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July 2003 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


New National Resource Center on AD/HD
The National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD has been established with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be a national clearinghouse of information and resources concerning this important public health concern. The Web site answers many questions about AD/HD and provides direct links to other resources.


U.S. Education and Labor Departments Announce Incentive Awards Totaling $29.8 Million
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced $29.8 million in incentive grants awarded under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Sixteen states exceeded negotiated performance goals in employment, training and education programs to qualify for the grants, which must be used on innovative workforce development and education activities. Goals states exceeded, including training, retention in employment, and improved literacy levels, were negotiated under three laws -- WIA, the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. The amount of the grants, available to states through June 30, 2005, is based on total training funds received by each state under the three acts.

Calls to Participate


Lights on Afterschool! Nationwide Rally for Afterschool Programs
The Afterschool Alliance is hosting this nationwide rally for afterschool programs on October 9, 2003. The event will rally community support for afterschool by shining the spotlight on programs at over 5,000 sites across the country. Parents, community and business leaders, elected officials, and the media will have an opportunity to see firsthand the benefits afterschool programs provide. Those interested can become a Lights On! Partner.


VSA Arts in Education Conference
Volkswagen of America, Inc. has put out a call for presenters for the VSA Arts in Education Conference that will take place June 10-11, 2004 in Washington, DC. Presentations must reflect one or more of the five core elements of inclusive arts organizations and programming: on-going assessment and evaluation, linking to organizational structure and practice, inclusive practice, multiple intelligences theory, and developmentally appropriate practice. The proposal submission deadline is August 15, 2003.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


Betraying the College Dream: How Disconnected K-12 and Postsecondary Education Systems Undermine Student Aspirations  (March 2003)
This national study, the final report from Stanford University's Bridge Project, highlights findings from six states (California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon and Texas) about the transition from high school to post-secondary education. Three suggested actions and several recommendations for improving policy and practice are provided in addition to a summary of myths about higher education held by students and their families. Available in PDF (5.1 MB, 72 pages).


Determining Appropriate Referral of English Language Learners to Special Education: A Self-Assessment Guide for Principals  (2003)
There are rapidly increasing numbers of English language learners in U.S. schools today. This publication helps school administrators and others address this issue. It provides an easy-to-use guide to understanding and addressing the impact of special education referral and classification processes for English language learners. This publication is available from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).


Dimensions of School/Community Collaboration: What it Takes to Make Collaboration Work  (2003)
This report, published by the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations, highlights Promising Practices in successful afterschool collaborations that were identified through a literature review, a series of surveys, telephone interviews, and three case studies.


Increasing Opportunities for Older Youth in Afterschool Programs  (2003)
This report, written by Carla Herrera and Amy J.A. Arbreton, documents the successes and challenges of serving older youth. Few afterschool programs have developed successful strategies for attracting large numbers of teens, especially older and harder-to-serve youth. In response to the great need for teen programming, three of the eight clubhouses with Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in New York City, and all five clubhouses with Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston participated in a three-year initiative to provide and enhance services to underserved teens. This report details the experiences of the clubs during the three-year period.


Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools  (2003)
This report, from the Coalition for Community Schools, uses research from multiple fields to demonstrate that community schools fulfill five conditions necessary for all children to succeed: a strong core instructional program, motivated and engaged learners, meeting the basic needs of young people and their families, effective collaboration among parents, families and school staff, and community engagement. It argues that community schools have three advantages over traditional schools: they garner community resources to reduce non-academic demands on school staff; they provide learning opportunities that develop both academic and non-academic competencies (social, emotional and personal); and they build social capital that disadvantaged students and communities need. The report outlines an action agenda to create more community schools that focuses on four elements: a motivating vision; connected learning experiences; community partnerships; and strategic organization and financing.


Supporting Self Determination  (2003)
Author, Elizabeth Thorin, depicts staff facing challenges of providing opportunities for self-determination. Viewers learn six strategies for promoting these opportunities, including: developing respectful relationships, supporting choice, including family, planning for the future, encouraging new experiences, and promoting informed decision-making.


