May 2005 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
New Document on Secondary Transition in IDEA 2004
The Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education has just released a new document on Secondary Transition in IDEA 2004. It highlights the changes from IDEA 1997 to IDEA 2004 regarding transition services. IDEA 2004 will take effect on July 1, 2005. This document does not address any changes that may be made by the final regulations.
Calls to Participate
Applications Sought for National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice National Policy Academy
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is accepting applications for its 2005 National Policy Academy, “Improving Services for Youth with Mental Health and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders Involved in the Juvenile Justice System,” to be held September 13-15, 2005 in Bethesda, MD. The Academy is designed to provide select jurisdictions with the opportunity to develop improved, collaborative strategies to identify and respond to youth with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system. Particular emphasis will be placed on community-based efforts to successfully divert and reintegrate these youth. Application deadline: June 24, 2005.
Call for Papers for CEC’s 2006 Annual Convention & Expo
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is seeking presenters for its 2006 Annual Convention & Expo, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 5-8, 2006. CEC will accept ONLY online submissions for this conference. The deadline is May 14, 2005.
Join the National Service-Learning Partnership
The National Service-Learning Partnership is a nationwide network dedicated to making service-learning a part of every elementary and secondary student’s education. Joining the network is free and easy. Members have access to tools, resources, and best practices; have opportunities to connect with other members in their local communities; receive a monthly updates with news, resources, and opportunities to take action; and are represented in federal advocacy initiatives.
National Charter Schools Week Celebrations
As part of a national effort to highlight the contributions of charter schools, senior U.S. Department of Education officials will celebrate National Charter Schools Week, May 1 to May 7, 2005, by visiting charter schools around the country. The schedule includes visits to schools in Washington, DC (May 2); Greenville, SC (May 5); Bronx, NY (May 2); Boston, MA (May 5); Philadelphia, PA (May 2); Dearborn, MI (May 2); Chicago, IL (May 2); Denver, CO (May 2); and Woodland Hills (May 2), San Francisco (May 3), and San Diego (May 2), CA.
Proposals Sought for Symposium on IEP Facilitation
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education is seeking presenters for its First National Symposium on IEP Facilitation, to be held October 28-29, 2005 in Eugene, OR. This event will bring together state dispute resolution coordinators, directors of special education, dispute resolution practitioners, parent advocates, attorneys, educators, service providers, parents, and others interested in creating effective agreements that benefit educational and early intervention programs for infants, children, and youth with disabilities. Topics will include research and evaluation, program design and management, internal vs. external facilitation, IFSP facilitation, co-facilitation models, student and advocate roles, participant preparation, ethical considerations, process skills, training, conflict management, related legal issues, multicultural and linguistic issues, technology and online opportunities, and personnel preparation. Proposal submission deadline: May 28, 2005.
U.S. Department of Education Seeks Nominations for American Stars of Teaching
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The U.S. Department of Education seeks nominations for the second annual American Stars of Teaching project, which recognizes outstanding classroom teachers who are successful in using innovative teaching strategies and raising all students’ academic achievement. These teachers will be highlighted as representatives of the thousands of teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students. One teacher will be recognized in every state and the District of Columbia. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators, or others can nominate a teacher who they believe has the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching.
The Resource Zone
The Transition Planning Process
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
Volume 4 , Issue 1
This NLTS2 Data Brief provides a national view of the transition planning process undertaken during high school with and for youth with disabilities as they prepare for life after school. The information reported comes from a mail survey of school personnel conducted as part of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Findings from NLTS2 generalize to youth with disabilities nationally who were 13 to 16 years old in December 2000, to each of 12 federal disability categories, and to each age group within the age range.
Transition Planning: Community Mapping as a Tool for Teachers and Students
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
Volume 4 , Issue 1
Community mapping can acquaint teachers and students with a community's culture, resources, transition needs, and assets. This brief describes the research base for community mapping and provides an outline of the roles, responsibilities, and materials involved in the community mapping process. It also provides examples and further resources for engaging in community resource mapping.
Universal Design for Learning and the Transition to a More Challenging Academic Curriculum: Making it in Middle School and Beyond
NCSET Parent Brief
This brief describes universal design, a process for creating environments that support the learning of students with diverse abilities, styles, and needs. In universal design, versatility is built into the environment from the start. Further resources are also provided.
