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October 2009 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


New Projects

 

Lights on Afterschool

http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm
The 10th annual nationwide celebration of afterschool programs will take place October 22, 2009, in more than 7,500 communities. In honor of the event historic landmarks the Empire State Building in New York City and the Los Angeles City Hall’s Lindbergh Beacon will light up for Lights On Afterschool. To help recognize afterschool program leaders who participate in Lights on Afterschool, Scholastic Afterschool Learning is offering a set of 100 books of participants’ choice but participants must register by Monday, October 12, to qualify.


Legislative Announcements

 

Department of Education Launches $650 Million Program to Spur Innovation in Schools

http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/10/10062009a.html
The U.S. Department of Education has announced the details of its $650 million Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), part of the $5 billion set aside for school reform in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The i3 fund will support local efforts to start or expand innovative research-based programs designed to help close the achievement gap and improve outcomes for students. Individual school districts or groups of districts can apply for the grants, while entrepreneurial nonprofits are encouraged to partner with districts. Those who receive funds will be required to match federal funds with public or private funds, and will also need to demonstrate how their programs will be sustainable after their federal grants are completed.

 

New Assistant Secretaries Joining U.S. Education Department

http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/10/10082009.html
October 8, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education announced the following individuals chosen by the Senate on Monday, Oct. 5, as assistant secretaries for the Department of Education: Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education; and Alexa E. Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.


Calls to Participate

 

Critical Education

http://www.criticaleducation.org
Critical Education is an international peer-reviewed journal, which seeks manuscripts that critically examine contemporary education contexts and practices and is interested in theoretical and empirical research as well as articles that advance educational practices that challenge the existing state of affairs in society, schools, and informal education. Critical Education is hosted by the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia and edited by Sandra Mathison (UBC), E. Wayne Ross (UBC) and Adam Renner (Bellarmine University). Critical Education is an open access journal, launching in early 2010.

 

Earn $50 for Sharing Your International Exchange Experience

http://www.miusa.org/newsitems/earnmoney
NCDE is offering $50 to people with disabilities to share stories about their international exchange programs. This can include people from other countries who have come to the United States but the person must currently be living in the U.S. There are two ways to share stories, either by a personal essay, (writing tips can be found on the Success Stories webpage) or by sharing a blog the person will write or has written about his or her overseas experience. If a blog or personal story is accepted the writer will receive $50 as a thank you. Submissions deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

 

GWU's Transition Special Education Distance Education Certificate Program

http://gsehd.gwu.edu/Transition+Special+Education+Certificate
The George Washington University is recruiting students for is Graduate Transition Special Education Certificate Distance Education Program, beginning spring semester 2010. The courses are designed for: graduate students enrolled in special education and related programs; professionals and secondary special educators employed by school districts; professionals working in vocational rehabilitation settings and youth development and services; related service personnel; and advocates and parents. Under the Federal TEACH Program students may be eligible for financial support if they meet specific conditions.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Characteristics of Effective Alternative Teacher Certification Programs  (October 2009)
Report

http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=12613
Alternative certification plays a central role in producing new teachers in many states, yet little is known about the characteristics of an effective program. This paper from the Teacher’s College Record is based on an analysis of seven alternative certification programs to determine the characteristics of effective programs and presents findings and to better understand the effects of personal, program, and contextual inputs on teaching outcomes. To account for within-program variation, the analysis clusters individuals across programs based on common background characteristics, program experiences, and school contexts.

 

Helping Students Navigate the Path to College What High Schools Can Do  (September 2009) PDF document
Guide

http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/higher_ed_pg_091509.pdf
This guide reviews research literature on college access and makes five recommendations for how high schools and school districts can help students navigate their way to college. The first two are to help prepare students academically for college by offering a college preparatory curriculum and by assessing whether students are building the knowledge and skills needed for college. The third is for high schools to build and sustain college aspirations by surrounding students with adults and peers who support these aspirations. The fourth and fifth are for high schools to assist students in completing the necessary steps to college entry, by college entrance exams and college and financial aid applications. Available in pdf (1.96 MB, 86 pp).

