News & Info

  • Professional Development for Teachers
    We know that the summer season is for students and teachers to take a break from the classroom. However, many teachers will also be spending some of their summer break to improve their professional skills. The K-12 Internet Resource Center ( offers a variety of professional development resources for teachers. These resources are designed to … learn more
  • Keeping Students Engaged
    Keeping students engaged during the last six weeks of school can be a challenge. The other day I was browsing FB and came across a teacher asking for some help. The question was “how do I keep my students engaged after testing and for the remainder of the school year?” I am sure she was … learn more
  • Spring is Around the Corner
    What lesson plans, activities, or resources will you need for your spring curriculum? K-12 Internet Resource Center is a comprehensive online platform tailored specifically for educators seeking resources, lesson plans, and inspiration for their classrooms. As a teacher searching for materials to invigorate the springtime curriculum, K12IRC offers a wealth of resources designed to engage … learn more
  • Happy New Year 2024
    Happy New Year to the vibrant community of! As we step into 2024, let’s embrace the journey of learning with renewed enthusiasm and curiosity. May this year be filled with innovative teaching methods, engaging lesson plans, and endless opportunities for growth, both for educators and students. Let’s continue to inspire each other, share invaluable … learn more
  • Celebrate the Season of Learning: A Christmas Journey with
    As we move from the Thanksgiving season to the Christmas season, teachers know that the days and weeks leading up to the Holiday break will be bustling with excitement and anticipation in and out of the classroom. It will be challenging to keep students focused, on task, and engaged in the classroom at this time … learn more
  • November 2023
    The season of Thanksgiving offers a unique opportunity in education to delve into the rich historical and cultural aspects of this American holiday. It serves as a moment for students to learn about the early settlers and Native Americans who came together for a historic harvest feast, forming the foundation of the holiday. This period … learn more
  • Fall 2023
    Autumn is my favorite time of year. Autumn is a time of transition, beauty, and warmth, both in the changing scenery and the way it warms our hearts. The temperature moves from summer heat to crisp, cool days.  It’s a reminder that change can be breathtakingly beautiful, and there’s a lot to be thankful for … learn more
  • Welcome Back to K12IRC
    Welcome to K12 Internet Resource Center (, the ultimate free web service offering educators a treasure trove of comprehensive lesson plans for every grade and subject. The K12IRC platform is designed to empower teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents with a vast collection of meticulously curated educational materials. Beyond lesson plans, K12IRC provides supplementary resource materials … learn more
  • Teachers
    Everyone has a favorite teacher or remembers a specific teacher fondly. A teacher is defined as “a person who teachers or instructs” ( A teacher could be a parent, a sibling, a family member, a co-worker, a friend, an educator, a professor, a paraprofessional, a pastor, a rabbi, or a priest. Tuesday, May 2nd, was … learn more
  • What is ChatGPT?
    What’s the new buzzword today in the education world…ChatGPT. Have you heard about it?What are your first thoughts and feelings about artificial intelligence (AI)? I learned about it when I was in New York City last December visiting my son. We always talk about technology, so he introduced me to ChatGPT. When I got home, … learn more
  • K12IRC Flyer
    Here’s a copy of our latest flyer. Feel free to copy the image and include it in your own handouts.
  • New Year Resolutions 2023
    I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!! How many of you got Christmas cards? I must admit that I get fewer Christmas cards each year. But there are still a few families and friends that send Christmas cards with a letter or picture to highlight the events from their year. I treasure … learn more
  • Black Friday Newsletter 2022
    When I was growing up, Black Friday meant the big shopping day after Thanksgiving Day. We would get the newspaper ads in the Sunday paper before Thanksgiving. That would give us time to rummage through all the sales papers, make our list, and plan our strategies for the day. Planning was the key to getting … learn more
  • September 2022 Newsletter
    Dear Teachers, Retired Teachers, and Friends, Once again, I want to welcome you to the website, version 2. I am sure many of you have many questions. Walk this journey with me. Who am I? My name is Pamela Choate, but I also go by Pam. I have been in education for 35 years … learn more
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the K-12 Internet Resource Center. Is this website really free? Yes. You can access the entire resource center without any payment or registration. The vast majority of resources we link to are also free! How can you provide all of this for free? Funding for this … learn more
  • Our Story
    Back in the 1995, the Internet as we know it today was just getting organized. There were only 23,500 web sites on the entire Internet (vs. 1.7 billion sites in 2022). Yahoo’s tree index – a collection of static web pages – was the “Google” of the day. The National Science Foundation saw a need … learn more
  • Cast of Characters
    It takes a village to keep a website going. Here are some of the people and organizations that have helped propel K12IRC over the years. Dr. Bonnie Tenenbaum Dr. Tenenbaum was instrumental in the creation of the library and continued to curate content and provide guidance right up until her passing in October, 2020. She … learn more
  • Dr. Bonnie Tenenbaum 1944 – 2020
    Bonnie Tenenbaum, our “head librarian” and founder passed away on October 15th, 2020. Bonnie (you were always on a first name basis with her) was an educator for nearly 50 years and has been an integral part of K12IRC since its inception. A graduate from both Cal and Stanford, Bonnie used to joke that her … learn more