1. California Parents Rights

Information for parents and family members about becoming involved in the education of their children. Includes the legal rights of California parents to participate in their children's education and special information parents of students with special needs.

Foster Youth Legislation

A summary of the most important laws affecting foster and kincare youth and their families.

FAFSA Visual Guide

This “Visual Guide” is intended to compliment Part 3 of the Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth, found within pages 6-10, with screen shots of the actual FAFSA application and detailed instructions.

Periodic Table of Technology

The Beacon has created a Periodic Table of Technology to teach about science and technology by showing how elements are used in everyday tech-use.

RN To BSN

The Searchable Scholarship Directory features nearly 200 Active Scholarships specifically designated for U.S. Nursing Students & over 10,000 National Scholarships.

Deadline: Varies

Alco Rehab Scholarship

AlcoRehab.org is proud to offer students the opportunity to earn A $3,000 Scholarship. Applicants Must Share Their Vision To Help Raise Awareness About The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse, and Addiction.

Deadline: October 01

California Apprenticeships

The California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association maintains a website with a wealth of information about apprenticeships.

C5LA

C5LA

The mission of the C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California, is to change the odds for high-potential teens from under-resourced communities by inspiring them to pursue personal success, while preparing them for leadership roles in school, college, work and their communities.

Los Cerros Middle School

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Nancy Schubb - Counselor
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526
(925) 855-6800 Phone
nschubb@srvusd.net
https://lcms.schoolloop.com/
PROJECT AMOUNT: $720.06

 

Cyber Degrees

CyberDegeresThe field of cyber security has never been hotter. To help you find your dream job, Cyber Degrees pulled together a comprehensive directory of colleges and universities offering cyber security degrees, as well as a wealth of information on career paths within the cyber security field, security clearances, the range of professional security certifications available, free online courses in security topics and more.

CA Foster & KinCare Network™

California Foster and Kincare Network Launch

I am so excited to announce the launch of the California Foster and Kincare Network (CFKN) pilot this week.   For those who missed it, the CFKN is a multi-agency system of individualized services that focus on the strengths and needs of foster and kincare youth.  The CFKN services are developed through a team-planning process, where a team of individuals who are relevant to the well-being of these children -- such as family members, neighborhood and community partners, service providers, teachers, counselors, and even student peers -- collaboratively develop and implement an individualized plan of action to help students in their high school years and prepare for life after high school.

The CFKN is innovative and it will help California foster and kincare families connect to important resources, often through well-known and trusted service providers and community partners; this is incredibly important. Educate California serves as facilitator to guide the process.

Educate California is grateful to garner the support of the Max Factor Family Foundation who has joined us as the lead grantor in a shared journey of exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and putting financial support behind this important endeavor. The CFKN launch announcement is particularly timely given the incredible need of foster and kincare families to have access to services and to ensure those services are available.   Through the CFKN, Educate California and its partners will continue to send the message to foster and kincare youth and families: we are on your side.

The learn more about the California Foster and Kincare Network, including how you access services or how you can become a partner please contact Eric Moore.

 

HiSET

HiSETWhether you want to pursue a career or attend college, earning a high school equivalency credential is more important than ever. Now there is an affordable alternative to the GED® test that offers you more choices — the HiSET® exam from ETS.

Khan Academy

KhanAcademyYou only have to know one thing: You can learn anything.

Math. Science and Engineering. Economics. Computing. Arts and the Humanities. Start learning now at Khan Academy.

Khan Academy: SAT/CAHSEE Prep

KhanAcademyTake real, full-length new SAT and CAHSEE practice tests from College Board, watch Sal work through SAT questions, and use Official SAT Practice to get personalized SAT practice tailored just for you.

Kinship Care Services

KinCareSvcsIn collaboration with our departmental and community partners, Kinship Care Services’ mission is to provide information, resources, services and support to relative caregivers and their children to enhance the family unit promoting permanency, safety, and reduced reliance on detentions.

