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Nominate a Child or Youth with Disabilities for a Yes I Can! International Award
http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/AboutCEC/YesICanFoundation/ToNominate/
The Council for Exceptional Children’s “Yes I Can! Awards” honor children and youth (ages 2-21) with disabilities who have made significant achievements. Each year, three winners in each of the following categories are selected for their accomplishments: academics, the arts, athletics, community service, employment, extracurricular activities, independent living skills, self-advocacy, and technology. Winners receive a statue and other recognition at the Council for Exceptional Children’s 2008 Annual Convention. Nomination deadline: October 16, 2007.

Nominate Your Community for Consideration as One of the 100 Best Communities for Young People
http://www.americaspromise.org/APAPage.aspx?id=5858
The America’s Promise Alliance has launched its 2008 100 Best Communities for Young People competition and invites communities across the U.S. to compete for the honor of having their locality named one of the nation’s great places to grow up. The program showcases communities that do an outstanding job of fostering safe and caring environments that effectively educate youth and help them become productive citizens. The 100 Best Communities receive national recognition; opportunities to participate in national and regional forums to share ideas and best practices; and tools to promote the award locally. Application deadline: November 2, 2007.

Professionals and Students: Write for the HEATH Resource Center, the Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
Masters and experienced practitioners in secondary education, special education, or disability support services; scholars; professors; and other individuals experienced and interested in the intersection of students with disabilities and continuing post-high-school education and career development are invited to submit original articles for publication in the HEATH Resource Center Publications and Newsletter (http://www.heath.gwu.edu/node/259). College, university, or career-technical school students with disabilities are invited to submit original articles for publication in the new “Student Voices” section of the HEATH Resource Center Publications and Newsletter (http://www.heath.gwu.edu/node/261).

Submit a Workshop Proposal for the National Afterschool Association Conference
http://www.naaconference.org/faq.html
The National Afterschool Association Conference, to be held March 12-14, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is seeking proposals for conference workshops, including those sharing research, promising practices, practical program activities and curriculum, and innovative ideas. Presenters may include afterschool program staff and leadership, professional development providers, and afterschool systems developers. Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2007.

Teachers: Help Pilot TeachUNICEF Curriculum Materials
http://tinyurl.com/2cu8jn
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is seeking teachers of grades 6-12 to pilot its new TeachUNICEF curriculum materials. These lesson plans examine the lives of children in developing countries who are affected by poverty, armed conflict, child labor, or physical disability. For more information or to register to participate in the Fall 2007 pilot project, contact Marie Bresnahan, Director of Education, U.S. Fund for UNICEF at mbresnahan@unicefusa.org or 212-880-9135. Deadline to sign up for the pilot study: September 21, 2007.

Young Adults with Multiple Learning and Cognitive Disabilities: Apply to the University of Iowa R.E.A.C.H Program
http://www.education.uiowa.edu/reach/
The University of Iowa R.E.A.C.H Program educates young adults with multiple learning and cognitive disabilities, helping them reach their full potential through a 2-year, comprehensive, campus-based certificate program. It seeks to create a living-learning experience where participants are taught the skills necessary for being independent, engaged, contributing members of their communities. Applications for Fall 2008 are now available. Application deadline: March 1, 2008; however, campus interviews will be held beginning Fall 2007.

State-Level Leaders: Lead a State Team for Positive Youth Development
http://cals-cf.calsnet.arizona.edu/fcs/content.cfm?content=spotlight
Building Partnerships for Youth, a project of the National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona, is looking for state teams for a year-long professional development opportunity to begin in February 2008. Teams will apply Positive Youth Development concepts at the state level through interdisciplinary collaborations. If you have state-level responsibility or oversight for programs that positively impact youth, consider applying to lead a state team. Teams will include 4-6 youth and adults from state-level organizations including health, education, faith-based, and voluntary youth-serving organizations. Participants will receive travel, resources, tools, and networking opportunities. Application deadline: October 1, 2007.

Submit Comments: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2007-3/071707b.html
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has published the following request for comments in the Federal Register: Title: IDEA Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR); Type of Review: Revision. Comment submission deadline: September 17, 2007.

Teachers: Apply to the 2008 Broad Superintendents Academy
http://broadacademy.org/program/admissions.php
The Broad Center is now accepting applications for the 2008 Broad Superintendents Academy, which trains leaders for large urban school districts. They are seeking successful educators; superintendents from rural and suburban communities; deputy, associate, and area superintendents from medium and large urban districts; executives from private school and charter school systems; senior executives from education, business, government, the military, and nonprofit organizations who have successfully managed complex organizations, overseen multimillion-dollar budgets, and led sizeable teams of people; and dynamic entrepreneurs and risk-takers who challenge the status quo. Application deadline: September 7, 2007.

Parents/Family Members and Professionals: Apply to Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Public Policy Fellowship Program
http://www.jpkf.org/
The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking parents/family members of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and professionals in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for its Public Policy Fellowship Program. Each year, the Foundation brings 1) a parent or close family member of a child with a disability and 2) accomplished professionals to Washington, DC for a full year, where they learn how legislation is initiated, developed, and passed by Congress, or how programs are administered and regulations promulgated by federal agencies. Application deadline for 2008 fellowships: September 14, 2007.

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