October 2010 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
Awards to Help Students Living with Intellectual Disabilities Transition to Post-Secondary Education
Education Secretary Duncan announced the award of $10.9 million for 28 grants under two new federal programs that create opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to attend college. The new federal programs include the Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) and a new coordinating center to support these TPSID grantees. Grantees will create or build on programs that focus on academics and instruction, employment and independent living, as well as provide individualized supports and opportunities for students to be involved in college experiences with their peers without disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that President Barack Obama has signed into law Rosa’s Law, which will change references in federal law from “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability,” and references to a “mentally retarded individual” to an “individual with an intellectual disability.”
Calls to Participate
Alliance for Excellent Education Seeks Proposals for Innovation and Excellence Forum
The Alliance for Excellent Education seeks speaker proposals for its “2010 Innovation and Excellence: Spotlight on High Schools, Online/Blended Learning, and Technology” forum. Proposals will be reviewed based on criteria of relevance, effectiveness, and policy implications. Also of interest are schools and/or districts that have beaten the odds of high-poverty, high-minority, and high-achieving demographics. The forum will offer an opportunity for policymakers, educators, researchers, advocates, the media, and others to learn about promising practices that prepare all students for college and work. Selections and a date for the first forum will be announced shortly after the submission deadline. Deadline: November 1, 2010.
Leadership for Equity and Excellence Seeks Proposals for Beyond the Sidelines: Let’s Get to Work Forum
Leadership for Equity and Excellence seeks proposals for its February 28-March 1, 2011, forum, “Beyond the Sidelines: Let’s Get to Work.” The forum will present work on creating high-quality educational opportunities where students’ cultures, languages, and experiences are valued and used as resources for learning. Areas of focus including strategies for reducing achievement disparities, addressing disproportionality in special education, developing school-family partnerships, strengthening district and school leadership, and more. Deadline: October 30, 2010.
Nominations for 2011 Yes I Can! Awards to Students Open
Nominations are open for the Council for Exceptional Children’s 2011 Yes I Can! Awards, for young people with disabilities under age 21 who demonstrate excellence in several categories, including employment, self-advocacy, and technology. Winners will be invited to National Harbor, Maryland for two nights to attend the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference in April 2011. Deadline for nominations: October 22, 2010.
OSERS Accepting Submissions for 35th Anniversary of IDEA Celebration
In honor of the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) this November, the U.S. Department of Education and its Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will host a celebration in Washington, DC. Individuals with disabilities, students, teachers, parents and others can submit stories, poetry, photography, artwork and video clips for possible inclusion during the celebration. OSERS will accept submissions through November 8.
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities Open for Proposal Presentations
The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities (Pac Rim), to be held in Honolulu April 18 & 19, 2011, is now open for proposal presentations at its 2011 conference. Relevant topics include the areas in which the Center on Disability Studies traditionally has engaged (projects or activities under interdisciplinary training, research, advocacy or service), as well as salient issues important to our diverse communities not presently addressed through research or advocacy initiatives; and creative ideas for positive social changes and sustainable solutions which can be adopted in a society or community. Submissions will be considered for poster presentations, interactive roundtables, 30-minute topical presentations, 60-minute breakout presentations, 90-minute seminar/colloquium, and 120-minute interactive workshops. Deadline for submissions: December 22, 2010.
Part B and Part C SPP/APR 2010 Dispute Resolution Indicator Analyses
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CADRE (National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education) has composed the Dispute Resolution Chapters from OSEP/TA&D projects’ Annual Performance Reports Analyses, summarizing the dispute resolution portions of the State Part B and Part C Annual Performance Reports submitted February 1, 2010. Each summary covers current and past Indicator performance, five year trends in the use of dispute resolution options, and suggestions for improving state dispute resolution systems. CADRE would appreciate feedback on the chapters. They are posted on the CADRE web site, along with a link to a short SurveyMonkey evaluation.
