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April 2013 E-News


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The latest news and information from around the country.


New Projects

 

America’s Promise Alliance Expands Dropout Prevention Efforts

http://www.americaspromise.org/Our-Work/Grad-Nation/Community-Summits.aspx
America’s Promise Alliance has announced that it will work with community partners to convene 100 Grad Nation Community Summits across the country over the next four years. The summits will bring together leaders from all sectors to examine local data, identify what’s working and where there are challenges, and explore promising practices and proven solutions to support young people in and out of school. Communities will prepare plans to accelerate their work to help meet the Grad Nation goal of a 90% graduation rate by 2020.


Calls to Participate

 

Learning Disabilities Association of America Call for Proposals

http://tinyurl.com/cl9pjcl
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is seeking proposals for the 2014 Conference to be held in Anaheim, CA, February 19-22, 2014, from anyone wishing to present a paper, conduct a workshop, provide an informational session, or make a formal presentation. LDA values sessions that present current and best practices, including basic information about the nature of learning disabilities as well as innovative approaches to advocacy, assessment, intervention, and instruction. A new strand for the 2014 LDA Conference is Correctional Education and Justice System. Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2013.

 

Nominate a Youth Changemaker

http://tinyurl.com/bwxjz3s
The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council has teamed with SparkAction to find the best and the brightest young people and youth councils in America and seeks nominations for “superstars” in localities who are changing government for the better.

 

Southwest Conference on Disability Call for Papers

http://cdd.unm.edu/swconf/
The 2013 Southwest Conference on Disability Call For Papers is now open. The conference will be held October 8-11, 2013, in Albuquerque NM during the forty-first International Balloon Fiesta, and is accepting proposals on the following themes: The Rehabilitation Act at 40: Promises Kept, Promises Still to Keep; Assistive Technology: Opening the Door for People with Disabilities; When the Community, Business and Government Collaborate, People with Disabilities Work!; Access to Health for Women with Disabilities; and Brain Injury: A Family Affair Across the Lifespan. The deadline for proposals is May 28, 2013.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic  (February 2013)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/cmqp3j4
“Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic,” a new report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University's School of Education, America's Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education, finds that the United States can meet its goal of raising the high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020, if the pace of improvement from 2006 to 2010 is sustained. The report argues that much of the recent progress can be attributed to better data with respect to why and where students drop out, greater awareness of the crisis and its consequences for the country, increased understanding of what works and what doesn’t, and a greater focus on collaboration. Available in pdf (2.29 MB, 100 pp).

 

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic  (February 2013)
Report

http://www.americaspromise.org/our-work/grad-nation/building-a-grad-nation.aspx
“Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic,” from the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, was released at the third annual “Building a Grad Nation” Summit, and reports that the U.S. is on track to meet the national Grad Nation goal of a 90% high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020. The national high school graduation rate has increased 6.5 percentage points since 2001, to 78.2%, with an average growth of 1.25 points each year from 2006 to 2010.

 

Creating Cultures for Learning: Supportive Relationships in New and Redesigned High Schools  (April 2005) PDF document
Report

http://docs.gatesfoundation.org/learning/documents/relationship%20rpt%2010_21.pdf
“Creating Cultures for Learning: Supportive Relationships in New and Redesigned High Schools,” is a report prepared by The National Evaluation of High School Transformation, American Institutes for Research, and SRI International, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s. The Foundation’s national high school initiative seeks to help create a new kind of American high school, one where all students feel well known and supported by teaching staff, every student has a challenging academic program, and the community of teachers is collaborative and focused on obtaining good outcomes for students. The report describes six strategies in use in high school reform, including research and practical examples, providing considerations and concrete strategies for high school reform. Available in pdf (3.61 MB, 90 pp).

 

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility: Issues for Students with Disabilities  (March 2013)
Report

http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/ESEA/ESEAflex.shtml
“Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility: Issues for Students with Disabilities,” a report from the Advocacy Institute, identifies several issues that could negatively impact students with disabilities in states with approved ESEA flexibility, or waivers. All states with ESEA flexibility are required to end use of the Alternate Assessment on Modified Academic Achievement Standards, which could ensure better access to the general curriculum and a regular diploma for alternately assessed students, but poses a significant risk if handled poorly.

