tools, classroom motivations, leading teaching organization, and five practical ideas for teachers to use.

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This podcast channel includes episodes discussing classroom management, psychological support, utilizing music, designing classroom layouts, and embracing culture in the classroom. It also provides various articles about teaching and education.

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MindShift explores the future of learning and how to look beyond test scores.  

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The podcast was formed to bring educators and families together to raise consciousness and encourage diversity in the curriculum, especially through children’s and youth literature.

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The podcast explores the intersection of creative thinking and student learning.  

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The podcast highlights classroom management, teaching strategies, educational technology, and education reform – really anything to do with the K-12 classroom. 

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The podcast centers around self-care, encouragement, and speaking truth among educators. If you need a “pick me up” for the week, definitely subscribe to this podcast! 

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The website provides an exhaustive list that may center around your interests: From life of an educator to teaching strategies, we suggest you check it out! 

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Social Emotional Learning/Mental Health Support

We offer mental health resources and curriculum to assist you in your classroom. Social Emotional Learning programs positively affect students’ successes in school. Studies show that social-emotional skills-such as problem-solving, self-regulation, impulse control, and empathy-help improve academics, reduce negative social behaviors like bullying, and create positive classroom climates. 

This webinar provides explicit explanations and examples to have a better understanding of anxiety. Specifically, part 1 focuses on students’ anxiety, part 2 focuses on teachers’ anxiety, and part 3 focuses on schools and related anxiety. The webinar contents include descriptions and discussions about anxiety, depression, related emotions, and available coping mechanisms. It also includes examples that could arise while working with students, such as suicide risk, depression, anxiety, abandonment, and parents’ divorce. 

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This webinar provides a detailed overview of SEL for teachers that want to learn more and ways to implement dimensions of SEL in the classroom. 

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Easy-to-implement suggestions on how to incorporate SEL into the classroom throughout the day. These suggestions will build connections and community in your classroom. These activities can be done in a general education classroom, special education resource room group, a homeroom block, or an advisory period.

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Easy-to-implement suggestions on how to incorporate mindfulness in the classroom throughout the day. The website provides a list of activities, videos, and curriculum regarding mindfulness and can be implemented in a general education classroom and a special education classroom.

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This page provides links and descriptions with helpful resources for teachers and families. It also comes with a detailed description of how to implement each resource in teaching and supporting children in their SEL learning. There are also games teachers can use for children.

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The Compassion Project provides lesson plans for each age group. It also provides straightforward information about compassion. To apply for the project implementation, teachers can sign up on the main page. There is a challenge page for students with video lectures for students and teachers.

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This resource provides direct links for all age groups, more specifically, elementary, middle, and high schools. The resources provide great information to create supportive and helpful lesson plans for areas including academic development, college or career readiness, and social and emotional development.

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Second Step social-emotional learning programs provide lesson plans and resources for preschoolers, teens, and other age groups. Schools can implement the resources for elementary, middle, and high school groups and school-wide social-emotional teaching as well. There are also resources for the well-being of educators and families.

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PBIS World provides resources for all schools. The targeted behaviors include bullying, anxiety, disruptive, impulsive, hyperactive behaviors, using inappropriate language, lack of participation and social skills, low completion, peer relationships, poor coping skills, crying, and inattention.

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This social-emotional learning page provides resources teachers and parents may implement to teach children about greeting peers, communication skills, showing respect and responsibilities, offering help, and supporting each other for each age group, including K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There is a strategy toolbox about calming and expressing for use with children.

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There are many free SEL resources for students, teachers, and parents. The included topics are self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, decision-making skills, and responsibilities. There are many options to choose from, and they include instructions and worksheets that are easy to implement in working with children.

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Pathway 2 Success includes over a hundred resources for social-emotional learning, executive learning, mindfulness, coping skills, and social skills. Each resource is represented with a picture and a brief, very child-friendly description. It is easy to implement for parents and teachers, and for students to play with on their own.

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The Random Acts of Kindness page provides resources for teachers and schools to teach kindness. The available resources include lesson plans, curriculum planning, posters, and games. There is a school kindness calendar that schools can download and utilize.

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Classroom Environment and Behavioral Supports

The tools and practices included in this section involve multiple levels of interventions, including schoolwide, classwide, small-group, and individual behavioral supports. The aim of these resources is to help teachers support students who are likely to experience an academic or behavioral challenge that interferes with their learning.

Creative Restorative Practices in the Classroom

Provides lessons about restorative practices in the classroom and how to be responsive to students’ needs from a restorative lens.

Restorative Justice: The Basics and Beyond

Thoroughly explains restorative justice, which is based on indigenous values and practices.

Trauma-Informed Teaching

Encourages teachers to build a strong and resilient classroom community, while explaining the impact of trauma.

Trauma-Informed Classroom Instruction

Provides an in-depth presentation about the steps of creating a trauma-informed classroom.