The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
CADRE’s Educating Our Children Together: A Sourcebook for Effective Family-School-Community Partnerships
“Educating Our Children Together” offers a variety of ideas that families and schools can use to enhance and support family, school and community partnerships. The sourcebook includes guiding principles for family-school-community involvement, tips for getting started, a self-assessment tool to determine current practices, and program descriptions that have been organized around eight interrelated strategies.
CADRE’s Effective IEP Meetings: Tested Tips
This list of tips offers suggestions for convening successful IEP meetings. It includes preparation tips for parents and educators.
CADRE’s Parents’ Experiences with the IEP Process: Considerations for Improving Practice
This publication reviews literature exploring findings from 10 studies published after 2004 that focus on the experiences and perceptions of parents or other caregivers related to the IEP process. The review highlights recommendations from this body of literature for improving the experiences of parents and encouraging their participation in IEP meetings. Available in pdf (392 KB, 9 pp).
Diplomas Count 2010: Graduation by the Numbers
Every day, more than 7,000 high school students drop out, according to a report from “Education Week” and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center – 1.3 million dropouts per year, or three in ten public school students. While graduation rates have improved over the past decade, with the highest gains seen among blacks and non-Hispanic whites, racial gaps are still large. More striking still are the gaps between the lowest and highest performing states – as much as 40 percentage points. As highlighted in several recent reports, 25 school districts (of some 11,000 nationwide) account for one out of every five dropouts. Available in pdf (942 KB, 8 pp).
Disconnected Youth: Defining the Population and Exploring Solutions
Forum Brief & Video
Much attention has been given to the number of students who drop out of high school, yet significant numbers of these students eventually do earn a credential (NCES cites 63% of dropouts obtain a diploma or GED within eight years of their scheduled graduation date). This brief from the American Youth Policy Forum describes the heterogeneity of the disconnected youth population, provides an overview of research-supported best practices, and explores policy challenges and solutions. Our “second-chance” system plays a critical role in ensuring these students successfully engage in education and employment opportunities, but these programs often face significant policy challenges.
IES Report: Comparisons Across Time of the Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities up to Four Years After High School
“Comparisons Across Time of the Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities up to Four Years After High School” has been released by the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). It uses data from two National Longitudinal Transition Study datasets to compare a wide range of post-high school outcomes across time (between 1990 and 2005) of youth with disabilities who had been out of high school up to four years.
Inclusive Schools Week Celebrational Kit
The theme for the December 6-10, 2010, Inclusive Schools Week Celebration is “Awareness to Action: Celebrating 10 Years of Inclusive Schools.” The Inclusive Schools Network offers a celebrational kit and promotional materials for schools to use to enhance their celebration of inclusive education.
National High School Center's Enhanced Early Warning System Tool Helps Keep Students On-Track to Graduate High School
The National High School Center has released an enhanced version of its Early Warning System (EWS) that identifies students at risk of dropping out of high school. The EWS Tool v2.0, a free Microsoft Excel-based program, relies on readily available student-level data (attendance, course failures, grade point average, and credit accumulation) that are entered or imported by schools, districts, or states at regular intervals. Accompanying the tool are two supporting documents: the “Early Warning System Implementation Guide,” and the “National High School Center Early Warning System Tool v2.0 Technical Manual.” The Implementation Guide is a support for schools and districts implementing the EWS Tool v2.0; it outlines a process to identify students at risk for dropping, match them to interventions, and monitor their progress. The Technical Manual is a “how-to” guide for using the EWS Tool v2.0.
Preparing Students for the Rapidly-Changing World: Implications for Instruction and Assessment
Forum Brief & Video
“Preparing Students for the Rapidly Changing World” is the third in a series of three American Youth Policy Forum Capitol Hill forums addressing the need for a new approach to education that ensures that students graduate with the range of skills and abilities necessary for success in the knowledge economy. It focused on assessment and highlighted some of the tools used to measure student acquisition of the competencies needed for future success.
