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November 2013 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


Calls to Participate

 

AAIDD 138th Annual Meeting Call for Presentations

http://aaidd.org/education/annual-conference/2014-call-for-presentations#.Uoy6pIW894s
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) seeks proposals for presentations for the AAIDD 2014 meeting, June 23-26, 2014, in Orlando, FL. The meeting theme is “Embracing Complexity: Inclusion, Participation, and Citizenship,” and will provide researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives in complex times. Deadline: December 6, 2013.

 

Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity Call for Proposals

http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/about
The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i seeks proposals for presentations for the 30th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, “Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Envision Tomorrow” which will be held May 19-20, 2014, in Waikiki, Hawai’i. Deadline for proposals: January 31, 2014.

 

George Washington University’s Transition Special Education Certificate Program

http://gsehd.gwu.edu/academics/programs/certificates/transition-special-education/overview
The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development is inviting candidates to apply for the Spring ’14 cohort for their 12-credit Transition Special Education Certificate Program. Students who have enrolled in this program will be given priority when being considered for admission to the Master’s program and all credits earned will be easily transferred. The certificate includes four on-line courses in secondary transition. For more information about the Master’s program or applying for a tuition award, email Bridget Green at greenb@gwu.edu or Dr. Michael Ward at mjward@gwu.edu. Deadline for applications to enroll in the Certificate Program for the summer semester: December 1, 2013.

 

I Care By Campaign Seeks Participants

http://tinyurl.com/kja27bv
Over two million young people in the United States have an emotional or behavioral disability. Stakeholders in the educational process (families, educators, administrators, and policymakers) struggle to find effective methods to help these students succeed. The new I Care By Campaign, inspired by the film “Who Cares About Kelsey?,” provides specific, regularly updated actions that anyone can take to make a difference in the lives of youth who are struggling with emotional or behavioral challenges.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Dropout Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Settings  (September 2013)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/o9t6jve
“Dropout Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Settings” is an ICF International white paper that examines how rural schools can confront the many challenges associated with their locale and how rural communities can leverage their numerous strengths to prevent students from dropping out of school.

 

Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Other Disabilities  (2013) PDF document
Policy Brief

http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/2013ODEPHealthyReport.pdf
“Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Other Disabilities” is a policy brief on health care transition in 2012 commissioned by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). ODEP frames its youth-policy work around the Guideposts for Success (Guideposts), a series of principles articulating what all youth, including those with disabilities, need to transition successfully into adulthood. One key element of the Guideposts is Connecting Activities, which emphasize access to programs, services, and activities that help youth prepare to self-manage their health care needs, pursue meaningful careers, and make informed choices in their lives. “Healthy Transitions” presents highlights from that research study. Available in pdf (582 KB, 13 pp).

 

Institute for Education Sciences’ Technical Working Group Summary: Researching College- and Career- Ready Standards to Improve Student Outcomes  (August 2013)
Meeting Summary

http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/whatsnew/techworkinggroup/
The National Center for Education Research, of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) convenes technical working groups periodically. These meetings are often meant to encourage stakeholders to discuss the state of research on a topic and/or to identify gaps in research. In August, IES worked with the National Science Foundation and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to convene a technical working group to discuss research objectives related to college- and career-ready standards in English language arts and mathematics, focusing on issues at the classroom level and on short-, medium-, and long-term research objectives. Sessions focused on math and English language arts content, implications for students with disabilities and English language learners, measuring classroom practice, and district and school-level support for implementation. This meeting summary covers all sessions of the technical working group and outlines both presentations and discussions among participants.

 

Meta-Analytic Review of Youth Mentoring Programs  (October 2013)
Analytic Review

http://tinyurl.com/m9bmqy9
This Meta-Analytic Review of Youth Mentoring Programs by delinquency experts takes stock of the mentoring literature and its effects on delinquency (i.e., arrests and convictions), as well as indicators associated with delinquency (i.e., academic outcomes, aggression, drug use).

 

Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools  (October 2013)
Primer

http://tinyurl.com/ldf8jqu
Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own, and it is growing in practice at schools around the country. The idea is to bring students together in peer-mediated small groups to talk, ask questions and air their grievances. Districts using restorative justice have found that the programs have helped strengthen campus communities, prevent bullying, and reduce student conflicts. Suspension and expulsion rates have gone down, and students say they feel happier and safer. The website resources include a link to the program primer, “Overview from fix School Discipline.”

 

Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Eight States 2004-2011  (June 2013)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/kx9oas9
“Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Eight States 2004-2011” from the Institute for Community Inclusion of Boston MA summarizes the employment and economic outcomes for young adults with intellectual disability between 2004 and 2011, based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Rehabilitation Services Administration 911 (RSA-911) dataset, and the National Core Indicators (NCI). Outcomes reported include educational attainment, employment status and setting, earnings, and hours worked. Available in pdf (446 KB, 25 pp).