Effects of Trauma on Brain Development

Provides background information about how to understand maltreatment and child welfare, the impact of stress, derived consequences of trauma, etc...

Trauma and the Polyvagal theory

Provides background information about trauma from the beginning. It also explains the development process of trauma with specific examples.

Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

Provides a description of WINGS, which is a social and emotional learning program to create a valuable community.

Sustain Inclusive, Safe, and Autonomous Classrooms

Provides information about specific teaching skills, including utilizing technology to support students virtually and in socially-distanced classes.

Creating Culturally Affirming Spaces

Provides engaging discussions about school and classroom practices and encourages educators to participate in the discussions.

"When I Started Teaching, I Wish I Had Known..." - Weekly Wisdom for Beginning Teachers

When I Started Teaching, I Wish I Had Known... takes a teacher gently by the hand, through 36 weeks of the school year. Its practical strategies address lessons, feedback, building relationships, and so much more. But perhaps what this book does most brilliantly is speak to the person behind the teacher, reminding them that they are already gifted, because they are curious and kind.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students

This insightful article provides helpful strategies for educators to engage students who may be unmotivated to learn in the classroom. The article offers practical tips and advice that you can use to create a more engaging and inclusive learning environment for all students. This is a must-read for any educator looking to inspire and motivate their students to learn.

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

This article provides practical strategies and tips for educators to effectively start and manage whole class discussions with their students. The resource explores different approaches for initiating discussions and includes examples of discussion prompts and techniques for encouraging critical thinking and active listening among students. This resource is a valuable resource for educators looking to create a more engaging and inclusive classroom environment through effective whole class discussions.

If you’re an educator interested in learning more about implicit bias in educational settings, please take a look at :

The Bias Inside Us

The Bias Inside Us is a community engagement project to raise awareness about the science and history of bias and what people can do to change their own biases and the biases in their communities. This toolkit features a set of ten posters to spark conversation about the meaning, scientific research, and real-word impact of bias. It provides additional context around themes, starter questions, links to activities within the online exhibition, and articles expanding on the research of bias. 

This webinar focuses on discussing positive behavior and support systems. It provides the definition and goal of PBIS, data collection processes, resources, and implementation approaches. The importance of PBIS is to help teachers and students get the benefits of a well-organized behavioral system. It emphasizes that behavior problems are common in all schools, and therefore, it is effective to provide schoolwide training and expectations for all teachers. It is helpful that this webinar discusses the step-by-step process of PBIS implementation. 

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This webinar covers basic information on classroom management such as zones of proximity, group work, desk arrangement, classroom rule setting, consequence setting, teaching approaches, and classroom management styles. 

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In this webinar, Dr. Morris thoroughly explains her research that focuses on providing programs for girls that include learning mentors and reconnecting with schools. The girls who are in high crisis received services to return to school and work on their healing processes. 

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We find ourselves in a moment where the dialogue about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is happening across the nation. This WebCast equips you with a framework and strategies to help feel prepared. 

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We find ourselves in a moment where the dialogue about racism – both systemic and interpersonal – is happening across the nation. Educators will leave this session with an awareness of the Culturally Responsive Teaching framework as well as strategies to create opportunities for deeper classroom conversations surrounding race and equity. 

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Culturally responsive teaching is a strategy that supports students and teachers in cross-cultural classrooms. When students see their backgrounds and cultures represented in the classroom, they tend to gain more understanding of the content. Because they can see themselves in their work, their learning becomes more meaningful, and they become more engaged in both their learning and their classroom community. In this webinar, a panel of experienced Responsive Classroom educators discuss strategies to present lessons and activities so that students find personal meaning in what they are learning.

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Secondary education is a pivotal phase for learners. This webinar shares valuable insights on how students learn most effectively using practical approaches such as integrating movement, kinesthetic learning, graphic organizers, brainstorming, and critical thinking.

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Educator Well-Being Supports

Teachers have been labeled the pillars of society, and need to know what to teach, how to teach, and cope with educational adversities and challenges all at the same time” (Wang, 2021). To manage all of the expectations and roles, it is critical for educators to engage in self-care strategies and cultivate resilience. What you will find is several webinars and resources to support your personal well-being. We also suggest you check out the mental health corner of the website found here, where you will find specific strategies to foster wellness, compassion, and balance practices.    

Supporting Educator Resilience

This webinar recognizes the current stressors of the practitioners and discusses the feelings derived from work.

Safe Supportive Learning Environments

This webinar explores how educators can take care of themselves and their families while maintaining connections with students and colleagues, by using trauma-informed self-care and resilience-building strategies.

Responsive Classroom Self-Care

In this interactive webinar, a panel of experienced educators and authors provide concrete ideas for incorporating self-care strategies that recharge educators and the students they serve. Join us to discover how awareness of one’s own SEL strengths and needs, purposeful energizers and brain breaks, quiet time, and closing circle can work together to provide critical replenishment throughout the school day.

