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January 2012 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


New Projects

 

E-Connect Mentoring Program

http://ici.umn.edu/e-connect/
E-Connect is a school-based mentoring program that uses e-mail and face-to-face meetings to connect high school students with disabilities to employees from local companies to help them develop employment skills. E-Connect was developed at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration. This Web site contains the E-Connect curricula, as well as tools, samples, handouts, and presentations for those interested in implementing E-Connect in their school.


Calls to Participate

 

C-SPAN StudentCam

http://www.studentcam.org/
C-SPAN’s StudentCam is an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students are asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme “The Constitution and You.” Documentary may focus on any section of the Preamble, Articles, or Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Maximum award: $5,000, plus $1,000 in digital equipment for school. Eligibility: individuals or teams of two to three students grades 6-8 or grades 9- 12; Deadline: January 20, 2012.

 

PEPNet 2.0 Training Institute (PTI) Update

http://www.pepnet.org/pti/
The PEPNet 2.0 Training Institute (PTI) has extended its deadline (originally January 5) for proposals for presentations for the PEPNet 2.0 National Conference, to be held in conjunction with the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) 2012 Conference in New Orleans, LA, July 9-14, 2012. Papers should address issues related to enrolling, retaining, and instructing students who are deaf or hard of hearing or to the varying communication needs of, and methods used by, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, such as oral transliteration services, cued language transliteration services, sign language transliteration and interpreting services, and transcription. New deadline for proposals: February 3, 2012.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

A Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder  (2011)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/3t3fwdw
“A Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder,” recently updated by the National Institute of Mental Health, helps parents understand what autism spectrum disorder is, recognize common signs and symptoms, and find the resources they need.

 

America’s Youth: Transitions to Adulthood  (December 2011)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2012026
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics has released “America’s Youth: Transitions to Adulthood.” Youth of 2011, compared to their peers in 1980, 1990, and 2000, have greater education and less labor force participation, have delayed establishing their own families, and have higher expectations for their future. The report contains statistics on important aspects of the lives of youth, including family, schooling, work, community, and health and presents trends in various social contexts that may relate to youth education and learning.

 

Bullying in Schools: An Overview  (December 2011) PDF document
Bulletin

http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/234205.pdf
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released “Bullying in Schools: An Overview.” This bulletin examines the connection between different types and frequencies of bullying, truancy, and student achievement, and whether students’ engagement in school mediates these factors, finding that victimization in the form of bullying can distance students from learning. Schools can overcome this negative effect if they adopt strategies that engage students in their work, creating positive learning environments that produce academic achievement. Available in pdf (1.20 MB, 12 pp).

 

Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008-2018  (November 2011)
Report

http://cew.georgetown.edu/clusters/
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce’s “Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008-2018” is a report produced in collaboration with the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. It compares the educational requirements and pay across jobs for each of the 16 nationally-recognized career clusters and projects that the most promising financial future is for workers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. While a bachelor's degree offers better accessibility to all high-paying jobs, occupation matters, with the STEM cluster paying the highest wages overall.

 

Career Pathways to Employment: Aligning Career and Technical Education to Labor Market Projections Summary  (November 2011)
Video

http://newmediamanager2.net/node/2141/popup
This forum brief summarizes the American Youth Policy Forum event, “Career Pathways to Employment: Aligning Career and Technical Education to Labor Market Projections,” featuring Anthony Carnevale, Director of the Center on Education, and James Stone, Director of the National Research Center for Career & Technical Education, on the importance of using education to prepare students for jobs.

 

Children of Latino Immigrants and Out-of-School Time Programs  (December 2011) PDF document
Brief

http://www.childtrends.org/Files//Child_Trends-2011_12_01_RB_ImmigrantsOSTProg.pdf
Although most children and youth benefit from involvement in out-of-school (OST) time programs, minority children, and children of immigrants in particular, tend not to participate. Child Trends’ Research-to-Results brief, “Children of Latino Immigrants and Out-of-School Time Programs,” describes risk factors that contribute to low participation rates for children of immigrants, and what these programs can do to improve outcomes, with tips for attracting and retaining children of immigrant families in OST programs. Available in pdf (78.7 KB, 6 pp).

 

Evaluating the Educational Needs of Children with Mental Health Conditions  (2010)
Report

http://bit.ly/kwQJvO
Students with mental health conditions are more likely than their peers to encounter academic, social, or emotional problems at school. Mental health conditions that affect mood, thinking, interactions with peers, and physical and emotional arousal levels may also interfere with a student's ability to focus on learning. Massachusetts General Hospital’s “Evaluating the Educational Needs of Children with Mental Health Conditions” describes the evaluation process and includes important points for schools, parents, and clinicians.