 

Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers  (September 2013)
Manual

http://fpg.unc.edu/news/researchers-help-teachers-facing-spike-student-autism-rate
The University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), in collaboration with The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) has released “Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary School Teachers.” This resource is a multimedia manual and hands-on resource that provides strategies for secondary educators who serve students on the autism spectrum. This manual provides research-based practices that enhance the learning opportunities for secondary students with ASD.

 

What do Parent Center Transition Specialists Need to Know?  (2013) PDF document
Report

http://www.pacer.org/tatra/pdf/What-do-Parent-Center-Transition-Specialists-Need-to-Know.pdf
“What Do Parent Center Transition Specialists Need to Know?” is a white paper prepared by the Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) Project at PACER Center, on the knowledge areas, skills, and abilities important for professionals working with transition-focused parent information and training. Available in pdf (129 KB, 6 pp).

 

Yesterday’s Dropouts  (2013)
Archived Documentary

http://breakingground.wamu.org/
Graduating from high school is not enough preparation to be competitive in today’s economy. Breaking Ground’s “Yesterday’s Dropouts,” a radio documentary from DC’s WAMU radio station, shows that a GED is insufficient to get America’s 30 million high school dropouts back on track. Workforce-development efforts for high school dropouts are vitally important, as is helping the hundreds of thousands of adults who return to the classroom each year as adults.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Social-Emotional Learning Integrated with Academic Literacy Equals Secondary Students’ Common Core Success
Web-based Event
November 7, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM   (Pacific)
http://tinyurl.com/nxbps58
“Social-Emotional Learning Integrated with Academic Literacy Equals Secondary Students’ Common Core Success” is a WestEd webinar on how to help diverse students participate successfully in the complex literacy practices required of the Common Core State Standards. The guest speaker will be a science teacher from New Haven Unified School District (California) who has incorporated into her teaching strategies from WestEd's Strategic Literacy Initiative. The webinar will be archived for later access by those who cannot listen to the live presentation.

Implementing School Improvement Grants (SIG): Early Successes and Challenges from Rural Nevada
Web-based Event
November 13, 2013
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
http://tinyurl.com/mmysgjo
“Implementing School Improvement Grants (SIG): Early Successes and Challenges from Rural Nevada” is WestEd’s first webinar of its “Journeys” project. It will discuss early challenges and successes in implementing a SIG in an extremely remote school in rural Nevada with a large migrant, English-learner, and socioeconomically disadvantaged population.

Recruitment, Re-engagement, & Re-entry: Incorporating the Youth Voice into Juvenile Justice Reform
Web-based Event
November 21, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM   (Eastern)
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5826990868211582977
“Recruitment, Re-engagement, & Re-entry: Incorporating the Youth Voice into Juvenile Justice Reform” a webinar presented by the Coalition of Juvenile Justice (CJJ), will focus on how to include youth and their families in strategies for reforming the juvenile justice system. Presenters will share examples of youth advocacy for reforms through the Models for Change initiative in Washington state.

Implementing Common Core: Supporting Teacher Implementation – Alamosa School District (CO)
Web-based Event
November 21, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM   (Pacific)
http://tinyurl.com/mqhlbu5
“Implementing Common Core: Supporting Teacher Implementation – Alamosa School District (CO)” is a WestEd webinar on the experiences of the Alamosa School district in supporting teachers’ implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The webinar will be archived for later access by those who cannot listen to the live presentation.

Understanding Accelerated Learning Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education
Web-based Event
November 25, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/835431377
“Understanding Accelerated Learning Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education,” a webinar sponsored by The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center, will discuss the CCRS Center’s recent brief of the same title and will feature a description of the categories of accelerated learning developed in the brief and presentations from programs profiled. In striving to create an education system that is responsive to the needs of all, pathways must be fostered that afford students the opportunity to move through secondary and postsecondary education at an individualized pace that meets their academic needs. Accelerated learning is as a promising tool to provide such opportunities to students.

ASCD 69th Annual Conference
Conference
March 15, 2014 - March 17, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
http://ac14.ascd.org/attendee/welcome/registration-information.aspx
The ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is a professional development event for education, where attendees can explore new ideas in education, examine developments in content areas or grade levels, stretch their professional development learning into new areas, and focus on issues of concern to examine in depth.