DCFS – Los Angeles County

Cash for College

Cash4CollegEvery January and February students and families attend FREE Cash for College workshops across California for help to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form required for Cal Grants.

I Can Afford College

icanaffordcollege-1The “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the California Community Colleges.

LanguageBird

LanguageBirdThe University of California and the NCAA have approved LanguageBird as a college-prep online course provider. This means that a high school student can list LanguageBird courses on their transcripts and colleges will accept our courses for your high school credits. Courses can be used for credit recovery, to get ahead, to improve skills, or just for review!

Mason Kneeberg

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Venice High School - 2017
GPA: 3.25
COLLEGE: CSU Northridge
MAJOR: Psychology
FINANCIAL NEED: $4,269.00

Solar Action Alliance

SolarAcAllianceSolar Action Alliance is excited to offer A $1000 Scholarship To A Hardworking/Motivated Student. This group wants To Spread The Word About Our Most Clean, Reliable, and Abundant Source of Renewable Energy (The Sun).

Deadline: July 01

GRE: How to Prepare

DiscBus-GREEven with good preparation sometimes students just seem to start making small but costly mistakes on test day. Our resource titled the Discover Business Guide on How to Prepare for the GRE includes tips to address these most common mistakes.

FAFSA: A Guide to Completing

FAFSA-GuideIn spite of the warnings and alarmist articles about student debt, people with college degrees are better off in the job market and earn more over their lifetimes – about $1 million more.

And you can make a few smart moves before you ever head to college that will help your pocketbook considerably after you graduate. The first, foremost, and absolute most important of all those moves is: filling out the FAFSA.

Project Foster Youth Scholarships

CYCProject Foster Youth College Scholarships are unrestricted $600.00 grants paid directly to foster youth to use for whatever they need to pursue their college studies. The scholarships are made possible by donors from all over California and beyond who recognize the resilience, hard work, and worthy goals of foster youth like you who seek to obtain a college education.
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National Center for Youth Law

NCYLThe National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) creates lasting change for children in need. We are a non-profit organization that uses the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. We work to ensure that public agencies created to protect and care for children do so effectively.

Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

CAGovIf you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school.

You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.

EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Calculator

bigfutureStudents and their families are expected to contribute to the cost of college to the extent that they’re able. Use this Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator to:

  • • Estimate how much the student’s family will be expected to contribute for the year.
  • • Gain insight into the student’s financial aid eligibility. If you’re unable to contribute the entire cost of college, financial aid is available to bridge the gap.

Federal Student Aid

FedStudentAidMinds can achieve anything. We make sure they get to college. At Federal Student Aid, we make it easier to get money for higher education.

The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school.  Our resources are grouped by the following topics:

FOCUS on Foster Families App

FOCUSThe FOCUS on Foster Families app is designed to support foster youth and their caregivers. Through candid video interviews and online tools, FOCUS on Foster Families helps users improve their skills related to communication, emotional regulation, problem solving, and goal setting.

FOCUS is a program that teaches families to use five related skills to build on strengths and overcome challenges. These skills are problem-solving, goal setting, communication, emotional regulation and managing trauma and stress reminders.

Know Before You Go

B4UGoLife can be hectic, scary, stressful and confusing. To survive and thrive you need to stay tuned into the people, places and services that can support you as you build your life outside of foster care. Know Before You Go (B4UGo) is the best way for current and former foster youth in L.A. County to stay connected.

With a quick tap on your phone, you can be virtually linked to a lifeline of resources, tools, supports and advocates whether you are in Los Angeles, Lancaster, Long Beach or anywhere in the county.

Extraordinary Families

ExtFamiliesExtraordinaryFamilies is a leading nonprofit foster family, adoption and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the daily lives, and long-term outcomes of children impacted by child welfare, from newborn to young adults.

As a licensed foster care and adoption agency, we recruit, train, and support high-quality foster and adoptive homes for children removed from their families for abuse and neglect. We also implement policy and practice reforms in the child welfare system throughout Los Angeles County.