Turning Around 1,000 Schools: The Story of Success for All
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A video of the October 12, 2010, Kristin Anderson Moore lecture on “Turning Around 1,000 Schools: The Story of Success for All” is now available. Materials include Robert Slavin’s presentation and Kristin Anderson Moore’s remarks.
Other National Events
Administration on Developmental Disabilities Regional Summits to Garner Public Input
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) will convene five regional “Envisioning the Future” Summits between October and December 2010, to garner public input and inform ADD’s strategic planning and vision for the future. The summits will focus on issues related to childhood (0-21), adulthood (21-60), aging (60+), and supports from families, caregivers, professionals, and other allies. ADD plans to hold these Summits October 18, in Philadelphia, PA; November 8, Orlando, FL; November 15, Dallas, TX; December 2, Detroit, MI; and December 6, Denver, CO. ADD will soon finalize details about Summit sites, times, and agenda items. For more information, contact Kate Fialkowski, Kennedy Public Policy Fellow and Summit Coordinator, at Kathryn.Fialkowski@acf.hhs.gov or 202-690-6590. Information will also be posted on the Envisioning the Future Summits Web site.
Changing Tides: Innovations in Wraparound
February 16, 2010 - February 18, 2010
Cocoa Beach, FL
Changing Tides: Innovations in Wraparound, a national conference sponsored by Brevard Family Partnership and others will discuss how child welfare and system of care agents can engage in system transformation through the implementation of wraparound values and principles of practice. The conference will disseminate and share information on the use of wraparound practices and models existing within child welfare and systems of care environments nationally; mobilize, inspire, and lead organizations to family-centered engagement modalities, as a catalyst for system transformation, by challenging personal assumptions and values in way that strengthen capacity and commitment to families; and create a forum for the exchange of information among individuals, groups, and institutions, and across professional disciplines.
Merging Career Tech with College Prep: Insights from Successful High Schools
October 7, 2010
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern)
Students enrolled in programs that fuse core academics with career and technical skills are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to complete the classes for college admission. This approach to high school reform, known as Linked Learning, partnership academies, and multiple pathways, is remodeling the traditional curriculum. Instead of separate tracks for vocational and college preparation, high schools are combining them, merging occupational courses into a rigorous academic curriculum to prepare all students for both college and careers. The most successful programs focus on interdisciplinary, project-based learning, partnerships with local business, industry, and institutes of higher education, and a culture of collaboration in schools. The webinar panelists will share tips for building successful programs and summarize the research findings.
TASH 2010 Symposium for Change
October 12, 2010 - October 13, 2010
TASH will convene its 2010 Symposium for Change October 12-13 in Washington, DC. The Symposium’s theme is “Eliminating Disparities for People of Color with Significant Disabilities or Support Needs,” and it is targeted at self-advocates, families, and advocacy organizations; researchers, professors, and students; educators and special educators; disability and community service providers; civil rights advocates and organizations; and local, state, and federal policymakers.
School’s Out: Policy Implications of Quality Accountability and Assessment in Afterschool Programs
October 14, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central)
High-quality afterschool and youth development programs can positively influence a range of child and youth outcomes, including academic, social, and emotional behaviors and development. This webinar will look at approaches to quality improvement, assessment, and accountability in afterschool programs in states and local communities around the country and the implications for policy. Panelists will highlight Prime Time, a nonprofit intermediary of community stakeholders in Palm Beach County aiming to enhance the quality of afterschool programs through a county-wide Quality Improvement System (QIS). This system provides a case study of a “lower-stakes” accountability model, in which the focus is less on periodic ratings of quality and more on continuous quality improvement. Panelists will discuss what is meant by “high-stakes” and “low-stakes” accountability and describe the development and implementation of the QIS by Prime Time.
Laying the Groundwork: What Principals Can Do to Support Beginning Special Education Teachers through Mentoring and Induction
October 21, 2010
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
This webinar will focus on the role of principals in assisting beginning special education teachers (SETs) through induction programs. Principals can select appropriate mentors for both instructional coaching and socialization roles, shelter beginning SETs from overly heavy caseloads and complicated teaching assignments, help to define beginning SETs’ roles and responsibilities, and ensure time to collaborate with general education colleagues, particularly in RTI or inclusion schools. Serving as instructional leaders, sharing leadership, and promoting a positive school culture, principals provide the foundation upon which effective induction programs are implemented.
