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May 2004 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


LHPDC to Sponsor National Tax Education Campaign
The Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law is co-sponsoring a national outreach campaign to help low-income persons with disabilities achieve economic independence with the help of underused tax credits and banking programs. Peter Blanck, Kierscht Professor of Law, and director of the LHPDC, said the campaign, "Tax Facts," is a response to the growing awareness that favorable tax credits and financial relationships with banking institutions are underutilized by persons with disabilities, their families, and employers.

Legislative Announcements


Department Awards $34.6 Million Contract to Develop and Operate World's Largest Education Database
The U.S. Department of Education awarded a 5-year, $34.6 million contract to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of Rockville, MD, along with its subcontractors, to develop and operate a new database system for the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC).


New Initiative: Teachers to Listen, Learn, Share Practices to Improve Student Achievement
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige recently announced a new initiative to engage some of the nation’s best teachers and education experts in sharing techniques for raising student achievement with other teachers from across the country. The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative will also keep teachers informed of the latest strategies and research on educational practices that work. The Initiative will feature teacher roundtables, summer workshops, a research-to-practice summit, and teacher e-mail updates.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Building Bridges Toward Science Careers for Youth with Disabilities  (April 2004)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief  • Volume  3 ,  Issue  2
This brief outlines results of a research project designed to (a) create a model facilitating greater access for students with disabilities to postsecondary education and careers in science and technology, and (b) investigate issues related to the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities. The researchers sought to gather information to promote a seamless transition for high school students with disabilities to math, science, engineering, and technology education at community colleges.


Collaboration Between Secondary and Postsecondary Education: Promoting Success for Students with Disabilities  (July 2004)
NCSET Institute Proceeding
This NCSET Capacity Building Institute, being held in conjunction with the annual Association of Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) conference, will explore issues related to the transition and postsecondary participation of youth with disabilities with a focus on improving collaboration between secondary school and postsecondary school personnel and policies. Sponsored by NCSET’s headquarters at the University of Minnesota and partner at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, AHEAD, and the Florida Transition Project.


Community YouthMapping: Are You on the Map?  (February 2004)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
The February 2004 NCSET teleconference focused on Community YouthMapping (CYM), a developmental approach to collecting information on resources and issues that requires meaningful participation by youth and adults in a community. In CYM, young people and adults canvass their neighborhoods/communities and document baseline information on resources for other young people, children and families. Communities also have the opportunity to customize their questions to get at community-specific concerns or areas of interest. Youth and adults are the key stakeholders in the planning, collection, data entry, analysis and dissemination of this information. This teleconference was presented by Raul Ratcliffe and Eric Kilbride, Program Officers, AED Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, and facilitated by Kelli Crane, Senior Policy Analyst of TransCen, Inc.


Juvenile Justice  (2004)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web topic explores the overrepresentation of youth with disabilities within the juvenile justice system and provides insights into prevention, education, and transition for incarcerated youth. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.


Motivating Youth with Disabilities to Learn in the Science Classroom  (April 2004)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  3 ,  Issue  3
This brief provides teachers with strategies for motivating students with diverse learning styles, including students with disabilities, in science courses and programs. These strategies include use of case studies, analogies, lab-based education, storytelling, modeling, and role-playing. The brief also includes resources for further study.


Youth Development and Leadership  (2011)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web Topic explores the benefits of youth development and leadership and shares how youth can get involved in the many opportunities available to them for developing leadership skills. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.

Other National Resources


Catalog of Research on Secondary School Reform  (2004)
Web Page
The Catalog of Research on Secondary School Reform (CoRSSR), developed by the Institute for Educational Leadership and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is an extensive collection of emerging research on high schools, middle schools, and high school-aged youth. It includes implementation research of many national high school reform models and initiatives, effectiveness studies including many about philanthropic initiatives, and studies of particular local and state policies.


Fight Back With Love: Every Adult Has a Responsibility to Prevent Bullying  (2004)
The Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department in Phoenix, AZ has developed a set of videos and curriculum materials to target the adult understanding of bullying. A grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has made these materials available at no cost. A set includes all the following materials in English and Spanish: VHS videotape focusing on behaviors in Grades K-6, VHS videotape focusing on behaviors in Grades 6-12, curriculum materials with suggested uses, viewing guide, reproducible master, and Web site support for current research. To request a set, e-mail or call 602-506-4011.


Investing in the Transition of Youth with Disabilities to Productive Careers  (2004)
This publication, from the 28th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues, provides an overview of legislation, both the spirit and the letter of the law; suggests strategies for community players, roles for increased empowerment of youth; tools for collaboration; and offers suggested action steps for moving local communities from compliance to commitment. There is a chapter on resources for the transition community and training and technical assistance guidelines. Available in PDF format (61 pages).