UC Foster Youth Services

UCAll University of California campuses are committed to helping current and former foster youth successfully transition to the university. Various campus programs offer guidance and counseling, academic advising, housing, financial aid, and other support services that may include:

  • • Orientation to university life
  • • Student employment opportunities
  • • Assistance with financial aid applications
  • • Life skills counseling
  • • Career planning
  • • Priority class registration

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Additionally, UC will waive the $70 application fee for up to four campuses for low-income students. You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application and be notified immediately whether you have qualified.

CA College Pathways

CACollegePathCalifornia College Pathways provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges, vocational schools, and four-year universities. California College Pathways:­
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  • • Supports campus networks of programs for foster youth
  • • Provides training and technical assistance for emerging and established campus programs
  • • Advocates for policies and regulations to improve higher education outcomes for foster youth
  • • Collaborates to create a more seamless pipeline to college for K-12 foster youth

CA Youth Empowerment Network

CAYENThe California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) was formed to develop, improve and strengthen the voice of Transition Age Youth (TAY) in local and state-level policy.

Our goal is to empower and inspire Transition Age Youth to create positive change in the mental health system. Through targeted advocacy, CAYEN supports TAY across the state to have a meaningful impact in the mental health policies that shape their lives.

LGBTQ Youth

CAOmbudsmanAspiring college students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face a unique set of challenges when looking at schools. Recent studies indicate that 3.5% of adults in the U.S. identify as LGBT. This small but important subset of the population, roughly equivalent to the population of New Jersey, must consider a school’s inclusion efforts, as well as their safety and support provisions for LGBT students.

This LGBTQ Youth site includes information on where to look for resources on campus, national support organizations, and even a list of LGBT-specific scholarship opportunities.

CSU Foster Youth Programs

CSU-logoThe California State University (CSU), through collaborative efforts, provides a full range of services that support foster youth from their transition out of foster care or transfer from a community college to the CSU and through graduation. Learn more about the programs, financial aid, housing, support services and resources the CSU provides to emancipated youth and former and current foster youth.

This video is a tool for foster youth, caregivers, social workers and counselors to assist foster youth, emancipated youth and former foster youth in planning for college. CSU foster youth from throughout the state share their stories and recommendations on what has assisted them along their journey to college.

Grandparents as Parents

GrandparentsAsParentsOver 600,000 California children and teens are living in homes not headed by their parents.

Grandparents as Parents’ (GAP) mission is to provide programs and services that meet the urgent and ongoing needs of grandparents and other relatives raising children at risk. We seek to positively impact that Third Generation and the grandparents and adults who love and care for them, so caregivers and children alike can grow and thrive.

We are a “ONE-STOP SHOP” for any relative caregiver, providing free of charge, community based programs, services and family-centered social activities.

CA Fostering Connections to Success

CAFosteringConnectionsWorking Together to Better Support Foster Youth and Relative Caregivers!

We are here to share information about the California Fostering Connections to Success Act. This law extended foster care to age 21 in California. Our goal is to ensure that extended foster care is implemented in a manner that improves outcomes for young people and offers them the opportunity to thrive in young adulthood.

Step Up

StepUpRelative caregivers are the backbone of our child welfare system.

Grandparents alone care for more than 2.5 million children, and in California, 36% of foster children are placed with relatives. In Los Angeles County, that number jumps to 43%. Relative foster placements are also legally prioritized, more cost effective and tend to lead to more long term placement stability. Yet, California’s child welfare system has historically provided inadequate information, training and funding to kinship families.

The Step Up Coalition is working hard to implement newly enacted reforms while continuing to pursue additional legislation to achieve full equity. Learn more about Kinship Foster Care here.