Self-Compassion Breaks

While working nonstop to help students thrive, educators often end up neglecting their own well-being. High-school counselor and Mindful Self-Compassion teacher Lisa Baylis offers a toolbox of simple practices for educators to offer themselves the same compassion they show in the classroom.

Practicing Self-Care

This webinar discusses the science behind why we are so hard on ourselves; the research behind self-compassion and its impact on our wellbeing; and self-compassion tools to practice and share with others.

Self-Compassion for Teachers

This webinar explains what self-compassion is, recognizing the difference between mindfulness and over-identification, understanding anger, and practicing self-kindness. It emphasizes the importance of connection and self-understanding.

Community Academic Supports

Community entities and organizations across Nevada support education for K-12 students in a myriad of ways. Whether you want your students to speak with an industry professional to learn about a future career pathway or you want to put free books in the hands of your students, Nevada businesses and nonprofits are stepping up to help our schools.

We are a museum of ideas. While building upon our founding collections and values, we strive to offer meaningful art and cultural experiences, and foster new knowledge in the visual arts by encouraging interdisciplinary investigation. The Nevada Museum of Art serves as an educational resource for everyone. Educator Members enjoy the benefits of an “Art for One” membership.  Free memberships are available for Nevada’s K-12 educators.

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Nepris virtually connects career professionals to educators and students, providing an effective way to bring real-world relevance to curriculum and create exposure to career pathways. This resource is available to middle and high school students and bridges the gap between industry professionals and classroom. 

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There are countless opportunities to use and enjoy Nevada’s abundant fish and wildlife resources. Outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing are all vital parts of our heritage and provide people with many outdoor recreation experiences each year. Join our experienced educators and learn how to become a confident, competent and ethical outdoor enthusiast. Nevada Department of Wildlife in the Classroom delivers materials and lesson plans for students like Project WILD, Trout in the Classroom, and virtual field trips.

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Green Boxes are self-contained teaching kits that provide educators with two or more weeks worth of lesson plans along with all of the supplies necessary to conduct each activity. Every box uses active learning strategies to engage students in hands-on projects that foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Nevada Robotics is an educational organization with the vision to give all students the opportunity to be creative and problem-solve through hands-on robotics education and experiences. We partner with community, industry and educational partners to create, support, and deliver robotics education to both Nevada’s teachers and students. The mission is to collaborate with community and industry partners in delivering engaging robotics education to Nevada’s PreK-12 students, teachers, and families.

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DRI’s Science Alive program hosts professional development teacher training throughout the year in both Northern and Southern Nevada, and in the rural communities. They pride them on offering a diverse set of topics and experiences at each training. All of DRI’s training is free and educators who attend  training are eligible for in-service professional development hours offered through the Nevada State Department of Education.  Training includes hands-on activities, exciting keynote presentations, unique field trip experiences, and amazing resources.

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Nevada STEM Hub is a project of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. Its goal is to collect and share STEM information from throughout our state to help students, parents, educators, businesses and community members better understand STEM and the opportunities a STEM education offers. STEM education prepares students for STEM careers, and these careers are necessary for economic vitality in our state, our country and the world. Nevada has made the commitment to invest in K-12 STEM education and STEM workforce training so that all Nevadans have the skills the New Nevada economy requires. It is the hope that this site will help turn this vision into reality.

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FIRST Nevada is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting FIRST ® robotics programs and STEAM education initiatives in Nevada with a mission to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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Spread the Word Nevada is a children’s lit­er­acy non­profit, 501 (C)(3) cor­po­ra­tion, ded­i­cated to advanc­ing early child­hood lit­er­acy by plac­ing books into the hands and homes of chil­dren within Nevada’s at-risk, low income com­mu­ni­ties. While devel­op­ing a love of read­ing, these libraries pro­mote future aca­d­e­mic achieve­ment and self-confidence, which impacts life long success. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has dis­trib­uted more than 6 mil­lion gen­tly used and new books to more than 672,885 low-income youth in Nevada.

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A culturally responsive social-emotional learning curriculum grounded in the elements of Hip-Hop for grades 6-12

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As a new educator, you may be wondering how to make the most of Infinite Campus and Canvas. Infinite Campus provides essential student administration features such as attendance, behavior, enrollment, health records, and special education records, which are all important aspects of managing your classroom. On the other hand, Canvas is an online classroom platform that is used for any CCSD courses and ongoing Professional Development/Continued Education for all licensed educators. These resources in this section are readily available to support you in your journey as an educator as you navigate both Infinite Campus and Canvas. Don’t hesitate to explore and take advantage of them to enhance your teaching experience!

Canvas Resource Handout

A list of helpful Canvas resources.

Getting Started in Canvas

8 steps for getting started in Canvas.