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April 2007 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and Systems Integration
On April 4, 2007, the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute announced the creation of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and Systems Integration. The Center will support scholarship and discourse on issues related to juvenile justice reform, sponsor academic programs and symposia for government leaders involved in juvenile justice policy and practice, and enhance our national dialogue on how our juvenile justice system—both prevention and intervention—can operate more effectively.

Legislative Announcements


Documents on Transitioning to Postsecondary Education from the Office for Civil Rights
The Office for Civil Rights has posted two letters on its Web site to provide information about the legal rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities as they transition from high school to institutions of postsecondary education: a “Dear Colleague” letter and a “Dear Parent” letter. Also available is a Q&A document entitled Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators, and a revised version of Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.


Q&A Documents on the IDEA 2004 Regulations from OSEP,root,dynamic,QaCorner,
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has published a series of Q&A documents from their recent regional implementation meetings on the IDEA 2004 regulations. The documents address highly qualified teachers serving children with disabilities; IEPs, evaluations, and reevaluations; monitoring, technical assistance, and enforcement; procedural safeguards and due process procedures; Response to Intervention and Early Intervening Services; serving children with disabilities placed by their parents at private schools; the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard; and discipline procedures.


Secretary Spellings Announces Regulations to More Accurately Assess Students with Disabilities
On April 4, 2007, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced new regulations under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) allowing states to test certain students with disabilities using an alternate assessment that more appropriately aligns with students’ needs and yields more meaningful results for schools and parents. The new regulations provide states and schools with greater flexibility by allowing them to more accurately evaluate these students’ academic progress and tailor instruction to individual needs.

Calls to Participate


Assistive Technology Reuse Programs: List Yourself in the Forthcoming AT Reuse Directory
The National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership and the National Pass It On Center are cataloging programs that help consumers and families reuse assistive technology. This information will be compiled and used to promote reuse of AT devices, connect reuse programs to each other, and connect consumers with reuse programs. If you have any questions, contact Nell Bailey at Response deadline: May 15, 2007.


Attention Education and Community Professionals: Learn About Transition Planning and Services Through KU Online Courses
The Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas is offering two graduate-level one-credit online courses this summer: Introduction to Transition Education and Services (June 4-29, 2007; enroll by May 31) and Transition Assessment (July 9-August 3, 2007; enroll by July 5). The undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees are $316.50 for non-degree-seeking students. There is no materials cost. For more information, contact Amy Gaumer Erickson, Ph.D., course instructor, at


Attention Teens: Enter the Tu Voz My Venture Contest and Help Latino Youth Stay in School
Youth Venture, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MTV Tr3s Voces, will select teams of two or more youth, ages 13-20, every week through June 29, 2007, who submit great ideas for encouraging Latino teens to stay in school and prepare for college. Winners will receive grants of up to $1,000 to create their ventures—organizations, businesses, or clubs—to help Latino youth stay in school and prepare for college and careers. Got an idea? ¿Que esperas? Submit it to the Tu Voz My Venture Contest and win some guap to make it a reality!


High School Juniors: Apply for a QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship
The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship is designed to level the playing field for outstanding low-income high school juniors by providing opportunities to help them prepare to apply to leading schools. The program awards a full scholarship to QuestBridge’s summer program, coverage of expenses for college travel visits, an SAT prep course and material, and a new laptop computer. Application deadline: May 31, 2007.


Parent Group of the Year 2007 Contest
PTO Today’s Parent Group of the Year Contest is an opportunity for parent groups—including PTOs, PTAs, HSAs, and PTCs—showcase their work while giving their school the chance to win cash (up to $8,000) and prizes. Parent groups can enter in one or more of the following categories: outstanding parent group at a small school, outstanding parent group at a private or parochial school, outstanding new parent group, outstanding family event, outstanding job on a completed major project, outstanding effort to overcome adversity, outstanding outreach to a multicultural parent base, and outstanding community service project. Entry deadline: May 31, 2007.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


All Students College-Ready: Findings from the Gates Foundation’s Education Work 2000-2006  (October 2006) PDF document
This report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation highlights findings from the first seven years of the Foundation’s education grantmaking efforts, the aim of which is to prepare every student for college, work, and citizenship. Available in PDF (16 pages, 601 KB).


