National Center on Secondary Education and Transition Skip navigation links and search engine to go to main content.

Site Index | Site Tour

    or   Search Tips

NCSET: Creating opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures.

Publications
Topics
E-News
Events
State Contacts
Web Sites
About NCSET
Home

E-mail a link to this page to someone you knowE-News


July 2009 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


New Projects

 

Ask the Experts: National Journal Launches Education Expert Blog

http://education.nationaljournal.com/
Last month, National Journal launched an education blog that features more than 70 leading experts in education policy. Every Monday, blog moderator Lisa Caruso, who covers education, immigration, and transportation for National Journal, posts a new question for the panel of experts. During the first week of the blog, panelists discussed the best use of stimulus money and largely agreed with Secretary Duncan that the money should be used to avoid cuts in education, but should also be used to invest in reforms that will “pay dividends decades into the future.” The panelists also asked thought-provoking questions about how Race to the Top funds will be awarded and whether states will be able to enact fundamental and positive change with them.


Legislative Announcements

 

U.S. Labor Department announces “Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation” as National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme

http://www.dol.gov/odep/media/press/theme.htm
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced “Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation” as the official theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The theme urges employers, as they seek to fill positions, to embrace the richness of America's diversity by considering the talents of all workers, including workers with disabilities, and emphasizes the vision of the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): a world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities. Early selection of an annual theme for upcoming National Disability Employment Awareness Month helps the private sector; federal, state and local governments; and advocacy organizations plan events and programs that showcase the abilities and skills of job seekers and working Americans who have disabilities.


Calls to Participate

 

K-16 Teachers Invited to Apply for Fulbright Program

http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/cte.cfm
The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides opportunities for full-time K-16 teachers with at least three years’ experience to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year. U.S. teachers are eligible to apply for a direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. Apply by October 19, 2009.

 

Youth LEAD

www.youthleadyouthcongress.org
Youth LEAD provides teens and young adults with developmental disabilities with resources and support to set and meet their goals for education, employment and inclusive recreation. Youth LEAD also helps youth-serving community organizations increase inclusive programming for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program is run by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development and funded by a grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The Youth LEAD program team is recruiting for the second year of the Urban Leadership Academy. The Urban Leadership Academy is an eight-month leadership program for teens and mentors that meets one Saturday per month, October-May, with an emphasis on urban teens and adults under 30. A flyer for the Urban Leadership Academy, and applications for both teens and mentors are included on the Web site. Applications are due September 1, 2009; the academy will begin in October.

^ Top of Page ^


The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Adolescent Literacy: Forging a Local, State, and National Vision of How to Help All Students Acquire the Foundational Skills that Will Enable Them to Succeed in School, Work, and Life  (June 2009)
Report

http://www.all4ed.org/events/BatonRougeAdolescentLiteracy060809
The Alliance for Excellent Education hosted “Adolescent Literacy: Forging a Local, State, and National Vision of How to Help All Students Acquire the Foundational Skills that Will Enable Them to Succeed in School, Work, and Life,” on June 8 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The forum featured Congressman Rodney Alexander (R-LA), Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mayor-President Kip Holden of East Baton Rouge Parish, and Louisiana State Superintendent Paul Pastorek. Information on the speakers and agenda and links to video/audio from the event are at the Web site.

 

Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Achievement Standards: An Initial Review of State Implementation  (May 2009)
Policy Analysis

http://www.projectforum.org/
The Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Achievement Standards: An Initial Review of State Implementation, an in-depth policy analysis from Project Forum at NASDSE, is a review of the implementation of the alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS) by states that have chosen to make it a part of their assessment program. It contains background information on alternate assessments, a listing of the federally funded projects that have supported these assessments, initial state implementation, and a discussion of issues related to the AA-MAS.

 

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009  (July 2009)
Report

http://childstats.gov/
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released “America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009.” This report continues a series of annual reports to the nation on conditions affecting children in the United States. The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences, in cooperation with 21 other federal agencies, contributes indicators to the report and supports its production. The report has three demographic background measures and 40 selected indicators to describe the population of children and depict child well-being in the areas of family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This year's report has a special feature on children with special health care needs.

 

Characteristics of Public and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Library Media Centers in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey  (June 2009)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009322
The third of the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences five Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) reports is “Characteristics of Public and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Library Media Centers in the United States: Results From the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey.” Information on it and a link to the full report is at the Web site.

