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December 2013 E-News


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The latest news and information from around the country.


New Projects

 

Homeroom: The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/11/more-high-schools-to-team-up-with-employers/
The “Homeroom” blog facilitates dialogue on education issues and encourages comments from readers on their ideas and concerns, to ensure that a broad range of Americans are active and informed participants in the discussion.


Calls to Participate

 

Online Survey for Special Education Teachers

https://byu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3BElz4DEMALlPvf
A researcher in the Special Education Department at Brigham Young University seeks participants in a short survey of special education teachers/practitioners for a research study about their preferences for professional development and the professional development they have received.

 

Online Survey of Parents/Guardians of Children Ages 12 or Older

https://msucoe.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9XED9l2U9uwXZ2d
A researcher in the Special Education Department at Michigan State University seeks participants in a short survey of parents/guardians of children ages 12 or older for a research study about the social behavior of adolescents and adults with and without intellectual or developmental disabilities. The purpose of the study is to better understand the social behavior of people with and without disabilities, as perceived and reported by their parents/guardians.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Career Readiness Assessments Across States: A Summary of Survey Findings from the Center on Education Policy  (October 2013)
Report

http://www.cep-dc.org/displayDocument.cfm?DocumentID=427
The Center on Education Policy (CEP) has published “Career Readiness Assessments Across States: A Summary of Survey Findings Center on Education Policy,” on how states are defining career readiness and which assessments states and districts are using to measure this attribute. The report is based on a survey administered in the summer of 2013 to state directors of career and technical education or their designees about career readiness assessments. A total of 46 states completed the survey, counting the District of Columbia. Also available on this site are four related papers containing additional details on the main topics covered in the summary report, including the responses of specific states and profiles of major career and technical assessments.

 

Closing the Expectations Gap  (November 2013)
Report

http://www.achieve.org/ClosingtheExpectationsGap2013
The eighth annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report by Achieve shows how all states are aligning those standards with policies and practice to better ensure that all students are academically prepared for life after high school. The report details states’ policy progress on the CCR agenda, and efforts to implement those policies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted standards aligned to the expectations of college and careers.

 

Discussion Guide for the Campaign for Disability Employment’s Public Service Announcement “Because”  (2013)
Guide

http://promotions.usa.gov/odep.html
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) has issued a free discussion guide to accompany its “Because” public service announcement (PSA). The “Because” PSA’s message is that youth with disabilities, like all youth, should grow up expecting to work and succeed, and parents, educators and other adults of influence in their lives should reinforce this expectation at every turn. The discussion guide (which comes with a DVD containing the PSA) can be used to facilitate a conversation about this topic among adults or youth in many settings. It is available in both English and Spanish. The CDE is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

 

Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue: Participation Metrics  (September 2013)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/mgpoakv
The Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue, held May 13-27, 2013 and hosted by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration, invited people to share their ideas and comments about federal legislative and regulatory barriers and other opportunities to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. A report, “Federal Partners in Transition National Online Dialogue: Participation Metrics” has been released summarizing the dialogue’s results. The input received will be used by the Federal Partners in Transition to better align policies, programs and practices to promote successful transition outcomes. Available in pdf (600 KB, 22 pp).

 

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
In 2012, the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) commissioned a study on health care transition and the study’s key findings are now available in a policy brief, “Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Other Disabilities.” The purpose of the study was to better understand the relationship between disability (including chronic health conditions); health and wellness; and transition and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities; as well as the role health care providers play in establishing employment expectations. Available in pdf (582 KB, 13 pp).

 

National Center on Universal Design for Learning: New Resources Released  (October 2013)
Resources

http://www.udlcenter.org/implementation/udl_ccss
The National Center on Universal Design for Learning has added new resources on the intersection of UDL and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to its website. These tools and links show how the CCSS identify what educators need to address in their instruction and how UDL guides design of their instruction. Key resources include a crosswalk on UDL and the Literacy by Design Collaborative (LDC) framework and video examples showing lessons illustrating classroom instruction addressing both the UDL guidelines and CCSS.

 

NCWD/Youth Practice Brief on Youth Development and Leadership: Opportunities to Develop Connecting Competencies  (September 2013)
Practice Brief

http://tinyurl.com/mdhyvvy
The National Collaborative on Work and Disability/Youth’s (NCWD/Youth’s) Innovative Strategies Practice Brief, “Youth Development and Leadership: Opportunities to Develop Connecting Competencies,” provides practical examples from promising and exemplary youth programs for implementing youth development and leadership opportunities that help youth develop connecting competencies. Some of the youth programs featured in this brief have been recognized by NCWD/Youth as Innovative Strategies. NCWD/Youth Innovative Strategies feature programs and organizations that serve youth with disabilities either as a target population or as part of other youth populations.

