July 2012 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
Calls to Participate
CADRE Survey on Parental Conflict and Special Education Decision Making
CADRE is developing a resource focusing on issues that families experience in times of high stress due to divorce or estrangement and strategies that can be used to assist them, particularly during the process of special education decision making. CADRE invites responses on a brief survey to assist them in developing this resource.
Inclusive Schools Network
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The Inclusive Schools Network seeks input from people who use or offer inclusive education services, to learn more about what kinds of information and services the Network could offer, and invites responses on a brief survey of opinions.
The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2012
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the Institute for Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education, has released “America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2012,” a compendium of indicators depicting the latest data and recent trends among today’s children. The report highlights 14 of the report’s 41 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives and features seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.
Autism and the iPad: Finding the Therapy in Consumer Tech
The buzz about iPad “apps” (applications) is hard to miss, with an app for almost everything. The iPad apps are having an impact on the lives of many, including children and youth with disabilities. The May issue of FCTD’s Technology Voices interviews Sargent of the Lakeside Center for Autism in Seattle on their experience in using iPad apps with children, identifying apps which have been successful for them and discussing the needs of family members in supporting their children’s use of the device.
Fact Sheet for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Interested in Starting a Career with the Federal Government
The Schedule A hiring authority can benefit youth and young adults with disabilities who have an interest in a career with the Federal government. It can also be a fast track way for Federal agencies to bring in talented individuals with disabilities. This fact sheet provides tips on understanding and using Schedule A. Schedule A is a hiring authority for Federal agencies to use to tap into a diverse and vibrant talent pool without going through the often-lengthy traditional hiring process. It allows eligible individuals to apply for a Federal appointment through a noncompetitive hiring process, without competing with the general public. Schedule A can be used to hire people in all professions from clerical staff to attorneys.
Improving the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults: Out-of-School Time Programs That Have Significant Positive Impacts
Child Trends’ latest brief, “Improving the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults: Out-of-School Time Programs That Have Significant Positive Impacts,” identifies 43 programs that have significant impacts on adolescent or young adult outcomes. The brief uses Child Trends’ online database of experimentally evaluated social interventions for children and youth, Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS), to identify programs with manuals that have positive impacts on a range of outcomes, such as behavior problems, physical health, and education. This list of effective programs for adolescents and young adults reflects progress in identifying programs and models that assist positive development.
School Engagement Among Parents of Middle School Youth
Most researchers, policymakers, and educators believe that children do better in school when their parents are involved in their education. However, there is no “gold standard” for how to engage parents. Schools often employ a broad range of “parent involvement” efforts, with little clear evidence about what works best and for whom. This issue brief uses data from Chapin Hall’s evaluation of the Elev8 full-service schools initiative to reflect on the efficacy of different parent engagement approaches during the middle school years.
Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success Webinar Materials Available Online
NCWD/Youth and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) hosted a webinar on ODEP’s new curriculum, “Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success,” which focuses on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 141-21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The program structure is modular, with hands-on activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
Spotlight on Child Health Issues
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation’s e-publication, “Spotlight on Child Health Issues,” supplements their monthly “Medical Homes @ Work” e-newsletter and provides information and practical medical home resources for providers, families, and states regarding popular child health topics. The July issue focuses on Health Information Technology. Some other issue topics have been Mental Health (May 2012), Transitioning from a Pediatric to an Adult Medical Home (October 2011), and Child Care Programs (Spring 2011).
Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance
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“Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance,” from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, summarizes research on five categories of non-cognitive factors related to academic performance: academic behaviors, academic perseverance, academic mindsets, learning strategies, and social skills; and discusses how these factors interact to affect academic performance, and the relationship between non-cognitive factors and classroom/school context, how non-cognitive factors matter for students’ long-term success, and how educators can support the development of non-cognitive factors within their schools and classrooms.
Other National Events
Federal Policy Update
July 19, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education will host a “Federal Policy Update” webinar on July 19, 2012. Much has happened in federal education policy over the last few weeks. The Obama administration has approved 26 states for greater flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, released a plan to improve career and technical education, and announced its Race to the Top District competition. Additionally, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have begun work on federal education spending bills. The webinar will provide a high school perspective as it relates to the aforementioned polices. Panelists have a variety of expertise and will answer questions from the audience related to other secondary school practices.