 

Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey  (June 2009)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009320
The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences has released five Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) reports. SASS is a nationally representative sample survey of public, private, and Bureau of Indian Education-funded (BIE) K-12 schools, principals, and teachers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information on “Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey” and a link to the full report is at the Web site.

 

Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Principals in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey  (June 2009)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009323
The fourth of the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences five Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) reports is “Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Principals in the United States: Results From the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey.” Information on it and a link to the full report is at the Web site.

 

Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey  (June 2009)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009324
The fifth of the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences five Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) reports is “Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey.” Information on it and a link to the full report is at the Web site.

 

Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary Schools in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey  (June 2009)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009321
The second of the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences five Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) reports is “Characteristics of Public, Private, and Bureau of Indian Education Elementary and Secondary Schools in the United States: Results From the 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey.” Information on it and a link to the full report is at the Web site.

 

Data Systems Standards and Guidelines  (2009)
Guidelines

http://nces.ed.gov/dataguidelines/
The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences has developed a new Data Systems Standards and Guidelines Web site to help data system designers and managers build and/or improve education data systems. This site includes resources and web links from work done by NCES, technology standards organizations, the States and school districts that make up the National Forum on Education Statistics, and State data system managers who share lessons learned and tools developed in building their own data systems.

 

Diplomas Count 2009: Broader Horizons  (June 2009)
Report Summary

http://tinyurl.com/ncsqc7
An archive of the June 11 interactive presentation and discussion of the key findings from this year’s annual Diplomas Count report is now available.

^ Top of Page ^


What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Extending Foster Care to Age 21: Benefits, Costs, and Opportunities for States
Teleconference Call
July 15, 2009
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/leh97e
Research conducted by Chapin Hall and others shows that foster youth who are allowed to stay in care beyond age 18 (when most states end guardianship) are more likely to go to college and derive other benefits. A panel of experts at this web conference will examine this fast evolving area of child welfare policy and practice. Panelists will analyze financial implications of extending care to age 21, share research findings about programming designed to help foster youth make the transition to adulthood, and discuss specific state initiatives and innovative ways in which states are sharing and building upon what they learn about supporting youth in their care. The web conference is free, and space is limited. (If multiple people in an office want to participate, they should have one person register and view the web conference as a group.)

Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference for Education, for Businesses, for Web and Media Designers
Conference
November 10, 2009 - November 14, 2009
Boulder, CO
http://www.colorado.edu/ATconference/
This conference, presented by Disability Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in collaboration with AHEAD, EASI and ATHEN, focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting for people with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Other topics include legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources – including Web pages and library resources – accessible. Keynote speaker is T.V. Raman, Research Scientist, of Google, Inc.

National Convention of the Arc of The United States
Conference
November 11, 2009 - November 14, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.thearc.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=411
The convention is sponsored by the ARC and will be held in Pittsburgh, PA. Information is at the Web site. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

AcademicInfo

www.academicinfo.net/eddist.html
AcademicInfo is a reference guide to online degree and education resources.

 

Chapin Hall’s New Web site with Improved Access to Research

http://www.chapinhall.org/
Chapin Hall’s new Web site provides content and features and an updated navigation to browse through more than 200 publications and abstracts of ongoing research projects.

 

Parentwarrior.com

http://www.parentwarrior.com/
Parentwarrior.com is a site for parents who have lost their edge and want it back and for professionals looking for a fresh perspective on preventing dysfunctional behavior in children.

 

YouthLEAD Web site for Youth With Disabilities

http://www.youthleadyouthcongress.org/
The YouthLEAD project has a Web site for youth with disabilities that includes an online resource center, information on internet safety and security, and an interactive dashboard with all kinds of empowering content.

^ Top of Page ^


Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2008-2009

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 2008-2009 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 2008-2009 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 2008-2009 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

 

American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year Program

http://www.aasa.org/awards/content1.cfm?ItemNumber=890
The American Association of School Administrators 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: $10,000. Eligibility: U.S. public school superintendents and superintendents of American schools abroad who plan to continue in the profession. Deadline: September 30, 2009.