 

Emerging Evidence on Improving High School Student Achievement and Graduation Rates: The Effects of Four Popular Improvement Programs  (2006) PDF document
Report

http://www.betterhighschools.org/docs/NHSC_EmergingEvidenceBrief_111606Final.pdf
“Emerging Evidence on Improving High School Student Achievement and Graduation Rates: The Effects of Four Popular Improvement Programs” describes high school reform practices in the nation's largest school district, New York City, and describes how they have led to improved high schools in the district, providing considerations and concrete strategies for high school reform Available in pdf (619 KB, 12 pp).

 

Middle Class or Middle of the Pack?  (April 2013) PDF document
Report

http://www.americaachieves.org/docs/OECD/Middle-Class-Or-Middle-Of-Pack.pdf
Many American middle-class high schools have not kept pace with countries like Singapore, Finland, Korea, and Germany that have invested in teachers and lifted their overall performance, according to a new report from America Achieves. “Middle Class or Middle of the Pack?: What Can We Learn When Benchmarking U.S. Schools Against the World’s Best?” finds that middle-class American fifteen-year-olds are significantly outperformed by their peers in 24 countries in math and 15 in science, based on a pilot study of 105 American high schools that administered a new test, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Test for Schools, based on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The test measures students’ abilities to apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems, the kinds of deeper learning necessary to succeed in college and the workplace. The report, however, identifies several U.S. schools that are global leaders, including some that primarily serve low-income students. Available in pdf (221 KB, 16 pp).

 

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Publishes Brief on Universal Design for Learning Featuring NCWD/Youth  (March 2013) PDF document
Brief

http://www.nassp.org/Content/158/prr_mar13_web2.pdf
NASSP released a research brief co-written by The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) and featuring NCWD/Youth research. The brief, “Universal Design for Learning: Strategies Principals Can Employ in Their Schools,” recommends using the inclusive learning strategy known as universal design for learning (UDL) to reach a broader diversity of students. UDL promotes a framework that makes course instruction, materials, and content accessible and engaging for students of all learning styles by offering multiple, flexible ways for students to receive information and demonstrate their skills. The brief details the UDL model, recommendations to assist all students, and additional strategies that can benefit students with disabilities. Available in pdf (1.03 MB, 6 pp).

 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Releases Survey Data on Juveniles in Residential Placement  (March 2013)
Survey Data

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACJD/studies/34304
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), through the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, has released the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) 2003. SYRP collects data from youth in the juvenile justice system ages 10-20. The survey asked youth about their backgrounds, offense histories, experiences in the confinement facility, their use of alcohol and drugs, their medical needs and the services they received, and any experiences of victimization in placement.

 

Parent Power: Now Available in Spanish/El Poder de los Padres): ¡Ahora en Español!  (2013)
DVD

http://tinyurl.com/cchb8ah
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) now offers its film “Parent Power: Education Organizing in NYC, 1995-2010” in a DVD package that includes it both in English and Spanish (“El Poder de los Padres”). “Parent Power” chronicles fifteen years of effective parent organizing for education reform in New York City. A viewer’s guide, designed to enhance community groups’ use of the film in their own education organizing efforts, accompanies the film. / “Padres al Poder” relata las iniciativas tomadas exitosamente durante quince años por un grupo de padres organizados con el fin de mejorar las escuelas públicas de la ciudad de Nueva York. Una guía para el espectador, diseñado con el fin de que el espectador pueda sacar el mayor provecho de Parent Power como herramienta para la organización educativa, acompaña la película.

