October 2009 - NASET Resource Review

In this issue you will find resources in the following areas:

  • After School
  • Bullying
  • College Preparation
  • Disability Information
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Educational Resources
  • Employment for Youth
  • Family and Community Information
  • Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • IEP's
  • Innovations in Education
  • Multicultural
  • Parenting Information
  • Professional Development
  • Schools K-12 Information
  • Secretary of Education
  • Transition Services
  • Youth Information

After School

Here's a list of resources that will give you food for thought, concrete strategies, and a world of connections to make afterschool a welcoming, active, and fruitful way to spend out-of-school time.

Where else to start? Afterschool.gov is a one-stop website connecting the public, and particularly afterschool providers, to federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school time. The link below is to the Children With Disabilities page. http://www.afterschool.gov/xhtml/subject/24.html

2009 fact sheet on out-of-school time.http://www.niost.org/pdf/factsheet2009.pdf

Afterschool programs are for students with exceptionalities, too!

The National Center for Quality Afterschool.
SEDL's National Center helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that provide a safe and fun environment for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. While you're there, sign up for the Center's monthly newsletter, AfterWords.

Visit the California After-School Resource Center (CASRC).
Browse and download free curriculum and curriculum evaluation materials. Participate in a free curriculum lending library.

Discovering Community: Activities for afterschool programs.
The National Institute on Out of School Time, in association with the After-School Corporation, designed this curriculum to foster positive attitudes and stronger affiliations between students, teachers, and the surrounding school communities.

Working together for children and families: A Community's Guide to Making the MOST of Out-of-School Time.
This substantial, informative guide describes the theoretical basis, experiences, and learnings of the first and second phases of the MOST Initiative. It also explains how to build an out-of-school time system using the MOST approach.

Focus on Families! How to build and support family-centered practices in after school.
From the Harvard Research Project.

Resource guide for planning and operating afterschool programs.
Now in its third edition, this resource guide describes readily available and inexpensive resources that support afterschool programs. Topics include management, communication, programming, community building and collaboration, and developing connections between K-12 educational and afterschool programs. http://www.sedl.org/pubs/fam95/afterschool.pdf

Try the AIM guidelines.
The AIM Guidelines describe the need for and characteristics of successful afterschool inclusive math programs.

After-School Math PLUS and After-School Science Plus.
These two inquiry-based programs are designed for use in after-school centers serving students aged 6-14. They've have been field tested with students with disabilities and include modifications to ensure they are fully accessible to students with a broad range of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional disabilities.

Boosting inclusion with AT and supplemental services.
From the National Center for Technology Innovation and Center for Implementing Technology in Education. http://www.ldonline.org/article/9924

Find a tutor.
tutorfind.com is a free online search service that can help you locate a tutor. You can also call 1-800-64-TUTOR to talk to an experienced education counselor. All TutorFind tutors are certified by The American Tutoring Association. http://www.tutorfind.com

10 tips for affirming diversity and supporting equity in new afterschool programs.

80 ways to say "Very Good!"
Not just for afterschool programs, either! This is useful everywhere.


PACER Center Launches National Teen Bullying Prevention Web Site
TeensAgainstBullying.org was launched by the PACER Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention to serve as a bullying prevention resource where teens can become a powerful part of the movement to end bullying. Through the use of videos, blogs, and social networking, the site’s resounding message is “the end of bullying begins with you.”

College Preparation

Leveraging the Indicators of College and Career Readiness  
Policy Brief

This Alliance for Excellent Education Policy Brief examines the research on a number of high school performance indicators which have emerged as being predictive of high school graduation and college career readiness. The intention of the brief is to recommend that federal policymakers establish graduation and college and career readiness as the goal for all students and high schools through various courses of action.


Interested in autism?
CDC (the Centers for Disease Control) has a new autism website. Very snazzy.

