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U.S. Department of Education Seeks Nominations for American Stars of Teaching
The U.S. Department of Education seeks nominations for the second annual American Stars of Teaching project, which recognizes outstanding classroom teachers who are successful in using innovative teaching strategies and raising all students’ academic achievement. These teachers will be highlighted as representatives of the thousands of teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students. One teacher will be recognized in every state and the District of Columbia. Parents, students, colleagues, school administrators, or others can nominate a teacher who they believe has the qualities to be an American Star of Teaching.

Call for Proposals for the 2005 National Transition Conference
The Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation are requesting proposals for the 2005 National Transition Conference, “From Roots to Wings: Guiding Youth with Disabilities to Employment,” June 16-17, 2005 in Washington, DC. The conference will bring together VR and education practitioners, policymakers, and constituency groups to build capacity, highlight model programs, and develop strategies for improving transition services. Workshop strands will include Bridging the Service Gaps, Building a Career, Making Life Choices, Addressing the Leadership Challenge, and Utilizing Federally Supported Transition Initiatives. Application deadline: April 29, 2005. Select the “Call for Papers” link (links to a Word document) in the top right.

Child Advocate Nominations Invited for “World of Children” Awards
The World of Children Awards from World of Children, Inc. honor people doing extraordinary work on behalf of children through two awards: the Kellogg’s Child Development Award, recognizing those who have made a significant lifetime contribution to children's futures by improving their opportunities to learn and to grow, and the Cardinal Health Children’s Care Award, recognizing those who have made a significant lifetime contribution to children’s health and wellbeing. In each category, one honoree will receive $100,000 and two other honorees will each receive $10,000. Additionally, one honoree will receive the Founder’s Award of $15,000. Nomination deadline: April 25, 2005.

DCDT 2005 Call For Papers: “Reaching New Heights: Improving Student Outcomes in a Diverse World”
The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, is an organization concerned with career and vocational issues for students with disabilities. DCDT is soliciting papers for its annual conference, “Reaching New Heights: Improving Student Outcomes in a Diverse World,” to be held October 20-22, 2005 in Albuquerque, NM. Topical strands will include self-determination; student and family involvement in transition; postsecondary education services and transition; program evaluation models and data-based decision-making; employment-focused education; transition education in elementary and middle schools; community partnerships; personnel preparation in transition; student diversity and multicultural approaches; aligning transition-focused education, standards, and school reform; and transition approaches for specific student groups. Proposal submission deadline: May 1, 2005. Application available in PDF (2 pages, 80 KB).

Members Sought for the New Latino Caucus on Child Development
The National Center for Latino Child and Family Research (NCLCFR), in collaboration with several other key Latino researchers, announces the launch of a new Latino Caucus within the structure of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) (see The caucus will create a visible mechanism to systematically and effectively address the importance of Latino issues within the broader child development research, program, and policy communities. NCLCFR encourages those interested in joining the caucus to contact Michael Lopez, NCLCFR Executive Director, at or 301-537-6552.

Participate in National Youth Service Day 2005
National Youth Service Day (NYSD) 2005, a program of Youth Service America and the National Youth Leadership Council, will take place April 15-17. This annual event mobilizes millions of young Americans to identify and address the needs of their communities through service by offering NYSD planning materials, marketing materials, listings of local events, ways to register a project, event news, and project grants. The event supports youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement, and educates the public, media, and elected officials about the role of youth as community leaders.

ICARE Schools Project Requests School Nominations
The ICARE (Involve, Collaborate, Affirm, Respect, and Empower) Schools project at Education Development Center, Inc. seeks nominations of middle schools (must include grades 7 and 8) that successfully involve all families in the education of their children with disabilities. ICARE Schools Project is a national study funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, and will examine schools that use innovative approaches to engage families from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds in the creation and implementation of their child's IEP. Nomination deadline: March 15, 2005.

New Freedom Initiative Award: Call for Nominations
U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao invites non-profits, small businesses, corporations, and individuals that have demonstrated exemplary and innovative efforts in advancing the employment and improving the workplace environment of people with disabilities to apply for the 2005 New Freedom Initiative Award. The Award recognizes public-private partnerships and programs that have had a positive impact on the employment of people with disabilities through access to assistive technologies, the use of innovative training, and hiring and retention techniques. Application deadline: May 22, 2005.

Nominees Sought for Coming Up Taller Awards
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, invites nominations for the 2005 Coming Up Taller Awards. The Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people and provide them learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities. Each year, ten awards of $10,000 each are presented to Coming Up Taller Awards honorees. Nomination deadline: March 24, 2005.

Pennsylvania Community on Transition Conference Seeks Presenters
The Pennsylvania Community on Transition State Leadership Team is seeking presenters for the 4th Annual Pennsylvania Community on Transition Conference, “Strengthening Transition: Achieving Results” to be held July 20-22, 2005 in State College, PA. The purpose of the conference is to expand the capacity of community partners to promote the successful transition of young adults with disabilities to postschool outcomes of employment, postsecondary education and training, community participation, and healthy lifestyles. Information and application form available in PDF (8 pages, 49.5 KB). Proposal submission deadline: March 14, 2005.

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