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Teachers: Apply to the New Leaders’ Workshop of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum
For the past 20 years, the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum, a staff-development equity project for educators, has established teacher-led faculty development seminars in public and private schools throughout the U.S. and in English-speaking international schools. A week-long SEED New Leaders’ Workshop prepares school teachers to hold year-long reading groups with other teachers to discuss making school climates and curricula more gender-fair and multiculturally equitable. This year’s New Leaders’ Workshop will be held July 13-20, 2006 in San Anselmo, California. Application deadline: April 15, 2006.

Children and Youth with Learning Disabilities Ages 4-18: Enter the 2006 NCLD National Art & Poetry Competition
The 2006 National Center for Learning Disability (NCLD) Art & Poetry Competition is open to all schools and educational programs with students with learning disabilities (LD) between the ages of 4 and 18. Aspiring artists or poets with LD are encouraged to enter this year’s competition. NCLD asks entrants to artistically render this year’s theme: “Welcome to the Land of LD.” Entry submission deadline: March 3, 2006.

Middle and High School Students: Participate in C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Contest
C-SPAN’s 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.

Parents and Professionals: Provide Feedback on Web Info on Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs
The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University is seeking parent and professional reviewers for a new edition of its children and adolescents with special health care needs “knowledge path”. This Web page includes information on and links to Web sites, electronic and print publications, databases, and online discussion groups about caring for children and adolescents with special health care needs, as well as resources on specific aspects of care and development such as adolescent transition, advocacy, financing, and screening. A feedback form is available at the top of the page.

Secondary Special Education Professionals: Apply to the KU Online TransCert Program
The University of Kansas (KU) TransCert Program provides online training for secondary special education professionals on transition from school to adult life. The program provides a comprehensive approach to preservice transition training and a unique opportunity for special education professionals who wish to increase their instructional strategies in transition service and delivery. The Program consists of the 4 existing core KU transition courses (now available online) plus a 3-credit culminating experience for a total of 15 graduate credit hours. Stipends are available. Application deadline for Fall 2006: March 15, 2006.

Special Education Teachers of Color: Apply to Earn a Ph.D. through Sooner Scholars Program
Are you a Native American, Hispanic, or African American special education teacher? Would you like to learn more about transition and self-determination? Have you ever thought of becoming a special education professor? The University of Oklahoma's (OU) Sooner Scholars Program may be for you! Sooner Scholars will financially and professionally support their full-time efforts to obtain a doctoral degree and become a special education professor. For more information contact OU's Zarrow Center at 405-325-8951 or e-mail Dr. Jim Martin at by March 1, 2006. Sooner Scholars will begin their doctoral studies in fall 2006.

Submit a Paper Proposal for the First Annual Conference on Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
The National Center on Mentoring Youth with Disabilities will host “Aspire, Achieve, Empower: The First Conference on Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities” September 13-15, 2006 in Boston. The Center is seeking paper proposals on the following topics: the history of mentoring and inclusion of youth with disabilities, mentoring programs that work, best practices, research and evaluation, and the inclusion of youth with disabilities in the national mentoring movement. Proposal submission deadline: February 24, 2006.

Submit a Proposal for the Relevance of Assessment and Culture in Education Conference
The 2006 conference for the Relevance of Assessment and Culture in Education (R.A.C.E. 2006), “Indigenous Issues and Voices in Educational Research and Assessment,” will be held April 27-29, 2006 at Arizona State University in Tempe. They are currently seeking proposals for sessions (symposia, paper, and workshop) on the following topics: 1) Voice and Relevance: Research with/in Indigenous Communities; 2) Epistemological Considerations of Local Knowledge; 3) Assessment/Testing/Measurement Issues in an Era of Accountability; 4) Decolonizing Methodologies (including applications to curriculum, pedagogy, research, and assessment); and 5) Language Revitalization, Maintenance, and Language Rights. Proposal submission deadline: March 1, 2006.

Submit Comments: An Assessment of Transition and Policies and Practices in State VR Agencies
The Department of Education is currently soliciting public comment on a Data Collection activity surveying state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency transition policies and practices. The Department is interested in public comment addressing both the burden of collecting the proposed information and the quality, utility, and clarity of the collection activity itself. This study will provide Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, State VR agencies, and others with a description of the current status of transition policies and practices in State VR agencies and identify promising practices in the provision of transition services. Deadline to submit comments: April 10, 2006.

VSA arts Playwright Discovery Award
The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Award invites students in grades 6-12 to ponder how disability affects their lives and the lives of others and express their observations in an original one-act play. Entries may be the work of an individual student or collaboration by a group or class of students with or without disabilities. Winning playwrights will receive a $1,000 award and a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the VSA arts Playwright Discovery Award Evening and see a professional production or staged reading of their play at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Entry deadline: April 14, 2006.

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