Other National Resources
Anatomy of School System Improvement: Performance-Driven Practices in Urban School Districts
NewSchools Venture Fund has embarked on a three-year research project tracking the adoption of performance-driven practices in urban school systems. In this first year, a research partner, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, analyzed the status of the adoption of performance-driven practices within 28 leading school districts. The goal of this first year of study was to define the features of a performance-driven school system and to set a benchmark against which to measure future years of adoption of performance-driven practices. Report available in PDF (100 pages, 687 KB).
Facilitated IEP Meetings: An Emerging Practice
This booklet provides parents an introduction to IEP facilitation, discusses the use of external IEP facilitators who are not directly affiliated with the team or who may be independent of both the team and the school district, distinguishes IEP facilitation from mediation, describes how families can prepare for facilitated IEP meetings, and answers frequently asked questions about IEP facilitation. A joint project of the Alliance and CADRE (Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education), the national technical assistance center on alternative dispute resolution. Also available in Spanish (go to http://www.taalliance.org/publications to select Spanish version). Available in PDF (8 pages, 362 KB).
Free Online Training for Student Notetakers
The Northeast Technical Assistance Center provides comprehensive, interactive, and free online training for students who take notes for students with disabilities. The training includes three modules that take about 90 minutes total to complete. It emphasizes taking notes for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, but can also apply to taking notes for students with many other disabilities.
Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature
This report provides a comprehensive view of the current science of implementation and offers practical advice for getting evidence-based practices and programs off the ground. Sections include Implementation in the Context of Community, A Conceptual View of Implementation, Core Implementation Components, Research on Core Implementation Components, and Organizational Context and External Influences. From the National Implementation Research Network, University of South Florida.
It’s My Life: Employment
This guide, intended for child welfare professionals and others responsible for helping young people prepare for transition to the workplace, provides the following recommendations: start early to develop employability, cultivate interests and skills and relate them to future employment, promote activities that help young people explore careers, build job-readiness skills, help young people get and keep jobs, and promote work-related education and training after high school. The guide also provides benchmarks for career exploration by age group and techniques for job seeking. From Casey Family Programs. Available in PDF (80 pages, 886 KB).
Microsoft Accessibility Guides
Microsoft has developed seven guides that organize information from the Microsoft Web site into helpful resources for people with various types of difficulties and impairments. Each guide provides a list of assistive technology products and links to Step-by-Step Tutorials for accessibility features that are helpful for people with specific types of difficulties and impairments. Difficulties and impairments addressed include visual, dexterity, hearing, language and speech, and learning. Two additional guides, “Tips for the Awkward Age of Computing,” which addresses aging-related impairments, and “Find an Accessibility Resource Center,” are also available.
Moving Youth Development Principles into Adolescent Health: State Adolescent Health Coordinators Annual Meeting
In March 2005, Karen Pittman, Executive Director of the Forum for Youth Investment, and Becky Judd, Senior Fellow at the Forum, facilitated a two-hour conversation with state adolescent health coordinators on linking prevention and youth development. The 65-slide PowerPoint presentation for this event is now available online.
Multiple Measures Approaches to High School Graduation
School Redesign Network, a collaborative that helps leaders of districts and schools that are redesigning to understand the features that effectively support excellence and equity in schools, has released a report that examines the consequences that the design of high school graduation policies can have for teaching, learning, and student attainment. The report documents research findings from states that have required exit examinations as the primary basis for graduation from high school, and examines a range of approaches to high school graduation that include tests as one element in a broader array of indicators of student proficiency. Available in PDF (112 pages. 1.6 MB).
Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children With Hearing Loss
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The U.S. Department of Education has released a new publication, “Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children With Hearing Loss,” designed to connect children with hearing loss and their families to assistance as early as possible. It describes current technologies and communication options for children with hearing loss, including deafness.
Accessible Transportation: A Key to Independence for Youth with Disabilities
May 12, 2005
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central)
Easter Seals Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation In Our Nation) has been working to improve the availability and use of accessible transportation by people with disabilities of all ages. This teleconference, presented by Dr. Al Abeson, Director at Easter Seals Project ACTION and Karen Wolf-Branigin, Training and Technical Assistance Manager at Easter Seals Project ACTION, will emphasize the fundamental life-long importance of transportation to independent living outcomes for people with disabilities, applicable public policy, typical transportation alternatives, transportation limitations for people with disabilities and how to overcome them, and resources for helping young people with disabilities access public transportation. To participate, dial 1-703-639-1409 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.
