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October 2005 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

Calls to Participate


Apply to be a Trainer: Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking teachers and school leaders for the Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps. Successful applicants will be teachers and school leaders who are using scientifically based research strategies and have data to demonstrate their effectiveness. As trainers, these education professionals will share the research underlying these practices and their experience with implementing them in classrooms and schools. Application deadline: October 10, 2005.


Participate in Lights on Afterschool!
The Afterschool Alliance is hosting this nationwide rally for afterschool programs on Thursday, October 20, 2005. The event will rally community support for afterschool programs by shining the spotlight on programs at over 5,000 sites across the country. Parents, community and business leaders, elected officials, and the media will have an opportunity to see firsthand the benefits out-of-school-time programs provide. On the event's Web site, you can sign your afterschool program up to be part of the event.


Submit a Paper Proposal for Annual Research Conference on Children’s Mental Health
The Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health invites paper proposals for its 19th annual research conference, entitled A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. The conference will be held in Tampa, FL, February 22-25, 2006. Conference attendees will include researchers, evaluators, administrators, policymakers, advocates, and family members interested in applied practical systems-of-care research. Paper proposal deadline: October 31, 2005.


Submit a Proposal for Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) Conference
AHEAD invites proposals for its annual conference, to be held in San Diego, July 18-22, 2006. AHEAD provides opportunities for professional development to those who work to assure equal opportunity and full participation for faculty, staff, and students with disabilities in higher education. Completed program proposals must be submitted electronically by October 17, 2005.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Review of the 2005 National Leadership Summit  (August 2005)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Over 500 state leaders and policymakers representing secondary education, transition, workforce development, vocational rehabilitation, youth, families, and others came together in Washington, DC, in June for the second NCSET-hosted National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth. This teleconference call, presented by David R. Johnson, NCSET Director, and selected state team representatives, briefly outlined the purpose and format of the Summit; highlighted findings from the data; shared perspectives from two states on how the Summit has instituted change for them; and communicated Summit follow-up technical assistance strategies.

Other National Resources


Annotated Bibliography on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
Online Database
This developing and searchable database from the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Education (CADRE) contains literature (research-based and policy/practice) related to dispute resolution in special education. Links to full-text articles are available for some of the resources. CADRE is also interested in receiving assistance in identifying additional articles not found in the database.


Collaborative Leadership Teams Professional Development Module
The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) has developed a professional development module on Collaborative Leadership Teams. The module is comprised of three “academies”: fostering team leadership in culturally responsive systems, engaging stakeholders in culturally responsive systems, and creating culturally responsive systems. Each academy includes a manual and PowerPoint for a facilitator and other materials.


Everyday Law for Individuals with Disabilities  (December 2005)
This book serves as a practical guide to disability discrimination law for individuals with disabilities. Covering a wide range of issues faced by individuals with different kinds of disabilities, it not only describes those individuals’ legal rights but also suggests solutions to disability discrimination issues that are more practical and less expensive than filing a lawsuit.


Health Care Transition Training Program for Youth and Families  (2005)
Online Training
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council has developed an online training module on Health Care Transition. The module is comprised of five chapters: Introduction, The Consumer Perspective, Public and Private Health Care Systems, Promising Practices, and Developing Personal Transition Plans. Each chapter is comprised of 2-5 videos for viewing on the Web. A separate Resources section provides supplemental materials for each chapter. In order to view the online training module, you need to submit your e-mail address for follow-up purposes.


Helping Families By Supporting and Expanding School Choice  (August 2005)
Fact Sheet
This new fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education includes information on federal funds supporting school choice programs under the law, including supplemental educational services, charter schools, magnet schools, and voluntary public school choice.


High Schools: Expanding the Promise of NCLB  (September 2005)
Webcast Archive
The U.S. Department of Education offers a monthly satellite television series focusing on NCLB. September’s show, “High Schools: Expanding the Promise of NCLB” is now archived on the Web. It explored how U.S. high schools need to change to meet the demands of the 21st century; the impact NCLB has had on younger students and how the Act can be expanded to high schools; high school strategies which are positively affecting the achievement gap; effective models of high school reform; and what parents should be doing to help their middle school- and high school-aged children succeed in the new school year.


IDEA 2004 Topic Briefs  (October 2005)
The Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education has developed a series of topic briefs that address high-interest areas of IDEA. The briefs, which are available in Word and PDF formats, include a summary of all relevant statutory language on the topic, citations, and cross-references, when applicable, to other related briefs.


Innovative Methods for Providing Vocational Rehabilitation Services to Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities  (2005) PDF document
The Primary Study Group for the 30th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues at George Washington University recently published this monograph, which discusses the challenges, best practices, and history of vocational rehabilitation for people with mental illness and psychiatric disabilities and also provides examples of workplace accommodations and supports. Available in PDF (165 pages, 859 KB).


