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- What's Happening: Upcoming NCSET and other national events.
- Get Wired!: Web sites and listservs.
- Funding Forecast: Federal and other grant opportunities, as well as funding resources.
The latest news and information from around the country.
Institute of Education Sciences Funding Opportunities Webinars
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences will host a series of funding opportunities webinars in May-July 2013. These webinars will focus on a wide range of topics for applicants to the FY 2014 grant programs, including the application process, grant writing, and overviews of specific funding opportunities. Full descriptions of the webinars are available and registration is now open. Registration will begin May 10. The first webinar in the series, “First Impressions: How to Win Grants and Influence Your Research Career,” will examine how to write grants and will be held May 23, 2013, 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern. See the website for other topics and dates.
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Calls to Participate
Youth Service America Seeks Applications for Youth Ambassador Program
Youth Service America, in partnership with the Festival of Children Foundation, is accepting applications for the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador program, an initiative to help young people ages 16-22 address critical issues facing youth in the United States. Each Ambassador will receive support, advocacy training in the nation’s capital, and planning-guidance for their respective service projects. Fifty-one youth ambassadors will be selected, one per state and the District of Columbia, to join a national network of young people who will use their collective voice in service to other youth. Each Ambassador will receive a $1,000 grant and be flown to Washington, DC, for a training program. Ambassadors will receive ongoing networking opportunities with other youth ambassadors across the country, as well as ongoing training and mobilization resources to help advance participants’ service initiatives.
Applicants must be between 16-22 years old, reside in the US, be able to attend a training in Washington, DC, in September and participate in Global Youth Service Day (April 11-13, 2014), and collaborate with a sponsoring organization or school. Deadline for applications: June 16, 2013.
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The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
Count Us In!
The Count Us In! toolkit from Attendance Works, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and Points of Light, offers talking points on the importance of good attendance, templates of proclamations and news releases, ideas for engaging students and parents, and advice for tracking data to identify and intervene with chronically absent kids.
Helping Students with Disabilities Transition to College and Careers
The American Youth Policy Forum has archived its webinar, “Helping Students with Disabilities Transition to College and Careers.” High quality transition services are important in preparing students with disabilities for college, careers, and other positive post-school outcomes. The webinar highlighted research, policies, and programs that have helped students with disabilities transition successfully.
How Career and Technical Education Can Help Students Be College and Career Ready: A Primer
“How Career and Technical Education Can Help Students Be College and Career Ready: A Primer” is a Policy Brief issued by the College and Career Readiness and Success Center at the American Institutes for Research that provides an overview of the evolution of career and technical education (CTE) in the U.S. and highlights issues CTE faces in the field that must be overcome for it to become a major, wide-reaching strategy for preparing students for postsecondary success. The national commitment to graduate more students from high school prepared to face postsecondary challenges needs schools to improve CTE, to ensure that students have access to high-quality pathways to success.
NCWD/Youth State Perspectives on Using the Guideposts for Success – Maryland
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has released the Maryland “Youth State Perspectives on Using the Guideposts for Success,” one of two publications illustrating how state agencies can use the Guideposts for Success as a strategic organizational framework to increase coordination across agencies, departments, and service providers responsible for youth transition outcomes. In Maryland, the Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services has used the Guideposts to develop and pilot a transition services model called the Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative (MSTC).
NCWD/Youth State Perspectives on Using the Guideposts for Success – South Carolina
The National Collaborative Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has released the South Carolina “Youth State Perspectives on Using the Guideposts for Success,” one of two publications illustrating how state agencies can use the Guideposts for Success as a strategic organizational framework to increase coordination across agencies, departments, and service providers responsible for youth transition outcomes. The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) uses the Guideposts as a framework for defining, developing, and tracking its youth transition services and programs throughout the state.
Student Interventions: One Size Does Not Fit All
In student interventions it is important to consider the categories of students who need intervention. This step is often missed in improving a school-wide academic intervention system. For example, having a mandatory lunchtime homework catch-up assumes that all students identified for the intervention are unmotivated (and have a place at home to do homework), but can actually do the work. Some students may be high-needs academically even though motivated, or both high-needs and unmotivated. Some may not have a home environment conducive to studying and completing homework. An individual teacher may need help from a team of teachers and/or from the principal to intervene effectively. The intervention designed should reflect these different needs.
