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+ Youth Service America Announces Grant Programs Supporting National Youth Service Day
+ International Awards Program to Honor Achievements of Children With Disabilities
+ 4TH ANNUAL NATIONAL INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK TO FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF “WORKING TOGETHER”
+ Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents and Families
+ Put Downs & Comebacks: How to Respond to a Discouraged Kid

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November 30, 2004

Youth Service America Announces Grant Programs Supporting National Youth Service Day

"Youth Service America has announced the availability of a variety of grants to implement community service projects surrounding National Youth Service Day, April 15-17, 2005. Organizations sponsoring grant programs for National Youth Service Day 2005 include:"
+ National Youth Court Center at the America Probation and Parole Association Mini-Grants (sixty mini-grants of $250 each)
+ Phi Alpha Delta Public Service Center Mini-Grants (twenty-five mini-grants of $200 each)
+ The Constitutional Rights Foundation and Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago Mini-Grants (one-hundred and fifty grants of $150 each)
+ Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Mini-Grants (one hundred and twenty-five grants of $200 each)
+ DisneyHand Minnie Grants (grants of $500 each)
+ YSA Youth Venture Funding (ten awards of up to $1,000 in start-up funds)

URL: http://www.ysa.org/awards/award_grant.cfm
Referred by: The Foundation Center
Posted by lpenney on November 30, 2004 | Funding

International Awards Program to Honor Achievements of Children With Disabilities

"The Foundation for Exceptional Children established the Yes I Can! International Awards Program in 1981 to acknowledge the achievements of children and youth with disabilities; to overcome barriers caused by public misconceptions; to encourage children and youth with disabilities to seek their highest potential; and to increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities of people with disabilities.
Each year children and youth with disabilities are recognized for their accomplishments through the Yes I Can! International Awards Program. Three Yes I Can! International Awards Nominees will be recognized in nine categories."

URL: http://yesican.cec.sped.org/awards/index.html
Referred by: The Foundation Center
Posted by lpenney on November 30, 2004 | Funding

4TH ANNUAL NATIONAL INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK TO FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF “WORKING TOGETHER”

Denver, CO -"The 4th Annual National Inclusive Schools Week will be celebrated December 6-10, 2004 in classrooms, schools, and communities throughout the country. This Week recognizes the nation’s progress and promotes action towards increasing the capacity of schools and communities to provide a quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, particularly to those who have disabilities. This year, the National Institute will focus on the value of “working together.” ... The Week is sponsored by the National Institute for Urban School Improvement at the University of Colorado, Denver and is a project of the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.... National Inclusive Schools Week provides an opportunity to reflect on how to ensure families, schools, and communities across the nation are working together effectively to provide a quality education for an increasingly diverse student population. The Week further emphasizes the National Institute’s message, “Inclusive Schools: Good for Kids, Families, & Communities,” which highlights the benefits of inclusive education for all children. The National Institute has updated the increasingly popular Celebration Kit, which contains publications that outline the benefits of inclusive schools, suggested readings for children and adults, celebration ideas and lesson plans, and materials to use in promoting the Week."

URL: http://www.inclusiveschools.org/nisw04/info/week.html
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 30, 2004 | News

Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents and Families

"One of the most frequently accessed items on the CASEL web site is our packet for parents, consisting of four handouts on how parents can help promote the social and emotional development of their children... We are pleased to announce that this popular resource, with support from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory for Student Success, has been substantially expanded. Titled Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents and Families, the packet now includes the four handouts above, plus:
Research: Background on the role of families in teaching SEL, and how families and teachers can work together to promote SEL Parents’ Voices: Parents’ views on SEL programs being used at their children's schools based on a series of interviews with parents
SEL Resources: Books, organizations, and programs emphasizing SEL
In addition, the four handouts for parents are now available in Spanish."

URL: http://www.casel.org/about_sel/SELhome.php
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 30, 2004 | Resources

November 29, 2004

Put Downs & Comebacks: How to Respond to a Discouraged Kid

"What do you do when a child is struggling with reading? It can help to acknowledge that it’s hard and find appropriate materials. Reading Rockets offers this and more advice for parents and educators."

URL: http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/putdowns/putdowns.html
Referred by: Connect for Kids Weekly
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 29, 2004 | Resources

HIGH SCHOOL RESEARCHERS FIND A GENERATION GAP

"Groundbreaking research by high school students in five states has turned up troubling discrepancies in how urban students and teachers view their interactions with each other. The innovative What Kids Can Do organization supported high school students from Chicago, Houston, Oakland, Philadelphia and St. Louis as they designed and conducted in-depth research in their urban high schools, surveying more than 6,350 of their peers and 466 teachers. The students' insightful questions and accessible language elicited responses that may surprise traditional educators and policymakers, and suggest ways in which students can become actors in improving their schools. Survey questions covered topics including academic pressure, cheating, school safety, race relations, and tensions between teachers and students. In all five sites, student research teams presented their findings through workshops, retreats, and public "summit meetings.""

URL: http://www.whatkidscando.org/studentsasalliesintro.html
Referred by:PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 29, 2004 | Research

THE EDUCATIONAL IMPORTANCE OF DEBATE

"Since the middle of the last century, interscholastic debate programs have been common throughout the nation's more affluent public and private schools. These programs have provided generations of more privileged students the substantial academic benefits that result from training in rhetoric, persuasion, organized communication, and argument. In debate, the preparation and delivery of argumentation provides students with the opportunity to think critically, develop their academic research skills, improve their communication abilities, solve problems creatively, and increase their self-confidence.... Urban Debate Leagues, now flourishing in low-income schools, are designed to teach advocacy skills so that students are empowered to be the architects of their own futures."

