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The Youth Services Department has an extensive collection of materials related to education. Some of the topics covered in the collection include; choosing the right schools for your child, alternative education including homeschooling, attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities, giftedness, and achieving school success. These materials are located in the Parent Teacher collection.

The library has many resources to help students choose just the right college, and resources to help parents learn how to pay for that choice! Titles such as College Match : A Blueprint For Choosing The Best School For You! (call #378.105 ANT), Parent's Guide For Paying For College (call # 78.3 KRE), and Your College Application (call# 378.105 GEL) are just three of a very extensive collection. The library also has several college video tours, many study guides for SAT's and SAT II's as well as a special reference area for college information.

Parents looking for just the right preschool or daycare setting may want to take a look at Preschool Possibilities. This annual publication is compiled by the Youth Services staff and includes information about local daycare and preschool facilities. It also includes an informative guide to help parents choose day care for their child.

Preschool Possibilities

Education Internet Links

Sites for Educators l Sites for Students l General Interest

Sites for Educators

Awesome Library - This comprehensive database of educational materials includes more than 14,000 sites which are useful for K-12 teachers, students, parents, or librarians. The site was created as a result of the Teacher/Pathfinder Project of the US Department of Education.

Education Week - The site for public issues in K-12 education. Provides access to recent and past Education Week and Teacher Magazine articles. Supplies background information for educational issues, such as homeschooling, vouchers, and uniforms. Links to state education sites, statistics, and report cards, and gathers education related articles from various media sources across the country.

Educational Resources Information Center AskERIC Federally-funded collection of education-related resources, includes a question and answer service, a virtual library, and a research and development team. Broad coverage of many educational topics; extensive support for educators.

The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) - A project of the U.S. Department of Education, this site offers access to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the Internet.

Grants in Education - A starting point for accessing U.S.Department of Education grants-related information and resources on the Internet.

Listserves and Newsgroups for Educators

Online Magazines and For Educators

Education Week | | Early Childhood | Instructor Magazine |Teacher Magazine | Home Education Magazine

Sites for Students

Braintrack - Billed as the "world's most complete education index," this site offers links to over 5300 universities, colleges, and technical schools in 152 countries. It is searchable by "catchword" and continent as well as alphabetically by country.

College Is Possible - Presented by the Coalition of America's Colleges & Universities and the U.S. Department of Education. The site includes information about financial aid programs and paying for college. Additional sections offer a ten-step guide to preparing for college (from pre-school), College Admissions and Financial Aid calendar, and a resource library.

College News Online - A campus newswire and centralized information service for anyone interested in higher education. There are links to about 400 student-run and campus newspapers, as well as information and links for financial aid, internships, employment, computer assistance, and a textbook exchange.

Financial Aid Resources This is a comprehensive set of links to financial aid resources from the NYS Department of Education.

Funding Education -
Scholarships, grants and loans, are all ways to bring the cost of college down, and no school should be discounted because of the sticker price.The following sites can help you figure out how to afford the school you want to go to.

High School Hub
High School Hub is a noncommercial portal to excellent free online academic resources for high school students. It features learning activities, an ongoing teen poetry contest, a reference collection, college information, and subject guides for English, mathematics, science, social studies,
world languages, arts, health, music, and technology.

NYMentor - This is a free online resource designed to help students and their families select a college, apply for admission, and plan to finance their college education. The site includes access to virtual tours of degree granting higher education institutions in New York. You may elect to view 2-year, 4-year, or graduate institutions.

Peterson's Education Supersite - Links to undergraduate and graduate degree institutions as well as distance learning, career education and study abroad, and English language programs.

Quiz Hub
Quiz Hub is a collection of fun online interactive learning quizzes that help K-12 students enhance their core knowledge of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, geography, government, history, art, music, mathematics, earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Quiz Hub also promotes
analytical thinking, memory, and typing skills.

Student Guide To Financial Aid Resources
This is a comprehensive guide to financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

Student Market - -Billed as "the online college shopping solution" this site offers college student a simple one-stop shopping experience for all their college needs. Everything from used text books to plush rugs and stuffed animals.