Best Practices and Programs in Career and Technical Education  (2007)
Web Page
This Web page from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) highlights career and technical education programs in community colleges, high schools, and career centers across the country that are providing outstanding education, superior technical skills, and innovative opportunities to their students and shows how these schools and institutions have found creative solutions to their problems. It aims to spark ideas that can be adapted to other settings and can be searched by state or topic, including ACTE division.


Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships  (2006)
This book describes how to build strong collaborative relationships and improve interactions between parents and teachers, from insuring that PTA groups are constructive and inclusive to navigating the complex issues surrounding diversity in the classroom. Written for educators as well as parent and community leaders, it includes tools to help schools engage families in ways that will improve student achievement. It also includes tips from principals and teachers, checklists, and a resource section. Available for purchase.


Database of Summer Camps for Kids with Learning or Attention Problems
Online Tool
This online database from allows users to search for summer camps for students with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and related disabilities by state, zip code, or keyword.


Disabilities Dictionary
Online Tool
This online Disabilities Dictionary from Brookes Publishing allows users to search more than 3,500 disability-related terms. Users can enter a word to search for its definition or enter a word or phrase that is part of a definition to search for related terms. For example, if a user enters the word “oxygen,” the dictionary will display definitions for all of the terms that have the word “oxygen” in their definitions.


High School Survey of Student Engagement  (February 2007)
The High School Survey of Student Engagement offers teachers and administrators actionable information on school characteristics that shape the student experience. The survey, conducted by the Indiana University School of Education, was completed by nearly 300,000 students from high schools in 29 states in 2004, 2005, and 2006. On this Web page, you can read more about the survey, download the report from the 2006 survey, and learn how your high school can join the survey.


IDEA Dispute Resolution Process Comparison Chart  (January 2007) PDF document
This comparison chart was presented at the IDEA Regional Implementation Meetings in January and February 2007. It answers the following questions regarding mediation, due process complaint, resolution process, and state complaint: Who can initiate the process? What is the time limit for filing? What issues can be resolved? What is the timeline for resolving the issues? Who resolves the issues? Available in PDF (3 pages, 562 KB).


Latinos with Disabilities in the United States: Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Employment
Executive Summary
This Web page from Proyecto Visión provides an executive summary of a report examining the unique obstacles that Latinos with disabilities encounter in employment and offering suggestions to overcome them. Specifically, the report suggests improving vocational rehabilitation programs, reconsidering the disability community’s approach to Latinos, integrating individuals with disabilities into the Latino community, and increasing the overall visibility level of Latino leaders with disabilities. To purchase a copy of the report, contact Robin Savinar at or (510)251-4325.


Literacy Theme from SchoolsMovingUp  (March 2007)
Web Page
This Web page from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative includes all of SchoolsMovingUp’s literacy resources—links to information on upcoming online events and materials from past online events on topics in literacy (including an April 27, 2006 event on IDEA and Literacy), as well as Tips to Go, a useful related link, and abstracted readings on topics in literacy.


On the Road to Agreement – IDEA ‘04 and More: The Fourth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education  (December 2006)
Event Materials
CADRE, The National Center on Dispute Resolution, convened its fourth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education on December 7-9, 2006. Materials from the keynote and concurrent sessions are now available online.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Funding Streams for Older Youth Mental Health Services
Teleconference Call
April 4, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
This call will focus on funding streams being used to serve older youth with mental health needs. Chris Koyangi from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health will talk about making the most of Medicaid to serve these youth, and a panel of state leaders will explain how to use Medicaid and other funding streams at the state level. Participation is free but registration is required; please RSVP to Cecilia Garcia at

Charter Schools and School Choice

April 17, 2007
Television Broadcast
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM   (Eastern)
The April broadcast of “Education News Parents Can Use” will highlight innovative educational options—such as charter schools, free tutoring programs, public school choice, and private school scholarships for students in low-performing schools—and discuss how these alternatives can empower parents to ensure that their children have access to a high-quality education, regardless of their race, income, or zip code. The broadcast will also feature high-performing charter schools and district-wide school choice programs from across the country.

National and Global Youth Service Day

April 20, 2007 - April 22, 2007
Millions of young people across America will take part in National & Global Youth Service Day (NGYSD), an event which seeks to mobilize youth to identify and address the needs of their communities through service; support youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement; and educate the public, media, and policymakers about the year-round contributions of youth as community leaders. Visit this Web page to register your NGYSD 2007 project, find NGYSD 2007 projects in your area, get materials to help plan your project, and apply for grants to support your project.