 

New Financial Aid Toolkit Part of Department’s Efforts to Improve College Access and Affordability  (December)
Toolkit

http://tinyurl.com/m9djjld
The U.S. Department of Education’s “Ed.gov” has launched an online “one-stop shop” Financial Aid Toolkit aimed at guidance counselors and other advisers, such as staff or volunteers at community-based organizations, who assist students through the process of selecting and financing their higher education.

 

OJJDP’s Functional Impairment in Delinquent Youth  (December 2013)
Bulletin

http://www.ojjdp.gov/?width=80&height=80
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released “Functional Impairment in Delinquent Youth,” part of OJJDP’s “Beyond Detention” series, which examines the results of the Northwestern Juvenile Project – a large-scale longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL. This bulletin presents findings on juvenile functional impairment in the school, work, home, and community settings; and in terms of behavior toward others, mood and psychiatric concerns, self-harm, substance use, and rational thought assessed three years after release from detention. The authors also assess youth functioning by gender, race/ethnicity, and age and discuss future implications.

 

Peer Advocacy Guide for Bullying Prevention  (2012)
Guide

http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities/peer-advocacy.asp
The “Peer Advocacy Guide” developed by PACER Center offers a variety of intervention strategies that can be tailored for specific bullying situations. It explores how to address bullying of students with disabilities by engaging, educating, and empowering their peers with advocacy skills. Peer advocacy is an effective approach that enables students to speak out on behalf of others, and protect those targeted by bullying.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Common Core State Standards and Transition Think Tank
Web-based Event
December 9, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
https://tadnet.adobeconnect.com/_a984157034/nsttac/
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) will host a webinar, “Common Core State Standards and Transition Think Tank,” on December 9, 2013 (rescheduled from December 2, 2013) on the possible connections between Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and transition-focused skill development (e.g., self-determination, student involvement in the IEP/ ILP, career awareness, social and communication skills) for unit and lesson planning and IEP goal development. The webinar will present examples and a process for planning that aligns standards and transition-focused content for all students at the secondary level.

Using CEDS to Explore Leveraging SLDS Systems for IDEA Part B Indicator 14 Reporting
Web-based Event
December 9, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
http://tadnet.adobeconnect.com/npso/
The National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO) State Wide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Community of Practice on “Using Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) to Explore Leveraging SLDS Systems for IDEA Part B Indicator 14 Reporting” will discuss how the CEDS web-based tools Align and Connect work and how they can be used to explore leveraging SLDS systems for IDEA Part B indicator 14 reporting. The session will show data systems that have been mapped in the Align tool and policy and research questions related to indicator 14 that are currently in the Connect tool.

Building Pathways to Postsecondary Education for Youth in the Foster Care System
Web-based Event
December 18, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/704783929
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) will present a webinar on “Building Pathways to Postsecondary Education for Youth in the Foster Care System,” discussing the challenges of navigating postsecondary opportunities for older youth, ages 16-24, who are or have been involved in the foster care system. These youth are more likely to experience social-emotional challenges, physical health risks, and academic difficulties and need multiple supports that encourage success in all areas as they transition into adulthood. The webinar will highlight the report “Connected by 25.” AYPF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, providing learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.

Winter Camp for Adults and Kids with Disabilities

December 27, 2013 - January 8, 2014
Camp
Eden Prairie, Annandale, MN
http://www.truefriends.org/
True Friends offers camping programs for children and adults with physical, developmental, and learning disabilities at five lake-and-woods sites in Minnesota. Upcoming December 27-31 are winter break Winter Camps at Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie MN and Camp Friendship in Annandale MN. Upcoming January 3-8, 2014 is a winter break Winter Camp at Camp Friendship in Annandale MN.

Summer Weekend Camps for Adults and Kids with Disabilities

January 18, 2014 - December 6, 2014
Camp
Maple Lake etc., MN
http://www.truefriends.org/
True Friends offers camping programs for children and adults with physical, developmental, and learning disabilities at five lake-and-woods sites in Minnesota: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Camp Courage North in Lake George, Camp New Hope in McGregor, Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie, and Camp Friendship in Annandale. In 2014 they will offer weekend camps throughout the year, as well as day programs and week-length camps and camping trips.

The Discovery of Intervention Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for High Risk Youth with Disabilities: A Secondary Analysis of the NLTS2 Part I
Web-based Event
January 22, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/mbjuo82
The Center on Transition to Employment will hold the first of a two-part informational webinar on a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2). Part I discusses a data mining strategy used to identify groups of youth who are at-risk of lower employment based on their non-modifiable characteristics. Four groups of youth who were considered particularly at-risk were identified, with the ability to understand what is being said and disability type being the most important group predictors.

The Discovery of Intervention Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for High Risk Youth with Disabilities: A Secondary Analysis of the NLTS2 Part II
Web-based Event
January 29, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/l9atm3m
The Center on Transition to Employment will hold the second of a two-part informational webinar on a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2). Having discussed in Part I a data mining strategy used to identify groups of youth who are at-risk of lower employment based on their non-modifiable characteristics, the second part of this research focuses on finding modifiable characteristics that are important predictors of employment for each of these groups.