Developmental Delay
A PDF version you can print and share of Developmental Delay

A parent's guide to developmental delays: A podcast.
LD Podcasts are a weekly event at LDonline about all aspects of learning disabilities and kids who struggle in school, and this one focuses on DD. Listen at:

Deaf Blindness
A PDF version you can print and share of Deaf-Blindness

Intellectual Disabilities
A revised PDF version of our fact sheet on Intellectual Disabilities
(no longer called Mental Retardation, thank you to everyone who pointed this out)

Other Health Impairments
A fact sheet on Other Health Impairments

Tourette syndrome: Where is it?
A fact sheet on Tourette syndrome.

Visual Impairments
Q&A: Taking service dogs into places of business.
If you need to know what the law says, read this brief from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

Early Intervention Services

Quick! If you want to comment...
The U.S. Department of Education has published a 30-day comment request for the IDEA Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR), which has recently been revised. Comments are due by September 11, 2009. So best be quick, if you have something to say.

Plan ahead to OSEP's 2009 Early Childhood Conference.
December 7-9, 2009, in Arlington, VA. Registration's open!

Do you have questions about infant mental health?
Find answers in this research synthesis of frequently asked questions that early childhood providers have about Infant Mental Health (IMH), early social and emotional development, and the IMH system. From the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.

Recognizing child development problems early: A video.
This 4-minute video is in the public domain, courtesy of the CDC.

Weaving cultural competence into program standards and monitoring.
Here's a new tool to help spark discussion and to serve as a guide to help early childhood programs respond to the needs of diverse children and families in a positive way. It was developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as part of its Quality Benchmark for Cultural Competence Project (QBCCP) that's determining key elements of cultural competence for early childhood programs and ways to meaningfully integrate these elements within quality rating and improvement systems.

Home visits.
Home visitation programs offer family-centered services to pregnant mothers and families with infants and young children. If you're looking for resources about home visitation programs, you'll find them in a new brief from the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library.

Managing food allergies in child care and preschools.
The Child Care and Preschool Guide to Managing Food Allergies is designed to educate caregivers of children under age 5. Endorsed by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the guide includes two educational videos (one for adults, one for children), a binder of information, and much more. Cost? $75. Available from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). Read how to order at:

Disability awareness and inclusion in early childhood programs.
Need materials you can use in your program? Try Including Us All, a nonsexist, multicultural guide for incorporating the topic of disability into the early childhood curriculum: same/different (hearing impairment), body parts (visual impairment), and transportation (mobility impairment). Cost? $15. Read all about it (and order, if you like) at the Educational Equity Center at AED:

Raid the treasure chest at the TATS program.
TATS is a statewide project in Florida that supports programs serving preK children with disabilities by providing technical assistance and training. truck to bring all the loot home.

Another treasure trove.
Are you interested in quality materials on topics related to early childhood and early intervention? The Natural Resources listserv is one way to stay up-to-date with the latest free or low-cost booklets, CD-Roms, videos, Power Point presentations and other items. Go to the link below to learn more and find out how to sign up for the listserv.

Educational Resources

The U.S. Department of Education will spend $29 million over the next five years to enhance and operate the ERIC digital library of education literature, which offers free access to a broad array of scholarly materials.

Employment for Youth

NCWD/Youth Releases Spanish Version of Guideposts for Employer Success  

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/sites/default/files/guideposts_for_employers_in_spanish.pdf  The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth) has published Spanish versions of four publications, including :Guideposts for Employer Success.” Available in pdf (46 KB, 4 pp).

NCWD/Youth Releases Spanish Version of Guideposts for Success  

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth) has published Spanish versions of four publications, including “Guideposts for Success.” Available in pdf (71 KB, 8 pp).

NCWD/Youth Releases Spanish Version of The Workforce Development System & the Professional Development of Youth Service Practitioners: Why Professional Development Report  
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth) has published Spanish versions of four publications, including “The Workforce Development System & the Professional Development of Youth Service Practitioners: Why Professional Development?” Available in pdf (116 KB, 12 pp).

