Resources: Local Links

Teachers Without Borders
"For us, education is a collaborative effort lasting a lifetime; our learning model is designed to connect global 'best practices' to those at the local level--who can build their capacity and, in so doing, change their communities." Visitors can learn about their different teaching centers in countries all across the globe. The site also provides a number of lesson plan resources, such as the BBC and a number of materials created by the Teachers Without Borders organization.

Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)
ESR is a non-profit organization that helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments. Services include programs for effective classroom management and designing and implementing advisory and peer mentoring programs. ESR also help educators work with young people to develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities. Charles “Chip” Kaufman is a consultant for Educators for Social Responsibility located in western Massachusetts. He was the assistant principal and principal of Easthampton for seven years. He has also worked as a teacher of mathematics and special education and as an athletic director in both private and public schools. He works with public and private middle and high schools in all settings and is currently working with schools in Springfield, Lawrence and Northampton, Massachusetts, New York City, and Westchester, NY and Connecticut. Check out the ESR website to learn more about ESR, or contact Chip directly at: (413) 586-1229;

Guided Tours of Garden for School Groups
The Botanic Gardens at Smith College offers guided tours of the Lyman Conservatory and its outdoor gardens. The tours are led by trained volunteers. Teachers who are interested should contact the staff at least one month in advance. For more information,
You can also phone 413-585-2742 or e-mail

Reserve the Skulls Kit
A kit made up of 12 primate skulls is available for loan. The kit is designed as a hands-on approach to studying human evolution, allowing students to investigate by examining skulls of living and extinct human relatives. The skulls were designed by Hampshire College's Professor Deb Martin and her colleagues, and were refurbished during the summer/fall of 1999, adding new skulls.  The skulls kit can be used for any grade level.
To reserve the kit, please email Jennifer Welborn at Amherst Regional Middle School. 

Helpful links

California State University, Skull Module

Gray's Anatomy, featuring labeled drawings of human anatomy.