July 2006 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Regulations for IDEA Part D—Personnel Development
The U.S. Department of Education has released final regulations relating to service obligations under IDEA Part D—Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities. These regulations went into effect on July 5, 2006. Major changes from the proposed regulations include the expansion of eligible employment options for scholars, and an increase in the number of years allowed to fulfill a scholar’s service obligation, from three years to five.
Calls to Participate
Children and Teens Ages 9-18: Enter the Parent Relocation Council Essay Contest
The Parent Relocation Council is seeking essays of no more than 500 words from students ages 9-18 who have overcome difficulties during a family relocation. The essay question is: “Tell us about how your friends, family, and others helped you overcome challenges as you relocated to your new area and transitioned into a new school and community.” The winner will receive a $500 Target gift card, and 10 runner-ups will each receive $50 Target gift cards. Entry deadline: September 15, 2006.
Parents/Family Members and Professionals: Apply to Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship Program
The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking parents/family members of persons with intellectual disabilities and professionals in the field of intellectual disabilities for its Public Policy Fellowship Program. Each year, the Foundation brings 1) a parent or close family member of a child with a disability and 2) accomplished professionals to Washington, DC for a full year, where they actively participate in public policy development through work on the staff of a member of Congress, congressional committee, or federal agency. Application deadline for 2007 fellowships: September 1, 2006.
Shared Youth Vision Federal Collaborative Partnership Training and Technical Assistance Opportunity
The Shared Youth Vision Federal Collaborative Partnership has announced a training and technical assistance opportunity for up to 16 successful applicant teams to assist in their implementation of a shared youth vision. The Partnership includes representatives from the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Labor, as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Social Security Administration. Applicant teams may include up to 12 participants drawn from each of the partner agencies identified in the application. Questions? Contact Jacqui Freeman: email@example.com
or 202-693-3473. Application deadline: July 25, 2006.
Teachers: Apply to the 2007 Broad Superintendents Academy
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The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems is now accepting resumes for application consideration for its 2007 Superintendents Academy. The Academy is a 10-month executive management program training business executives, military leaders, and career educators to lead urban public school systems. The Center is looking for dynamic leaders with a passion for improving educational opportunities for all children. Deadline to submit a resume for consideration for an invitation to apply: September 8, 2006.
The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
Academic Programs in Alternative Education: An Overview
This paper from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration: 1) reports on the successes and challenges of the academic components of 15 alternative education programs from across the country (selected to represent the diversity of alternative education programs that exist nationally), and 2) identifies issues about academic programming in alternative education that need additional research based on reports by the programs surveyed and a review of existing literature. Available in PDF (43 pages, 222 KB).
ACE-IT! Student Views on Expanding Academic and Career Supports for College Students with Physical and Neurological Disabilities
On June 6, 2006, the RTC on Workplace Supports and Job Retention held a Webcast on the Academic and Career Exploration-Individualized Techniques! (ACE-IT!) program. The Webcast is now archived on the Web. ACE-IT! uses a supported education approach to provide individualized services to students with disabilities. In the Webcast, college graduates shared their experiences with the program and what services and supports were particularly useful to them as they pursued their career goals. The Webcast also discussed how to promote success for students with physical and neurological disabilities using an array of supports.
Consumer’s Guide to Afterschool Science Resources
The Consumer’s Guide to Afterschool Science Resources contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for afterschool programs. A panel of afterschool and science content experts carefully reviewed promising resources identified by afterschool practitioners. Reviewed materials include semester and year-long curricula, activity kits, instructor guides, and Web sites. Users of this free online guide can search and sort entries by title, subject, grade level, audience, and cost. A brief description of each resource is accompanied by detailed commentary from two expert reviewers.
Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates
This guide from Editorial Projects in Education provides detailed data on graduation rates across the country and in the nation’s 50 largest school districts. It includes state graduation reports, feature stories, and student profiles. Free registration is required in order to read the guide or any of its parts.
DO-IT Knowledge Base
The Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) project at the University of Washington has created a comprehensive Web-based “Knowledge Base” database containing over 300 articles. Users can find answers to questions about assistive technology, accessible information technology, college and career transition, universal design of instruction, student services, and other topics, as well as case studies and promising practices.
Helping California Youths with Disabilities Transition to Work or Postsecondary Education
On June 20, 2006, the U.S. Government Accounting Office held a conference on California youth with disabilities in transition. This document summarizes that conference. Conference panelists offered a variety of perspectives on the challenges they face in serving youth with disabilities making the transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment. Available in PDF (27 pages, 381 KB).
