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June 16, 2000

The Knowledge Loom
GRADE LEVEL: Professional

The Knowledge Loom is a resource on best practices in teaching and learning. It is being developed by the Northeast & Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University for the U.S. Department of Education.

The layout is well designed, concise, and visually appealing. It requires no special plug-ins to take advantage of the interactivity.

Content at the Knowledge Loom is organized by themes that users can easily access from the main page. Each theme has a cover page that includes a top menu for navigating the entire site and a side menu for exploring the theme.

The new resource is still growing, but it promises to be one of the premier sites for what works in the teaching and learning process. Currently available are spotlights on Early Literacy and Professional Development with more in the development stage. Teachers and administrators can read about the best practices and view the research that supports them. There is a searchable database of resources as well as interactive discussion centers where teachers can ask questions of experts in the field or post their own success stories and ideas Included are stories about the implementation of best practices in real schools and districts. Schools that have developed professional development plans that align with goals for student achievement are showcased. This is a free site to anyone, but users must register in order to join the community and post questions or stories.