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Mental Health Youth Bill of Rights: The Time for Youth Voice is Now
As part of the 2009 Portland National Youth Summit, a Mental Health Bill of Rights was created by young adult leaders from across the United States. They hope this Mental Health Youth Bill of Rights will be adopted by organizations such as Youth MOVE and SAMHSA and displayed in every doctor’s office, counseling center, and organization that serves youth, ages 14-25, with mental health needs. To strengthen this document, Youth Summit participants are asking for additional feedback and support from anyone involved in the mental health network – professionals, consumers, allies, etc.

The National Youth Leadership Network Looking for Members of Governing Board, Committees
The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is looking for new leaders to help lead their organization. Everything NYLN does is done by young people. They have openings on their Governing Board (GB) and committees. This year GB applications and Committee applications can be done at the same time. People serving on the GB participate in at least two phone meetings a month and serve approximately 15 hours per month total. Applications must be postmarked by November 6, 2009.

Critical Education
Critical Education is an international peer-reviewed journal, which seeks manuscripts that critically examine contemporary education contexts and practices and is interested in theoretical and empirical research as well as articles that advance educational practices that challenge the existing state of affairs in society, schools, and informal education. Critical Education is hosted by the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia and edited by Sandra Mathison (UBC), E. Wayne Ross (UBC) and Adam Renner (Bellarmine University). Critical Education is an open access journal, launching in early 2010.

Earn $50 for Sharing Your International Exchange Experience
NCDE is offering $50 to people with disabilities to share stories about their international exchange programs. This can include people from other countries who have come to the United States but the person must currently be living in the U.S. There are two ways to share stories, either by a personal essay, (writing tips can be found on the Success Stories webpage) or by sharing a blog the person will write or has written about his or her overseas experience. If a blog or personal story is accepted the writer will receive $50 as a thank you. Submissions deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

GWU's Transition Special Education Distance Education Certificate Program
The George Washington University is recruiting students for is Graduate Transition Special Education Certificate Distance Education Program, beginning spring semester 2010. The courses are designed for: graduate students enrolled in special education and related programs; professionals and secondary special educators employed by school districts; professionals working in vocational rehabilitation settings and youth development and services; related service personnel; and advocates and parents. Under the Federal TEACH Program students may be eligible for financial support if they meet specific conditions.

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.

Leadership for Equity and Excellence Forum
The Leadership for Equity and Excellence Forum will be February 16-17, 2010, in Phoenix, AZ. Educators, policy makers, students, parents, advocacy groups, and community members will gather to share current research and best practices about building and strengthening systems of educational equity. Areas of focus include civil and educational rights, disproportionality in special education, school-family partnerships, organizing schools for inclusive education, and more. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 25.

K-16 Teachers Invited to Apply for Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides opportunities for full-time K-16 teachers with at least three years’ experience to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year. U.S. teachers are eligible to apply for a direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. Apply by October 19, 2009.

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