Online Resources

General Education Resources
U.S. Department of Education Parents’ Page
Illinois State Board of Education (main website)
Illinois Learning Standards (see resources link towards top, right corner for information on specific subject areas)
Chicago Public Schools (main website)
CPS Gradebook Parent Portal
Parent Portal Account Set-up
CPS First-Class Email & Collaboration System
CPS Transportation Page
School Improvement Plan for Advancing Academic Achievement (SIPAAA)
Voluntary National Education Standards (from Education World®)
National Education Technology Standards (main website)
What Your Child Should Know by the End of the Year (from GreatSchools™)
Everyday Mathematics Curriculum
Connected Mathematics Project
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Illinois' Children's Choice Award
Poetry Center of Chicago (main website)
Hands on Stanzas
Cross-curricular teaching ideas (in Spanish from the University of Illinois Extension)

Preschool Resources
CPS Office of Early Childhood Education
Virtual Pre-K (online learning tool featuring ideas for caregivers and activities for children)
Illinois Early Learning Standards (Pre-K & K)
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Institute for Early Education Research

Special Education Statutory References
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Interrelationship of IDEA and Section 504

Special Education Parent Resources
Family Resource Center on Disabilities (312.939.3513)
Equip for Equality (312.341.0022 or 800.537.2632)
Access Living (312.640.2100 or 800.613.8549)
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (if child is in foster care - 312.341.1070)
Special Education Law Blog

Dual-Language Education & Living
National Association for Bilingual Education
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
Center for Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Society of America

Articles & Other Resources
A Global Perspective on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
Educator’s Reference Desk: Bilingual Education Results
Bilingual Parenting in a Foreign Language
Multilingual Children’s Association
Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network
Bilingual Families Connect
Bilingual Families Web Page

Online Dictionaries
Real Academia Española (Spanish)
Diccionario del Español de México (Spanish) (Spanish-English/English-Spanish)
SpanishDict (Spanish-English/English-Spanish)
Reverso Dictionary (Spanish-English/English-Spanish)

Spanish Books
Barahona Center for Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents
Lectorum (online Spanish-language book catalog)
AbeBooks (online Spanish-language book catalog) (Spanish-language audio books)
Leer Escuchando (Spanish-language audio books)
Free Argentinian Literature (online text from Argentinian Digital Library Project)
Free Colombian e-Books (formatted for Adobe Reader®)
Children's Books Online: the Rosetta Project (in English with some translated into Spanish and other languages)
Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature (includes Spanish)

Music, Toys & More
Music for Learning the Spanish Language (songs and CDs available for purchase, partial songs available to listen to for free)
Traditional Songs, Rhymes, Fingerplays, and Games in Spanish and English (several free songs)
Children’s Songs & Nursery Rhymes from Mexico (lyrics and amateur recordings)
Internet Radio Stations (in Spanish, various countries)
ePals (get connected with an email penpal from another country)
Spanish Mart (toys, books, DVDs, software)
Spanish Toys

Spanish Camps
Language Camp Directory
Concordia Language Villages (Minnesota)
International Summer Language Camps (Spain and Mexico)
Biannual Family Spanish Immersion Weekends (May and October, Circle Pines Center, Michigan)

English as a Second-Language Learning
Resources for English as a Second Language (free resources)
ESL Monkeys (free resources)
ESL Cyber Listening Lab (free resources)
ESL Online Resource Directory

Spanish as a Second-Language Learning (free and fee-based resources)
Lingolex (by Sarah and John of Lingolex – translators/English teachers who live in Andalucia Spain)

Chicago Latino Organizations & Resources
Instituto Cervantes
Chicago Hispanic Arts & Cultural Events Calendar
Chicago Latino Entertainment & Culture Guide
HispanicPro (adult professional networking website)

Simple Fundraising Opportunities to Help IAMS
Dominick’s - eScrip
Box Tops for Education
Target Take Charge of Education