 

High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2007  (September 2009) PDF document
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009064.pdf
This report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the Institute of Education Sciences was compiled from a series of NCES reports on high school dropout and completion rates that began in 1988. It includes national and regional population estimates for the percentages of students who dropped out of high school between 2006 and 2007, of young people who were dropouts in 2007, and of young people who were not in high school and had some form of high school credential in 2007. Available in pdf (879 KB, 84 pp).

 

Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation  (August 2009) PDF document
report

http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/ListeningtoLatinas.pdf
To help keep girls in school and on track for success, the National Women’s Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund went straight to the source: Latina students and the adults who work with them every day. This new report, “Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation,” explores the causes of the dropout crisis for Latinas and identifies the actions needed to improve their graduation rates and get them ready for college. Available in pdf (1 MB, 52 pp).

 

NSTTAC I-13 Checklist  (July 2009)
Checklist

http://www.nsttac.org/content/nsttac-i-13-checklist
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) has developed two checklists which can be used to help states collect data and meet Indicator 13 of the Part B State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report, as required by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. States may also choose to develop their own forms for data collection.

 

Strengthening Accountability to Ensure Latino Success  (October 2009)
Report

http://www.nclr.org/content/publications/download/59904
The National Council of La Raza’s paper analyzes the 2008 NCLB Title I regulations finalized by the U.S. Department of Education. The regulations address accountability and transparency, uniform and disaggregated graduation rates, and improved parental notification for supplemental educational services and public school choice. The paper provides recommendations for the law's reauthorization. NCLR will work on improvements in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 

Superintendent Leadership: Promoting General and Special Education Collaboration  (September 2009) PDF document
Report

http://projectforum.org/docs/SuperintendentLeadership-PromotingGeneralandSpEdCollaboration.pdf
This Brief Analysis examines the role of the local education agency superintendent in promoting, developing, and sustaining a culture of collaboration between general and special educators. Selected superintendents were asked to describe their rational for advancing a culture of collaboration, the strategies they implemented, the challenges they faced, and their recommendations to other superintendents. Findings include that all of the superintendents maintain a clear and consistent focus on student learning. They also identified several strategies to promote and sustain this collaboration. Available in pdf (159 KB, 11 pp).

 

The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools  (September 2009) PDF document
Issue Brief

http://www.all4ed.org/files/HighCost.pdf
If the high school students who dropped out of the Class of 2009 had graduated, the nation’s economy would have benefited from nearly $335 billion in additional income over the course of their lifetimes according to “The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools,” a new issue brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education. Available in pdf (549 KB, 6 pp).

 

What Post-school Outcome Data Can Do for You  (March 2008)

http://www.ndpc-sd.org/knowledge/improve_postschool_outcomes/default.php
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, in partnership with the National Post-School Outcomes Center, has created an online guide, “Making Connections Across Indicators to Improve Post-School Outcomes: Early State Efforts.” The guide provides information on six states that have begun to display, analyze, and apply data across Part B Indicators 1, 2, 13, and 14.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Building Positive Relationships to Prevent Drop-Out and Other Negative Outcomes
Teleconference Call
http://www.ndpc-sd.org/dissemination/teleseminars.php
Transitioning into adulthood includes staying in school through graduation, avoiding teenage pregnancy, remaining drug and alcohol free, and obtaining linkages to postsecondary education, living, and employment. These tasks are accomplished through learning the social and academic skills needed to navigate life demands within and outside of school settings. For children and youth with disabilities, building positive relationships is integral in this process. This teleseminar from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities will include specific examples of research-based strategies for enhancing students’ relationships with teachers and peers, strategies for fostering collaborative relationships with families, and will stress the importance of outreach to specific groups of students with disabilities who have very negative outcomes, including youth who are in foster care and those who are homeless.

