January 2014 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
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The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
Alliance for Excellent Education Archived Webinar: Assessing Deeper Learning: The Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project
The Alliance for Excellent Education, after hosting “Assessing Deeper Learning: The Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project,” a January 16 webinar on using curriculum-embedded performance measures to learn and demonstrate deeper learning competencies students need for college and a career, archives the event. The webinar focused on the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (OPAPP), which includes a system of learning and assessment tasks aligned with the Common Core State Standards. OPAPP includes sustained, collaborative professional learning through all components of the program, including formative assessment to support student learning, technical training, and writing and scoring of assessment tasks. It explores the use of performance tasks to elicit and assess complex thinking and communication skills and what this means for designing curricula and varied structures for professional learning to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to help all students attain high-level cognitive and intrapersonal skills.
Lessons of Reciprocity and Relationships
“Community Works Journal,” an on-line magazine for educators, has posted “Lessons of Reciprocity and Relationships” as a featured essay on service learning and making sure that both the volunteers and the population they are working with feel the real benefits of their relationship, and that the activity is purposeful and empowers all those involved.
The Soul of a Teacher
“Community Works Journal,” an on-line magazine for educators, has posted “The Soul of a Teacher” as a featured essay on the importance of keeping in touch with the unique experience of each teacher’s interactions with the students and with other educators. Each learning opportunity, each conversation, each perception, is worth taking the time to listen for it, and to allow and encourage it to be expressed, and not letting it be lost under the weight of standards, testing, scales, and standardized curricula.
Vera Institute Launches Status Offense Reform Center Web Site
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Toolkit & Resources
The Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice has launched the online Status Offense Reform Center. This Website, supported by funding from the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Resource Center partnership, is a one-stop shop of resources for policymakers and practitioners interested in diverting youth engaged in noncriminal offenses – such as truancy or running away – from entering the juvenile justice system. This interactive site provides a toolkit for planning, implementing, and sustaining status offense system reforms; profiles of reform efforts nationwide; research briefs; Webinars; podcasts; a blog; and a help desk.
Other National Events
Using Tools such as Individualized Learning Plans to Strengthen Career Development across Educational Settings
January 21, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
The Youth and Adult Pathway (YAP) Series, supported by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, hosts a monthly discussion on topics pertinent to career pathway partners. YAP Event 4, January 21, 2014, is “Using Tools such as Individualized Learning Plans to Strengthen Career Development across Educational Settings,” about tools to enhance student engagement in career development and planning processes.
Digital Learning Day Community Outreach
January 23, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education will host “Digital Learning Day Community Outreach,” a webinar on preparing local Digital Learning Day efforts for reaching out to a wide community. Digital Learning Day, February 5, 2014, is a community-outreach event about inspiring students, engaging parents, and recognizing great teachers in the local community.
Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA)
January 26, 2014 - January 28, 2014
ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) is a national forum for educators, including teachers, principals, superintendents, district personnel, and university professors, to learn about federal and state education issues and advocate for policies that support successful learning and teaching. Registration is now open for the 2014 conference.
Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers
March 2, 2014 - March 5, 2014
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ conference on Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers, will be held March 2-5, 2014, in Monterey, CA. The institute will provide information and tools to improve case processing and outcomes for youth, families, victims, and communities. Topics will include e- discovery and ethics, effects of psychotropic medications, child toxic stress, child sexual and physical abuse and neglect, custody issues, cyber-stalking, interviewing children, and 21st-century parenting. Sessions will also highlight marriage and divorce in a post-Defense of Marriage Act world, trauma-informed courts, virtual contact visitation, and judicial health and wellness. Early bird registration ends February 6, 2014.
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Community Works Institute’s Educators’ Network Web Site
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Community Works Institute (CWI) has launched an online Educators’ Network, a way for educators and administrators to connect with one another and share and collaborate in making place-based education, service learning, and sustainability a core part of their students’ learning experience. The site includes collegial support and dialogue, teaching and administrative resources, innovative curriculum ideas, and information on collaborations and partnerships.
Federal Grant Opportunities
Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2013-2014
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 2013-2014 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
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Implementation Cooperative Agreements
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of System of Care Expansion implementation cooperative agreements to support state, community, and tribal efforts to develop, expand, and sustain a system of care that will provide mental health services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families and/or caregivers. Deadline: March 21, 2014.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Planning Grants
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of System of Care Expansion planning grants to support state, community, and tribal efforts to develop, expand, and sustain a system of care that will provide mental health services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families and/or caregivers. Deadline: March 19, 2014.
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