August 2004 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
After-School Program Online Clearinghouse
The National Mentoring Partnership recently launched the After-School Program Clearinghouse to provide after-school coordinators with the tools and resources they need to add a mentoring component to their programs. Its new Web site also provides resources on how to implement, manage, and strengthen after-school programs. Other features, many of which are available in Word and PDF formats, include: the Community Mentoring for Adolescent Development manual which provides extensive content for preparing mentors to work with adolescents, Web sites of interest to after-school programs, and customizable sample tools and templates developed by MENTOR's state and local mentoring partnerships.
Executive Order - Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness
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With the Executive Order, "Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness," the President is making government agencies responsible for taking into account agency employees and customers with disabilities in their emergency preparedness planning. The order also calls for facilitating cooperation among government entities in the implementation of emergency preparedness plans as they relate to individuals with disabilities. Available in PDF (4 pages).
The Resource Zone
Increasing School Completion: Learning from Research-Based Practices that Work
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
Volume 3 , Issue 3
This brief identifies and describes five research-based practices proven effective in increasing rates of school completion. The practices utilized random samples or comparison groups and had statistically significant results for the treatment group on the variable of enrollment status.
Other National Resources
Diversity: School, Family, and Community Connections
This report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory synthesizes 64 studies and addresses diversity as it relates to student achievement and school, family, and community connections among minority and low-income populations. It is the third in a series of reports to explore barriers to school involvement for minority and low-income families, strategies that have been used to address those barriers and recommendations that can be adapted to meet local needs. The report, which includes an executive summary, is available in PDF (102 pages).
Employability Skills Training and Implementation Program
The Employability Skills Training and Implementation Program (ES-TIP) is a software-based learning system that helps consumers with little to no work experience and/or academic skills build self-esteem, a work ethic, and workplace success. Originally developed by the Florida Department of Education, ES-TIP addresses the skills and knowledge necessary for an effective job search while promoting strategies and attitudes essential for job retention and career advancement.
Free Subscription to Edutopia Magazine
The Edutopia magazine from The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) covers success stories in schools. It includes the techniques, tools, and technologies used by innovative educators, as well as profiles of educational heroes famous and unsung.
Inclusive Postsecondary Education: Is It a Reality?
People with developmental disabilities and higher education just don't mix. At least that's what most people have assumed -- until recently. Now the word is out about several programs that make postsecondary education a reality for people with developmental disabilities.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities of Youth Service Practitioners: The Centerpiece of a Successful Workforce Development System
This paper, published by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, identifies the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that youth service practitioners (frontline staff) need to serve all youth, and additional KSAs needed to serve youth with disabilities. Youth receive workforce development services in a wide range of settings; to them, youth service practitioners are often the “face” of the workforce development system and play an important role in connecting them to workforce preparation opportunities and support. Available in PDF (29 pages).
Resource Synthesis to Help Integrate Mental Health in Schools into the Recommendations of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
This resource synthesizes a set of accessible, online, noncommercial resources relevant to integrating the various agendas for mental health in schools into the President’s Commission on Mental Health recommendations. Available in PDF (50 pp.).
School and College Partnerships: The Missing Link
This WestEd Policy Brief examines the problem of having K-12 and higher education operate in different fields and looks at how various partnerships -- between individual high schools and colleges, but also between entire K-12 and postsecondary systems -- are addressing it. In addition to describing approaches for achieving coherence, it examines some of the common barriers and offers policy recommendations for supporting partnership efforts. Available in PDF (4 pages).
State Agency Systems Collaboration at the Local Level: Gluing the Puzzle Together, The Staff Perspective
Some states acknowledge the benefits of interagency collaboration but have trouble putting it into action. Institute for Community Inclusion researchers worked with local offices to help them improve the One-Stop Career Center network for people with disabilities. This brief gives an "in the trenches" view of tools that worked.
The National Research Center on Learning Disabilities Responsiveness-to-Intervention Symposium
In December 2003, the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD) conducted a symposium examining issues related to Responsiveness-to-Intervention models of learning disability assessment and decision making. Materials presented at the symposium, including a biographical sketch of each speaker, PDF versions of each speaker’s paper, the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations, a brief video highlight from each presentation, and transcripts from some of the other symposium activities are now available on NRCLD’s Web site.
The National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers
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Two new Research to Practice briefs examine the services people with developmental disabilities receive from community rehabilitation providers (CRPs). Despite recent emphasis on work in the disability field, people with developmental disabilities were found to be predominantly in sheltered employment or non-work services. Published by the Institute for Community Inclusion. Available in PDF (6 pages).
