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September 2012 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


New Projects

 

Two New Special Education Research and Development Centers Underway

http://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/newsletters/?index=roundncser
The National Center for Special Education Research funded two $10 million Research and Development Center awards in July 2012: the Special Education Research and Development Center on Reading Instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, led by Principal Investigator Amy Lederberg and co-Principal Investigator Susan Easterbrooks (Georgia State University); and the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, led by Principal Investigator Samuel Odom and co-Principal Investigator Kara Hume (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).


Calls to Participate

 

Adolescent Siblings of Children with and without Disabilities Sought for Sibling Emotionality Survey

https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=RbeQdw
The “Sibling Emotionality Survey” seeks adolescent siblings and parents in families with two children, both adolescent, with and without disabilities, to participate in a survey of how having a brother or sister impacts adolescents, by filling out an online survey taking 15-20 minutes. One adolescent and one parent in each family will be asked to click the link and respond to questions about the respondent and his/her family.

 

Learning Disabilities Association of American Web Site Survey

http://www.ldaamerica.org/
Learning Disabilities Association of American (LDA) is in the process of updating their Web site and would like input to help them provide the information sought by visitors to the site. With this upgrade, LDA strives to make the improved site a “go-to” destination for anyone seeking general information on learning disabilities as well as advocacy legislation and other timely national and state developments.

 

Lights On Afterschool Celebration

http://tinyurl.com/9t8kmcl
On October 18, 2012, people will gather at some 7,500 sites across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide to support the afterschool programs that help working families, keep kids safe and inspire them to learn. The 13th Annual Lights On Afterschool Celebration provides an opportunity for afterschool programs to promote the benefits of engaging in high quality learning beyond the classroom. Participants are encouraged to host their own events and invite parents and community members, or work with other programs in the community to host a larger event.

 

NCDE Seeks Disability Stories on International Exchange Experiences

http://www.miusa.org/ncde/ncdenews/storiescall
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) would like to hear from people with disabilities who have studied, worked or volunteered abroad: personal stories, short videos, travel blogs, and Featured Person profile submissions. Submissions by participants with diverse disability types, including non-apparent disabilities or chronic health conditions, are encouraged. Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2012.

 

Stop Bullying Video Challenge

http://stopbullying.challenge.gov/
The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention invite youth ages 13-18 to create 30-60 second public service announcements as part of the Stop Bullying Video Challenge. Video submissions should showcase ways the youth are taking action against bullying and promoting kindness and respect within their communities. The grand prize is $2,000, and two runner-ups will each receive $500. The three winning videos will be featured on stopbullying.gov. Deadline for entries: October 14, 2012.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Assistive Technology in Action  (August 2012)
Video Series

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYmfrrY4Hfk
The Family Center on Technology and Disability and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of their new assistive technology awareness series, “Assistive Technology in Action.” Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, this fully-captioned video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home, and in the community. The first video in the series, “Meet Sam,” features Sam Graves, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successful college student, blogger, and sportsman.

 

Bright Futures Family Pocket Guide  (2012)
Guide

https://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6739/t/11331/shop/shop.jsp?storefront_KEY=347
The 2nd Edition of the “Bright Futures Family Pocket Guide” is reorganized for greater ease of use, and has updates and new information. It was developed for families by families, in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other professionals, and based on the AAP’s “Bright Futures: Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents” (3rd ed.), and provides information on: the roles families play in the health and well-being of their children; the importance of well-child visits for all children; forming partnerships with other families and with professionals to improve policies, care, services, and support for all children and families; a framework for children’s good health; child development; and links to resources and further sources of information for children's good health.

 

Building and Maintaining A Good Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher  (2010)
Article

http://www.ldonline.org/article/25155/
LD OnLine, an educational service of public television station WETA in Washington, DC, in association with the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, has made available online “Building and Maintaining A Good Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher” (2005), by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, on the importance in supporting the needs of a child with disabilities of having a strong, positive relationship with the teachers and others in education at the child’s school. The article includes tips on how to foster a sense of partnership with the teacher and administration to support a child’s education.

