Good Links

Elect John Memmott to the
Oberlin City Schools Board of Education
Experience & Commitment to Community

A Few Good Sites for Education:

Public Education Network (PEN) places education in the headlines, and in the forefront of American minds, through coverage in national publications, press releases, and NewsBlast, PEN’s e-mail newsletter that gives a quarter of a million readers the latest in education news every week. PEN is a national association working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country. PEN believes an active, vocal constituency is the key to ensuring that every child, in every community, benefits from a quality public education.

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 16 education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. We share examples of success, encourage collaboration at every level, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

Give Kids Good Schools

Give Kids Good Schools is a national campaign to guarantee a quality public education for every child in the nation. Through national activities and online resources, the campaign seeks to provide Americans with the information and tools they need to take action in their communities and improve their public schools so that all students graduate ready for college and a career.

Education Week is a national newspaper focusing on K-12 education policy. Serving as a bridge between the worlds of policy and practice, Education Week is now recognized as "American education’s newspaper of record."

Ohio Department of Education – Academic Content Standards

Academic Content Standards describe the knowledge and skills that students should attain, often called the what of what students should know and be able to do. They indicate the ways of thinking, working, communicating, reasoning and investigating, and important and enduring ideas, concepts, issues, dilemmas and knowledge essential to the discipline.

21st Century School Fund

The 21st Century School Fund (21CSF) was founded in 1994 on the premise that communities are responsible for creating healthy, safe, and educationally appropriate learning environments. Mission: To build the public will and capacity to improve urban public school facilities.Vision: A country where every child learns in an educationally appropriate, healthy and safe school that serves as a community anchor and is built and maintained in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

Free Technology for Teachers provides teachers with ideas for using free technology resources in their classrooms. The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.

For 30 years, Tech & Learning has served the K-12 education community with practical resources and expert strategies for transforming education through integration of digital technologies. Our audience includes all job roles within the district community, with district-level technology coordinators the primary recipients. Beyond that, our magazine is often used as a professional development tool to help educators across the board get up to speed with the newest technologies and products in order to best prepare students for the global digital workforce.

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. “Our vision is of a new world of learning, a place where students and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve are all empowered to change education for the better; a place where schools provide rigorous project-based learning, social-emotional learning, and access to new technology; a place where innovation is the rule, not the exception; a place where students become lifelong learners and develop 21st-century skills, especially three fundamental skills: how to find information, how to assess the quality of information,  and how to creatively and effectively use information to accomplish a goal.”

The Big Deal Book Online

Timely reminders, fabulous freebies, best sites & more "worth the surf" From Big Deal Book Online - "Our mission is to save every educator time and money while identifying top-quality resources for schools and classrooms. Big Deal Books are print and electronic publications that offer invaluable resources for educators, while serving specific audiences including K-12 technology professionals and educators of English language learners (ELL). In each edition, educators find content-rich sources of grants and other attainable funding for their special programs and plans, rich resources for 21st century skills, professional development training opportunities, free and inexpensive finds including standards-based lessons, inexpensive materials and help with research and assessment."

Bullying Prevention: Tips for Teachers, Principals, and Parents

From Edutopia - "Approximately 32 percent of students report being bullied at school. Bullied students are more likely to take a weapon to school, get involved in physical fights, and suffer from anxiety and depression, health problems, and mental health problems. They suffer academically (especially high-achieving black and Latino students). And research suggests that schools where students report a more severe bullying climate score worse on standardized assessments than schools with a better climate."

National PTA Connect for Respect Initiative "What You Should Know" (PDF file)
Findings from NEA's Nationwide Study of Bullying 
(PDF file)

Bullying - Learning First Alliance - Strengthening public schools for every child

From Learning First Alliance - "Students are more likely to thrive academically – as well as socially and emotionally – in schools they experience as safe and supportive. Bullies deprive students of that experience. We must do all we can -  as parents, educators, community leaders, business leaders, advocates and concerned citizens - to make it clear that we will not tolerate bullying in our public schools."

A Few Good Sites for Politics: 

League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area
General Election Information (PDF file)
Voter Guide -

A nonpartisan political organization that promotes informed and active participation in government. Information about issues and candidates in Oberlin.

Join the Future (Facebook page)

A collaboration among professional educators, support staff, the communities we serve, and citizens whose interests include supporting great public schools throughout Ohio. To build support and respect for hard working teachers and support professionals who have dedicated their careers to building a stronger future for our children, communities, state and country.

Issue 2 - Stand Up for Ohio (Facebook page)
Full text of Senate Bill 5
(PDF file)
Summary Senate Bill 5 (PDF file)

A coalition of community, labor, civil rights, and environmental groups. We are made up of a broad range of organizations and citizen activists who are willing to commit time, energy, and resources into a broad campaign for good jobs and strong communities in Ohio.

Issue 2 - We Are Ohio (Facebook page)

A citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that has come together to stop SB 5 by voting NO on Issue 2, the unfair and unsafe law that will hurt us all. We Are Ohio includes public and private sector workers and employees, police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, pastors, small business owners, Republicans and Democrats, local elected officials and business leaders, students, Moms, Dads, family members, and your neighbors.

House Bill 194 - Fair Elections Ohio (Facebook page)
Summary House Bill 194 text

A coalition of concerned citizens and organizations that began working together as H.B. 194 passed the Ohio General Assembly. The goal of this coalition is to stop certain parts of H.B. 194 from becoming law that would hurt Ohioans’ access to voting and fair elections.

House Bill 136 - the next concern
Summary Analyses (PDF file)

A grassroots network of concerned citizens fed up with the status quo in Washington. We seek practical solutions to the many challenges facing America. We stand against those bankers, CEOs and lobbyists who have hijacked our democracy to serve themselves at the expense of everyone else.