 

Ameriprise Financial Community Giving Program

http://tinyurl.com/6wh449
Ameriprise Financial is accepting grant applications for its Community Giving Program. Grants will be awarded in three areas, Meeting Basic Needs, Supporting Community Vitality, and Volunteer Driven Causes, to nonprofits, in communities across the United States where its employees, advisors, and retirees live and work, to provide resources to at-risk populations, support community development, and conduct volunteer projects with Ameriprise employees, advisors, and retirees. The company prefers to direct funding to specific projects that can demonstrate innovative approaches with measurable results or capacity building rather than general operating support. The Meeting Basic Needs category supports programs and services that help at-risk populations stabilize their lives and become more self-sufficient. Consideration will be given to programs that help provide food, shelter, and self sufficiency. Supporting Community Vitality supports programs and services that build strong communities by creating economic vitality and cultural enrichment, providing support in the areas of community development, cultural enrichment, civic leadership, disaster response and recovery, and environmental awareness. The Volunteer Driven Causes category allows Ameriprise employees, advisors, and retirees to help determine where and how a portion of the grants are directed. Deadline: September 1, 2009

 

Do Something Disaster Grants for Young People

http://www.dosomething.org/grants/disaster
Do Something and the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation have teamed up to offer $500 Disaster Grants to young people across the US and Canada. They want to hear from people building houses in New Orleans, planning an emergency coat drive for families in crisis this winter, or collecting toys for kids who’ve been through a natural disaster, etc. Each week in 2009 they are giving out $500 to a person with a project idea around the themes of disaster preparedness and emergency response.

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Grants to Improve Lives of Children

http://rmhc.org/what-we-do/grants/how-to-apply/
Grants will be awarded to nonprofits working to improve the health and well being of children under age 21 through national and global programs. The RMHC Board of Trustees is most interested in national and international organizations that have a specific program related to children's health and well-being, addresses a significant funding gap or critical opportunity, has long-term impact in terms of replication or reach, produces measurable results, and is sustainable without relying on RMHC funding. Grants are not awarded to support ongoing general, operating, or administrative expenses. RMHC does not award grants to projects/programs that are local in scope (i.e. those that focus on one particular community/state or that are not replicable). Applicants, however, may contact their local RMHC Chapter for information about grants for local programs. Deadline for letters of inquiry: September 4, 2009

 

Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation

http://www.rmyf.org/content.cfm?u=our_grants
The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation (RMYF) is accepting applications from first-time applicants. Grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded to nonprofits across the U.S. working to provide youth from birth to age 25 with resources for obtaining improved health, personal growth, and success. As the purpose of these grants is to identify effective innovations in the field, RMYF does not fund the evaluation of programs that are not innovative. Grant recipients are expected to use evaluation results to improve their services and possibly replicate the program. If an organization demonstrates through their RMYF-funded evaluation that their innovative methods are effective in helping youth reach their full potential, RMYF will encourage them to apply for replication or dissemination grants to help spread the use of their innovative approach elsewhere. They recommend that applicants have an evaluator review, or participate in, the development of the evaluation grant application. RMYF funds a specific type of evaluation, utilization-focused outcome program evaluation; information on its criteria is at the RMYF Web site. Deadline: July 31, 2009

^ Top of Page ^


End of Issue


Excerpting E-News
You are welcome to copy and paste portions of this E-News issue into your own e-mail newsletter; however, please credit the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News and link to http://www.ncset.org/enews as follows: “Excerpted from NCSET E-News, an electronic newsletter of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), available online at http://www.ncset.org/enews. NCSET is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.”

Contributing to E-News
If you have information on new products, resources, funding opportunities, and conferences or training events and want to contribute these to a future E-News issue, please e-mail the information to ncset@umn.edu or see Suggest an Item for E-News for more information.

Purpose of the Listserv
E-News features resources, activities, products, and funding information from around the country. E-News is dedicated to assisting youth, parents, educators, service providers, and administrators to stay connected and informed about secondary education and transition issues.

To Subscribe or Unsubscribe
To subscribe go to http://www.ncset.org/enews/. To unsubscribe (or remove yourself) from this list, please go to http://www.ncset.org/enews/unsubscribe.asp.

E-News Disclaimer
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition disseminates E-News to enhance public access to information about secondary education and transition activities. Our intention is to provide resources that are current and accurate. Although every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we can make no guarantees. We will, of course, make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention.

E-News was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, (Cooperative Agreement No. H326J000005). However, the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, or any of the six partners of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

Note: There are no copyright restrictions on this document. However, please credit the source and support of federal funds when copying all or part of this material.


^ Top of Page ^


Publications  |  Topics  |  E-News  |  Events  | State Contacts

Web Sites  |  About NCSET  |  Home  |  Search


Please contact us with your questions, comments, or suggestions
(include your phone number and the city and state where you live)
at:

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
timm0119@umn.edu
612-624-5659 (phone)
612-624-9344 (fax)

We will reply to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your interest!


© 2001-2017 Regents of the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Online Privacy Policy

This page was last updated on April 3, 2017.