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November 2011 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

Calls to Participate


2012 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity Seeks Presentation Proposals
The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies, will be in Honolulu, HI, March 26-27, 2012, and seeks proposals for poster presentations, interactive roundtables, 30-minute topical presentations, 60-minute breakout presentations, 90-minute seminar/colloquium, and 120-minute interactive workshops. Each proposal can be submitted under only ONE topic area and must include an abstract synopsis of 50 words or less. The application form is on the Web site. Deadline for applications: December 16, 2011.


Call For Papers On School-Justice Partnerships To Keep Kids in School PDF document
The New York State Permanent Judicial Division on Justice for Children has issued a call for papers for its National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships, “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court.” The Summit will take place from March 11–13, 2012, in New York, NY, and will highlight the importance of partnerships between the education and justice systems. Papers may be submitted on a variety of topics, including adolescent development, information sharing, courts and juvenile justice, multidisciplinary collaborations, federal and state policies and initiatives, and data, research, and evaluations. Abstracts are due by November 15 and may be submitted online (at Available in pdf (61.9 KB, 2 pp).


Our World, Our Future National Service-Learning Conference Seeks Affiliates
The 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference® and youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference will be in Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2012. Conference participants will share on how youth passion, creativity, and innovation can address world issues and how to enlist young people in leadership roles to work in partnership with adults through service-learning. The conference seeks affiliates who will provide non-monetary support for the conference by: providing a link from the affiliate’s Web site to the conference Web site (; including conference announcements in the affiliate’s electronic and/or print publications; and sending two conference announcements to internal and/or external email lists between October 1, 2011, and April 1, 2012. Conference affiliates will receive recognition on the conference Web site and in the 2012 conference program guide, regular updates, and a link on the conference Web site to the affiliate’s Web site. Deadline to become an affiliate: December 15, 2011.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


A Question of Delivery  (November 2011)
Research from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners in the Campaign for High School Equity, reported in “A Question of Delivery,” finds that African-American and Latino parents and caregivers perceive high dropout rates and low college attendance as problems in their communities. These parents individually are committed to ensuring the educational success of their children, but are unaware of the larger public school reform movement, and face many barriers to achieving a strong education and college degrees for their children. Reform organizations and education leaders should work with the parents on the parents’ terms to engage them in a collective, coordinated effort that would empower them to hold the educational system accountable for more effective and inclusive reforms and innovations and increase their children’s chances to be ready for college and complete a degree.


American Association of School Administrators: Improving College-Going Toolkit  (2011)
The American Association of School Administrators' (AASA) has released the “Improving College-Going Toolkit,” as part of its mission of advocating for high-quality public education for all students. Produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the toolkit has three goals: to provide school district leaders with a greater awareness and understanding of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund reporting requirements for college enrollment and persistence; to provide tools and strategies for communicating these new data items to boards, teachers, families; and to provide levers of change to improve college-going and persistence rates, by ensuring that school system leaders are equipped to increase college-going rates.


Becoming Independent  (2009)
This film is about three young adults with disabilities, and shows them at work and home. It explains their lives, hopes and dreams for the future.


Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004  (September 2011)
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This Questions and Answers document from the U.S. Department of Education gives information on the workings of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Child Indicator Fall Newsletter  (October 2011)
Child Trends’ newsletter “The Child Indicator,” issued three times a year, has information on major developments and new resources within the child and youth indicators field. The Fall 2011 issue provides a roundup of recent updates to key national indicator publications and features new resources, including the 2011 “KIDS COUNT” data book, on the importance of geographic location for a child’s well-being, as growing economic insecurity and declining opportunity among families affect children, the “worst” states performing 2-4 times more poorly on every indicator than the “best” states; and of interventions to address the needs both of children, through high-quality early childhood and literacy programs, and of their parents, through programs that increase family income and assets. Child Trends produces and distributes “The Child Indicator” with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


How Rural High Schools are Preparing Students for College and Careers through Dual Enrollment and Career and Technical Education  (August 2011)
Archived Webinar
This webinar, held July 28, 2011, described how rural schools are preparing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in college and in jobs by creating learning opportunities through dual enrollment and career and technical education, highlighting the challenges and successes of two small, rural high schools that are improving college and career readiness for all students by collaborating with community colleges and local businesses, Patton Springs School (Afton TX), and Loving High School (Loving, NM). Also addressed was how the U.S. Department of Education is supporting the college and career readiness efforts of rural schools.


Life After High School Transition Tool Kit: Strategies Tools and Resources  (2009)
Tool Kit
This guide has tools and resources for families of youth with disabilities to assist in creating successful transition plans.