Journal of Youth Development
The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents has launched the Journal of Youth Development. This multidisciplinary journal, which will be published three times a year, will focus on the development of school-aged youth through the transition to adulthood. The journal is intended to further the mission of the youth development profession by facilitating the transfer and application of research-based knowledge in an easy-to-access online format. Professionals in youth development or related fields are invited to submit articles for consideration.
Kids Count 2006 Data Book Online
The 17th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that national trends in child wellbeing are no longer improving steadily, as they did in the late 1990s. Instead, the number of children living in poverty, the percentage of low-birthweight babies, and the number of children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment have all increased since 2000. You can read the entire Data Book online as well as generate state profiles and comparisons by topic. Other supplements to the Data Book are also available.
Performance Measures Adjustment and Incentives: Key Strategies for Providing Improved Services to Harder-to-Serve Populations in the Age of Accountability
Increased accountability is generally seen as beneficial. In this age of accountability, however, adjusting performance to account for different characteristics and expected outcomes and the use of incentives become increasingly important. In recognition of the emerging importance of this issue, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth developed this paper that discusses intended and unintended consequences of performance measurement and explores how performance adjustment and incentive mechanisms can counter some of these effects and encourage effective service delivery to disadvantaged and harder-to-serve populations. Available in Word (54 pages, 267 KB).
Social Security: 2006 Red Book: A Summary Guide to Employment Support for Individuals with Disabilities Under the SSDI and SSI Programs
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The Social Security Red Book serves as a general reference about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities. The 2006 Red Book is now available online in both in PDF and HTML formats and in English and Spanish versions.
Other National Events
National Forum on Education Policy
July 11, 2006 - July 14, 2006
The Education Commission of the States’ National Forum is an opportunity for state policymakers and education leaders to share ideas and discuss solutions to the most pressing issues in education. This year's Forum will feature over 40 sessions on a variety of topics, including math and science education, the First Amendment and intelligent design, high school reform, national curriculum, educational technology, disaster preparedness, adult education, college financial aid, and turning around low-performing schools.
Tap Into Underutilized, Highly-Qualified Job Applicants and Advancers that Include People with Disabilities, Seniors, and Others
July 18, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
During this Webinar, sponsored by the National Business Services Alliance, attorney John D. Kemp—a leading expert on issues relating to disability rights—will: provide an overview of America’s exponentially growing workforce shortage; review today’s urgent employee development, training, and workforce shortage needs; illustrate the value of sustaining existing employees (such as people reaching retirement age); and invite participants to take a lead role in a contemporary talent management solution that targets skilled candidates, including seniors and those with disabilities. Participation is free, but registration is required.
ADA Update: 16 Years Later
July 18, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Central)
This teleconference will mark the 16th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and describe the ongoing efforts of federal agencies to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) enforce the ADA both through their efforts to educate and through settlement agreements and litigation. John Wodatch, Chief of the Disability Rights Section, DOJ, and Sharon Rennert, Attorney Advisor, EEOC will provide an update on federal initiatives, including technical assistance efforts and targeted enforcement activities. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.
Differentiation and the Brain-Friendly Classroom
July 23, 2006 - July 26, 2006
This practice-based workshop will feature leading experts in the fields of differentiation and brain-compatible teaching, as well as research-based instructional strategies that are classroom-tested and results-oriented. With special emphasis on the core areas of reading, writing, and math, sessions will focus on improving student achievement toward meeting or exceeding state-mandated standards and No Child Left Behind. Sponsored by Corwin Press and Teacher's Workshop. Brochure available in PDF (6 pages, 759 KB).
2006 National Autism Conference
July 31, 2006 - August 4, 2006
State College, PA
This conference will provide comprehensive, evidence-based information to help educators, providers, and families develop effective educational and therapeutic programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders. Family members, physicians, speech-language pathologists, administrators, higher education faculty, general and special education professionals, early intervention staff, related service personnel, behavioral health staff, and others interested in autism spectrum disorders are encouraged to attend.
Disability Statistics: What are the “Real” Numbers and How do you Make Sense of Them?
August 15, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Central)
This teleconference, hosted by the ADA and IT Technical Assistance Centers, will explore various databases and how they measure the number of people with disabilities in a variety of categories (employment, income, etc.). Andrew Houtenville of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics at Cornell University will describe how these statistics are collected and reported by various entities such as the Census Bureau and Social Security Administration. Learn how you can use these databases to inform policymakers and others. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.
