Resources

Testing

California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST®)

The CBEST was developed to meet requirements of laws relating to credentialing and employment. It is designed to test basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator. http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/

California Subject Examinations for Teachers® (CSET®)

The CSET program includes examinations designed to help prospective teachers meet certification requirements in basic skills, subject matter competence, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) subject matter, educational technology and competence for effective teaching of English Learners. http://www.cset.nesinc.com/

Reading Instruction Competence Assessment® (RICA®)

The RICA is to ensure that California-trained candidates for Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials and Education Specialist Instruction Credentials (special education) possess the knowledge and skills important for the provision of effective reading instruction to students. http://www.rica.nesinc.com/

Mentoring/Service-Learning Resource and Information Links

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Toolkit. (PDF)

The Mentor/National Mentoring Partnership has information and resources for current and future mentors, those interested in mentoring, or starting a mentoring program.

Know How to Go  is designed to assist middle and high school students, and provides information about planning for college.

Youth Service Americaprovides resources, programs, and networking opportunities for those interested in service and service-learning for children, youth and young adults (from 5-25 years old.)

Interested in starting a mentoring program? Check out the Governor’s Mentoring Partnership.

The Idealist is an interactive site with resources, networking and an opportunity to connect with others interested in exchanging information and ideas about service.

The Academy of Achievement brings students face-to-face with the extraordinary leaders, thinkers and pioneers who have shaped our world.

My College Guide features admissions information and advice for students preparing for college.

National Youth Leadership Council provides information about service, service-learning, and youth leadership.

A mentoring project of the Harvard School of Public Health, Who Mentored You? highlights mentors, their mentors, and encourages mentoring across the nation.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Toolkit. (PDF)

Foster Care and Children's Services Resource Links

Foster Care Ombudsman Program provides information for foster youth.

Facts About Children in Foster Care in California (PDF)

Child and Family Services Division, State of California, provides information about foster care and children’s services in the state.

Fresno County Employment and Temporary Assistance: Foster Care Program,Fresno County’s foster care and children’s services Web site.