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September 2009 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


PACER Center Launches National Teen Bullying Prevention Web Site was launched by the PACER Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention to serve as a bullying prevention resource where teens can become a powerful part of the movement to end bullying. Through the use of videos, blogs, and social networking, the site’s resounding message is “the end of bullying begins with you.”

Legislative Announcements


White House Pledges $5 Billion to Encourage Innovations in Education
The Obama administration has committed $5 billion in federal funds for those state governments which support the administration’s ideas for reform within our nation’s schools. The money granted will be from the Race to the Top Fund included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year. Grants from the from the fund will be used to encourage education reforms, with a focus on the development of tougher academic standards, more effective ways to recruit and keep teachers, tracking student performance, and developing plans of action for failing schools.

Calls to Participate


Leadership for Excellence and Equity Forum
The 2010 Equity Alliance forum “Reinvesting Equity: Building Bridges and Tearing Down Walls,” will take place February 16-17 in Phoenix, Arizona. This forum will provide the opportunity for several potential areas of focus, including civil and educational rights, disproportionality in special education, school-family partnerships, organizing schools for inclusive education, and more. Session proposals that cover the range of expertise from presentations of research to presentations of promising practices are welcome. Proposals can be for presentation/discussions, workshops, panels, and roundtables. Deadline for proposals: November 15, 5:00 pm.


Tenth Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, & Disability: Future History
The Tenth Annual Multiple Perspectives conference will be held April 27-28, 2010, at Ohio State’s Columbus Campus, and this year’s theme, “Future History,” encourages reflection by celebrating themes from past conferences. Proposals for the conference should incorporate one of the themes from past years. The deadline for proposals is November 7, 2009.


Twenty-First Annual National Service-Learning Conference
The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) invites proposals for workshops at the 21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference, to be held March 24-27, 2010 in San Jose, CA. NYLC is looking for workshops that provide service-learning practitioners ideas that will provide Inspiration to the field; spark Imagination; and bring about new and bold Innovations. All proposals must be submitted online by midnight CDT on September 25, 2009.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Mentoring Youth in Transition  (2009)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web Topic explores how mentoring provided to youth by caring adults can help youth and adults with professional development, growth, and support, and how it can benefit the overall community. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.

Other National Resources


CADRE’s Effective IEP Meetings: Tested Tips  (May 2009) PDF document
Fact Sheet
This document from CADRE offers suggestions for convening successful IEP meetings. It includes preparation tips for parents and educators and addresses such topics as: What IEP/IFSP Conveners Can Do (Pre-Meeting), What IEP/IFSP Conveners Can Do (During Meeting), and What IEP/IFSP Conveners Can Do (Post-Meeting). Available in pdf (47 KB, 2 pp).


Equity in Action: Professional Learning for Culturally Responsive Teaching  (August 2009)
Professional Learning for Culturally Responsive Teaching, The Equity Alliance at ASU’s newest publication, includes key principles to guide development and implementation of professional learning. This publication also presents several research-based examples of practice that demonstrate educators’ engagement in professional learning that results in the improvement of students’ academic and social outcomes.


Graduating America: Meeting the Challenge of Low Graduation-Rate High Schools  (July 2009)
This report from Jobs for the Future provides tools to examine the characteristics of schools, districts, and states, which will assist in making certain approaches more likely to succeed in certain places. Through this sort of analysis, states and nations will be able to identify reform opportunities, and they can target human, financial, and knowledge resources to where they are most needed and will do the most good.


Implementing High-Quality Youth Programs  (July 2009)
Research Briefs
Three new research briefs from Child Trends focus on research findings on the implementation of high quality out-of-school time programs. How Program Administrators Can Support Out-Of-School Time Staff centers on effective stratifies for facilitative administration in out-of-school time programs. Building Systems-Level Partnerships links research findings to effective strategies for building systems-level partnerships in out-of-school time programs. Data-Driven Decision Making in Out-Of-School Time Programs offers recommendations and action steps to support the use of high-quality data to inform the implementation of evidence-based practices.