The Evaluation Exchange: Evaluating Education Reform  (2003)
This issue of The Evaluation Exchange, titled Evaluating Education Reform, explores key dimensions of reform, including standards-based reform, technology in education, Comer schools, and new forms of public accountability. It addresses the links among education policy, practice, and evaluation and how research and evaluation can inform policy and practice. The Evaluation Exchange is a periodical published by the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) that addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels, with articles written by the most prominent evaluators in the field. Designed as an ongoing discussion among evaluators, program practitioners, funders, and policymakers, The Evaluation Exchange highlights innovative methods and approaches to evaluation, emerging trends in evaluation practice, and practical applications of evaluation theory. It goes out to its subscribers free of charge 3–4 times per year.


Understanding University Success  (2003)
The Standards for Success (S4S) project is providing students, through their guide and CD-ROM, with knowledge and skill standards they will need to succeed at America’s research universities. S4S is distributing college-readiness resources to help prepare university-bound students not just to go to college, but to succeed once they arrive there. Recipients are encouraged to use the S4S materials as a tool to help align their curriculum, standards, and assessments with university expectations.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Youth Leadership Forums: Developing Leadership Skills in Youth with Disabilities
Teleconference Call
July 31, 2003
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held July 31, 2003 to highlight the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) developed by the California Governor’s Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons in 1992, and replicated in states across the nation with the support of the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The presenters shared an overview and history of YLF and how national efforts can impact and influence the further development of YLFs to continue on an annual basis. In addition, two examples of states that have implemented YLFs will be presented, as well as their successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Presented by Alicia Epstein, Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor; Angeline Pinckard, Alabama YLF Coordinator, Alabama Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Department of Rehabilitation Services; and June Hermanson, Project Coordinator, Montana YLF.

Other National Events


Reinventing Quality Conference: A 21st Century Architecture for Quality: Building for the Future
July 30, 2003 - August 1, 2003
Minneapolis, MN
This conference is sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, and the Human Services Research Institute. Sessions will address one of four broad themes: innovative uses of technology and information, the challenges of building and maintaining community capacity in a time of scarcity, effective initiatives to empower people with disabilities and families, and ensuring accountability in a changing environment. Workshop sessions will stimulate dialogue among people with disabilities, support staff, families, and bureaucrats on the quality of supports for people with disabilities. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)
The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. The Association is a vital resource, promoting excellence through education, communication and training. The Web site offers information on membership, publications, conferences, and legal issues.


Common Core of Data (CCD): Information on Schools in the U.S.
The National Center for Education Statistics is a comprehensive, annual, national statistical database of information concerning all public elementary and secondary schools (approximately 95,000) and school districts (approximately 17,000). The Public School and District locators allow users to retrieve information on public schools and districts. Data includes address information and basic information on students, staff, finance and 2000 Census data. Additionally, the "Build a Table" tool enables users to create customized tables of public school data for states, counties, districts and schools using data from multiple years.


O*NET OnLine: Occupational Information Network
This Web site, launched by the Occupational Information Network, is a valuable career exploration and human resource tool for employers and job seekers. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs.


Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. IDEA authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers. The Web site offers information on programs and projects, grants and funding, as well as other resources.



E-News and More from the Harvard Family Research Project
Sign up for Harvard Family Research Project publications and e-mails that interest you, including the HFRP E-News notifying you of their latest publications, online resources, and initiatives; the Evaluation Exchange, a forum for knowledge-sharing among evaluators of programs that target families and children; and more.

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Funding Forecast

Funding Resources


Guide to Federal Funding for Governments and Nonprofits
This guide offers information about federal grant programs and new funding sources. In one easy-to-use reference, the Guide gives you the key facts and insider tips for tapping more than 750 federal aid programs offering funds for: housing and homeless, child care and social services, public health, etc. Published by Thompson Publishing Group.