Law Day 2007: Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy

May 1, 2007
May 1, 2007 is Law Day 2007, an annual observance of the American Bar Association. This year, Law Day will focus on the intersection of youth and law. Many youth will come into contact with the legal system, whether through family court, foster care, or the juvenile justice system. In addition, all youth need to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law to become effective participants in our nation’s civic life. Visit this Web site to learn how you can participate in Law Day 2007.

Understanding Culture and Cultural Responsiveness

May 14, 2007 - May 16, 2007
Certification Training
Denver , CO
Participants in this certification training from the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) will define culture, understand the development of a culturally responsive perspective and pedagogy, consider the impact of culture on individuals and systems, learn what happens when we are not culturally responsive, understand the power of words and labels, and develop a diversity perspective.

Using the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 and the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 for Research and Policy Discussion

May 14, 2007 - May 16, 2007
Washington, DC
The National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 2.5-day advanced studies seminar on the use of two longitudinal education databases—the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) and the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)—for research and policy studies. The design of both studies permits examination of education, work, and the socialization of youth in the U.S. and the influences of schools, teachers, community, and family in promoting growth and positive outcomes.

Leadership and Change with Family Leaders
Teleconference Call
May 17, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
Family leaders are assuming larger and larger roles in helping states reform their service delivery systems. During this teleconference, presented by the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, family leaders will describe their roles in helping states and communities design and implement system changes towards the goals of family-driven and youth-guided services. They will explain the difference between leadership and advocacy, describe the skills that are used for each, and explain how each skill set can be used most effectively to promote systems reform. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops

May 31, 2007 - August 10, 2007
The U.S. Department of Education has announced its 2007 Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops. In these free workshops held across the country, teachers will learn best practices from fellow educators who have had success in raising student achievement. Registration is required; registration opens April 8.
May 31-June 1, 2007: Houston, TX
June 5-6: Albuquerque, NM
June 7-8: El Paso, TX
June 12-13: Homestead, FL
June 19-20: Estes Park, CO
June 21-22: Phoenix, AZ
June 25-26: Santa Clara, CA
June 27-28: Orange County, CA
July 9-10: Redmond, WA
July 9-10: Mountain View, CA
July 12-13: Schaumburg, IL
July 12-13: Austin, TX
July 19-20: Louisville, KY
July 23-24: Miami, FL
July 25-26: Waltham, MA
July 26-27: San Diego, CA
July 30-31: Porter, IN
July 31-August 1: Warren, MI
August 2-3: Reno, NV
August 2-3: Herndon, VA
August 6-7: Lowell, MA
August 6-7: Palatine, IL
August 9-10: Anchorage, AK

Using the Schools and Staffing Survey and Teacher Follow-up Survey for Research and Policy Discussion

June 6, 2007 - June 8, 2007
Washington, DC
The National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 2.5-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS) for research and policy discussion. This seminar is open to institutional researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from state and local education agencies and professional associations as well as advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide.

Customized Self-Employment
Web-based Event
June 12, 2007
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
This Webcast will discuss and provide examples of entrepreneurship, an important employment option for individuals with disabilities. Self-employment can provide a customized job, circumventing barriers to traditional employment. Resource ownership, in which an individual purchases equipment or property that he/she brings as a resource to a paid job in the community, will also be discussed. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Postsecondary Disability Training Institute

June 12, 2007 - June 15, 2007
Training Institute
Saratoga Springs, NY
This Training Institute will help concerned professionals meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. Participants can select from a variety of sessions taught by experts in the field. LD/Disability Specialists, 504/ADA Administrators, administrators, faculty members/instructors/tutors, educational and career counselors, and academic skills center personnel are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut.

2007 Bridges to Employment Conference
June 13, 2007 - June 15, 2007
Miami, FL
Bridges to Employment is the premiere event on pathways to employment for Latinos with disabilities in the U.S. The conference brings together recruiters, occupational experts, and jobseekers from across the country to share best practices and exchange information. Workshops and roundtables will be led by employers, professional Latinos with disabilities, and representatives from Latino and disability advocacy organizations. Training sessions will provide information about vocational training opportunities; regional job openings; resume writing; interview preparation; recruiting, retention, and promotion; asset-building programs; benefits and transitions to employment; legislation and advocacy; and providing culturally competent services. Presented by Proyecto Visión.

