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Schools to Pilot Test School Review Process Guide Sought
The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement seeks schools not meeting adequate yearly progress requirements to pilot test their School Review Process Guide. Schools will be engaged in a school review process during fall 2008 and receive technical assistance from The Center at no charge. The Center’s School Review Process Guide provides detailed guidance for forming and working with a school leadership team; gathering, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data; and developing an implementation plan. The research-based guide includes surveys for gathering data from teachers, students, staff, administrators, and parents. More information is available by phone (202-223-6725) or e-mail from Stephanie Wood-Garnett. stephanie.wood-garnett@learningpt.org

ServiceNation Campaign and Poll
http://www.bethechangeinc.org/servicenation/take_action/poll/nylc
With approximately 4.7 million K-12 students engaged in service-learning, experience and research have shown that service-learning can have a profound effect on student academic and civic engagement and community development. Service Nation is a 12-month non-partisan grassroots and grass top political campaign intent on pushing the issue of National Service to the forefront of American life and convincing the next President and Congress to put into law a Voluntary National Service Act in 2009. The Campaign kicks off with a national summit September 11-12, 2008, in New York City, followed by a nationwide Day of Action on September 27, with hundreds of events across the United States celebrating the power and potential of voluntary citizen service. Take the poll and submit a question to be asked at the September 11 presidential candidate’s forum. ServiceNation will select up to five of the best questions and offer the authors a ticket to the event.

AJMR Special Issue on Cognitive Neuroscience Studies of Persons with Disabilities
http://www.aaidd.org/Reading_Room/pdf/AJMRcognitivespecialissue.pdf
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is calling for papers for a special issue of the American Journal on Mental Retardation (AJMR) on cognitive neuroscience studies of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2008. Available in pdf (1 page, 28 KB).

Apply to be a 2009 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency
http://ysa.org/GYSDUS/LeadAgency/LeadAgencyApplication/tabid/245/Default.aspx
Youth Service America offers grants and assistance to increase participation in programs and connect with the larger youth service movement. Eligible groups can receive a $2,000 planning grant and direct assistance. For more information, contact Andraéa LaVant at alavant@ysa.org or go to the Web site. Deadline: July 11.

Council for Exceptional Children Collecting Ideas on Transition
http://transitioncoalition.org/transition/index.php
The Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Career Development & Transition is collecting ideas and tips about transition practices from people in transition, to develop “101 Practical Transition Ideas”. They are collecting transition ideas in the areas of: Transition Planning, Student Involvement, Family Involvement, Interagency Collaboration, Curriculum and Instruction, Inclusion and Access to the General Curriculum, Transition Assessment, Cultural Diversity, Assistive Technology, and UDL. To submit ideas go to the Web site and click on “101 Practical Ideas for Transition.” Questions can be emailed to Ryan Kellems at rkellems@ku.edu.

Emerging Trends and People with Disabilities: Public Consultation
http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2008/public_consultation.html
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is gathering public input for a study of emerging issues and trends affecting the lives of people with disabilities to use in NCD’s next annual progress report to the President and Congress, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report” (required by Section 401(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended). This input will help in achieving policies that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, and aid them in achieving economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. Comments should be sent to NCD by July 22, 2008.

ICDR Stakeholder Meeting-Save the Dates
http://www.icdr.us/stakeholders
The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) is seeking input/comments about disability research issues to present at public meetings August 5 & 14, 2008. Deadline for written comments is July 21, 2008. More information and registration forms are at the website.

MTV Contest Promotes High School Journalism
http://think.mtv.com/044FDFFFF00EDA0D700080098E619/User/Blog/BlogPostDetail.aspx
MTV and HighSchoolJournalism.com are sponsoring the Why My School Should Have a Paper Contest. Students are invited to submit a short essay about why their school should have a newspaper. Three winners will receive $500 and an iPod, and their schools will receive $3000 to start a school newspaper. Deadline: June 2, 2008.

Opening Doors: Adventure, Connection, Solutions: Call for papers
http://www.openingdoorsforyouth.org/sos
Opening Doors: Adventure, Connection, Solutions is a State of the Science conference for practitioners and researchers in rehabilitation, health, education, and public policy, community-based organizations, families, and youth on accessing services for children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs from traditionally underserved communities November 10-11, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, MD. Topics include early screening for disabilities and special health care needs, inclusive recreation, and adolescent transition. Deadline to submit paper proposals is June 30, 2008.

PSA Contest for Youth: Advertise Your Cause Media Challenge
http://www.bkfk.com/Modules/Competition/Competition.aspx?section=sayit
Sponsored by the By Kids For Kids youth empowerment company and DoSomething.org, this competition will reward the cleverest and most powerful new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign idea that will also have the broadest impact. Open to U.S. residents who are K-12 students. Deadline: June 30, 2008.

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