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June 2013 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


Calls to Participate

 

Southwest Conference on Disability Call for Papers

http://cdd.unm.edu/swconf/
The 2013 Southwest Conference on Disability, to be held in Albuquerque, NM, October 8-11, 2013, seeks proposals for presentations on the themes of: The Rehabilitation Act at 40: Promises Kept, Promises Still to Keep; Assistive Technology: Opening the Door for People with Disabilities; When the Community, Business and Government Collaborate, People with Disabilities Work!; Access to Health for Women with Disabilities; and Brain Injury: A Family Affair Across the Lifespan. Deadline for proposals: June 10, 2013.

 

Survey on Perceptions of Youth with Disabilities Returning to Schools

https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_80JbnUegDdFhhf7
The University of Oregon and Arizona State University seek special and general education teachers, transition specialists and paraprofessionals to take part in a survey on perceptions of youth with disabilities returning to schools from the juvenile justice system. Completers will be entered into a lottery to win an iPad Mini and gift cards. The survey is part of a study to explore perceptions of youth with disabilities and their outcomes from the juvenile justice system and their performance in the classroom. Teachers, transition specialists, and school staff who work with transition age youth with disabilities are invited to complete this 15-25 minute online survey. Deadline for completing the survey: June 17, 2013.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Center on Transition to Employment’s Archived Webinars on Promising Practices in Transition and on The Personnel Factor  (May 2013)
Archived Webinar

http://tinyurl.com/ny9gmk5
The Center on Transition to Employment, administered by TransCen, Inc. and Virginia Commonwealth University, has archived two recent webinars. “Promising Practices in Transition for Predominantly Minority Youth: Results of Multi-Year, Multi-Site Study” examined personal and contextual factors contributing to employment for predominantly minority youth with high incidence disabilities. Presenters discussed the essential elements (what and why) of successful transition programs and interventions derived from this study and discussed strategies for replication and innovation of promising practices and interventions. “The Personnel Factor” was an informational webinar on new research into the characteristics of employment specialists and their implications for successful transition to paid jobs for transition-age youth. It discussed the four personal attributes that emerged from this study, and implications for recruitment, hiring, training and advancing effective employment specialists.

 

Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at the High School Graduation Rate  (2013)
Report

http://www.ncld.org/disability-advocacy/where-we-stand-policies/diplomas-at-risk
“Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at the High School Graduation Rate,” a report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities finds that of the 2.2 million American students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), only 68% graduate with a regular high school diploma. Many schools make decisions as early as elementary school that take students off-track. The report includes a number of recommendations to reverse this trend.

 

Diplomas Count: Second Chances: Turning Dropouts Into Graduates  (June 2013)
Report

http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2013/06/06/
The annual “Diplomas Count” report from Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center finds that the national high school graduation rate reached 74.7% for the Class of 2010, the highest since 1973, and an increase of 7.9 percentage points since 2000. This year’s report, “Second Chances: Turning Dropouts Into Graduates,” projects that although more than 1 million students will fail to graduate from high school this year, there are 96,000 fewer dropouts compared to last year.

 

Eight Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker  (May 2013)
Article

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/iep.bollero.hearts.htm
“Eight Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts Not Poker” is an article on tips for advocating for the best opportunities for their child in Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings by strategies including joining and sustaining relationships, focusing on the child’s needs, not the district’s resources or parents’ expectations, providing “face-saving” solutions to disagreements, keeping records of data to support plans, getting to know the school and educators; listening actively, and encouraging help from others.

 

Grad Nation Community Guidebook  (May 2013)
Guidebook

http://tinyurl.com/mwk8bdm
America’s Promise has released the updated “Grad Nation Community Guidebook,” a research-based toolkit for communities working to raise graduation rates and better support children and youth from birth through college.

 

Grad Nation Community Guidebook  (May 2013)
Toolkit

http://tinyurl.com/kvsgxfz
America’s Promise Alliance has released the updated Grad Nation Community Guidebook (Community Guidebook), a research-based toolkit for communities working to raise graduation rates and better support children and youth from birth through college. Created in collaboration with Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, the online Community Guidebook offers approaches and tools that all communities can incorporate at any stage in their work.

 

Impact: Feature Issue on Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities  (2013)
Theme Issue

http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/261/
The Institute on Community Integration’s “Impact: Feature Issue on Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities” is available online and in print. English language learners with disabilities are a growing part of the K-12 school population in the U.S. The available knowledge on how to effectively educate these students and measure their progress is small but increasing. Many educators and families have pressing questions, and this “Impact” offers responses to some of those questions from people around the country who are helping schools meet the needs of this growing student population.

 

Moving On: Federal Programs for Transition-Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions  (2005)
Report

http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=8Vesx_bWHBA%3d&tabid=104
“Moving On: Federal Programs for Transition-Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions” is an analysis, from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, of 57 federal programs offering resources to assist youth with serious mental health conditions in making the transition from childhood-and often, foster care-to independence. Available in pdf (464 KB, 34 pp).

