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July 2011 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

Calls to Participate


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. Eligibility: pre K-12 teachers under age 40; self-nominations accepted. Deadline: August 1, 2011.


OJJDP Seeks Presenters for National Conference Poster Sessions and Media Presentations
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) calls for poster and media presentations for its upcoming national conference, “Children’s Justice and Safety: Unite, Build, Lead.” The conference will be held October 12-14, 2011, in National Harbor, MD. The poster session will feature visual presentations of recent program initiatives, research findings, and other information of interest and importance to the juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, and victimization communities. The media room will feature audiovisual materials (including TV and/or Internet-based PSAs, news segments, and training videos) from OJJDP-funded initiatives and programs. Deadline for submissions: postmarked on or before August 5, 2011.


U.S. Department of Education Invites Comments on School Bullying Law and Policy Plan
The U.S. Department of Education has published a plan to conduct case studies at 24 school sites across the nation to analyze bullying laws and policies. The study will identify promising strategies and practices schools use to combat bullying and will examine how state legislative requirements influence policies, including ways that state and district policies facilitate or create challenges for effective implementation. Comments are due by August 1, 2011, and may be submitted electronically to or mailed to the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. The plan can be downloaded at the Web site.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


A Policy & Practice Brief from the Center at UCLA: Embedding Bullying Interventions into a Comprehensive System of Student and Learning Supports  (April 2011) PDF document
While everybody agrees that school bullying is a major problem, controversy exists over the best way to address the problem. This report presents a brief analysis and synthesis of the current state of the art, underscoring the need to avoid piecemeal policy and practice initiatives, pointing out that the growing emphasis on school bullying provides an opportunity to accelerate development of a comprehensive, multifaceted, and cohesive system of student and learning supports, and outlining policy implications related to doing so. (Available in pdf, 121 KB, 23 pp.)


Assistive Technology 101  (2010)
Assistive Technology devices are tools that enable people living with disabilities to lead more independent lives. They can be low-tech, such as a magnifying glass, or high-tech, such as a computerized communication system. This guide provides an overview of what’s available and how to choose the best AT tools for a child.


Employability Check Up  (2011)
Planning Tool
This tool from the U.S. Department of Labor provides a snapshot of an individual’s chances of finding a job in a particular field based on education and experience, desired income level, and preferred employment location. By selecting an occupation and industry, a state and locality, an education level and a wage level, this information can be used to create an “employability profile” to help make career choices and to access a list of job banks and job training resources in the selected state.


Establishing a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports at a School: Seven Steps for Principals and Their Staff  (2011) PDF document
Guidance Notes
Schools, districts, and state departments across the country are addressing re-engaging disconnected students, and barriers to learning and teaching, by designing and developing comprehensive systems of student and learning supports and fully integrating them into school improvement policy and practice. “Establishing a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports at a School: Seven Steps for Principals and Their Staff” provides an overview of steps in this process. Available in pdf (28 KB, 4 pp).


Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning  (2011)
This 50 page guide provides families with information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives. Individuals may order one free copy of the guide, and additional print copies are available for $10; a discount is available for bulk orders.


Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families  (May 2011)
NCWD/Youth’s latest Info Brief, “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families,” is now available online. Parents and family members can help young people prepare for job success by working with them and encouraging them to develop soft skills. “Soft skills” are common sense skills that are important in all aspects of life and have been identified by employers as particularly important for success at work. By improving these skills, all youth, including youth with disabilities, can enhance their social life, do better in postsecondary education pursuits, and be more successful at finding and maintaining employment. This Info Brief describes several strategies that families can use to help youth develop soft skills.


High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09): A First Look at Fall 2009 9th-Graders  (June 2011)
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released its “High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09): A First Look at Fall 2009 Ninth-Graders.” This report presents initial findings from the base year of a new longitudinal study of a nationally representative cohort of ninth-graders in the fall of 2009 and will follow the students through postsecondary education and the world of work. The base year data focused on students’ transitions into high school, especially their decisions about courses and plans for postsecondary education and careers.


