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Adult Numeracy Network:

The Adult Numeracy Network, formerly the Adult Numeracy Practitioners Network, is an international organization of people dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. This organization has been at the forefront of developing standards for adult mathematical literacy. In the belief that math is taught best in the context of real-life situations, members are interested in the integration of science and technology in math instruction.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Math and Science Education:

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC) is located at The Ohio State University, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement. This website features a good selection of K-12 mathematics and science resources, conference information, and other items. The site sponsors the "Digital Dozen," an annotated list of thirteen interesting math and science websites, updated monthly. See the Teacher/Tutor section for more information about these resources.

International Technology Education Association (ITEA):

The International Technology Education Association is devoted to enhancing technology education in schools. It also supports such publications as Technology for All Americans, The Technology Teacher, and Technology and Children. ITEA and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory produce "The Space Place", an Internet site designed to complement educational activities in The Technology Teacher.

Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL):

The Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students. It is one of 10 regional educational laboratories (REL's) sponsored by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) of the U.S. Department of Education. This site has won recognition from many web-based awards systems for its significant Internet resources and technical assistance. See the Teacher/Tutor section for more information about these resources.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):

This organization is one of the best online sources for science and technology education. There are many divisions to the NASA online presence; any website url with <> as a part of it is worth a look! (NASA also supports many other websites at educational institutions.) The NASA Education Program has many online components, including Spacelink, the Learning Technologies Project, and Quest-the Internet Initiative. See the Teacher/Tutor section for more information about these wonderful resources.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has been dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics for seventy-five years. NCTM provides professional development opportunities through annual, regional, and leadership conferences and publishes journals, books, videos, and software.

National Geographic Society:

The educational standards in science and in geography integrate these subject areas on many levels. The National Geographic Society website features many geographic explorations that allow for activities that encourage learning in science and technology. See the Teacher/Tutor section for more information

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

This federal organization supports scientific research, gathers data, and disseminates information. This is the source for the National Weather Service, NOAA Fisheries, information about El Nino, and the National Environment Satellite, Data, and Information Service. See the Teacher/Tutor section for more about these resources and their uses in teaching and learning.

National Science Foundation:

NSF supports research and education in science and engineering. This site reports funding opportunities, science statistics, and program overview. The National Science Foundation divisions include Biology, Polar Research, Geosciences, Engineering, Computer/Information Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. NSF funds outstanding websites referred to elsewhere in this special collection. The National Science Foundation also sponsors National Science and Technology Week (see Special Events/Celebrations).

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA):

The National Science Teachers Association home page has information about various activities related to the development of science standards and frameworks. It provides the Scope, Sequence & Coordination Project, a comprehensive curriculum-focused site lessons and materials for biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics - all tied to the National Science Education Standards (NSES). This website also contains online excerpts of NSTA publications, such as NSTA Reports, The Science Teacher, and Quantum-The Magazine of Math and Science. This latter publication has a "cyberteaser" that can be answered electronically at this site. There is also an archive of past cyberteasers.

Project 2061:

Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is a long-term initiative to reform K-12 science education nationwide. Named for the year in which Halley's Comet will next visit Earth, Project 2061 "…promotes literacy in science, mathematics, and technology in order to help people live interesting, responsible, and productive lives." Project 2061 publishes Science for All Americans, Blueprints for Reform, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and Resources for Science Literacy-Professional Development. This latter publication describes more than 120 books for general readers; these books deal with all subjects of science, technology, and mathematics. The books are further described within this website, and they are linked to specific chapters in Science for All Americans.

Project 2061 has an award-winning webpage that is THE source of information about science education reform. There is a great list of on-line resources and links at this site. Project Director George D. Nelson has been a member of the GED science specifications committee, so he is quite knowledgeable about adult literacy issues.

Regional Technology in Education Consortia (R*TEC):

The R*TEC program is established to help "…schools and adult literacy programs to develop technology-embedded practices that lead to improved and engaged learning for students." There are six regional centers within this system, supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). Each R*TEC site sponsors a specific adult literacy initiative.


TERC ("hands-on math and science learning since 1965") is a nonprofit research and development organization committed to improving mathematics and science learning and teaching. TERC is recognized for creating innovative curricula and pioneering creative uses of technology in education. It supports inquiry-oriented, project-based learning. This website also features online editions of Hands On!, the semiannual TERC publication that reports on the organization's research and development activities.

Among its many projects, TERC supplies educational materials for GLOBE (see Thematic Investigations) and coordinates the Eisenhower Regional Alliance for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Reform, supporting K-12 mathematics, science, and technology (MST) reform efforts in the Northeast and Islands Region. The Hub of the Regional Alliance offers online resources about many educational topics.