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August 2007 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Campaign for High School Equity: Preparing Every Student for Graduation, College, Work, and Life
The Campaign for High School Equity is a coalition of national organizations representing communities of color that believe that high schools should have the capacity and motivation to prepare every student for graduation, college, work, and life. The Campaign represents Americans of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, united under the mission of raising every U.S. high school to the high level of excellence that all of the country’s youth deserve and upon which the nation’s future depends. The Alliance for Excellent Education convened and coordinates the Campaign.

Calls to Participate


State-Level Leaders: Lead a State Team for Positive Youth Development
Building Partnerships for Youth, a project of the National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona, is looking for state teams for a year-long professional development opportunity to begin in February 2008. Teams will apply Positive Youth Development concepts at the state level through interdisciplinary collaborations. If you have state-level responsibility or oversight for programs that positively impact youth, consider applying to lead a state team. Teams will include 4-6 youth and adults from state-level organizations including health, education, faith-based, and voluntary youth-serving organizations. Participants will receive travel, resources, tools, and networking opportunities. Application deadline: October 1, 2007.


Submit Comments: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has published the following request for comments in the Federal Register: Title: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR); Type of Review: Revision. Comment submission deadline: September 17, 2007.


Teachers: Apply to the 2008 Broad Superintendents Academy
The Broad Center is now accepting applications for the 2008 Broad Superintendents Academy, which trains leaders for large urban school districts. They are seeking successful educators; superintendents from rural and suburban communities; deputy, associate, and area superintendents from medium and large urban districts; executives from private school and charter school systems; senior executives from education, business, government, the military, and nonprofit organizations who have successfully managed complex organizations, overseen multimillion-dollar budgets, and led sizeable teams of people; and dynamic entrepreneurs and risk-takers who challenge the status quo. Application deadline: September 7, 2007.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Instructional Strategies  (2007)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web Topic explores strategies educators can use to teach content and skills to students. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.

Other National Resources


America’s High School Graduates: Results from the 2005 NAEP High School Transcript Study  (February 2007)
This National Center for Education Statistics report presents information about the types of courses 2005 high school graduates took during high school, how many credits they earned, and what grades they received. Information on the relationship between high school records and performance in mathematics and science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is also included. Transcripts were collected from a nationally representative sample of 26,000 high school graduates. This report compares the 2005 results to the results of earlier transcript studies, and examines differences among graduates by race/ethnicity, gender, and parent education.


At A Glance: OSEP-funded Technical Assistance Resources Related to Procedural Safeguards  (July 2007) PDF document
This document from CADRE, The Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, provides information on resources that can help states improve their performance on the dispute resolution indicators reported on the SPP/APR. Available in PDF (5 pages, 48 KB).


Career and Technical Education's Role in Dropout Prevention and Recovery
  (2007) PDF document
This issue brief from the Association for Career and Technical Education explores the critical role that career and technical education plays in dropout prevention and recovery. It argues that high quality career and technical education can help more students persist in and complete high school by 1) preparing them for the postsecondary education and training that will be critical to future economic successes, 2) increasing student engagement, 3) building positive relationships, and 4) providing innovative delivery methods. Available in PDF (8 pages, 2.6 MB).


Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change  (July 2007)
Engaging youth as partners in community change is a compelling idea, but translating it into effective practice requires focused attention to a range of issues. This Forum for Youth Investment paper looks at important but simple principles for research and practice that can help schools, youth groups, and community organizations strengthen youth leadership and youth involvement. Available in PDF (32 pages, 804 KB).


Effective College Planning: 9th Edition  (2006)
Resource Guide
The WNY Collegiate Consortium of Disability Advocates has published the ninth edition of its college planning guide for youth with disabilities. It provides technical assistance, timelines, and activities related to the transition process. It includes sections on Transition, Legal Issues, College Success, and College Search, as well as an appendix of Resources.


High School Online Databases: Exit Exams, Special Populations in High School Assessments  (2007)
Online Databases
The Education Commission of the States High School Policy Center has launched two high school online databases. The Exit Exams database examines state policies (and the rationale behind those policies) surrounding exit exams, which students in 26 states are or will be required to pass as a component of high school graduation requirements. The Special Populations in High School Assessments database examines state practices (and the rationale behind those practices) in several areas related to the inclusion of English language learners and students with disabilities in statewide high school assessments and exit exams.


IDEA 2004 Video Clips
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The U.S. Department of Education has created a series of video clips designed to make the IDEA 2004 Part B final regulations easier to navigate. Video clips are available on the following topics: Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools, Discipline, Early Intervening Services/Response To Intervention (RTI), Highly Qualified Teachers, Individualized Education Program (IEP) – Changes in Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation, Monitoring and Enforcement, National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), and Procedural Safeguards.


Kids Count 2007 Data Book Online  (July 2007)
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published its annual Kids Count Data Book. You can read it on-line or order a hard copy. Data from the Data Book are also available in an online database, “State Level Data Online”, where users can generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles; or download the entire data set as delimited text files.


Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments  (June 2007) PDF document
This booklet from the U.S. Department of Education introduces parents to the “big ideas” contained in school improvement efforts under NCLB and IDEA, and provides them with the information they need to help ensure that their children can benefit from these efforts. It also suggests sources of additional information that parents can use to help their children benefit from the nationwide education reform and accountability efforts intended to ensure high expectations for all children. Available in PDF (27 pages, 1.45 MB).


Pathways to Prevention: The Latino Male Dropout Crisis  (June 2007) PDF document
This publication from the Center for Development and Civil Rights at Arizona State University outlines the history of the issue and presents strategies to lower the Latino male dropout rate, focusing on prevention. Available in PDF (11 pages, 1.6 MB).

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Leadership in the Midst of Diversity
Teleconference Call
September 20, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
Mental health service organizations, system of care communities, family and youth organizations, and other child-serving organizations must address 1) differing perceptions of “mental health”, expectations of a “helping relationship”, language skills and preferences, and interactions between cultural identity and mental health status; and 2) the implications of the need to develop and support a multicultural/multilingual workforce. This teleconference call will provide guidance on such issues based on the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and the National Center for Cultural Competence curriculum “Leadership to Promote Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.” Participation is free, but registration is required.

First Annual International NATTAP Conference
September 26, 2007 - September 28, 2007
Columbus, OH
The objectives of this conference are to review current models of systems, best practice in research and intervention use, and methods of capacity building, all of which contribute to the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Presented by the Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP) and the Autism Society of America (ASA).

Fourth Annual High School Policy Conference: From No Child Left Behind to Every Child a Graduate
October 4, 2007 - October 5, 2007
Washington, DC
This conference, presented by the Alliance for Excellent Education, will include the following sessions: How NCLB Does Not (But Can) Address the Needs of High School Students, College and Work Readiness: Raising Standards and Improving Assessments, Accountability for What Matters: Improving High Schools, Ensuring Systemic Improvement: Turning Around Low-Performing High Schools, Improving Teacher Effectiveness in Low-Performing High Schools, and The High School of the 21st Century: Innovating for Equity and Excellence.

Leadership for Change: A Nation Without Dropouts
October 31, 2007 - November 4, 2007
Atlanta, GA
One of the most daunting challenges facing our nation’s public education system is the high school dropout rate. Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, will host this conference specifically for those engaged in youth development, education reform, and community-strengthening efforts. At the conference, experts from both inside and out of the CIS network will share ideas, celebrate successes, and find new inspiration. The conference will include content specifically designed to help practitioners and leaders from the youth development sector increase the effectiveness of their work with youth. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Autism Awareness Centre Inc.
The Autism Awareness Centre, a Canadian organization, provides information, education, and resources to families and professionals who live and work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Its Web site includes information and news about autism, where to find help in your area (including in the U.S.), a calendar of upcoming autism-related events, an autism RSS feed, and more.


Center for Universal Design in Education
The Center for Universal Design in Education (UDE) develops and collects Web-based resources to help educators apply universal design to all aspects of the educational experience: instruction, student services, information technology, and physical spaces. Its Web site includes information on universal design in general and at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels; links to projects, exhibits, and conferences on universal design; information on resources and training; and more. UDE is a project of DO-IT, University of Washington.


Described and Captioned Media Program
The Described and Captioned Media Program 1) seeks to ensure that students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind have the opportunity to achieve academically; 2) advocates for accessible media and the establishment and maintenance of quality captioning and video description by service providers; 3) maintains a collection of free-loan described and captioned educational media; 4) furnishes a clearinghouse of information and research about accessible media; 5) acts as a gateway to Web resources related to accessibility; and 6) explores and adapts new media and technologies helpful in obtaining and using available information.



AUCD Legislative News InBrief
Legislative News InBrief is the weekly public policy update of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Featuring updates on key legislation, InBrief includes everything you need to know about what’s happening in Congress on issues affecting people with disabilities and their families. InBrief is published weekly while Congress is in session and is archived on AUCD’s Web site.


Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter
An electronic publication of The Law, Health Policy & Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law and The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, The Disability Law & Policy Newsletter aims to inform disability advocates, scholars, and service providers about the most current issues in disability law, policy, research, best practices, and breaking news. It comes out every two weeks.


National Disabled Students Union Listserv
The National Disabled Students Union (NDSU; see listserv is an e-mail discussion list for students with disabilities of all ages throughout the U.S. It aims to mobilize and organize students with disabilities throughout the nation to continue the legacy of empowerment and community solidarity that began in the 1970s.


Research e-News from the Institute of Education Sciences
Research e-News from the Institute of Education Sciences, a quarterly e-newsletter, provides information on topics such as funding and training opportunities, IES-sponsored research, new publications, and education facts and figures. To subscribe, send an email to: Write in the message’s body: subscribe iesnews your name 
Example: subscribe iesnews George Washington

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


ELA Foundation Grants for Disability Arts and Advocacy
The ELA Foundation provides grants of $1,000-$5,000 to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations led by or which support adults with disabilities age 22 or older. Specifically, it supports established programs in the arts (programs that support professional artists with disabilities or encourage a professional environment while enhancing creativity among people with disabilities who are not professional artists) and in advocacy (programs that promote legislative change or provide education to enhance knowledge and action to create laws and policies that promote better lives for people with disabilities). Grantees must demonstrate support from other foundations, corporations, and individuals. Application deadline: September 15, 2007.