Study Navigator - Search engine to help students with their research. Search through various encyclopedias, facts & references, books, universities and quotations with a single click.

Test Prep - - A free online source for practice tests. Includes SAT, ACT, MCAT, PRAXIS, GMAT, GED, LSAT, and many more.

US News & World Report's College Rankings - This site is updated annually and gives important statistics for most colleges and universities. An excellent resource for those trying to choose the right institution.

General Interest

American School Directory - A database of Web pages for each of the 108,000 K-12 schools in the U.S. Each site is loaded with pages of information, including number of students, number of homerooms, grades, phone and fax numbers, urls, school calendars, administrators, and even a local street map.

Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) - This international listing of schools can be searched, or, browsed by region. Includes helpful tips on choosing a school and facts about boarding school life. 300 schools listed, with 25 in countries other than the United States. From The Association of Boarding Schools.

Boarding School Directory This international listing of schools can be searched, or, browsed by region. Lists addresses, telephone and fax numbers of more than 3500 boarding schools in over 60 countries.

Boarding School Review - This site offers detailed school profiles and student reviews of leading boarding schools in the US. Data can easily be compared across schools and prospective students can read about reviews from boarding school alumni.

Digest of Education Statistics - The publication contains information on a variety of subjects in the field of education statistics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, employment and income of graduates, libraries, and international education. Also includes supplemental information on population trends, attitudes on education comparisons, education characteristics of the labor force, government finances, and economic trends.

Digital Classroom -
The well organized site provides materials from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), methods for teaching with primary sources,
and sample lesson plans for K-12 teachers.

Education Review: A Journal of Book Reviews
Reviews books written in the field of education including topics such as administration, curriculum, instruction, early childhood development, technology and much more.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group to make hundreds of federally supported education resources available at this web site. These include sites for students, teachers, and parents.

International Montessori Index - Comprehensive information on Montessori education. Includes a thorough explanation of Montessori teaching methods with links to articles, training organizations worldwide, tips on starting a Montessori school or educating your child at home.

LD Online: Learning Disabilities Information and Resources
Billing itself as "an interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children," this site presents a wealth of information on the various types of learning disabilities and their treatments. Details new research from experts in the field, and the KidZone features interactive components designed to help empower students with LD to communicate their needs to parents and teachers. There are also discussion lists, a site search, an "LD Store," and extensive listings of state and national agencies and organizations where individuals can help and get further information.

National Center For Education Statistics - A comprehensive collection of U.S. education data. Includes the College Quality and the Earnings of Recent College Graduates at:

National Public School and School District Locator
This School/District Locator annually collects data about all public elementary and secondary schools, all local education agencies, and all state education agencies throughout the United States. It contains three categories of information: general descriptive information on schools and school districts; data on students and staff; and fiscal data. The general descriptive information includes name, address, phone number, and type of locale; the data on students and staff include selected demographic characteristics; and the fiscal data cover revenues and current expenditures. The site is updated as data is received.

New York State Department of Education Links to Board of Regents, employment opportunities, Internet resources, and information about professional licensing and teacher certification.

Report Card on the Schools -
Information about how well local schools compare with schools around the State. This information, presented by the Times Union newspaper, is based on statistics from the State Education Department's Report Card on the Schools.

Private School Review - -Private School Review lets you find free, detailed profiles of private schools and their surrounding communities. - -An education search tool. Over 20 million university and education pages are indexed and ranked in order of popularity.

Summer Camps At Colleges In New York State - Summer program directory. It provides descriptions, contact information, and active email and website links for hundreds of (day & residential) arts, sports, and academic summer camp programs for kids 8-18 on college campuses throughout New York State.

United States Department of Education - This site contains news releases, speeches and testimony by the Secretary of Education, fact sheets, grant and financial assistance information, departmental initiatives, and publications and products, among others.


Contact Maureen DeLaughter, Education Librarian

To make suggestions about this site, to report dead links, or for information related to education resources you may contact Ms. DeLaughter at:

William K. Sanford Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211

Phone: (518) 458-9274
Fax: (518) 438-0988

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