Transition into High Demand Industries: 2006 RSA National Employment Conference
August 21, 2006 - August 23, 2006
This conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, will include general sessions on 1) general labor market trends, demographics, and high-growth industries; 2) what employers are thinking; 3) employers in hospitality and service industries; 4) the VR-Business Network and featured state VR programs; 5) employers in banking and finance; 6) employers in healthcare; 7) employers in science and technology; and 8) mentoring, internships, and apprenticeship programs. Concurrent sessions will also be offered.
Growing Pains 2006: The 19th Annual National Independent Living Conference
September 13, 2006 - September 16, 2006
St. Louis, MO
The Growing Pains conference presents innovative ideas on how youth can deal with life’s ever-changing situations. It is sponsored by “daniel,” an organization which works to help professionals, clients, and organizations establish and maintain effective Independent Living Programs. Presenters will include leaders and experts in the field of independent living. Youth service professionals and independent living professionals are encouraged to attend, as are youth ages 15+ who are currently in care, who will have their own concurrent national youth conference comprised of special sessions dedicated to their needs.
Accepting the Challenge: Keeping to the Fidelity of Self-Determination Across the Lifespan
September 13, 2006
This workshop will feature Thomas Nerney with the Center for Self-Determination; Laurie Powers with the Portland State University Regional Research Institute; and Elias Cohen, J.D., an attorney for individuals with disabilities, consultant on self-determination for older adults, Former Pennsylvania Commissioner of Aging, Former Pennsylvania Commissioner of Family Services, and Former Indiana Assistant Commissioner of Mental Health. Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aspire, Achieve, Empower: First National Conference on Mentoring Youth with Disabilities
September 13, 2006 - September 15, 2006
This conference, presented by Partners for Youth with Disabilities and other state and national organizations, will focus on best practices in mentoring youth with disabilities. Topics to be covered include: historical perspectives on mentoring; research findings; effective one-to-one, group, and online mentoring models; evaluating mentoring programs; recruiting, screening, and training mentors; how mentoring can impact health, education, and employment goals for youth; how to start and operate a mentoring program; and how to include youth with disabilities in existing mentoring projects.
National Accountability Conference on Special Education and Early Intervention
September 18, 2006 - September 19, 2006
This conference, formerly known as the National Monitoring Conference, will share information about effective practices and address state agency challenges in monitoring and ensuring accountability of local programs providing services under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Leadership personnel involved with state Part B and Part C agency programs, monitoring contracting and other program/agency collaborators, technical assistance providers, parents, and other stakeholders interested in the accountability and monitoring of state and local IDEA services are encouraged to attend.
Empowering Employers to Build an Inclusive Workforce
September 18, 2006 - September 19, 2006
Participants in this conference, sponsored by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), will acquire knowledge and skills to accommodate employees with disabilities, comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and develop innovative employment practices. JAN staff and other experts will answer questions such as: How do employers recruit, hire, retain, promote, and accommodate employees with disabilities? What strategies have employers implemented to facilitate successful and cost-effective accommodations? What do laws such as the ADA say about employing individuals with disabilities?
Capacity Building to Enhance State Performance on Indicator 13
September 20, 2006
This forum, which is being held in conjunction with the National Accountability Conference on Special Education and Early Intervention, will make the connection for states regarding data collection and programming for Indicators 1, 2, 13, and 14. Presented by the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center in partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, the National Post-School Outcomes Center, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.
18th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference
October 22, 2006 - October 25, 2006
San Antonio, TX
The 18th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community, and family, especially those in at-risk situations. Topics to be covered include high school improvement strategies, transition programs, truancy prevention and reduction strategies, instructional strategies for students with disabilities, service-learning, and alternative schools.
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International Inclusive Education Research Lab
The International Inclusive Education Research Lab is a global network of researchers committed to facilitating the implementation of inclusive education in local communities throughout the world. Its Web site includes an annotated bibliography on international comparative inclusive education, links to recent issues of its e-News, and information about the project.
NCCRESt/NIUSI Disproportionality Data Manager
On this Web site from the National Center for Culturally Responsive Education Systems (NCCRESt) and the National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), interactive maps and tables present the distributions of students with disabilities across various disability categories by ethnic/racial category and teacher qualifications to help practitioners and policymakers at the local and state levels understand their own status in relationship to the disproportionate representation of children in certain ethnic/racial categories in special education.
