Education, Learning & School
WestEd was formed in 1966 and is now a nationally renowned nonprofit research, development, and service agency, striving to enhance and increase education and human development within schools, families, and communities. You can check here for information about WestEd’s projects.
Great Schools.net is a comprehensive source of information on elementary, middle and high schools around the country. A nonprofit organization, GreatSchools.net provides information about public, private and charter schools in all 50 states and detailed school profiles for California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Colorado, New York and Washington.
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) provides this searchable database of member schools across the United States and around the world. Each record contains basic contact information about the school and financial aid possibilities, including a link to the school’s website when available. In addition to individual school records, families may also get information about regional or state independent school associations by using the association search feature.
Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area is an online gathering place to explore private K-12 education in the San Francisco Bay Area; they provide assistance with choosing a school for your child, and information about the admissions processes at the various schools.
Alameda Oakland Home Learners is a nonprofit volunteer organization developed by parents to provide information on all aspects of homeschooling in the East Bay, as well as links to other parents who are working on homeschooling their children.
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) offers support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. You can use this link to go directly to the parent’s section of LDA America.
Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education of the Department of Education works to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. You can find good information here about the transition to college for LD students.
Wrights Law provides news, information and guidance on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), the nation’s law that works to improved results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, as well as other information on the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) and other laws affecting students with disabilities.
Internet Special Education Resources (ISER) is a nationwide directory of professionals who serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. They help parents and caregivers find local special education professionals to help with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, and other special needs.
Educational Testing Services disabilities section was developed in conjunction with the Office of Disability Policy, and provides information on standardized testing accommodations to qualified individuals. This website will help you or your student understand and apply for accommodations for SAT, SATII, ACT, AP and other standardized tests.
Children and Adults with AD/HD (CHADD) is a real gem. CHADD is a national non-profit organization founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD. Many individuals and families dealing with AD/HD turn to CHADD, the national organization representing individuals with AD/HD, for education, advocacy and support. The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association’s success by providing resources and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters.
Kid Source online website focuses on helping students with learning disabilities plan for college—choosing a school, making the transition to college and a host of other topics are included.
Learning Disabilities Online (LD Online) is a very comprehensive, thorough resource to support families, students and educators around understanding and working with all kinds of learning disabilities. Go to to get right to the resources you need, depending upon your situation website primarily serves parents whose kids (kindergarten through high school) have learning difficulties, including: Specific learning disabilities, attention problems (including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)) and information on kids who struggle with similar problems but who don’t qualify for special education.