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September 2013 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


New Projects

 

Community Summits Announced

http://tinyurl.com/ltdaz9k
America's Promise Alliance this week announced the start of its Grad Nation Community Summits initiative. The 100 summits will be held across the country over the next four years, beginning next week in St. Louis, Mo., and continuing with 14 more by the end of the year.


Calls to Participate

 

NYLC/YSA’s National Service-Learning Conference Call for Proposals

http://www.nylc.org/national-service-learning-conference
The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) and Youth Service America (YSA) request proposals for workshops and the service-learning showcase at the 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference® and 26th Annual Global Youth Service Day. Workshops provide professional development opportunities for youth and adults alike. Deadline for proposals: September 27, 2013.

 

School Safety Advocacy Council’s Conference on Bullying Seeks Presenters

http://tinyurl.com/nfzy4z9
The School Safety Advocacy Council’s Annual National Conference on Bullying will be held February 26-28, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. The School Safety Advocacy Council is searching for exceptional presenters to explore best practices and cutting-edge issues dealing with bullying and the influence it has on the healthy academic, social, and emotional development of children and youth. Presenters will reach a national audience of practitioners, educators, administrators, counselors and policy makers who are committed to helping young people flourish both in and out of school. Deadline for proposals: October 11, 2013.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

A Parent’s Guide to 21st-Century Learning  (2013)
Guide

http://tinyurl.com/k4m58ch
“A Parent’s Guide to 21st-Century Learning” offers grade-specific resources to help parents nurture 21st-century skills at home. It discusses tools and techniques today’s teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow – and how parents can get involved. It explores what collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking should look like in a modern classroom and how parents can help educators accomplish their goals. The Guide is also available in Spanish.

 

Alliance for Excellent Education Webinar: Digital Strategies for Literacy, Making Room for What Works  (August 2013)
Archived Webinar

http://media.all4ed.org/webinar-aug-21-2013
On August 21, 2013, the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar on the power of digital collaborations among educators across subject areas to improve student literacy. The webinar discussed the Literacy in Learning Exchange and how it is connecting teachers and school leaders with their colleagues across the country, allowing them to share information and improve their practice; and other efforts in the development of other professional communities of practice.

 

Alliance for Excellent Education Webinar: The Nation’s Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012  (August 2013)
Archived Webinar

http://media.all4ed.org/webinar-aug-7-2013
The Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a webinar recently on the results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessments in reading and mathematics that compared students’ performance in 2012 in reading and mathematics over the past forty years at ages nine, thirteen, and seventeen. The webinar discussed key findings from the NAEP long-term trends assessments; what must be done to ensure students are ready for college and a career; and how the nation can accelerate the rate of improvement and close achievement gaps.

 

An Overview of NAEP  (2013) PDF document
Brochure

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/subject/_commonobjects/pdf/2013455.pdf
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released “An Overview of NAEP.” This brochure provides an overview of The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subjects. The brochure covers what NAEP is, how it differs from state assessments, and how it uses technology to measure and report students’ skills. Available in pdf (1.46 MB, 3 pp).

 

Are Personalized Learning Environments the Next Wave of K-12 Education Reform?  (August 2013)
Issue Paper

http://www.air.org/reports-products/index.cfm?fa=viewContent&content_id=2721
“Are Personalized Learning Environments the Next Wave of K-12 Education Reform?” is an issue paper from American Institutes for Research (AIR). It examines 16 successful applications from the first round of Race to the Top District (RTT-D) awards, analyzing the four main activities that emerged as central components of the 16 RTT-D grant applications: creating and implementing blended learning environments; developing and using individualized college and career readiness learning plans; implementing competency-based models to support and accelerate students’ progress through their learning plans; and engaging and empowering key stakeholder groups, including teachers, parents, and the broader community in the process of ensuring student success. It also identifies trends and lessons learned from these pioneering grantees’ efforts to implement and scale teaching and learning innovations.

 

Climate Change: Creating an Integrated Framework for Improving School Climate  (August 2013)
Report

http://all4ed.org/reports-factsheets/climatechange1/
“Climate Change: Creating an Integrated Framework for Improving School Climate,” from the Alliance for Excellent Education, reports that schools that struggle most with providing a positive school climate more often disproportionately serve students of color and low-income students; and confirms that students of color and students from low-income families are less likely to have access to rigorous course work and experienced teachers, and are more likely to be suspended than their white and wealthier peers. It is the first in a series analyzing data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’s Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) to determine how this data can be used to support effective secondary school reform, with a particular focus on the nation’s lowest-performing secondary schools.

 

Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges  (August 2013)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/l6btl5r
“Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges,” from the Alliance for Excellent Education in conjunction with Mozilla, reports that Digital badges offer students the opportunity to pave their own learning pathways and allow employers to verify necessary workforce skills. Digital badges are defined as “credentials that represent skills, interests, and achievements earned by an individual through specific projects, programs, courses, or other activities.” A credible badge stores information online through a digital hyperlink about the associated skills, as well as what projects and tasks the badge holder completed to obtain it. The badges can be used to improve student learning and outcomes, and to expand vocational and interest-based skills for learners of all ages.