 

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition in English and Spanish  (2011)
Guide

http://www.fctd.info/show/fig_summary
The Family Center on Technology and Disability has released a Spanish language version, “Guía Informativa Familiar Sobre la Tecnología Asistencial y Planificación de la Transición,” of its “Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition.” The guide has an illustrated glossary of assistive technology (AT) and transition terms, and helps families and teachers understand the role of AT in their child’s special education and transition plans.

 

State High School Tests: Changes in State Policies and the Impact of the College and Career Readiness Movement  (December 2011)
Report

http://www.cep-dc.org/
“State High School Tests: Changes in State Policies and the Impact of the College and Career Readiness Movement,” the tenth annual report on high school exams and other assessments by the Center on Education Policy found that, for the first time in six years, the number of states requiring students to pass high school exit exams to earn a diploma had gone down, and the most states are preparing for new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, while and more than one-fourth offer college and career readiness assessments. The report provides individual profiles for states with exit exams, college entrance exam policies, and/or college and career readiness.

 

Ten “Best Practices” Schools Can Use to Help Students Living with Mental Illnesses  (June)
Report

http://bit.ly/kSEKac
“Ten Best Practices for Schools,” from the National Alliance on Mental Health is a resource that describes ten “best practices” schools can engage in to support students living with mental health needs. The academic performance and behavioral functioning of students significantly improve when their mental health needs are effectively addressed. Available in pdf (23.5 KB, 1 p).

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map
Web-based Event
http://www.disabilitypolicyresearch.org/Forums.asp
The current support system for working-age people with disabilities is failing to meet the economic aspirations of this population and driving up governmental expenditures for their support. “The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map” will review the failings of current policy and discuss an approach to major structural reforms that could improve the economic status of people with disabilities, while reducing growth in government expenditures for their support. The webinar will call for a demonstration period to build the evidence base and political consensus needed to support major structural change that could be incorporated into addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal problems while protecting those relying on existing programs in the short term.

The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map
Web-based Event
http://www.disabilitypolicyresearch.org/Forums.asp
The current support system for working-age people with disabilities is failing to meet the economic aspirations of this population and driving up governmental expenditures for their support. “The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map” will review the failings of current policy and discuss an approach to major structural reforms that could improve the economic status of people with disabilities, while reducing growth in government expenditures for their support. The webinar will call for a demonstration period to build the evidence base and political consensus needed to support major structural change that could be incorporated into addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal problems while protecting those relying on existing programs in the short term.

What Do You Want To Take Stock Of? Exploring the Gallup Student Poll
Web-based Event
January 17, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/7kyoq9d
Better data helps leaders use their resources more efficiently and effectively. This webinar will discuss how the Gallup Student Poll, which tracks the hope, engagement and well-being of students in grades 5-12, helps in understanding youth outcomes. Polly Lusk Page of the Northern Kentucky Education Council will highlight their recent survey findings and what they mean for the Northern Kentucky region.

Digital Learning Day
Web-based Event
January 18, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.digitallearningday.org
The Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting “Digital Learning Day,” a webinar featuring the perspective of districts as well as elementary, middle, and high schools on the power of digital learning. Members of the Educator Working Group and representatives from Core Partners that support the Alliance’s Digital Learning Day efforts will discuss how digital learning has made a difference in the lives of students and teachers and how technology, used strategically and systemically as part of whole-school reform, can accelerate improvement in schools.

Quality Counts 2012: The Latest State-by-State Education Report
Web-based Event
January 19, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://media.all4ed.org/registration-jan-19-2012
The Coalition for a College- and Career-Ready America will present a webinar on “Quality Counts 2012” to examine states’ education systems and how these report cards can be used by state and local advocates to support reform. The annual “Quality Counts” report, prepared by Editorial Projects in Education’s Research Center, is released each January by “Education Week” and evaluates the performance of the nation’s education system and measures states’ efforts to improve public education across six areas of policy. This year’s report also focuses on the global challenge of education in a competitive world. (The report is available at http://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html.) The webinar will examine the new “Quality Counts” report and feature an update on developments in federal education policy that could affect state and local work.

The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map
Web-based Event
January 20, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.disabilitypolicyresearch.org/Forums.asp
The current support system for working-age people with disabilities is failing to meet the economic aspirations of this population and driving up governmental expenditures for their support. “The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map” will review the failings of current policy and discuss an approach to major structural reforms that could improve the economic status of people with disabilities, while reducing growth in government expenditures for their support. The webinar will call for a demonstration period to build the evidence base and political consensus needed to support major structural change that could be incorporated into addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal problems while protecting those relying on existing programs in the short term.

Preparing Qualified Adapted Physical Educators: Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
Web-based Event
January 27, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Central)
https://tadnet.adobeconnect.com/pic
The National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center), a federally-funded technical assistance and dissemination project, will present a webinar, “Preparing Qualified Adapted Physical Educators: Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.” Physical education for students with disabilities is a required and important part of special education federal law. Meaningful program outcomes include physical, motor, health, behavioral and social skill improvements. The webinar will discuss the current status of adapted physical education (APE) teacher preparation and best practice strategies for teacher preparation and service delivery, with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of APE teachers and what schools should look for when hiring these special education staff members.

