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May 2012 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Summer Jobs Job Bank
The White House, supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, has announced a new opportunity for summer jobs seekers, “Summer Jobs+”. Summer jobs let youth to explore opportunities while gaining real world experience. This initiative helps youth be the first to know about new summer jobs in their area through the job bank, a search tool on summer job opportunities.

Calls to Participate


Learning Disabilities Association of America Seeks Submissions for 2013 Conference
Learning Disabilities Association of America seeks submissions for the 2013 Conference in San Antonio, TX, February 13-165, 2013, for papers or other formal presentations, workshops, or informational sessions. LDA values sessions on current and best practices, including basic information about the nature of learning disabilities as well as innovative approaches to advocacy, assessment, intervention, and instruction; new ways to ensure successful transition, use of assistive technology, access to the general curriculum, providing a continuum of services and fostering productive adulthood; and hands-on practical techniques for Table Talk and reports of research for Poster Sessions. For this 50th anniversary year, a special focus will be placed on research best practices and skill building of both children and adults in culturally diverse populations. Presenters are limited to one major presentation, and sessions may not promote commercial products and/or services. Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2012.


NIDRR’s Proposed Long-Range Plan 2013-2017: Comments Sought
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research’s (NIDRR’s) Long-Range Plan (Plan) for fiscal years (FYs) 2013 through 2017. The Department is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, to develop a plan for NIDRR that outlines NIDRR’s priorities for rehabilitation research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, and explains the basis for these priorities. Deadline for comments: June 18, 2012.


OJJDP and SAMSA Observe National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will observe National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9, 2012. This year's observance will promote recovery and resilience for children and youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. OJJDP, SAMHSA, and partnering agencies will support efforts to help the public recognize signs of child trauma, promote treatment for children’s traumatic experiences, and promote trauma-informed social services and supports. They seek participants in Awareness Day 2012 Community Events activities. The Community Events link on the Web site lists activities already planned state-by-state.


Southwest Conference on Disability Seeks Submissions for 2012 Conference
The theme of the 2012 conference is “Access for All: To Boldly Go Where Everyone Else Has Gone Before,” with topical areas including Physical Access, Access to Health, Access to Employment, Access to Technology, and Access to Behavioral Health Through High-Quality Service Partnerships. The conference will be October 9-12, 2012, in Albuquerque, NM. Deadline for submissions: May 11, 2012.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


A Hiring Authority Fact Sheet: Tips for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Interested in Starting a Career with the Federal Government
Fact Sheet
“Federal Schedule: A Hiring Authority Fact Sheet: Tips for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Interested in Starting a Career with the Federal Government” is a fact sheet with information to aid youth with disabilities looking for government work.


Afterschool Programs That Follow Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Social and Emotional Development Are Effective  (2012) PDF document
Research summary
This research summary underscores the link between high quality programs and student achievement. Analysis of more than 60 studies of afterschool programs showed that certain high quality afterschool programs are associated with increased academic performance, increased attendance, and significant improvements in behavior. Available in pdf (291 KB, 6 pp).


Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10  (April 2012)
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics has released “Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10.” This Statistical Analysis Report presents selected findings from seven congressionally mandated arts in education surveys. These surveys were designed to provide national estimates of the characteristics of arts education in public K-12 schools for the 2009-10 school year and to allow comparison to selected estimates from an earlier study done in 1999-2000. This report provides national data about arts education for public elementary and secondary schools, elementary classroom teachers, and elementary and secondary music and visual arts specialists.


Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities New Issue Briefs
The Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities has posted seven Issue Briefs on aspects of employment for youth with developmental disabilities: “Evaluating the Implementation and Outcomes of Secondary Supported Employment Programs for Students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities,” “Students at Greatest risk for Poor Post-School Employment Outcomes: What Can Schools Do?,” “Does Service Collaboration Enhance Seamless Transition Outcomes?,” “Risk Modeling of Student Post-School Employment Outcomes,” “Do Promising Vocational Interventions Benefit At-Risk Youth?,” “The Impact of Personnel Factors on Employment Outcomes of Urban At-Risk Youth,” and “Post-School Outcomes for Transitioning Youth with Developmental Disabilities – Can We Predict Integrated Employment?” The Center for Transition to Employment is a Disability Rehabilitation Research Project sponsored by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. The Center is operated by TransCen, Inc., in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University.


