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The latest news and information from around the country.
Calls to Participate
Southwest Conference on Disability Call for Papers
The 2013 Southwest Conference on Disability, to be held in Albuquerque, NM, October 8-11, 2013, seeks proposals for presentations on the themes of: 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. Deadline for proposals: June 10, 2013.
Survey on Perceptions of Youth with Disabilities Returning to Schools
The University of Oregon and Arizona State University seek special and general education teachers, transition specialists and paraprofessionals to take part in a survey on perceptions of youth with disabilities returning to schools from the juvenile justice system. Completers will be entered into a lottery to win an iPad Mini and gift cards. The survey is part of a study to explore perceptions of youth with disabilities and their outcomes from the juvenile justice system and their performance in the classroom. Teachers, transition specialists, and school staff who work with transition age youth with disabilities are invited to complete this 15-25 minute online survey. Deadline for completing the survey: June 17, 2013.
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The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
Center on Transition to Employment’s Archived Webinars on Promising Practices in Transition and on The Personnel Factor
The Center on Transition to Employment, administered by TransCen, Inc. and Virginia Commonwealth University, has archived two recent webinars. “Promising Practices in Transition for Predominantly Minority Youth: Results of Multi-Year, Multi-Site Study” examined personal and contextual factors contributing to employment for predominantly minority youth with high incidence disabilities. Presenters discussed the essential elements (what and why) of successful transition programs and interventions derived from this study and discussed strategies for replication and innovation of promising practices and interventions. “The Personnel Factor” was an informational webinar on new research into the characteristics of employment specialists and their implications for successful transition to paid jobs for transition-age youth. It discussed the four personal attributes that emerged from this study, and implications for recruitment, hiring, training and advancing effective employment specialists.
Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at the High School Graduation Rate
“Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at the High School Graduation Rate,” a report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities finds that of the 2.2 million American students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), only 68% graduate with a regular high school diploma. Many schools make decisions as early as elementary school that take students off-track. The report includes a number of recommendations to reverse this trend.
Eight Steps to Better IEP Meetings
“Eight Steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts Not Poker” is an article on tips for advocating for the best opportunities for their child in Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings by strategies including joining and sustaining relationships, focusing on the child’s needs, not the district’s resources or parents’ expectations, providing “face-saving” solutions to disagreements, keeping records of data to support plans, getting to know the school and educators; listening actively, and encouraging help from others.
Grad Nation Community Guidebook
America’s Promise Alliance has released the updated Grad Nation Community Guidebook (Community Guidebook), a research-based toolkit for communities working to raise graduation rates and better support children and youth from birth through college. Created in collaboration with Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, the online Community Guidebook offers approaches and tools that all communities can incorporate at any stage in their work.
NCES Releases Report on The Condition of Education 2013
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics has released “The Condition of Education 2013.” This report summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data and includes findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education. The report presents 42 indicators on the status and condition of education, in addition to Spotlights that look more closely at four issues of current interest.
NCWD/Youth Webinar on Individualized Learning Plans Available Online
On May 16, 2013, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) and the Institute for Educational Leadership hosted a webinar on the findings from NCWD/Youth’s longitudinal research and demonstration project to determine whether and how Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) are a promising strategy for developing college and career readiness. Presenters also recommended actions for educational leaders at the state and local levels interested in successful transitions of youth from adolescence to adulthood and shared lessons on implementing ILPs statewide for all students.
Promise for the Future: How Federal Programs Can Improve Career Outcomes for Youth & Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions
“Promise for the Future: How Federal Programs Can Improve Career Outcomes for Youth & Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions” examines various federal programs that can provide assistance in meeting the educational, vocational, and basic supports needs of youth and young adults (ages 16-30) with serious mental health conditions (SMHCs). Available in pdf (1.0 MB, 33 pp).
Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach
National Academies Press has published “Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach,” the report resulting when the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) asked the National Research Council to convene a committee to conduct a study of juvenile justice reform. The goal of “Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach” was to review recent advances in behavioral and neuroscience research and draw out the implications of this knowledge for juvenile justice reform, to assess the new generation of reform activities occurring in the United States, and to assess the performance of OJJDP in carrying out its statutory mission as well as its potential role in supporting scientifically based reform efforts.
Using Data for College and Career Readiness
“Using the Right Data to Determine if High School Interventions Are Working to Prepare Students for College and Careers,” from The National High School Center, is a report designed to guide educators in collecting and analyzing student achievement data that can help determine if and how high school interventions for underprepared students are effectively preparing them for college and careers. It reports on research on the relationship between students’ eighth-grade academic preparation gaps and their likelihood of meeting college and career readiness targets, and describes the datasets that states and school districts should create to be able to assess the benefits of interventions for students at different prior achievement levels; and concludes with guidance for school districts and high schools in using this information. Available in pdf (346 KB, 13 pp).
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Other National Events
Youth Work Methods Experience
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July 22, 2013 - July 23, 2013
The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality will host a seminar July 22-23, 2013, to improve professionals’ ability to provide comprehensive support to staff to help them improve their practices. It will explore the Active-Participatory Approach and three key Youth Work Methods, and strengthen coaching and observational skills.
Global Youth Justice Websites
Global Youth Justice, in conjunction with the American Bar Association and its celebration of Law Day, is helping local youth courts in 41 states launch 250 websites to promote their juvenile justice diversion programs. More than 1,400 communities and tribes worldwide currently operate a youth justice program associated with their local peer, student, youth, or teen courts. These courts train teenagers to be judges, prosecutors, attorneys, and jurors who handle low-level offenses of their peers, promote accountability, provide access to youth resources, and model peer leadership.
The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders
The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders, at American Institutes for Research, is a website to support states in their efforts to ensure that students have access to great teachers and leaders. It includes sections on evaluating teachers and principals, an online database of state teacher and principal evaluation systems, student learning objectives, educator effectiveness timeline, online tools, events, and blog discussion.
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Edutopia, produced by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.
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Federal Grant Opportunities
Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2013-2014
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
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.
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Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
National Center for Family Literacy Invites Applications for Family Learning Literacy Programs
The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is accepting applications from organizations and educational institutions for projects that engage families in literacy and mentoring. Through the Toyota Family Learning initiative, NCFL will award five 3-year grants of $175,000 each, as well as NCFL training and communications support, to implement services that engage families in learning together, mentoring other families in learning together, and family service learning projects. Priority will be given to projects that adapt existing family education programs to include the family mentoring and service learning components, including interactive literacy activities, training for parents to be the primary teacher for their children, families mentoring other families to learn together and participate, and family service learning through projects and the sharing of those projects, activities, and experiences on the Toyota Family Learning community Web site. Eligible applicants include schools (traditional public and charter), community-based organizations, libraries, and other organizations providing services to families. Organizations must provide family-focused educational services for parents, grandparents, and/or legal guardians and their children ages 4-18 and serve a high percentage of minority populations and/or low-income families in two or three separate sites. Deadline: June 24, 2013. Available in pdf (84.6 KB, 8 pp).
State Farm and Youth Service America: Good Neighbor Grants
State Farm and Youth Service America are offering grants for programs enhancing student achievement through service learning. Maximum award: $1,500. Eligibility: K-12 public schools in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Alberta. Deadline: June 23, 2013.
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Scholarships and Awards
Recruiting Students for the University of Maryland’s 2013-14 Academic Graduate Certificate in Transition from School to Career
In the coming academic year, the University of Maryland is again offering its Academic Graduate Certificate in Transition from School to Career, a certificate for transition specialists in schools, rehabilitation, and adult service agencies. The four certificate courses are offered entirely online, to meet the demands of working professionals. Certificate students are offered state-of-the-art curriculum through the teaching and mentoring of highly qualified transition instructors. The four courses start in Fall 2013. A scholarship is offered to pay for tuition and educational materials. Deadline for applications: July 15, 2013.
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