CA Ombudsman

CAOmbudsmanThe Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman was established by legislation, California Senate Bill 933 and has been mandated to do the following:

  • • Ensure the voice of foster children and youth is heard, and act on their behalf.
  • • Create an avenue for foster children and youth to file complaints regarding their placement, care and services without fear of retribution from those who provide their care and services.
  • • Act as an independent forum for the investigation and resolution of complaints made by or on behalf of children placed in foster care and make appropriate referrals.
  • • Provide children and youth with information on their rights when placed in foster care.
  • • Maintain a toll-free telephone number 1-877-846-1602 which foster children and youth may call from anywhere in California to express their concerns and complaints.

My Life, My Rights

PublicCounselWe believe all foster youth can achieve their dreams. The My Life, My Rights website is a guide to getting an education, getting a job, and getting on with your life after foster care. Get answers to common questions for foster youth. Learn about your rights and take charge of your future.

Public Counsel is a not-for-profit organization with more than 40 years experience helping young people achieve their dreams. We are not a government agency.

iFoster

iFosteriFoster is a free, members-only community for foster, adoptive and kinship communities; youth who have emancipated out of the system; and the organizations that support them.

iFoster provides 100s of Resources through partnerships with 100s of companies, government agencies and non-profits nationwide. Free and deeply discounted products and services are available to meet the biggest needs of our children and youth.

LAUSD Foster Youth Achievement Program

LAUSD-1The mission of the Foster Youth Achievement Program is to provide comprehensive services to improve attendance, maximize educational achievement and social-emotional well-being for all youth in foster care.

The academic assessments conducted and interventions implemented by Foster Youth Counselors within the Foster Youth Achievement Program will serve to:

  • • Increase attendance rates
  • • Improve performance on state tests
  • • Increase graduation rates
  • • Reduce chronic absenteeism
  • • Reduce number of suspensions
  • • Reduce dropout rates

LACOE Foster Youth Services

LACOEThe Los Angeles County Office of Education Foster Youth Services supports the academic needs of foster youth residing in group homes (licensed children’s institutions) and in foster care, those with foster family agencies and those in court-specified homes, by providing advocacy, connection to tutoring, mentoring, appropriate instruction and other support service.

Download the FYS - High School Education Plan. Services also include Free Tutoring.

ILP Online

ILP OnlineBrought to you by the Los Angeles County Youth Development Services Division (YDSD) and Independent Living Program (ILP) Los Angeles.

Our goal is to provide comprehensive services and resources to help transition age youth (TAY) successfully transition from dependency to self sufficiency.

CA Youth Crisis Line

CAYouthCrisisLineThe California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) is a statewide, toll free, 24-hour, confidential Hotline available to teens and young adults ages 12-24 and/or any adults supporting youth. If you or someone you know is in crisis, don’t hesitate to call 1-800-843-5200. We can help.

CYCL is also an immediate, reliable and free link between youth and local services. We can help you find homeless youth shelters, youth-serving medical clinics, on-going counseling services and much more throughout California.

Advanced Placement (AP)

You might think that AP classes are tough, and you might be right. But that doesn’t mean that you aren’t up to the task. AP brings the college experience to your high school with the opportunity to earn college credit at thousands of universities. More students are ready for AP than you’d think. Roll up your sleeves and find out what AP can do for you.

CA Dream Act (AB 540)

CAGovAB 540 exempts certain students from paying nonresident tuition (higher than resident tuition) and allows them to apply for different types of California Dream Act financial aid. Talk to your high school about submitting your GPA before March 2.

Middle Class Scholarship

CAGovThe Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students (including students pursuing a teaching credential), with Family Incomes & Scholarships for up to $156,000 to attend a University of California (UC) or a California State University (CSU) campuses.

Cal Grants

CAGovEvery January and February students and families attend FREE Cash for College workshops across California for help to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant GPA Verification Form required for Cal Grants.

Our mission is to help low-income and first-generation college goers complete the application process so they can access financial aid for education and career/technical training beyond high school.