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth Updates Website http://www.ncwd-youth.info/
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has updated its web site, http://www.ncwd-youth.info/. The updated web site offers new content areas focusing on what all youth need with specific emphasis on you with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.

Family and CommunityInformation

(Outreach, Early intervention, health etc.)

Looking for newborn screening and genetics programs and policies?
Try the National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center.

More on genetics.
Part of the National Resource Center just mentioned is its Genetics and Educational Materials (GEM) Database. It's searchable and can help you identify materials developed by regional genetic networks, HRSA projects, publications and other materials.

Concerned about your child's food allergies at school?
Managing food allergies at schools can be challenging. Education, communication, and cooperation are the keys to preventing allergic reactions.

Funding Forecast and Award Opportunities

Discretionary Grant Programs for Fiscal Year 2009
Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education 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 2009 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 2009
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 2009 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 2009-2010 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Announces the Creation of the 2009 AAHD Scholarship Program
The AAHD Scholarship will provide support for students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Those who are pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion, or disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research will be given preference. Please, visit the above website to download the application.

American School Board Journal: Magna Awards
The American School Board Journal’s 16th annual Magna Awards honor outstanding programs, which have been developed or supported by school boards that showcase school district leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement. Maximum award: $4,000. All nominations are judged on three enrollment categories (under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment) with a grand prizewinner in each category. Eligibility: local school boards. Deadline: October 31, 2009.

Applications Invited for State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants Program
Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada, which sponsor student-led service learning projects on environmental, societal, or financial issues within higher education. Grants will be awarded to those projects that address the issues of environmental responsibility, natural and societal disaster preparedness, driver safety, financial education, and accessing higher education. Deadline: October 2, 2009.

CVS Caremark Community Grants Program Accepting Grant Applications for Programs Serving Children With Disabilities and the Uninsured
The CVS Caremark Community Grants Program seeks to provide support to community organizations and public schools in states where CVS stores are located. The program will award funds to nonprofit organizations working to provide disabled children and youth (under age 21) with health and rehabilitation services and/or programs, which enable and encourage physical movement and play. The program will also award grants to public schools that promote a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs for children with disabilities. Deadline: October 31, 2009

High School Students Invited to Submit Entries for Green Your School Contest
Awards of up to $5,000 will be given to high schools whose students have designed projects to improve, restore, beautify, or conserve their school environment. The Green Your School Contest is a national competition that aims to stimulate and identify conservation service projects designed by high school students that improve, restore, beautify, or conserve their high school environment. To be eligible projects must have been begun after August 1, 2008. Deadline: October 9, 2009

Lowe's Toolbox for Education Accepting Applications for K-12 Public School Projects
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and schools working to provide disabled children and youth under age 21 with health and rehabilitation programs and active play opportunities alongside their non-disabled peers. Lowe’s will donate $5 million to U.S. public schools and public school teacher groups at more then one thousand public schools. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored. Deadline: October 16, 2009

National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Picturing America School Collaboration Projects Grant Opportunity
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to collaborative projects between humanities scholars and educators to develop K-12 coursework related to American art. The Picturing America school Collaboration Projects grant is designed to help teachers and librarians form connections between Picturing America images and coursework within the schools core curriculum. Picturing America is part of the “We the People Program”. Deadline: October 7, 2009.

Project Learning Tree: GreenWorks! Grants
Project Learning Tree (PLT) GreenWorks! grants engage PLT educators and their students along with their community through “learn-by-doing” projects that involve student leadership, service learning and community participation. Projects must be youth planned and executed as well as involve at least one community partner such as a local organization or business and must obtain 50% matching funds. Maximum award: $5,000. Deadline: October 31, 2009

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Invites Students and Teachers to Address Environmental Issues
Students and teachers in grades K-8 will be awarded grants and publicity for their solutions to classroom environmental issues. Grades K to second will seek to create solutions to environmental issues in their classroom, grades third to fifth in their school and grades six to eight in their community. Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level, include savings bonds, school grants, trips, TV appearances, and more. Deadline: Elementary-level entries is January 31, 2010; the deadline for middle-school entries is March 15, 2010.