Building Positive Relationships to Prevent Drop-Out and Other Negative Outcomes
Teleconference Call
http://www.ndpc-sd.org/dissemination/teleseminars.php
Transitioning into adulthood includes staying in school through graduation, avoiding teenage pregnancy, remaining drug and alcohol free, and obtaining linkages to postsecondary education, living, and employment. These tasks are accomplished through learning the social and academic skills needed to navigate life demands within and outside of school settings. For children and youth with disabilities, building positive relationships is integral in this process. This teleseminar from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities will include specific examples of research-based strategies for enhancing students’ relationships with teachers and peers, strategies for fostering collaborative relationships with families, and will stress the importance of outreach to specific groups of students with disabilities who have very negative outcomes, including youth who are in foster care and those who are homeless.

Building Positive Relationships to Prevent Drop-Out and Other Negative Outcomes
Teleconference Call
http://www.ndpc-sd.org/dissemination/teleseminars.php
Transitioning into adulthood includes staying in school through graduation, avoiding teenage pregnancy, remaining drug and alcohol free, and obtaining linkages to postsecondary education, living, and employment. These tasks are accomplished through learning the social and academic skills needed to navigate life demands within and outside of school settings. For children and youth with disabilities, building positive relationships is integral in this process. This teleseminar from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities will include specific examples of research-based strategies for enhancing students’ relationships with teachers and peers, strategies for fostering collaborative relationships with families, and will stress the importance of outreach to specific groups of students with disabilities who have very negative outcomes, including youth who are in foster care and those who are homeless.

The End of the Insanity: Manage school IT systems without going crazy
Web-based Event
October 13, 2009
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.kaseya.com/forms/k12webinar_signup.aspx?source=eSchoolNewsWebinarPg
As the demands on IT departments increase every year, many questions are raised, such as how to deal with limited resources and shrinking budgets, how to do it all and still be innovative, as well as how to come up with new ideas when you are busy patching, fixing and updating. This webcast, sponsored by Kaseya, will address some of these issues including: common landmines for IT managers, how to efficiently manage hundreds of systems through one interface and how one IT manager automated away his daily IT hassles and manages machines in multiple locations.

The Nation’s Report Card
Policy Summit
October 14, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://nces.ed.gov/whatsnew/statchat/index2.asp
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will discuss the results of “The Nation's Report Card: Results from the 2009 NAEP Mathematics Assessment.” The results from the mathematics assessment will provide information on the performance of our nation’s fourth- and eighth graders. The forum will consist of an hour-long, online Q&A with Associate Commissioner Peggy Carr. Questions can be submitted in advance or during the Q&A.

Where Are They? Finding and Recruiting Employers
Web-based Event
October 14, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/yd5ttbo
Transcen Inc will conduct this webinar focusing on a variety of topics including: what makes employers agree to bring youth with disabilities in their workplace, what employer’s expectations are from youth and professionals that represent them and what are effective strategies for negotiating work experience and jobs? Participants will learn proven strategies to identify willing employers, how to get your foot in the door, how to effectively address employer’s expectations, and how to make employers willing partners in creating opportunities for youth.

Reducing School Dropout Rates
Web-based Event
October 14, 2009
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/webinars
This webinar, part of a series of WestEd-sponsored webinars related to the education goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will offer research-based recommendations for reducing school dropout rates. Marlene Darwin, Senior Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research, and Nikola Filby, Director of WestEd’s Innovation Studies Program, will showcase the recommended practices in the Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide, which includes strategies for identifying and advocating for at-risk students, implementing programs to improve behavior and social skills, and keeping students engaged in the school environment. The webinar will also provide a brief introduction to the resources from the Doing What Works website illustrating how these recommendations have been carried out.

Opening Doors: New Municipal Strategies to Put College Education Within Reach
Teleconference Call
October 22, 2009
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.tascorp.org/content/calendar/detail/2714/
The YEF Institute’s free, hour-long audioconferences allow participants to listen by phone to lively talk-show style discussions between Institute staff, national policy experts, and city officials on best practices and key opportunities for municipal leadership on behalf of children, youth and families. Deadline for registration for the audioconference is two days before the call, October 20, 2009.