 

Dare to Dream  (2012)
Videos

http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/transition/video/
The New Jersey Office of Special Education has archived online the leading presentations of the 2012 regional Dare to Dream Student Leadership conferences, highlighting the importance of student self-advocacy and leadership. Each conference features presentations from students and adults with disabilities who have demonstrated self-advocacy and leadership skills, and a variety of concurrent breakout sessions on the transition and self-advocacy process. (NOTE: The video links are in Quicktime and it takes several minutes for them to download.)

 

Expanding Learning Time: Reviewing the Evidence  (August 2012)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/cmsqamy
The educational achievement and attainment of young people in the United States, especially disadvantaged children, has been a longstanding concern. Extending learning time for students (through a longer school day or year, or through offering academic services during out-of-school time) can be effective in improving educational outcomes for students. The Wallace Foundation commissioned Child Trends to review the evidence on the effectiveness of school-based and community-based extended learning time approaches. Child Trends’ report, “Expanding Time for Learning Both Inside and Outside the Classroom: A Review of the Evidence Base,” synthesizes the results, finding Extended Learning Time effective, if used well.

 

Integrated Employment Toolkit  (2012)
Toolkit

http://www.dol.gov/odep/ietoolkit/
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has developed this Integrated Employment Toolkit to provide valuable information as individuals, community employment agencies, policymakers and others pursue integrated employment as the employment goal for youth and adults with disabilities. The Toolkit offers a resources, reports, papers, policies, fact sheets, case studies, and discussion guides from a variety of sources to accommodate the full range of users and increase understanding about the value and potential of integrated employment.

 

Iris Center Education Resources  (2012)
Database

http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/resources.html
The IRIS Center provides special education resources for educators and other professionals about students with disabilities. The center’s collection of online Information Briefs has been updated and revised and many new categories are now available, including assistive technology, differentiated instruction, and reading strategies.

 

Least Restrictive Environment Applies To Transition Too  (July 2012)
Report

http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/07/10/feds-lre-transition/15988/
By law, students with disabilities are supposed to be included in general education to the greatest extent possible. Now, federal officials say the same tenet of inclusion should apply to transition as well. Informal guidance issued recently from the U.S. Department of Education and reported by “Education Week” and “Disability Scoop, The Premier Source on Developmental Disabilities News,” indicates that the requirement in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, that students be placed in the “least restrictive environment” extends beyond the confines of the classroom, and includes work placement experiences that are part of a student’s individualized education program, according to the Director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education.

 

Making the Move: Transition Strategies at California Schools with High Graduation Rates  (October 2011)
Report

http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/1197
“Making the Move: Transition Strategies at California Schools with High Graduation Rates,” a report produced by the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, American Institutes for Research, and the California Department of Education, looks at high schools with successful graduation rates to help understand how to make sure students graduate from high school and are ready for college and career. The report discusses strategies these schools use, challenges they face in achieving high graduation rates, and helping middle grades students transition to high school.

 

OJJDP Updates Statistical Briefing Book  (2012)
Report

http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has updated its Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) to include 2011 data on juvenile populations, 2010 data on victims of domestic violence, and FBI supplementary homicide reports through 2010. Data from 2010 on homicide victims and perpetrators have also been added to the Frequently Asked Questions section. The SBB offers easy access to juvenile justice information. Its data analysis tools allow users to create custom analyses of juvenile populations, arrests, court cases, and residential placement. The National Center for Juvenile Justice developed the SBB for OJJDP.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Teaching 21st-Century Skills Outside the School Day
Web-based Event
September 11, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/bsz4r6r
Innovative efforts are under way around the country to teach and engage students outside the traditional classroom using digital tools. These initiatives range from mobile gaming in after-school programs to high-tech public libraries that target youths. At the same time, needs for change in traditional definitions of schooling and learning in the new century are under discussion. This webinar, moderated by “Education Week,” will look at on-the-ground examples of these efforts and the forces behind this emergent field.

