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July 2010 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Alliance for Excellent Education Kicks Off Digital Media Strategy
The Alliance for Excellent Education has launched a blog, “High School Soup: Your Daily Serving of High Schools News and Policy,” as part of a comprehensive digital media effort. The blog will cover news and policy information related to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, Race to the Top, teacher preparation, literacy, the nation’s lowest performing high schools, and other issues tied to the Alliance’s mission.

Calls to Participate


ADA Video Nationwide Video Contest
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Disability Institute is launching “Economic Empowerment-Defining the New American Dream,” a nationwide video contest open to all persons with disabilities. The National Disability Institute wants to hear from persons with disabilities, veterans with disabilities, and family members of persons with disabilities on what their American Dream is and how they are working to achieve it. Individuals can create a 3-minute video that tells the story of how they are working to achieve their American Dream, whether it is to buy a home, have a job, go to school, or start their own business. One Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC, where their winning video will be viewed at NDI’s Real Economic Impact Tour’s Annual Kick-off at the National Press Club on October 19, 2010. Deadline for entries: August 13, 2010.


ASCD: Outstanding Young Educator Award
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Young Educator Award, which recognizes a teacher under the age of 40 who demonstrates excellence in his or her profession, a positive impact on students, creativity in the classroom, and leadership in his or her school or district. Maximum award: $10,000; an all-expenses paid trip to the ASCD annual conference in March for the winner and one companion, including registration, travel, hotel, and meals. Eligible: pre K-12 teachers under age 40. Deadline: August 1, 2010.


Get Your Exchange Story Told and Receive $50!
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is offering $50 for disability stories on international exchange, including options to submit blogs and featured person profiles. People with disabilities can take advantage of this incentive to share overseas study, volunteer, work and research experiences. International and U.S. people with disabilities are encouraged to email submissions, but must be currently living in the United States to receive the award. Deadline for entries: September 1, 2010.


New Videos Encourages Special Ed Students to Participate in State Outcome Survey
To help educators improve services for students with disabilities who are still in school, every state is conducting a survey to find out what students who received special education services are doing one year after leaving high school. To help increase response rates, the National Post-School Outcomes Center has announced the launch of “Be a Superstar – Take the Survey.” These YouTube videos were designed to encourage students and families to complete post-school outcomes surveys. Prepared in collaboration with PACER Center, versions are available for youth and parents in both English and Spanish. (The survey can also be accessed from


PACER Survey Parent Survey
Parents or primary caregivers of young people with disabilities 12-22 years old are invited to take part in a national research study by completing the National Family Support Survey, conducted by the FAST Project. Answers to the questions on the National Family Support Survey are confidential and will help the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, parent centers, and researchers understand the information and supports families need to prepare for moving into adulthood. This information may help to inform program development for youth with disabilities in the future. The survey is available in Spanish also.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


IEP and Transition Planning  (2010)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web topic provides information on strategies to support students, families, and professionals to participate in developing a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and transition plan. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.

Other National Resources


Boosting Family Involvement through Better Policy  (March 2010)
Available through SparkAction!’s website, the Harvard Family Research Project’s report, “Taking Leadership, Innovating Change: Profiles in Family, School, and Community Engagement” looks at ways to systematize policy efforts (currently often marginalized and piecemeal) toward achieving educational equity, and to help make family involvement more clearly seen as a major part of achieving educational equity. Research shows the importance of parent-school partnerships in education, and especially among disadvantaged families.


Have You Heard About LearningPort?  (2010)
Learning Modules
LearningPort is a national professional development library of learning modules, tool kits, archived webinars and video resources created by NASDSE’s IDEA Partnership and funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to support the use of ARRA funds in states and LEAs. These modules were developed to enable district teams to meet their increasing professional development needs in a flexible as-needed manner.


NASDE Brief on Collaborative Transition Strategies of Eight States: Preparation for Postsecondary Life for Students with Disabilities  (June 2010)
Policy Brief
This brief policy analysis was designed by Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) to identify collaborative strategies that states have implemented to address the needs of students with disabilities whose IEP transition services specify postsecondary career and technical education, vocational rehabilitation and/or immediate employment upon departure from secondary school. Project Forum collaborated with other organizations and agencies to identify eight states and interviewees. The eight states interviewed for this document offer a variety of programs built on collaborative efforts that may serve as models for other states.


NICHCY Research-Based Resources on Specific Disabilities  (May 2010)
Resource List
NICHCY (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) has updated their list of resources on medical research into disabilities and the findings of research on the use of academic and other interventions with children who have special needs. The final section covers research associated with the specific disabilities of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities.


NICHCY's 2010 Guide to Online Publications  (2010)
NICHCY (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) has updated their guide to their online resources. People organizing conferences relevant to people with disabilities or arranging trainings for parents or practitioners about IDEA or disabilities could include news of NICHCY and its free online resources in the conference packet or training information. Available in pdf (142 KB, 4 pp).


Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2008-09  (July 2010) PDF document
This report presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools in the United States and the territories in the 2008-09 school year, using data from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey of the Common Core of Data (CCD) survey system. The accompanying First Look presents findings on the numbers and types of public elementary and secondary schools in the United States and the territories in the 2008-09 school year. Available in pdf (.98 MB, 35 pp).


The Condition of Education 2010: NCES Report Offers Special Analysis on High-Poverty Schools  (May 2010)
“The Condition of Education” is an annual report produced by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) that presents indicators of important developments and trends in U.S. education. These indicators focus on participation and persistence in education, student performance, and other measures of achievement, the environment for learning, and resources for education. The report is based on the data that were available by April 2010.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


The Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate: An Analysis of Students of Color in the Nation's Largest Metropolitan Areas
Web-based Event
July 7, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education, building on its work documenting the benefits of reducing the dropout rate for all students in the nation's largest metropolitan areas, is now able to estimate the economic benefits of reducing the dropout rate among students of color in these metro areas. This live webinar, hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Campaign for High School Equity, will release these new findings and discuss the challenges of improving high school graduation rates among students of color and what doing so could mean for local communities, as well as the students themselves.