FAFSA

FAFSAThe office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.  We offer more than $150 billion each year to help millions of students pay for higher education. Completing the FAFSA is your first step in getting student aid.

EFC Planning & Tips

EFCAbout four to six weeks after you submit the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR summarizes the information you provided on the FAFSA, and indicates the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The lower your EFC, the more financial aid you will get.

The EFC is the amount of money your family will be expected to contribute to your education and is subtracted from the school's Cost of Attendance (COA) to arrive at your financial need: Financial Need = COA - EFC.

UC Scout

UCScoutScout from University of California is a full-service online learning platform for high school students interested in Advanced Placement, Honors, credit recovery, or “a-g” college prep courses. Scout will help students on their road to graduation and provide them with a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for college.

Scout’s courses are approved by the College Board and University of California, where applicable.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

WUEStudents who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.

WUE members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Download a brochure here.

Alliance for Children’s Rights

AllianceThe Alliance for Children’s Rights' primary objective is to provide stability to foster children and those at risk of entering foster care by helping them obtain healthcare, educational services and financial support so that more of them reach permanency through adoption, legal guardianship or by returning safely to their biological families.

For those youth who do age out of the system without a family, we have built a core program designed to give this population the tools and guidance they need to live independently. The Foster Youth Education Toolkit is designed to assist school districts in meeting the promise of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), ensuring foster youth receive the full benefits of laws designed to protect them.

Alliance programs include:

California State University

California State University

The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses and over 460,000 students, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

 

UC Scout

UC Scout

Scout from University of California is a full-service online learning platform for high school students interested in Advanced Placement, Honors, credit recovery, or “a-g” college prep courses.

Scout will help students on their road to graduation and provide them with a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for college.

Scout’s courses are approved by the College Board and University of California.

5 Paragraph Essay

StudyGuidePractice Writing The Five Paragraph Essay To Measure Basic Writing Skills. Studygs.net has a guide to help you Practice Applying For Scholarships.

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Aviation History Online Museum

The Aviation History Online Museum is a great place to find history, pictures and videos of aircraft and the folks who pioneered them.  A section on aviation theory has plenty of information of particular interest to flight students.

Animated History of Aviation

It starts with Leonardo da Vinci’s famous sketches of flying machines, then moves to the first hot air balloon launched by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783, the gliders created by Sir George Cayley (1804), and the Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. These great moments and others all get covered in this Animated History of Aviation.

Vocabulary Worksheets

Educate CaliforniaVocabulary Worksheets for teachers and homeschoolers who want to make engaging handouts for vocabulary building exercises.

United Teachers Los Angeles

Educate CaliforniaUnited Teachers Los Angeles is a union of professionals representing 40,000 public school teachers and health and human services professionals in the Los Angeles area.

This Day in History

HistoryChannelThose Were the Days, the This Day in History feature from 440 International.

Teaching Tolerance

Educate CaliforniaTeaching Tolerance is a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement

Educate CaliforniaWelcome to Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement (TESA), the nation's most enduring staff development program to help close the achievement gap for all students.  TESA will provide educators with tools to reach the goal of helping all children succeed in school.

Teachade

Educate CaliforniaTeachade is the first social networking website designed specifically for educators. Need a lesson plan? Browse through a variety of resources shared by fellow educators. Download articles, videos, lesson plans and much more, it's free. Collaborate with educators from around the world! You can share, chat, blog, ask opinions and questions.

Teachnet

Educate CaliforniaThe mission of Teachnet.com remains unchanged since its beginning: to connect teachers and give them a voice. This site offers hundreds of lesson plans and allows you to manage everything from back to school to fundraising.

Teach Engineering

Educate CaliforniaThe TeachEngineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms. Engineering lessons connect real-world experiences with curricular content already taught in K-12 classrooms. Mapped to educational content standards, TeachEngineering's comprehensive curricula are hands-on, inexpensive, and relevant to children's daily lives.

