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June 2003 E-News


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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.

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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.
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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. 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.

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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).

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