Leveraging the Indicators of College and Career Readiness  (June 2009) PDF document
Policy Brief
This Alliance for Excellent Education Policy Brief examines the research on a number of high school performance indicators which have emerged as being predictive of high school graduation and college career readiness. The intention of the brief is to recommend that federal policymakers establish graduation and college and career readiness as the goal for all students and high schools through various courses of action.


Professional Learning for Equity Module  (August 2009)
PowerPoint presentations, handouts, facilitator ma
This new publication from the Equity Alliance at ASU seeks to address the meaning behind inclusive education. The Equity Alliance guides participants through an exploration of inclusive education systems, schools, and classrooms which will eventually allow them to construct their own model. Downloadable materials include PowerPoint presentations, participant handouts, and facilitator manuals.


Raising Rigor, Getting Results: Lessons Learned from AP Expansion  (August 2009) PDF document
The National Governor’s Association (NGA) has released a new report which details the results from the Advanced Placement Expansion Project. This project was a large-scale initiative launched in 2005 to “redesign the American high school” in 51 pilot high schools in rural and urban school districts serving minority and low-income students. The report indicates that the number of minority and low-income students taking AP courses more than doubled, and scores of 3 or more (out of 5) accelerated from year to year at a rate higher than the national average. Available in pdf (1.6 MB, 24 pp).


Student-Led Solutions to the Nation’s Dropout Crisis  (November 2008) PDF document
“Student-Led Solutions to the Nation’s Dropout Crisis,” a report by Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), used participatory action research and student site visits to successful schools to engage youth in examining the dropout issue and recommending changes in policy and practice that improve the quality of education for all students. Available in pdf (12.6 MB, 31 pp).

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What's Happening

Other National Events


The Way to Work: How to Facilitate Work Experiences for Youth in Transition
Web-based Event
September 23, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
The first of several webinars presented by Transcen Online-Planning for Work Experiences and Jobs will address the most effective ways to help youth plan for successful work experiences and jobs. Participants will learn the essential strategies to guide youth to relevant work experiences, how to use a positive profile of the youth to identify potential work experiences and how to develop and effective job search plan.

enABLED in Emergencies Conference
September 29, 2009 - September 30, 2009
Philadelphia, PA
In recognition of National Preparedness Month, enableUS and the National Organization on Disability's Emergency Preparedness Initiative will be hosting the enABLED in Emergencies Conference. The two day conference will have public and private sector officials, who will discuss the latest issues related to responding to people with disabilities or special needs in times of an emergency and will seek to merge assistance principles with real world examples which assist in addressing vulnerable populations when a disaster strikes.

Sixth Annual Youth Service Institute
October 7, 2009 - October 9, 2009
Washington, DC
Youth Service America and others interested in the youth service movement will meet for training, to share stories, and to network with peers, building their capacity to develop effective programs and increase the number of community minded youth.

Representing America’s Youth: Transforming the Field of Juvenile Services
October 11, 2009 - October 14, 2009
Indianapolis, IN
National Symposium training, focus groups and policy discussions will be led by nationally recognized individuals at the federal, state, local, organizational and private sector level(s). Workshop training will address topics related to: Juvenile Detention & Corrections, Education of Youth in Confinement, Community-Based & Residential Care, Presentation Skills & Training Techniques and much more.

At+Promise Conference: "Transforming At-Risk to At-Promise"
February 19, 2010 - February 21, 2010
San Diego, CA
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Get Wired!

Web Sites


Helping Educators Improve Learning in Diverse Classrooms
As part of an effort to improve the teaching of students of color, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program has launched a new online initiative. The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative (TDSi) offers interactive multimedia tools to help educators improve learning opportunities and outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse students. TDSi's resources include learning activities, case studies, video of effective practice, reports and articles, and video commentary by leading researchers. School districts interested in working with TDSi should contact Michelle Garcia at The research-based tools of TDSi are available free of charge.