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Cool Tools  (2013)
Tools

http://archive.samhsa.gov/
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) provides an online list of “Cool Tool” resources for people who use mental health services, and service providers and helpers. Tools include a list of common medication side effects, tips on starting difficult conversations with your mental health service provider, a Wellness and Recovery Activities Journal and Planner, and checklists with questions to ask about medications, alternative medicine, and a current or new provider or program.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Who’s in Charge: Decision-making Options for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Web-based Event
April 17, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/805561864
The Southeast Regional Consortium and AUCD will present a webinar, “Who’s in Charge: Decision-making Options for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities,” April 17, 2013. For a young adult with an intellectual disability, the transition to adulthood brings many challenges and may require assistance. The instrument for providing assistance may be a plenary or limited guardianship, an advance directive for healthcare, a financial power of attorney, a representative payee, or a special needs trust. It should be narrowly tailored to meet the needs of the individual and should not restrict any more rights than absolutely necessary. The webinar will: provide an overview of adult guardianships, including the functional purpose of guardianship and the legal standard for appointment of a guardian; describe factors to consider when deciding whether to pursue full guardianship or whether to use a less restrictive alternative; and discuss the importance of preserving and promoting maximum independence in all cases.

Change the Picture: A Shared Commitment to Improving Futures
Web-based Event
April 24, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.psocenter.org/event_calendar/events/38
The IDEA Partnership at NASDSE’s Community of Practice (CoP) on Transition has a work-group focused on employment opportunities and career development for youth with disabilities. Discussions of the group have focused on career readiness and the expectation of employment for all. The workgroup has been hosting a series of three webinars in partnership with the National Post-School Outcomes Center and NSTTAC. The third, “Change the Picture: A Shared Commitment to Improving Futures,” will discuss efforts to increase community and employment commitment to improving outcomes for youth with disabilities.

What’s Happening in Washington, DC?: A Federal Education Policy Update
Web-based Event
April 29, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://media.all4ed.org/registration-apr-29-2013
In the “What’s Happening in Washington, DC?: A Federal Education Policy Update” webinar, members of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s federal advocacy staff will provide an analysis of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for the U.S. Department of Education, plus updates on sequestration, No Child Left Behind waivers, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
Web-based Event
April 30, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://media.all4ed.org/registration-apr-30-2013
This webinar will share findings from “Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic,” including information on states and student demographics making the largest gains in high school graduation rates and reductions in the number of “dropout factories” (high schools with low graduation rates).

Building Supportive Communities to Prevent Violence and Delinquency
Conference
May 1, 2013 - May 4, 2013
Washington, DC
http://www.juvjustice.org/2013conference.html
The Coalition of Juvenile Justice will host its national conference on May 1–4, 2013, in Washington, DC. In accordance with the conference theme “Building Supportive Communities to Prevent Violence and Delinquency,” sessions will focus on fostering collaborative efforts between schools, courts, law enforcement, service providers, and families to prevent or limit youth involvement in the justice system; reduce firearm offenses; dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline; provide evidence-based responses to children exposed to violence; and promote equitable access to services.

The Mediator's Mind: Insights from Psychology and Neuroscience
Web-based Event
May 1, 2013
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM   (Pacific)
http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/birkewebinar.cfm
The webinar “The Mediator's Mind: Insights from Psychology and Neuroscience” will help illuminate the ways to use neuroscience and psychology to improve the ways we make decisions and to better understand the reasons why people think and act the way they do. Topics will include why it is difficult to get someone to change his or her mind, how best to persuade others, how the brain can be lured into accepting or rejecting an offer based on how the offer was phrased, and how to recognize and avoid traps associated with formulating or evaluating proposals.

Marketing & Job Development for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

May 10, 2013 - May 23, 2013
Web Course
https://trn-store.com/content/course-jobdev
“Marketing & Job Development for Youth and Adults with Disabilities” is a 2-week, 18-hour web training that can be accessed on-demand from any internet-connected computer. It focuses on the key principles and hands-on tools for finding jobs for people with disabilities and other high-unemployment groups. Topics include applying marketing principles to develop a clear hiring message, creating various job seeking tools, developing business partnerships, using social web networking strategies, and more. Understand job development, networking, using incentives, responding to objections, and disclosure issues.

