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October 2013 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


New Projects

 

Pipelines of Talent Initiative

http://www.aapd.com/resources/power-grid-blog/aapd-introduces-dmd-pipelines.html
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), partnering with the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), created the Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) Pipelines of Talent initiative. Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign from the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. DMD, celebrated October 16 this year, is a highlight of NDEAM. Beginning in 1999, Disability Mentoring Day is the nation’s largest job shadowing program designed for Americans with disabilities. DMD connects mentors with students and job seekers with disabilities in order to expand employment opportunities and help close the disability unemployment gap. This multi-phase project aims to provide tools and resources developed by AAPD to assist with transitioning current DMD programs to year-round initiatives. AAPD recently selected Disability Mentoring Day Iowa as the first grant recipient of the initiative.

 

Who Cares About Kelsey? Documentary on Public Television

http://www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/
The documentary “Who Cares About Kelsey?” airing on public television in October, tells the story of Kelsey Carroll, who lived with homelessness, self-mutilation, abuse and ADHD and was a likely high school dropout until she encountered an education revolution that’s about empowering, not overpowering, teens with emotional and behavioral disabilities, is available for purchase. It explores the innovative educational approaches, including implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), that ultimately helped Kelsey graduate, while improving the overall school culture and climate. The documentary is available on DVD, and schools and organizations can apply for a free “Who Cares About Kelsey?” Education DVD Kit.


Calls to Participate

 

National AfterSchool Association seeks Proposals for Convention

http://tinyurl.com/kfho9no
The National AfterSchool Association requests proposals for workshops and special sessions for its 26th Annual Convention. The convention will be held February 28-March 3, 2014, in New York City. Submission deadline: Oct. 25.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

ADA Live!
Monthly Show

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wada-se
“ADA Live!” is a monthly radio show broadcast nationally on the Internet. Listeners can ask questions and learn about their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Leaders in the field share their knowledge, experience, and strategies that increase the participation of persons with disabilities in communities and businesses. Each show is 30 minutes long, appearing on the first Wednesday of each month, at 1:00 PM (Eastern).

 

Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being of Older Youth in Foster Care  (August 2013)
Report

http://www.fostercareworkgroup.org/
Youth Transition Funders Group’s Foster Care Work Group has published “Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being of Older Youth in Foster Care.” Social, emotional, and physical well-being is critical for young people to form and connect with networks of families, friends, and communities that support their transitions to adulthood. However, many older youth and young adults who experience the child welfare system face social and emotional challenges stemming from abuse, neglect, and trauma and separation from their family and culture. This report seeks to leverage and advance new and emerging interest within and outside the federal government and research and advocacy communities to better understand and support social, emotional, and physical well-being for older youth in foster care.

 

High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) First Follow-up: A First Look at Fall 2009 Ninth-Graders in 2012  (October 2013)
Report

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2014360
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has published this First Look which introduces new data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, collected in the spring of 2012 when most sample members were in their 11th-grade year. The analyses examine students’ educational expectations; students’ math performance on an algebra assessment, including gains since the 9th grade; students’ math and science efficacy; and students’ initial planning for postsecondary educational application and enrollment.

 

National Parent Technical Assistance Center Publishes New Guide on Youth with Disabilities and Extracurricular Activities  (2013)
Resource Handout

http://www.parentcenternetwork.org/
PACER’s National Parent Technical Assistance Center has released a Resource Handout entitled “Your Child with a Disability Can Take Part in Extracurricular Activities.” This guide provides an overview of the importance of extracurricular activities and how to use legal requirements to ensure that youth with disabilities are included.

 

Promotion of Healthy Relationships and Sexuality for Individuals with Disabilities  (2013) PDF document
Fact Sheet

http://lend.umn.edu/docs/LEND-FACT-sexuality.pdf
The “Promotion of Healthy Relationships and Sexuality for Individuals with Disabilities” fact sheet promotes healthy relationships and debunks myths about sexuality in relation to individuals with disabilities. It provides background information, facts, and resources, and discusses solutions and promising steps in promoting healthy sexuality for individuals with disabilities, and was published by the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (MN LEND) at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. Available in pdf (599 KB, 2 pp).

