December 2006 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
ediONLINE: Online Professional Development Courses and Certificate Programs in Disability, Workplace, and Employment Support Practice
Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute’s ediONLINE provides high-quality online training to managers, practitioners, advocates, and policymakers in the disability field in order to improve and enhance effectiveness in supporting employment outcomes and greater economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. ediONLINE’s courses seek to bridge the gap between policy and practice by providing practical applications, hands-on learning, leading-edge skills, and knowledge that learners can immediately apply to their work. Upcoming trainings include Overview of SSA Disability Determination and SSDI, Person-Centered Career Planning, and Overview of SSI. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.
SAMHSA Launches National Mental Health Anti-Stigma Campaign
On December 4, 2006, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Ad Council, launched a national public service advertising campaign designed to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness and encourage young adults to support their friends with mental health problems. The rate of serious psychological distress is higher among 18-25 year olds than among all adults over 18 yet 18-25 year olds show the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors.
Calls to Participate
Artists with Disabilities Age 18+: Enter Renascence 07: An International Juried Showcase of Artists with Disabilities
VSA arts is seeking innovative, experimental artists whose work demonstrates the creative fusion of visual art with interactive or sensory experience; communication and information technologies; movement or performance; and/or audio production to submit entries to Renascence 07: An International Juried Showcase of Artists with Disabilities. Open to artists ages 18 and over who are committed to their artistic progress and who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. Applicants from a wide range of practices, such as digital arts, installation, and time-based media, are encouraged to apply. Entry deadline: February 2, 2007.
Parents of Children with Special Health Care Needs: Take an Online Survey
The Family Voices and Tufts University research team invites parents of children (ages 6-18) with special health care needs (CSHCN) (including special mental health/behavioral/emotional needs) to complete an anonymous online survey. The survey aims to learn how families promote health and wellness for CSHCN regarding food choices, physical activity, and screen time (TV and computers). The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting. The results will be shared with health professionals, government agencies, other families, and researchers to help them support healthier lifestyles for CSHCN. The survey will be available online until December 31, 2006.
Students with Hearing Loss in Grades 6-11: Apply to Participate in the 2nd Annual National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
Students with hearing loss in grades 6-11 are invited to submit their science projects for the second annual National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, where they can win up to $500 in cash awards and other prizes. Students can compete individually or in a two- or three-person team. In March, judges will choose finalists who will be invited to attend the Science Fair, April 27-29, 2007, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s Rochester, NY, campus. Application deadline: February 1, 2007.
Submit Comments: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Part D
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The U.S. Secretary of Education is soliciting public comment prior to finalizing the comprehensive plan for national activities authorized under subparts 2 and 3, part D of IDEA. Address comments to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW., Room 4102, Washington, DC 20202-2641. You can also email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org; you MUST use “Comments on IDEA Part D National Activities Comprehensive Plan” in the subject line of your e-mail. Comment submission deadline: January 11, 2007.
The Resource Zone
Creating Environments That Work for All Youth: Increasing the Use of Evidence-Based Strategies by Special Education Teachers
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
Volume 5 , Issue 1
With a goal of increasing the use of evidence-based practices in special education programs and improve student outcomes, a research demonstration project was developed through a unique partnership of special educators, parents, administrators, and investigators. This brief reports on the method, implementation, and initial findings from this project.
Transition Services for Students Aged 18-21 with Intellectual Disabilities in College and Community Settings: Models and Implications of Success
NCSET Information Brief
Volume 5 , Issue 5
This brief provides an overview of some successful models of transition services being implemented in postsecondary settings, describes one such model implemented by the Baltimore City Public School System in three local colleges, and presents some of the implications and strategies for success of this model.
Other National Resources
A Framework for Success for All Students: Collected Papers from the Technical Support Team for the Schools for a New Society Initiative and Carnegie Corporation of New York
This document outlines the conceptual framework for Schools for a New Society (SNS), Carnegie Corporation of New York’s $60 million initiative to reinvent American high school education. Launched in 2001, SNS aims to transform the high school experience of more than 140,000 students in more than 100 schools. The framework outlined in this volume represents a theory for how a district can transform its high schools into a system that ensures that all students have access to high-quality education. Available in PDF (70 pages, 1.1 MB).
A Public Education Primer: Basic (and Sometimes Surprising) Facts About the U.S. Education System
This report from the Center on Education Policy answers the following questions about public education in the U.S.: Where are the students? Who are the students? Who controls public education? How are public schools funded? How well are students achieving? What is the public school teaching force like? What other services do public schools provide? Available in PDF (40 pages, 1.8 MB).