Working with a Paraprofessional in School: Using the KASA Paraprofessional Toolkit
October 27, 2010
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)
Kids as Self Advocates (KASA) will sponsor this presentation on getting the most use from the documents in the KASA toolkit, which provides guidance on working successfully with a Paraprofessional in a school setting. A paraprofessional is an aide who works one-on-one with a student in classes and throughout the day. Students will share their own experiences of what has worked, and challenges they faced working with paraprofessionals. There will also be information about the process of creating these documents, what goes into running a Youth Led organization like KASA and the importance of youth involvement.
State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Students with Intellectual Disabilities
October 28, 2010 - October 29, 2010
Sponsored by George Mason University and others, the 2010 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities will provide an opportunity for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to discuss the current state of policies, research, and practice in the field. Panels including staff from PSE initiatives, parents, students and other experts will share effective practices during breakout sessions with an opportunity for group discussion.
Wisconsin Youth Panel: Our Employment Stories
November 4, 2010
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Central)
The Wisconsin Cooperative Educational Services Educational Agency #2, supported by the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant and the Department of Public Instruction, will present this panel of three youth discussing their employment experiences including finding their jobs and accommodations they needed for the position. They will also talk about their transition from
high school to secondary education, the community, and living on their own and offer advice for professionals and students on how to make a smooth transition. Further information is available from Pam Jenson, Transition Consultant, CESA #2, firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline: October 25, 2010.
Envisioning the Future
November 8, 2010 - December 6, 2010
The Commissioner for the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) has called this Summit for discussion of the many complex issues affecting people with disabilities across the country – implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states’ new economic reality, persistent unemployment, education reform efforts, and our aging population, and more. ADD wants to hear how self-advocates, family members, allies, and professionals describe a vision of the future for individuals with developmental disabilities. Members of the public are invited to come and simply listen, or to present their ideas. Space will be limited and participants will be asked to register in advance. Opportunities to share written testimonies and commentary through a website will also be available. The summit November 8 in Orlando FL will be followed by summits November 15, 2010, in Dallas, TX; December 2, 2010, in Detroit, MI; and December 6, 2010, in Denver, CO.
Time for Change: Challenging School Policies & Practices to Help Students with Disabilities Stay in School
November 10, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)
The Advocacy Institute sponsors Webinars to meet the training needs of special education advocates nationwide, providing on-going training and professional development for individuals working with families and organizations on behalf of children with disabilities. “Time for Change” will feature Kathleen B. Boundy, Esq., Co-Director of the Center for Law and Education, and Lili Garfinkel, Coordinator of PACER Center’s Juvenile Justice Project.
December 14, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will sponsor a discussion of customized employment and the success it can bring to individuals with significant disabilities. Strategies and suggestions will be provided, including identifying natural workplace supports, using assistive technology, and negotiating employment tasks, to help serve individuals who have typically been excluded from the traditional workforce.
Current Events in Accommodation
February 8, 2011
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will sponsor a discussion of current events in accommodation including tough accommodation situations, tricky ADA issues, technology challenges, and practical tips for handling these and other job accommodation issues.
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CADRE Web site: New and Improved
CADRE (National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education) has revised its Web site. Some of the changes are aesthetic while others are related to new or revised content in resources for dispute resolution in special education and early intervention.
CONNECT Module 3: Communication for Collaboration
This Module from The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge, FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina has information about effective communication practices that can be used to promote collaboration with professionals and families in early care and education, and intervention settings. (The Module can also be accessed through the CADRE website.)
ED Data Express
The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new Web site to bring together in one place data from a number of Department resources. Formerly, users had to visit multiple sites to obtain various data, and formats were sometimes not conducive to sorting and comparing. ED Data Express centralizes data from various program offices, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the College Board. It also includes interactive features that encourage users to explore the data, create customized reports, and view state profiles.
