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June 2003 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Doctoral Programs in Special Education
The University of Maryland's Department of Special Education announces a new doctoral program and post-doctoral fellowships focusing on data-driven policy research involving students with disabilities. This new doctoral program and the post-doctoral fellowships are designed to provide strong training in specific research methodologies and design principles in order to prepare the doctoral students and fellows to conduct large-scale research that will inform policies affecting children and youth with disabilities. Students and fellows will have the opportunity to take a variety of courses in policy and quantitative methods; attend and/or participate in seminars; gain hands-on experience in large-scale research; and interact with federal policymakers.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Coordination and Management of Supports and Services  (December 2002)
NCSET Institute Proceeding
Proceedings from the National Capacity Building Institute held in Boston, MA in December 2002 by NCSET and the National Center on the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports are now available to view online.


Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Professional Employment: A National and International Perspective  (March 2003)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Transcript of teleconference call held March 18, 2003 presented by Robert A. Stodden, Director of the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Kathy Martinez, Deputy Director of the World Institute on Disability. Topics of discussion included issues of secondary preparation, career development, postsecondary participation, international perspectives on disability, and cultural competence.


Professional Employment for Individuals with Disabilities: Issues of Preparation and Transition  (February 2003)
NCSET Institute Proceeding
Proceedings from the National Capacity Building Institute held in Honolulu, HI in February 2003 by NCSET and the National Center on the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports.


Service Coordination  (2003)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web topic outlines how cross-agency coordination of services for youth with disabilities and their families can build professional connections and provide families with a single contact to identify supports. Service coordination reflects a shift from case management to family support and focuses on person- and family-centered planning, inclusion, and self-determination. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.


Who Are Secondary Students in Special Education Today?  (June 2003)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief  • Volume  2 ,  Issue  1
This report of the demographic characteristics of youth with disabilities participating in the National Longitudinal Study-2 provides important information about factors other than disability that affect the educational and transition experiences of youth with disabilities.

Other National Resources


Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice - Help with Behavioral Problems  (2001)
The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP) has published a series of short information briefs on research-based intervention practices and programs for children with behavioral problems. Written for use by families, these briefs translate research on effective intervention practices into a format that is easy to understand and useful for family members and practitioners, including what research says about what does and what doesn't work. In addition, they provide contact information for help in using the technique. Briefs are available on a variety of topics.


Frontline Initiative: A Newsletter for Direct Support Professionals
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to strengthening the quality of human service support by strengthening the direct support workforce. The group has representatives from the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities, child welfare, education, and others in the human services community. The Alliance has developed a national agenda to address conditions that are harmful to people who rely on human services. Frontline Initiative is their official newsletter. There is a subscription fee.


Labor Department Offers Employers Free Database of Qualified Disabled Student Job Seekers  (2003)
Government and private sector employers may take advantage of this free resource to identify college students and recent graduates with disabilities for their summer and permanent job openings. The Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in cooperation with the Department of Defense, now offers a database of more than 1,600 job seekers with disabilities through its Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). Through WRP's complimentary CD-ROM database, employers can search for potential applicants by fields of student, state, or school, in disciplines ranging from computer sciences and business, to communications engineering and office administration.


Making a Difference: Thinking about Decision-Making Support in the Transition Process  (July 2002) PDF document
This paper is addressed to parents of children with developmental disabilities regarding what they need to consider about guardianship as their children transition to adulthood. The paper explores guardianship decisions from the perspective of self-determination principles and describes an approach that results in decision-making support tailored to the individual's capacities and needs. Published by the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities. Available in PDF (19 pages).


State Self-Employment Policies: A Decade of Change  (March 2003)
Fact Sheet
In 1992, the Research and Training Center (RTC) surveyed state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies on their self-employment policies and procedures for people with disabilities. Ten years later RTC surveyed VR and visual service agencies again and found remarkable growth plus some dramatic changes.


Transition from Teen to Adult for People with Special Needs  (2003)
This booklet was written by a parent and describes the transition from teen to adult for people with special needs as a process that requires forethought and patience. The author, Theresa L. Gray, wrote this 20 page booklet in hopes that her experiences in transition will help other parents plan with confidence and effectiveness. Key topics include: education, record keeping, seeking assistance, a timetable, and adult care.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Applied Collaboration
Teleconference Call
June 24, 2003
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held on June 24, 2003 to present on Applied Collaboration, a compilation of proven professional development strategies to provide general and special educators with critical collaborative planning and instructional skills to meet the specialized instructional needs of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Presenters focused on key components of the model, along with information regarding training and technical assistance. Presented by Scott Johnson, Lead Trainer, Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning; Barbara Jo Stahl, CSPD Consultant, Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning; and Maureen Hawes, Project Coordinator, Institute on Community Integration, U of MN. The transcript of this call is now available.

Critical Issues in Reform and Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities in Secondary Education and Transition
Capacity Building Institute
July 8, 2003
Washington, DC
This institute is being held in conjunction with, and at the same location as, the 2003 Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Research Project Directors' Conference to facilitate the attendance of researchers working in areas related to critical reform and inclusion in secondary education and transition. In addition to researchers, the institute is open to other stakeholders as space permits. This institute will provide researchers with an opportunity to engage in reflective dialogue around issues of reform, inclusion, and the intersection of reform and inclusion at the high school level. Online registration is available.

