Calls to Participate Listed in Past Issues
Language Differences and Special Education: Seeking Best Practices
Project LASER and NCCRESt need submissions of examples of best practices that teachers are currently using to serve students who are both struggling academically and behaviorally and who use African American English (AAE) or who are English Language Learners (ELLs). Project LASER and NCCRESt are collaborating in the creation of a Web site that will host multimedia resources aimed at promoting teacher learning and enhancing the quality of education offered to African American students and ELLs. Credit will be given to the authors of the accepted works. This Web site will be available for free use beginning in December of 2008. The call for submissions is available in pdf (4 pages, 273 KB).
Making A Difference Exhibitor Award
The 4th Annual Reaching At-Promise Students National conference calls for nominations to recognize organizations or products that create a positive impact in the lives of at-risk youth. The conference, in San Diego, February 20-22, 2009, focuses on the education of at-promise students. The deadline for nominations is November 21, 2008.
Sharing Celebration Plans for the December 1-5 Inclusive Schools Week
The Inclusive Schools Network is hosting the 8th Annual Inclusive Schools Week, December 1-5, 2008, celebrating the theme, “Together We Learn Better: Inclusive Schools Benefit All Children.” The Network invites participants to share their 2008 Celebration Plans with the Network and with other educators, families, and communities around the world by sending a short description of their planned Inclusive Schools Week activities/events to ISN’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In November, Inclusive Schools Network will begin posting Celebration Plans from selected schools, districts and communities on its Web site.
Society For Disabilities Studies – Call for Proposals
The Society For Disabilities Studies invites proposals for its conference June 17-20, 2009, in Tucson, Arizona: “It’s ‘Our’ Time: Pathways To and From Disabilities Studies – Past, Present and Future.” Time, in all its forms, conceptualizations, and manifestations, will be the focus of the conference, though proposals on any topic relevant to Disability Studies are welcomed, in such formats as individual presentations panels, didactic/short courses, poster sessions, artistic/performance events, town halls/debates. Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2009.
25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities: Call for Proposals
The Service-Learning Showcase at the May 4-5, 2009, Pacific Rim Conference will feature high-quality service-learning projects from across the country and around the world. Showcase participants will talk with conference attendees about service-learning project implementation, connection to curriculum goals, and impact. Youth participation is strongly encouraged. Application deadline: November 3, 2008.
Foreign Language Survey Asks People with Disabilities to Respond
National surveys show high school students with disabilities, while increasing in the numbers enrolled, still lag behind their non-disabled peers in the percentages taking foreign language courses. Students with and without disabilities are close to equal in the percentages completing foreign language courses at the higher education level. However, the data do not explain what languages are being studied, how successful the learning experience is, and what are the barriers and benefits for people with disabilities at all ages. The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange seeks the input of people with disabilities on their experiences with foreign language learning. The 10-minute Foreign Language survey is online. The survey deadline is Oct. 31, 2008.
Online Transition Short Courses
The University of Kansas will offer five online transition short courses designed to provide education professionals tools to improve transition planning and services for students with disabilities. The courses, each including four week-long sessions with articles, websites, videos, and discussions, are: Introduction to Transition Education and Services, Sep. 22-Oct. 19, 2008; Transition Assessment, Oct. 27-Nov. 23, 2008; Family Involvement and Student Involvement in Transition, Jan. 12-Feb. 8, 2009; Preparing Students for Employment/Postsecondary Education, Feb. 16-March 8, 2009; Interagency Collaboration during Transition Planning, April 6-May 3, 2009. The courses are designed for secondary-level special education personnel, but the content is applicable to parents, educators, adult service personnel and consultants, and they are open to anyone interested in transition planning and services, and can be taken for credit or noncredit. Enrollment is on the Web site (under SPED 798).
Presenters Sought for National Conference on Juvenile Justice
The National Conference on Juvenile Justice will be held in Orlando, Florida, March 11-14, 2009. Sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in conjunction with the National District Attorneys Association, the conference will provide presenters with a forum to address a multidisciplinary audience of professionals working in America’s juvenile and family courts. Visit their Web site to submit a presentation proposal online or download a submission form.
Disability Mentoring Day
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a national program that promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on career exploration. DMD is looking for participants from all regions for Disability Mentoring Day, October 15, 2008, as either mentees or employer mentors.
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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Afterschool Alliance is creating a storybook featuring people whose lives have been improved through out-of-school time programs. Stories can be shared, programs nominated, and sample stories read online.
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