NDTAC 2011 National Conference Materials on Leading and Managing Change for Program Improvement  (June)
Conference Materials
The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who are Neglected, Delinquent or At Risk (NDTAC) held a conference on “Leading and Managing Change for Program Improvement,” June 1-3, 2011, and has made available on its Web site conference materials on ways to respond to change, promote change through the use of effective practices, and make change proactively within existing systems in order to better serve youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at-risk. The conference page includes presentations, session descriptions, PowerPoint slides, and related handouts.


Project Forum’s Special Education Value-Added Performance Evaluation Systems: A State-level Focus  (November 2011)
Policy Analysis
This brief policy analysis describes current special education teacher and related services provider performance evaluation systems in the states. It begins with background on methods of measuring teacher effectiveness and describes data collected through a survey of states and results regarding states roles in performance evaluation frameworks, differentiation of these frameworks for special educators, how evaluation data are used for special educators, and recommendations from the states that responded. (Most states reported that they were too early in the development or implementation of their performance evaluation systems to provide detailed information regarding use of data or recommendations.)


Scaling Up School and Community Partnerships: The Community Schools Strategy Coalition for Community Schools  (2011)
“Scaling Up School and Community Partnerships,” published by a partnership between the Coalition for Community Schools and the Institute for Educational Leadership, is a guide that describes the what, why, and how of system-wide expansion of community schools, to help communities and schools at various points in the process of planning and implementing a community schools strategy. It is an interactive guide, designed to help school districts and their public and private community partners organize and mobilize community resources to support student success.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


On the Path to Recovery: Medication, Mental Health Treatment, and the Transition to Adult Life
Web-based Event
November 4, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   (Pacific)
This webinar will examine key issues that affect the use of psychotropic medication by young adults who are experiencing mental illness. It will discuss evidence-based use of medication, potential side effects, the influence of stigma, and cultural meaning and consider the elements of successful collaborative decision-making processes.

Service Learning and Education for Sustainability
Web-based Event
November 10, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Central)
The National Youth Leadership Council, with the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, will present a webinar on how to apply the lens of sustainability to service-learning projects and programs and will feature a middle school case study.

Increasing Student Voice, Ownership, and Leadership
Web-based Event
November 15, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Central)
The National Youth Leadership Council, with the Generator School Network, will present a webinar on creating a system of support for authentic youth voice as a challenging yet essential element in getting young people to lead and take ownership of their learning. The session will explore current perceptions of and opportunities for shared decision-making with youth, and techniques and resources to strengthen youth voice in learning.

What Do You Want To Take Stock Of?: Exploring the Gallup Student Poll
Web-based Event
November 29, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Forum for Youth Investment will present a webinar in its Ready by 21 series on the Gallup Student Poll’s findings. To make good decisions for youth outcomes, leaders need data from the settings and systems where young people spend their time; information about youths’ physical and mental health, afterschool activities, employment and family structure; and information about the extent and performance of existing services and supports. The Gallup Student Poll, with a highlight on their recent findings from the Northern Kentucky region, provides data that communities have found useful, and this webinar will explore what is most important for individual communities.

Rethinking Education Governance for the 12st Century
December 1, 2011
Washington, DC
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Center for American Progress will present a one-day conference, “Rethinking Education Governance for the 12st Century,” to ask how our mostly 19th-century system of K-12 governance might be modernized and made more receptive to the changes that have occurred – and need to occur – in education. The speakers will probe the structural impediments to school reform and offer provocative alternatives. School reforms abound today, yet even the boldest and most imaginative have produced only marginal gains in student achievement.

The Impact of Higher Achievement’s Year-Round Out-of-School Time Program on Academic Outcomes
Web-based Event
December 6, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
Higher Achievement, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, is an out-of-school-time program as a way of providing academic supports to help close the achievement gap, especially for students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds as they transition from elementary to middle grades. It provides youth with a rigorous afterschool and summer academic experience, targets the critical transition to middle school, serves students throughout the middle school years, and helps them apply to competitive high schools. Students in the after-school program engage in sessions that include homework help, arts or recreation electives, small-group academic instruction using a structured curriculum, and participate in monthly field trips, career-shadowing days, community service projects, and college visits. The webinar will discuss the findings of a study of this program and address implications for policy and practice.

Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: State of The Science Conference
March 1, 2012 - March 2, 2012
Arlington, VA
The Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: State of The Science Conference, sponsored by NIDRR, will be held in Arlington, VA. The conference is intended for multidisciplinary rehabilitation professionals, including physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, rehabilitation case managers, rehabilitation counselors, disability specialists, other professionals serving the field of rehabilitation medicine, and researchers studying minorities with disabilities. The conference’s purposes are to advance the science of disability research involving racial and ethnic minorities, build capacities of researchers, and foster networking and communication among researchers, students, clinicians, funders, journal editors, and consumers. Available in pdf (1.08 MB, 16 pp).