The Evaluation Exchange: Evaluating Out-of-School Time Program Quality  (2004)
This issue focuses on assessing and improving the quality of out-of-school time (OST) and youth development programs. It features articles on innovative methodologies and new technology systems for assessing quality, understanding and measuring participation in OST programs, and strategies for recruitment and retention. This issue also alerts readers to some of the latest research and evaluation efforts in OST quality. Additional content includes a compilation of resources on assessing and improving program quality in OST and youth development programs.


The High School Transcript Study: A Decade of Change in Curricula and Achievement, 1999-2000  (March 2004) PDF document
This report presents findings from the High School Transcript Study (HSTS) 2000 and examines trends and changes in high school curriculum and student course taking patterns for the past decade. The results from the HSTS 2000 are presented with respect to earned course credits, grade point average, and education achievement. Findings are viewed throughout the report by selected student and school characteristics, including student gender, student race/ethnicity, school type (public vs. nonpublic), and region of the country. Available in PDF format (131 pages).


Who Graduates? Who Doesn't?: A Statistical Portrait of Public High School Graduation, Class of 2001  (February 2004) PDF document
This study, the latest in a series of investigations conducted by the Urban Institute, provides the most extensive set of systematic empirical findings on public school graduation rates in the U.S. available to date. Detailed descriptive statistics and analytic results are presented for the nation as a whole, by geographical region, and for each of the states as well as for specific racial and ethnic groups and by gender. It also analyzes graduation rate patterns for particular types of school districts, with special attention to the systems in which the nation’s most socioeconomically disadvantaged students are educated. Available in PDF format (101 pages).

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


The New IDEA: Critical Challenges Affecting States, Schools, and Families
Teleconference Call
May 25, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held on May 25, 2004 to discuss the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Congress has been working on the reauthorization of IDEA for two years, and proposes the following major changes: (1) preserving student and parent rights; (2) shifting from a focus on procedural compliance to a focus on student outcomes; (3) decreasing paperwork; (4) identifying the right students at the right time; (5) improving transitional services; (6) simplifying the discipline procedures; (7) providing flexibility around the development of IEPs; and (8) providing adequate federal funding. Presenters provided an overview of some of the proposed changes to IDEA and a report on the status of the reauthorization. The transcript of this call is now available.

Improving Academic Performance and Access to the General Curriculum for Secondary Youth with Disabilities
Capacity Building Institute
July 13, 2004
Washington, DC
This NCSET Capacity Building Institute (CBI) is being held in conjunction with the OSEP Research and Leadership Project Directors’ Conference. The purpose of this CBI is to provide researchers with an opportunity to engage in reflective dialogue around: 1) research results related to improving academic performance of and access to the general curriculum for youth with disabilities, 2) methodological issues in research related to academic performance of and access to the general curriculum for secondary youth with disabilities, and 3) research-based interventions that improve academic performance and increase access to the general curriculum. Online registration available. Register by June 11, 2004.

Other National Events


Third Annual Bridges to Employment Conference: Exploring Career Opportunities for Latinos with Disabilities
July 14, 2004 - July 16, 2004
Chicago, IL
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Get Wired!

Web Sites


DisAbility Online
DisAbility Online is the home page for the Department of Labor/Employment & Training Administration's Division of Disability and Workforce Programs (DDWP). DDWP develops and implements disability policy and program initiatives related to the workforce system, including a cross-agency collaboration to address structural barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities. DDWP supports the New Freedom Initiative to improve career and employment outcomes for people with disabilities through innovative skill training and systems change grant activities.


Education World
Education World is a resource that includes: a search engine for educational Web sites only, a place where educators can find information without searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; site reviews; daily features and columns; teacher and principal profiles; Wire Side Chats with the important names in education; and employment listings.


Independent Living Research Utilization
Independent Living Research Utilization is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field. It is a program of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR).


Tools for School Improvement Planning: A Project of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform
This Web site contains observation protocols, focus group samples and questions, surveys, questionnaires, and other techniques to help examine specific school-improvement concerns. In the tools section, there is a database of new and innovative tools used throughout the country, organized into school-improvement focus areas common to many schools, districts, and states. In addition to numerous proven tools, this site features two other essentials for school improvement, including a school-improvement guide with a step-by-step process for successful school improvement, including sample worksheets and rubrics.

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


NEA Foundation June Grants
All U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, education support professionals, or higher education faculty and staff are eligible to apply for the NEA Foundation's Innovation Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants. Grant amounts are up to $5,000 per project. Application deadline: June 1, 2004.

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