National Conference on Education: Evolve Your Perspective
Conference
February 13, 2014 - February 15, 2014
Nashville, TN
http://tinyurl.com/mcteoql
The theme of AASA’s 2014 National Conference on Education is “Evolve Your Perspective.” The conference features influential education researchers and education superintendents who have case studies to share addressing critical topics facing public school educators, as well as displays from over 200 companies committed to improving the K-12 space.

Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM: Providing Hope and Support In and Beyond the Classroom

February 16, 2014 - February 19, 2014
Forum
Myrtle Beach, SC
http://www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/26th-annual-risk-youth-national-forum
The 26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM: “Providing Hope and Support In and Beyond the Classroom,” will be held February 16-19, 2014, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This year’s FORUM is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community, and families, especially to assist those in at-risk situations. Presentations will share information about programs and research in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; juvenile justice and law enforcement; educational alternatives; connections and engagement; interacting with specific populations; leadership, policy, and governance; and future teachers in action.

Learning Disabilities Association of America’s 51st Annual International Conference
Conference
February 19, 2014 - February 22, 2014
Anaheim, CA
http://ldaamerica.org/events/annual-conference/
The mission of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. LDA believes everyone can succeed at school, at work, in relationships, and in the community – given the right opportunities and supports as needed. The LDA Conference features presentations, workshops, and exhibits with the latest in LD research, effective teaching techniques and strategies, and critical policy issues.

2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities: Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students

April 27, 2014 - April 30, 2014
Forum
Prior Lake, MN
http://tinyurl.com/nt8rfyd
The 2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities: Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students will be held April 27-30, 2014, in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The Forum is a professional development activity sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, the National Indian Education Association, the Alaska Staff Development Network, Minnesota Department of Education, the South Dakota Department of Education, the Wisconsin Department of Education, the Foundation for the Advancement of Culture and Education, Leech Lake Tribal College, and Augsburg College. It will feature presentations on strategies that work with native students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. The conference strands are: addressing the opportunity gap, instructional strategies to increase learning, emotional supports, school climate safety and student wellness, service learning and restorative justice, digital communication and engagement, re-engagement and recovery strategies, and culture and language. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA)

http://csea.fpg.unc.edu/
The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) is a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-based and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum. This five year project brings together experts in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation to work in collaboration with high schools, families, adolescents with ASD, and community members. The CSESA web site provides information and discussion on the project’s work.

 

Voices4Hope

http://www.voices4hope.net/
The Voices4Hope website is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health conditions to find resources and stigma busting information that can help them lead happy and independent lives. It was created and is maintained by four young adults with mental health conditions at the Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC). Voices4Hope has launched three webpages on eating disorders, young adult parenting, and bullying. These pages offer young adults information about conditions or circumstances that can affect them, recovery stories to read, and resources to help them make the best of their lives.

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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 2013-2014

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 2013-2014 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 University Women Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Community Action Grants

http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/community-action-grants/
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations conducting programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math. Topic areas are unrestricted but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equality for women and girls. One-year grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded to provide funding for community-based projects. Two-year grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded as startup funding for new projects that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Deadline January 15, 2014.

 

New Leaders for New Schools: Aspiring Principals Program

http://www.newleaders.org/what-we-do/aspiring-principals-program/
New Leaders for New Schools is accepting applications for candidates who meet its selection criteria (see website) and want to lead change for children in low-income communities by becoming urban public school principals. Candidates should have a record of success in leading adults, expertise in K-12 teaching and learning, drive to lead an excellent urban school, and an unyielding belief in the potential of every child to achieve academically at high levels. Eligibility: a minimum of 2-4 years of successful K-12 instruction experience (depends on location); and teaching certificate and/or advanced degree, depending on location. Deadline: January 30, 2014.

 

U.S. Department of State Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching

http://www.iie.org/Programs/Fulbright-Awards-In-Teaching
The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching program sends highly accomplished primary and secondary teachers from the U.S. abroad and brings international teachers to the U.S for a three to six months. Maximum award: Program costs such as tuition, room and board, and transportation are covered by the grant; participants receive a maintenance allowance designed to assist with the costs of food and lodging during the program. Distinguished Teachers also have the opportunity to apply for professional development funds to support development and research, or cover the expenses of attending a conference or workshop related to their fields of teaching expertise. Eligibility (for U.S. applicants): U.S. citizens who are employed full-time at an accredited school in the U.S. or its territories, hold a Master's degree (or are enrolled in a Master's program at the time the grant begins), and are in at least the fifth year of full-time teaching. Deadline: December 15, 2013.

 

Vernier: Engineering Contest

http://www.vernier.com/grants/engineering/
To recognize creative teaching, Vernier Software & Technology is sponsoring a contest for high school and college science/engineering teachers. Maximum award: $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2014 ASEE conference in New Orleans. Eligibility: teachers in schools serving grades K-12, as well as post- secondary undergraduate college departments are eligible. Deadline: January 15, 2014.

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