Action Brief #1: Ready for College
Much has been written about whether young people across this country are ready for college. The Forum for Youth Investment, Connect for Kids, Voices for America’s Children, and many state Kids Count organizations developed this brief to share the vision, messages, and state policies being proposed to improve the college readiness of youth. Available in PDF (4 pages, 117 KB).
Action Brief #2: Ready for Work
Much attention has traditionally been paid to the leaks in the “education pipeline”, but now employers, youth, and communities are focusing on repairing the “work pipeline” to ensure that young people are ready for work by age 21. To that end, the Forum for Youth Investment, Connect for Kids, Voices for America’s Children, and many state Kids Count organizations developed this brief to share the vision, messages, and state policies being proposed to improve the work readiness of youth. Available in PDF (6 pages, 218 KB).
Building Statewide Initiatives in Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities
In May 2006, the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities held its State Education Agency Forum. Materials from the Forum are available online including presentations from OSEP; presentations on Indicators 3, 4, 8, and 14; and presentations entitled Improving Student Outcomes Through Transition-Focused Education, What the Research Tell Us: Preventing Dropout for Youth with Disabilities, What Youth Want You To Know About Keeping Them in School, What Research and Practice Tell Us About Keeping Youth in School, Getting a Better Picture of Your Data, Building Your Technical Assistance Strategy: Big Ideas from SPP Analysis, and many more.
Call to Action: Student Supports and School Improvement
The Center for Mental Health in Schools held a Leadership Summit in July 2006 to open a dialogue about why student supports continue to be marginalized in school improvement efforts, explore what can be done to change the situation, and most importantly, begin a process for mobilizing support staff at school sites to collaborate for development of comprehensive intervention systems (as contrasted with the current tendency to emphasize expanding services and enhancing delivery). This report reflects work done prior to and during the Summit. Available in PDF (33 pages, 436 KB).
Evidence-Based Practice—Wanted, Needed, and Hard to Get
While the law requires teachers to use evidence-based practices (EBPs), the field has not determined criteria for EBP nor whether special education has a solid foundation of these practices. Also, teaching strategies that have been researched are difficult for teachers to access. This Web page from the Council for Exceptional Children summarizes the research on EBP and EBP in the classroom, shares what teachers say about EBP and what CEC is doing on EBP, and provides links to resources related to EBP.
High School Reform and Work: Facing Labor Market Realities
This Policy Information Report from the Educational Testing Service seeks to bring to the attention of educators and policymakers the body of facts and knowledge about present and future work requirements, including what employers say they want—and need—from their employees. It also considers the skills and knowledge that will be required for high school graduates to secure good jobs without a college diploma. Available in PDF (34 pages, 725 KB).
Improving Access to the General Curriculum for Students with Disabilities through Collaborative Teaching
Online Training Module
This professional development module from The Access Center explores the definition of co-teaching, how co-teaching looks in the classroom, scheduling and planning issues, and the challenge of supervising and evaluating a co-teaching team. It can be modified to accommodate audiences of teachers, supervisors, and/or administrators.
No Rite of Passage: Coming to Grips with Harassment and Bullying
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This edition of the National School Boards Association's “Leadership Insider” newsletter compiles viewpoints and resources on how school districts can address harassment and bullying. Articles include an overview of the legal considerations, a review of court decisions relevant to cyber-bullying, a warning about pitfalls in the anti-bullying push, profiles of anti-harassment and anti-bullying efforts in several states and communities, and the story of how one school board set up a process to resolve a controversy over whether sexual orientation should be specified as a protected category in its anti-harassment policy. Available in PDF (12 pages, 434 KB).
Other National Events
2007 Effective Strategies Institute: Planting Seeds of Promise: Reaching, Teaching, and Engaging
January 16, 2007 - January 19, 2007
The 2007 Effective Strategies Institute will feature nationally known keynote speakers, professional educators, and presentations on a variety of strategies that work with high school students who are at risk of dropping out. Sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, the Florida Department of Education, Florida’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Florida Association of Alternative School Educators, and Communities In Schools of Florida.
Addressing the Needs of Juvenile Status Offenders and Their Families
January 18, 2007
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
Policymakers, judges, attorneys, law enforcement, juvenile justice, child welfare, social services, and other youth serving agencies are invited to participate in this videoconference, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and others. It aims to raise awareness of juvenile status offenders and the risks they face in becoming more deeply involved in serious risk behavior, offending, and the juvenile justice system; and to highlight promising legislative reforms, policies, programs, and practices across the country for intervening with status offenders and their families, reducing further offending. Participation is free but registration is required.
State Legislators’ Call on Facilitating Transitions for Youth with Mental Health Needs
January 24, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
Young adults with serious emotional and/or behavioral difficulties have the poorest outcomes of all people with disabilities as they enter adulthood. They also face serious gaps in services, including mental health services, when they turn 18. This call will present a policy overview and lessons learned from federally-funded demonstration projects across the country that successfully address the needs of older youth with mental health needs. For more info, contact Jan Richter at email@example.com.