Strengthening Citywide After-School Opportunities: New Insights, New Tools
Web-based Event
September 18, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/c9vbbjs
“Strengthening Citywide After-School Opportunities: New Insights, New Tools” is the second in a free, three-part webinar series being held by The Forum for Youth Investment, in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, the NLC and Collaborative for Building After-School Systems - to share a new suite of tools commissioned by the foundation. For those looking to implement a management information system for afterschool or summer, this session introduces an in-depth report from the National League of Cities (NLC), comparing major data system vendors, with guidance from The Wallace Foundation’s recently released data tip sheets, and advice on how to replicate successful strategies from around the country.

Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults
Web-based Event
September 18, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/768212289
This webinar will report on how peer support is currently provided for youth and young adults around the United States, based on interviews conducted with peer support specialists (PSS) and their supervisors/administrators. The webinar will provide a summary of the main findings, including information about how the PSS role is defined; the nature of training, coaching and supervision; what sort of data/feedback is collected for quality assurance; and how the position is financed.

Parent-Teacher Collaboration to Drive Student Learning
Web-based Event
September 25, 2012
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM   (Pacific)
http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/e/5286?allSMU0830
Meaningful collaboration between families and schools can boost student learning. This webinar, from SchoolsMovingUp, an on-line WestEd initiative, will discuss a model of family engagement that rebuilds the way parents and teachers work together to improve the achievement of every child in the school. Advance questions can be sent to eventquestion@wested.org.

The EWIMS Process and Team Formation: The Fundamentals
Web-based Event
September 26, 2012
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/8kpeldx
The National High School Center’s Early Warning System (EWS) team will hold the first of a five-part Professional Development Training Series on September 26, 2012. Each session will highlight elements of the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring system (EWIMS) implementation process. “Training 1: The EWIMS Process and Team Formation: The Fundamentals” focus on how EWIMS supports the establishment and implementation of early warning systems (EWS) for identifying and monitoring students who are at risk for dropping out of high school, with a special emphasis on step one, “Team Formation.”

Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism

October 8, 2012 - November 19, 2012
Online Course
http://www.worksupport.com/training/webcourses/autism.cfm
“Into Adulthood: Transition to Work For Individuals with Autism” is an online course that will be offered by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, beginning on October 18, 2012. Each Monday, one of the course’s six weekly lessons will be posted and remain accessible at any time during the following week. The lessons cover two topics each week: Transition for Students with Autism, and Characteristics Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Self Determination, and Positive Behavior Supports; Developing a Transition Individualized Education Plan, and Inclusion; Teaching from the Classroom to the Community, and Life and Social Skills Development; Supporting Parents, and Adult Services; and Employment, and Post Secondary Education.

Training 2: Introduction to the New EWS Collator Tools
Web-based Event
October 10, 2012
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/8rj3l3k
“Introduction to the New EWS Collator Tools,” the second in the National High School Center’s series on the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring system (EWIMS) implementation process, will provide a demonstration of the new EWS Middle Grades and High School Collator Tools. Members of the National High School Center’s EWS Team will explain how to load the EWS Collator Tools with readily available student data, and how that data can be loaded into either the EWS Middle Grades or High School Tools.

National Symposium on Juvenile Services: Merging Juvenile Justice and Youth Development: Responding to the Needs of the Field
Conference
October 14, 2012 - October 18, 2012
Las Vegas, NV
http://www.npjs.org/symposium.php
The National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) will host its 18th National Symposium on Juvenile Services, “Merging Juvenile Justice and Youth Development: Responding to the Needs of the Field” to address topics of importance to juvenile justice practitioners, such as jurisdictional planning, juvenile probation, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and the education and health of youth in confinement.

National Dropout Prevention Network Conference
Conference
October 14, 2012 - October 17, 2012
Orlando, FL
http://tinyurl.com/bta2vsa
The 24th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, “Ignite the Potential Within Connect, Inspire, Graduate!,” will be held October 14-17, 2012, in Orlando, Florida.

