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U.S. Department of Education Seeks Presenters for Summer 2005 Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops
The U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative is seeking applications from elementary and high school educators who work directly with students (or their teachers) and who have evidence of raising student achievement or having a positive impact on teaching. Presenters must also be “highly qualified” as defined by the state in which you teach (and be prepared to submit proof); have a complete proposal that includes the final presentation and handouts submitted by April 11, 2005; and commit to attending a two-day training session and all six workshops.

Call for Presentations 2005 TASH Conference
TASH--an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals--is now accepting proposals for the 2005 TASH conference November 9-15, 2005 in Milwaukee, WI. Presentations are encouraged to be made by a team that includes individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, and professionals, as are presentations that are culturally relevant or reflect a wide cultural and linguistic diversity. Proposals postmarked by March 15, 2005 will receive priority consideration. is Accepting Questions for their “Preventing Early Reading Failure” Online Forum (2/8/05)
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has created, an online forum featuring discussions on issues important to people with learning disabilities. This discussion will focus on preventing early reading failure. Dr. Joseph Torgesen, professor at Florida State University and director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, will respond to questions about what we know about the kind of instruction that weak readers need in the early years of school, what we know about the effectiveness of interventions that make use of this knowledge, and how parents can recognize the signs that their young children need extra support in learning to read. Questions for this chat session will be accepted. Deadline: February 8, 2005.

Teens Wanted to Join “Kids As Self-Advocates”
Kids As Self-Advocates (KASA) is seeking 6-8 teens with developmental disabilities between the ages of 13-18 years to help develop a national information, training, and resource center for youth with disabilities on a volunteer basis. KASA is comprised of teens and young adults speaking on behalf of individuals with special health care needs, serving as youth advisors to many Family Voices activities at the state and national levels. Responsibilities of task force members include attending virtual and in-person meetings (expenses paid), participating in free monthly teleconference calls, providing feedback on materials, and much more. Application deadline: February 20, 2005.

Youth Sought for the National Youth with Developmental Disabilities Development Information Center Steering Committee
The National Youth with Developmental Disabilities Development Information Center (NYDDDIC), a new youth with developmental disabilities led center, is searching for youth for its national steering committee. Responsibilities include participating in the development of NYDDDIC curricula, participating in a peer mentoring pilot program, presenting at state and national conferences, and participating in activities to further the development of emerging leaders from the disability community. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter focused on what it means to be an emerging leader with a disability to Rebecca Hare, Project Coordinator, Institute for Educational Leadership, 4455 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20008, or e-mail with “NYDDDIC Steering Committee” in the subject line. Application deadline: February 11, 2005.

Call for Presenters and Posters for the Many Voices One Vision 2005 Summit
The Alliance for Full Participation, a coalition of 11 national disability organizations, is seeking presenters and/or posters for its Many Voices One Vision 2005 Summit to be held September 22-23, 2005, in Washington, DC. Summit attendees will establish national strategic, social, and policy goals to create an agenda that assures full community participation and necessary supports for people with developmental disabilities. Presenters, who should represent a diversity of perspectives, will present on a panel and/or submit a poster for the poster session on September 22. Application Deadline: March 1, 2005. Information and application form available in PDF (6 pp, 117 KB).

Participants Sought for Family Center on Technology and Disability Online Discussions
The Family Center on Technology and Disability invites your participation in an online discussion board forum on culture and diversity and their relationship to assistive technology and disability. The forum will be active until January 31, 2005. Experts Phil Parette and Tom Nurse will participate in the forum, answering questions and sharing experience and knowledge about family and cultural issues in assistive technology decision-making.

Request for Input on No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance
Ten Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) have been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct outreach efforts and collect input on the technical assistance needed to implement the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act. RACs are soliciting input from a variety of stakeholders including governors, chief state school officers, state educational agency staff, school and district administrators, parents, teachers, representatives of higher education, business people, researchers, and regional education service providers via local outreach efforts.

Student Essayists Wanted for the Idea of America Essay Contest
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced its 2005 Idea of America Essay Contest open to high school juniors and 16 -17 year old home-schooled students. Student essayists are being asked to describe totalitarianism by comparing the goals, methods, and results of fascism and communism; address how the tenets of these totalitarian movements differed from the ideals that unite Americans; and explore how the ideals embodied in the American founding prevailed. The author of the winning essay will receive $5,000 in cash, and five national finalists will receive $1,000 each. Essay submission deadline: April 15, 2005.

Disability Social History Project Seeks Readers’ Suggestions and Participation
The Disability Social History Project is a community history project that offers a space for people with disabilities to reclaim their history and determine how to define themselves and their struggles. They encourage suggestions about what you would like to see become part of the Project, including heroes with disabilities, important events in disability history, and resources.

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