 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Offers New Data on Juvenile Justice  (April 2013)
Report

http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/structure_process/faqs.asp
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released the first in a series of national overviews that describe where states stand on a variety of juvenile justice issues, including how they classify status offenses, extended age of jurisdiction, and administration of community supervision and aftercare services. The overviews are available via the Juvenile Justice System, Structure, and Process section of the FAQ section of OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book (in the questions marked “New”). The Statistical Briefing Book provides timely and reliable answers to questions OJJDP most frequently receives from media, policymakers, and the general public.

 

Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability  (2013)
Report

http://www.thinkcollege.net/publications/program-profiles
Think College’s “Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability” is a monograph based on Think College staffs’ visits to five postsecondary education (PSE) programs, to report on the details and nuances of PSE programs serving students with intellectual disabilities. While national data derived from surveys or broad-scale evaluation efforts offer a “big picture” of what higher education is offering these students, detailed local data can give a better sense of what is really happening on the ground. The monograph describes the background and structure of these PSE programs, and identifies promising practices having a positive effect on student outcomes. Identifying these innovative/emerging practices can serve as a springboard to promote further policy, program, and resource development in order to expand postsecondary education opportunities and options for individuals with intellectual disability.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Cooperative Group Work

June 24, 2013
Online Discussion
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/lq7bl9y
The online discussion on cooperative group work (CGW) will talk through the challenges of implementing CGW, especially with struggling students; share ideas on how to use CGW across subjects; and get feedback from practitioners. Instructional coaches will facilitate the conversation and share best practices. The goal is to help participants integrate CGW into their teaching with confidence and success. CGW helps students improve their academic performance while strengthening oral and written interpersonal skills and readiness for independent learning, two critical skills for college and career.

Exploring Implications for State Policy in Competency-Based Education
Web-based Event
June 24, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/894516560
“Exploring Implications for State Policy in Competency-Based Education” is the first in a two-part webinar hosted by the College and Career Readiness & Success Center and the American Youth Policy Forum on national and state approaches to competency-based education. It will highlight current efforts across the country, identify promising practices in states, and share resources available for states. Topics will include: national trends and major questions to consider when implementing competency-based pathways and systems; how states have conceptualized, developed, and implemented such systems; and how the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) supports the implementation of competency-based education in ILN states within their broader framework of college and career readiness and personalized learning.

Promising Practices and Considerations for Districts in Competency-Based Education
Web-based Event
July 16, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/945028889
“Promising Practices and Considerations for Districts in Competency-Based Education” is the second in a two-part webinar hosted by the College and Career Readiness & Success Center and the American Youth Policy Forum on national and state approaches to competency-based education. It will look at two districts that have pioneered the development of competency-based approaches and examine how policies can support or hinder district level systems-change. This webinar will also identify key policy questions that districts should consider as they pursue competency-based education pathways and systems.

Youth Work Methods Experience

July 22, 2013 - July 23, 2013
Seminar
Ypsilanti, MI
http://www.readyby21.org/events/youth-work-methods-experience
The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality will host a seminar July 22-23, 2013, to improve professionals’ ability to provide comprehensive support to staff to help them improve their practices. It will explore the Active-Participatory Approach and three key Youth Work Methods, and strengthen coaching and observational skills.

Empowering Young Leaders for Juvenile Justice Reform

August 2, 2013 - August 3, 2013
Summit
Washington, DC
http://cjjyouthsummit2013.wordpress.com/
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice will host its 2013 Youth Summit on August 2-3, 2013, in Washington, DC. In accordance with the summit theme “Empowering Young Leaders for Juvenile Justice Reform,” sessions will offer youth information on juvenile justice basics, disproportionate minority contact, the school-to-prison pipeline, and leadership development.

The Dynamics of Facilitating IEP Meetings

August 13, 2013 - August 14, 2013
Workshop
Newark, DE
http://www.ipa.udel.edu/crp/trainingandevents.html
In “The Dynamics of Facilitating IEP Meetings” workshop, participants will learn the role and responsibilities of a facilitator and how to prepare for an IEP meeting, design a collaborative meeting agenda, facilitate a meeting process that encourages full participation and effective communication, build agreement and gain consensus, and manage challenging meeting dynamics.

CADRE Webinar on Moving Forward: Building Effective Family-School Partnerships
Web-based Event
August 14, 2013
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM   (Pacific)
http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/mappwebinar.cfm
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Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

Global Youth Justice Websites

http://www.globalyouthjustice.org/Youth_Websites.html
Global Youth Justice, in conjunction with the American Bar Association and its celebration of Law Day, is helping local youth courts in 41 states launch 250 websites to promote their juvenile justice diversion programs. More than 1,400 communities and tribes worldwide currently operate a youth justice program associated with their local peer, student, youth, or teen courts. These courts train teenagers to be judges, prosecutors, attorneys, and jurors who handle low-level offenses of their peers, promote accountability, provide access to youth resources, and model peer leadership.

