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February 2013 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


Calls to Participate

 

Big IDEAs and NDPC-SD Website Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/53G2HMR
Big IDEAs and the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) invite education stakeholders to complete a brief survey about their experience(s) with their website and eNewsletter, so that they may better meet website participants’ and newsletter subscribers’ needs for information about school completion issues and effective dropout prevention programs. The information provided will remain completely confidential. Deadline for survey completion: February 15, 2013.

 

DCDT 2013 Call for Papers

http://www.dcdt.org
The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) has issued a call for proposals for presentations at their 17th International Conference, to be held November 14-16, 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Guidelines for submitting a proposal are provided on the DCDT website. Deadline for proposals: April 12, 2013.

 

Job Development Course Offered by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

http://www.worksupport.com/training/webcourses/job_development.cfm
The Job Development course offered by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center is made up of four weekly lessons. The course covers specific principles associated with job development via online lectures and readings and requires the learner to take action on his or her behalf to further develop a particular skill. Participants reflect on what they have learned from the online content and the field-based experiential activity by sharing personal insights with other course members.

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The Resource Zone


NCSET Resources

 

Keeping Kids on Track in the Middle School Years  (January 2013)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/b5ymnfu
The National Human Services Assembly’s “Keeping Kids on Track in the Middle School Years: Investing in Out-of-School Time Staff and Volunteer Competencies as a Dropout Prevention Strategy” explains why adults who serve middle schoolers in out-of-school time (OST) programs need to have core competencies to be effective and highlights three leading practices: training and development in working with middle schoolers; aligning talent development with quality improvement; and investing in the competence of OST managers.


Other National Resources

 

American Youth Policy Forum’s Beyond the Numbers: Data Use for Continuous Improvement of Programs Serving Disconnected Youth  (December)
Archived Webinar

http://tinyurl.com/bxhyomx
American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), in “Beyond the Numbers: Data Use for Continuous Improvement of Programs Serving Disconnected Youth,” studied three high-achieving youth-serving programs (Diploma Plus Network, Our Piece of the Pie, and Roca) successful in serving the needs of disconnected youth to see how they use data as a tool for continuous program improvement and ongoing accountability. Key research questions included: how has the organization’s use of data evolved; how is a comprehensive data management system serving the dual purposes of program improvement and compliance with reporting obligations; and what information is most useful to drive program improvements? The webinar discussed key findings from the report.

 

Edutopia: Collaborative Learning  (December 2012)
Education Idea Link

http://tinyurl.com/amnk28m
The Edutopia website recommends Collaborative Learning in improving education. Research shows that collaborative math and discussion-based English can help promote deeper learning, critical thinking, and community.

 

Edutopia: Mobile Learning  (September 2012)
Education Idea Link

http://tinyurl.com/b7zm3pl
The Edutopia website recommends Mobile Learning in improving education. Today’s students have a variety of mobile technologies available, from smartphones and tablets, to MP3 players and e-readers/ Educators are finding new ways to engage students and make curriculum relevant.

 

Edutopia: Project-Based Learning Strategies  (December 2012)
Education Idea Link

http://tinyurl.com/bdnwnw5
The Edutopia website recommends Project-Based Learning (PBL) in improving education. Innovative PBL exercises can be fun and but educators striving to reform the learning process need to check the research on the critical elements of successful programs to ensure that PBL instruction provides rigorous and powerful real-world learning experiences.

 

Edutopia: Social Media  (May 2012)
Education Idea Link

http://tinyurl.com/a9bfegw
The Edutopia website recommends Social Media in improving education. Social media are fast becoming widely popular. Using them educationally calls for responsibly integrating them in classrooms and thinking through policies for their use in the individual school.

 

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success  (February 2013)
Book

http://www.expandinglearning.org/expandingminds
“Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success,” is a collection of articles on the role that afterschool and summer learning play in improving and expanding students’ education, the ways that communities with different demographics build successful supports for their students, the role that afterschool programs play in education reform, and the ways in which these programs are helping students become more career and college ready and engaged in learning.