Grants for Global Youth Service Day Lead Agencies
Youth Service America is looking for lead agencies for National and Global Youth Service Day, April 25-27, 2008. Lead Agencies are organizations across the U.S. that increase the scope, visibility, and sustainability of National and Global Youth Service Day by leading city, regional, or statewide service projects. Past Lead Agencies have garnered national media attention, developed new partnerships, and engaged elected and public officials in their service and service-learning projects. Lead Agencies receive $2,000 planning grants sponsored by State Farm Companies Foundation, as well as direct assistance and support from Youth Service America. Application deadline: September 17, 2007.


Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
In recognition of the importance of parent involvement in education, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program funds school improvement projects initiated by parents with grants of up to $5,000. K-12 schools (including charter, parochial, private, etc.) or parent groups (associated with non-profit K-12 schools) are eligible to apply. Application deadline: October 12, 2007.


Office Depot/SHOPA 2007 Kids In Need Teacher Grants
Office Depot/SHOPA Kids In Need Teacher Grants fund projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Together, innovation and merit account for 40 percent of the evaluation. K-12 teachers are eligible to apply for grants of up to $500. Application deadline: September 30, 2007.


Pay It Forward Mini-Grants
Pay It Forward Mini-Grants fund one-time-only service-oriented projects identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community. Projects must include a “pay it forward” focus—that is, they must be based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with the results growing exponentially. K-12 youth are eligible to apply for grants of up to $500. Application deadline: October 15, 2007.


Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation Grants
The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation supports programs/partnerships that promote educational opportunities for diverse populations in the U.S. Proposals must target K-12 and college students; expose students to career opportunities; help students develop skills in new technologies; leverage teacher/administrator, parental, and community involvement; include hands-on program activities; lead to comprehensive, systemic change on a regional and/or national basis; involve collaborative partnerships; demonstrate capacity to gain continuing support; result in dissemination and replication of lessons learned; have broad and positive impact on diverse populations including women, minorities, and at-risk students; and have an evaluation component with measurable results. Application deadline: October 1, 2007.


YouthPower Grants for Service-Learning Projects Led by Youth Currently or Formerly in the Foster Care System
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Youth Service America are offering grants of up to $1,000 to support youth in foster care (ages 5-18) and youth who have recently transitioned out of foster care (ages 19-25) in planning and implementing service projects in their communities. U.S. youth-serving organizations with prior experience working with youth in the foster care system are eligible to apply. Service projects will take place as part of Global Youth Service Day, April 25-27, 2008. Projects can address any issue that youth identify as a community need. Application deadline: October 1, 2007.

Scholarships and Awards


2008 Magna Awards for School Boards
American School Board Journal (ASBJ) is accepting online nominations for the 2008 Magna Awards. Presented in cooperation with Sodexho School Services, winners of the Magna Awards receive national recognition in a special supplement to ASBJ and are honored at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference. Awards are handed out in three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,001 to 20,000 students, and more than 20,000 students. Grand prize winners in each category receive a $3,500 cash award from Sodexho. Nomination deadline: October 1, 2007.


ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Outstanding Young Educator Award nominee is an education professional, 40 or younger, who demonstrates exemplary commitment and contribution to the profession. Their creative and innovative accomplishments within their classroom, school, district, state, or region have had a significant impact on student performance and achievement and provide an ongoing model of excellence in encouraging all learners to succeed. They consistently exhibit leadership. The winner receives a check for $10,000 and is profiled in Educational Leadership magazine and honored at the next year’s ASCD Conference. Nomination deadline: October 15, 2007.


Best Buy Teach Awards
The Best Buy Teach Awards program provides gift cards to schools so they can purchase technology for their students. This year, Best Buy will present $2,000 Best Buy Teach Awards to up to 1,300 schools; $10,000 Best Buy Teach Awards to up to 50 schools; and $100,000 Best Buy Teach Awards for 8 school districts. K-12 public, private, and parochial schools using interactive technology in classrooms are eligible to apply. Applicant schools must be within 50 miles of a Best Buy store. Application deadline: September 30, 2007.


Henry B. Betts Award
The Henry B. Betts Award honors individuals whose work and scope of influence have significantly improved the quality of life for people with disabilities, and who will be a force for change in the future. Since 1989, Betts Award has been presented to individuals who have, through their work, helped lead the societal transformation that is producing better outcomes and higher expectations for the diverse groups that make up the disability community in the U.S. and around the world. Typically, one outstanding living individual is selected to receive the Award, which includes $50,000 cash. Nomination deadline: October 9, 2007.


Paul G. Hearne/AAPD Leadership Awards
The Paul G. Hearne/American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Leadership Awards program was established to identify and support emerging leaders with disabilities who will carry on the disability rights movement. Administered by AAPD and sponsored by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, the Awards will award up to two emerging leaders with disabilities $10,000 each to help them continue their growth as leaders. These individuals will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the annual spring AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC. Application deadline: September 21, 2007.

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