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November 2012 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


Calls to Participate

 

AAIDD Journal Inclusion Call for Papers

http://www.aaidd.org/content_9815.cfm
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) seeks original articles that describe promising practices in services and supports, training, and professional development; case studies; and public policy considerations for “Inclusion.” “Inclusion” is a quarterly online, peer-reviewed journal that provides a multidisciplinary forum for the discussion of interventions and strategies that promote the full inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in society, for administrators, clinicians, policymakers, and other professionals interested in intellectual disability and related developmental disabilities. The expected launch-date is 2013, available as AAIDD member benefit or by subscription.

 

CASEL Seeks Nominations of Effective, Replicable Programs

http://tinyurl.com/acubqaa
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) seeks nominations of effective, replicable programs and approaches that enhance students’ social, emotional, and academic competence in preschool through grade 12. Nominees will be considered for inclusion in a systematic review, to be published and broadly disseminated in to educators, policymakers, and researchers across the United States. Deadline for nominations: November 15, 2012.

 

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides K-16 educators opportunities for overseas experience in approximately 7-10 seminars. The program is open to teachers and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies. Topics and host countries vary annually, although all seminars are in non-western European countries. One seminar being offered next summer is in China, with 14-16 positions, subject to the availability of funds. Application deadline: December 10, 2012.

 

George Washington University’s Transition Special Education Distance Education Certificate Program

https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=GWUGRAD
The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development seeks participants for the Spring 2013 cohort of its 12-credit Transition Special Education Certificate Program. For more information about the program, email Dr. Michael Ward at mjward@gwu.edu. Application deadline: December 1, 2012.

 

Papers on Youth Gangs and Adolescent Development

http://www.s-r-a.org/CallforSpecialIssuePapers
The Journal of Research on Adolescence (JRA) seeks submissions for a special section dedicated to youth gangs and adolescent development. The section will incorporate five to six papers. Submission deadline: January 31, 2013.

 

Transition Assessment & Goal Generator (TAGG)

http://tinyurl.com/a7raymx
The University of Oklahoma’s Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to develop a new transition assessment, the Transition Assessment and Goal Generator, to prepare students with disabilities for life after high school. They are now in the third phase (TAAG) of development for this assessment and need help to develop this new assessment tool from junior and senior students with mild to moderate disabilities across the nation, their special educators, and parents, who will be asked to complete the TAGG, either the AIR Self-Determination Assessment or the EITA, and provide basic demographic information. The Center will provide a meaningful honorarium for participants’ time.

 

VSA International Young Soloists Competition 2013 Seeks Entries

http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/young_soloists.cfm
The VSA & Accessibility Department at the Kennedy Center seeks entries in the 2013 VSA International Young Soloists Competition, The Kennedy Center invites entries from musicians ages 14-25, with a disability, for the Competition. It is open to international and domestic applicants; individuals and ensembles of two to five members; and musicians of all genres. Application deadline: January 15, 2013.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Addressing the General Education Curriculum  (August 2012)
Resources Page

http://nichcy.org/schoolage/effective-practices/gened
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has updated its page of resources on addressing the general education curriculum, with resources to help teach students with disabilities reading, math, science, history, the arts, etc.

 

Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide & Case Studies  (October 2012)
Guide

http://tinyurl.com/c29wxbb
Many afterschool providers are making quality a priority. “Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide & Case Studies,” from The Forum for Youth Investment, and The Wallace Foundation, examines what is needed for developing quality improvement systems (QIS) in a systemic way: it takes research, planning, building consensus, developing resources, managing new processes, and sometimes redefining old relationships. This how-to guide can help those working to create better, more coordinated afterschool programming in building a QIS or further developing existing efforts. Available in pdf (2.76 MB, 115 pp).

 

Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A.  (September 2012) PDF document
Report

http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/CTE.FiveWays.FullReport.pdf
“Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A.,” from Civic Enterprises and the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, examines how career and technical education (CTE) at the high school and postsecondary levels can prepare individuals for the approximately 29 million “middle jobs” in the United States today. These jobs pay between $35,000 and $95,000 a year and are open to individuals who have education and training beyond high school but do not hold a bachelor’s degree. Middle jobs account for one in every five jobs in the American labor market and nearly half of all jobs that pay at least a middle-class wage. Available in pdf (48 pages, 2.62 MB).

 

Child Trends’ Fall Child Indicator Newsletter  (2012)
Newsletter

http://tinyurl.com/avd6711
Child Trends’ Fall “Child Indicator” newsletter compiles new developments and resources in the child and youth indicator field, focusing on the transition to adulthood developmental benchmarks for success on the path to the middle class, indicators of flourishing youth, and updates for the child indicators community. The Transition section highlights challenges facing 18-24 year olds. The latest America’s Children and KIDS COUNT reports, global progress on HIV/AIDS among children, and a new Census Bureau online tool are also noted in this issue. Child Trends produces and distributes “Child Indicator” with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Available in pdf (668 KB, 10 pp).