Home Depot Accepting Applications for Building Healthy Communities Grant Program
Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to nonprofits, public schools, and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. working to improve their communities by using volunteers to build and refurbish affordable housing or transitional housing, increasing energy efficiency or sustainability, landscaping, planting of native trees, community facility improvements, and the development and/or improvement of green spaces. Grants are made in the form of the Home Depot gift cards for the purchase or tools or materials. Only registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, tax-exempt public schools, and tax-exempt public agencies in the U.S. are eligible to apply. The two remaining grant cycles for 2009 run July 15-September 15, 2009, and October 15-December 15, 2009. All applicants are required to pass an eligibility quiz before being considered for a grant. Program information and eligibility quiz are included on the Home Depot Web site. Deadlines: December 15, 2009.

Do Something Disaster Grants for Young People
Do Something and the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation have teamed up to offer $500 Disaster Grants to young people across the US and Canada. They want to hear from people building houses in New Orleans, planning an emergency coat drive for families in crisis this winter, or collecting toys for kids who’ve been through a natural disaster, etc. Each week in 2009 they are giving out $500 to a person with a project idea around the themes of disaster preparedness and emergency response.

CVS: Caremark Community Grants
The CVS Caremark Community Grants program awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities; programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services; public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play. Additionally, some contributions are made to organizations that provide uninsured individuals with needed care, in particular programs where the care received is of high quality and delivered by providers who participate in accountable community health care programs. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: public schools with programs for children under age 18 with disabilities. Deadline: October 31, 2009.

Travelocity’s Travel for Good Volunteer Travel Opportunities
Travelocity’s Travel for Good offers funding quarterly for its Change Ambassadors Grant to help support Americans who wish to travel to participate in volunteer opportunities (volunteer vacations). Two grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to individuals or groups going on volunteer vacations; applicants must demonstrate a previous commitment to volunteering and financial need. Deadline: not applicable.

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program-2009-2010
AAHD created the AAHD Scholarship Program to support students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in public health, health promotion, or disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. As 2009 is the first year of the scholarship program, funds are limited and we anticipate that scholarships will be competitive. Scholarships will be limited to under $1,000. Deadline: October 15, 2009

Do Something Offers Grants for Community Action Projects
Over the course of 2009, Do Something will award fifty-two grants of $500 each to help young people implement or expand a community action project, program, or organization. Applicants must be no older than 25 and a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Do Something grants cannot be used to fund travel costs, individual sponsorships, shipping costs, individual school fees, or fundraising expenses. Do Something grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grants will be awarded on a weekly basis. Deadline: Rolling.

Financial Aid On Disabilityinfo.Gov
This Web site includes links to scholarship applications for students with various disabilities for graduate and undergraduate as well as vocational studies.

Got Grants?
Successful education grant writers offer advice on how to access teacher-learning funds.

Michigan State Library of Financial Aid
Michigan State’s comprehensive list of financial aid resources for students with disabilities can be found at their Web site.

Scholarships4students’s Web site includes a list of scholarships for students with disabilities, by disability category.

National Scholarship Providers Association
The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) web site offers information on NSPA scholarships for Latino students and for students formerly in foster care. A new NPSA product, the Scholarship Data Standard, allows students to complete an online scholarship application and then re-use the information with other scholarship providers without retyping their data.

Charles Lafitte Foundation: Grants for Education & Child Advocacy
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program helps groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research, and the arts. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: rolling.

Plum Grants
Individuals who have recently created a sustainable community action project, program or organization and need $500 to further the growth and success of the program are eligible to apply for a Plum Youth Grant. Plum grants are given out weekly. Deadline: None.

