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Educators: Become an Urban Public School Principal Through New Leaders for New Schools
http://www.nlns.org/NLWeb/Leader.jsp
New Leaders for New Schools (NLNS) selects and trains passionate and results-focused educators and former educators to become urban public school principals. NLNS is currently seeking applicants for its next cohort of trainees. Applicants should have a minimum of 2-3 years of successful K-12 instruction experience and preferably a teaching certificate as well as experience working with and leading adults. Application deadline: March 1, 2006.

Filmmakers Under Age 20: Enter the Future Filmmakers Festival!
http://www.futurefilmmakersfestival.com/
The Future Filmmakers Festival celebrates the work of film and video makers under the age of 20 from across the U.S. The 2006 Festival will be held June 16-18 in Chicago. Filmmakers accepted into the festival will be invited to attend, watch their film with an audience, attend workshops, meet in-the-know film professionals, and hang out with other young filmmakers. Deadline to submit films: January 31, 2006.

K-12 Schools and Libraries: Apply to Receive the “We the People Bookshelf”
http://www.wethepeople.gov/bookshelf/becomingamerican-guidelines.html
As part of its We the People initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association are presenting 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 for fifteen thematically related books which embody the theme of “Becoming American.” In return for receiving a Bookshelf, libraries are required to organize programs that introduce the books and the “Becoming American” theme to the library's students/patrons. Application deadline: January 17, 2006.

Submit Comments on the IDEA Multi-Year IEP Demonstration Program
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7506.htm
In the Federal Register for December 19, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education published notices of proposed requirements and selection criteria for the multi-year IEP pilot program permitted under IDEA 2004. (Note: These are not regulations.) The multi-year IEP pilot allows up to 15 states to seek approval for proposals to offer parents the option of a multi-year IEP, not to exceed 3 years. This pilot was developed to offer the opportunity for long-term planning. The Department of Education seeks public comment on these requirements and criteria. Deadline to submit comments: March 6, 2006.

Submit Comments on the IDEA Paperwork Waiver Demonstration Program
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/E5-7507.htm
In the Federal Register for December 19, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education published notices of proposed requirements and selection criteria for the paperwork reduction pilot program permitted under IDEA 2004. (Note: These are not regulations.) The paperwork reduction pilot allows up to 15 states to seek waivers of certain IDEA statutory and regulatory requirements for a period not to exceed 4 years. The Department of Education seeks public comment on these requirements and criteria. Deadline to submit comments: March 6, 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.

Mentors: Share Ethical Challenges You Have Faced in Mentoring
http://monticello.bc.edu/mentor/
Professors Jean Rhodes (University of Massachusetts), Belle Liang (Boston College), and Renee Spencer (Boston University) are writing a book entitled First Do No Harm: A Call for Ethical Guidelines in Youth Mentoring, to be published by Harvard University Press. The book will address ethical challenges mentors face and provide a road map for navigating these challenges. You can make an important contribution to this book by sharing the story of an ethical dilemma you (or another mentor you know) have encountered and how you handled it.

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.

Apply to be a Trainer: Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps
http://www.teacherquality.us/TeacherToTeacher/CallForTrainers.asp
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking teachers and school leaders for the Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps. Successful applicants will be teachers and school leaders who are using scientifically based research strategies and have data to demonstrate their effectiveness. As trainers, these education professionals will share the research underlying these practices and their experience with implementing them in classrooms and schools. Application deadline: October 10, 2005.

Participate in Lights on Afterschool!
http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/lights_on/index.cfm
The Afterschool Alliance is hosting this nationwide rally for afterschool programs on Thursday, October 20, 2005. The event will rally community support for afterschool programs by shining the spotlight on programs at over 5,000 sites across the country. Parents, community and business leaders, elected officials, and the media will have an opportunity to see firsthand the benefits out-of-school-time programs provide. On the event's Web site, you can sign your afterschool program up to be part of the event.

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