 

Improving Post-High School Outcomes for Transition-Age Students with Disabilities: An Evidence Review  (August 2013)
Report

http://ies.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=NCEE20134011
“Improving Post-High School Outcomes for Transition-Age Students with Disabilities: An Evidence Review,” from The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE), finds that few strategies have strong evidence they make a difference in students’ postsecondary employment, education, independent living, and training. A review of transition research studies from the last two decades find that relatively few studies met the What Works Clearinghouse standards of evidence. Sixteen of the 43 studies met the WWC standards and provide support for two program approaches. Community-based work programs were found to have mixed effects on students' employment outcomes and potentially positive effects on postsecondary education outcomes. Functional life skills development programs were found to have potentially positive effects on independent living outcomes.

 

Keeping Kids in School: At a Glance  (2013)
Web page

http://tinyurl.com/omnf4am
In recent years, states have focused much attention on student achievement, but little on how many students ultimately leave school with a diploma in hand. This is changing: Nearly every governor has pledged to develop tougher ways to measure graduation rates at the same time that the No Child Left Behind Act has begun requiring states to hold schools and districts accountable for the results. This web page offers information from the Center for Public Education on keeping students in school and lessons for districts tackling the dropout problem.

 

New Tools Available to Help Students Prepare for College and Careers  (2013)
Tools

http://www.ccrscenter.org/
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) has developed a variety of new research-based tools and issue briefs to help schools, school districts, and states address key CCRS needs to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, are college and career ready. The Center provides a range of services and develops new resources as an independent and objective technical assistance hub funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Attendance Awareness Month Resource Page
Web-based Event
September 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013
http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/rs/28570?SMUpdate0813
WestEd’s Schools Moving Up website offers materials under the Attendance Awareness Month tab on its website to help educators and others interested leverage the beginning of the school year to set positive norms for attendance and to launch Attendance Awareness Month in their communities.

Comprehensive High School Reform Within a Race to the Top: District Application
Web-based Event
September 12, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://media.all4ed.org/registration-sep-12-2013
The Alliance for Excellent Education’s webinar “Toward Comprehensive High School Reform Within a Race to the Top: District Application ” will discuss the second round of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top–District (RTT-D) competition. This competitive grant program asks applicants to provide a model for reform focused on personalization and creation of a student-centered learning environment that strengthens deeper learning competencies. Three representatives from school districts that received RTT-D grants will discuss how they are using RTT-D funding to advance their reform agenda and personalize learning for their students, particularly for high schools. Panelists will discuss their vision for reform, how they were able to capture it within their application, and how they created a plan for implementation.

Motivating the Reluctant Learner
Web-based Event
September 12, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://eventcallregistration.com/reg/index.jsp?cid=37425t11
“Motivating the Reluctant Learner” is a webinar is for teachers, principals, and administrators who seek to increase engagement among high school students across a variety of subject areas. New ideas for engaging students in their academic journey and the importance of intrinsic motivation for at-risk students’ academic achievement will be discussed, and participants will explore simple and effective ways to help students develop a growth mindset. Examples of ways to motivate students by finding the adventure in learning, promoting choice and control within the classroom, leveraging newer technologies, and setting students’ own goals for learning and achieving will be included, identifying short-term steps that can be taken immediately, next week, and next month.

Toward Smarter State School Attendance Policies: Common-Sense Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism
Web-based Event
September 16, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
https://all4ed.webex.com/all4ed/onstage/g.php?d=666978763&t=a
“Toward Smarter State School Attendance Policies: Common-Sense Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism” is a webex meeting to be held by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Attendance Works, and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) September 16, 2013. The meeting will examine the roles state action and policy play in ensuring students are attending school.

Deciphering the Tests
Web-based Event
October 1, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM   (Central)
http://www.eventbrite.com/org/3308301128?s=16447571
The “Deciphering the Tests” webinar from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) webinar will discuss how information provided in tests and assessments is invaluable in determining an LD learner’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and helps inform the best approaches to the child’s education. The presentation will review what tests commonly are used to assess learning difficulties, what they mean and how parents and educators can utilize them to develop effective plans for special education.

Moving Research to Practice: Lessons Learned Regarding Meaningful Home-School Collaboration
Web-based Event
October 2, 2013
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/muellerwebinar.cfm
IDEA provisions for parent participation envision meaningful parent-school collaboration that could ultimately lead to positive student outcomes. This partnership requires hard work and commitment. Recent research has identified a number of effective, cost-efficient, and meaningful strategies that can promote meaningful parent-school partnerships through both conflict prevention and appropriate dispute resolution practices. The “Moving Research to Practice: Lessons Learned Regarding Meaningful Home-School Collaboration” webinar will explore the past and future direction for fostering parent-school partnerships when faced with the potential for conflict. Research about issues and trends in conflict between the home and school, lessons learned, and practical strategies to promote meaningful parent-school collaboration will be presented.