Nonprofit Music Programs
The Guitar Center Music Foundation’s mission is to aid nonprofit music programs across America that offer music instruction so that more people can experience the joys of making music. Maximum Award: $5000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs across the United States that provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. Deadline: N/A.

Live Monarch Educator Outreach Program
The Live Monarch Foundation Educator Outreach Program provides funding for U.S. teachers to enroll in the National Campaign to bring monarch butterflies into the classroom. This program provides education and materials to strengthen the monarch’s 3,000-mile migratory route within North America by creating self-sustaining butterfly gardens and refuges. Materials will be provided for each participant to raise a virtual butterfly and start a real butterfly garden with professional instruction on each level of its maintenance and care. Maximum Award: n/a. Eligibility: teachers and classrooms in areas on the monarch migratory route. Deadline: rolling.

Highly Qualified Teachers

The full discussion of What It Means to Be Highly Qualified under IDEA that had somehow been cut off after one paragraph! (We sure are glad someone noticed and told us!)


Effective IEP meetings: Tested tips.
Here's another from CADRE, offering suggestions for convening successful IEP meetings. It includes preparation tips for parents and educators.

Watch a video on IEP teams.
Want to see an IEP team at work? Watch this clip from Empowering Parents, part of the PBS series, Launching Young Readers. (When you click the link below, you'll come to the Reading Rockets "For Principals" page. In the right column, you'll see "The IEP Team" and a link to "Watch video clip." That's the one you want.)

CADRE’s Effective IEP Meetings: Tested Tips 
Fact Sheet

This document from CADRE offers suggestions for convening successful IEP meetings. It includes preparation tips for parents and educators and addresses such topics as: What IEP/IFSP Conveners Can Do (Pre-Meeting), What IEP/IFSP Conveners Can Do (During Meeting), and What IEP/IFSP Conveners Can Do (Post-Meeting). Available in pdf (47 KB, 2 pp).

Innovations in Education

The Obama administration has committed $5 billion in federal funds for those state governments which support the administration’s ideas for reform within our nation’s schools.

ED is seeking recommendations for reviewers for Race to the Top, the $4.35 billion competition for states to lead the way in school reforms.“


Helping Educators Improve Learning in Diverse Classrooms
As part of an effort to improve the teaching of students of color, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program has launched a new online initiative. The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative (TDSi) offers interactive multimedia tools to help educators improve learning opportunities and outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse students.

Parenting Information

Recognizing reading (and other) problems early: Programs for parents.
Empowering Parents, a PBS special hosted by Al Roker, visits schools to help families identify early signs of reading problems and find ideas for getting their kids the help and support they need to succeed at reading.

Have you met Alex?
First, meet Alex's mom. She wanted the IEP team at the new school to see her son as a person, not a label, so she made a wonderful 3-minute video to introduce him at the beginning of the IEP meeting. It worked even better than she expected. Check it out. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.video.moody.htm

Parenting, A-Z.
Visit the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC), sign up for its newsletter, and join the National Effective Parenting Initiative. The site includes info on special needs and preschoolers.

Parents get involved.
Project Appleseed is the #1 ranked resource in Google and Yahoo! for "parental involvement in public schools" (or so they claim). But a look at this organization's bristling-with-purpose website is bound to make parents feel...well, like getting involved. Find out how at the link below. Pssst: National Parental Involvement Day is coming up soon (November 19th) but we thought we'd tell you early, so you can plan ahead.

Communicating with your child's school. 
This resource from CADRE offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/success.cfm

Building a good relationship with your child's teacher.
From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Online educational games.
We know, we know, we're all trying to get our kids OFF of the computer. But this site will hook you up to online educational games. Phonetics, math, science, art....you name it, you can play it to learn.

Find respite.
Respite care is a service that offers temporary care for a child or adult with disabilities or chronic or terminal illnesses. The National Respite Locator Service helps parents, caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local area to match their specific needs.

