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August 2002 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Improving Community Links to Teachers and Schools
Parents and students don't have ties to their schools and teachers say they aren't getting the respect they deserve, according to a study by the Education Alliance in West Virginia that promotes partnerships between businesses and school systems. The Education Alliance spent months traveling across the state talking to hundreds of residents who reported a disconnection between schools and communities, and said that feeling was starting to become evident in the classroom.


Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE): Supporting Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities
The Learning Into Future Environments Program at George Mason University is a new postsecondary transition pilot program (as of July 2002). It is designed to assist individuals with mild mental retardation or moderate to profound learning disabilities to enhance their levels of independence and facilitate transition and career training through courses and on-campus employment.


National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has established the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, a collaborative of ten organizations nationwide, of which NCSET is a member. Find out more on the Institute on Community Integration Web site.

Calls to Participate


Call for Papers - Education of Minority Children

Multiple Voices, the journal of the Division of Diverse and Exceptional Learners (DDEL), announces a call for papers related to the education of culturally and linguistically diverse learners with exceptionalities. Manuscripts should enhance the understanding of problems, trends, and research-to-practice issues pertinent to the education of minority children. The November 2002 issue of Multiple Voices will provide a comprehensive response to the controversial National Academies of Sciences' report "Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education" (available online at Deadline for submitting manuscripts: August 31, 2002. For more information and manuscript guidelines, please contact Cheryl Utley at 913-321-3143 ext. 273 or e-mail


Get Involved With National Disability Mentoring Day October 16, 2002
National Disability Mentoring Day is a partnership between the American Association of People with Disabilities and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. It focuses on job shadowing, hands-on career exploration, empowering students with disabilities, and job seekers, promoting a diverse workplace, and more. The "kickoff" date is October 16th, 2002 but activities are year-long.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR): Improving Secondary Students’ Reading Comprehension Skills  (July 2002)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  2
In this Research to Practice Brief, specifics of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) implementation in the classroom are described, with references to further resources. CSR is a method of teaching reading comprehension that is effective with struggling readers, including secondary-age students with learning disabilities and those who are English Language Learners.


Connecting to Success: Mentoring Through Technology to Promote Student Achievement -- The Iowa Experience  (April 2002)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Overview of an E-mentoring program being implemented in Iowa and Minnesota for youth with disabilities. The program is based upon a model developed by General Mills and the Minneapolis Youth Trust and features an adopt-a-classroom method that matches each young person to a classroom with a mentor from a specific company. This transcript provides details on this E-mentoring program.


IDEA 1997 Transition Issues: The IEP for Transition Aged Students  (July 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This brief explains the requirements for transition under IDEA, the composition and functioning of the Individual Education Program (IEP) Transition Team, and special factors for the IEP Team to consider. It also outlines the roles of students, parents, educators, school staff, and agency staff on the IEP Transition Team. See Spanish Version of this Parent Brief.


National Policy Summit Briefs: Latest Research on Postsecondary Educational Supports  (July 2002)
Forty Briefs discussing the latest research from the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES) are now available online.


Students with Disabilities who Drop Out of School: Implications for Policy and Practice  (July 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  2
Using research-based information, this brief defines the problem of an unacceptably high dropout rate for students with disabilities and articulates proven intervention strategies. The brief addresses new school accountability policies and stiffer promotion and graduation requirements.

Other National Resources


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) Information from NICHCY  (December 2001)
Created to help parents, teachers, and others interested in the education and special needs of children and youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Produced by the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY).


Cultural Shifting  (May 2002)
Looks at change and leadership through the lens of culture and community. Woven with stories and anecdotes, the nature of culture, community, the process of change and leadership and our resistances to the change process are explored. Use this book to address personal change, or to manage an organization needing to change, or if you are looking to lead or change a group or mobilize a constituency. By Al Condeluci (Cost: $24.95, 108 pages).


Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act: What It Means for IDEA  (June 2002)
Developed by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), this document identifies those areas in the No Child Left Behind Act that have clear implications for implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NASDSE views the document as "moving target." As it receives more information from the Department of Education, it will updated.


Islands of Hope in a Sea of Dreams  (October 1999)
Highlights the eight characteristics of schools that have won the National Award for Model Professional Development: collegial relationships; supportive leadership; focused, clear goals; support systems; sufficient time for learning and collaborating; shared governance; appropriate rewards and recognition; and adequate resources. Also available in PDF (127k, 82 pages).


Leadership for School Improvement  (2000)
What kinds of leadership strategies bring about meaningful and long-lasting school reform? Leadership for School Improvement probes this question and challenges educators to expand conventional notions of leadership. The report synthesizes some of the most current literature on leadership and offers ideas and suggestions that may serve as the basis of further study of effective leadership strategies. Available in PDF format (240k, 30 pages) or can be ordered for $10. Produced by Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning.


