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January 2008 E-News


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College Students with Disabilities: Apply for an Emerging Leaders Summer Internship
Emerging Leaders is a competitive program that places college students with disabilities in summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Students are matched with businesses through a careful screening process that helps ensure that the internship placement is a good fit for both parties. Eligible applicants must have a qualified disability under the ADA, have completed at least 60 university-level credits, have at least a 3.0 GPA, maintain full-time student status for the semester following the internship (graduating seniors immediately continuing to graduate school may apply), and be U.S. citizens or legal aliens. Application deadline: January 31, 2008.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


Culturally Responsive Practices in Schools: The Checklist to Address Disproportionality  (November 2007) Word document
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Madison Metropolitan School District, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh created this checklist to help state staff learn about issues and practices that may help to mitigate the overrepresentation of racially, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students in special education programs. Available in Word (51 pages, 468 KB).


Evaluation of the Ticket To Work Program: Assessment of Post-Rollout Implementation and Early Impacts, Volume 1  (May 2007) PDF document
Evaluation Report
Mathematica Policy Research has released an evaluation of the Ticket to Work Program (TTW). The report examines experiences of Beneficiaries, State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies, Employment Networks (ENs), and the Social Security Administration (SSA) during the TTW rollout period from 2002-2004. Overall, Mathematica found that the TTW Program did not have a significant impact on the way VR does business or on the practices of ENs in the community. However, TTW did begin a fundamental shift within SSA toward focusing on improving the earnings of beneficiaries. Available in PDF (301 pages, 2.5 MB).


Free Online Leadership Course from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Online Course
Learn more about leadership in a free trial of this online course from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Assess your own leadership skills and learn about tools that can help you improve them. Participants in this course will use a defined conceptual model of leadership to examine their own leadership style; learn to use leadership tools to identify goals and barriers to change; learn to identify the potential for conflict, then understand and apply various approaches to manage and resolve it; and learn to identify and build upon the diverse styles and skills of team members in order to achieve goals.


High Schools for Equity: Policy Supports for Student Learning in Communities of Color  (2007) PDF document
This report describes a study conducted by the School Redesign Network at Stanford University which examined five California schools that achieve great success with low-income students of color. The report presents practices and policies that similar schools can use to improve both the day-to-day learning experiences and educational outcomes of their students. The five schools, which include both district-run and charter-operated schools in large cities, do not have selective admission requirements, serve primarily minority and low-income students, graduate students at higher rates than the state average, and send more than 80% of their students to college. Available in PDF (124 pages, 1.3 MB).


Involving Families as Advisors Toolkit  (April 2007)
The Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs developed this toolkit from resources and materials used with its Family Consultant Project, which is a model for sustaining meaningful involvement of family members as expert consultants. The Project was founded on the assumption that the involvement of patients and their families in the design, implementation, and evaluation of pediatric healthcare services, programs, and policies makes a significant difference. This toolkit provides resources and handouts to help involve families as advisors or consultants in organizations.


Post-School Outcomes: Response Rates and Nonresponse Bias  (October 2007) PDF document
This document from the National Post-School Outcomes Center and Westat provides guidance for states regarding writing about Indicator 14 in their SPP/APR and working with post-school outcomes data. Available in PDF (13 pages, 796 KB).


This is Health Care Transition  (2007)
The Institute for Child Health Policy (ICHP) at the University of Florida developed this video in order to help youth and young adults with chronic health conditions and their families be better prepared for adulthood, especially the move from pediatric to adult-oriented health care. It can be viewed on the Web or downloaded for later viewing. ICHP has also developed an online brochure that describes and provides access to all of it health care transition products which is available at:


