June 2007 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
Calls to Participate
OSERS Seeks Comments on IDEA Personnel Development Performance Report Info Collection
The U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) invites comments on the following proposed information collection request: Performance Report: Personnel Development for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 26, 2007.
Submit a Manuscript to the Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice
The Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice is a resource for youth development researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. This multidisciplinary, online, refereed journal is published three times a year by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents and focuses on the development of school-aged youth through the transition to adulthood (ages 6-22). It is especially seeking papers in the following categories: Research and Evaluation Strategy Articles—1,000 word articles describing innovative methodologies and strategies in the collection and analysis of quantitative or qualitative research and evaluation data; and Resource Reviews—300 word reviews of resources and tools for youth development professionals.
Youth/Young Adults with Autism and their Family Members: Take a Survey on the Public School’s Role in Employment Preparation for Individuals with Autism
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This 10-minute Web-based survey is part of a study being conducted by Dr. Tom Simmons and Judith S. Marco at the University of Louisville. The purpose of the study is to provide information regarding the major components and settings in a high school curriculum that lead to employment for individuals with autism. The survey includes questions on the student with autism’s experience in the public high school system and his/her present or past employment.
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Other National Resources
A Voice From the Middle: Highlights of the 2007 NASSP/PDK Middle School Student Poll
This report from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Phi Delta Kappa International includes highlights from a nationwide survey of middle school students conducted by Harris International. The survey of 1,814 students in seventh and eighth grades reveals several stark contrasts between students’ educational goals and their beliefs about how they will achieve them.
Academic Interventions to Help Students Meet Rigorous Standards: State Policy Options
This report from the National High School Alliance reviews the literature of national policy and research organizations to identify academic interventions that help students who are at risk of not meeting higher academic standards, and provides a range of options state policymakers can consider in designing state-level intervention programs. Available in PDF (42 pages, 265 KB).
Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities: A Critical Issue for State Education Agencies
This Issue Brief from the National High School Center provides guidance to states as they respond to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) requirements related to dropout prevention for students with disabilities. It also discusses State Performance Plans as starting points for states to develop data collection and monitoring procedures, and provides states with considerations and recommendations for adopting a consistent method of tracking dropout data. Available in PDF (11 pages, 100 KB).
Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical Report
This study, conducted by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and sponsored by Communities In Schools, Inc., finds that there are multiple risk factors which increase the likelihood that students will drop out. The evidence clearly shows that dropout is always the result of a long process of disengagement that sometimes begins even before the child enrolls in kindergarten. The report also provides information on 50 programs that were found to be effective in addressing these risk factors.
Engaging Young People in Juvenile Justice Reform
Sometimes, the most informed perspectives are left out of the juvenile justice reform discussions: those of youth themselves. This brief from the National Collaboration for Youth and the National Juvenile Justice Network aims to bring youth voices into the discussion. It addresses barriers to this and highlights community-based groups and nonprofits that empower youth as advocates. Available in PDF (10 pages, 3.2 MB).
Facts from NLTS2: Secondary School Experiences of Students with Autism
This fact sheet provides a national picture of the secondary school experiences of students with autism using data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Approximately 1,000 youth with autism are included in NLTS2’s nationally representative sample of more than 11,000 students with disabilities. The fact sheet provides information on the courses taken by, instructional settings of, curriculum and instruction for, and teacher perceptions of students with autism, as well as types of accommodations and supports provided to them. Available in PDF (16 pages, 692 KB).
IES 2007 Biennial Report to Congress
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education has issued the Director’s Biennial Report to Congress, covering IES activities and accomplishments in 2005 and 2006. The report includes a description of IES’ activities and the activities of its four National Education Centers, as well as a summary of all IES grants and contracts in excess of $100,000 during the biennium.
Learning Disabilities Resource Kit: Specific Learning Disabilities Determination Procedures and Responsiveness to Intervention
This resource kit from the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities aims to help educators navigate the changes related to specific learning disability (SLD) determination and responsiveness to intervention (RTI). It features general information for educators, “how-to” manuals to guide discussions of SLD determination and RTI, and briefs to help parents understand RTI and SLD determination changes.
Need For and Use of Family Leave Among Parents of Children With Special Health Care Needs
Parents of children with special health care needs are especially vulnerable to work-family conflicts that family leave benefits might help resolve. This article, published in the journal Pediatrics, examines leave-taking among full-time-employed parents of children with special health care needs.
On the Move: Helping Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Needs Transition into Adulthood
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Youth with emotional or mental illness risk an abrupt loss of services when they age out of the child mental health system at age 18 or 21. This brief examines the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Partnerships for Youth Transition Initiative, which brought together systems and resources in five sites to serve transition-age youth. It also looks at what’s next for federal and state policy, and what communities can do to support these youth. Available in PDF (10 pages, 309 KB).
Other National Events
On Their Own: Creating an Independent Future for Your Adult Child with Learning Disabilities
June 5, 2007
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern)
In this National Center for Learning Disabilities LD Talk online chat, Anne Ford will provide insight about the frustration, confusion, and heartache experienced by many families as their children with LD strive to become increasingly self-sufficient and independent. Ms. Ford will address questions about social skills and dating, sibling relationships, job hunting and interactions with employers and co-workers, finding colleges and training programs, and more. You can now submit questions for Ms. Ford to address during the chat.