Individualized Learning Plan Webinar Recording & Transcript Now Available  (May 2011)
Archived Webinar
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth)/posted the recording and transcript from the May 12, 2011 webinar, “The Nature of Effective Individualized Learning Plans and Their Promise in Supporting College and Career Readiness.” This webinar shared findings from an ongoing national study by the Center on Education and Work at University of Wisconsin-Madison, a NCWD/Youth partner, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The transcript describes the nature of individualized learning plans (ILPs), highlights promising ILP implementation practices, identifies how ILPs serve as a bridge in supporting both college and career readiness outcomes, and describes empirical research results related to these efforts.


NGA Center Issue Brief Links Principal Effectiveness to Student Results  (April 2011)
Issue Brief
“State Policies to Improve the Effectiveness of School Principals,” an issue brief from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, reports that effective principals improve the retention of the best teachers and the outcomes of students. The brief examines state efforts to redesign policies.


Portrait of a Nation: Federal Data Shed Light on Education Disparities  (July 2011)
“Federal Data Shed Light on Education Disparities,” an Education Week report, examines new federal statistics about thousands of schools and districts and finds that students lack equal access to a rigorous education, experienced teachers, early education, and school counselors.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Introduction to Research and Promising Practices in Secondary Transition
Web-based Event
July 12, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
The second in a four-part series of webinars on Research and Promising Practices in Secondary Transition, “Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Careers After High Schools,” will be held July 12, with the third, “Evidence Matters in High School Transition,” on July 19, and the fourth, “Healthy Transitions for Youth with Disabilities,” July 26, 2011. Students with disabilities face many challenges as they enter adult life. This series will provide participants with new research on the topic of transition from school to adult life in the areas of school-agency collaboration, career development, data collection, and healthy lifestyles. Participants will understand current research and evidence-based practices for immediate application.

Ready by 21 State Policy Survey
Web-based Event
July 21, 2011
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Forum for Youth Investment will present a webinar surveying state policies in its “Ready by 21” series, July 21, 2011, to report on results from the first comprehensive biennial survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies (conducted with assistance from the RAND Corporation). While child and youth coordinating bodies, such as Children's Cabinets, P-20 Councils and Early Childhood Councils, are critical to providing effective youth services, there has been little research about them until now.

How Rural High Schools are Preparing Students for College and Careers through Dual Enrollment and Career and Technical Education
Web-based Event
July 28, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
This webinar will describe how rural schools are preparing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in college and in jobs by creating learning opportunities through dual enrollment and career and technical education. It will highlight the challenges and successes of two small, rural high schools that are improving college and career readiness for all students by collaborating with partners such as community colleges and local businesses, Patton Springs School in Afton, TX, which serves a mobile, low-income population of students in grades K-12 in a rural setting and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009; and Loving High School in Loving, NM, which a largely Latino, low-income rural population and was awarded a bronze medal in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 “Best High Schools” rankings. The webinar will also address how the U.S. Department of Education is supporting the college and career readiness efforts of rural schools.

The Art of Effective Data Sharing
Web-based Event
July 28, 2011
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
The Forum for Youth Investment will present a webinar on sharing state data in order to make better decisions for children and youth. Presenters will discuss how to put the right data safely into the hands of service providers, how policy decision-makers benefit from shared information systems, and strategies for addressing common barriers to state data sharing.

Introduction to the Ready by 21 Strategies
Web-based Event
August 30, 2011 - September 27, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Forum for Youth Investment will present two webinar on its “Ready by 21” set of innovative strategies, that helps communities improve the odds that all youth will be ready for college, work and life. “Ready by 21” meets leaders where they are, challenges them to think and work differently, and helps them progress further and faster to deliver results for youth. The July 27 webinar guided participants through the components of the Ready by 21 rationale, providing information on the tools and services available to communities and leaders and the Ready by 21 National Partnership, a coalition of organizations representing government, education, nonprofit, business, research and philanthropy sectors. The two following webinars, also 3:00-4:00 PM, Eastern time, are “Implementing bolder Strategies 101,” August 30; and “Implementing Bolder Strategies: engaging Youth & Families as Changemakers,” September 27, 2011.