Fidelity of Implementation: Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs
Web-based Event
July 7, 2010
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Fidelity of implementation is vital in any school improvement process. This SchoolsMovingUp interactive webinar will outline the “nuts and bolts” of fidelity implementation by highlighting the IRIS Center's newly developed, free, online professional development instructional module about fidelity. This module discusses the importance of selecting evidence-based practices and programs and examines actions that school personnel can take to increase the likelihood that the practice or program is implemented as it was designed.

How Young Adults Use the Internet to Access Mental Health Information and Support
Web-based Event
July 27, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   (Pacific)
According to Pew Internet research, “every day, more people go online for medical advice than actually visit health care professionals.” This may be especially true for young adults, as their access to health care and other supports is more limited than other populations. Using the latest research as well as results from focus groups conducted by Pathways to Positive Futures, this webinar will address how young adults use the Internet to manage their mental health.

The Reinventing Quality Conference
August 8, 2010 - August 10, 2010
Baltimore, MD
The Reinventing Quality Conference is for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, family members, direct support professionals, administrators of community support agencies, advocates, managers, and government leaders, all committed to a vision of a better future for people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. This year’s conference focuses on how forward thinking states, providers, self advocates and families are not only weathering the economic crisis but using it as a fulcrum to improve quality and lives for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

2010 Closing the Gap Conference
October 21, 2010 - October 23, 2010
Bloomington, MN
This year’s conference builds on a tradition of providing a comprehensive examination of the most current uses of technology by persons with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Topics will cover technologies being applied to all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation, and independent living. First-hand information about products and best assistive technology (AT) practices and strategies will be presented by and for teachers, therapists, clinicians, parents and end users alike. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Family Support Center on Disabilities: Knowledge & Involvement Network (KIN)
This Web site offers a national clearinghouse of family support for individuals with disabilities and their families. The Build Your Knowledge section has information on important issues, policies, and services related to the needs of individuals with disabilities and families.


What Should Count Web Site
The American Federation of Teachers has launched this site focusing on higher education accountability, accreditation and assessment. What Should Count? is intended to serve as a clearinghouse of accountability initiatives and assessment mechanisms at the international, national, state, and local levels and to serve as mechanism for faculty, staff, and administrators to discuss the kinds of measures that best help our students succeed.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2010
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 2010 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 2009 - 2010 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


FY 2009-2010 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Accepting Applications for 2011 National Grant Program
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s 2011 National Grant competition will provide grants to develop or expand projects that support the development of literacy skills for adult primary care givers and their children. A total of approximately $650,000 will be awarded; no grant request should exceed $65,000. Deadline: September 10, 2010.


Change for Children Grants, with The Jonas Brothers Change for the Children Foundation, will award grants to individuals taking action in their communities across the U.S. and Canada. Projects, programs, or ideas that focus on the Special Olympics, Diabetes Awareness, or Volunteerism will be given special consideration. Ten projects will receive $1,500 grants for their projects or organizations. Winners will be featured on and, and celebrated through various marketing platforms. Deadline: July 15, 2010.


Do Something! Awards believes in the power of young people to make a difference in the world, and encourages teens to use their own creativity and innovation to incite change. The organization is putting that creativity to the test by calling young artists, ages 13-25, to submit their cause-focused designs for a chance to be featured on the 2011 line of and Staples back-to-school products. Young designers are asked to depict one of four inspiration topics: Education, Environment, Peace and Volunteerism, and Healthy Lifestyle. Entrants may submit as many designs relating to as many of the four categories as they wish. Deadline: July 22, 2010.


National Education Association Invites Grant Applications from K-12 Teachers for Environmental Education Projects
NEA’s Green Across America will award grants of up to $1,000 to help implement innovative education programs, activities, lessons or events to excite K-12 students about going green, caring for the earth, and creating a sustainable future by increasing sustainable, earth-friendly behavior in their neighborhoods and communities. The Green Across America Program is sponsored by Target. Deadline: July 30, 2010.


National Education Association Invites Grant Applications from K-12 Teachers for Environmental Education Projects
NEA’s Green Across America grants of up to $1,000 are available to help K-12 teachers implement an innovative education program, activity, lesson or event to excite students about going green, caring for the earth, and creating a sustainable future. Deadline: July 30, 2010.


Wild Ones: Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning in the United States, including houses of worship, with a site available for a stewardship project. Money for the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education grant program comes almost entirely from donations from Wild Ones members and other benefactors. Deadline: October 15, 2010.


Youth Service America Accepting Applications for STEMester of Service Grant Program
Funded by Learn and Serve America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, STEMester of Service incorporates YSA’s semester-long service-learning framework to engage educators and students in addressing environmental needs and connecting them to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula. YSA seeks middle schools with large populations of disadvantaged youth; STEM schools must be located in one of the 19 states with highest dropout rates (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming). Deadline: July 15, 2010.


Youth Service America Invites Applications for 2011 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agencies
Youth Service America seeks applications for agencies to lead in the April 15-17, 2011, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Planning grants of $2,000 will be awarded to local, regional, and statewide organizations across the U.S. (and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, or New Brunswick) leading events that involve youth volunteers in community service. Lead Agencies must convene a planning coalition of at least 10 partner organizations that collectively engage at least 600 youth volunteers in service on GYSD, engage local media and elected officials, and plan a high profile signature project or celebration of service. Deadline: July 15, 2010.

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