 

MIUSA Website

http://www.miusa.org/ncde
The Mobility International USA (MIUSA) website, from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, offers resources for increasing disability inclusion in international exchange, bridging people, programs, and places. It includes tipsheets, stories and blogs, “Ask a Question,” and an “A to Z List” of resources.

 

NICHCY Website Adds a Listen Button

http://nichcy.org/how-to-use-the-readspeaker-listen-function
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) website has added a Listen Button to the website to allow users to listen to the content and follow along with highlighted text. This not only helps low literacy users and those with dyslexia, but also users who are accessing the website on a smartphone, where the text can be too small to read easily.

 

The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders

http://www.gtlcenter.org/
The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders, at American Institutes for Research, is a website to support states in their efforts to ensure that students have access to great teachers and leaders. It includes sections on evaluating teachers and principals, an online database of state teacher and principal evaluation systems, student learning objectives, educator effectiveness timeline, online tools, events, and blog discussion.


Listservs

 

Edutopia Listserv

http://tinyurl.com/nxubxwx
Edutopia, produced by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2013

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
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 2014 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 2013-2014

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
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 2014 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 2013 Discretionary Grant Application Packages

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

 

FY 2013 Discretionary Grant Application Packages

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


Additional Funding and Award Opportunities

 

AASA: National Superintendent of the Year

http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=3404
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year Program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation's public schools. Maximum award: recognition; a $10,000 scholarship to a student in the high school from which the National Superintendent of the Year graduated. Eligibility: Any superintendent, chancellor, or top leader of a school system in the United States, Canada, or international school who plans to continue in the profession. Deadline: varies by state.

 

National Center for Family Literacy Invites Applications for Family Learning Literacy Programs PDF document

http://toyotafamilylearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Toyota-Family-Learning-RFP.pdf
The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is accepting applications from organizations and educational institutions for projects that engage families in literacy and mentoring. Through the Toyota Family Learning initiative, NCFL will award five 3-year grants of $175,000 each, as well as NCFL training and communications support, to implement services that engage families in learning together, mentoring other families in learning together, and family service learning projects. Priority will be given to projects that adapt existing family education programs to include the family mentoring and service learning components, including interactive literacy activities, training for parents to be the primary teacher for their children, families mentoring other families to learn together and participate, and family service learning through projects and the sharing of those projects, activities, and experiences on the Toyota Family Learning community Web site. Eligible applicants include schools (traditional public and charter), community-based organizations, libraries, and other organizations providing services to families. Organizations must provide family-focused educational services for parents, grandparents, and/or legal guardians and their children ages 4-18 and serve a high percentage of minority populations and/or low-income families in two or three separate sites. Deadline: June 24, 2013. Available in pdf (84.6 KB, 8 pp).

 

Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Women and Girls

http://openmeadows.org/
The Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls. It funds projects that: reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; build community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations with an organizational budget no larger than $150,000. Projects must be designed and implemented by women and girls. Deadline: August 15, 2013.

 

P. Buckley Moss Foundation: Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently

http://www.mossfoundation.org/national-educators-grants-0
P. Buckley Moss Foundation Education Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming. Deadline: September 30, 2013.

 

Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation Seeks Applications for Innovative Youth Programs

http://www.rmyf.org/content.cfm?u=grants_innovation_info
The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation is accepting applications from innovative programs designed to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential. Grants of $25,000 will be awarded for “new, uncommon, unconventional, or untested” youth programs aimed at identifying effective practices that lead to breakthrough results in supporting underprivileged youth. In the past, funded programs have ranged from credit union savings projects and intensive tutoring programs, to afterschool day care and art programs, to health workshops. To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve youth in greater Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Madison, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and/or Washington, DC. Deadline: July 17, 2013.

 

State Farm and Youth Service America: Good Neighbor Grants

http://www.ysa.org/goodneighbor
State Farm and Youth Service America are offering grants for programs enhancing student achievement through service learning. Maximum award: $1,500. Eligibility: K-12 public schools in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Alberta. Deadline: June 23, 2013.


Scholarships and Awards

 

Recruiting Students for the University of Maryland’s 2013-14 Academic Graduate Certificate in Transition from School to Career

http://tinyurl.com/khxzu47
In the coming academic year, the University of Maryland is again offering its Academic Graduate Certificate in Transition from School to Career, a certificate for transition specialists in schools, rehabilitation, and adult service agencies. The four certificate courses are offered entirely online, to meet the demands of working professionals. Certificate students are offered state-of-the-art curriculum through the teaching and mentoring of highly qualified transition instructors. The four courses start in Fall 2013. A scholarship is offered to pay for tuition and educational materials. Deadline for applications: July 15, 2013.

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