Paid time off is a benefit that teachers and staff are encouraged to use in accordance with the Paid Time Off Policy. Policy 302.9 (http://policy.cps.edu/download.aspx?ID=49). Requests for paid time off must be approved by the principal.  Use of benefit time is NOT a matter of discretion for employees.

NWEA - Northwest Evaluation Association

"NWEA is a not-for-profit dedicated to empowering educators with accurate, reliable and actionable data so that all kids can live their dreams..."  more

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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Every year NAEP releases items and the public can access these items at no cost from the NAEP Questions Tool.


The NAEP Questions Tool provides easy access to NAEP questions, student responses, and scoring guides that have been released to the public since 1990.

  • Questions are available for grades 4, 8, & 12 in various content areas.
  • Users can search for individual questions or for a block.
  • Users can examine student performance on specific questions by subgroups.
  • State specific results are available for years the state participated in NAEP.
  • Scoring procedures are explained.
  • Teachers can create their own tests by picking and choosing the released items they want. The items are easily downloadable.
  • Item formats are multiple choice, short constructed response, and extended constructed response

Released Items Available

Subject             # of released items as of 2007

Mathematics                           760
Reading                                  247
Writing                                     19
Science                                  243
U.S. History                             358
Geography                               250
Economics                                 53
Civics                                      211

Approximately 2150 items are available for use in the classroom.

  • The items in the NAEP Questions Tool may be reproduced as long as any copyright restrictions are observed for third-party copyrighted material. These restrictions are noted on the questions that have them.
  • If you publish any part of the questions provided here, please include the acknowledgment below. The year and the name of the assessment you are using should appear at the end of the statement.
  • SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), year, name of the assessment.


Reading Quest

ReadingQuest challenges you to think about what students should know or be able to do and, perhaps more importantly, what it looks like when they are engaging the content towards the purpose of that lesson. While designed with social studies in mind, teachers of any content area can find the strategies and the process useful and helpful. https://www.readingquest.org/home.html

Chicago Reading Initiative

Illinois Reading Council The IRC is a non-profit, local professional organization dedicated to promoting reading and literacy across all age levels.

DIBELS Activities

Dibels interventions provides teachers with online free reading activities and games to support reading and literacy in the primary grades.

The Alice Project

The Alice Project

Dr. Wanda Dann, an active member of the Alice team for the last decade, has recently assumed leadership of the team. She is currently transitioning into a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University from Associate Professor of Computer Science at Ithaca College. Wanda's research interests include visualization in programming and programming languages and innovative approaches to introductory programming.

With Dr. Steve Cooper and Dr. Randy Pausch, she has published papers on the use of program visualization in teaching and learning introductory programming. Papers have appeared in ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) inroads, the Computer Science Education Journal, and other related publications. She is co-author of Learning to Program with Alice (2006, Prentice-Hall).

All about Alice...Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience. Read more...

Teaching Materials...Alice is a teaching tool designed as a revolutionary approach to teaching and learning introductory programming concepts. The Alice team has developed instructional materials to support students and teachers in using this new approach. Resources include textbooks, lessons, sample syllabuses, test banks, and more. Other authors have generously joined our efforts, creating additional textbooks. Read more...


Alice is made freely available as a public service. Alice v2.0 © 1999-2008, Carnegie Mellon University. All rights reserved.  We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Electronic Arts, DARPA, Intel, Microsoft, NSF, and ONR.


Google for Educators

The eCUIP Digital Library

The eCUIP Digital Library 
Check out collections on topics such as Chicago history, the Middle East, astronomy, Ancient Egypt, the Science Fair, and more.  Don't find what you need?  Let us know what resources would help you in the classroom and eCUIP staff can work with you to add these resources to the collection! 

Designed and built to support classroom instruction and independent student research in the Chicago Public Schools, the eCUIP Digital Library provides CPS teachers and students access to high-quality, web-based educational resources via an easy-to-use web site.  The digital library is freely accessible from any internet-capable computer. 

Digital Library resources include:

>>Original content created or digitized by University of Chicago scholars and professionals in collaboration with CPS educators.

>>Subscription databases with content and interface designed specifically for use by student learners provided by CPS Department of Libraries and Information Services.

>>Subscription-based content donated by the University of Chicago Library.

>>Links to free, educational web sites that are easy to use and appropriate for student learners.

For information, contact  Christie Thomas, Assistant Director, eCUIP at 773.702.1683.

FREE Teaching Resource Provides Links to Key Teaching AIDS

Chicago History Museum

History at your Fingertips: Great Chicago Stories
Enrich your curriculum with Great Chicago Stories, a suite of historical fiction narratives and supporting classroom resources inspired by the Museum's collection. Area educators selected the topics, wrote the lessons, and tested the narratives and their accompanying resources in their classrooms.

Teacher Development Sourcebook

The first issue of the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook focuses on the role of teacher collaborative work in improving instruction, and includes research overviews, data on current practices and requirements, a professional development calendar, and an exclusive directory of more than 200 K-12 professional development products and services.

DonorsChoose: New Funding Program Available For Teachers

Donors Choose is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack.  Here, teachers submit ideas for materials or experiences that their students need to learn.  Individual teachers can choose a project and make it a reality.
How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

Project Gutenberg:  Free Ebooks for Students and Teachers

Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet. The collection of over 18,000 downloadable books was produced by hundreds of volunteers in conjunction with University of Illinois.

Chicago Parent

Online Magazine geared to parents and teachers.


A well organized resource web site filled with thousands of free printable pages and classroom worksheets. You can also customize the materials you download using simple online tools. Site membership with your own log in is available as an option.

Getting Serious About Play as a  Learning Tool in Classrooms 

For Georgianne Walsh, of New Jersey, a beloved raccoon puppet known as Chester acts as the official greeter for her kindergarten students every morning. Amy Wallace, who teaches in New York City, created a puppet named Maya about whom her first graders became so concerned that Wallace purchased a tent for her to sleep in at night.