Is challenging behavior a problem at home?
Then you may be interested in what the Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior (CEBP) has to say. This document gives parents eight practical tips they can use when their young children exhibit challenging behavior. Each tip includes a brief explanation and an example to show parents how they might use the specific approach with their own family in everyday life.


Equity in Action: Professional Learning for Culturally Responsive Teaching 
Professional Learning for Culturally Responsive Teaching, The Equity Alliance at ASU’s newest publication, includes key principles to guide development and implementation of professional learning. This publication also presents several research-based examples of practice that demonstrate educators’ engagement in professional learning that results in the improvement of students’ academic and social outcomes.

Professional Learning for Equity Module 
PowerPoint presentations, handouts, facilitator material
This new publication from the Equity Alliance at ASU seeks to address the meaning behind inclusive education. The Equity Alliance guides participants through an exploration of inclusive education systems, schools, and classrooms which will eventually allow them to construct their own model. Downloadable materials include PowerPoint presentations, participant handouts, and facilitator manuals.

Schools K-12 Information

A vision of K-12 students today.
Start your school year off by watching this 4-minute video. Not a word is spoken, all is visual.

And while we're watching videos, how about TeacherTube?
Launched in 2007, TeacherTube provides teachers with an online community for sharing instructional videos. The service is free for everyone.

H1N1 preparedness guidelines for schools.
The feds have issued guidelines designed to help educators and administrators share health information, plan for staff and student absences, and maintain a learning environment in the event of a flu outbreak.

We'll mention it again cos it's that important: Accessible books.
Bookshare is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Funded by an award from OSEP, Bookshare's library includes more than 50,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals, and assistive technology tools. Talk about a back-to-school resource!

Stretched thin?
Are you a teacher dealing with fewer resources in your classroom this fall because of budget cuts? What suggestions do you have for educators who are faced with crowded classrooms, a shortage of supplies, or the need for an extra pair of hands? What suggestions do they have for you? Join the featured discussion this month at: http://www.teachermagazine.org

The difference a dedicated principal can make.
Check out The Principal Story on PBS and take an inside look at the challenges facing America's public schools---and the great difference a dedicated principal can make. You'll go on an emotional ride that reveals what effective educational leadership looks like in the 21st century. You can also borrow the film and download the discussion guide, for FREE if you're a nonprofit, educational institution, library, or local PBS station.

Graduating America: Meeting the Challenge of Low Graduation-Rate High Schools

This report from Jobs for the Future provides tools to examine the characteristics of schools, districts, and states, which will assist in making certain approaches more likely to succeed in certain places. Through this sort of analysis, states and nations will be able to identify reform opportunities, and they can target human, financial, and knowledge resources to where they are most needed and will do the most good.

Secretary of Education

Secretary Arne Duncan announced 314 schools as 2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Secretary Arne Duncan hosted a virtual national “listening and learning” event before a live studio audience of 60 parents and educators at the WETA television studio in Arlington, VA. Watch the town hall meeting now at:

Transition Services

Planning your transition from high school: A tool kit.
A very good tool kit from PACER for youth with disabilities and their parents.

Humboldt County Office of Education/Regional Occupation Program’s Web Resource for Students in Transition
The Humboldt County Office of Education/Regional Occupation Program has produced an interactive web-based resource for students transitioning through high school to adult life. The Personal Data Wizard is an individual career portfolio and transition-planning program. A student can login to a secure personal site for the following activities and resources.

Youth Information

Also for youth: Talking with your doctor.
Talking with Your Doctor and Other Medical Professionals is a Web site with videos designed to help you communicate more effectively with your health care providers. Talk about how you're feeling, listen and ask questions about medical conditions, and get involved in decisions about your health!

Implementing High-Quality Youth Programs 
Research Briefs

Three new research briefs from Child Trends focus on research findings on the implementation of high quality out-of-school time programs.

Downloadable PDF File

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