Humboldt County Office of Education/Regional Occupation Program’s Web Resource for Students in Transition
The Humboldt County Office of Education/Regional Occupation Program has produced an interactive web-based resource for students transitioning through high school to adult life. The Personal Data Wizard is an individual career portfolio and transition-planning program. A student can login to a secure personal site for the following activities and resources.



Prove Them Wrong Ezine
The Prove Them Wrong Ezine is a free electronic newsletter published two to four times a month. It offers tips and tools for succeeding with a disability. The mission of Prove Them Wrong is to provide evidence that people with disabilities can achieve their life's dreams and goals.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


FY 2009-2010 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


FY 2009-2010 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


American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Announces the Creation of the 2009 AAHD Scholarship Program
The AAHD Scholarship will provide support for students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Those who are pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion, or disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research will be given preference. Please, visit the above website to download the application.


American School Board Journal: Magna Awards
The American School Board Journal’s 16th annual Magna Awards honor outstanding programs, which have been developed or supported by school boards that showcase school district leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement. Maximum award: $4,000. All nominations are judged on three enrollment categories (under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment) with a grand prizewinner in each category. Eligibility: local school boards. Deadline: October 31, 2009.


Applications Invited for State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants Program
Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada, which sponsor student-led service learning projects on environmental, societal, or financial issues within higher education. Grants will be awarded to those projects that address the issues of environmental responsibility, natural and societal disaster preparedness, driver safety, financial education, and accessing higher education. Deadline: October 2, 2009.


CVS Caremark Community Grants Program Accepting Grant Applications for Programs Serving Children With Disabilities and the Uninsured
The CVS Caremark Community Grants Program seeks to provide support to community organizations and public schools in states where CVS stores are located. The program will award funds to nonprofit organizations working to provide disabled children and youth (under age 21) with health and rehabilitation services and/or programs, which enable and encourage physical movement and play. The program will also award grants to public schools that promote a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs for children with disabilities. Deadline: October 31, 2009


High School Students Invited to Submit Entries for Green Your School Contest
Awards of up to $5,000 will be given to high schools whose students have designed projects to improve, restore, beautify, or conserve their school environment. The Green Your School Contest is a national competition that aims to stimulate and identify conservation service projects designed by high school students that improve, restore, beautify, or conserve their high school environment. To be eligible projects must have been begun after August 1, 2008. Deadline: October 9, 2009


Lowe's Toolbox for Education Accepting Applications for K-12 Public School Projects
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and schools working to provide disabled children and youth under age 21 with health and rehabilitation programs and active play opportunities alongside their non-disabled peers. Lowe’s will donate $5 million to U.S. public schools and public school teacher groups at more then one thousand public schools. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored. Deadline: October 16, 2009


National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Picturing America School Collaboration Projects Grant Opportunity
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to collaborative projects between humanities scholars and educators to develop K-12 coursework related to American art. The Picturing America school Collaboration Projects grant is designed to help teachers and librarians form connections between Picturing America images and coursework within the schools core curriculum. Picturing America is part of the “We the People Program”. Deadline: October 7, 2009.


Project Learning Tree: GreenWorks! Grants
Project Learning Tree (PLT) GreenWorks! grants engage PLT educators and their students along with their community through “learn-by-doing” projects that involve student leadership, service learning and community participation. Projects must be youth planned and executed as well as involve at least one community partner such as a local organization or business and must obtain 50% matching funds. Maximum award: $5,000. Deadline: October 31, 2009


Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Invites Students and Teachers to Address Environmental Issues
Students and teachers in grades K-8 will be awarded grants and publicity for their solutions to classroom environmental issues. Grades K to second will seek to create solutions to environmental issues in their classroom, grades third to fifth in their school and grades six to eight in their community. Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, trips, TV appearances, and more. Deadline: Elementary-level entries is January 31, 2010; the deadline for middle-school entries is March 15, 2010.

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