Exploring Check & Connect
Web-based Event
January 31, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
http://checkandconnect.umn.edu/training_consultation/default.html
“Exploring Check & Connect” will describe the basics of the research-based Check & Connect model and highlight the role of student engagement in keeping students in school. The webinar will include time for participants to interact with Check & Connect staff to ask questions about the model and its implementation. These webinars are offered every other month, and are intended for representatives from schools and organizations who want an introduction to the components, elements, and process of the model.

Digital Learning Day
Web-based Event
February 1, 2012
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.digitallearningday.org
The Alliance for Excellent Education invite students and educators to in the Alliance’s first Digital Learning Day, February 1, 2012. This national awareness campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen and personalize learning for all students, exploring how digital learning can provide teachers and students with opportunities in building readiness to succeed in college, a career, and life. Celebrations and activities of all varieties are happening across the country at the state, district, and classroom levels. On Digital Learning Day, a virtual national town hall meeting will be held in Washington, DC, with a live webcast highlighting promising practices, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Eastern); and a virtual town-hall meeting, 1:00-2:30 pm. (The webcast will be repeated 2:30-5:30 pm for the West Coast.) The Alliance strives to change policies, shift attitudes, and support widescale adoption of promising instructional practices. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

A Piece of the Puzzle: A Network Dedicated for Special Needs

http://www.apieceofthepuzzle.net/
This Web site is a social community dedicated to those with special needs and disabilities. Besides being a social network, members can chat and visit the game room. It also has a parents forum and articles for parents, educators and organizations.

 

Ready by 21

http://www.readyby21.org/
“Ready by 21” is a set of strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment that helps communities and states improve services, supports, and opportunities for all youth in education settings. Their Web site offers news and commentary on resources and events helping ensure that all youth are ready for college, work, and life.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2012

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html
This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the U.S. Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for fiscal year 2012 and provides actual or estimated deadlines for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts organized according to the Department’s principal program offices and include programs and competitions previously announced as well as those to be announced at a later date.

 

FY 2011-2012 Discretionary Grant Application Packages

http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.


Additional Funding and Award Opportunities

 

Applications Available for 2012 Do Something Awards Honoring Young Social Change Activists

http://www.dosomething.org/programs/awards
Since 1996, the Do Something Awards have annually honored young social change volunteers, ages 25. Award winners receive a community grant, participation in a televised award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something. In 2012, five winners will receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. (Only winners 18 and under are eligible for a scholarship of $5,000 and a $5,000 community grant; winners between the ages of 19 and 25 receive their award in the form of a community grant.) One of the five winners will be selected as the grand-prize winner and receive a total of $100,000 in community grants paid directly to the nonprofit of his or her choice. Applicants must be age 25 or younger and be a United States or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Deadline: March 1, 2012

 

Intel Foundation: Schools of Distinction

http://www.intel.com/about/corporateresponsibility/education/soda/index.htm
The Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education. To be considered, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: middle and high schools in the U.S. Deadline: February 23, 2012.

 

National Association of Biology Teachers/ Vernier Software & Technology: Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award

http://www.nabt.org/Web sites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2
The Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community. Maximum award: $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

 

Pathways Within Roads to Reading

http://www.pwirtr.org/annual_donation_prog.html
The Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative donates books to literacy programs in small and rural low-income communities. Maximum Award: 200 books appropriate for readers age 0 to young adult; English only. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that run school, after-school, summer, community, day-care, and library reading and literacy programs; must have an annual operating budget of less than $95,000 (schools and libraries are exempt from this budget requirement) and be located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000. Deadline: March 30, 2012.

 

The Department of Education’s College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge

http://tinyurl.com/785emxx
The Department of Education’s College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge asks students with video skills to help the broaden public awareness of college net price calculators. A university’s or college’s net price calculator gives families a better sense of how much they would actually pay to attend a particular institution. Net price calculators allow prospective students to enter their financial information to find out what students with similar financial needs paid to attend the institution in the previous year and what grants or scholarships are available. The Video Challenge asks high school and college students to produce short videos highlighting why the calculators are a valuable resource. A panel of higher education stakeholders will judge the entries, and the top three contestants will each win a $1,500 cash prize. The winners will be announced this spring. Deadline for video submissions: January 31, 2012.

 

United States-Japan Foundation: Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

http://www.us-jf.org/elginHeinz.html
The United States-Japan Foundation Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language. Maximum award: $7,500 ($2,500 monetary award, $5,000 in project funds). Eligibility: current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States who have been teaching for at least five years. Deadline: February 1, 2012.

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