Ready by 21 National Meeting
Conference
April 22, 2014 - April 24, 2014
Covington, KY
http://tinyurl.com/lhu4hqh
The 2014 Ready by 21 National Meeting is an opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from around the nation about what’s been, what’s been learned, and what’s on the horizon, with information about research, experiences, and strategies for creating change and measuring impact in programs, communities and states. Topics will include: Building and strengthening your partnerships; expanding learning outcomes and opportunities; aligning policies and resources; reaching opportunity youth; evaluating coalitions; certifying programs, leadership structures and backbone organization; and creating child and youth master plans. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

IES Research

https://twitter.com/IESResearch
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has a Twitter account focused on educational research, discussing what IES-funded grantees are discovering about ways to improve education.

 

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) Blog

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/blog/
Recent posts on the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) Blog include “Career Exploration: A Critical experience for All Youth,” “Keeping the Promise of the ADA: Unequal Justice for Disabled victims of Murder,” “Youth Service Professionals Becoming #BetterAllies,” “Young Adults Should Be Invincible,” and “Connecting Families to disability Employment Awareness Efforts.”

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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

 

AIA/NAR: Team America Rocketry Challenge

http://rocketcontest.org/
The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). Teams of 3-10 students design, build, and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace. The top 100 teams go to Washington, D.C. for the national finals in May. Maximum award: $60,000 in cash and scholarships split between the top 10 finishers. NASA invites top teams to participate in its Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program. Eligibility: The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth or educational organization (excluding the National Association of Rocketry, Tripoli Rocketry Association, or any other rocket club or organization). Team members must be students who are currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in a U.S. school or homeschool. Deadline: December 1, 2013.

 

Captain Planet Foundation Seeks Applications for K-12 Environment-Based Projects

http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/
The Captain Planet Foundation is accepting applications from K-12 schools for environment-based education projects to be implemented in the spring and summer of 2014.Seed grants of up to $500 will be awarded for high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate the world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Grants are intended to serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education into schools and to help youth and communities participate in environmental stewardship activities. Grants are generally awarded to U.S.-based schools with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. To be eligible, schools or sponsoring agencies must be recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Deadline: January 31, 2014.

 

Earthwatch Institute: Fellowships

http://earthwatch.org/education/teacher-fellowships/edfelfund/
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on projects around the world. Maximum award: fully funded fellowship. Eligibility: elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline. Deadline: two weeks after educator-interest application is submitted; ultimate deadline May 1, 2014.

 

ING Unsung Heroes Program Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for 2014 Class Project Awards

https://unsungheroes.scholarshipamerica.org/
Each year, the ING Unsung Heroes program selects 100 educators to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of them are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services designs and manages scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Deadline: April 30, 2014.

 

Interactive Intelligence Foundation Grants for Programs Geared Toward At-Risk Youth

http://interactivefoundation.org/request-for-funds/
The Interactive Intelligence Foundation will award grants to nonprofit organizations for programs designed to foster life improvements for at-risk youth up to the age of 18. The Indianapolis-based Interactive Intelligence Foundation was established in 2010 by Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc., a global provider of business communications software. The foundation has announced a Request for Proposals from organizations working to foster life improvements for at-risk youth. Special emphasis is placed on projects that promote technology education among the targeted at-risk youth sector. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and support at-risk youth up to the age of 18. Priority will be given to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-related projects, as well as those projects with a specific start/stop time and measurable outcomes. Deadline: November 15, 2013

 

Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation Announces 2014 Toolbox for Education Grant Program

http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/
Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2014 Toolbox for Education grant cycle. The program supports projects that encourage parental involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. Toolbox for Education grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community. Lowe’s will consider only grants for projects that can be completed within a year of receipt of the grant. A Toolbox grant can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground as long as the grant is used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with such a school. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The application process will be closed after fifteen hundred applications have been received. Deadline: February 14, 2014.

 

National Conference on Science Education’s Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers

http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx?lid=tnavhp#simmons
The Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers provides selected K-12 teachers in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual National Conference on Science Education. Award recipients will be mentored, tracked, and provided with continuing opportunities for meaningful involvement with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and its activities. Maximum award: up to $1,000 to be used to attend the annual National Conference; recipients will be invited to attend a variety of workshops and presentations that are of particular interest to new teachers. Eligibility: teachers within the first five years full-time teaching at the time of application who are NSTA members in good standing; to the extent possible, recipients must have been a student member of NSTA as a pre-service teacher. Deadline: November 30, 2013.

 

Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation Grants for Youth-Led Hunger Service Projects

http://www.ysa.org/grants/sodexoyouth
Youth Service America and the Sodexo Foundation offer grants of up to $500 to be awarded for youth-led projects that bring together young people, families, and other community members to address childhood hunger. The grants will provide $500 for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members to address childhood hunger. Young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States are eligible to apply. Projects will take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 11 to 13, 2014. Deadline for proposals: January 31, 2014.

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