Teacher Education

Open Books

  • Complexities, Capacities, Communities: Changing Development Narratives in Early Childhood Education, Care and Development
    By Alan Pence and Allison Benner. “The volume starts with an exploration of the concept of capacity building and goes on to focus on two examples of capacity promotion for early childhood education, care and development (ECD).”
  • Education for a Digital World: Advice, Guidelines and Effective Practice from Around Globe
    Education for a Digital World contains a comprehensive collection of proven strategies and tools for effective online teaching, based on the principles of learning as a social process. It offers practical, contemporary guidance to support e-learning decision-making, instructional choices, as well as program and course planning, and development.”
  • Educational Psychology
    By Kelvin Seifert (University of Manitoba) and Rosemary Sutton (Cleveland State University). Educational Psychology textbook for teachers.
  • Foundations of Education (SUNY Oneonta)
    The book can be used in an introductory course meant for elementary and adolescent future teachers, and is meant to give a broad overview of topics related to teacher education.
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
    By Michelle Manes from University of Hawai’i.
  • Music and the Child (SUNY Brockport)
    By Natalie Sarrazin. “This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental connections between music and children.”
  • Parenting and Family Diversity Issues
    “This book has been created for students and all individuals who work with children and families (e.g., educators, parents, caregivers, direct support workers, etc.) in diverse contexts.  It is imperative to understand how and what factors may influence child outcomes across the lifespan. Therefore, key concepts related to parenting, child-rearing, care-giving, and parenting education are outlined in this textbook to provide historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives across vast settings and developmental domains.”
  • Teaching Math for Emergent Bilinguals: Building on Culture, Language, and Identity
    “This book is designed for pre-service/in-service teachers and others who will work or work with K–12 students who have linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds, especially students of other languages (English language learners/Emergent bilingual/multilingual). The core concept of this course is helping teachers understand the needs of various Emergent Bilinguals (a.k.a. English language learners (ELLs)/English Learners (ELs), learn to use their language and culture as a resource in mathematics classrooms and implement research-based instructional strategies that are effective to teach mathematics for Emergent Bilinguals.”
  • Teaching with Digital Tools and Apps
    “With the abundance in education technology (edtech) tools and apps currently available, and new ones popping up in app stores daily, how do you find the right ones for your practice? How do you ensure the digital tools and apps that you select for use in your classroom will enrich and extend your teaching, provide an accessible learning experience, and protect students’ privacy? What should you look for when evaluating the user experience of apps and tools?”
  • Trauma Informed Behaviour Support: A Practical Guide to Developing Resilient Learners
    “If we want to impact the world of children who have experienced trauma then we must change not only ourselves and our classroom, but we must change our schools, our organisations, and our systems of care for children. […]  If you stay engaged with this book and with a child who has experienced trauma then you will learn new understandings, new ideas and new ways to reach the mind, the heart and the soul of young people who need our support and our love.”

Open Courses & Hubs

  • Children’s Book Series (Project Gutenberg)
    “This page lists children’s book series. Most of these are from series such as The Bobbsey Twins, and many are written under collective pseudonyms. There are also some better known series included as well, mostly for reference.”
  • Education & Teacher Training Courses (edX)
    “EdX offers online education courses covering a broad range of topics from educational policy and history to curriculum design and teaching techniques. Explore case studies in teaching and learn about how technology is increasing access to quality education on an unprecedented scale.”
  • Early Childhood Education ZTC/OER Collaboration
    Google group for sharing ECE OER and zero-cost materials, with conversations about creating new materials.
  • Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings
    “This course is designed to provide early childhood education professionals with the knowledge and skills to assess their own level in terms of the eight core competencies, across the infant-toddler, preschool and out-of-school age range.”
  • Human Development Lifespan
    Growth and development through the lifespan including physical, social, cognitive and neurological development. This course covers topics in each of these areas and provides an overview on subjects such as day care, education, disabilities, parenting, types of families, gender identity and roles, career decisions, illnesses and treatments, aging, retirement, generativity, and dying.

Zero-Cost Resources

  • Child Development TED Ed Videos
  • Edutopia
    Platform with articles and videos focusing on K-12 education. Part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
  • Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing
    “Reading 101 is a self-paced professional development course for K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading and writing so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers and writers. Reading 101 was produced in collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association.”
  • TED Talks about Education
    “How do we reinvent education? These TED Talks explore the latest thinking — from teachers, parents, kids — on how to build a better school.”


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