OSEP Regulations Implementation Meeting
January 30, 2007 - January 31, 2007
This OSEP Regulations Implementation Meeting is for Part B state directors and state staff, PTI and CPRC staff, TA&D Network directors and staff, and SPP Steering Committee members in Regions 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT) and 2 (DE, DC, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV). The meeting is designed to support states in their implementation of the Part B Final Regulations. Topics for each meeting will include discipline; IEPs, IEP Meetings, evaluations, and re-evaluations; private school children; Highly Qualified Teachers; procedural safeguards (due process procedures, procedural safeguards notice); monitoring and monitoring activities (technical assistance and enforcement); National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS); and Response to Intervention for the identification of specific learning disabilities, early intervening services.
10th International Conference on Cognitive Disabilities/Mental Retardation, Autism, and Other Developmental Disabilities: Research to Practice
January 31, 2007 - February 2, 2007
This conference, presented by the Division on Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children, will include presentations by key experts in the field as well as self-advocates with disabilities. Topical areas will include assistive technology, Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), evidence-based practices in cognitive disabilities, multiple disabilities, transition, self-determination, and paraprofessionals.
Leadership for Equity and Excellence: Transforming Education: The Second Annual National Forum on Disproportionality
February 7, 2007 - February 9, 2007
At the Second Annual National Forum on Disproportionality, presented by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt), educators, policymakers, advocacy groups, parents, and community members will gather to explore how educational systems can assure equity in educational outcomes for all students through school improvement, leadership, family and community partnerships, policy, and teaching. The Forum will share current research, best practices, and tools for transforming educational systems. Early bird registration ends December 15, 2006.
OSEP Regulations Implementation Meeting
February 12, 2007 - February 13, 2007
Los Angeles, CA
This OSEP Regulations Implementation Meeting is for Part B state directors and state staff, PTI and CPRC staff, TA&D Network directors and staff, and SPP Steering Committee members in Regions 5 (AZ, CO, BIA, KS, MT, NE, NM, ND, SD, UT, WY) and 6 (AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, AS, GU, CNMI, FSM, RMI, Palau). The meeting is designed to support states in their implementation of the Part B Final Regulations. Topics for each meeting will include discipline; IEPs, IEP Meetings, evaluations, and re-evaluations; private school children; Highly Qualified Teachers; procedural safeguards (due process procedures, procedural safeguards notice); monitoring and monitoring activities (technical assistance and enforcement); National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS); and Response to Intervention for the identification of specific learning disabilities, early intervening services.
2007 Conference on Inclusive Education: Create an Educational Masterpiece
February 15, 2007 - February 17, 2007
Professionals who are committed to educational excellence for all students, who want to learn about successful alternatives to separate classrooms for students with disabilities, and who are looking for more strategies for supporting inclusion are encouraged to attend this conference, sponsored by PEAK Parent Center.
OSEP Regulations Implementation Meeting
February 15, 2007 - February 16, 2007
Kansas City, MO
This OSEP Regulations Implementation Meeting is for Part B state directors and state staff, PTI and CPRC staff, TA&D Network directors and staff, and SPP Steering Committee members in Regions 3 (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, OK, PR, TX, USVI) and 4 (IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, PA, WI). The meeting is designed to support states in their implementation of the Part B Final Regulations. Topics for each meeting will include discipline; IEPs, IEP Meetings, evaluations, and re-evaluations; private school children; Highly Qualified Teachers; procedural safeguards (due process procedures, procedural safeguards notice); monitoring and monitoring activities (technical assistance and enforcement); National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS); and Response to Intervention for the identification of specific learning disabilities, early intervening services.
19th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM: Tools, Techniques, and Strategies That Encourage Students to Graduate
February 18, 2007 - February 21, 2007
Myrtle Beach, SC
Educators at all levels are invited to attend the 19th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM, sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. Attendees will learn about proven programs supported by evidence-based research in the areas of workforce preparation, literacy (helping struggling readers), attendance/truancy, teen pregnancy prevention, after-school programs, students with disabilities, resiliency, and service learning. The FORUM is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are working to strengthen interventions among schools, communities, and families, especially those in at-risk situations.
Forum 2007—Vision for a New Economy: Workforce Leadership Matters!
February 24, 2007 - February 27, 2007
Workforce investment leaders and business executives are encouraged to attend this forum, sponsored by the National Association of Workforce Boards. The forum will focus in part on the impact that “regionalism” will continue to exert on the new economy and on the workforce development system, and the critical role that workforce leadership will continue to play in this process. The goal of the forum is to create a peer-to-peer learning environment where workforce leaders can openly exchange knowledge, ideas, and solutions on how their communities can turn today’s workforce challenges into long-term opportunities.