 

Children with Disabilities: State-Level Data from the American Community Survey  (October) PDF document
Research Brief

http://www.childtrends.org/Files//Child_Trends-2012_10_01_RB_ChildDisabilities.pdf
Child Trends’ research brief, “Children with Disabilities: State-Level Data from the American Community Survey,” presents data on the number and percentage of children identified as having a disability, nationally and by state; on the percentage living in poverty; and on health insurance status. Available in pdf (377 KB, 3 pp).

 

Exploring Innovative Schools and Policy Supports that Prepare College and Career Ready Students – New York, NY  (October)
Study Tour Report

http://www.aypf.org/resources/deeper-learning-field-trip-new-york-october-2012/
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) has published “Exploring Innovative Schools and Policy Supports that Prepare College and Career Ready Students – New York, NY,” reporting on a study tour of October 16-18, 2012, of two schools in New York City that incorporate rigorous academics, higher order skills, and innovative practices to create personalized learning and prepare students for college and career success.

 

Family Engagement in Title I Schools  (2012)
Briefs Trio

http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/1261
Family engagement in Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) helps students, parents, and teachers. This group of three briefs from WestEd, “APTT Model,” “APTT Implementation,” and “Family-Supported Student Learning,” detail how schools can implement an academic family-teacher team model, create a family engagement plan, and have more effective parent-teacher conferences.

 

Journey Toward Special Education Improvement  (January 2011)
Archived Webinar

http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/e/4860?SMUpdate1107
“Journey Toward Special Education Improvement,” an archived webinar, from SchoolsMovingUp WestEd, discusses instructional and cultural changes that resulted in improved student achievement of special education students.

 

NCWD/Transition’s Missing Link: Health Care Transition  (September 2012)
Policy Brief

http://tinyurl.com/ageudn3
In the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) “Guideposts for Success” framework, for what all youth, including youth with chronic conditions and disabilities, need to make a successful transition to further education, careers and adulthood, one of the key elements of the Guideposts under Connecting Activities is health care. NCWD/Youth's new Policy Brief, ” Transition’s Missing Link: Health Care Transition,” draws on a number of recent health care-related reports to identify policy strategies for improving health care transition for youth with chronic conditions and disabilities.

 

Overview of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)  (2012)
Resource Page

http://nichcy.org/schools-administrators/commoncore#overview
NICHCY has developed a resource page providing information about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Their overview of the CCSS gives the who, what, when, where, and why of this initiative, with links to sources for more information.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Reaching Students with Special Needs Through E-Learning
Web-based Event
November 6, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/b6tf394
Students with special learning needs often benefit from personalized instruction. More virtual education opportunities are now available to help meet the academic needs of children with cognitive or physical disabilities, those learning English, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of academic failure. This webinar on “Reaching Students with Special Needs Through E-Learning” explains how educators are balancing virtual learning with the need for face-to-face instruction for these groups of students; and discusses challenges for serving students with disabilities through online learning and which digital tools best meet the “Good for Autism” criteria.

Beyond the Numbers: Data Use for Continuous Improvement of Programs Serving Disconnected Youth (Capitol Hill Forum)
Web-based Event
November 7, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
https://secure.aypf.org/np/clients/aypf/event.jsp?event=1015
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) will present a Forum/Webinar for the release of their report, “Beyond the Numbers: Data Use for Continuous Improvement of Programs Serving Disconnected Youth.” AYPF has been conducting in-depth studies to examine how three high-achieving youth-serving programs, Diploma Plus Network, Our Piece of the Pie, and Roca, use data as a tool for continuous program improvement and ongoing accountability.

Aligning & Strengthening Coalitions, Commissions & Intermediaries
Web-based Event
November 27, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/avqvvjp
Most communities already have lots of partnerships in place, each with its own websites, memorandums of understanding, etc. These partnerships can be an enormous asset in meetings the needs of the whole child and the whole community – IF they are organized into a coherent arrangement. This webinar from the Forum for Youth Investment will explore one tool for gathering information about these various groups and using the information to advance community efforts.

Leveraging Local Resources: Promising Practices for Dropout Prevention and Recovery in Rural Districts
Web-based Event
November 29, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
https://secure.aypf.org/np/clients/aypf/event.jsp?event=1016
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) will present a webinar, “Leveraging Local Resources: Promising Practices for Dropout prevention and Recovery in Rural Districts.” Many efforts to address the dropout crisis have focused on large, urban schools, but a national effort to reduce the number of drop-outs requires attention to all communities, including rural communities and should build upon resources and capacities which already exist within the community. The webinar will explore the use of state data systems for the development and implementation of early warning systems in Sussex County VA, and will describe the Communities In Schools model that has been implemented in the Greater Central Texas region.

