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12th Annual Lights On Afterschool Celebration
Lights On Afterschool provides an opportunity for afterschool programs to promote the benefits of engaging in high quality learning beyond the classroom. Participants are encouraged to host their own events and invite parents and community members, or work with other programs in the community to host a larger event.

America's Promise Launches Grad Nation Communities
America's Promise Alliance is drafting more communities into its campaign to boost high school graduation. The Alliance recently launched Grad Nation Communities, part of the Grad Nation Campaign, a 10-year initiative to mobilize all Americans to take action to end the high school dropout crisis and better prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. The Alliance invites communities to join this network of cities and towns that will work to improve high school graduation rates by focusing on the local schools that are most in need of improvement.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign held each October to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year ”National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” When the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) was established in 2001, it assumed responsibility for NDEAM, working to expand its reach and scope. But NDEAM’s true spirit lies in the creative observances held across the nation every year. ODEP offers a variety of resources to help employers, schools and organizations, and communities participate in NDEAM. Activities can be as simple as putting up NDEAM posters, or as comprehensive as implementing a disability education program. All are important in fostering a more inclusive America, where every person’s abilities are recognized all year round. The theme for NDEAM 2011 is “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities,” which promotes the valuable of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Presidential Proclamation
The presidential proclamation of NDEAM 2011 recognizes the skills that people with disabilities bring to the workforce, and urges rededication to improving employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors for those living with disabilities. The full text is on the White House Press Office’s Web site.

OVAE Seeks Input on a Research Center for Career and Technical Education
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) is planning a competition for a national research center to carry out scientifically based research and evaluation, and to conduct dissemination and training activities consistent with Section 114(d)(4) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. It seeks input on research topics and on types of dissemination activities and technical assistance to states to address the education, employment, and training needs of students in career and technical education programs. Comments are due by Oct. 21, 2011. Comments can be emailed to or submitted at the Web site.

Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity Call for Proposals
The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i seeks proposals for presentations for the 28th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity: Living to our Complete Potential, which will be held March 26-27, 2012, Honolulu, HI: Hawai‘i. The 2012 conference will revisit familiar themes and explore new directions through scholarship, best practice, and international networking. The conference program design has been reorganized into three thematic, areas: Foundation, the topical areas the Center for Disability Studies has been or is currently engaged in; Exploration, topics that CDS has not previously addressed but that affect the security and well-being of all people with disabilities; and Innovation, to showcase new theories, concepts, solutions, ideas and applications that can benefit people with disabilities during this economic downturn. Deadline for proposals: December 16, 2011.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for NDEAM 2011 is “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities,” which promotes the valuable contributions people with disabilities make to America's workplaces and economy (NDEAM posters are available to download or order:

Survey for Parents Will Assess Community Services for Children with Special Needs
The newly founded National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services is conducting a survey for parents of children with special needs on the effectiveness of community-based services. Results from the survey will be used to help the Center identify what’s working, what’s not, and how it can better help children receive the health care services they need.

Leadership for Equity and Excellence Forum seeks Proposals for 2012 Conference Sessions
Arizona State University’s Leadership for Equity and Excellence Forum is seeking proposals for sessions for its 2012 conference, to be held March 5-6, 2012, in Tempe AZ. This forum brings educators around the country together to share their work, build coalitions for equity, learn strategies for teaching and leading change, network with social justice leaders, examine ways to eliminate achievement disparities, and advance an agenda for equity. They are especially interested in the voices of students and young adults. Sessions should be interactive and of interest to a wide range of participants. Deadline for proposals: August 31, 2011.

ASCD: Outstanding Young Educator Award
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 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; an all-expenses paid trip to the ASCD annual conference in March for the winner and one companion, including registration, travel, hotel, and meals. Eligibility: pre K-12 teachers under age 40; self-nominations accepted. Deadline: August 1, 2011.

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