College Readiness: A Guide to the Field  (April 2012)
“College Readiness: A Guide to the Field,” from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR), aims to help districts, schools, and other interested stakeholders identify opportunities both inside and outside of school to prepare their students for college success. As the U.S. education focus has shifted in recent years from high school graduation to postsecondary success, policies and initiatives, federal, philanthropic, school, and community efforts to that end have proliferated, this report can help education stakeholders keep abreast of these policies and initiatives.


Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings: Impact findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention Study  (March 2012)
“Continuous Quality Improvement in Afterschool Settings: Impact findings from the Youth Program Quality Intervention Study,” a study funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation, evaluates the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), a data-driven continuous improvement model for afterschool systems. It finds that a cycle of assessing staff practices, planning based on the assessment and targeted training improves the quality of services delivered to young people; and that the YPQI model increases program quality among a wide range of afterschool systems, is sustainable and cost-effective, and might boost staff retention.


Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Support Matters  (2012)
“Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Support Matters” is a report on Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (CRPBIS), published by the Equity Alliance of Arizona State University. Such supports are an important factor in effective education for students with varying cultural, linguistic, and ability backgrounds.


Designing Comprehensive Principal Evaluation Systems  (2012)
The National Center for Comprehensive Teacher Quality has released an “Online Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Principal Evaluation Systems” to assist states and districts in developing systems of principal evaluation and support. It is informed by research on evaluation design and the experience of state/district evaluation designers and covers research and policy context, state accountability and district responsibility in principal-evaluation systems, and development and implementation, as well as components critical to success in redesigning principal evaluations: specifying evaluation-system goals, defining principal effectiveness, and establishing standards; securing and sustaining stakeholder investment and cultivating a strategic communication plan; selecting measures; determining evaluation-system structure; selecting and training evaluators; ensuring data integrity and transparency; using evaluation results; and evaluating the system itself.


Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It  (April 2012)
Archived Webinar
On April 9, 2012, the Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar featuring Dr. Russell W. Rumberger, who has conducted research on school dropouts for the past twenty-five years and is the author of a book by the same name as the webinar; and Phillip Lovell, Alliance Vice President of Federal Advocacy, who spoke about actions the federal government can take to help quell the high school dropout crisis.


Education and Disability Law Articles  (April 2012)
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers access to a selection of full-text journal articles from legal scholars on topics related to IDEA, Section 504, federal and state special education laws, dispute resolution, seclusion and restraint, and more.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Leadership: Keys to Leading Juvenile Justice Reform
Web-based Event
May 9, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) National Center for Youth in Custody (NC4YC) will present a webinar on Leadership: Keys to Leading Juvenile Justice Reform. Presentations will focus on collaborative leadership, leadership in culture change, and leadership in empowering youth and families in the rehabilitative process.

Key Features of Comprehensive Principal Evaluation Systems
Web-based Event
May 15, 2012
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
For individuals or districts concerned with assessing principal effectiveness, WestEd’s “Key Features of a Comprehensive Principal Evaluation System” webinar will organize research-based information into 13 critical elements that districts can use in designing and implementing improved principal evaluation systems. A panel of project researchers and district leaders will describe several Key Features and what they look like in practice.

Youth Voice in Advocacy: a Guide to Strategic Sharing
Web-based Event
May 15, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   (Pacific)
Strategic Sharing is the practice of safely and effectively telling the story of one’s lived experience(s) in order to achieve a goal. The purpose of this webinar is to inform participants of the main principles of Strategic Sharing to assist them in doing advocacy work. Panelists will identify reasons for sharing, the risks and benefits of sharing, strategically targeting events, developing strategies on answering difficult questions, and tips on being strategic in sharing.