Songs for Teaching

Educate CaliforniaThe definitive source for educational music, Songs for Teaching offers thousands of children's songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions. Creative teachers can use music to teach content across the curriculum – to students of all ages.

PBS Teachers

Educate CaliforniaPBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and are tied to PBS' award-winning on-air and online programming like NOVA, Nature, Cyberchase, Between the Lions and more.

New York Times Learning Network

Educate CaliforniaThe New York Times Learning Network is a free service for students in grades 3-12, their teachers and parents. Students can read the day's top stories using Knowledge Tools, take a news quiz about today's world, and play special crossword puzzles.

Teaching History

Educate CaliforniaTeaching History is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible.

National Association for Gifted Children

Educate CaliforniaDelve into the National Association for Gifted Children's wealth of research-based and practical resources designed to help parents and educators meet the needs of gifted and talented students in school settings.

National Association for College Admission Counseling

Educate CaliforniaThe National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 12,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

NOVA

Educate CaliforniaWelcome to the NOVA Education site, our collection of NOVA resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to life in educational settings. This free digital library is tied to teaching standards and includes video, audio segments, interactives, and much more.

L.A. Times in Education

Educate CaliforniaLos Angeles Times in Education is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning program that annually helps thousands of Southern California students to improve and expand their learning and language skills. At no cost to participating teachers, Times in Education provides copies of the Los Angeles Times print edition, access to The Times eEdition, 24/7, comprehensive curriculum guides aligned with California State Department of Education standards, plus the opportunity for students to enter rewarding art and essay contests.

Los Angeles Federal Credit Union

Educate CaliforniaLAFCU is a safe, secure full-service financial institution that offers comprehensive products and services, convenient account access, and professional, friendly, knowledgeable staff. We are ready to form a strong partnership with you and be your financial source for life.

Internet Field Trips

Educate CaliforniaEach Internet Field Trip provides quick suggestions for using targeted web sites or teaching a specific subject.  Within each area, you’ll find field trips in an alphabetical list of topics.

International Society for Technology in Education

Educate CaliforniaThe International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.

Interactives

Educate CaliforniaInteractives provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills in a variety of curricular areas.

Improving Teacher Quality State Grants

Educate CaliforniaThe purpose of the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by: increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms; increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

Good Character

Educate CaliforniaIf you work with kids, and you need to implement character education tomorrow, and you want some immediate help, Good Character is where to start. But if your character education program is cruising, and you just want some additional ideas and materials, this is also where to start.

Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Educate CaliforniaThe Gateway has been serving teachers continuously since 1996 which makes it one of the oldest publicly accessible U.S. repositories of education resources on the Web. The Gateway contains a variety of educational resource types from activities and lesson plans to online projects to assessment items. Since January 1, 2012 we have delivered 427,217 resources to educators worldwide.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

Educate CaliforniaFREE makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.

Eduweb

Educate CaliforniaEduweb develops award-winning digital learning games and interactives about art, history, science and technology. Our mission is to create exciting and effective learning experiences that hit the sweet spot where learning theory, digital technology, and fun meet.

Education World

Educate CaliforniaIn 1996, the founders of EducationWorld recognized the need to create a home for educators on the Internet, a place where teachers could gather and share ideas. They wanted to create a complete online resource that educators could visit each day to find high-quality lesson plans and research materials. The result is EducationWorld.com!

Doing What Works

Educate CaliforniaDoing What Works makes it easy to find research-based practices. Our mission is to translate research-based practices into practical tools to improve classroom instruction.

Council for Exceptional Children

Educate CaliforniaThe Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Computer Using Educators

Educate CaliforniaComputer-Using Educators' goal is to advance student achievement through technology in all disciplines from preschool through college. CUE Conferences are California’s premier educational technology events. CUE is the largest organization of its type in the west and one of the largest in the United States.