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Other National Events
The Future of Assessment in Education: Implications for Practice
May 8, 2013
No Location Specified
The Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education, a panel of experts in testing, education practice, and policy, chaired by psychologist Edmund W. Gordon, issued a report in March that calls for transforming assessment to better support teaching and learning by measuring a broader set of knowledge and skills and by identifying how students think, not just documenting what they know and can do. In this webinar, the first of two that will examine the Gordon Commission’s findings and their implications, panelists will explore what these findings suggest for classroom and school practice, including implications for schools and school districts, and for teachers and teacher education.
Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: What the Future Holds
May 20, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Central)
“Postsecondary Education (PSE) for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID): What the Future Holds,” the last in a series of six “Think College!” webinars, will discusses some of the next generation of issues likely to result from the increased demand for and supply of PSE options for students with ID. It will highlight effects of serving this new student population, and the power of aligning with existing higher education initiatives, as well as implications for students, research and practice.
Supporting Students with Disabilities in Making the Transition from School to Adult Life
June 12, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern)
“Supporting Students with Disabilities in Making the Transition from School to Adult Life” is an audio conference that will highlight research, policies, and practices that have been used to help students with disabilities prepare for and make a successful transition to adult life. Federal legislation plays a major role in supporting the participation of youth with disabilities in secondary and postsecondary education programs, employment, and other aspects of community living, but postschool follow-up studies have shown young adults with disabilities continue to experience difficulties in achieving postschool goals, and more can be done.
Check & Connect Mentor Training
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August 14, 2013 - August 15, 2013
Check & Connect Mentor Training is a 2-day competency-based training designed to provide participants with information, competencies, and skills needed to be effective Check & Connect mentors at their local sites. This training is designed for those assigned the role of Check & Connect mentor, whether a new or current mentor, as well as those interested in Check & Connect mentoring principles and practices. Site coordinators and administrators are encouraged to attend as well. Deadline for registration: July 11, 2013 (early bird deadline: June 27, 2013).
Child Trends Website
The Child Trends website presents news, research, and blog discussions of issues in child poverty, child welfare, early childhood development, education, fatherhood & parenting, health, evaluation, indicators of child well-being, marriage & family, positive development, teen sex & pregnancy, and youth development.
Juvenile Justice Resource Hub Website
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE.org), a site for ethically sound journalism on juvenile justice issues, has launched a comprehensive Juvenile Justice Resource Hub, in partnership with the National Juvenile Justice Network and the MacArthur Foundation. The Hub will feature research, best practices, and toolkits on effective systems reform in juvenile justice.
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Federal Grant Opportunities
Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2013
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
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.
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Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators Invites Applications
The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators, in partnership with Pitsco/Hearlihy & Company, is accepting applications for technology and engineering education programs at any grade level. Through its Excellence in Teaching Technology and Engineering grant program, the foundation will award grants of $2,000 each to K-12 technology and engineering teachers to encourage the integration of a quality technology and engineering education program within their school's curriculum. Applicants must be teachers (elementary or secondary) who are successfully integrating technology and engineering education within their school's curriculum. In addition, teachers must be ITEEA members and be registered for the ITEEA annual conference. Membership materials may be enclosed with the scholarship application. Deadline for applications: December 1, 2013.
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Invites Applications for Music Donation Program
Through its Keeping Music Alive program, the foundation will donate musical instruments to music programs that serve low-income communities and have little or no budget for musical instruments. Priority is given to programs serving the most students within a school population. Public, private, and charter schools are invited to apply; however, schools must be eligible for funds under Title 1 and/or serve a population where at least 50% of the students qualify for the National Lunch Program. Schools also must have an established instrumental music program (concert band, marching band, jazz band, and/or orchestra) that takes place during the regular school day and is at least three years old. Schools that offer Orff/classroom music only are not eligible to apply. Deadline for Pre-Qualification: August 1, 2013.
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