Twenty-Seventh Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Parts B and C  (September 2007)
The U.S. Department of Education must report to Congress annually on the progress made toward the provision of a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities and the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Volume 1 of the report focuses on the children and students being served under IDEA, including trends in numbers and percentages of infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children served; educational environments of preschool-age children; declassification of elementary school-age students; and characteristics of secondary students served for emotional disturbance. Volume 2 contains state-level data profiles.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Student and Family Engagement: Lessons Learned from the Check & Connect Intervention Studies
Teleconference Call
January 23, 2008
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
In this teleconference, sponsored by the Exiting Community of Practice, Dr. Sandra Christenson will describe Check & Connect, an evidence-based model for engaging students at school and with learning. She will also share evidence of Check & Connect’s effectiveness from two experimental studies and three replication studies, provide suggestions for implementing Check & Connect in local schools, and take questions from the audience. To access the call, dial 866-393-8073 and enter the passcode *2830894* (including the asterisks before and after the number). Participation is free, and registration is not required.

The Literacy and Social Development Connection: Using Effective Instruction to Improve Outcomes for Children and Adolescents with Challenging Behavior

February 8, 2008 - February 9, 2008
Norfolk, VA
February 8-9, 2008 Norfolk, VA (Forum) Teachers, supervisors, assessment personnel, administrators, and other professionals with responsibility for the delivery of effective services to students with challenging behaviors; teacher educators who design and implement personnel preparation programs and others responsible for staff development; and researchers who study effective programming for students with challenging behaviors are invited to attend this professional development forum, sponsored by the International Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.

2008 Conference on Inclusive Education: Designing Classrooms for Success
February 14, 2008 - February 16, 2008
Denver, CO
Are you interested in increasing student achievement? Do you want to learn concrete strategies that support students in inclusive classrooms, how to build collaborative relationships between families and schools, or how to engage students at all levels of the curriculum? Then join PEAK Parent Center for its 2008 Conference on Inclusive Education and experience its world-class presenters and strategy-packed, hands-on sessions on planning and teaching using the principles of Universal Design.

21st Annual Research Conference: A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base
February 24, 2008 - February 27, 2008
Tampa, FL
This conference, presented by the Research & Training Center for Children’s Mental Health, will facilitate the exchange of ideas for improving service systems for children with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances and their families and will elevate the discussion to identify specific strategies for creating comprehensive, integrated services systems matched to the context of the communities they serve. Researchers, evaluators, administrators, policymakers, planners, advocates, educators, service providers, and family members are invited to attend.

NCES Winter Forum and 21st Annual Management Information Systems Conference

February 25, 2008 - February 29, 2008
Burlingame, CA
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will sponsor a 2-day meeting of the membership of the National Forum on Education Statistics on February 25-26, to be immediately followed by the 21st Annual Management Information Systems (MIS) Conference. The MIS Conference provides concentrated information about best practices, innovative ideas, current issues, and practical how-to advice about MIS for K-12 education. It brings together people who work with information collection, management, transmittal, and reporting in school districts and state education agencies. This year, the MIS Conference will offer more than 80 presentations, demonstrations, and workshops conducted by practitioners from K-12 information systems.

People on the Move: Using All Transportation Options (ADA and Beyond…): A FREE “train-the-trainer” initiative to increase accessible transportation in your community

March 12, 2008 - March 13, 2008
New Orleans, LA
Each year, Easter Seals Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation In Our Nation) offers five of these trainings providing teachers and trainers the basic tools needed to expand community transportation options. Human service providers, transportation providers, school personnel, individuals who use community transportation, and advocates who support community change are invited to apply to attend. Application deadline: January 17, 2008. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center
The AACC implements, evaluates, and improves assessment and accountability systems so that states and districts can reach the No Child Left Behind goal of academic proficiency for all students. It is operated by WestEd in partnership with National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). Its Web site includes information about special populations.


Campaign for Youth: Coming Together for Our Nation’s Youth
The Campaign for Youth aims to focus attention on the needs of youth who are out of work, out of school, and out of the mainstream. It advocates for expanded opportunities and supports to prepare youth for their future roles as workers, parents, civic leaders, and engaged community members. Its members believe that youth should have the opportunity for a safe, healthy, successful passage to adulthood. They are committed to elevating awareness of the challenges facing youth, advancing policy and program solutions that work to reconnect and expand opportunities for them, and creating a constituency for making solutions happen.