Inside High School Reform: Making the Changes that Matter  (2005)
This new book from WestEd details the turnaround approaches that are preparing disadvantaged students for college. Author Jordan Horowitz and his research team followed 28 high schools, once labeled as California's lowest-performing, to uncover how teachers helped their students succeed. Full of concrete examples, transferable techniques, and insider advice, the book offers real-life solutions to common problems plaguing high schools across the country.


K-12 Teacher Professional Development Video Workshops
Educational Courses
The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) offer professional development workshops for K-12 teachers on a variety of topics, broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB Channel and also available as video files on the Web. The workshops are designed to improve participants’ teaching methods in specific subject areas: the arts, education theory and issues, foreign language, history and social studies, literature and language arts, math, and science.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Career Planning Begins with Assessment
Teleconference Call
October 25, 2005
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
During this teleconference, presenters from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) will discuss the needs of transitioning youth (with and without disabilities) and the importance of comprehensive assessment to plan effectively for transition. The presentation will include information on the domains of assessment, formal testing instruments, the organizational perspective, infrastructure issues, and the importance of accommodations and assistive technology in the assessment process. NOTE: The phone number has changed! To participate in this teleconference, dial 1-703-639-1159 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.

Other National Events


Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum 2005: Reclaiming the Freedom to Learn
November 3, 2005 - November 5, 2005
Boston, MA
The focus of this year’s Fall Forum is creating schools that equip all students with the knowledge and skills to make the most of their lives and get a fair start on a promising future. Fall Forum is an event of the Coalition of Essential Schools, whose mission is to create and sustain equitable, intellectually vibrant, personalized schools, and to make such schools the norm of American public education.

Tech Forum: Breakthroughs and Best Practices for Technology Leaders
November 10, 2005
Austin, TX
Tech Forum brings educators and administrators up to speed on the hottest educational-technology issues and fosters practical understanding of these advancements. Program topics will include data-driven decision making, video conferencing and high-bandwidth connectivity, e-learning: virtual courses and schools, and digital storytelling. Sponsored by the team behind T&L (Technology & Learning) magazine and the Web site.

Shaping Our Future in Out of School Time: 2005 National PASE Conference
November 20, 2005 - November 22, 2005
New York, NY
Educators and leaders or coordinators of after-school programs are encouraged to attend this conference, which will cover such topics as research, innovative after-school programs, and support and resources for such programs. The conference, sponsored by the Partnership for After School Education, is designed not only to educate participants but also to generate ideas and capitalize on group brainstorming.

English Language Learners with Language and/or Learning Disabilities: Is it a Language Difference or is it a Disability?

November 29, 2005
Web Seminar
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   (Central)
Participants in this Council for Exceptional Children Web seminar will learn about the research-based recommendations for adapting special education processes to better serve English Language Learners referred because of suspected language or learning disabilities.

NCLB, Access to the General Education Curriculum, and IEPs: Putting It All Together

December 1, 2005
Web Seminar
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   (Central)
Participants in this Council for Exceptional Children Web seminar will develop a deep understanding of current NCLB and IDEA policies that impact IEP development, understand the meaning of “general education curriculum” and what it means for a student to access that curriculum, and understand a decision-making process for constructing IEPs that are linked to a standards-based curriculum. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

NSDC Annual Conference: A Declaration of Professional Learning: The Revolution Begins!
December 3, 2005 - December 7, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
This conference is sponsored by National Staff Development Council (NSDC), the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education through staff and school improvement. It is designed to address four major aspects of professional learning: leadership, high-performance culture, race and class culture, and advocacy.

High School Achievement Forum: Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English Language Learners
December 6, 2005
Washington, DC
Participants in this Alliance for Excellent Education Breakfast Forum will be introduced to “Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English Language Learners,” a professional development tool designed for secondary ELL teachers by the New Teacher Center. Specifically for beginning ELL teachers and their mentors, this tool provides teachers with strategies to improve second language development, subject-specific comprehension, and writing skills.

Accessing the General Education Curriculum: Universal Design and Technology

December 6, 2005
Web Seminar
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   (Central)
Participants in this Council for Exceptional Children Web seminar will develop a deep understanding of current NCLB and IDEA policies that impact IEP development, identify approaches for providing access to general education, identify flexible learning goals and modify existing state standards to ensure access by all learners, identify students’ needs/learning styles and potential classroom barriers, and explore and discuss solutions to eliminate potential barriers. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

2005 ACTE Convention and Career Tech Expo: Connecting Education and Careers
December 8, 2005 - December 10, 2005
Kansas City, MO
Participants in the 2005 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Convention will receive information, technology, and resources impacting career and technical education. Administrators, classroom teachers, students, and teacher educators are invited to attend.