 

REL West Research Digest  (August 2013)
Journal Issue

http://www.wested.org/resources/august-2013-rel-west-research-digest/
The August 2013 “REL West Research Digest” features work that the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities is doing with 14 member schools to implement an early-warning system tool that identifies students at risk of not graduating from high school so that schools and districts can target appropriate interventions.

 

Saving Futures Saving Dollars the impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings  (September 2013)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/ksrsqv4
“Saving Futures Saving Dollars: The Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings,” from the Alliance for Excellent Education, reports that the nation could save as much as $18.5 billion in annual crime costs if the high school male graduation rate increased by only 5%. The report examines and builds upon research that links lower levels of educational attainment with higher rates of arrests and incarceration.

 

Toolkit for Aligning Instructional Materials with the CCSS  (July 2013)
Toolkit

http://www.achieve.org/publications
As a joint effort, Achieve, The Council of Chief State School Officers, and Student Achievement Partners, have developed a downloadable “Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).”

 

Toolkit for Aligning Instructional Materials with the CCSS  (July 2013)
Toolkit

http://www.achieve.org/publications
As a joint effort, Achieve, The Council of Chief State School Officers, and Student Achievement Partners, have developed a free “Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).” The Toolkit is a set of interrelated instruments for evaluating alignment to the CCSS; each tool in the Toolkit supports the CCSS expectations and derives from the Publishers’ Criteria for the CCSS.

 

Transitions from High School to College  (2013)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/ls8p9tx
“Transitions from High School to College” looks at the state of college readiness among high school students and the role of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Most high school students aspire to some kind of postsecondary education, yet many of them enter college without the basic content knowledge, skills, or habits of mind they need to succeed. This article looks at the state of college readiness among high school students, the effectiveness of programs designed to help student transitions to college, and efforts to improve those transitions. The CCSS offer the potential to improve college and career readiness among students. But that potential will be realized only if the standards are supplemented with the appropriate professional development for educators.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Building Strategic Partnerships
Web-based Event
https://community.lincs.ed.gov/group/career-pathways
Debra Mills, director of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN), will lead a Building Strategic Partnerships webinar, on Monday, October 14, 2013, at the NCPN Conference in San Antonio. This will be the first in the Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) series. The webinar will be recorded and all materials will be available at the website.

Beyond Credit Recovery: On Track for Life
Web-based Event
October 10, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://eventcallregistration.com/reg/index.jsp?cid=39419t11
“Beyond Credit Recovery: On Track for Life” challenges educators not only to help students graduate on time, but ensure they are prepared for college or career. This webinar will examine how existing face-to-face, blended, and online credit recovery programs can enhance college and career readiness. Participants will explore ways to incorporate the vocabulary and structure of the college experience into blended recovery programs, and discuss how dual enrollment can be a first step to college for struggling students. Other programs to encourage academic preparation and college readiness, including advisor programs and bridge activities, will be addressed.

Building Strategic Partnerships
Web-based Event
October 14, 2013
https://community.lincs.ed.gov/group/career-pathways
Debra Mills, director of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN), will lead a Building Strategic Partnerships webinar, on Monday, October 14, 2013, at the NCPN Conference in San Antonio. This will be the first in the Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) series. The webinar will be recorded and all materials will be available at the website.

What's in Your Future? Options for Higher Education and the Workplace
Web-based Event
October 23, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/k3y5nhv
“What's in Your Future? Options for Higher Education and the Workplace,” a webinar from the Learning Disabilities Association of American, will offer an overview of the services and accommodations young adults with learning disabilities can use in higher education and in their professional careers. It will include information on the services and supports available in higher education and in the workplace and on how to access accommodations and supports.