URL: http://www.urbandebate.org/impact_education
Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 29, 2004 | Resources

"Vital Difference: The Role of Race in Building Community"

"Vital Difference is the first report from the Practitioner Knowledge Initiative. The report stresses the importance of practitioner knowledge and the use of reflective learning to uncover that knowledge. Vital Difference states its case by offering a glimpse into the extensive knowledge that five community-based organizations ... have developed regarding race and community building."
"Vital Difference makes the case that (1) practitioner knowledge is critical for advancing the field of community building, (2) race is of fundamental importance in community-building work, and (3) engaging race drives the reinvention of the tools and processes best suited to building meaningful and lasting democratic participation."

URL: http://web.mit.edu/crcp/vitaldiff1
Referred by: Center for Reflective Community Practice
Posted by mbiswas on November 29, 2004 | Research

November 16, 2004

Start-Up Funds for Sustainable National Youth Service Day Projects

"Youth Service America and Youth Venture are teaming up again to further strengthen the youth service movement. In conjunction with National Youth Service Day, funding will be offered to enable young people to engage in community service and make a difference in their world every day. Ten awards of up to $1,000 in start-up funds will be available to young people (ages 12-20) who want to create sustainable new, civic-minded organizations, clubs, or businesses. Applications must be received by 12:00 Noon on November 22, 2004."

URL: Youth Ventures
Referred by: CTCNet GrantStation Insider
Posted by tstreit on November 16, 2004 | Funding

November 15, 2004

SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE ACTIVITIES

"The Abelard Foundation, a member of the Common Counsel consortium of foundations and donors, is committed to social change activities that reflect the communities in which they are based; expand community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting the communities' well-being; and build a strong informed voice on public policy issues. The Common Counsel reviews proposals submitted to the Abelard Foundation West from nonprofit organizations located in the Northern Rockies, the Great Basin, the Northwest, the Southwest and California. The next application deadline for these areas is January 15, 2005. The Foundation's eastern office reviews applications for organizations east of the Mississippi. The eastern office accepts proposals throughout the year."

URL: http://www.commoncounsel.org/pages/foundation.html
Referred by: CTCNet GrantStation Insider
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 15, 2004 | Funding

Forum Focus: What Gets Measured, Gets Done

"States and communities across the country recognize that creating a shared set of desired outcomes for young people provides the opportunity to take stock in how well children and teens are doing on national and local levels. While some of this data is available across time and states, much of it focuses on the negative indicators (e.g., teen births, substance abuse), revealing little about the development of positive competencies and attributes necessary for successful adulthood. In Forum Focus: What Gets Measured, Gets Done, we scan a number of important efforts gaining momentum in recent years to develop and use positive indicators of child and youth well being."

URL: http://www.forumforyouthinvestment.org/focus/ForumFOCUS_Nov04.pdf
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 15, 2004 | Research

November 08, 2004

BGCGW Tweens Participate in Leadership Activity

"Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) tweens (youth ages 11 to 13) participated in a Staples/Boys & Girls Clubs of America "survey on leadership" which revealed that more than half of youth ages 11 to 13 would not want to be President of the United States."

URL: http://www.vppartners.org/learning/enews/issues/nov04.html#ip_1
Referred by Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)
Posted by hchung on November 08, 2004 | News

November 03, 2004

ADL LAUNCHES "LEWIS & CLARK: THE UNHEARD VOICES" CURRICULUM

"The lesson plans in this issue of Curriculum Connections take an in-depth look at the history of U.S. expansion and Indian policy, and present the voices and perspectives of Native Americans on the Lewis and Clark expedition and bicentennial. These materials offer an alternative viewpoint on an often-glorified era, and call attention to the dangers of ethnocentric and one-sided versions of history."

URL: http://www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/In_this_issue_fall_2004.asp
Referred By: ADL
Posted by tstreit on November 03, 2004 | Activities

November 02, 2004

Disneyhand Minnie Grants to Support Youth Service Day Efforts

"Youth Service America has announced the availability of the DisneyHand Minnie Grant to help youth, teachers, and organizations Implement service projects for National Youth Service Day, April 15-17, 2005.... The program offers grants of $500 each to engage young people between the ages of 5 and 14 to plan and carry out service projects for National and Global Youth Service Day 2005 that respond to community needs. The program encourages projects in which children and youth work with adults (parents, coaches, teachers, youth leaders, etc.) to help address community issues."

URL: http://www.ysa.org/awards/award_grant.cfm
Referred by: Foundation Center RFP Bulletin
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 02, 2004 | Funding

SUPPORT FOR ALLSTATE

"The Allstate Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations for national programs and for local programs in company communities throughout the United States. The Foundation focuses its support on three areas: tolerance, inclusion, and diversity, including teaching tolerance to youth, alleviating discrimination, and ending hate crimes; safe and vital communities, including catastrophe response and mitigation, youth anti-violence, and neighborhood revitalization; and economic empowerment, including financial and insurance education, economic literacy, and entrepreneurial business skill development. Applications are accepted throughout the year."

URL: www.allstate.com/foundation
Referred by: CTCNet GrantStation Insider
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 02, 2004 | Funding

November 01, 2004

From Spider Maps to Double-Cell Diagrams: Graphic Organizers Support Student Learning

"Explore the many styles of graphic organizers, from the simple to the complex. When students organize their thoughts visually, they progress from dependent to independent learning."

URL: http://www.enc.org/features/focus/archive/graphic/document.shtm?input=FOC-003559-index
Referred by: Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Posted by mbiswas on November 01, 2004 | Resources