Federal Grant Opportunities


Alaska Native Education Program - CFDA#: 84.356A
A grant from the US Department of Education to develop and support supplemental educational programs to benefit Alaska Natives. Applications available: July 7, 2003. Application deadline: August 6, 2003.


Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Intermediary Grants for Mentoring Youth With Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in collaboration with DOL's Center for Faith- Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI or Center), announces the availability of approximately $450,000 to award three competitive grants funded up to $150,000 to eligible intermediary organizations that have demonstrated an ability to assist faith-based and community organizations, particularly smaller organizations, in promoting positive employment and transition outcomes for youth with disabilities through mentoring activities. Deadline: July 28, 2003.


Customized Employment Program
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the availability of $2.5 million to award up to five competitive grants ranging from approximately $500,000 to $750,000 for strategic planning and implementation activities designed to improve the employment and career advancement of people with disabilities through enhanced availability and provision of customized employment services through the One-Stop delivery system established under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) (Pub. L. 105-220, 29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.). Deadline: July 21, 2003.


High School/High Tech State Development and Implementation Grants
The Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced the availability of $1.8 million to award up to eight competitive grants to assist states in implementing the High School/ High Tech (HS/HT) program on a statewide basis. The purpose of these grants is to assist states, working in partnerships with the State Workforce Investment Board, to implement a statewide HS/HT program. State agencies are eligible to apply. Deadline: July 21, 2003.


Home Modification Program
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the availability of $500,000 to award up to ten competitive grants in the amount of $50,000 to $100,000 each to provide home modifications as a means of further expanding the community integration of individuals with disabilities, and particularly those seeking employment. Deadline: July 14, 2003.


Innovative State Alignment Grants for Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth With Disabilities Through the Use of Intermediaries
The Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is awarding $3 million for improving transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. Up to 6 competitive grants in the amount of approximately $500,000 will be awarded to eligible State Workforce Investment Boards or the functional equivalent State entities. Indian and Native American tribal entities are also eligible to apply. The purpose of the grants is to help states conduct resource mapping to assess their youth service delivery, and the development of multi-state plan to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. Deadline: July 28, 2003.


Native Hawaiian Education Program - CFDA#: 84.362A
A grant from the US Department of Education to support innovative projects that provide supplemental services that address the educational needs of Native Hawaiian children and adults. Applications available: July 7, 2003. Application deadline: August 6, 2003.


Safe and Drug-Free Schools Programs for Native Hawaiians Grant - CFDA#: 84.186C
A grant from the US Department of Education to make financial assistance available to organizations primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians to plan, conduct, and administer programs designed to prevent violence in and around schools and prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Applications available: July 7, 2003. Application deadline: August 15, 2003.


Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Program - CFDA#: 84.326C
A grant from the US Department of Education to provide technical assistance and information that: support States and local entities in building capacity to improve early intervention, educational, and transitional services and results for children with disabilities and their families; and address goals and priorities for changing State systems that provide early intervention, educational, and transitional services for children with disabilities and their families. Applications available: July 3, 2003. Application deadline: August 6, 2003.


Working for Freedom, Opportunity and Real Choice through Community Employment Action Initiative
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces the availability of $2.5 million to award up to 6 competitive Working for Freedom, Opportunity and Real Choice through Community Employment (WorkFORCE) Action Grant Initiative grants ranging from approximately $400,000 to $625,000 to continue its support for increasing and improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Deadline: July 14, 2003.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


The Grosvenor Grant Program of the National Geographic Society Education Foundation (NGSEF)
The Grosvenor Grant Program of the National Geographic Society Education Foundation (NGSEF) supports efforts to engage K-12 students and teachers in the exploration of geographic skills and perspectives leading to an appreciation of the world, its peoples, and its resources. The program is designed to inspire students and teachers to be lifelong learners and agents of positive change, with the world as their classroom. Application deadline: September 29, 2003.

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