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February 2014 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


Legislative Announcements

 

AMBER Alerts Now Available on Twitter

http://www.missingkids.com/news/page/5065
In January, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) launched an AMBER Alert Twitter account to allow 49 million users nationwide to receive AMBER Alerts using the handle @AMBERAlert. This announcement, on AMBER Alert Awareness Day, recognized the AMBER Alert program of urgent bulletins to assist in the search for and rescue of abducted children. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) administers the national training and technical assistance program, which expands and enhances the national AMBER Alert network; increases and improves law enforcement response to missing, endangered, and abducted children; and enhances public participation in the recovery of missing, endangered, and abducted children. OJJDP works closely with NCMEC and other key partners.


Calls to Participate

 

National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 7-11, 2014

http://nationalsave.org/
The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence. This week-long national education initiative will involve activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer. SAVE offers a campaign Action Kit that serves as a planning guide, with suggestions for how to support the campaign, activity ideas, links to co-sponsors, and articles and interviews on violence prevention.

 

PACER Legislative Alert – Supporting Youth With Disabilities

http://house.gov/representatives/find/
Congress is considering changes to the Workforce Investment Act and the federal Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program that assists youth and adults with disabilities to get the education and training they need to obtain and retain a job. While Congress is trying to strengthen the VR services that students with disabilities would receive as they transition out of high school, some possible changes would hurt families of youth with disabilities. PACER is asking families and others to call their representatives to make the following points critical to families and youth: (1) Oppose moving the Vocational Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology programs out of the Department of Education (the Senate version of this legislation seeks to move Vocational Rehabilitation to the Department of Labor and the Assistive Technology program to the Department of Health and Human Services, but separating these programs and moving them out of the Department of Education would disconnect them from a culture valuing parental involvement and the other programs that support students with disabilities, and such a move would damage the strong family connections and important services provided to youth and adults with disabilities by providing such services together in Department of Education); (2) Strengthen competitive employment awareness provisions (ensuring that young adults with disabilities transitioning from high school to employment are aware that jobs which pay the minimum wage and higher are available is an important aspect of providing individuals the opportunity to reach their potential, and the bill could be strengthened by ensuring that there are no exceptions to making sure young adults are made aware of the possibility of working in a competitive workplace, in addition to the non-competitive, often less than minimum wage, work possibilities). The phone numbers of Congressional Representatives can be found at the website.

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The Resource Zone

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Six Trait Writing: Next Steps for Continued Success
Web-based Event
February 25, 2014
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/588202640
The “Six Trait Writing: Next Steps for Continued Success” webinar will model six traits for ensuring continued student improvement in the classroom, with strategies and tips for helping students build their skills and enjoy themselves doing it.

Reducing the Risk of Suicide with Vulnerable Populations
Web-based Event
February 26, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://ojjdp.gov/events/EventDetail.asp?ei=23251&p=list
On February 26, 2014, the National Center for Youth in Custody (NCYC) of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will present “Reducing the Risk of Suicide with Vulnerable Populations,” the second Webinar in the series, “Improving Conditions of Confinement for Vulnerable Populations.” Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10-18 and the leading cause of death for youth in confinement. Risk factors for suicidal thinking and behavior – much more common for youth in the juvenile justice system – include psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, physical abuse, neglect, and trauma. This Webinar will focus on methods for identifying risk for suicide among youth in custody and effective prevention and intervention strategies for responding to suicidal behaviors.

How Therapy Animal Programs Can Help Maltreated Children
Web-based Event
February 27, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/l25wo4k
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in collaboration with the National District Attorneys Association, will present “How Therapy Animal Programs Can Help Maltreated Children.” When children have been abused, neglected, or exposed to violence, telling adults about their experiences can be difficult and testifying in court can be traumatic. This webinar will focus on how therapy animals can help abused children through the court process and what professionals should consider when incorporating an animal-assisted intervention program. Therapy animals can greet children at advocacy centers, police stations, prosecutors’ offices, and court houses, and they can assist children during forensic interviews, medical examinations, therapy, court preparation, and testimony.

Time to Reskill: A Practitioner Engagement Event
Web-based Event
March 13, 2014
http://tinyurl.com/mxp3sn7
The U.S. Department of Education, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and adult education advocates, will hold a webinar on “Time to Reskill: A Practitioner Engagement Event,” March 13, 2014. The webinar will provide a briefing on the recently released Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) data and on the report of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on America’s low-skilled population, “Time for the U.S. to Reskill?” The webinar will include a focused discussion about the issues facing adult education.

Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes and Seminars
Institute
June 9, 2014 - August 1, 2014
Washington, DC
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/
The Library of Congress is accepting applications through March 24, 2014, for its week-long summer programs for K-12 educators. Held in Washington, DC, at the Library of Congress, the professional development institutes provide educators with tools and resources to integrate primary sources into classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. Three sessions are open to K-12 teachers and school librarians across content areas, Session 1 June 9-13, Session 2 July 7-11, Session 3 July 21-25. A Science Seminar for upper elementary to secondary educators with teaching responsibilities directly related to the area of focus and a desire to tap the potential of primary sources for science education will be held July 14-18; and a Civil Rights Institute for teachers and school librarians with responsibilities related to civil rights July 28-Aug 1, 2014.

Community Works Institute’s Summer Institutes For Educators
Institute
July 14, 2014 - July 18, 2014
Shelburne, VT
http://www.communityworksinstitute.org/
Community Works Institute (CWI) will hold the first of two 2014 Summer Institutes on Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainability, the CWI-East Summer Institute, in Shelburne, VT, July 14-18, 2014. Early-bird registration is available through February 28, 2014. CWI’s Summer Institutes are professional gatherings that focus on curriculum design and planning, using field tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability. Educators attending can learn concrete ways to engage K-16 students in academically-based service that contributes to sustainable communities.

Community Works Institute’s Summer Institutes For Educators
Institute
July 28, 2014 - August 1, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.communityworksinstitute.org/
Community Works Institute (CWI) will hold the second of two 2014 Summer Institutes on Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainability, the CWI-West Summer Institute, in Los Angeles, CA, July 28-August 1, 2014. Early-bird registration is available through February 28, 2014. CWI’s Summer Institutes are professional gatherings that focus on curriculum design and planning, using field tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability. Educators attending can learn concrete ways to engage K-16 students in academically-based service that contributes to sustainable communities. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

eTrac Online Job-Seeking Information

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tr-wugIZOU
eTrac provides job seeking/retention information in a YouTube video to help promote independence and confidence. Midwest Special Services (MSS), a non-profit serving adults with disabilities, developed eTrac based on their own experience and best practices to help job seekers achieve employment success. The program walks the job seeker through every step, from the initial job search, to the interview process, and the skills necessary to retain and advance at work. Assistance accessing the on-line video (for information on pricing or to pre-view a demo copy of the program) is available from MSS by emailing or calling Josh Franzen (jfranzen@mwsservices.org or 651-777-7220).

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

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

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