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September 2010 E-News


Announcements

The latest news and information from around the country.


Legislative Announcements

 

Race to the Top Competition Phase Two Grants

http://tinyurl.com/2b56hch
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 10 applicants have won grants in the second phase of the Race to the Top education reform competition. The 10 winning Phase 2 applications in alphabetical order are from: the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. Duncan says she is “very hopeful there will be a Phase 3 of Race to the Top.”


Calls to Participate

 

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Projects of National Significance

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/add/survey/survey_landed.html
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) seeks input from individuals with developmental disabilities and their families across the country in considering future plans and how ADD can best meet the diverse needs of these groups. ADD seeks to use its resources to focus on the most pressing and relevant concerns of the developmental disabilities community, and is looking for their thoughts regarding the focus of future Projects of National Significance (PNS). The purpose of PNS is to: create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to contribute to, and participate in, all facets of community life; and support the development of national and state policies to reinforce and promote the self-determination, independence, productivity, inclusion, and integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into all facets of community life.

 

The Arc FINDS Survey

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TheArcFinds2010
The Arc FINDS (Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports) survey is now online and available to families, individuals, and self-advocates. They invite individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, families, and caregivers across the nation to share their opinions on a variety of issues relating to disability. There is no cost to taking the survey. (Additional information on Arc is on their general website, http://www.thearc.org.)

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The Resource Zone


Other National Resources

 

Accessible Instructional Materials for Families  (July 2010)
Report

http://aim.cast.org/learn/aim4families
The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials offers information and resources for families and students on topics such as AIM at home and at school, assistive technology, and alternate-format learning materials.

 

Do States Have Certification Requirements for Preparing General Education Teachers to Teach Students with Disabilities?  (July 2010)
Report

http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/1037
Preparing general education teachers to work effectively with all students is critical. This report from the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance deals with the experience of the Northeast and Islands Region and provides recommendations for others addressing this issue.

 

Edutopia’s Back to School Guide  (2010)
Guide

http://www.edutopia.org/back-to-school-classroom-resource-guide
Edutopia has updated for 2010 their guide to tools, tips, and resources to help teachers engage students and make learning more collaborative.

 

Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning  (2010)
Guide

http://www.fctd.info/show/fig_summary
Published by the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD), this 50-page guide provides families with information to help them prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.

 

Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning  (2010)
Guide

http://www.fctd.info/show/fig_summary
Published by the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD), this 50-page guide provides families with information to help them prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives. The Guide is available in both English and Spanish.

 

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning  (June 2010) PDF document
Guide

http://www.fctd.info/assets/newsletters/pdfs/279/FCTD-News-June2010.pdf?1278609021
The Family Center on Technology and Disability’s “Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning” provides families with information to prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children's lives. Individuals may order one free print copy of the guide, with additional print copies available for $10. (Information on the FCTD newsletter and its other services is available at their homepage, www.fctd.info.) Available in pdf (1.90 MB, 23 pp).

 

Health and the IEP  (2010)
CD:ROM

http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/wrc/pub.html
The Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Centers have added a CD:ROM, “Health and the IEP,” to their health-related training materials that can be used with schools, health providers, families and directly with youth to help youth with disabilities learn to more effectively manage their health care concerns. “Health and the IEP” addresses ways to include medical issues in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, with three powerpoint presentations, along with companion handouts. These presentations can be used as individual trainings or specific slides can be used in other agencies’ trainings with credit to the Regional Centers and the Waisman Research Center.

 

Health Outcomes and IEPs  (August 2009)

http://dpimedia.wi.gov/main/Viewer/?peid=f44dfa70439241dd85e99cce0cb70e26
“Embedding Health Outcomes in the Individualized Education Program” is a video recording of a 40 minute teleconference that provides information and specific examples of health related goals for an IEP. This recording is available, at no cost, from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction web site.

 

IEP Checklist iPhone App  (2010)
Phone App

http://www.peatc.org/peatc.cgim?template=IEPChecklistiPhone
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) has developed an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Checklist iPhone application. The new IEP application helps parents and teachers of students with disabilities become better informed by making IEP information easier to access. This tool is for parents and teachers to use in developing a student’s IEP. The checklist includes items required by special education regulations and other items that may be relevant for the IEP.

 

Improving Physical Education and Athletic Opportunities  (June 2010) PDF document
Report

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10519.pdf
According to the GAO’s “Students with Disabilities: More Information and Guidance Could Improve Opportunities in Physical Education and Athletics,” students with disabilities generally are participating in physical education classes to an extent similar to students without disabilities; some also are involved in school sports. The report found that many districts and schools are interested in improving how they provide physical education and athletic opportunities to these students. Available in pdf (1.23 MB, 58 pp).