Teaching Every Student: Supporting educators in learning about and practicing Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
The Teaching Every Student section of the Center for Applied Special Technology’s Web site supports educators in learning about and practicing Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Sections include Ideas & Information, Tools & Activities, Community & Support, UDL Toolkits, and Model Lessons. According to the site, “UDL is a framework that can help you turn the challenges posed by high standards and increasing learner diversity into opportunities to maximize learning for every student.”
World Institute on Disability
The World Institute on Disability is a nonprofit research, training, and public policy center promoting the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. Its work focuses on four areas: employment and economic development, accessible health care and Personal Assistance Services, inclusive technology design, and international disability and development. Its Web site includes publications and reports, information and resources, news, employment opportunities, and training and public education.
Education Statistics Quarterly
Education Statistics Quarterly offers a comprehensive overview of work done by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Each issue includes short publications and summaries of all NCES publications and data products released in the previous quarter as well as notices about training and funding opportunities. Each issue also includes a featured topic with invited commentary, and a note on the topic from NCES.
FLASH FAX from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration
FLASH FAX is distributed weekly to U.S. Department of Labor grantees and others working with young offenders. It contains the latest information and resources on topics such as workforce development, youth advocacy, training and technical assistance, and juvenile justice. In addition, it provides guidance on how to access on-line resources such as recent publications, best practice guides, and Web-based technical assistance tools, and lists grant announcements and upcoming events and trainings for youth-serving professionals.
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The Achiever is a monthly e-mail newsletter for parents and educators from the U.S. Department of Education. It highlights model schools and resources for improving learning.
Funding Resources from High School/High Tech
At the bottom of this page about High School/High Tech, you will find a database of public and private funding sources that can be searched by lead organization, state, population, and issue.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
American Psychiatric Foundation Grants for Mental Illness Public Education and Outreach
The American Psychiatric Foundation, a subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association, is awarding up to $750,000 in grant funds for public education, information, and outreach initiatives that promote the early recognition and treatment of mental illness. The foundation seeks to fund innovative ideas and programs that promote public awareness of mental illness, the effectiveness of treatment, and the importance of early intervention. New initiatives and ongoing programs are both eligible for funding. Efforts may focus on a specific mental disorder, mental illness in general, or a specific population. Application deadline: September 1, 2006.
Caring Across Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Diverse Children and Youth
Caring Across Communities, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative, will address the mental health needs of underserved children and youth by supporting school-connected mental health services for students who require them. Special emphasis will be given to projects that help children of immigrant and refugee families overcome cultural and language barriers to mental health services. Prospective grantees must represent partnerships among school districts and other appropriate community agencies. Deadline for submission of initial brief proposals: July 28, 2006.
Grants for Projects that Benefit Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation makes grants to projects that are led by and benefit women and girls. It offers grants of up to $2,000 to projects that: are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Grantees must not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or ability. Proposal submission deadline: August 15, 2006.
Red, White, & Green Climate Change Grant
Youth Service America and the Civil Society Institute announce the Red, White, & Green Climate Change Grant. This opportunity offers $500 to implement a service-learning project about climate change. It is open to all U.S. youth ages 15-25 and organizations that engage them. Applicants are expected to develop and implement a service-learning project about climate change that engages their community and candidates running for election in November 2006. Projects where youth work in partnership with adults are welcome, but projects should be youth-led. The service must take place in October and/or November, 2006. Application deadline: September 1, 2006.
YSA Youth Venture Funding
Through partial funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Youth Service America (YSA) and Youth Venture, Inc. are helping youth create sustainable National and Global Youth Service Day (N&GYSD) projects for N&GYSD 2007, April 20-22. They will award 30 awards of up to $1,000 in start-up funds to youth ages 12-20 who want to create new sustainable and civic-minded organizations, clubs, or businesses. These ventures must be youth-led and designed to be lasting asset to their communities. YSA Youth Venture teams are required to plan a N&GYSD project every year that their venture is operational. Application deadline: July 24, 2006.
Scholarships and Awards
Casey Martin Award for Athletes with Disabilities
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Nike presents the Casey Martin Award annually to an individual who has excelled in athletic pursuits while overcoming significant physical, mental, societal, or cultural challenges, and who proudly serves as an advocate for fellow athletes with disabilities. The award is named in honor of Casey Martin, a professional golfer who battles a rare circulatory condition. The recipient will be able to direct a grant award of $25,000 to a qualified nonprofit organization of his/her choice. Individuals of any age with a disability as defined by the Department of Justice are eligible. Nomination deadline: July 17, 2006.
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