Casa Notes

Educate CaliforniaCasa Notes is designed to allow teachers to quickly make, and customize, typical notes that are sent home to parents or given to the students. This is done by using templates and allowing the teachers to customize some of the content, choose a color scheme and add a graphic. The notes can then be printed on a black-and-white or color printer to be used. Teachers can select whether the notes should be in English or in Spanish.

Canter

Educate CaliforniaCanter courses have helped over 295,000 educators refresh their teaching strategies and transform their classrooms. For more than 36 years, Canter—a leader in professional development for teachers—has been inspiring educators with self-paced courses that blend research-based theory with real-world strategies.

California Teachers Empowerment Network

Educate CaliforniaWe at the California Teachers Empowerment Network are teachers. CTEN is a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers and the public at large with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues.

California Subject Examinations for Teachers

Educate CaliforniaThe California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) have been developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for prospective teachers who choose to or are required to meet specific requirements for certification by taking examinations. The CSET program includes examinations designed to help candidates meet many certification requirements.

CalSTRS

Educate CaliforniaCalSTRS administers a hybrid system as part of a comprehensive financial security package for members, to secure the financial future and sustain the trust of California's educators.

California League of Middle Schools

Educate CaliforniaFor over twenty years, California League of Middle Schools has been the only professional association in California solely committed to supporting middle grades educators and their students. A non-profit membership association, CLMS is dedicated to improving the professional knowledge of middle level educators so that early adolescents may experience academic success and personal well-being.

California League of High Schools

Educate CaliforniaFor over a decade, California League of High Schools has worked as the only professional association in California solely committed to supporting high school educators and their students. A non-profit membership association, CLHS is dedicated to improving the professional knowledge of high school educators so that all students may experience academic success and personal well-being.

California Teachers Association

Educate CaliforniaThe California Teachers Association (CTA) is California's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 340,000 public school teachers, counselors, psychologists, librarians, other non-supervisory certificated personnel, and Education Support Professionals. CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.

California Content Standards

Educate CaliforniaContent Sandards were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Educate CaliforniaTeaching credential holders and applicants, their recommending institutions and their employers may check application and credential status on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.

CBEST

Educate CaliforniaThe California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST) was developed to meet requirements of laws relating to credentialing and employment. The CBEST is designed to test basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator; the test is not designed to measure the ability to teach those skills.

Agriculture in the Classroom

Educate CaliforniaAgriculture in the Classroom programs are implemented by state-operated programs. USDA Agriculture in the Classroom supports state programs by providing a network that seeks to improve agricultural literacy — awareness, knowledge, and appreciation — among PreK-12 teachers and their students.

Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation

ShawnCarterThe Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship is open to High School Seniors & College Students Pursuing Studies At Vocational, or Trade Schools.

Deadline: April 30

ConnectSafely

ConnectSafelyConnectSafely is for parents, teens, educators, advocates - everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web. Our forum is also designed to give teens and parents a voice in the public discussion about youth online safety begun back in the '90s. ConnectSafely also has all kinds of social-media safety tips for teens and parents, the latest youth-tech news, and many other resources.

Poptropica

PoptropicaPoptropica is a safe online virtual world that entertains and informs millions of kids all around the world by engaging them in narrative quests and online games.

California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association advances the charter school movement through state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and resources for member schools. CCSA is a trusted source of data and information on California's charter schools for parents, authorizers, legislators, the press and other interested groups. See their Families That Can website for charter school parents.

Universal Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo

Universal Leonardo is a programme aimed at deepening our understanding of Leonardo da Vinci through a series of European exhibitions (2006), scientific research and web-based resources.

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo

The Tokyo National Museum collects, houses, and displays a comprehensive collection of art works and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries. The museum also conducts research and investigations concerning its collection of books, rubbings, and photographs, related to fine art, and makes these items available to scholars.

National Museum of American History

Smithsonian

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples. We create opportunities for learning, stimulate imaginations, and present challenging ideas about our country’s past.

Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball

Hailed by The New York Times as "a lesson on how to connect the eye to heart and mind," the Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions, and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Its mission is to explore the connections between four thousand years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life.