Improving Student Engagement Through Early Career Mapping
Web-based Event
May 22, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
Education Week will present a webinar “Improving Student Engagement Through Early Career Mapping,” on the challenges and benefits of mapping student learning plans. When students discover their career interests, they can get more excited about school and the relevance of what they are learning. To engage today’s tech-savvy student, many districts offer individual learning plan programs online. Students are given online accounts with passwords to track classes; create an electronic portfolio of grades, test scores, and work; research careers; and organize their college search. These exercises take an investment in technology, training, and personnel.

Got Transition Radio Show Episode 9: Health Care Transition and Youth Leadership – Can One Lead to Another?
Web-based Event
May 23, 2012
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
On “Health Care Transition and Youth Leadership – Can One Lead to Another?”, guest speaker Josiah Barber will join Got Transition Radio to talk about his health care transition experience, how it led him on a path of leadership within the field of Maternal and Child Health, and how attending the 2012 annual Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) conference as the first recipient of the Ryan Colburn Youth Scholarship fueled his interest in health care policy.

The Three Ts: Using Technology to Change the Use of Time in Teaching
Web-based Event
May 24, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education will host a webinar on “The Three Ts: Using Technology to Change the Use of Time in Teaching,” featuring educators who have seen technology change the use of time in teaching. They will discuss how a “flipped classroom” can make a difference for student learning, how being an online teacher can keeps the teacher busy 24/7, how many afterschool programs are turning to technology to increase student engagement and outcomes, what some of the unexpected results are; and a wide range of ways that time can be examined differently and how digital tools can facilitate that process.

National Conference on Volunteering & Service: Turning Point 2012
June 17, 2012 - June 20, 2012
Chicago, IL
National and community service can be opportunities for individuals to give back to their community while developing networks, enhancing work skills and earning assistance for postsecondary education. Nonprofit leaders, community-based programs, volunteer leaders, disability organizations and others interested in the field of volunteerism and national service can attend this year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, “Turning Point 2012” to learn more about the inclusion of people with disabilities in national and community service. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


American Youth Policy Forum
The American Youth Policy Forum Web site offers information on policy, practice, and research that can improve the lives of young people. AYPF’s mission is to broaden the understanding of policymakers and strengthen the youth policymaking process by identifying the most pertinent information on youth issues and providing a forum for leaders in government, programming, and research, as well as youth themselves, to share their viewpoints about policies and practices that improve outcomes for all youth.


National Girls Institute Web Site
The National Girls Institute Web site offers advice, information, opportunities for involvement, and shared experiences for girls and young women involved in the juvenile justice system or in a prevention or intervention program, their parents, and those who work with them.


Navigating College Web Site
Navigating College, a project of The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), is an introduction to the college experience by and for people with autism. The writers and contributors are autistic adults, giving the advice they wish they had been given us when starting college.


Summer Opportunities for Youth
The Summer Opportunities for Youth/Findyouthinfo web site offers information on summer job opportunities for youth and links to resources that can help youth gain real world experience and contribute to their community.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013
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 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 2012 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


FY 2012 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Best Buy: Community Grants Program
Through the Community Grants Program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that give teens access to opportunities through technology. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: non-profit organizations located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store or other facility that serve a diverse population in local or regional communities, build academic, leadership and life skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13-17), and serve at-risk populations. Deadline: August 1, 2012.