Ready to Work? Partners in Youth Workforce Development
June 20, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern)
This Web conference, offered by the Chapin Hall Center for Children and the National Conference of State Legislatures, will discuss how policymakers, community groups, and employers can better prepare youth for success in the workforce. Speakers will review research that explores the effect of misalignment between employers and youth program providers on expanding employer involvement, and discuss state and federal initiatives that address youth workforce development. An organization that has created community partnerships among various stakeholders to ensure that youth have access to quality educational and career opportunities will also be highlighted. Participation is free, but registration is required.
Workforce Innovations 2007: Beyond Boundaries
July 17, 2007 - July 19, 2007
Kansas City, MO
Workforce, business, economic development, and education leaders are invited to attend this year’s Workforce Innovations conference, which will explore how regional partners can collaborate and innovate to break down historical, geographical, political, and financial boundaries to create a competitive workforce. Conference features will include sessions on youth development and apprenticeship programs; information and speakers of interest to employers and HR professionals; a focus on rural economies, and on talent development partnerships with colleges and universities; and discussions of current legislative, policy, and regulatory issues. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the American Society for Training & Development.
2007 Collaborative Conference on Autism with Low Incidence Disabilities
July 30, 2007 - August 1, 2007
This conference will address the complex needs of learners with autism and sensory impairments. Sessions will provide an overview of co-occurring disabilities, definitions, and characteristics as well as assessments and evaluation processes and evidence-based practices. In addition, a team-based comprehensive planning process to support students across settings will be presented.
America’s Promise Alliance Regional Forum
July 31, 2007 - August 1, 2007
America’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth is hosting this forum to strengthen cross-sector collaboration on behalf of youth. It will share best practices by business, government, policymakers, educators, and youth and civic leaders; show community leaders how to implement successful strategies; encourage greater collaboration within communities; and allow participants to network with other leaders from all sectors who work to help youth thrive. Representatives from government, business, education, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations are encourage to attend, as are youth themselves.
Leadership and Change with Family Leaders
August 9, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern)
NOTE: This teleconference call was rescheduled from May 17, 2007 to August 9, 2007.
Family leaders are assuming larger roles in helping states reform their service delivery systems. During this teleconference, offered by the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, family leaders will describe their roles in helping states and communities design and implement system change towards the goals of family-driven and youth-guided services. They will explain the difference between leadership and advocacy, describe the skills used for each, and explain how each skill set can be used most effectively to promote systems reform. Participation is free, but registration is required.
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DiversityData.org: Metropolitan Quality of Life Data
Diversitydata.org, a Web site from the Harvard School of Public Health, allows visitors to explore how metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. perform on a diverse range of social measures. Available data relevant to education include: proportion of the population that is foreign born, non-English language spoken at home, child poverty rate, composition of public school enrollment by race/ethnicity, poverty rate of school where average primary school student attends by race/ethnicity, and segregation of the population.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
This Web site from the National Center for Education Statistics is devoted to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Web site provides easy access to information about the Foundation’s work, approach to philanthropy, and lessons learned about building thriving communities for vulnerable children and families. Features include an interactive “Casey Places” map; KIDS COUNT databases; and Knowledge Center. Visitors can also sign up for e-mail newsletters, download publications, and stay current on the Foundation’s latest resources and announcements.
YouthScape: The National League of Cities’ Web Space for Youth City Leaders
YouthScape, the National League of Cities’ home on the Web for youth leaders of cities (through youth councils, community groups, or on their own), is where youth from across the country can meet up and talk with other young leaders about the issues facing youth in cities and towns across America. Youth leaders can use the site to share ideas and get support, find out about events, and speak up using a national platform.
Graduation for All E-Newsletter
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The Intercultural Development Research Association has launched a monthly e-newsletter with information on national and local efforts to improve schools and graduation rates, and toolkits for action in schools and communities. It is available in English and Spanish.
Federal Grant Opportunities
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Secondary Transition State Capacity Building Initiative
This initiative is designed to provide technical assistance to states with emerging comprehensive state-level transition systems. Only one application can be submitted per state. Technical assistance valued at up to $45,000 will be provided to each of 10 states. To receive funding, a state’s application must focus on one or more of the following areas: state strategic planning efforts; interagency activities focused on a collaborative and comprehensive approach to transition; statewide transition conferences as part of an ongoing capacity building effort; training on evidence based and/or data driven transition practices; and/or self-determination, youth leadership, and family involvement. Application deadline: June 28, 2007.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
Tool Factory Podcasting Grants
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K-12 general and special education teachers are encouraged to apply for a Tool Factory Podcasting Grant. Winners will receive a free site license for Tool Factory Podcasting software plus all the digital media accessories they need to start a podcasting program in their school. To apply, simply develop a lesson plan demonstrating how you would use podcasting in your curriculum. Grant applications will be judged on effective integration of podcasting into the curriculum, effective use of ALL the resources provided by the grant, high degree of student involvement, and creativity and fun. Application deadlines: June 30, 2007; December 30, 2007; and April 30, 2008.
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