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Presentation Proposals Requested: 2nd National Summit on the Shared Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
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.

The Transition Coalition
The Transition Coalition provides online training for various groups involved in transition. "Models of Success" is a project to gather new, exciting, or unique things that have helped young adults with disabilities experience a successful transition. They use the stories to train professionals in transition and secondary special education. Awards will be provided to those whose submissions area selected.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Seeks Input from Education Community
WWC is currently identifying education topic areas, interventions, and general approaches it will review, both this year and in the future and is seeking input from the education community. Selection and prioritization will be based on educational significance. WWC is a project of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, established to provide educators, policymakers, and the public with a central, independent, and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

2nd Annual National Inclusive Schools Week
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
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.

Guidelines For A Different Journey: Personal stories for parents by adults with disabilities
Adults who have grown up with disabilities and/or health care needs are invited to write short essays for parents of children with disabilities and/or health care needs for this new book that Stan Klein and John Kemp are co-editing. In their essays, authors are asked to write an essay that they wish their own parents had read or been told while they were growing up. Authors of essays accepted for inclusion in the book will receive $125 for the right to include their essay. Specific guidelines for essays include: 1) An essay of about 1500 words, or less. Add a biography of about 150 words, or less, that would follow the essay in the book. At the end of the essay, write your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and E-mail. 2) Submit your essay as an attachment in Microsoft Word to an E-mail or paste your essay into the body of your E-mail. Send E-mail to 3) If essay is submitted by regular mail, double space the text. Submit the essay on a disk as well. Label each page of your printed essay and the disk with your name and address. Send the printed copy and disk to: Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D., DisABILITIESBOOKS, Inc., P.O. Box 470715, Brookline, MA 02447-0715. Deadline: All essays are to be received by February 15, 2003.

Education News Parents Can Use
The Department of Education has announced its new series of satellite town meetings, Education News Parents Can Use. Broadcasts will be the third Tuesday of each month during the 2002-2003 school year. The programs will also be rebroadcast on the Discovery Networks TLC (The Learning Channel), the Channel One Network and some PBS stations. Downlink sites much register to receive free satellite coordinates. Technical assistance is available by calling (954) 838-0900 ext. 3.

Call for Papers: 15th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI)
This year’s Institute, sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, will be held June 3-7, 2003 at the Mystic Marriott hotel and Spa in Mystic, Connecticut. Proposals for presentations including five hour Strands and two hour Single Sessions to enhance the skills of professionals working with college students with disabilities are due no later than November 30, 2002.

Call for Papers - Education of Minority Children
Multiple Voices, the journal of the Division of Diverse and Exceptional Learners (DDEL), announces a call for papers related to the education of culturally and linguistically diverse learners with exceptionalities. Manuscripts should enhance the understanding of problems, trends, and research-to-practice issues pertinent to the education of minority children. The November 2002 issue of Multiple Voices will provide a comprehensive response to the controversial National Academies of Sciences' report "Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education" (available online at Deadline for submitting manuscripts: August 31, 2002. For more information and manuscript guidelines, please contact Cheryl Utley at 913-321-3143 ext. 273 or e-mail

Get Involved With National Disability Mentoring Day October 16, 2002
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.

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