Achieving Inclusion Across the Globe
Conference
October 25, 2012 - October 28, 2012
Washington, DC
http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2824
The Arc has partnered with Inclusion International, a global federation of family-based organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities worldwide Inclusion International, for the 2012 National Convention and International Forum. The event will connect with members of the intellectual and developmental disability community from across the globe and offers sessions from experts in the field, social events, networking opportunities, and The Arc’s annual business meeting.

Training 3: Effectively Using Your EWS Reports: Hints and Tips
Web-based Event
October 25, 2012
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/co55797
“Effectively Using Your EWS Reports: Hints and Tips,” the third in the National High School Center’s series on the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring system (EWIMS) implementation process, will discuss the various reports that can be run using the EWS Middle Grades and High School Tools. Members of the National High School Center's EWS Team will demonstrate how to run the reports and suggest different ways that schools and districts may use the reports to help inform their EWS decisions

State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Conference
November 29, 2012 - November 30, 2012
Fairfax, VA
http://kihd.gmu.edu/policy/conference
The 2012 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held at George Mason University’s Fairfax, VA campus. Conference themes include: (Day 1) Leadership and Sustainability, Promoting Systemic Change, Program Development and Evaluation, Transition to College; and (Day 2) Research and Evaluation, Academic, Social and Independent Living, and Employment. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

CareerOneStop Web Site

http://www.careeronestop.org/
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration has made upgrades to its suite of electronic tools for jobseekers, students, workforce professionals, and businesses. All of the tools are housed on the CareerOneStop Web site. New information on the Web site includes tips for creating portfolios, attending job fairs, searching for jobs online, and networking via social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. The site includes a Service Locator, a gateway to access state, and local resources including locations of American Job Centers.

 

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

http://aim.cast.org/
The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials Web site provides information about accessible media, policy, and practice, and about upcoming events; AIM and NIMAS tools and resources; and opportunities to collaborate with the AIM community.

 

National High School Center

http://www.betterhighschools.org
The National High School Center Web site, based at the American Institutes for Research, provides recent research, user-friendly tools and products, and technical assistance on high school improvement issues.


Listservs

 

Inclusive Schools Network Listserv

http://tinyurl.com/d6tdo2e
The Inclusive Schools Network is a listserv disseminating news and information for people interested in inclusive education.

 

New College Prep/ICI Resource

http://ici.umn.edu/collegeprep/blog.html
The Institute on Community Integration’s College Prep/ICI Web site has added a blog of tips and words of encouragement for parents and their students with disabilities who are preparing for college. CollegePrep/ICI is a service of the Institute that helps prepare individual students with disabilities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area to enter and succeed in college.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2012-2013

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
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.

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2012-2013

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
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 Discretionary Grant Application Packages

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

 

FY 2012 Discretionary Grant Application Packages

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


Additional Funding and Award Opportunities

 

AGI: A World of Change in My Community

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html
The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2012. The photography theme for this year is “Earth Science is a Big Job.” Maximum award: $300, a copy of AGI’s Faces of Earth DVD, and winner’s photograph on the Earth Science Week Web site. Eligibility: interested residents of the United States of any age. Deadline: October 19, 2012.

 

EarthEcho International and NEA Foundation Invite Applications for Water Planet Challenge Grants

http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/nea-foundation-earthecho-grants/
A collaborative effort between EarthEcho International and the NEA Foundation, the Water Planet Challenge grant program supports student service-learning programs designed to help improve the health of our water planet. Grants of $2,000 are available to middle and high school educators for programs using EarthEcho’s Water Planet Challenge Action Guides to involve their students in environmental awareness and conservation of water resources. The Water Planet Challenge Grants are available as NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants to middle and high school public educators. Interested applicants must cite specifically how they are using EarthEcho’s Water Planet Challenge Action Guides in the classroom with students. From conserving energy and improving the quality of drinking water to understanding the impact of the Gulf Oil spill, the Water Planet Challenge’s collection of action guides, videos, lesson plans, and service-learning materials is intended to help educators connect with students and jumpstart student awareness and involvement in effecting change. Deadline: October 15, 2012.