CCSSO National Conference on Large-Scale Assessment: Effective Student Assessment: Informing and Supporting the Learning Process
June 17, 2007 - June 20, 2007
Nashville, TN
The content strands for this year’s Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Conference on Large-Scale Assessment will include: alignment issues; assessing special populations: LEP, special education; assessment in content areas; assessment literacy; formative assessment issues; general interest; innovative assessment approaches; issues related to compliance, such as AYP; NAEP; operational steps in testing programs; reporting/use of assessment data; technical issues in assessment; and use of technology in developing, administering, scoring, and reporting assessments.

Using the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Database for Research and Policy Discussion

June 19, 2007 - June 21, 2007
Washington, DC
The National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor this advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) database for education research and policy analysis. The main NAEP database contains nationally representative achievement scores on 4th, 8th, and 12th graders from public and non-public schools in a variety of academic subjects, as well as background information on the students who were assessed and their learning environments.

Understanding Culture and Cultural Responsiveness

June 19, 2007 - June 21, 2007
Certification Training
Denver , CO
Participants in this certification training from the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) will define culture, understand the development of a culturally responsive perspective and pedagogy, consider the impact of culture on individuals and systems, learn what happens when we are not culturally responsive, understand the power of words and labels, and develop a diversity perspective. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Evaluation Group, Institute on Community Integration
The Evaluation Group at the Institute on Community Integration is a cadre of specialists offering evaluation services to programs and organizations that serve people with disabilities and other special needs, including schools, state and local education agencies, human service agencies, and workforce development agencies. Its Web site provides information about its services and approach, staff, and past projects, as well as contact information.


Federal Student Aid FAFSA4caster
FAFSA4caster provides college-bound students and their families an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. The FAFSA4caster Web site also provides information on the financial aid process; the various types of federal student aid; and other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships. When users are ready to actually apply for aid, they can easily transition from FAFSA4caster to FAFSA on the Web—much of the information that they entered in the FAFSA4caster will populate their FAFSA on the Web application.


Manitas por Autismo: Alianza Hispana Red de Apoyo y Mas
This Web site, created by families for families, provides information in Spanish about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It is sponsored by COSAC, the CDC, and NICHCY.


OER Commons: Open Educational Resources
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education has launched OER Commons, a comprehensive open learning network that enables users to find freely available high-quality teaching and learning materials online. Its broad selection of open educational resources for K-16 education can be browsed, searched, and enhanced using collaborative features such as tags, ratings, and reviews. It has alliances with over 60 content partners in order to provide a single point of access through which educators and learners can search over 9,000 open educational resources, read and provide descriptive information about each resource, and retrieve the ones they need.



PEN Weekly NewsBlast: The Premier Online Source for Education News
The Public Education Network’s Weekly NewsBlast is a free e-mail newsletter featuring school reform and school fundraising resources. The Public Education Network (PEN) is a national association of 86 local education funds working to improve the quality of public schools in low-income communities.

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Funding Forecast

Funding Resources


Funders of High School Alliance Partner Organizations
The National High School Alliance surveyed its partner organizations in August 2006 to identify which foundations were funding their high school and youth-related work. The information on this Web page is drawn from survey responses and a scan of foundation Web sites and lists foundations that fund high school and youth-related work in the following areas: policy and advocacy, program or practice, research, and information sharing.


Grant and Funding Information from the PEN Weekly NewsBlast
This Web page lists grant and funding information from the Public Education Network (PEN) Weekly NewsBlast. It describes available grants and other funding and also provides information on maximum award, eligibility, and application deadline for each.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Captain Planet Foundation Grants
K-12 teachers are eligible for grants of $250-$2,500 for the funding of hands-on environmental projects. Proposed projects must promote understanding of environmental issues, focus on hands-on involvement, involve children and youth ages 6-18 (in grades 1-12), promote interaction and cooperation within the group, help young people develop planning and problem-solving skills, and include adult supervision. Grantees must commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation. Application deadline: June 30, 2007.


Do Something GameStop Youth Grants
Do Something and GameStop award weekly grants of $500 to young people (ages 25 and under) across the U.S. and Canada to “get things going in their neighborhoods.”


Target Arts in Education Grants
Target funds arts programs that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for youth and families to participate in cultural experiences such as school touring programs, field trips to the theater or symphony, or artist residencies and workshops in schools. Target is especially interested in programs that make the arts accessible to school children. Most grants average $1,000-$3,000. 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, libraries, and public agencies located within Target communities are eligible to apply. Application deadline: May 31, 2007 for programs taking place between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008.

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