Common Core State Standards and Service-Learning
Web-based Event
October 29, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   (Central)
https://nylc.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=nylc
Common Core State Standards and Service-Learning (CCSS) challenge teachers to make shifts in their pedagogical methods. Students need to employ critical thinking to solve real-world problems. This webinar will focus on how to leverage rigorous, relevant instruction to meet the challenge of CCSS through service learning.

National Conference on Summer Learning
Conference
November 11, 2013 - November 13, 2013
Orlando, FL
http://www.summerlearning.org/
The theme of the National Summer Learning Association’s 2013 Conference is “Advancing Outcomes for Youth: Demonstrating Your Value in a Data-Driven Age.” Presenters and participants will explore the best ways to collect data, track progress, and make the case for summer learning to funders, policymakers and the public.

Check & Connect Comprehensive Implementation Training

November 11, 2013 - November 12, 2013
Training
Minneapolis, MN
http://checkandconnect.umn.edu/training_consultation/compimplementation_MN2.html
Check & Connect (C&C), an evidence-based student engagement and dropout prevention intervention implemented in schools and community youth agencies nationally in the U.S. and abroad, helps schools, districts, and community agencies reduce truancy, dropout rates, and/or behavior referrals among K-12 students. C&C is easily integrated into existing universal interventions, such as PBIS and Early Warning Systems. This 2-day training for education administrators, lead staff, site coordinators, and mentors will discuss how to start implementing C&C. Participants will gain an overview of C&C and its background; information on how to prepare their site to implement C&C; and the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective C&C mentor. Registration deadline: November 4, 2013.

National Mentoring Summit

January 30, 2014
Summit
Arlington, VA
http://tinyurl.com/l5kllkc
The 2014 National Mentoring Summit will bring together more than 700 youth mentoring organizations, as well as government, civic, research and corporate leaders. They will share effective and innovative practices, discuss new research, focus on professional development, and create a shared agenda to drive systemic change that integrates mentoring as a strategy to support young people. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

All4ed

http://all4ed.org/
The All4ed.org contains the Alliance reports, webinars, blog posts, and newsletters and has been updated to focus on more action-oriented materials, to increase engagement and participation.

 

National AfterSchool Association Launches New Site

http://naaweb.org/
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) has launched a website that provides new resources, ideas and inspiration, professional development tools for use in the classroom and within programs, and a new marketplace that lists trusted vendors.

 

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

http://www.pacer.org/bullying/
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center website features resources and web-based tools from the National Bullying Prevention Center on planning events, activities, outreach, and educational initiatives to help prevent bullying. The website includes links to the related websites especially for teens/high-school age students and for kids/elementary-school students.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2013

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 2014 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.

 

Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2013

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 2014 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 2013 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.

 

FY 2013 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

 

American Association of School Librarians Invites Applications for Innovative Reading Projects

http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/innovative
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, is accepting applications from school librarians for the AASL Innovative Reading Grant program. A $2,500 grant will be awarded to support the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially among struggling readers. Projects should promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy, and must: be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting, encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading, and demonstrate potential to impact student learning. Grant recipients may be invited to write an article that delineates their reading incentive project and demonstrate their successes, trials, and recommendations for improving so others may replicate the project. Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2014.

 

American Electric Power Applications for 2014-2015 PreK-12 Classroom Projects

http://www.aep.com/community/TeachersAndStudents/TeacherVisionGrants.aspx
American Electric Power (AEP) is accepting applications from preK-12 teachers for minigrants to support funding for classroom projects during the 2014-15 school year. Through the Teacher Vision grant program, AEP supports projects with an academic focus and a goal of improving student achievement. Priority will be given to projects that promote science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety, the balanced study of energy and the environment, and energy efficiency. Special consideration will be given to projects that incorporate matching funds, community resources, and interdisciplinary or team-teaching projects. Funds may not be used for stipends or meals. Grant awards range from $100-$500. Applicants must be pre-K-12 teachers in communities in the AEP service area or in communities with major AEP facilities. Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2014.