 

FirstEnergy Accepting STEM Grant Applications From Educators

https://www.firstenergycorp.com/community/education/educational_grants.html
FirstEnergy Corporation is offering education grants of up to $500 for creative classroom projects planned for the 2012-2013 school year. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Classroom Grants are awarded for creative, individual classroom projects for grades pre-kindergarten through 12 and are available to educators and youth group leaders located in communities served by FirstEnergy’s 10 electric operating companies, or in communities where the company has generating plants or does business. FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems. Deadline for STEM grant applications: submitted by September 17, 2012. Grants will be awarded based on the recommendations of the FirstEnergy Education.

 

Kids Count Infographic Challenge

http://sparkaction.org/info-challenge
The Kids Count Infographic Challenge is a crowd-sourced competition for young people and adults to use Kids Count data to illustrate the story of America’s children. To enter, an applicant should” visit the Kids Count Data Center and find national trends on topics like education, health, and economic security, or data that offer insight into the state or community; turn the data into a compelling infographic or image; upload the infographic (or video) to the Challenge platform; and share it with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, asking them to vote for the entry. The winners, chosen by their networks, will receive a new laptop with graphics suite. Deadline: September 30, 2012.

 

Lexus/Scholastic: Eco Challenge

http://www.scholastic.com/lexus/
The Lexus Eco Challenge is a program designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Maximum award: $30,000 in scholarships and grants. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of 5-10 students and one teacher advisor. Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water) – September 24, 2012; Challenge Two (Air/Climate) – October 29, 2012.

 

National Science Teachers Association Accepting Entries for Shell Science Lab Challenge

http://www.nsta.org/shellsciencelab/
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), with support from Shell Oil Company, is accepting entries for the third annual Shell Science Lab Challenge. The challenge invites middle and high school science teachers (grades 6-12) in the United States and Canada (with special attention to urban and underrepresented groups) to illustrate replicable approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. Fifty-four regional finalists will be selected and asked to create a short video that displays the school’s current science laboratory facilities and explains how winning equipment and resources would make a difference in their science teaching and their students’ learning experience. The judging panel will select 18 regional winners, then five national finalists, and then a grand-prize winner. More than $90,000 in lab makeover prizes will be awarded to the 18 winning schools. Winners will receive science lab equipment, cash grants, membership in NSTA, and support to attend NSTA conferences on science education. Deadline: November 12, 2012.

 

National Science Teachers Association Invites Applications for Shell Science Teaching Award

http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx#shell
A partnership between Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association, the Shell Science Teaching Award recognizes one outstanding classroom teacher (grades K-12) who has had an impact on his or her students, school, and the community through exemplary science teaching. Nominees must be classroom teachers whose responsibilities include teaching science, must have a minimum of eight years of experience (not including the current school year) as a teacher of science, and must teach in a private or public school in the United States, U.S. Territories, Department of Defense schools, or in Canada. The honoree will receive $10,000. The recipient and the two finalists will each receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Deadline: November 12, 2012.

 

NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants

http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/Learning&Leadership_Guidelines.htm
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Eligibility: public schoolteachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2012.

 

NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants

http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/StudentAchievement_Guidelines.htm
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provide funds to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem-solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2012.

 

Nestlé Very Best in Youth Program Accepting Applications for 2013 Community Service Awards

http://verybestinyouth.nestleusa.com/public/default.aspx
The biennial Nestlé Very Best in Youth program was created to spotlight the best in youth leadership by identifying and honoring teenagers in the United States whose community service efforts are making a difference in the lives of others. Nestlé seeks to help these young people make a difference by donating $1,000 in the name of each winner to the charity of his or her choice. Nestlé also awards the winner a trip to Los Angeles, California, for the Very Best in Youth awards ceremony. Contestants must be between 14-18 years of age and be legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. Contestants must demonstrate good citizenship, a strong academic record, and be able to demonstrate how they have made a special contribution to their school, church, or community. Deadline: November 8, 2012.

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