2013 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference
Conference
July 20, 2013 - July 23, 2013
New Orleans, LA
http://www.nclr.org/index.php/events/nclr_annual_conference-1/
The 2013 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference, will have over 50 workshops on 11 different topic tracks, four town halls, multiple networking events, and five key meal events, including the Latinas Brunch and the NCLR Awards gala. NCLR is excited to bring the National Latino Family Expo®, a free event for everyone in the community, to New Orleans. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS)

http://www.ccrscenter.org/
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS) website, based at the American Institutes for Research, offers tools and resources for improving college and career readiness and success.

 

Community Network for Youth Development Webpage

http://www.cnyd.org/home/index.php
The Community Network for Youth Development (CNYD) webpage offers information on CNYD’s efforts to improve the quality of out-of-school programs for youth. It helps in designing and implementing solutions that create long-lasting positive change. Their work is based on the Youth Development Framework for Practice, a set of principles and practices for promoting the healthy development of young people.

 

My Next Move: What Do You Want to Do for a Living?

http://www.mynextmove.org/
The “My Next Move: What Do You Want to Do for a Living?” website offers tools and resources for choosing a career (including a Spanish-language version).

 

National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) Website

http://tinyurl.com/c8ntwfx
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) Website aims to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange opportunities and encourage youth with disabilities to consider traveling abroad as an international exchange student. NCDE has a variety of resources that assist in successful programming, including a website with guidance tips on inclusion and accommodations, financial aid resources, searchable databases on international exchange programs, free consulting services, publications, and videos. Past participants have found that travel helped them in their careers by the development of professional skill building leading to work in the fields of public health, disability advocate, diplomacy, education, etc.


Listservs

 

Think College Listserv

http://tinyurl.com/c99xdgs
The Think College listserv is for students considering college options or their parents, professionals starting or expanding a college program, educational coaches or mentors with ideas to share or questions to ask colleagues around the country, to help them share their knowledge and ask questions of others who are engaged in postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

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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

 

Centiva Invites Applications From K-12 Schools for Environmental Projects

http://centiva.com/greengrant2013/
Flooring installation company Centiva is accepting applications from public and private K-12 schools for environmental education projects. Centiva Green School Innovation grants totaling $3,000 will be awarded to innovative, cost-effective projects that improve the environment; make schools a healthier place to learn, play, and work; and save money through reduced use of natural resources. Qualified projects must address indoor or outdoor air quality, solid waste reduction and recycling/composting, and/or water management through an integrated holistic approach emphasizing public health or environment-related issues. Projects must include direct environmental benefits and education as components. Deadline for submission: April 20, 2013.

 

Earth Island Institute: Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership

http://www.broweryouthawards.org/article.php?list=type&type=54
The Earth Island Institute Brower Youth Award recognizes young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Maximum Award: $3,000, a trip to California for the awards ceremony, and a wilderness camping trip. Eligibility: youth ages 13-22. Deadline: May 13, 2013.

 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Talent Development Award

http://www.jkcf.org/grants/youth-education/talent-development/
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) Talent Development Award celebrates K-8 educational organizations committed to the cultivation of high-potential students’ talents, skills, and passions. Major criteria considered for the Talent Development Award include: alignment with the Foundation’s commitment to identifying, cultivating, and/or promoting exceptionally talented students who have financial need; focus on students in grades K-8; high apparent effectiveness as demonstrated through internal reviews, external evaluations, and/or scientifically-confirmed research; strong leadership with a clear vision and the capacity to influence stakeholders; a noteworthy, innovative solution that could be replicated. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: K-8 educational organizations. Deadline: rolling.

 

USA Funds Accepting Applications for Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education Initiative PDF document

http://www.usafunds.org/community/Documents/KeyTransitionsRFP.pdf
USA Funds is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations working to provide education support services that help students and adult learners complete college. Through its Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education initiative, the organization will award grants of between $400,000 to $800,000 to three organizations for programs that support recent high school graduates, adult learners transitioning into a postsecondary education environment, and students transitioning between the first and second year of college, particularly at the community college level. Available in pdf (231 KB, 6 pp). Deadline: May 24, 2013.


Scholarships and Awards

 

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

http://www.barronprize.org/
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates outstanding young leaders. Each year the Barron Prize honors 25 young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet from all across America. Nomination deadline: April 30, 2013.

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