ELA Websites

Text Sets

Newsela (here)

Listenwise (here)

Common Lit (here)


Adolescent Literacy Resources (here)

Read Write Think (here)


National Writing Project (here)

New York Times Teaching Argumentation (here)

Pixar in a Box – The Art of Storytelling (here)


Kathy Schrock’s Assessments and Rubrics (here)

Lesson Planning

Common Core Lesson Plans (here)

Cross-Curricular ELA and Social Studies Planning (here)

IXL Language Arts Concepts (here)

MIT Literature Open Source Courses (here)

New York Times Lesson Plans (here)

New York Times Teenagers in the Times (here)

PBS NewsHour Lesson Plans (here)

Smithsonian Tween Tribune Lesson Plans (here)




Instructional Practices

SMSD Instructional Playbook

SMSD Instructional Playbook (here)

CITW Instructional Strategies Graphic (here)

Broad Instructional Practices

Assessment Capable Visible Learning Resources (here)

Blended Learning (here)

Civic Engagement (here) (here) (here)

Classroom Design (here)

Cross-Curricular ELA and Social Studies Planning (here)

Culturally Responsive Teaching (here) (here)

Feedback (here) (here)

Graphic Organizers (reading) (studying) (summarizing) (various)

Motivation and Engagement (here) (here)

Priority Standards (here)

The Third Teacher (here)

Specific Instructional Practices

Fishbowl (here)

Four Corners (here)

Jigsaw (here)

Literature Circles / Note Taking (here)

Socratic Seminar (here) (here) (here) (rubric)

Station Rotation (here)

Tabletop Twitter (here)

Think Pair Share (here)

Advisory Resources

Classroom Culture

7 Traits of Strong Advisories (png)

Icebreaker Interview Questions (doc) (pdf)

Team Building Activities (doc) (pdf)

Hero, Highlight, and Hope (ppt) (pdf)

Playing Card Game (pdf)

Start of the Year Survey (pdf)

Top 10 (pdf)

Lesson Resources

Final Exam Study Plan (doc) (pdf)

Financial Literacy Worksheet (sheet) (pdf)

Garmin Research on Gen Z (pdf)

Poverty in Johnson Country Presentation (pdf)

Time Management Worksheet (sheet) (pdf)

Student Handbook SM South Example (pdf)

Weekly Grade Tracker (doc) (pdf)

Website Extensions

College Career Competency Framework Interactive Graphic (web)

Community Service Opportunities in Kansas City (web)


Barak Obama Fired Up

Empathy Films Under the Surface

Malcolm Mitchell The Power of Reading 




Advisory Lessons

College Board Advisory Program 

College Board Lessons Grades 6-12

Shawnee Mission Advisory Program

Lesson Template (ppt) (pdf)

Advisory/School Feedback (ppt) (pdf)

Community Service (ppt) (pdf)

Finals Exam Study Plan (ppt) (pdf)

Financial Literacy (ppt) (pdf)

Gratitude (ppt) (pdf)

Job Skills (ppt) (pdf)

Kindness Week (ppt) (pdf)

Meditation and Mindfulness (ppt) (pdf)

Navigating College on a Budget (ppt) (pdf)

Poverty Simulation (ppt) (pdf)

Progress Report (ppt) (pdf)

Renting an Apartment (ppt) (pdf)

SMART Goals (ppt) (pdf)

Spirit Week – Deck the Door (ppt) (pdf)

Time Management (ppt) (ppt)

Advisory Graphics

Choosing the College of Your Dreams

Cognitive Skills for Future Jobs 

College Application Mistakes

College Planning Calendar

The Cost of Dropping Out

Equality vs. Equity

The FAFSA Process 

GPA and College Recruitment

Poverty Hidden Rules

Poverty in Johnson County

The Scholarship Search

Things That Require Zero Talent

Top 10 Job Skills

Trade School vs. Community College 

Tuition vs. Salary Disparity

Value of Reading

Why College Matters?

Why Go To College?

SECD Tool Kit

KSDE SECD Standards Snapshot Document

KSDE SECD Standards Complete Document

KSDE SECD Fact Sheet 1

KSDE SECD Fact Sheet 2

KSDE SECD College and Career Standards Alignment

KSDE SECD Counseling Standards Alignment

KSDE SECD and the 5Rs

KSDE Vision for Education

KSDE SECD Character Development Examples

KSDE SECD Personal Development Examples

KSDE SECD Social Development Examples

SMSD Unpacking Standards Template