 

IEP/IFSP Facilitation: Practical Insights and Programmatic Considerations from CADRE  (January 2013) PDF document
Report

http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/pdf/IEPIFSPFacilnsightsJAN2013.pdf
The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) has published “IEP/IFSP Facilitation: Practical Insights and Programmatic Considerations,” a document summarizing practical insights and promising practices for IEP/IFSP facilitation that were collected from a broad review of facilitation and special education literature and highlighting strategies that can be used prior to and during a meeting as well as considerations for those designing and managing facilitation programs. Available in pdf (935 KB, 10 pp).

 

Mapping Dreams: The Transition to Adulthood  (2013)
Book

http://www.pacer.org/publications/transition.asp#ST-40
“Mapping Dreams: The Transition to Adulthood” outlines practical steps parents can take to help plan for their child’s transition from high school to adult employment, postsecondary education or training, and independent living. It includes “Talk to Your Child” sections and checklists to help start discussions about the child’s future, as well as a resource list.

 

NASDSE Works!  (December 2012)
Newsletter

http://www.nasdse.org/
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has released a new issue of its quarterly e-newsletter, NASDSE Works!, providing updates on NASDSE’s projects and other activities.

 

National High School Center Fact Sheets: The First Year of High School and College and Career Readiness  (October 2012)
Fact Sheets

http://www.betterhighschools.org/
The National High School Center has released two new fact sheets, “Quick Stats Fact Sheet: The First Year of High School” and “College and Career Readiness: A Quick Stats Fact Sheet.” “The First Year of High School” provides statistics related to the transition into high school, highlighting U.S. high-school enrollment rates, predictors of high-school dropout, and ninth grade transition strategies. “College and Career Readiness” offers findings and statistics on the current status of high school graduates’ readiness for life after high school. It highlights some of the challenges and opportunities facing high school students after graduation as well as some of the consequences and implications for America’s underprepared graduates.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

American Youth Policy Forum: Districts’ Use of Research to Support Struggling Schools

Forum
http://secure.aypf.org/np/clients/aypf/event.jsp?event=1026
“Districts’ Use of Research to Support Struggling Schools” is one of a series of Capitol Hill forums hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), to challenge participants to think differently about how research informs policy and practice. This forum will discuss how research has been used in schools and districts, focusing on how educators define, use and diffuse research evidence and the importance of social networks in mediating and disseminating evidence and how this research is being used to support policy and practice in their districts, as well as the larger policy context. This forum is part of a series of events showcasing a body of work supported by the W.T. Grant Foundation that examines how research is being used in state and local education agencies and in the development of the Common Core State Standards.

American Youth Policy Forum: Districts’ Use of Research to Support Struggling Schools
Web-based Event
February 5, 2013
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM   (Eastern)
http://www.expandinglearning.org/expandingminds
This webcast from the National Press Club in Washington, DC, will feature the release of Terry K. Peterson’s new compendium, “Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success.” This book presents studies, reports, and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including elected officials, educators, researchers, and advocates, on drawing from partnerships to yield positive outcomes for students and for community and family engagement in learning. The webcast is produced by the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project; the event and publication are made possible by the C.S. Mott Foundation.

Rethinking Discipline: Strategies at Work in Schools Today
Web-based Event
February 5, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp
Zero-tolerance policies, which require out-of-school suspension or expulsion for certain inappropriate behaviors, have become the go-to disciplinary approach in many schools, though research suggests they have some downsides. Education Week will present a webinar on two alternate approaches that are more focused on changing behavior, restorative practices and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Educators at Haut Gap Middle and other Charleston, SC, schools, say PBIS has transformed student behavior and increased academic performance. At Christian Fenger Academy High in Chicago, the restorative approach to student behavior teaches discipline through discussion, support, and “peace circles.”

Fostering College and Career Readiness through Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities

February 8, 2013
Forum
Washington, DC
http://secure.aypf.org/np/clients/aypf/event.jsp?event=1022
“Fostering College and Career Readiness through Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities” is one of a series of Capitol Hill forums hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), re-scheduled after having to be canceled, due to Hurricane Sandy. This forum will highlight programs and policy efforts that are helping students strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for college and careers through learning opportunities that occur beyond the school day, focusing on programming and policy efforts that have led to positive student outcomes in states and communities, the valuable role that afterschool and expanded learning stakeholders can play in supporting college and career readiness initiatives, and policies and systems that supported or hindered their success.