Pull Out Negativity by the Roots  (2002)
The question facing educational leaders is not “Will our school have a culture?” but “Will we make a conscious effort to shape our culture?” “The culture of a school -- the assumptions, habits, expectations, and beliefs of the school's staff -- exists as clearly as the school building itself.” This article published in the Journal of Staff Development (Vol. 23, No. 3) and written by Rick DuFour identifies four "weeds" in need of eradication and proposes actions schools can take to get the weeding job done.


When It's Your Own Child: A Report on Special Education from the Families Who Use It  (2002)
Examines special education as seen by the parents who entrust their children to the system. Most of parents polled in this study say the stigma attached to special education is fading, and two thirds give their local programs high ratings. But they give mixed results on whether the right kids are getting help. Print copies available for $10, plus $2.50 shipping/handling. To order, call 212-686-6610. Produced by Public Agenda.


Whose Life Is It Anyway? A Look at Person-Centered Planning & Transition
This self-paced CD for training covers circles of support, the PATH process, and MAPS with video, text, audio, and self-study activities. Produced by Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC. Can be ordered by calling toll free 866-823-9800 with a credit card or PO# or order directly from the Web site. (Cost: $49.99)


Youth Development: Issues, Challenges, and Directions  (2000)
The social and economic reality of our times is that adolescents need more support, guidance, and active involvement than ever to successfully navigate their lives—and they are instead, in too many cases, getting less. This series of essays promotes the actions and dialogue that are necessary to meet this critical challenge. Each individual essay is available online.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Implications for Policy, Practice, and Priorities in Postsecondary Education and Employment: Report on Proceedings from the National Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.
Teleconference Call
August 28, 2002
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held August 28, 2002 to highlight the recommendations for federal policy, practice, and priorities that emerged from the National Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. and the implications for next steps in the field of postsecondary education and disability. Speakers included Robert Stodden, Ph.D., Director, NCSPES, Teresa Whelley, Ed.D., Coordinator of Research, NCSPES, and Megan Jones, Ph.D., Coordinator, Postoutcomes Network of NCSPES. The transcript of this call is now available.

Other National Events


Web Design that Works for Everyone
October 18, 2002 - October 19, 2002
Providence, RI
This conference, held at the Rhode Island School of Design, brings together leaders in graphic design, Web accessibility, and industry. The first day session will be plenary sessions focused on dialogue, and the second day will be hands-on sessions learning practical tools for designing great web sites that work for all users. Special guest Eric Velleman, Director of the Accessibility Foundation in the Netherlands and author of Site Seeing, will describe his foundation's national campaign advising corporations on Web accessibility. Hosted by Adaptive Environments and the Rhode Island School of Design. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


AASA’s Resources and Best Practices for Implementing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Center for Best Practices is a new online resource focused on the No Child Left Behind Act. AASA has searched the Internet and compiled useful tools, helpful resources, and proven best practices to provide visitors with a one-stop resource for ESEA implementation. Action Without Borders
Provides nuts and bolts policies and procedures, useful definitions and articles, examples of schools that have successfully integrated community service or service learning into their curricula, classroom activities that can accompany student volunteering, online volunteer matching organizations, and information about how to find a volunteer center in your community.


National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports
The vision of the National Center is to move beyond what has and has not worked in the past, towards a new system of educational supports for people with disabilities in the 21st century. The Center has developed a brand new Web site that includes supportive and related information on conferences, institutes, products, an E-News feature, links, and much more.


National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC)
NYVPRC was established as a central source of information on prevention and intervention programs, publications, research, and statistics on violence committed by and against children and teens. The resource center is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies. This Web site contains information developed specifically for parents and guardians, professionals, and teens. It also provides hot topics, news from around the country, publications and more.


Postoutcomes Network of NCSET at the University of Hawaii
A collaborative effort of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition at the University of Minnesota and the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii. The Postoutcomes Network focuses on issues of postsecondary education, employment and transition for individuals with disabilities. The Web site includes information on institutes, events and activities, related resources, publications and more.


Project Participate
Helps families, educators, administrators, and therapists increase the participation of students with disabilities in school programs. This site contains success stories, inclusion strategies, adapted curricula, training handouts, and intervention planning forms. There is also a section on using technology to promote inclusion of students with disabilities in schools and a "gadgets and gizmos" section that contains products to help children with disabilities participate in school and play activities. Supported by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, call 303.864.5277 or e-mail



ArtsTalk Message Board
On the new Arts Talk message board, discussions take place regarding funding for new and emerging artists, the benefits of arts therapy for different population groups, arts advisory boards, and more.

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Funding Forecast

Funding Resources


FastWEB is the largest online scholarship search available, with 600,000 scholarships representing over one billion in scholarship dollars. It provides students with accurate, regularly updated information on scholarships, grants, and fellowships suited to their goals and qualifications, all at no cost to the student.


Strategies for Financing Children and Family Services, Community Building and Development  (2002)
This series of products focuses on strategies for financing children and family services, as well as community building and development. Each guide or strategy brief presents options for generating resources or for using resources effectively to fund specific programmatic needs. Each also illustrates these options with examples drawn from initiatives around the country and highlights relevant considerations to assist decision makers who are weighing the alternatives. Four guides available online for downloading in PDF format.