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What's Happening



Other National Events

 

Individualized Supports Planning in Special Education: Applications to Students with Intellectual Disability
Web-based Event
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/922789170
This webinar will discuss how to apply the principles of supports planning to create a meaningful system of supports for students with intellectual disability by building on the strengths, and addressing the challenges in social thinking that students with intellectual disability may experience. The content draws upon best practices presented in the 11th edition of “Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and systems of Supports, a manual on defining and classifying intellectual disability published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Individualized Supports Planning in Special Education: Applications to Students with Intellectual Disability
Web-based Event
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/922789170
This webinar will discuss how to apply the principles of supports planning to create a meaningful system of supports for students with intellectual disability by building on the strengths, and addressing the challenges in social thinking that students with intellectual disability may experience. The content draws upon best practices presented in the 11th edition of “Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and systems of Supports, a manual on defining and classifying intellectual disability published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Using Medicaid Waivers to Finance Home and Community-based Services
Web-based Event
September 21, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/142650993
In this webinar, presented by the National Wraparound Initiative, Constance Conklin (Mental Health Services to Children and Families, Department of Community Health) will focus on the use of Medicaid waivers, with a specific emphasis on 1915(c) waivers, to support wraparound implementation. Seven states are using 1915(c) waivers to serve Medicaid enrollees in the community instead of requiring hospital level of care, and eight states are using 1915(c) waivers for Medicaid enrollees rather than psychiatric residential treatment level of care. 1915(c) waivers are actually used in almost every state to serve at least some segments of Medicaid populations.

Achieving Dramatic Improvement: An Exploratory Study
Web-based Event
September 22, 2010
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/e/4621
In this SchoolsMovingUp webinar, Martin Orland, Director of WestEd’s Evaluation Research Program, and Daniel Aladjem, Project Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research, two of the authors of “Achieving Dramatic Improvement: An Exploratory Study,” will present this webinar. They will share reform-related approaches and themes common across 11 schools that stood out from a larger study for their significant improvement in student achievement and describe differences in the specifics of the schools’ improvement efforts.

Individualized Supports Planning in Special Education: Applications to Students with Intellectual Disability
Web-based Event
September 27, 2010
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/922789170
This webinar will discuss how to apply the principles of supports planning to create a meaningful system of supports for students with intellectual disability by building on the strengths, and addressing the challenges in social thinking that students with intellectual disability may experience. The content draws upon best practices presented in the 11th edition of “Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and systems of Supports, a manual on defining and classifying intellectual disability published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports
Web-based Event
September 27, 2010
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
http://www.aamr.org/IntellectualDisabilityBook/content_4670.cfm
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is sponsoring this webinar on “Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports,” on creating a meaningful system of supports for students with intellectual disabilities, planning individualized supports to build on a student’s strengths, and addressing the challenges in social thinking that students with intellectual disabilities may experience. (The content is based on the 11th edition of “Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports,” the official definition manual of the AAIDD.

TransCen Webinar Series: The Way to Work

September 29, 2010 - October 20, 2010
Webinar Series
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
http://tinyurl.com/37ndfdk
TransCen, Inc., is repeating on successive Wednesdays at 3:00 PM its series of four “Way to Work” webinars: “Not Just Any Workplace: Planning for Work Experiences and Jobs,” September 29, 2010, on effective ways to help youth plan and prepare for successful work experiences and jobs, including gathering information and learning about youth skills, interests, and need for support and accommodation; “Where Are They: finding and Recruiting Employers,” October 6, 2010, on bringing employers to agree to bring youth with disabilities into their workplaces, what they expect from the youth and professionals who represent them, and what strategies are effective for negotiating work experiences and jobs; “On the Job, Now What: supporting Youth to succeed,” October 13, 2010, on ways to support youth in the workplace, effective methods to evaluate job performance, determining the most appropriate accommodations on the job, and developing effective partnerships with employers to benefit both employers and employed; and “Creating Worlplace Partners: Keeping Employers Happy,” October 20, 2010, on ensuring that employers are able to provide the most effective work experience for youth, helping them become comfortable with youth with disabilities and their workplace accommodations, and ensuring that they are pleased and willing to continue to host youth in the workplace.

The Virtual AD/HD Conference

October 4, 2010 - October 6, 2010
Web-Based Conference
http://adhdconference.com/
Sponsored by ADDA and others, this web-based conference makes it possible without the expenses of travel to hear experts in AD/HC, ask them questions, connect with others in the AD/HD community, and learn about tools and resources for succeeding in life.

Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth

October 7, 2010 - October 8, 2010
Workshop
Portland, OR
http://www.youthchg.com
The “Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth” workshop will deliver 200 approaches answers to turnaround problems such as violence, apathy, truancy, defiance, ADD, school failure, bad attitudes, and poor motivation. A special focus will be on children with challenges and disabilities. The workshop is sponsored by Youth Change Workshops. The workshop is for teachers, youth workers, counselors, psychologists, court workers, social workers, justice workers, foster parents, and school administrators.

Transition in the 21st Century
Conference
October 14, 2010 - October 16, 2010
Groton, CT
http://www.dcdt.org/
Sponsored by the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), this regional conference on current issues in transition will feature keynote speaker, LeDerick Horne, a motivational speaker, poet, and advocate for people with disabilities.