Public Education Network’s National Conference
November 6, 2011 - November 8, 2011
Washington, DC
Public Education Network’s National Conference will take place November 6-8, 2011, in Washington, DC. The conference theme is “New American Revolution: College and Career Readiness for All.” The opening plenary session will feature Vicki Phillips, director of Education, College Ready, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as other notable session speakers. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, recently launched a redesigned Web site that enables those impacted by autism or interested in learning more about the disorder to access, share and use autism-related news, actionable information, resources, and ideas.



America’s Promise Launches Newsletter

Impact Network Monthly, a new newsletter by America’s Promise Alliance, is written by youth for youth who are interested in taking action in their communities. Each issue will feature a different theme and include a poll, words of wisdom from a leader or expert, a profile of a young person in action in his or her community, and a list of ways to get involved. This newsletter is distributed electronically the first Wednesday of each month.


Housing & Disability Issues Listserv
“Housing & Disability Issues” is a moderated informational listserv, focusing on disability issues concerning but not limited to housing and home ownership for people with disabilities, and maintained by the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.


Learning Disabilities Association Introduces The LD Source
The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA), partnering with MultiBriefs, issued the first number of “The LD Source,” June 30, 2011, a free e-mail resource providing comprehensive news briefings of the week’s top stories on learning disabilities and related topics, including information on trends and technology that impact the field of learning disabilities. Each issue contains articles gathered from such sources as The Associated Press, USA Today, and leading industry publications.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2010-2011
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 2010-2011 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 2010-2011 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


FY 2011 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 Announces 2012 National Grant Competition
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has announced its 2012 National Grant competition, supporting nonprofits working to develop or expand projects promoting the literacy skills of adult primary caregivers and their children. To be eligible, applicant organizations must have current nonprofit or public status, have been in existence two or more years as of the date of the application, and have maintained fiscal accountability. Applicants must operate an instructional literacy program that has been in existence for at least two years and must include one or more of the following components: literacy for adults, parent education, pre-literacy or literacy instruction for children pre-K to grade 3, and/or intergenerational literacy activities. A total of approximately $650,000 will be awarded; no grant request should exceed $65,000. Deadline: September 9, 2011.


Gateway to College National Network Offers Start Up Funding for College/K-12 Partnerships to Serve Out-Of-School Youth
The Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN), a nonprofit organization supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other major grantmakers, has funds available for partnerships between colleges and K-12 school districts to implement the Gateway to College dropout recovery program. The GtCNN works to build the capacity of colleges, school districts, and states to help high school dropouts and underprepared college students succeed in college, by offering on-campus classes in developmental skills courses from which students transition to regular college classes, where they work simultaneously toward a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. The initial start-up funding from GtCNN pays for planning and early implementation costs. Programs are then funded through partnerships between colleges and school districts. For the current round of funding, GtCNN will select up to nine college/K-12 partnerships to enter into multiyear contracts of between $300,000 and $450,000 each in 18 target states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. Deadline for application: September 9, 2011.


P. Buckley Moss Foundation: Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently
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, 2011.


Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America Invite K-12 School Applications for Children's Hunger Service-Learning Grants
The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America are accepting applications for the Sodexo School Engagement grant program, to support teachers and students, grades K-12, in learning about childhood hunger in their community, and in leading activities that facilitate access to nutritious food for all children, especially those most at risk. The program incorporates service-learning into a “Semester of Service” framework focused on childhood hunger that engages students in a minimum of 70 hours of service and learning over a period of at least ten weeks. Grantees will implement a service-learning Semester of Service starting during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 14-20, 2011) through Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012), and involving a minimum of 20 students engaged on a continual and regular basis during the semester through hands-on service activities. Applicants must be K-12 teachers in the U.S., or adults working with K-12 students in a school or school-based afterschool program. Eleven applicants will be selected to receive a $5,000 grant to support professional development in service-learning, project planning and implementation, and sharing of project outcomes. Grantees will be expected to attend YSA's Youth Service Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 24-26, 2011 (travel and training fees are included in the grant). Deadline for application: August 15, 2011.

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