Raising All Boats: High Performing Districts in California
Web-based Event
December 4, 2012
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/e/5305
“Raising All Boats: High Performing Districts in California,” a webinar, from SchoolsMovingUp, an on-line WestEd initiative, will discuss what makes a district high performing and able to “raise all boats” (i.e., performing well both overall and with most schools and most student subgroups). Two district superintendents will share the steps they took.

National Disability Inclusion Leadership Development Institute
Institute
December 10, 2012 - December 11, 2012
Arlington, VA
http://serviceandinclusion.org/institute2012/index.php
The National Disability Inclusion Leadership Development Institute, sponsored by the National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP), is designed to meet the needs both of experienced leaders in the national service field seeking state of the art approaches and new leaders seeking to implement disability inclusion capacity building. It will offer skills training and information on training resources and peer networks for providing research-based training on effective practices in disability inclusion.

Road Maps to Common Core Success

March 11, 2013
Forum
Indianapolis, IN
http://www.edweek.org/events/common-core-success/?intc=EM_EWLF9_11.6
“Road Maps to Common Core Success,” an Education Week Leadership Forum, will be held twice, in Indianapolis, IN, March 11, 2013; and White Plains, NY, March 21, 2013. Each will be a daylong event, with state and district leaders and education experts sharing their common core implementation experiences, and new ideas on curricula, teacher training, and assessment. Deadline for reduced-rate early bird registration: January 9, 2013. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

Job Shadow

http://www.jobshadow.com/
Job Shadow provides real interviews from people as they talk about the jobs they do and the careers they have.

 

pepnet2

http://www.pepnet.org/
The pepnet2 (Pn2) Web site is a national collaboration of professionals with expertise in an array of content areas and a variety of environments, including research, technology, personnel development, media production, and technical assistance, to increase the educational, career and lifetime choices available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.


Listservs

 

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has released The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, a new online newsletter for mentoring professionals. It will highlight new research and ideas about youth mentoring and provide practitioners a forum to share experiences.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2012-2013

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
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 2013 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.

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2012-2013

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
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 2013 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 2012 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 2012 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

 

Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment

http://captainplanetfoundation.org/
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. schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Deadline: February 28, 2013.

 

Christopher Columbus Awards 2012-2013

http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com
The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM competition for middle school students and teachers looking to make a difference in their community. Working in teams, students identify a problem in the community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 grant. Eligibility: schools (grades 6-8) and community groups. Deadline: February 4, 2013.

 

Earthwatch Institute: Fellowships

http://www.earthwatch.org/aboutus/education/edopp/
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators 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: two weeks after educator-interest application is submitted; ultimate deadline May 1, 2013.

 

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation Offers SIF Grants for Organizations Serving At-Risk Youth

http://www.emcf.org/our-grantees/applying-to-emcf/2012-13-grants-competition/
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation is inviting youth-serving organizations in the United States to apply for the second round of EMCF Social Innovation Fund grants. The program's goal is to expand the pool of organizations with programs proven to help increase the numbers of low-income young people who make the transition to productive adulthood. The foundation seeks applications from youth-serving organizations in the United States that have compelling evidence of their programs' impact on economically disadvantaged youth, ages 9 to 24; a track record of reaching the hardest-to-serve youth in communities of need; and strong leadership and a potential for growth. The foundation is particularly interested in programs that can benefit philanthropically underserved communities, including rural areas. Applicants must be an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501(a), or any entity or organization described in sections 170(c)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations must have been in operation for at least three years directly serving young people in a community or communities of need in the U.S. The foundation plans to award up to five grants each totaling up to $5 million over two to three years. Recipients will be responsible for meeting a 1:1 match of these grants. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: November 9, 2012; applications are due by November 20, 2012.

 

Fund for Teachers Grants

http://www.fundforteachers.org/about-us.php
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% of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made. Deadline: January 31, 2013.

 

National Federation of Independent Business: Young Entrepreneur Awards

http://www.nfib.com/yef/yef-programs/young-entrepreneur-awards
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Awards program raises awareness among the nation's youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Maximum award: $10,000 in tuition assistance. Eligibility: high school seniors. Deadline: December 17, 2012.

 

PBS LearningMedia/The Henry Ford PBS Teacher Innovator Awards

http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/innovators
PBS Teacher Innovator Awards recognize innovative PreK-12 educators who use digital media to enhance student learning. Entrants submit a short video or PDF with text and images that showcases their work. Entries can be a demonstration of a unique teaching technique or the outcome of influence on a student work. Maximum award: all-paid, week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan in August 2013; free professional development from PBS TeacherLine. Eligibility: preK-12 classroom educators (public, private, or charter school), library media specialists, technology specialists/coordinators, homeschool educators, and Head Start or licensed daycare teachers. Deadline: December 12, 2012.

 

Youth Leadership Grants

http://tinyurl.com/lxqnqk
The Starbucks Foundation grants support organizations that equip young people (ages 15-24) in the areas of “business savvy,” “social conscience” and “collaborative communication.” Deadline for submitting letters of intent: December 15, 2012.

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