The 23rd Annual Alternatives conference: Uniting Our Movement for Change
Conference
October 28, 2009 - November 1, 2009
Omaha, NE
http://alternatives2009.org/
The largest national mental health conference organized by and for people with psychiatric labels, the Alternatives conference offers in-depth technical assistance on peer-delivered services and self-help/recovery methods. This convention is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.

Building Positive Relationships to Prevent Drop-Out and Other Negative Outcomes
Teleconference Call
October 28, 2009
11:59 AM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.ndpc-sd.org/dissemination/teleseminars.php
Transitioning into adulthood includes staying in school through graduation, avoiding teenage pregnancy, remaining drug and alcohol free, and obtaining linkages to postsecondary education, living, and employment. These tasks are accomplished through learning the social and academic skills needed to navigate life demands within and outside of school settings. For children and youth with disabilities, building positive relationships is integral in this process. This teleseminar from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities will include specific examples of research-based strategies for enhancing students’ relationships with teachers and peers, strategies for fostering collaborative relationships with families, and will stress the importance of outreach to specific groups of students with disabilities who have very negative outcomes, including youth who are in foster care and those who are homeless.

NMSA 36th Annual Conference & Exhibit
Conference
November 5, 2009 - November 7, 2009
Indianapolis, IN
http://www.nmsa.org/annual/
The National Middle School Association’s 36th Annual Conference and Exhibit, “Making a World of Difference,” for middle level teachers, leaders, and policy-makers, will have 25 sessions on service-learning. Middle-level education is critical to students’ later success. The website includes links to interactive discussions of the conference.

NCES Winter Forum and 23rd Annual Management Information Systems (MIS) Conference "DESERTech"
Conference
March 1, 2010 - March 5, 2010
Phoenix, AZ
http://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/Register.aspx?id=554
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), will sponsor a two-day meeting of the membership of the National Forum on Education Statistics. This conference will be followed by the 23rd Annual MIS Conference, co-sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education. The 2010 MIS Conference offers information about best practices, innovative ideas, current issues, and how-to advice about data systems for K-12 education, with more than 80 presentations, demonstrations, and workshops conducted by practitioners from K-12 information systems. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Knowledge Path

http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_CSHCN.html
The Knowledge Path, produced by the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, points to resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at developing systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs that are family-centered, community-based, coordinated, and culturally competent. This knowledge path for health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, educators, researchers, and families is updated periodically.

 

New Ways to Work Web site

http://www.newwaystowork.org/
The New Ways to Work web site helps to build communities that will prepare youth for success as adults. New Ways to Work builds powerful partnerships among schools, community organizations, social service agencies, the private sector, government, and community partners to ensure better access to quality educational and career opportunities for youth.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2009

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
This document lists 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 2009 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 2009-2010 Discretionary Grant Application Packages

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

 

FY 2009-2010 Discretionary Grant Application Packages

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


Additional Funding and Award Opportunities

 

American Psychiatric Foundation Offers Grants for High Schools to Implement Mental Health Educational Model

http://www.psychfoundation.org/GrantAndAwards/Grants/TypicalorTroubled.aspx
Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to community organizations, high schools, and school districts implementing an educational program designed to help school personnel raise their awareness of mental disorders in teens. Established by the American Psychiatric Foundation, a philanthropic and educational subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association, the Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health Education Grant Program provides funding to implement the Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health educational model in communities across the United States. Deadline: October 30, 2009

 

College Board: Bob Costas Grants

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/costas
Every year the College Board recognizes exceptional teachers, grades 6-12, for innovative methods they use to develop students’ writing skills. Bob Costas Grants of $3,000 each will be awarded to teachers who inspire their students to write and who will benefit most from a grant to enhance a successful project. Projects can be carried out in school (public or nonpublic), through an after-school writing workshop, or during a summer program. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: Teachers from all academic disciplines grades 6-12. Deadline: November 20, 2009.