PEPNet Listserv
PEPNet provides resources and expertise that enhance educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing--including those with co-occurring disabilities. The PEPNet listserv is a forum for individuals interested in discussing topics related to postsecondary and transition education for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It has more than 600 members who exchange ideas, solve problems, and share best practices.

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Disney Minnie Grants to Support Global Youth Service Day Projects
The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America will award grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service projects through the Disney Minnie Grant program. These grants support youth (ages 5-14) in planning and implementing service projects in their community. Teachers, older youth, and youth-serving organizations are also eligible to apply if they engage youth ages 5-14 in planning and implementing the project. A significant part of the service must take place on Global Youth Service Day 2008, April 25-27. Past Disney Minnie Grantees are eligible to apply. Application deadline: January 21, 2008.


HP Technology for Teaching Grants
The HP Technology for Teaching Grants support K-12 public schools in the U.S. that use a collaborative, team-based approach to implementing technology integration projects. The projects must focus on using technology to teach, rather than on teaching students to use technology. Each grant is worth about $40,000. HP will select approximately 110 schools to receive the equipment and professional development support they need to effectively integrate technology into their instruction. Preference will be given to projects that address mathematics and/or science, and to schools that serve a high proportion of low-income students relative to their district or state. Application deadline: February 14, 2008.

Scholarships and Awards


Coming Up Taller Awards for After-School and Out-of-School Arts and Humanities Programs
The Coming Up Taller Awards reward excellence in after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth in the U.S. The awards support programs that exemplify the power of the arts and humanities to encourage young people’s creativity and to provide them with learning opportunities, chances to contribute to their community, and ways to take responsibility for their own futures. Programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, universities/colleges, arts centers, community service organizations, schools, businesses, and eligible government entities are eligible to apply. Fifteen award recipients will receive $10,000 each. Application deadline: January 31, 2008.


Horace Mann Educator Scholarship Program
The Horace Mann Companies is offering scholarships for public and private school K-12 educators to take college courses. One recipient will receive $5,000 in scholarship funds payable over four years, and 15 other recipients will receive $1,000 each in scholarship funds payable over two years. Twenty additional recipients will each receive one-time $500 awards. Scholarship money will be paid directly to each recipient’s college/university for tuition, fees, and other educational expenses. Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience. Applicants will be judged on a written essay and school and community activities. Application deadline: January 29, 2008.


Intel Schools of Distinction Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Education
Each year, Intel honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education as Intel Schools of Distinction. One elementary, one middle, and one high school in each of two categories—math and science—receives $10,000 cash grants and more than $100,000 in products and services. One of these six schools receives an additional $15,000 grant and additional products and services. Eligible schools meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards. The awards program is open to K-12 public, private, charter, and parochial schools in the U.S.; DoDEA Schools; and BIA schools. Application deadline: February 14, 2008.


STOP Hunger Scholarships: Recognizing and Honoring Students for Community Service
The STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger and its root causes in the U.S. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. educational institution (kindergarten through college) and must have performed volunteer service affecting hunger in the U.S. at least within the last 12 months. The volunteer work must have been for the benefit of non-family members. Up to five students will each receive a $3,000 scholarship as well as a $3,000 grant made in their name to the local hunger-related charity of their choice. Application deadline: February 29, 2008.


Young Eco-Hero Awards
Action for Nature’s International Young Eco-Hero Awards recognize the individual accomplishments of young people (ages 8-16) whose personal actions have significantly improved the environment. Action For Nature awards cash prizes of up to $500 to young Eco-Heroes from around the world for their outstanding accomplishments in environmental advocacy, environmental health, research, or protection of the natural world. Eligible applicants are conducting self-initiated projects which concern environmental health, advocacy, research or protection of the natural world. The project should have reached completion, or a significant stage. Application deadline: February 28, 2008.

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