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August 2012 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


Calls to Participate

 

Department of Education Seeks Feedback on Vision for Results-Driven Accountability

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/rda/index.html
The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is rethinking its accountability system in order to focus on results. OSEP'S vision for Results-Driven Accountability is that all components of accountability will be aligned in a manner to support states in improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, and their families. OSEP invites the public to help re-conceptualize the accountability system.

 

Feedback Wanted: More Open ED Data

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/08/your-feedback-wanted-more-open-ed-data/
The U.S. Department of Education’s Web Director is reaching out to developers interested in working with education open data and seeks feedback from developers interested in working with education open for data development of projects and tools to be presented at an Education Datapalooza event to be held at the White House in October 2012. This new initiative aims to make more of the data ED publishes open and developer-friendly via web application programming interfaces (APIs). APIs allow web developers to pull data from one or more API-enabled sources into another website, application, or mobile app; and make sharing information more fluid and current Deadline for comments on the blog post: august 20, 2012.

 

National School Safety Advocacy Council’s Conference on Bullying Seeks Session Proposals

http://tinyurl.com/8knek5f
The National School Safety Advocacy Council’s Annual National Conference on Bullying will be held February 27-March 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Any professional with advanced knowledge and experience dealing with issues surrounding bullying is invited to submit session proposals or original research for presentation during the 2013 conference, to share effective models, policies, research and information and provide colleagues with insights and best practices addressing the bullying issues facing schools and communities. Deadline for proposals: October 19, 2012.

 

National Service-Learning Conference Seeks Proposals for Workshops

http://attendesource.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x29850f48f
The 24th Annual National Service-Learning Conference seeks proposals for workshops. Workshops are the heart of the conference, providing professional development opportunities and showcasing service-learning projects from across the country. It is an opportunity to connect with people and share how a project was implemented, how it is connected to curriculum goals, and what makes it effective.

 

National Youth Leadership Council Requests Proposals for 24th Annual National Service-Learning Conference

http://attendesource.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x29850f48f
The National Youth Leadership Council requests proposals for workshops and the service-learning showcase for the 24th Annual National Service-Learning Conference, March 13-15, 2013. Workshops provide professional development opportunities for youth and adults alike. The showcase highlights service-learning projects from across the country, providing opportunities to connect with people and share how a project was implemented, how it is connected to curriculum goals, and what makes it effective. Workshop proposals should offer innovative strategies grounded in research, focus on results, and be interactive. Deadline for proposals: September 21, 2012.

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Annotated Bibliographies from NSTTAC  (2012)
Bibliographies

http://www.nsttac.org/content/annotated-bibliographies-0
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) has developed new resources available at www.nsttac.org. NSTTAC’s developed new annotated bibliographies on critical topics in transition planning, including Adjudicated Youth, Comprehensive Transition Programs, Mental Health and Transition Planning, and Transition Curricula. These and others are available on their website.

 

Assistive Technology Act Information from NICHCY  (2012)
Report

http://nichcy.org/laws/ata
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers a webpage on the Assistive Technology Act, which was passed by Congress to promote providing Assistive Technology to persons with disabilities, so they can more fully participate in education, employment, and daily activities. The webpage provides connections with the law itself, a summary of its purposes and provisions, and information on each state’s Assistive Technology project funded under the Act.

 

DCDT Fast Fact Sheets  (2011)
Fact Sheets

http://www.dcdt.org/publications/
The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) has developed Fact Sheets on Independent Living, Vocational Education, Self-Determination, Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment, Transition Planning, Competencies,, and Student Involvement in the IEP Process.

 

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 2ast Century  (2012)
Report

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13398
“Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century,” from the National Research Council, discusses the key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking, including both cognitive and non-cognitive skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, effective communication, motivation, persistence, and learning to learn, as well as creativity, innovation, and ethics. All these are important to later success and may be developed in formal or informal learning environments. The report also describes how these skills relate to each other and to more traditional academic skills and content in the key disciplines of reading, mathematics, and science.

 

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics on America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being  (2012)
Report

http://childstats.gov
Each year since 1997, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published a report on the well-being of children and families. Pending data availability, the Forum updates all 41 indicators annually on its web site and alternates publishing a detailed report, “America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being,” with a summary version that highlights selected indicators. The America’s Children series makes Federal data on children and families available in a nontechnical, easy-to-use format in order to stimulate discussion among data providers, policymakers, and the public.

 

GAO Report on Charter Schools & Students with Disabilities  (June 2012)
Report

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-543
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on “Charter Schools: Additional Federal Attention Needed to Help Protect Access for Students with Disabilities.” While the number of charter schools is growing rapidly, questions have been raised about whether charter schools are appropriately serving students with disabilities. GAO analyzed federal data on the number and characteristics of students with disabilities; visited charter schools and school districts in three states; and interviewed representatives of federal, state, and other agencies that oversee charter schools. GAO recommends that the Secretary of Education take measures to help charter schools recognize practices that may affect enrollment of students with disabilities by updating existing guidance and conducting additional fact finding and research.