Measuring Flourishing Among Youth: Findings from the Flourishing Among Youth Positive Indicators Project
July 19, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)
Historically, researchers have focused on negative indicators of child wellbeing. Child Trends is leading an initiative, with support from the John Templeton Foundation, to develop rigorous, brief indicators of flourishing among children and youth. Establishing indicators of well-being can help decision makers understand how children and youth develop, set positive goals, and provide measures to monitor and assess positive outcomes in evaluation studies. The webinar will discuss new scales that have been developed, as well as their psychometric properties, and relationships to child well-being outcomes, findings for various adolescent subgroups, and recommendations for construction scales based on our cognitive interviews The project has focused on the indicators of positive development in the areas of school and work, relationships, relationship skills, helping others flourish, environmental stewardship, an personal flourishing.
The iPad as a Personal Learning Device
July 26, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)
The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Think College! will present a webinar on “The iPad as a Personal Learning Device,” to introduce all iPad users to the applications, settings, features, functions, and apps that make the iPad a state-of-the-art personal learning device. It will cover taking notes, making audio recordings, addong email accounts, activating speech to text, and other functions, as well as available apps for productivity, social networking, storage, reading, and personalized newspapers.
The Role of Teaching in a Learner-Centered, Digitally-Empowered Environment
July 26, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education will host “The Role of Teaching in a Learner-Centered, Digitally-Empowered Environment” on July 26, 2012. As schools work to meet today’s learning demands, it is important to shift to a learner-centered instructional model driven by high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology that provides a more personalized, rigorous, and collaborative learning environment for each student. Teachers must be empowered to take on new professional roles through job-embedded professional learning opportunities, including enhanced teacher training, collaboration and mentoring opportunities, and other supports. The presentation will build on the Alliance’s recently released report, “Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning,” to focus on what this learner-centered environment looks like and how teachers can be supported in these roles.
Working Draft of Suggested Legislation for Personalized and Digital Learning and the Opening of a Public Comment Period
July 30, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education will host “Working Draft of Suggested Legislation for Personalized and Digital Learning and the Opening of a Public Comment Period,” to discuss and seek feedback on a working draft of suggested legislation for personalized and digital learning that is currently being developed by the Alliance. Over the past several years, the Alliance has been developing digital learning policy that supports the effective use of technology as a way to drive higher student achievement. More states are taking policy actions to implement innovative types of student-centered learning and seeking guidance in the legislative drafting process. This working draft of suggested legislation is meant to assist states as they plan for the future, develop timelines for implementation, and create safeguards and transparency guidelines. The Alliance will seek feedback and comments from policymakers and the public.
Meeting the Challenge: Building & Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning
August 8, 2012 - August 9, 2012
“Meeting the Challenge: Building & Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning,” organized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, will explore five prevailing and emerging issues that influence conditions for learning: school discipline, gender-based violence, behavioral health, bullying, and school safety. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to provide feedback to federal, nonprofit, and philanthropic agencies to help shape future work in these areas.
Innovative Technologies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
August 27, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)
The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Think College! Will present a webinar “Innovative Technologies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education,” on the use of new technologies, including mixed-reality environments, as alternate and efficient means of helping students succeed socially in postsecondary education. These new technologies can be used to transform the learning experiences of students with intellectual disability as they work on social skills such as self-advocacy, collaborative learning, and interviewing.
Getting Started: Developing Inclusive College Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
September 17, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)
The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Think College! Will present a webinar “Getting Started: Developing Inclusive College Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities,” an overview of the issues involved in developing inclusive postsecondary educational opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. Experiences from programs that have been developed in two states will be discussed. Information will be relevant for higher education, K-12 education, and families.
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National Runaway Switchboard
The National Runaway Switchboard, is a hotline for youth and those who care about them. Youth can call 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat live on the NRS website for confidential support and referrals to service providers. They may also qualify for a free bus ticket home.
National Safe Place
National Safe Place is a network of organizations working to keep young people off the streets, with state-by-state links to Safe Place site locations and phone numbers for the local youth shelters.