Youthhood.org: NCSET’s New Interactive Curriculum for Youth
June 29, 2005
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Central)
The Youthhood Web site (http://www.youthhood.org) is NCSET’s new interactive Web-based curriculum developed to help young adults plan for life after high school. The site addresses youth directly yet is intended to be used as a curriculum within a classroom, community program, or any other setting where adults are working with youth to help them set goals and plan for the future. Presenters of this teleconference will provide background information on the development of the site, an overview of its contents and features, and information on how to utilize the site to help all youth plan for life after high school. Participants will need to be at their computers (connected to the Internet) during the second half of the call to view the Web site online. To participate in this teleconference, dial 1-703-639-1157 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.
Other National Events
May 18, 2005
IDEA 2004 becomes active July 1, 2005. In this Web cast, Dr. Troy Justesen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, will provide an update on the development of the implementing regulations for IDEA 2004, outline the next steps, describe opportunities for the public to provide comment, and address issues raised in those comments to help us understand some key changes in this latest version of IDEA as well as what those changes may mean. Sponsored by Independent Living Research Utilization, a program of the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research.
Keeping Quality Teachers: The Art of Retaining General and Special Education Teachers
May 25, 2005
Teleconference Call / Webcast
Karen Mikkelsen from the Northeast Regional Resource Center (NERRC) at WestEd will give an interactive presentation on NERRC’s new publication (by the same name as the teleconference). It contains a framework for action that includes resources, practices, and strategies that promote the retention of quality teachers. It is recommended that you read the introduction and chapter 1 of the book (available in PDF) prior to this event. You may participate by phone (download the Powerpoint presentation the day before) or by connecting via the Web and simultaneously listening by phone (see Setup Wizard to be sure your computer is configured properly). Participation is free, but registration is recommended.
Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace
June 20, 2005
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM (Eastern)
Sponsored by Training and Technical Assistance for Providers (T-TAP), this Webcast features Lou Orslene from the Job Accommodation Network. Orslene will explain the differences between Personal Assistive Services (PAS) at home and in the workplace, summarize the legislative history of PAS, and discuss workplace issues surrounding the use of PAS from the perspective of an employer, an employee with a disability, and a rehabilitation professional. Note that participation in this Webcast costs $50 per individual, $175 per agency.
12th Annual Building on Family Strengths Conference
June 23, 2005 - June 25, 2005
The 12th Annual Building on Family Strengths Conference, “Assets and Evidence: Positive Approaches Toward Reducing Disparities and Transforming the Children’s Mental Health System,” will include plenary, paper, panel, and poster sessions related to improving services and supports for families and their children who are affected by emotional, behavioral, or mental disabilities. Leading-edge research on asset-building and descriptions of programs that “walk the talk” will be featured. Hosted by the Research & Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health at Portland State University.
Spina Bifida Association 32nd Annual Conference: Building Bridges to Advance Understanding
June 26, 2005 - June 29, 2005
The Spina Bifida Association of America is joining with the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus to present this multi-cultural and multi-national conference. The conference will share the victories and concerns that unite all who live with spina bifida around the world. It will offer the most current information about the latest advances in orthopedics, urology, neurosurgery and neuropsychology, adult health, psychosocial and family issues, employment, sex, depression, latex allergy, self-determination, and learning disabilities.
National Down Syndrome Society Conference: Imagine
July 7, 2005 - July 10, 2005
The National Down Syndrome Society 2005 National Conference, “Imagine,” will bring together parents, family members, professionals, teens, and adults with Down Syndrome for education, networking, celebration, and more. Attendees will learn best practices in education, health care, employment, community living, and inclusion; learn from and meet experts from around the country; find out about the newest products, programs, and services; acquire the most current information on education, research, and advocacy; learn about resources for babies, children, adolescents, and adults with Down syndrome; meet and network with hundreds of affiliate leaders from across the country; and more.
The Essentials of Small Schools: Principles and Practices for Equity and Achievement
July 11, 2005 - July 15, 2005
The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) will host the 2005 Small Schools Project Summer Institute, “The Essentials of Small Schools: Principles and Practices for Equity and Achievement” at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington. This institute will include workshops, discussion groups, and facilitated planning time organized around the question, “How do we design and continuously improve schools that support powerful instruction and success for all students?” Workshops and roundtables will be led by staff from CES mentor schools. Presenters and speakers will include some of the most effective, renowned small school educators in the country.
Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops
July 11, 2005 - July 13, 2005
This summer, the U.S. Department of Education will host a series of workshops for K-12 teachers and principals in which some of the nation’s best teachers and researchers will share strategies for raising student achievement and describe the latest research-based practices. Subjects covered at the workshops will be evenly distributed among elementary and secondary school instruction. Breakout sessions will cover the content areas of literacy/reading, mathematics, science, history, and the arts. Additional sessions will be held on school leadership, the No Child Left Behind Act, using data effectively, and teaching strategies that can help all levels of students to improve academically. Registration is free but required.
Autism Society of America’s 36th National Conference: In Tune with the Future
July 13, 2005 - July 16, 2005
Autism Society of America (ASA), an organization that works to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum and their families to be fully participating, included members of their community, hosts its 36th national conference “In Tune with the Future.” Several education-related concurrent sessions include “Middle School and High School - Strategies for Success,” “Strategies to Promote Academic Achievement for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” and “Issues and Strategies in Supporting Students in General Education Settings.” Online registration available (“early bird” registration ends May 6, 2005).
Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops
August 1, 2005 - August 3, 2005
San Jose, CA
This summer, the U.S. Department of Education will host a series of workshops for K-12 teachers and principals in which some of the nation’s best teachers and researchers will share strategies for raising student achievement and describe the latest research-based practices. Subjects covered at the workshops will be evenly distributed among elementary and secondary school instruction. Breakout sessions will cover the content areas of literacy/reading, mathematics, science, history, and the arts. Additional sessions will be held on school leadership, the No Child Left Behind Act, using data effectively, and teaching strategies which can help all levels of students to improve academically. Registration is free but required.
Many Voices, One Vision: Alliance for Full Participation Summit 2005
September 22, 2005 - September 23, 2005
The Alliance for Full Participation will host the 2005 Summit: Many Voices, One Vision in Washington DC to bring together those committed to making the promises inherent in the Developmental Disabilities Act for Americans a reality. Over twelve hundred individuals are expected to attend to help craft a new strategic policy and social agenda in support of full participation, and to carry that agenda forward in their communities following the Summit. Self-advocates, family members, and direct support professionals are encouraged to apply for a stipend to offset the registration fee and other attendance costs. Deadline for stipend application is July 15; a link to the stipend application form is available in the left-hand column of the Web site.
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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's Web site includes information for parents, professionals, deaf and hard of hearing adults, and teens with hearing loss; and links to information about Alexander Graham Bell, Association membership, programs and events, ways to take action, financial aid and scholarships, hearing loss, and Association partners and supporters. Visitors to the site can also shop the bookstore, join the Association, find a job, search a service director, donate to the Association, or ask a question.
Autism Source: #1 in Autism Information
An enhanced version of Autism Society of America’s (ASA) online searchable directory is now available to parents and professionals. New features include the ability to search by keyword and zip code, as well as to search listings by category: ASA chapters, camps and recreation, consultants, day schools, dentists, government agencies, information and support, legal/advocacy, medical and diagnostic, physicians, psychologists, related services, research, service providers, and training. In addition, organizations with listings can now update their information directly, rather than submit changes through ASA.
Youth Policy Action Center
The Youth Policy Action Center, a Web site that engages young people (and adults) in changing policies that affect young people’s lives through real-time democracy, includes action alerts, state pages, resources for youth and youth advocates, and work by young people. Its goal is to aid the youth movement by supporting organizations and individuals to promote youth involvement and empowerment. Its Web site includes information about and links to the Web sites of child- and youth-focused organizations, ways to take action on issues that impact the lives of youth (including national issues, civic engagement, economics and employment, education, out of school time, safety, health, juvenile and criminal justice, and special populations), and ways to contact local elected officials and media.
Administrator’s Desk Newsletter (Education World)
Education World produces a weekly Administrator's Desk E-Newsletter for superintendents, principals, and other school administrators. The newsletter includes articles on leadership, setting goals, funding, parental involvement, technology, current education news, interviews with senior education officials, and much more.
E-Newsletter (The Access Center)
The Access Center has created a monthly e-newsletter which will inform readers about new Access Center resources, upcoming events, technical assistance work, external resources, and the latest news about special education policy.