 

Do Something Awards to Honor Young Social Change Activists

http://www.dosomething.org/programs/awards
Since 1996, Do Something has honored the nation’s best young world-changers. Do Something Award Winners represent pivotal “do-ers” in their field, cause, or issue, and are rewarded with a project grant, participation in a special award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something. Young people age 25 or under will be honored for leadership in community improvement and concern for the lives of others with grants of up to $100,000 towards their organization or cause. Deadline: December 15, 2009.

 

McDonald’s USA: Champion Kid Correspondents

http://www.mcdonalds.com/championkids
McDonald’s USA offers 10 young people from across the USA the chance to attend the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February 2010 as a McDonald's Champion Kid and hometown correspondent. The maximum award will be a trip to Vancouver, Canada, for 4 days and 3 nights, for winner and parent or legal guardian to the Games to attend events, meet athletes, tour cultural sites of Canada, meet other participants from around the world, and serve as a McDonald's Champion Kid Correspondent. To enter, a story telling what Excellence, Friendship and Respect mean to the entrant must be submitted, along with a photo or a short video, creatively showing what the Olympic Values mean to the entrant. Eligibility: American youth ages 11-14. Deadline: October 30, 2009.

 

NSTA/Ciba Specialty Chemicals: Exemplary Middle Level and High School Science Teaching Awards PDF document

http://www.nsta.org/pdfs/awards/CibaTeaching.pdf
Ciba Specialty Chemicals Exemplary Middle Level and High School Science Teaching Awards recognize teachers who have demonstrated exemplary science teaching in one or more of the following areas: creativity using science teaching materials; design and use of innovative teaching plans and ideas; and development and implementation of department, school, or school-community programs that improve science instruction and/or stimulate interest in science and the learning of science. Maximum award: $4,000, a one-year membership in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and up to $1,000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education, March 18-21, 2010, in Philadelphia. Eligibility: full-time classroom teachers. Available in pdf (815 KB, 4 pp). Deadline: November 30, 2009.

 

Powered by Service Offers Funding to Seed Youth-Led Service Projects

http://tinyurl.com/y8l7j44
Grants will be awarded to young people around the world who are conducting service projects that encourage youth to become involved in addressing problems facing their communities. Grants presently are being accepting only from Atlanta GA, Detroit MI, Los Angeles CA, Milwaukee WI, New Orleans LA and New York NY, but other communities will be added at intervals. Deadline: Open.

 

Prudential: Spirit of Community Awards

http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have demonstrated exemplary voluntary service to their communities. Maximum award: $5,000 for honoree; $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation to a nonprofit, charitable organization of their choice. Eligibility: students grades 5-12 who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year. Deadline: November 2, 2009.

 

Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope Offers Technology Donation Competition for U.S. Schools

http://www.fourseasonsofhope.com/us/4seasons_hope/index.html
Up to $1 million in cash and technology from Samsung Electronics America plus in-kind donations from Microsoft, DirecTV, and Best Buy will be given to individuals with the best ideas to improve the use of technology in classrooms. Deadline: November 1, 2009.

 

SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards

http://www.swbg-animals.org/conservation-matters/eea/about.htm
Since 1993, the awards have recognized outstanding efforts of students and teachers across the country working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment. Over the past 17 years, SeaWorld/Busch Gardens has awarded $1.7 million to more than 150 schools in 35 U.S. states/territories. In 2004, the awards program was expanded to include community groups who are protecting planet Earth.Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: schools (grades K-12) and community groups. Deadline: November 20, 2009.

 

VFW: National Citizenship Education Teachers’ Award

http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=1832
The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ National Citizenship Education Teachers’ Award recognizes the nation’s top elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics and promote America’s history and traditions. Fellow teachers, supervisors, or other interested individuals can submit nominations to their local Post. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: teachers K-12. Deadline: November 1, 2009.

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