Consumer Bankers Association Foundation/Ashoka’s Youth Venture Launch Banking on Youth Competition
The Consumer Bankers Association Foundation and banks across the United States have partnered with Ashoka’s Youth Venture to launch the Banking on Youth competition, to provide young people ages 13-20 an opportunity to showcase ideas for ventures that benefit society and demonstrate innovation, social impact, sustainability, and visibility. Applicants are invited to describe their project in a ninety-second video and entry form. Both new project ideas and existing projects are eligible. All individuals or team members must be legal residents of the United States and between the ages of 13-20 as of April 10, 2012; and must have an adult mentor (parent, teacher, church or civic organization leader, etc. who is at least 21 years of age) co-sign the entry form and agree to provide support for the venture if seed money is won. Forty-nine $1,000 prizes will be awarded. The top six entrants will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual Global Youth Centure Summit in Washington, DC, in July 2012, where they will compete in a “pitch-off” for an Audience Choice Award of $5,000 or the grand prize of $15,000. Application deadline: June 10, 2012.


CVS Grants
The CVS Caremark Community Grants Program focuses on inclusive programs and programs for children with disabilities under age 21; academic and enrichment programs at public schools; and programs that provide access to quality health care services and health education for at-risk and underserved populations of all ages. Grants of up to $5,000 go to organizations that have a CVS in the area. Application deadline: October 31, 2012.


It’s Up to YOUth: Spark Opportunity Challenge
The “It’s Up to YOUth: Spark Opportunity Challenge” is an opportunity for people with great ideas for creating local jobs and opportunities for young people in their communities to win an iPad, $1,500 and the chance to make their ideas a reality. Deadline: May 14, 2012.


Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Offers Support for National Projects to Empower Youth With Disabilities
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Grants Program (MEAF) is dedicated to helping young Americans with disabilities maximize their potential and participate in society. It provides funding to nonprofit organizations working toward full inclusion of young people with disabilities in society. Proposed projects should be national in scope and impact, or model projects that can be replicated at multiple sites and should help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly in STEM fields. MEAF also will consider projects that help break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans. Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000, for one to three years. Preference is given to projects that take place in Mitsubishi Electric community locations, or involve employee volunteers. Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: June 01, 2012.


P. Buckley Moss Foundation: Grants for Incorporation of the Arts
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education makes grants for new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming. The purpose is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children who learn differently. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: programs for children K-12. Deadline: September 30, 2012.


SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Teen Court Program Grants
The Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment 2012 Teen Court Program offers grants for treatment and related recovery support services to youth who are involved in a teen court program and have substance abuse and/or co-occurring treatment needs. The program helps participating youth reduce their substance use and criminal activity, improve their health and quality of life, and increase their productivity. Deadline: May 30, 2012.


Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter and should improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Applicants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades PreK-12, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Preference will be given to applicants who serve economically disadvantaged students, and to members of the National Education Association. The NEA Foundation especially encourages grant applications from teachers with less than seven years of experience in the profession and education support professionals. Average grant amount: 45.000. Deadline: June 1, 2012.


Youth Service America and State Farm Invite Applications for Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grants
State Farm has teamed up with Youth Service America to offer grants of up to $1,000 for programs that enhance student achievement through service-learning in K-12 public schools in the United States or the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Each grant will engage participating teachers and students in a service and learning program that promotes academic achievement, workplace readiness, and stronger communities. The grant requires a 12- to 14-week semester of service. Each State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant program must address a substantive issue in the local community; promote student achievement; engage students traditionally not asked to serve, including youth from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, youth with disabilities, youth in the juvenile justice system, youth in foster care, and youth who are refugees or recent immigrants; involve students in every stage of the project; include publicity; develop workforce readiness and career and life skills; provide service to the community (programs must include a service element); incorporate one or more national day(s) of service; encourage continuous reflection; and build for sustainability. Deadline: May 31, 2012.

Scholarships and Awards


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition
The University of Maryland in conjunction with TransCen, Inc., is offering scholarships for the Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition Graduate Certificate Program. The scholarships offer a tuition and stipend award for 12 graduate credits in the University of Maryland’s Department of Counseling and Personnel Services. They are intended for professionals with a bachelor’s degree who are employed in special education, rehabilitation or related programs. The courses start in Fall 2012. Application deadline: June 29, 2012.

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