ILLOWA AHEAD Regional Conference
April 12, 2012 - April 13, 2012
Champaign, IL
The ILLOWA Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) Regional Conference will be held April 12-13, 2012, in Champaign, IL. For more information contact

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability: Experience Understood in Image, Poetry, Narrative, and Research
April 24, 2012 - April 25, 2012
Columbus, OH
The 12th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability: Experience Understood in Image, Poetry, Narrative, and Research, sponsored by ADA OSU, is a catalyst for positive change and for collaborations with partners in education, business, public and social service. The workshops bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. To ensure broad participation from the university community, business, state and local government, educators, advocacy organizations, social service agencies, and individuals with disabilities sponsors are sought each year to subsidize conference participants. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Doing What Works
Doing What Works (DWW), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, contains an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice. Much of the DWW content is based on information from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) What Works Clearinghouse.


Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs Web Tool
The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs has created an online Web tool that allows users to search for federal grant opportunities by youth topic or federal agency on The tool uses a filter to search for grants that are likely to fund youth programs. is a Web site that allows users to search and apply for thousands of federal grants.


Personnel Improvement Center
The Personnel Improvement Center (PIC): National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities contains information to help increase the nation’s capacity to recruit, prepare, and retain fully qualified special educators, early intervention and related service providers through knowledge development, technical assistance and dissemination, and leadership coordination.


The National Center for Homeless Education
The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) at the SERVE Center is a Web site supporting the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NCHE is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center in the area of homeless education, and covers such areas as products and resources (national, state, and local), legislation, and best practices.


What Works Clearinghouse
The What Works Clearinghouse, an initiative of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has been updated to give the public better ways to find what works in education. Publications are now categorized into 15 topic areas. Resources included under topic areas include reviews, practice guides, and intervention reports.




E-adolescence has on-line resources for state MCH professionals working to improve adolescent health, safety and well-being, a resource made possible by the National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health (NIIAH) and produced by the State Adolescent Health Resource Center at the Konopka Institute at the University of Minnesota. To be included, email to

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


FY 2011-2011 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


FY 2011-2012 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


Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment
The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Deadline: January 15, 2012.


Computer Science Collaboration Project Mini-Grants
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Computer Science Collaboration Project (CSCP) has announced the availability of mini-grant funding for collaborative projects to increase the participation of K-12 youth with disabilities in computer science. These mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between participants from K-12 settings, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry to encourage youth with disabilities to explore and pursue computer science educational programs and careers. Grants are for up to $1,000 (must have a minimum of two collaborating partners) and $1,001-$3,000 (must have three or more collaborating partners and a commensurate total number of youth contact hours). Collaborating partners can be from K-12 settings, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry. Funds must be used for direct programming needs for projects occurring within the period of January 1, 2012, to October 31, 2012. Application deadline: November 30, 2011.


Earthwatch Institute Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully-funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of over 100 projects around the world. Maximum award: fully-funded fellowship. Eligibility: elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline. Deadline: February 13, 2012.


Fund for Teachers: Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made. Deadline: varies by state.


National Science Teachers Association: Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers
The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers provides selected K-12 teachers in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual National Conference on Science Education. Award recipients will be mentored, tracked, and provided with continuing opportunities for meaningful involvement with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and its activities. Maximum award: up to $1,000 to be used to attend the annual National Conference; recipients will be invited to attend workshops and presentations of particular interest to new teachers at the annual National Conference. Eligibility: teachers within the first five years full-time teaching at the time of application who are NSTA members; to the extent possible, recipients must have been a student member of NSTA as a pre-service teacher. Deadline: November 30, 2011.


Project Ignition
The National Youth Leadership Council® and State Farm® are offering $2,000 Project Ignition grants for public high school students and teachers to address teen driver safety through service-learning. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for adolescents., a staggering statistic that young people, in partnership with their teachers and community, can change through Project Ignition, by creating awareness and engagement campaigns. Twenty-five schools will be chosen to implement their campaigns from January 2012 to April 2012. The ten best will be selected to receive an additional $5,000 to support their participation in a national conference or event, and could also receive an additional $2,500 to go deeper with their campaigns during the 2012-2013 school year. Applications are due November 15, 2011.


William T. Grant Foundation Offers Support for Research Projects Addressing Youth Social Settings
The William T. Grant Foundation, which supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth, ages 8-25, in the United States, is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Investigator Initiated Grants program. The program is designed to support research projects that address the foundation’s current research interests: enhancing understanding of how youth social settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved. Applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution, in the U.S. or abroad. Projects must address issues of compelling relevance for theory, policy, and/or practice affecting the settings of youth ages 8-25 in the U.S.; and reflect high standards of evidence and rigorous methods. Investigator-initiated grants usually range from $100,000 to $600,000 for projects of two to three years. Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: January 5, 2012

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