Check & Connect Comprehensive Implementation Training

October 7, 2013 - October 8, 2013
Training
Los Alamitos, CA
http://checkandconnect.umn.edu/training_consultation/compimplementation_CA.html
This 2-day Check & Connect session is a comprehensive training designed for education administrators, lead staff, site coordinators, and mentors to begin the process of implementing Check & Connect, a comprehensive student engagement and dropout prevention intervention, at their site. The training provides participants with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background; information about how to prepare their site to implement Check & Connect; and the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor. Deadline for registration: October 2, 2013.

The Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back
Conference
October 21, 2013 - October 22, 2013
Seattle, WA
http://tinyurl.com/mscfjqu
“The Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back” conference brings together afterschool and youth development professionals, school leaders, funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and business leaders from across the country. The conference focuses on research, cutting-edge resources and strategies to strengthen youth services both in and out of school. This year's theme: Illuminating Possibilities for All Youth. Breakout sessions topics include expanded learning, family engagement, policies and systems, program quality, social-emotional development and summer learning.

40th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education
Conference
November 7, 2013 - November 9, 2013
Minneapolis, MN
http://www.nylc.org/events/40th-annual-conference-middle-level-education
The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) will present its Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, on service-learning as an effective strategy for STEM education at the Association for Middle Level Education in Minneapolis, MN.

Inclusive Higher Education: Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes
Conference
November 16, 2013 - November 17, 2013
Washington, DC
http://www.aucd.org/template/event.cfm?event_id=4174
The “Inclusive Higher Education: Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes” event will feature both general and concurrent sessions on topics such as Current Strategies, Lessons Learned, Policy and Legislation, Funding, etc. This event is held in conjunction with the AUCD 2013 Conference. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

http://casel.org/
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) website works to establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education.

 

Edutopia

http://www.edutopia.org/
Edutopia, from the George Lucas Educational Foundation, is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process, and to inspiring, informing and accelerating positive change in schools and districts by shining a spotlight on evidence-based strategies and best practices that improve learning and engagement for students.

 

WestEd Website on Research-Based Services and Resources for Education

http://www.wested.org/
WestEd’s new website offers easier access to research-based services and resources for education. It features: new navigation built around the topics that interest educators and practitioners, mobile- and tablet-friendly interface, and improved bookstore with personal accounts and mobile e-commerce.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 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 2014 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 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 2014 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 2013 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 2013 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

 

National Art Education Foundation Seeks Applications for 2013 Art Educator Grants

http://www.arteducators.org/grants/national-art-education-foundation
The National Art Education Foundation (NAEF), the charitable arm of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), supports efforts to represent the teachers of art in America; improve conditions for and promote the teaching of art; encourage research and experimentation in art education; sponsor institutes, conferences, and programs on art education; and publish articles, reports, and surveys about art. NAEF is offering several funding opportunities through its Fall 2013 grant cycle. NAEF annually invites applications for the Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants to qualified art educators with proposals to support the improvement of the teaching of art; Mary McMullan Grants to projects that promote arts education as an integral part of the curriculum; NAEF Research Grants in support of research that advances knowledge in the arts education field; SHIP Grants to arts educators seeking equipment and/or instructional resources needed to advance student learning related to the National Visual Arts Standards; and Teacher Incentive Grants to individual art educators to attend training and education programs that for improving the teaching of art. Grants range from $500 to $10,000 depending on the grant category. Grants are made only to NAEA members (including student and retired members), state/province associations, and recognized NAEA affiliates. Deadline: October 1, 2013.

 

NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants and Student Achievement Grants

http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/grants-to-educators/
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 school teachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. 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 for both Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement applications: October 15, 2013.

 

Right Turn

http://rightturn.iel.org/
Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn), a project of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), provides individualized education, training, and workforce development opportunities to juvenile offenders, ages 14 and up, who are returning to or currently residing in high-poverty, high-crime communities. Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, Right Turn is currently seeking applicants to implement this initiative. Right Turn engages youth in a three-phase career development process that includes self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management. Sites will be awarded $290,000 per year for the two years of youth programming. In addition, site's staff time and administrative costs will be paid at a pro-rated amount for the 3-month planning and 9-month follow-up periods. Deadline for both applications: September 23, 2013.

 

Target Field Trip Grants

https://targetfieldtripgrants.target.com/
Target Field Trip Grants fund scholastic outings for visits to art, science, and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities, and other events or activities away from a school facility. Funds can cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Maximum award: $700. Eligibility: teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff in K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. Deadline: October 1, 2013.

 

William T. Grant Foundation Invites Applications for Youth Social Setting Research Projects

http://www.wtgrantfoundation.org/funding_opportunities/how_to_apply/social-settings
The William T. Grant Foundation invites applications for Youth Social Setting Research Projects. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 will be awarded to support research designed to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. Social settings are defined as the social environments in which youth experience daily life. These include environments with clear boundaries such as classrooms, schools, and youth-serving organizations, and those with less prescribed boundaries such as neighborhoods or other settings in which youth interact with peers, family members, and other adults. Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: January 8, 2014.

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