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January 2013 E-News


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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems  (2012) PDF document
Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) has released the second edition of “Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems.” This paper outlines strategies for meeting the complex educational needs of children and youth involved with the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Updated material includes references and guides developed by the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk (NDTAC). Available in pdf (2.31 MB, 68 pp).


Beyond the Numbers: Data Use for Continuous Improvement of Programs Serving Disconnected Youth  (December 2012)
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) has published “Beyond the Numbers: Data Use for Continuous Improvement of Programs Serving Disconnected Youth,” a report containing a series of in-depth case studies to examine how three programs which serve a disconnected youth population are using data as a tool for continuous program improvement and ongoing accountability. “Beyond the Numbers” catalogues the elements of success from the three programs collecting and using data to engage an at-risk population, distills key lessons learned for practitioners and policymakers aiming to improve outcomes for the disconnected youth population, and raises policy questions concerning financing, data sharing, and the standardization of outcomes.


Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide and Case Studies for Afterschool Leaders  (October 2012)
“Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide and Case Studies for Afterschool Leaders,” is a how-to guide from the Forum for Youth Investment to support the development of quality improvement systems (QIS) in afterschool settings. Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, the guide is based on decades of social science research on child development, teaching and learning, and organizational management, as well as the Forum’s experience working with afterschool efforts around the country. It draws on initiatives in six communities to build systems to improve the quality of afterschool programming, and offers case studies of each.


Disability & Education Laws  (April 2012)
Legislation Links
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) devotes a section of its Web site to federal legislation that relates directly or indirectly to individuals with disabilities, particularly children and youth. The NICHCY Laws page provides links to information on IDEA, Section 504, the ADA, and the Assistive Technology Act.


Education Datapalooza: Unleashing the Power of Open Data to Help Students, Parents, and Teachers  (January 2013)
Blog Report
Homeroom: the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education has posted “Education Datapalooza: Unleashing the Power of Open Data to Help Students, Parents, and Teachers,” reporting on the display of advances in education that were on display at the White House last fall, such as new tools to help students choose a college that is right for them and their family, an easy-to-read virtual dashboard for parents to track the academic performance of their children, or a digital file that makes it easier for children of active military and for foster youth to make the transition to a new school.


IEP FAQs Pop-Up: Special Factors in IEPs  (2012)
This pop-up feature from Wrightslaw offers answers to common questions on behavior problems, limited English proficiency, blindness/visual impairment, deafness/hearing impairment, communication problems, and assistive technology.


Implementing Tiered Interventions Through School-Community Partnerships: A Toolkit for School Improvement Leaders  (September 2012)
The “Implementing Tiered Interventions Through School-Community Partnerships” toolkit focuses on actions school leaders and lead turnaround partners can take to ensure that the partnerships they develop are aligned with and effectively support the range of goals and strategies needed to put and keep every young person on track to graduate. One of its unique contributions is using a “tiered intervention” framework to develop a partnership plan.


Partnerships for Learning: Community Support for Youth Success  (January 2013)
When schools partner with families and community-based organizations, these Partnerships for Learning improve children’s development and school success, providing a seamless web of supports to ensure positive learning experiences for children and youth. The Harvard Family Research Project’s “Partnerships for Learning: Community Support for Youth Success” draws on the experiences of national organizations and a set of community schools that have built these learning partnerships, and examines key elements essential in building them. Examples from Elev8, a community schools initiative in several locations across the country, are highlighted to illustrate what effective partnerships look like in practice.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Alternatives to Traditional School Discipline: The Multi-Tiered Behavioral Health Prevention Framework
Web-based Event
January 23, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
The “Alternatives to Traditional School Discipline: The Multi-Tiered Behavioral Health Prevention Framework” webinar will examine how using discretionary discipline practices focused on prevention and early intervention can transform schools into supportive learning environments for all students. Presenters will describe the multi-tiered behavioral health prevention framework and share examples of how schools and secure care facilities apply the framework to create more supportive discipline policies and practices.

Web-based Event
January 24, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
As part of its Accessible Technology Webinar Series, the ADA National Network is offering a free webinar on iAccessibility. The latest iOS devices made by Apple come with no-cost, built-in accessibility features such as the VoiceOver screen reader; system wide Zoom; White on Black reverse contrast; Large Text in Mail, Notes, Contacts, and Messages; custom vibration patterns for incoming calls; LED flash alerts; Voice Control; FaceTime video calls; and Assistive Touch for physical disabilities. This session will be closed captioned via the web conferencing platform.

College-Based (Dual-Enrollment) Transition Programs
Web-based Event
February 6, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
Preparing transition-aged students for college requires comprehensive planning at the district and individual student level. “College-Based (Dual-Enrollment) Transition Programs,” the third in a series of six “Think College!” webinars, will discuss policies and practices that have been developed to promote successful college experiences for students. These include student and family preparation, professional development for secondary teachers and coaches, new transportation policies, school-college schedule alignment and ongoing communication with college partners.

Collaborative Conversations: Speaking and Listening in Secondary Classrooms
Web-based Event
February 13, 2013
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM   (Pacific)
The “Collaborative Conversations: Speaking and Listening in Secondary Classrooms” webinar will discuss two of the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards, and how to facilitate more focused, purposeful, collaborative conversations among middle and high school students.

Ready by 21 National Meeting
March 11, 2013 - March 13, 2013
Atlanta, GA
The Forum for Youth Investment will offer a Ready by 21 Institute National Meeting in Atlanta GA, March 11-13, 2013. The Institute will explain the research behind Ready by 21, and the tools and resources for stakeholders to put its concepts for broad partnerships, ambitious goals, data collection, and bold strategies into action to improve children and youth’s readiness to succeed as adults. Information on new ideas, tools, partnerships and ways to strengthen networks will be featured. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange has developed a Mobility International USA (MIUSA) Web site to provide information on bridging people, programs, and places for increasing disability inclusion in international exchange for Americans with disabilities going abroad, visitors with disabilities coming to the US, and international exchange professionals.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2013
This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the U.S. Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for fiscal year 2014 and provides actual or estimated deadlines for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts organized according to the Department’s principal program offices and include programs and competitions previously announced as well as those to be announced at a later date.


FY 2013 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


ING Unsung Heroes Program Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for 2013 Class Project Awards
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program annually recognizes K-12 educators in the United States for innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Educators are invited to submit grant applications describing class projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive awards of $2,000 each to help fund innovative class projects. At least one award is granted in each of the fifty United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Three of the one hundred finalists will be selected for additional financial awards. First place: $25,000; second place: $10,000; and third-place: $5,000. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S. and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning. Previous recipients of ING Unsung Heroes awards are not eligible to apply for another award. Deadline: April 30, 2013.


Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
Sodexo Foundation offers young people (ages 5-25) $500 grants for youth-led service projects that bring together youth, families, Sodexo employees and other community members to address childhood hunger. Deadline: January 31, 2013.


The Big Read
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read supports organizations in developing community-wide programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Grants from $2,500-$20,000 are available from the National Endowment for the Arts. Deadline: February 5, 2013.

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