North Central Mental Health Services: A New Innovative Strategies Profile from NCWD/Youth
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth (NCWD/Youth), as part of its work of identifying and sharing successful program strategies that benefit all youth, including youth with disabilities, has posted a new organizational profile to the Innovative Strategies section of its Web site. This profile highlights practices and strategies from the Columbus, Ohio-based North Central Mental Health Services – Transitional Community Treatment Team.
CADRE: Helping Parents and Educators Create Solutions That Improve Results for Students with Disabilities
The CADRE Caucus e-newsletter provides information on improving results for students with disabilities. It is not a discussion group, and does not trade or sell subscribers’ email addresses. It is offered by CADRE (National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education), a project of Direction Service, pursuant to a Cooperative Agreement with the Office of Special Education Programs, United States Department of Education. The opinions expressed in it do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the United States Department of Education, and any mentions of trade names, commercial products, or organizations do not imply endorsement by the United States Government. A link to subscriptions is on the CADRE website.
Employer TA Center on Disability EarnWorks September Newsletter Now Online
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EarnWorks, the national disability-focused technical assistance, policy, and research center, is now available online. EarnWorks is funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This issue includes articles on a supplier diversity webinar, disability employment resource webpage, ODEP’s listening sessions’ summary, workplace managers’ control over absences, U.S. Department of Justice’s updated Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, accommodations and workforce participation, and more.
Federal Grant Opportunities
Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2010
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 2010 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 2010-2011 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.
FY 2010-2011 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
American Library Association Offers Book Club Grant Program to Help Underserved Teens
Grants of up to $200 plus online toolkits will be awarded by the Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) to up to twenty-five public, school, academic, and special libraries for book club programs that work to reach underserved, troubled teen populations through reading and literature. All types of libraries (public, school, academic, and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for a CLUB grant. Potential organizations for Great Stories CLUB partnership include juvenile justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nonprofits serving teen parents, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, shelters serving homeless and runaway youth, etc. Following the application process, 150 libraries will be selected to develop a book discussion program for troubled teens based on the three theme-related titles, and will be given copies of the books to share with participants and access to an online toolkit to support the program. Deadline: November 19, 2010.
got breakfast? Foundation Accepting Applications for School Breakfast Grant Program
The got breakfast? Silent Hero Grant program was launched to encourage schools and non-profit organizations to expand child nutrition programs. The program rewards those who help children start their day off right by serving breakfast. The program will award grants of up to $5,000 each (up to $50,000 in total grants) to public schools, nonprofit private schools, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations participating in the National School Breakfast Program. Priority selection will be given to programs creating a breakfast program where one did not exist before. Deadline for applications: November 15, 2010.
Kennedy Center Launches Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards Program
The Kennedy Center gives Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards of $10,000 to K-12 teachers and college instructors in the United States who have made a significant impact on the lives of students; nominations must be made by students. On March 22 (composer Stephen Sondheim’s birthday) a select number of these teachers each receive these awards in appreciation for their contributions to the field of teaching. Awardees will also be showcased, along with the people they inspired, on the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards web site. The awards were initiated and funded through the support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon. Nominators must be at least 18 years of age, and must have been the nominee's student. Nominees must be legal residents of the United States and must teach or have taught in a K-12 school, college, or university in the United States. Deadline for nominations: December 15, 2010.
Lexus/Scholastic: Eco Challenge
The Lexus Eco Challenge program is designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Maximum award: $30,000 in scholarships and grants. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of five to 10 students and one teacher advisor. Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water): November 3, 2010; Challenge Two (Air/Climate): January 19, 2011.
VFW: National Citizenship Education Teachers' Award
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The VFW’s National Citizenship Education Teachers' Award recognizes the nation’s top elementary, junior high, and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America's history and traditions. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: teachers K-12. Deadline: November 1, 2010.
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