Youth Policy Action Center Alerts
Youth Policy Action Center (YPAC) distributes bi-weekly updates of new Action Alerts posted to its Web site. You can specify which issues you’d like to receive Action Alerts on, including national issues, civic engagement, economics and employment, education, out of school time, safety, health, juvenile and criminal justice, special populations, and ages. On this page, you can also subscribe to the listservs of YPAC member organizations.
Youthhood Teacher Network Discussion List
The purpose of this listserv is to provide an online discussion forum for adults using the Youthhood.org curriculum to help youth plan for the future. The listserv can be used to brainstorm, share strategies, ask questions, and receive peer support regarding the Youthhood Web site. Adults working with youth on the Youthhood Web site, whether they are teachers, mentors, parents, or other adults, have the option to join this listserv when they register at Youthhood.org.
Youthhood Web Site Updates Announcement List
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This listserv will keep you up-to-date regarding enhancements made to The Youthhood.org Web site. Announcements will be sent approximately once per month by project staff. Adults working with youth on the Youthhood Web site, whether they are teachers, mentors, parents, or other adults, have the option to join this listserv when they register at Youthhood.org.
Grants.gov, a Web site that allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies, offers a free quarterly newsletter with the latest news and updates about Grants.gov. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.
Federal Grant Opportunities
National Science Foundation Teacher Professional Continuum
The National Science Foundation Teacher Professional Continuum Program addresses the recruitment, preparation, induction, retention, and professional development of K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Its goals are to improve the quality and coherence of teacher learning experiences across the continuum through research that informs teaching practice and the development of innovative professional development resources. The program also supports conferences and symposia. Eligible applicants are state and local agencies, school districts, professional societies, research laboratories, informal science education centers, private foundations, or other public and private organizations whether for-profit or not-for-profit. Application deadline: May 31, 2005.
Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities: Community Parent Resource Centers
U.S. Department of Education’s Community Parent Resource Centers work to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. The maximum award is $100,000. Eligible applicants are local parent organizations which have as their mission serving parents of children with disabilities from that community who are ages birth through 26 and represent the full range of disabilities as defined in section 602(3) of IDEA. Application deadline: May 20, 2005.
Workforce Investment Act of 1998; Notice of Incentive Funding Availability for Program Year 2003 Performance
Contributed by the Department of Education from appropriations for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, these funds are available to 19 states through June 30, 2007, to support innovative workforce development and education activities that are authorized under Title I (Workforce Investment Systems) or Title II (the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of WIA, or under the Perkins Act. Application deadline: June 13, 2005.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust
The CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust, established by the CVS Corporation with a goal of positively impacting the culturally diverse populations in the communities where CVS stores are located, offers funding for 1) health programs serving children (under age 18) with physical disabilities that address awareness, accessibility, early intervention, and health rehabilitation services; and 2) public school programs promoting inclusion of children with physical disabilities in all aspects of school functions, including student academic activities, extracurricular programs, and physical activity/play. Application deadline: June 15, 2005.
Excellence through Challenging Exploration and Leadership Internship Program
The National Foundation of the Blind Jernigan Institute and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are offering a new internship program for college students who are legally blind. The Excellence through Challenging Exploration and Leadership (EXCEL) program will place 2 interns at each of three NASA centers for an intensive six-week program. Applicants must be at least 18 years old; be going into their first or second year of college; be interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Rolling deadline.
National Down Syndrome Society Joshua O'Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund
National Down Syndrome Society announces a new postsecondary scholarship program, the Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund. The fund will offer five grants of up to $1000 to young adults with Down syndrome who wish to take a postsecondary course at their local community college or other educational institution in order to obtain employment and other important life skills. Eligible applicants must have Down syndrome, be 18 years old or older, and intend to enroll in a postsecondary class that will enrich their life through employment, independent living skills, life skills, etc. Application deadline: June 10, 2005.
Presidential Freedom Scholarships Honor High School Students for Outstanding Service
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The Presidential Freedom Scholarships are designed to promote student service and civic engagement. These scholarships, funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, recognize high school students for outstanding leadership in service to their communities. Eligible students are those who complete at least 100 hours of community service either through a school-based service-learning program or independently through service at a nonprofit or faith-based organization. Applicants must be juniors or seniors during the 2004-05 academic year and must be planning to attend an eligible U.S. institution of higher education. Application deadline: July 1, 2005.
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