The Sustainability Toolkit: 10 Steps to Maintaining Your Community Improvements
Guides you in making strategic decisions about what to continue for community improvements and how to do it. The Toolkit is available for $80. The Center for Civic Partnerships also provides workshops and consultation services to help you move through the 10 steps.

Federal Grant Opportunities


Customized Employment Services - SGA 02-13
$3.5 million to fund 7 grants to build the capacity in local One-Stop Centers to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities who may not now be regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system. Granted by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. Announced June 26, 2002. Deadline: August 12, 2002.


Demonstration Grants for Indian Children - CFDA# 84.299A
Provides financial assistance to projects to develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and programs to improve the educational opportunities and achievement of preschool, elementary, and secondary students. Sponsored by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Indian Education. Announced: July 23, 2002. Deadline: August 22, 2002.


Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program - CFDA# 84.133A
Improves the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The DRRP supports activities designed to maximize the full inclusion and self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially the most severe disabilities. Sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Announced: July 16, 2002. Deadline: August 15, 2002.


Fund for the Improvement of Education--Ready To Teach; Digital Educational Programming - CFDA# 84.286B
Supports eligible entities to develop, produce, and distribute innovative educational and instructional programming that is designed for use by elementary schools or middle schools and based on challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards in reading or mathematics. Sponsored by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Announced: July 17, 2002. Deadline: August 15, 2002.


High School/High Tech State Grants - SGA 02-14
$500,000 to award two to five competitive grants to further expand the integration of the High School/High Tech (HS/HT) program into the One-Stop Center System established under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Sponsored by the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. Announced: July 22, 2002. Deadline: August 21, 2002. Available in PDF Format (531k, 13 pages).


Indian Professional Development - CFDA# 84.299B
The purposes of this program are to (1) increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indian people; (2) provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers, administrators, teacher aides, social workers, and ancillary educational personnel; and (3) improve the skills of qualified Indian individuals who serve in the capacities described in (2). Activities may include, but are not limited to, continuing programs, symposia, workshops, conferences, and direct financial support. Sponsored by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Indian Education. Announced: July 23, 2002. Deadline: August 22, 2002.


Innovative Demonstration Grants for Youth With Disabilities - SGA 02-12
$2.5 million for up to 5 competitive grants to fund model demonstration programs designed to enhance the capacity of youth programs working in coordination with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Granted by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. Announced June 26, 2002. Deadline: August 12, 2002.


Local Flexibility Demonstration Program - CFDA#: N.A.
The purpose of the program is to provide up to 80 local educational agencies (LEAs) with high-quality local flexibility demonstration proposals an opportunity to enter into local flexibility demonstration agreements ("Local-Flex" agreements) with the Secretary. The LEAs that the Secretary selects to participate in the Local-Flex program will have the flexibility to consolidate certain Federal formula grant funds in order to assist them in meeting the State's definition of adequate yearly progress and the LEA's specific measurable goals for improving student achievement and narrowing achievement gaps. Announced: July 19, 2002. Deadline: December 6, 2002.


Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program - CFDA# 84.133E-7
The purpose is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Announced: June 19, 2002. Deadline: July 19, 2002 (letter of intent); August 19, 2002 (application).


Research and Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities, Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities, and Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children withDisabilities – CFDA# 84.324V, 84.324G, 84.324Q, 84.325G, 84.325J, 84.325M, 84.325R, 84.325T, 84.326E, 84.326K, 84.326L, and 84.326Y
The purposes are (1) To produce, and advance the use of, knowledge to improve the results of education and early intervention for infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities; (2) To help address State-identified needs for qualified personnel to work with children with disabilities and ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge derived from practices that have been determined through research and experience to be successful; and (3) To provide technical assistance and information to improve early intervention, educational, and transitional services and results for children with disabilities and their families; and address systemic-change goals and priorities. Sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Announced: July 16, 2002. Deadline: August 19, 2002.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Artists with Disabilities Fellowships from The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
The Vermont Studio Center announces the availability of three month-long Residency Fellowships, funded by the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, to be awarded to outstanding visual artists and/or writers living with physical disabilities.


Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Invites Applications for National Grant Competition
The goal of the National Grant Program is to develop and expand family literacy efforts nationwide, and to support the development of literacy programs that build families of readers. A total of approximately $650,000 is awarded each year; no grant exceeds $65,000. Deadline: September 6, 2002.


Grants to Support Chronic Illness Improvement Collaboratives
Designed to improve the care of patients with chronic illness through health system change and innovation. The program will provide grants of up to $100,000 to as many as five existing public-sector organizations to develop the capacity to sponsor and administer regional chronic illness improvement collaboratives. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Deadline: August 8, 2002.


Teaching Tolerance Grant Program
The Southern Poverty Law Center offers Teaching Tolerance grants of up to $2,000 to K-12 classroom teachers for implementing tolerance projects in their schools and communities. Proposals from other educators such as community organizations and churches will be considered on the basis of direct student impact. Application deadline: Ongoing, but please allow for a 10- to 12-week processing time when planning for your project.

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