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College Students with Disabilities: Apply for an Emerging Leaders Summer Internship
Emerging Leaders is a competitive program that places college students with disabilities in summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities. Students are matched with businesses through a careful screening process that helps ensure that the internship placement is a good fit for both parties. Eligible applicants must have a qualified disability under the ADA, have completed at least 60 university-level credits, have at least a 3.0 GPA, maintain full-time student status for the semester following the internship (graduating seniors immediately continuing to graduate school may apply), and be U.S. citizens or legal aliens. Application deadline: January 31, 2008.

High School Students: Enter the U.S. Institute of Peace National Essay Contest
The U.S. Institute of Peace is seeking entries for its 2007-08 National Peace Essay Contest. Its topic is “Natural Resources and Conflict.” Youth in grades 9-12 are asked to write a 1,500-word essay stating what they believe are the necessary elements for the development of fair, peaceful, or effective use of natural resources after a conflict. State-level winners receive $1,000 each. National awards include one first-place award of $10,000; one second-place award of $5,000; and one third-place award of $2,500. State winners also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the awards program. Entry deadline: February 1, 2007.

K-12 Schools and Libraries: Apply to Receive the “We the People Bookshelf”
As part of its We the People initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association present the We the People Bookshelf, a program that encourages young people to read classic books and explore themes in American history, culture, and ideas. K-12 schools and public libraries are invited to apply to receive a set of 17 thematically related books which embody the theme of “Created Equal.” In return for receiving a Bookshelf, libraries are must organize programs that introduce the books and the “Created Equal” theme to the library’s students, patrons, or intergenerational audiences. Application deadline: January 25, 2008.

Nominate Champions of Inclusive Education to be Featured in EquiNews
The National Center for Culturally Responsive Education Systems (NCCRESt) and the National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI) want to recognize champions for inclusive education in EquiNews, their joint monthly newsletter. They seek nominations from readers describing a person whose work they feel should be acknowledged, including what this person is doing or has done related to equity and excellence in education. Nominations should be approximately 500 words in length and include a photo. Send nominations to or

Students in Grades 6-12: Enter C-SPAN’s StudentCam Competition
C-SPAN StudentCam is an annual documentary competition that invites students to identify a current political topic of interest and produce a short (up to 10 minute) video documentary which creatively explores that topic while integrating C-SPAN programming. Videos must be in VHS or DVD formats. Students can enter individually or in teams of up to 3 students. A Grand Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the best overall entry. Multiple prizes of $250, $750, $1,000, and $3,000 will be awarded in both middle and high school categories. Entry deadline: December 31, 2007.

Submit Comments: Proposed Center on Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
To improve postsecondary education and other outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities and focus attention on an area of national need, the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, and the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education have jointly proposed a priority and definitions for a center on postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. This priority may be used for competitions beginning in fiscal year 2008. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the proposed priority by January 10, 2008.

Submit Poetry or Prose to Literary Review Special Issue on “Abilities and Disabilities”
The Bellevue Literary Review, “a journal of humanity and human experience,” is seeking previously unpublished poetry and prose (both fiction and non-fiction) of the highest caliber focusing on experience and representations of disability for a special issue entitled “Abilities and Disabilities: The Range of Human Function.” Up to three poems or up to 5,000 words of prose can be submitted. Please indicate that your submission is for this special issue. Submission deadline: February 1, 2008.

Suggest New Topics for the What Works Clearinghouse to Study
The U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse is soliciting ideas for topics that could be studied in the future. It currently studies beginning reading, elementary and middle school math, early childhood education, dropout prevention, English language learning, and character education. Should tackle other academic subjects like adolescent literacy, high school math, science, history and social studies, or writing? Should it expand to include postsecondary or adult education? Should it tackle topics in special education? Should it examine approaches to the professional development of teachers and principals, or school-level issues such as how to turn around low-performing schools?

Youth with Disabilities Ages 15-28: Apply to the Governing Board of the National Youth Leadership Network
The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN; is looking for new leaders for its Governing Board. NYLN is a non-profit organization run by young people with disabilities. It empowers all young people to reach their maximum potential. Applicants to the Governing Board must be between 15 and 28 years old, have a disability, and have exceptional leadership and advocacy skills. For more information, call 1-866-480-6565 or e-mail Application deadline: December 7, 2007. Application available in Word (4 pages, 96 KB).

Submit a Paper/Poster Proposal: PacRim 2008
The Center on Disability Studies is soliciting proposals for papers and posters to be presented at PacRim 2008, to be held April 14-15, 2008 in Honolulu, HI. Suggested topics include autism; independent living; the future of disability studies; building an innovative, inclusive workforce; family supports; hidden disabilities; international disability rights; native Hawaiian education; teaching to reach all learners; technologies for realizing potential and building community; and transition. Submission deadline: November 26, 2007.

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