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Lights on Afterschool! Nationwide Rally for Afterschool Programs
http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/lights_on/index.cfm
The Afterschool Alliance is hosting this nationwide rally for afterschool programs on October 9, 2003. The event will rally community support for afterschool 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 afterschool programs provide. Those interested can become a Lights On! Partner.

VSA Arts in Education Conference
http://www.vsartsfestival.org/conference/
Volkswagen of America, Inc. has put out a call for presenters for the VSA Arts in Education Conference that will take place June 10-11, 2004 in Washington, DC. Presentations must reflect one or more of the five core elements of inclusive arts organizations and programming: on-going assessment and evaluation, linking to organizational structure and practice, inclusive practice, multiple intelligences theory, and developmentally appropriate practice. The proposal submission deadline is August 15, 2003.

Education Department Seeks Input on Accountability for Students with Severe Cognitive Disabilities
http://www.icdr.us/
On March 20th, 2003, the U.S. Department of Education issued a proposed rule to amend Title I under No Child Left Behind, as it relates to State, LEA, and school accountability for the academic achievement of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Specifically, the Department requests comments on what current record keeping and reporting requirements would States and LEAs use to comply with this provision and whether additional information or data will be necessary for compliance. There is not a specified deadline.

Presentation Proposals Requested: 2nd National Summit on the Shared Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
http://www.ideapartnership.org/
Presentation Proposals are being requested for the 2nd National Summit On the Shared Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, June 19 - 21, 2003 Arlington, Virginia. RFP's are due no later than January 10, 2003. Contact: Stephanie Wood-Garnett by phone at 703-245-0615.

2nd Annual National Inclusive Schools Week
http://www.inclusiveschools.org/
The 2nd Annual National Inclusive Schools Week will be celebrated December 2-6, 2002, in classrooms, schools, and communities throughout the country to highlight the nation's progress in providing a quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. National Inclusive Schools Week, which involved tens of thousands of participants in more than 2,000 schools and school districts in nearly all 50 states in 2001, is sponsored by the National Institute for Urban School Improvement, a project of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.

Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/reauth/perkins.html
The Carl D. Perkins Act expires on October 1, 2003. OVAE has spent 2002 studying issues relating to this legislation, engaging teachers, school leaders, students, and policymakers in a dialogue. They will use this valuable input to help the Department of Education frame its proposal for career and technical education that will be transmitted to Congress in 2003. A key feature of this web page is to provide opportunities for educators, parents, students, and policymakers to discuss and comment on the current review of career and technical education, high schools, and community colleges.

Get Involved With National Disability Mentoring Day October 16, 2002
http://www.dmd-aapd.org/
National Disability Mentoring Day is a partnership between the American Association of People with Disabilities and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. It focuses on job shadowing, hands-on career exploration, empowering students with disabilities, and job seekers, promoting a diverse workplace, and more. The "kickoff" date is October 16th, 2002 but activities are year-long.

American Heroes Honored at the First Disability Awareness Night at Yankee Stadium
http://www.ucpa.org/ucp_generalsub.cfm/112/10/10/10-47
On July 3, 2002, The New York Yankees, United Cerebral Palsy, and Exceptional Parent will host the first Disability Awareness Night at Yankee Stadium. On the eve of our nationís Independence Day, this event pays special tribute to the 54 million Americans with disabilities and their families and the upcoming 12th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Honorees at the pre-game ceremonies will be General James L. Jones, 32nd Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, his wife Diane and daughter Jennifer; Bill Porter, a man with cerebral palsy whose life will soon be portrayed in a TNT Original film entitled DOOR TO DOOR; and Shelly Brady, author and long time friend and assistant of Bill Porter. Please contact Sally Charney of UCP @ 202.973.7107 or scharney@ucp.org for comments, questions or inquiries.

The Laws of Life Essay Contest
http://www.lawsoflife.org/
This project encourages students to think about the people and experiences that have helped to shape their values and challenges them to take a stand for what they believe in. Unlike most essay contests, there is no prescribed topic students have to address. The Contest is conducted locally in communities around the world. Each community sponsors and organizes its own contest using a free Contest Information Kit and every contest is unique because local organizers make all of the decisions for the program such as the prizes and who will judge the essays.

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