A Time of Opportunity: Engaging Communities in Supporting Healthy Youth and Young Families
Conference
October 26, 2010 - October 29, 2010
Austin, TX
http://tinyurl.com/2alcxt8
Sponsored by Healthy Teen Network, “A Time of Opportunity: Engaging Communities in Supporting Healthy Youth and Young Families” will feature a first-day session on adaptation and implementing with fidelity, a track of workshops focused on research and evaluation, and opportunities to network with the community of adolescent health professionals on using evidence-based approaches and other issues in adolescent health. Deadline for on-line registration is October 8, 2010.

School and Cyber Bullying
Conference
November 8, 2010 - November 9, 2010
Arlington, VA
www.PerformanceInstitute.org/Bullying
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Get Wired!


Web Sites

 

Assistive Technology Resource Centers – AbleData

http://www.abledata.com/
State Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs work to improve access to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities through comprehensive statewide programs. The AbleData website includes information about AT products and equipment, including a listing of AT manufacturers and distributors by state.

 

Assistive Technology Resource Centers – ATAP Association

http://www.ataporg.org/atap/index.php
State Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs work to improve access to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities through comprehensive statewide programs. The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs’ website includes a list of programs by state, and other information on device loans, AT reuse, device demonstrations and state financing activities.

 

Common Core State Standards Initiative

http://www.all4ed.org/common-standards
The Alliance for Excellent Education’s website on the common standards movement includes information on the importance of common standards, how individuals are affected by the movement, how states are progressing in implementing common standards, and links to media news and responses reported by national media.


Listservs

 

Achieve’s Perspective Newsletter

http://www.achieve.org/Perspective
Achieve’s “Perspective” e-newsletter provides information on developments in encouraging college and career readiness in educational reform.

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Funding Forecast


Federal Grant Opportunities

 

FY 2010 - 2011 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 2010-2011 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

 

Clorox: Power a Bright Future Grants

http://clorox.promo.eprize.com/brightfuture/?affiliate_id=Inbound5
The Clorox Power a Bright Future Grants program provides resources to help support school programs that enrich kids' lives. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: Anyone at least 18 years old at time of entry can nominate an accredited K-12, public or private school program. Deadline: September 27, 2010.

 

Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program

http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/cte.cfm
The U.S. Government’s Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year. By living and working in the cultures of their host countries, Fulbright teachers gain an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in national cultures and education systems. Maximum award: year-long or semester-long direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. Eligibility: full-time U.S. teachers. Deadline: October 15, 2010.

 

Lexus and Scholastic Environmental Contest for Middle and High School Students

http://www.scholastic.com/lexus/
Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to middle and high schoolers, their teachers, and their schools in recognition of student-led efforts to address environmental issues in their communities in the fourth annual Lexus Eco challenge, sponsored by Lexus, the luxury automaker, and Scholastic, the children's publishing and education company. The Lexus Eco Challenge, a program for middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. Middle and high school teams (5-10 students and one teacher-advisor) are invited to participate in one or both of the two initial challenges, land/water and air/climate environmental issues. For each, teams will define an issue, develop an action plan to address it, implement the plan, and report the results. The submission deadline for Challenge One (Land/Water) is November 3, 2010. (The deadline for Challenge Two (Air/Climate) is January 19, 2011, and in mid-February 2011, the winning teams from the first two challenges will be invited to participate in the Final Challenge, reaching beyond the local community to environmental action around the world through innovative ideas communicated to a wide audience.) Deadline for challenge One: November 3, 2010.

 

NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants

http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/Learning&Leadership_Guidelines.htm
The NEA Foundation’s Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education, individually or as groups. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Eligibility: public school teachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2010.

 

NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants

http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/StudentAchievement_Guidelines.htm
The NEA Foundation’s Student Achievement Grants provide funds for classwork to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging them in critical thinking and problem-solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2010.

 

Project Ignition Teen Driver Safety Service-Learning Grants

http://www.sfprojectignition.com/
Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to public high schools in the United States and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, or New Brunswick working to address teen driver safety through service-learning initiatives by Project Ignition, sponsored by State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council. Public schools that educate students in grades 9 through 12, ages 13 and older, are eligible to participate and receive project awards. All applications require a teacher and principal signature. Participation is not limited to service-learning schools, but schools already implementing service-learning in their curricula are encouraged to participate. Twenty-five high schools will be selected to receive grants of $2,000 each to support implementation of their programs between January and April 2011. Deadline: November 15, 2010

 

Prudential: Spirit of Community Awards

http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have demonstrated exemplary voluntary service to their communities. Maximum award: $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Eligibility: Students grades 5-12 who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year. Deadline: November 1, 2010.

 

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants

http://www.ysa.org/goodneighbor
State Farm is teaming up with Youth Service America to offer Good Neighbor Service-Learning grants of up to $1,000 for youth-led service-learning initiatives in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Eligible programs will engage youth in service-learning, an effective teaching and learning strategy that promotes student learning, academic achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities. Eligible candidates include teachers, service-learning coordinators and students in a public school, or staff and youth in a community-based organization working with a public school. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded. Deadline: October 15, 2010.

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