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Young Playwrights With and Without Disabilities: Enter VSA’s Playwright Discovery
http://www.vsarts.org/x1548.xml
The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students with and without disabilities to examine how disability affects their lives and others’ lives and express their observations through playwriting. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a group or class of students. The selected script will be professionally staged or produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The award recipient will receive up to $2,000 and a trip to Washington, DC to see their work performed. Application deadline: April 13, 2007.

Youth with Ongoing Health Needs: Take a Survey
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=515192928222
14-21 year olds who have a chronic health condition that has lasted at least a year are invited to take this Web-based survey. Information from the survey will be used to help other youth with chronic health conditions learn to become more independent in taking care of their health. Survey ends April 15, 2007.

Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities: Create or Join a Next Chapter Book Club
http://www.nextchapterbookclub.org/
The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) provides adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to read and learn to read, talk about books, and make friends in a fun community setting. NCBCs meet weekly in local bookstores and cafés across the country to read and discuss books of their choosing. NCBC members range from those who read well to those who do not read at all. On this Web site, you can sign up to be a member, facilitator, host site, or sponsor organization of an NCBC.

Children and Youth with Learning Disabilities: Enter the “30 Voices of LD” Competition
http://www.ncld.org/content/view/1104/874
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is seeking works of art, photography, poetry, videos, essays, short stories, websites, blogs, etc. that express what life is like for individuals with learning disabilities. From the works submitted, NCLD will select 30 entries to showcase on its Web site and at its benefit dinner in April. In addition, NCLD is offering a grand prize of $500 for outstanding works from each of the following age groups: children (ages 4-13), teens (ages 14-17), and adults (ages 18+).

Educators and Former Educators: Apply to New Leaders for New Schools
http://www.nlns.org/NLWeb/Index.jsp
New Leaders for New Schools (NLNS) is a non-profit organization that trains individuals from within education, as well as former educators, to become urban public school principals in Baltimore, California’s Bay Area, Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee, New York City, and Washington, DC. NLNS is currently seeking applicants for its 2007-08 cohort of trainees. Applicants should have an unyielding belief in the potential of all children to achieve academically, a record of success in leading adults, and demonstrated instructional knowledge (with a minimum of two years of K-12 teaching experience). Application deadline: March 1, 2007.

Secondary Special Education Professionals: Apply to the KU Online TransCert Program
http://www.transitioncoalition.org/cgiwrap/tcacs/new/training/onlinecourse/index.php?page=gradcert
University of Kansas (KU) TransCert is a project providing online graduate training for secondary special education professionals through a 12-hour block of online graduate courses plus a 3-hour culminating experience. The program provides a comprehensive approach to preservice transition training and an opportunity for current special education professionals to increase their instructional strategies in transition service and delivery. Applicants for Fall 2007 are now being sought. Student stipends are available. Application deadline: March 16, 2007.

Submit a Paper Proposal for Building on Family Strengths Conference
http://www.rtc.pdx.edu/conference/pgCall.php
The RTC on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health is seeking paper proposals for its Building on Family Strengths Conference, to be held May 31-June 2, 2007 in Portland. Suggested paper topics include effective programs/practices; culturally competent services/supports; family- and youth-driven services/supports; proven and promising approaches for promoting resilience and empowerment and building child and family assets; strategies for research in underserved communities; family/youth/professional collaboration in research and evaluation; lessons from education, special education, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and wraparound services; and using research and evaluation for program and systems change. Proposal submission deadline: January 26, 2007.

Teachers, Share Your Alternate Assessment Administration Experiences
http://www.naacpartners.org/OTS/default.aspx
The National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC) is gathering stories about effective and/or ineffective practices in administering alternate assessments. Share your administration stories to help NAAC identify successful alternate assessment administration practices used across the nation.

Youth: Apply to Participate in Oxfam International Youth Partnerships
http://www.iyp.oxfam.org/
Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) is a global network of youth (ages 18-25) working with their communities to create positive, equitable, and sustainable change. Selected youth will have the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge, and understanding, and to meet other like-minded youth. OIYP is open to young people of any nationality or ethnicity and any level of education. Indigenous and marginalized youth are especially encouraged to apply. Application deadline: January 31, 2007.

Artists with Disabilities Age 18+: Enter Renascence 07: An International Juried Showcase of Artists with Disabilities
http://www.vsarts.org/prebuilt/showcase/gallery/exhibits/renascence07/
VSA arts is seeking innovative, experimental artists whose work demonstrates the creative fusion of visual art with interactive or sensory experience; communication and information technologies; movement or performance; and/or audio production to submit entries to Renascence 07: An International Juried Showcase of Artists with Disabilities. Open to artists ages 18 and over who are committed to their artistic progress and who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. Applicants from a wide range of practices, such as digital arts, installation, and time-based media, are encouraged to apply. Entry deadline: February 2, 2007.

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