 

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Seeks Proposals to Strengthen Secondary Education

http://www.avdf.org/FoundationsPrograms/SecondaryEducation.aspx
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations offers $100,000-$200,000 grants to support a wide range of innovative professional development programs that strengthen teachers in grades 9-12 and their teaching. For example, projects might be designed to improve professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, strengthen teaching skills, support practical research in teacher and high school education, or encourage innovative use of technology and new techniques for presentation of classroom materials in high schools. Projects should aim to develop solutions with potential for wide application or replication by others. Requests to support well-established programs should be for initiatives with the potential to improve the program significantly. Special consideration will be given to projects in their early stages that address the concerns and problems of secondary education on a national level. In considering proposals to support high school teaching, sustained partnerships between the faculties of colleges (e.g., arts and sciences and education) and school districts, or collaborative efforts involving reform organizations, colleges/universities, and high schools are encouraged. Eligible institutions include but are not limited to public and private colleges and universities, graduate schools of education, and freestanding educational institutes. Ongoing deadlines.

 

Foundation for Education and Development Technology Grants for Rural Schools Program

http://www.fred.org/tech.html
The Foundation for Education and Development’s Technology Grants for Rural Schools program was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom. The grants strive to help public schools in rural areas bring modern computers to every classroom, connect schools to the internet, and make sure that effective and engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the school curriculum. Eligibility for FRED programs is determined by the foundation’s Donor Circle. Applicants must have a letter of nomination from a Donor Circle company and meet the basic requirements outlined in the program brochure. Tech Grants of up to $5,000 are available to public schools that are working in cooperation with their telecommunications company to enhance learning by increasing the use of technology in the classroom. Projects that are unique and focus on new programs and curriculum for technology education are encouraged. Examples of possible grant requests include but are not limited to computer-assisted learning programs; computer equipment and programs; electronic access to information; and subject-specific tools for art, reading, math, science, etc. Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2013.

 

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Accepting School Library Grant Applications

https://laurabushfoundation.unt.edu/
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC, seeks to provide books and reading materials to the school libraries and students that most need them. The foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to help school libraries expand, update, and diversify their book collections. Deadline: December 2, 2013.

 

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Invites Entries from Creative Teens

http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is open for entries for 2014. The Awards are sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in one of 28 categories, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction. Submissions are judged regionally by the Alliance’s affiliates, and the top winning works are presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs. Students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home-school, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad. Deadlines for submitting work vary by region, ranging from December 15, 2013-January 15, 2014.

 

Story Share $50K Writing Contest for Teen and Adult Beginning Readers

http://www.storysharecontest.com/
NCLD, CAST, Benetech and Orca Book Publishers’ Story Share Contest is a writing contest for stories for teen and adult beginning readers. The Story Share $50K Writing Contest was created to support the millions of teen and adult beginning readers who have been limited with stories written for young children, and who need access to age appropriate, high interest/low literacy stories that inspire a love of reading. Prizes will total $50,000, with a Grand Prize of $10,000, and $40,000 divided among 10 other winners will receive walk away with thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Deadline for submission: December 7, 2013.


Scholarships and Awards

 

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for America’s Top Youth Volunteers

http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc
Achieve is helping announce that the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the nation’s largest youth volunteer awards program, has opened its 2013-14 program. These awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by young people, grades 5-12. Applications must be completed by November 5, 2013, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or affiliate of the HandsOn Network. Those without Internet access can get a paper version of the application form by calling 877-525-8491 toll-free. State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, with a parent, for four days of recognition events in early May 2014. Ten National Honorees will be named America's Top Youth Volunteers of the year and will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit, charitable organizations of their choice. Deadline for submissions: November 5, 2013.

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