Building on Success: Providing Today’s Youth with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
January 9, 2006 - January 13, 2006
Washington, DC
The agenda of this conference will focus on the four main themes identified in the Final Report of the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth: trends in victimization, delinquency, and the juvenile justice system: helping youth with the greatest need; strengthening our families to develop our youth; holding programs and ourselves accountable; and what works. The conference is sponsored by the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, supported by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Creating Opportunities to Learn: A Forum for Addressing Disproportionality
February 15, 2006 - February 17, 2006
Denver, CO
This conference, sponsored by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt), will focus on creating culturally responsive educational systems to assure equity in educational outcomes for all students, and help participants eliminate the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.

22nd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities
March 13, 2006 - March 15, 2006
Honolulu, HI
The Pac Rim Conference has evolved into one of the top rated international educational offerings for persons with disabilities, family members, researchers, service providers, policymakers, and nationally recognized professionals in the diverse field of disabilities. Pac Rim provides cutting-edge opportunities to learn, share resources and ideas that support the quality of life, community inclusion, and self-determination for all persons with disabilities and their families, and help shape our world. Registration deadline: February 20, 2006. Early Bird Registration ends October 31, 2005. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Coalition of Essential Schools (CES)
The CES mission is to create and sustain equitable, intellectually vibrant, personalized schools and to make such schools the norm of American public education. Its Web site provides information about its Network, Small Schools Project, Common Principles, Fall Forum, and ChangeLab, links to resources and its newsletter and store, and more.


Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales
Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales (HUNE) empowers parents of exceptional children to obtain a free and appropriate quality education for their children and other children with disabilities. Two especially helpful features of its Web site (which is available in both English and Spanish versions) are: 1) a page for parents about the evaluation process, and 2) links to sample letters and forms.


IDEA Partnership
The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. Members include more than 55 national organizations, as well as technical assistance providers and state and local organizations and agencies. Its Web site provides information about the Partnership, news, resources, a topics database, links, and more.


Project C3 (Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers)
This Web site, part of Minneapolis-based PACER Center’s Project C3 (Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers), is designed for young adults with and without disabilities, their family members, professionals who work with them, and employers. It uses a “resource mapping” concept to help users locate services and geographic locations that meet their needs. The site also allows government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and others to coordinate information and identify gaps in services.


Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL)
This Web site contains health resources for patients and physicians in seven Asian languages: Chinese, Cambodian/Khmer, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese. All documents are also available in English. A joint initiative of the South Cove Community Health Center and Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library.


Universal Design Alliance
The Universal Design Alliance, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to create public awareness and expand public knowledge of universal design, which is design for all ages, sizes, and abilities.



E-Newsletters from the Foundation Center
The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The Center offers nine free e-newsletters for grant seekers, including an RFP Bulletin, a Job Center Alert, and Philanthropy News Digest.


E-SSENTIAL NEWS (Coalition of Essential Schools)
This quarterly listserv from CES includes professional development opportunities, Fall Forum news, CES school and center celebrations, and new features on the CES Web site, including resources to improve classroom and whole school practice.

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Excellence in Teaching Technology Grant
The Foundation for Technology Education and Hearlihy & Company are offering a $2,000 award for outstanding technology teachers. Successful applicants will have developed an effective technology-education program and will have demonstrated success in integrating technology education throughout the curriculum. Award winners must use the grant money for professional development. Only members of the International Technology Association may apply (though a membership application can be submitted concurrent with the grant application); the membership fee is $25. Application deadline: December 1, 2005.


Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Program
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.'s Toolbox for Education program will award up to 1,000 grants of up to $5,000 to parent-teacher associations for improvement projects at schools across the U.S. Grants can be used for a wide range of efforts, including public school libraries, specialty learning labs, landscaping, painting projects, and playgrounds. PTO Today will provide a variety of resources to help parent groups apply for the grants. Application deadline: November 1, 2005.


Tiger Woods Foundation Grants
Tiger Woods Foundation grants focus on providing opportunities to children who are underserved. Areas of funding include education, health and welfare, and youth development. The Foundation primarily funds urban organizations and programs. Maximum Award: $25,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Applications must be received by November 1, 2005.

Scholarships and Awards


National Schools of Character Awards
The National Schools of Character Program seeks applicants for its annual awards program that recognizes K-12 schools and districts that demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance. Although winners may differ in method, content, and scope, all will emphasize core ethical values such as honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring. Selected schools and districts receive a cash award of $2,000 and national recognition, and are featured in the Character Education Partnership’s annual National Schools of Character publication. Application deadline: December 5, 2005.


SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards
The 2006 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding efforts of American students and teachers who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. Eight winning projects will each receive $10,000. All K-12 schools are eligible to apply. Deadline: November 30, 2005.


Yes I Can! International Awards from the Foundation for Exceptional Children
The Foundation for Exceptional Children's “Yes I Can Awards” honor children and youth with disabilities who have made significant achievements. Each year, three winners in each of the following categories are selected for their accomplishments: academics, the arts, athletics, community service, employment, extracurricular activities, independent living skills, self-advocacy, and technology. Winners receive a bronze statue and other recognition at the Council for Exceptional Children's 2006 Annual Convention. Nomination deadline: December 1, 2005.

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