Trevor Project Lifeline and Trevor Chat
The Trevor Project Lifeline and Trevor Chat are for youth feeling alone, confused, or in crisis, who can call 1-866-488-7386 or chat online with a trained advocate. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
Youth on the Move
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When youth with intellectual disabilities finish high school, successful transition to adult life depends on high expectations, good planning, and the right resources. The Institute on Community Inclusion’s Youth on the Move website offers information on this crucial transition from high school to the adult world and how to plan comprehensively, support young people to become more independent, and help them use their interests and skills to guide their job search. It includes a Transition Timeline showing what steps are essential between the ages of 14 and 18.
Federal Grant Opportunities
Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
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 2013 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 2012-2013 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
AASA: Educational Administration Scholarships
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) offers Educational Administration Scholarships to provide incentive and financial assistance to outstanding graduate students in school administration who intend to make the school superintendency a career. Maximum award: $2,500, plus a $500 travel allowance to attend AASA’s National Conference on Education. Eligibility: members of the AASA at the aspiring superintendent rate. Deadline: July 30, 2012.
American Honda Foundation Grants
Organizations working in the areas of youth and scientific education may be eligible for grants averaging $40,000-$80,000, from the American Honda Foundation. They seek programs and organizations with demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. The American Honda Foundation will make grants in the field of youth and scientific education to: educational institutions, K-12; accredited higher education institutions (colleges and universities); community colleges and vocational or trade schools; scholarship and fellowship programs at colleges and/or universities or through national, non-profit organizations; other scientific and education-related non-profit, tax-exempt organizations; gifted student programs; youth educational or scientific programs or institutions; educational radio and/or television stations or networks; films, movies, film strips, slides and/or short subjects concerning youth and/or scientific education; college, university or other non-profit laboratories engaged in scientific education; private, non-profit scientific and/or youth education projects; other non-profit, tax-exempt institutions in the fields of youth and scientific education; programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques. Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2012. Brochure available in pdf (2.71 MB, 13 pp).
GenerationOn Offers Mini-Grants for Youth Community Action Heroes
Ten mini-grants of $500 will be awarded to young people age 13 and older who participate in community service projects over the summer and report on the projects at the GenerationOn website. GenerationOn, the youth division of the Points of Light Institute, and Hasbro, Inc., are inviting young people to use their summer to take action through the summer 2012 “The World Needs More Community Action Heroes” campaign. GenerationOn is a global youth service movement that works to mobilize youth to take action that changes the world, and themselves, through service. To become a Community Action Hero, young people 13 years of age and older can log on to the generationOn Web site and select a project in the issue areas (e.g., animals, literacy, health, emergency preparedness, environment, homelessness, hunger, the military), or an issue of their choice. Youngsters who share their stories of community service on the Web site will become eligible for a mini-grant of $500 to continue their projects. The program is open to all youth 13 years of age and over who are legal residents of the United States. Deadline: August 20, 2012.
NCTM: Using Mathematics to Teach Music
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) offers Using Mathematics to Teach Music grants to encourage the incorporation of music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address: the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students' achievement. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers currently teaching mathematics in grades PreK-2 level who are also (as of October 15, 2012) Full Individual or e-Members of NCTM or teach in a school with a current (as of October 15, 2012) NCTM PreK-8 school membership. Deadline: November 9, 2012.
Nestlé USA: Very Best in Youth Program
The Nestlé USA Very Best in Youth Program honors young people ages 13-18 who have excelled in school and who are making their community and the world a better place. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: youth ages 13 and 18 years of age who demonstrate good citizenship, a strong academic record, and can show how they have made a special contribution to their school, church, or the community. Entrants must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to submit nomination. Deadline: November 8, 2012.
Open Meadows Foundation: Grants for Women and Girls
The Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls. It funds projects that reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; that build community power; that promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and that have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Maximum award: $2,000.Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations with an organizational budget no larger than$150,000. Projects must be designed and implemented by women and girls. Deadline: August 15, 2012.
Siemens/College Board: 2010 Siemens Competition
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The Siemens Competition seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Maximum award: $100,000. Eligibility: high school students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline: October 1, 2012.
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