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Request for Comments on NIDRR Funding Priorities
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has proposed two funding priorities for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR): a priority for a DRRP for a Research and Technical Assistance Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Management, and a priority for a DRRP entitled Center on the Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies To Improve Employment Outcomes. The Assistant Secretary may use these priorities for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2008 and later years. RSA proposed these priorities to focus research attention on areas of national need and to improve rehabilitation services and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

RSA's Strategic Performance Plan Goals and Objectives: Request for Comments
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is developing a Vocational Rehabilitation Strategic Performance Plan for the vocational rehabilitation program to ensure a long-term strategic focus on program performance, performance improvement, and outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities. Previously, RSA invited comments on the Plan's draft goals and objectives. RSA is now inviting comments on the draft measures corresponding to the Plan's goals and objectives.

U.S. Department of Education Seeks Grant Competition Reviewers
The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, is seeking secondary school teachers in core content subject areas, assistant principals, principals, state administrators, and other school leaders to review applications for funding under the FY 2008 Advanced Placement Incentive program competition. The review process will take place online for two weeks from late July to early August. Upon completion of required duties, reviewers will be paid an honorarium of $1,400. Interested individuals should e-mail their resume or curriculum vitae to by Friday, June 6, 2008, with “API Peer Review” as the subject line of the e-mail.

Free Online Course Available on Improving Education Data
The National Forum on Education Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics recently released a free online course for Local Education Agencies to improve the collection and use of education data.

No Child Left Behind Call for Comments
On April 23 U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced proposed changes to regulations for Title I under No Child Left Behind. A copy of the proposed regulations (NPRM) is available on the Web site, which also has a questionnaire to survey people’s reactions to the NPRM. The Department is accepting public comments on the NPRM through June 23, 2008. Comments must be submitted in writing to the Department in accordance with the instructions in the NPRM. Individuals who wish to present comments on the proposed regulations during a public meeting should register at , at least one week before the meeting. These meetings will be held: Wednesday, May 14, 2008: Boston, Massachusetts; Thursday, May 15, 2008: Dunwoody, Georgia; Monday, May 19, 2008: Kansas City, Missouri; and Thursday, May 22, 2008: Seattle, WA. Over the next several months, the Secretary will pose various questions related to the state of education in the U.S. on the Web page and encourages all to periodically log onto the site and respond to the questions.

PSA Contest for Youth
The By Kids For Kids youth empowerment company and announce the Advertise Your Cause Media Challenge, which encourages young people to discover what cause matters most to them and then “Do Something” to propel their cause into the public eye. The competition will reward the cleverest and powerful new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign idea that will also have the broadest impact. Maximum Award: $10,000 and national media exposure for the winning PSA. Eligibility: U.S. residents ages 5 to 19, not graduated from high school at the time of competition. Deadline: June 30, 2008.

Self-Advocates Invited to Lead Workshops at National Self-Advocacy Conference
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) invites self-advocates to lead workshops at the National Self Advocacy Conference, September 4-7, 2008, Indianapolis IN, on topics they choose. Any number of topics can be submitted. Presentations should be 60 minutes in length and may have multiple presenters. Presentations must identify with one or more of six objectives: (1)eliminating institutions through Money Follows the Person legislation and mentorship by self-advocacy organizations to individuals to assist in choosing support they need in the community; (2) importance of educating people with disabilities and having them educate others about issues that affect their lives; (3) SABE as a political power house to work on legislation affecting people with disabilities; (4) equal employment opportunities for equal pay for all people; (5) having self-advocacy at all stages of their lives for people with disabilities, with funding to support state, local and national self-advocacy organizations; and (6) SABE’s support for affordable and accessible housing for all people in the community. Submission deadline is Thursday, May 15, 2008.

Transition Coalition Short Courses
The Transition Coalition offers five online transition short courses for education professionals, as well as parents, adult service personnel, and consultants, on the tools and collaboration necessary to improve transition planning and services for students with disabilities. Topics and dates are: Interagency Collaboration during Transition Planning, April 28-May 25, 2008; Introduction to Transition Education and Services, June 2-29, 2008; Family Involvement and Student Involvement in Transition, June 2-29, 2008; Transition Assessment, July 7 - August 3, 2008; and Preparing Students for Employment/Postsecondary Education, July 7 - August 3, 2008. Courses can be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit, continuing education, or noncredit.

Challenge 20/20 Partnership
The National Association of Independent Schools has created Challenge 20/20, a program that brings together two schools: one from the U.S. and one from outside the country. Teacher-student teams from both schools work together throughout the fall 2008 school semester to come up with a solution to a global problem. Challenge 20/20 is based on Jean Francois Rischard's book, High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them. Maximum Award: n/a. Eligibility: All U.S. schools, elementary and secondary, public or private. Deadline: August 15, 2008.

Fordham Fellows
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation Fellowship program seeks to bring bright and ambitious people into the world of education policy. Five fellows will come to Washington, DC in fall 2008 to work full-time for nine months (Labor Day to Memorial Day) at a different education policy organization in the city. Each will be integrated into that organization, be involved in a challenging project, have access to organization leaders, and contribute to fulfilling the organization's mission and goals. Maximum Award: $25,000. Eligibility: applicants must have an undergraduate degree. Registration deadline: April 30, 2008.

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