 

Helping Over-Age, Under-Credited Youth Succeed: Making the Case for Innovative Education Strategies  (July 2012)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/c4odb6b
Our Piece of the Pie’s report, “Helping Over-Age, Under-Credited Youth Succeed: Making the Case for Innovative Education Strategies,” highlights the challenges of helping over-age, under-credited youth, those students who have fallen behind in school and do not have the appropriate number of credits for their age and intended grade. Many of these students disengage from school entirely, becoming high school dropouts, or, at best, earning a high school equivalency degree. Because they are less likely to be employed and more likely to rely on government support systems, they place a significant burden on the state and individual taxpayers. This policy brief discusses these issues, as well as innovative education strategies and policy measures that can improve outcomes for these young people. Available in pdf (513 KB, 38 pp).

 

Making the Connections Report on What Intermediaries Do for Afterschool Programs  (June 2012)
Report

http://tinyurl.com/bvvedwd
In “Making the Connections: A Report on the First National Survey of Out-of-School Time Intermediary Organizations,” the Collaboration for Building After-School Systems, with support from the Wallace Foundation, discusses the successes and challenges faced by organizations at the center of complex, cross-sector community change initiatives nationwide in advancing the quality, coordination and availability of afterschool programs.

 

National Endowment for the Arts on Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth  (March 2012)
Report

http://www.nea.gov/news/news12/Arts-At-Risk-Youth.html
“The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies,” a report by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), found that at-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status.

 

National High School College and Career Readiness  (2012)
Database

http://www.betterhighschools.org/CCR/overview.asp
The National High School Center’s web page on College and Career Readiness derives from their scan of more than 70 organizations that address college and career readiness and identified more than 70 such organizations through a focus on policy, practice, advocacy, access and research. Through this scan, the Center identified three major strands of work and created a College and Career Development Organizer to help users examine the CCR landscape and each of the three strands. The Organizer is a tool that can support the development of strategies and initiatives to better prepare all students for college and careers. Additionally, the National High School Center has created tools and briefs to extrapolate on the College and Career Development Organizer and provide further insight into the wide field of college and career readiness initiatives.

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Foundations and Grant Making as Strategic Partners in Sustainability Efforts
Web-based Event
August 29, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://websurveyor2.airws.org/Community/se.ashx?s=251137454210631E
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will present a webinar on “Foundations and Grant Making as Strategic Partners in Sustainability Efforts.” It will introduce participants to the concept of philanthropic organizations as strategic partners and teach participants how to engage foundations as sources of sustainability funding.

Re-connecting with the Roots of the IEP/IFSP Process
Web-based Event
September 19, 2012
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM   (Pacific)
http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/abellwebinar.cfm
Efforts at improving the IEP/IFSP processes often focus on compliance issues. This workshop from the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) will explore the IEP/IFSP processes as Adaptive Learning tasks that bring a diverse group of people together to engage a complex challenge and ways to better balance the Technical (compliance) elements with the Adaptive (innovative) elements of these processes in reconnecting with the core values of the IDEA.

The Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back
Conference
October 8, 2012 - October 9, 2012
Seattle, WA
http://tinyurl.com/d8ar64d
The 10th Annual Bridge Conference brings together afterschool and youth development professionals, school leaders, funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and business leaders from across the country. It focuses on research, cutting-edge resources and strategies for strengthening services. This year’s theme is “Empower Youth Voices.” The Conference will be hosted by School’s Out Washington.

DCDT 2012 “Transition – Reaching New Altitudes”
Conference
October 24, 2012 - October 26, 2012
Denver, CO
http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/bookEvent/A316890
“Transition – Reaching New Altitudes,” sponsored by the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), will be held in Denver, Colorado, October 24-26. ^ Top of Page ^


Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

Department of Education’s StudentAid.gov

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/07/ed-launches-new-mobile-optimized-site-studentaid-gov/
The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid has launched a website with tools to help students and graduates through the financial aid process to borrow for college or repay. The site combines content and interactive tools from several ED websites.

 

Expanded Learning and Afterschool: Opportunities for Student Success

http://www.expandinglearning.org/
The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project connects people with research, resources and best practices for building affordable and sustainable approaches to expanding learning in their communities. Young people need – and deserve – more from education. High quality afterschool and summer learning programs powered by school-community partnerships offer young people a variety of hands-on learning activities that build upon the school day.

 

First in the Family: Your High School Years

http://www.firstinthefamily.org/
On this Website first-generation college students give advice to high school students and talk about the money, cultural, family, and the academic hurdles they faced on the path to a four-year degree – and how colleges can help students who are the first in their family to go to college to get going and keep going.

 

Know How 2 Go

http://www.knowhow2go.org/
The American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Ad Council created the KnowHow2GO campaign’s website. Low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education often lack the guidance they need to prepare for postsecondary education. To help to these students, this website provides grade-by-grade tips to help 8th -12th graders to prepare for college.

