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CADRE Survey on Parental Conflict and Special Education Decision Making
CADRE is developing a resource focusing on issues that families experience in times of high stress due to divorce or estrangement and strategies that can be used to assist them, particularly during the process of special education decision making. CADRE invites responses on a brief survey to assist them in developing this resource.

Inclusive Schools Network
The Inclusive Schools Network seeks input from people who use or offer inclusive education services, to learn more about what kinds of information and services the Network could offer, and invites responses on a brief survey of opinions.

District-Level Race to the Top to Focus on the Classroom, Provide Tools to Enhance Learning, and Serve the Needs of Every Student Competition Proposal Available for Public Comment
The U.S. Department of Education has announced proposed criteria for the 2012 Race to the Top program, a nearly $400 million competition that invites school districts to create plans for individualized classroom instruction aimed at closing achievement gaps and preparing each student for college and career. Race to the Top (RTT), launched in 2009, has inspired education reform nationwide, leading 46 states to pursue higher standards, data-driven decisions making, greater support for teachers, and turnaround interventions in persistently low-performing schools. The next phase proposes to build on those principles at the classroom level, supplying teachers with the strategies and tools they need to help every student learn at his or her own pace. To read or comment on the RTT district-level proposal, visit the Web site. The Department plans to release the application in July with an October submission deadline. Awards will be announced no later than Dec. 31, 2012. Deadline for public comment: June 8, 2012.

Education Department Seeks Information on Disconnected Youth
The U.S. Department of Education has released a request for information (RFI) on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth. The RFI invites organizations to recommend effective approaches to increase the rate at which young people ages 14 to 24 who are homeless, in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, unemployed or not enrolled in an educational institution meet educational, employment, and other key development goals. Deadline for submissions: July 5, 2012.

Learning Disabilities Association of America Seeks Submissions for 2013 Conference
Learning Disabilities Association of America seeks submissions for the 2013 Conference in San Antonio, TX, February 13-165, 2013, for papers or other formal presentations, workshops, or informational sessions. LDA values sessions on current and best practices, including basic information about the nature of learning disabilities as well as innovative approaches to advocacy, assessment, intervention, and instruction; new ways to ensure successful transition, use of assistive technology, access to the general curriculum, providing a continuum of services and fostering productive adulthood; and hands-on practical techniques for Table Talk and reports of research for Poster Sessions. For this 50th anniversary year, a special focus will be placed on research best practices and skill building of both children and adults in culturally diverse populations. Presenters are limited to one major presentation, and sessions may not promote commercial products and/or services. Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2012.

NIDRR’s Proposed Long-Range Plan 2013-2017: Comments Sought
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research’s (NIDRR’s) Long-Range Plan (Plan) for fiscal years (FYs) 2013 through 2017. The Department is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, to develop a plan for NIDRR that outlines NIDRR’s priorities for rehabilitation research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, and explains the basis for these priorities. Deadline for comments: June 18, 2012.

OJJDP and SAMSA Observe National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will observe National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9, 2012. This year's observance will promote recovery and resilience for children and youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. OJJDP, SAMHSA, and partnering agencies will support efforts to help the public recognize signs of child trauma, promote treatment for children’s traumatic experiences, and promote trauma-informed social services and supports. They seek participants in Awareness Day 2012 Community Events activities. The Community Events link on the Web site lists activities already planned state-by-state.

Southwest Conference on Disability Seeks Submissions for 2012 Conference
The theme of the 2012 conference is “Access for All: To Boldly Go Where Everyone Else Has Gone Before,” with topical areas including Physical Access, Access to Health, Access to Employment, Access to Technology, and Access to Behavioral Health Through High-Quality Service Partnerships. The conference will be October 9-12, 2012, in Albuquerque, NM. Deadline for submissions: May 11, 2012.

ASCD: Outstanding Young Educator Award
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Young Educator Award, which recognizes a teacher under the age of 40 who demonstrates excellence in his or her profession, a positive impact on students, creativity in the classroom, and leadership in his or her school or district. Maximum award: $10,000; ASCD institutional membership. Eligibility: full-time K-12 teachers under age 40; self-nominations accepted. Deadline: August 1, 2012.

Great American Bake Sale
Because 16.2 million children in America are at risk of hunger – more than 1 in 5 – the “Share our Strength Great American Bake Sale” seeks participants on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012) to help end childhood hunger.

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