Ripley’s “Believe It or Not”

Ripleys

For over 90 years Ripley Entertainment Inc. has entertained visitors around the world, with over 80 exciting attractions in 10 countries, along with best-selling books, a network television series in more than 70 countries, and the longest continuously published newspaper comic in history. Cartoonist and adventurer Robert Ripley started it all in 1918 when he began drawing his daily feature.

Plaza de la Raza

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Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education is the only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it offers affordable after-school, intergenerational arts education programs to nearly 5,000 children, teens and adults each year.

Picasso Musuem

Picasso

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the more than 3,800 works that make up the permanent collection.

Norton Simon Museum

Norton

Natural History Museum

NatHist

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County protects over 35 million specimens, dating back 4.5 billion years and is a resource for Southern California teachers. The family of museums includes the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and the William S. Hart Museum.

 

National Museum of the American Indian

A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

Music Center

MusicCtr

Since the Music Center first opened our doors, we have been a major contributor to the Los Angeles cultural fabric recognized for our dedication to artistic excellence. Our amazing houses, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre Mark Taper Forum and the 2003 addition of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall comprise today's 11-acre Music Center Campus.

Museum of Tolerance

Tolerance

The Museum of Tolerance is the only museum of its kind in the world. Established in 1993, the MOT has welcomed over five million visitors, mostly middle and high school students. Visitors become witnesses to history and explore the dynamics of bigotry and discrimination that are still embedded in society today.

Museum of Modern Art

MoMA

Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Central to The Museum of Modern Art's mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves.

Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA)

Moola

MOLAA’s mission is to educate the public about contemporary Latin American art and culture. MOLAA is conveniently located at the corner of 6th Street and Alamitos in Long Beach, CA.

Musee du Louvre – Paris

Louvre

A medieval fortress, the palace of the kings of France, and a museum for the last two centuries, the architecture of the Louvre Palace bears witness to more than 800 years of history. The Louvre is also the home of the famous "Mona Lisa" painting.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metro

The work of the Metropolitan Museum reflects the global scope of its collections and extends across the world through a variety of initiatives and programs including exhibitions, excavations, fellowships, professional exchanges, conservation projects, and traveling works of art.

LACMA

LACMA

With 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract nearly a million visitors annually.

Korean Cultural Center

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Located at 5505 Wilshire Blvd., in the Miracle Mile District, the Korean Cultural Center is the axis of Korean heritage in Los Angeles. The Korean Cultural Center welcomes the general public to experience the rich traditions and history of Korea through specialized programs, sponsored events, and multiple learning resources. Operated by the Korean government's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Cultural Center is dedicated to providing insights into the rich cultural heritage of Korea.

Korean American Museum

Korean

The Korean American Museum is dedicated not only to increasing our understanding of the Korean American experience, but also to fostering creative approaches to advancing Korean American culture.

Japanese American National Museum

JANM

The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.

Getty Museum

Getty

Visiting the Getty is an unforgettable experience featuring unparalleled art collections, architecture, and gardens at two remarkable locations—the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu. Admission is free.

Huntington: Library, Art Collection & Botanical Gardens

Huntington

Welcome to The Huntington, one of the world’s great cultural, research, and educational centers. A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.

Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith

Griffith Observatory's unique architecture and setting, compelling programmatic offerings, and cinematic exposure have made it one of the most famous and visited landmarks in southern California. Tens of millions have come to walk the inside of the building, view the live planetarium shows, or simply gaze out towards the coast and the heavens.

Newseum

Neusem

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The Newseum is located in Washington, D.C., on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall.

Carnegie Art Museum

Carnegie

The Carnegie Building, and the Art Museum it houses, are vital to the visual arts and education and  its  Oxnard population of over 190,000 and to the general  County population The Museum annually offers changing exhibits intended to give the public access to a broad diversity of California Art, or art influential to the California art scene.

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