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Middle and High School Students: Participate in C-SPANís StudentCam Documentary Contest
http://www.studentcam.org/
C-SPANís StudentCam contest invites middle and high school students (grades 6-12) to identify a current political topic of interest and produce a short (up to ten minute) video documentary creatively exploring it while integrating C-SPAN programming. The contest will award 45 prizes totaling $25,000. Entry deadline: February 28, 2006.

Help Your School Participate in National Inclusive Schools Week: December 5-9, 2005
http://www.inclusiveschools.org/
The 5th Annual National Inclusive Schools Week, sponsored by the National Institute for Urban School Improvement, will be celebrated in classrooms, schools, and communities throughout the country from December 5-9, 2005. The Week recognizes the nation's progress and promotes action towards increasing the capacity of schools and communities to provide a quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, particularly students with disabilities. It is the ultimate goal of the Week to assist schools and communities across the nation to make sustainable changes in the system to better support the principles of inclusive education.

Parents of Transition-Age Youth: Participate in an Online Survey
http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB224QKRJKY2B
Matthew H. Wagner, a graduate student, is looking for parents of transition-age youth to take a short online survey that will provide data for his thesis on the transition process from the parents' perspective. All responses will be kept confidential. For more information, contact mattwagner60544@sbcglobal.net.

Provide Relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims
http://www.ncset.org/publications/related/katrinarelief.asp
NCSET has compiled this listing of relief resources for those wishing to assist Hurricane Katrina victims, in particular youth with disabilities.

Blog About Strategies and Tips for Students with Special Needs
http://2005ascdsummerconference.blogspot.com/2005/07/strategies-and-tips-for-students-with.html
This blog was created by ASCD as a follow-up to their 2005 Summer Conference. It contains tips and strategies from Marcia Imbeau and Barbara Gartin offered at the conference for classroom teachers to use to scaffold learning for special needs students. Instructional strategies include adjusting RAFTs, tiered assignments, centers, and cubing to provide appropriate challenges for students with special needs. This blog lists the strategies, as well as prompting questions for teachers to respond to in the blog.

Get Involved in Disability Mentoring Day 2005 in Your Community
http://www.dmd-aapd.org/
Disability Mentoring Day, a national effort to promote the employment of students with disabilities through personal mentoring, will be October 19, 2005. Disability Mentoring Day promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on career exploration. The Disability Mentoring Day Web site includes contact information for local coordinators, promotional materials, and a toolkit to help you implement Disability Mentoring Day in your community.

Participate in Covering Kids and Families (CFK) Back-to-School Campaign Activities in Your State
http://coveringkidsandfamilies.org/about/bts/
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundationís CFK initiative seeks to increase the number of children and families who benefit from existing public health care coverage programs. During August and September 2005, CFK coalitions from coast to coast will host outreach and enrollment events to inform families about low-cost and free health care coverage programs for children.

AG Bell Association 2006 Convention: Call for Presentation Proposals
http://www.agbell.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?p=Callforpaper
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing seeks presentation proposals on a range of topics related to deafness and spoken language for its 2006 Convention, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA, June 23-27, 2006. Topics include acoustics; accessibility; advocacy and policy; amplification, cochlear implants, and related technologies; assessment strategies; children with multiple needs; collaborative relationships and programs; education; early intervention; mainstreaming; family-related issues; social/emotional issues; teaching/therapy techniques; etc. Proposal submission deadline: July 15, 2005.

Applications Sought for National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice National Policy Academy
http://www.ncmhjj.com/
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is accepting applications for its 2005 National Policy Academy, ďImproving Services for Youth with Mental Health and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders Involved in the Juvenile Justice System,Ē to be held September 13-15, 2005 in Bethesda, MD. The Academy is designed to provide select jurisdictions with the opportunity to develop improved, collaborative strategies to identify and respond to youth with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system. Particular emphasis will be placed on community-based efforts to successfully divert and reintegrate these youth. Application deadline: June 24, 2005.

National Charter Schools Week Celebrations
http://www.ed.gov/news/events/csweek2005.html
As part of a national effort to highlight the contributions of charter schools, senior U.S. Department of Education officials will celebrate National Charter Schools Week, May 1 to May 7, 2005, by visiting charter schools around the country. The schedule includes visits to schools in Washington, DC (May 2); Greenville, SC (May 5); Bronx, NY (May 2); Boston, MA (May 5); Philadelphia, PA (May 2); Dearborn, MI (May 2); Chicago, IL (May 2); Denver, CO (May 2); and Woodland Hills (May 2), San Francisco (May 3), and San Diego (May 2), CA.

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