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Attention Deficit Disorder Resources
Attention Deficit Disorder Resources is a national non-profit organization that helps people with ADD or ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities. Its Web site includes reading material, resources, events, learning opportunities, and a monthly listserv.
Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention
Check & Connect, a dropout prevention model developed by researchers at the Institute on Community Integration, was recently accepted into the What Works Clearinghouse as an evidence-based intervention (see http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/dropout/check_conn/). The Check & Connect Web site provides information about the model, projects implementing the model, publications and presentations of project staff, and information on program impact.
First in the Family: Advice About College
This Web site from What Kids Can Do features straight-up, practical advice from first-generation students who have made it to college, including videos and other testimonials. The site also includes facts, tips, planning checklists, and other resources.
A nonprofit research, development, and service agency, WestEd enhances and increases education and human development within schools, families, and communities. Its Web site includes information about WestEd and its services and products, including publications and events. Visitors can also request to be put on WestEd’s mailing and e-mailing lists.
EARNWorks.com Employer and Provider Newsletters
The Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) is a free service funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy that helps employers recruit and hire qualified workers through a network of over 6,500 disability employment service providers. EARN also helps employers understand the practical business reasons behind the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities, as well as practices that facilitate them and offers direct employment assistance for service providers and indirect assistance to jobseekers with disabilities. EARN publishes e-mail newsletters for both employers and service providers.
Proyecto Visión Newsletter
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Proyecto Visión, a bilingual Web site for Latinos with disabilities, posts a bimonthly newsletter on its Web site at http://www.proyectovision.net/english/news/. It includes job, internship, and scholarship opportunities; resources on employment, Latinos, and disability; news stories; and more. To subscribe, enter your e-mail address in the box on Proyecto Visión’s home page.
Finding Resources to Support Workforce Development Services for Youth
This brief from The Finance Project discusses strategies for finding resources to support youth workforce development services and highlights examples of innovative approaches. It seeks to provide program and community leaders, as well as policymakers, with ideas for supporting critical youth workforce development services. Available in PDF (36 pages, 1.6 MB).
Federal Grant Opportunities
Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
The National Science Foundation’s ITEST program is designed to increase opportunities for middle and high school students and teachers to learn about, experience, and use information technologies within the context of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including Information Technology courses. Supported projects should provide opportunities for students and teachers to build the skills and knowledge needed to advance their study, and to function in and contribute to a technologically rich society. ITEST has four components: youth-based projects with strong emphases on career and educational pathways, comprehensive projects for students and teachers, renewals of existing projects, and an ITEST Resource Center. Application deadline: January 5, 2007.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
Gannett Foundation Grants for Education & Neighborhood Improvement
The Gannett Foundation gives grants to organizations for projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. Communities in which Gannett owns a daily newspaper or television station are eligible to apply. Application deadline: January 15, 2007.
Minnie Grants for Youth Service Day
Disney and Youth Service America (YSA) are pleased to announce grants of up to $500 to support youth-led service projects. These grants support youth (ages 5-14) in planning and implementing service projects in their community. Teachers, youth ages 15+, youth leaders, and youth-serving organizations also eligible to apply, provided that they that engage youth ages 5-14 in planning and implementing the service event. A significant component of the project must take place on National and Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007. Projects can address any issue that youth identify as a community need. Deadline: January 24, 2007.
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following purposes: 1) Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research. 2) Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum Award: $2,000 for individuals; $5,000 for groups. Deadline: February 1, 2007.
NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants seek to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum Award: $5,000. K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Application deadline: February 1, 2007.
Special Education Grants from Olympus and Tool Factory
Olympus and Tool Factory will award five prizes of Olympus digital camera and Tool Factory software to special education teachers or teachers in inclusive classrooms. Successful entries will state what applicants will do with each and every product identified in the project description; share why the applicant’s students are special; and describe imaginative ideas that really engage students. Five second-place prizes of Tool Factory software will also be awarded. Application deadline: January 5, 2007.
Young Social Entrepreneurs: Apply to the Youth Service America/Youth Venture Program
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The YSA Youth Venture Program is seeking applications from youth nationwide who are interested in starting their own sustainable social Ventures. Ventures MUST be youth-led and designed to be a lasting, sustainable asset to the community. YSA Youth Venture teams are required to plan a National and Global Youth Service Day project every year that their Venture is operational. The Program provides a variety of resources including a national network of like-minded young people, media opportunities, technical support, toolkits and workshops, and funding of up to $1,000 for start-up expenses. Application Deadline: December 18, 2006.
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