MN LEND 2013 Webinar Series: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Children with Autism
Web-based Event
February 14, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   (Central)
https://umconnect.umn.edu/mnlend/
Some individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders experience severe speech and language difficulties. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an area of specialty for speech and language pathologists on identifying and implementing strategies to support the communication of people with such difficulties. This webinar will discuss how a wide range of interventionists can use AAC to support current and future communication needs of learners with autism, with a focus on aided AAC (e.g., communication boards, speech generating devices). Methods to help interventionists identify the most suitable AAC technologies based on learner's needs and strengths, and essential strategies to successfully implement AAC will also be discussed. This event will later be archived at https://lend.umn.edu/forums/index.asp.

IEP Development and Coordination with Transition Plans for Youth with EBD
Web-based Event
February 14, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://nydcdt.org/2013/01/06/cec-webinar-series-secondary-transition-for-students-with-ebd/
The New York State Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) will present “IEP Development and Coordination with Transition Plans for Youth with EBD,” the second in a 3-part webinar series for special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists on information and practice tools to improve the transition from secondary schools for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD).

The Use of Individualized Learning Plans to Help Students to be College and Career Ready

February 15, 2013
Forum
Washington, DC
https://secure.aypf.org/np/clients/aypf/event.jsp?event=1024
“The Use of Individualized Learning Plans to Help Students to be College and Career Ready” is one of a series of Capitol Hill forums hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF). This forum will discuss how AYPF is partnering with the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development to present the findings of the Center’s research on the use of Individualized Learning Plans (ILP), which provide middle school and high schools students with a tool to define their personal interests, goals, and course choices through postsecondary education and careers. Many states have adopted policies that require the use of ILPs and research is starting to show its benefits. The Center on Workforce Development has conducted longitudinal research, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, to assess the effectiveness of ILPs, and implemented a demonstration project to better understand their impact on post-school outcomes.

Learning Environments that Promote Positive Youth Development and Success for African American Male Students
Web-based Event
February 19, 2013
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/we_e/1284
“Learning Environments that Promote Positive Youth Development and Success for African American Male Students,” a webinar sponsored by the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, will discuss what learning conditions, organizational structures, and school climate factors are necessary to nurture the positive development of African American male students; policies, conditions, and strategies that help to produce a nurturing school climate; political constraints that might be experienced along the way; and the leadership needed to overcome such constraints.

Get the Picture: College and Career Readiness and Transition
Web-based Event
February 20, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://tadnet.adobeconnect.com/npso/
The IDEA Partnership at NASDE’s Community of Practice (CoP) on Transition has a work-group focused on employment opportunities and career development for youth with disabilities. Discussions of the group have focused on career readiness and the expectation of employment for all. The workgroup will host a series of webinars in partnership with the National Post-School Outcomes Center and NSTTAC over the next three months. The first, “Get the Picture,” will share current national data and family perspectives regarding employment for youth and young adults.

National Conference on Education
Conference
February 21, 2013 - February 23, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
http://tinyurl.com/axhggfy
The annual conference by the American Association of School Administrators focuses on four themes: Common Core and its assessments, teacher and principal evaluations, getting students college and career ready, and social media in schools.

Developing and Implementing Effective Transition Programs for Youth with EBD
Web-based Event
February 21, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://nydcdt.org/2013/01/06/cec-webinar-series-secondary-transition-for-students-with-ebd/
The New York State Division on Career Development and Transition will present “Developing and Implementing Effective Transition Programs for Youth with EBD,” the third in a 3-part webinar series for special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists on information and practice tools to improve the transition from secondary schools for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD).

Building a Grad Nation Summit
Conference
February 24, 2013 - February 26, 2013
Washington, DC
http://tinyurl.com/ah8w9r4
Educators, policymakers, business leaders, young people, and staff from community organizations will meet at the third annual “Building a Grad Nation Summit,” sponsored by America’s Promise, to combat the dropout crisis.

Engaging Industry and Students in Workforce Education partnerships
Web-based Event
February 25, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://sri-workforce-webinar.eventbrite.com
SRI International has been studying workforce partnerships with funding from the National Science Foundation and will present its preliminary findings in this webinar discussed by a panel of researchers, community college policy leaders, and an experienced industry partner. The webinar will present findings about engaging both industry and students; offer a framework for identifying and addressing challenges in industry and student engagement in workforce education; and discuss aspects of the framework.

Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Education Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century

February 27, 2013 - March 1, 2013
Web Conference
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.makingcareershappen.org/
Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute at the ILR School will present an interactive web conference, “Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Education Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century,” in three sessions, February 27-March 1, 2013. Participants will learn about effective career development and transition practices for youth with disabilities, and how school-agency collaborations can deliver these practices from leadership, consumer, financial, and practical perspectives. The three sessions, each held 3:00-5:00 pm Eastern, are: “Individualized Career Planning and Program Development,” February 27, on effective secondary transition practices; “Leadership and Diverse Funding of Person-Centered Career Development,” February 28, on creating the capacity to deliver high-quality transition and career development curricula and services through individualized, student-centered planning and resource development; and “Ticket-to-Work: Build and Sustain Careers with Youth and Their Families,” March 1, on achieving funding for their transition programs through the Social Security Administration's Ticket-to-Work Program. This Web Event has been made possible by contributions from The Children’s Guild Foundation, Inc., of Buffalo, NY.

Moving to Mastery: A National Policy Forum on Competency-Based Education

March 1, 2013
Forum
Washington, DC
https://secure.aypf.org/np/clients/aypf/event.jsp?event=1027
“Using Competency Education to Improve Student Outcomes” is one of a series of Capitol Hill forums hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF). States and school districts around the country are beginning to challenge the time-based educational system that has been in place for decades by moving to a competency education approach, using flexibility in awarding credit. The reasons for moving away from the restrictions of a time-based system include: ensuring that all students succeed in building college and career readiness, consistent with the Common Core of world class knowledge and skills; taking advantage of the extraordinary technological advances in online learning for personalization, allowing students to learn at their own pace, any time and everywhere; and providing greater flexibility for students who might not otherwise graduate from high school. This forum, cosponsored by CompetencyWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, will showcase state and district efforts to implement and expand competency education.

Check & Connect Overview
Web-based Event
March 5, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
http://checkandconnect.umn.edu/training_consultation/webinar.html
This webinar will introduce participants to the research-based Check & Connect model, a comprehensive intervention to enhance student engagement at school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12, through relationship building, problem solving and capacity building, and persistence. It will include a Q&A section. The webinar is limited to 20 registered computers; however, several participants may view from any registered computer. Deadline for registration: February 22, 2013.

Global Youth Justice Training Institute
Institute
June 11, 2013 - June 13, 2013
Provincetown, MA
http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Training_and_Events.html
Participants will learn strategies to enhance juvenile diversion programs based on a local peer, student, youth, or teen court at the Global Youth Justice Seventh Global Youth Justice Training Institute. The agenda includes more than 20 peer-to-peer training sessions on such topics as recruiting/training volunteers, grants and funding, increasing juvenile referrals, community partnerships, wrap-around services, and substance abuse screening and treatment. A half-day grant writing session will also be offered. Eligibility is limited to adult staff and volunteers. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

Better High Schools

http://www.betterhighschools.org/
The Better High Schools website, from the National High School Center, is based at the American Institutes for Research, and offers information on the latest research, user-friendly tools and products, and high-quality technical assistance on high school improvement issues.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 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 2013-2014 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 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 2014 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 2013 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 2013 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

 

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Announces 2013 Toolbox for Education Grant Program

http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/
Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2013 Toolbox for Education grant cycle. The program supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. The Toolbox grants, for $2,000-$5,000, are awarded in support of projects with a permanent impact on a school community, such as facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean-up projects. Grant funds cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, or scholarships. Only 10% of any award can be allocated for outside expenses such as labor, installation, consultation, and delivery. Lowe’s will consider only grants for projects that can be completed within a year of receipt of the grant. A Toolbox grant can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground, as long as the grant will be used for a phase of the project that can be completed within a twelve months of the award. Applicants must be public K-12 schools or nonprofit parent groups associated with such a school. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Deadline for application: February 15, 2013.


Scholarships and Awards

 

Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program for Outstanding Young Volunteers

http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/index.asp
Kohl’s Department Stores will honoring more than 2,300 youth, ages 6-18, who have made a positive impact on their communities with more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes; Prizes include 2,200 $50 Kohl’s gift cards, 200 $1,000 regional postsecondary education scholarships, and 10 national $10,000 postsecondary education scholarships. Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2013.

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