Other National Events


Unleashing the Power of Youth and Community Potential
October 12, 2003 - October 14, 2003
Allentown, PA
This two-day conference for youth and adults celebrates their work in community building initiatives across the region. People come to focus on what matters to youth. This event is sponsored by justCommunity, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Quakertown, PA, providing consultation, education and training services in the areas of youth development, community mobilization, and restorative practices to schools, government agencies (including law enforcement) and other associations. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Knowledge Loom: Educators Sharing and Learning Together
Developed and maintained by Educational Alliance at Brown University, this Web site enables educators to become part of an active online teaching and learning community. Visitors to the site will have the opportunity to: review research that identifies best practices related to various themes, view stories about the practices in real schools/districts, learn to replicate the success of these practices in your own organization, and participate in online events and discussions. Student gateway to the U.S. government
The mission of is to give college and college-bound students, and their families’ easy access to the information and services they need from the U.S. Government and selected non-government web sites. This Web site provides comprehensive information for students on education, career, and government. Sharing the spirit of books and reading
The goal of this Web site is to provide all educators with easy access to children’s book authors and authoritative teaching resources. Among the resources available are teacher guides, National Public Radio interviews, and links to authors’ Web sites.


U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid for Counselors
The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing nearly 70% of all student financial aid. Designed for school counselors, this web site offers information designed to assist families in their college planning. It provides access to and information about the products and services that families will need throughout the financial aid process, including a high school counselor's handbook, handouts, student aid guides, and PowerPoint presentations in English and Spanish about postsecondary education options and financial aid.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program - CFDA# 84.330B
The AP Test Fee program provides grants to States to enable them to pay advanced placement test fees on behalf of eligible low-income students who are enrolled in an advanced placement course and plan to take an advanced placement exam. The program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who take advanced placement tests and receive scores for which college academic credit is awarded. Through participation in this program, low-income students will achieve to higher standards in English, mathematics, science, and other core subjects. The program also seeks to increase the number of low-income students who achieve a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Application deadline: June 30, 2003.


Advanced Placement Incentive (API) Program - CFDA# 84.330C
The API program, funded under section 1705 of Title I, Part G of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), awards competitive grants designed to increase the successful participation of low-income students in pre-advanced placement and advanced placement courses and tests. By supporting increased access to and participation in pre-advanced placement and advanced placement courses and tests, the program provides greater opportunities for low-income students to achieve to high standards in English, mathematics, science, and other core subjects. Additional long-term goals of the program are to demonstrate that larger and more diverse groups of students can participate and succeed in advanced placement programs, and to increase the numbers of low-income and other disadvantaged students who receive baccalaureate and advanced degrees. Application deadline: July 3, 2003.


Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program - CFDA# 84.351D
The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program supports the development, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that have demonstrated their effectiveness in: integrating arts into the core elementary and middle school curricula, strengthening arts instruction in these grades, and improving students' academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program provides resources that local educational agencies (LEAs) and other eligible applicants can use in pursuit of the objectives of the No Child Left Behind Act. This program provides an opportunity for eligible entities to develop programs in schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Title I, Part A of the ESEA. Application deadline: July 10, 2003.


Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program - CFDA# 84.133A-6
The purpose of the DRRP program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the Act), as amended. For FY 2003 the competition for new awards focuses on projects designed to meet the priority to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Application deadline: July 14, 2003.


Professional Development for Arts Educators - CFDA# 84.351C
This program is authorized under Subpart 15 of Part D of Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Public Law 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Through this competition, the Secretary will make grants to eligible entities for the implementation of high-quality professional development programs in elementary and secondary education. This program will fund model professional development programs for music, dance, drama, and visual arts educators that use innovative instructional methods, especially those linked to scientifically-based research. Application deadline: July 10, 2003.


Special Education: State Program Improvement Grants Program -CFDA# 84.323A
The purpose of this program, authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997, is to assist State educational agencies and their partners referred to in section 652(b) of IDEA with reforming and improving their systems for providing educational, early intervention, and transitional services, including their systems for professional development, technical assistance, and dissemination of knowledge about best practices, to improve results for children with disabilities. Applications available: May 27, 2003. Application deadline: July 11, 2003.


Tech-Prep Demonstration Program - CFDA# 84.353
The Tech-Prep Demonstration Program (TPDP) provides grants to enable consortia described in section 204(a) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III) to carry out tech-prep education projects authorized by section 207 of Perkins III that involve the location of a secondary school on the site of a community college, a business as a member of the consortium, and the voluntary participation of secondary school students. Following an initial recruitment period, funded projects would enroll a new student cohort in each year of the project, in addition to continuing support for each previous TPDP student cohort. Application deadline: June 26th, 2003.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Non-profit organizations or projects with 501(c)3 status that address a significant need of young people with disabilities, have national scope and impact, demonstrate potential for replication at other sites, and represent an innovative approach involving technology, are invited to submit preliminary concept papers for consideration. If the concept paper is approved, the organization will be invited to submit a full proposal. Application deadline: June 1 (annually).


Staples Foundation for Learning
The mission of the Staples Foundation for Learning is to provide funding to programs that support or provide job skills and education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Guided by this mission, the Foundation seeks to support causes that teach, train, and inspire people from diverse backgrounds. Application deadline: June 30th, 2003.

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