Other National Events
Making Mathematics Meaningful for Students with Learning Problems: Powerful Teaching Strategies that Work
September 7, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
The Access Center’s Webinars (Web + Seminar = Webinar) are interactive online events that include a PowerPoint presentation, an opportunity to listen to the presentation over the phone, and an ability to ask questions. During this Webinar, Dr. David Allsopp from the University of South Florida's Department of Special Education will present on effective mathematics instruction for students with special needs. He will also share resources and tools that educators can use to ensure math content is consistent with the learning needs of diverse students.
National Organization on Disability Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
September 22, 2004 - September 24, 2004
The National Organization on Disability, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Capital Region, announces a Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities. This conference is the first to focus on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery specific to the unique emergency needs of people with disabilities. High-level authorities from the emergency management, disability, and special needs communities, government agencies, private business, and the service, advocacy, and care networks will be at this forum to share and learn about each other's experiences, resources, and best practice models.
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AbilityHub: Assistive Technology Solutions
Assistive Technology is for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This Web site will direct them to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing technology.
Homeless & Service Providers to the Homeless
The Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a Web site to help the homeless. It provides links to DOL's homeless programs, as well as other governmental and non-governmental homeless programs.
Job Accommodation Network: Accommodation Ideas
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) publications provide job accommodation ideas for individuals with many disabilities including Attention Deficit Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, brain injury, latex allergies, psychiatric disabilities, and developmental disabilities such as Aspergers Syndrome and Autism.
Public School Review
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Public School Review provides free, detailed profiles of USA public schools and their surrounding communities. The site evaluates schools relative to each other and to state-wide averages for several key criteria like teacher:student ratios. The site can be particularly helpful for families who are moving and need to evaluate several potential schools, or for all parents who are exploring different pre-college educational options for their child.
Quality Mall's "Funding News" department lets you search the most current funding opportunities by date, program title, or name of sponsor. This online resource is updated weekly with nationwide grant opportunities. You can also sign up for free Funding News E-mail alerts.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
$2.9 Million in Funding for AmeriCorps Professional Corps Programs
The Corporation for National & Community Service will offer grants of $30,000-$100,000 to support AmeriCorps Professional Corps programs that address community shortages of qualified professionals in education and related fields like health care, child development, and social work, among other issues. Eligible applicants include a wide range of nonprofit organizations and city and local government entities. Application deadline: August 17, 2004.
Barnes & Noble K-12 Grants
Through its stores, Barnes & Noble provides funding to local and regional efforts to promote literacy and the arts in K-12 education. Proposals should include a literacy or arts component that fosters both student achievement and community growth. Grant recipients must plan to promote the program with Barnes & Noble and must be willing to work with the local store(s) on in-store programming. Potential applicants should visit a store in their area to receive more information. All nonprofits supporting the arts, literacy, or K-12 education are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed on a continuing basis.
The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation: Evaluation and Replication Grants
The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation (RMYF) aims to identify and disseminate innovative and effective practices for helping underprivileged youth reach their full potential. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by offering two types of grants. Evaluation Grants fund the evaluation of innovative methods in helping youth reach their full potential. The purpose of these grants is to help identify innovative methods that are effective. Replication Grants fund the replication of methods that have demonstrated their effectiveness in helping youth to reach their full potential. The purpose of these grants is to expand the use of innovative and effective methods serving youth. Application deadline: September 1, 2004 (5:00pm EDT).
The Women Helping Others Foundation Grant
Women Helping Others supports grassroots charities and organizations serving the overlooked health, education, and social service needs of women and children in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To qualify for funding, an organization must have 501(c)(3) non-profit status and be qualified to receive deductible charitable contributions, and must have been incorporated for at least three years prior to application. Preference will be given to organizations with an operating budget of $2 million or less, those not dependent upon government grants, and those with greater organizational program costs than personnel costs. The majority of grants range from $2,500-$15,000.
Youth Leaders for Literacy Grants
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The National Education Association (NEA) will award 20 grants of $500 each to student-led initiatives through Youth Leaders for Literacy, a joint program of the NEA and Youth Service America (YSA). The program encourages and celebrates literacy service by America's young people (ages 5-21) and honors them for doing reading-related activities that benefit others. Grant applications should propose youth leadership in developing and implementing a project beginning on NEA's Read Across America Day in March and culminating on YSA's National Youth Service Day in April. Groups and individuals may apply. Application deadline: October 22, 2004. Winners will be announced in December.
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