 

National College Access Program Directory

http://www.collegeaccess.org/accessprogramdirectory/default.aspx
The National College Access Network (NCAN) and the Pathways to College Network (PCN) are collaborating to expand, manage, and promote the National College Access Program Directory, a searchable online set of profiles of college access programs across the United States that help underserved students prepare, plan, and pay for college. This directory of college access programs is a resource for students, parents, counselors, and researchers and those operating college access programs.

 

PN2 Website

http://pepnet.org/
The new PN2 website offers improved online training and e-learning products and better access to their evolving interactive Communities of Practice. Visitors can also join the PN2 Discussion Forum (formerly the PEPNet Post listserv) here.

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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 2013 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 2013 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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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

 

Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Grants to Support Innovative Classroom Projects

http://www.kinf.org/grants/
The Kids In Need Foundation’s, Kids In Need program offers Teacher Grants of up to $500 to provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The awards are intended to be used to finance creative classroom projects. The number of grants awarded varies from year to year, depending on the total amount of funds requested. Typically, 300-600 grants are awarded annually. The criteria for applications emphasize innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. All certified K-12 teachers in the United States are eligible. Deadline: September 30, 2012.

 

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education

http://tinyurl.com/78jcxth
Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16. Deadline: rolling.

 

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Improvement Project Grants

http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to K-12 public schools and affiliated parent groups working to improve school facilities and encourage parent involvement and community spirit in their local schools. Funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, these awards support school improvement projects at K-12 public schools in the United States. Preferred are funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor), and landscaping/cleanup projects, as well as projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit, such as reading gardens, vegetable gardens, physical fitness areas, school landscaping projects, school nature trails, parent involvement centers, peer tutoring centers, playgrounds, and rotating student art exhibits. (Grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships, or third-party funding.) Grant requests must be between $2,000 and $5,000 per school. Deadline for submitting applications for the fall 2012 grant cycle: October 12, 2012. (However, if 1,500 or more applications are received before the deadline, then the application process will close.)

 

MetLife/NASSP: National Principal of the Year

http://www.nassp.org/Awards-and-Recognition/Principal-of-the-Year
The MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Principal of the Year honors secondary school principals who have provided high-quality learning opportunities for students and demonstrated exemplary contributions to the profession. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: any principal, headmaster, or leader of a public or private middle-level or high school from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, or the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. Middle-level and high schools are defined as those containing some portion of grades 6 through 12; candidates must have been principals for three years or longer. Each candidate must be a principal (or headmaster) and member of NASSP and his or her state affiliate association at the time of selection as state principal of the year. For national finalists, these conditions must also be met at the time of national principal of the year interviews in August and at the national winner announcements in September. Deadline: varies by state; see website.

 

NASSP/Virco: Assistant Principle of the Year

http://www.nassp.org/Awards-and-Recognition/Assistant-Principal-of-the-Year
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)/Virco, Inc., National Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle-level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum, and personalization. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: any assistant principal or equivalent (e.g., vice principal, associate principal, or dean) of a public or private middle school or high school who has been an assistant principal at one or more middle-level or high schools for a minimum of two years and is a member of NASSP and their state affiliate association. Deadline: varies by state; see website.

 

National Science Teachers Association Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Science Teaching

http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx?lid=tnavhp#delta
The Delta Education/Frey-Neo/CPO Science Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching will recognize and honor three full-time PreK-12 teachers of science who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in their classroom. Maximum award: $1,500 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference, and $1,500 for the awardee. Eligibility: PreK-12 teachers of science. Deadline: November 30, 2012.

 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Demonstration Program and Evaluation of the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative

http://www.ojjdp.gov/funding/FundingList.asp
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has announced two funding opportunities: The Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Demonstration Program will provide funding for three state or local juvenile justice administering agencies to develop and implement a set of evidence-based and cost-measurement tools intended to improve outcomes for justice-involved youth while also saving money. The Evaluation of the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative will provide funding for a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative. Deadline for both: August 23, 2012.

 

Project Ignition Grants to be Available

http://www.sfprojectignition.com/
Car crashes are the number one cause of death for adolescents. “Project Ignition” brings together students, teachers and communities to create change and save lives. The National Youth Leadership Council® and State Farm® have announced the availability of $2,000 Project Ignition grants to public high schools to address teen driver safety through service-learning. Information on past projects and tips on how to apply are provided on the website. Deadline for applications: November 15, 2012.

 

Target launches $5 Million Education Initiative

https://givewith.target.com/
Target Corp. has announced a $5 million initiative to support public schools in need. Through the Give With Target campaign, Target will select a hundred schools to receive grants of $25,000 in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year. Grant recipients will be announced in August. Four schools also will receive a visit from the Bullseye Bus, Target volunteers, and Disney Channel actress Bridgit Mendler. Target invites Facebook users to vote for a school of their choice, with the company donating a $25 gift card for every twenty-five votes a school receives, up to a maximum donation of $10,000 per school. Deadline for voting: September 8, 2012.

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