July 13, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. General Supervision Enhancement Grants - Notice Inviting Applications and Notice of Final Priorities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education
  2. New Training Modules on IDEA 2004
      Source: NICHCY - July 12, 2007
  3. What Works Clearinghouse to Add New Focus on Programs for Students with Disabilities.
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences - July 11, 2007
  4. Strengthening Policies to Support Children, Youth, and Families Who Experience Trauma
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - July 2007
  5. 2007 Newborn Screening Report Card Released
      Source: March of Dimes - July 11, 2007

1. General Supervision Enhancement Grants - Notice Inviting Applications and Notice of Final Priorities

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education

On July 9, 2007, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) posted the following grant notice in the Federal Register:

TITLE: Technical Assistance on Data Collection - General Supervision Enhancement Grants
DATE: Deadline for transmittal of applications - August 23, 2007
URL: For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-3/070907b.html

On July 9th, 2007, OSERS also published the General Supervision Enhancement Grants - Notice of Final Priorities in the Federal Register. This is available at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2007-3/070907c.html

2. New Training Modules on IDEA 2004

Source: NICHCY - July 12, 2007

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) recently posted the following two new training modules online for the Building the Legacy Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004:

Materials for each module include: a PowerPoint presentation for use in training, detailed background text and explanation for trainers, handouts for participants, and supplemental resources for trainers.

3. What Works Clearinghouse to Add New Focus on Programs for Students with Disabilities.

Source: Institute of Education Sciences - July 11, 2007

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded a five-year contract to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. of Princeton, NJ, for operation and expansion of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). Noteworthy in the new contract will be the addition of a focus on programs for students with disabilities. Read the full announcement. The WWC will continue systematic, evidence-based reviews of research on educational interventions. For more information go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/

4. Strengthening Policies to Support Children, Youth, and Families Who Experience Trauma

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - July 2007

Trauma exposure is pervasive among children in the United States, particularly children involved in the mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. A new report from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), Strengthening Policies to Support Children, Youth, and Families Who Experience Trauma by Janice L. Cooper, Rachel Masi, Sarah Dababnah, Yumiko Aratani, and Jane Knitzer, reviews current policies and practices to support children exposed to trauma and documents critical considerations in strengthening policies to support care delivery systems that are trauma-informed, prevention oriented, and focused on improving mental health functioning for children, youth, and their families. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_737.html. A companion fact sheet is available at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_746.html.

5. 2007 Newborn Screening Report Card Released

Source: March of Dimes - July 11, 2007

Almost 90 percent of all babies born in the United States live in states that require screening for at least 21 life-threatening disorders, according to the latest March of Dimes Newborn Screening Report Card. This is more than double the percentage in 2005. However, approximately half a million newborns are still not screened for these disorders, which if diagnosed early can be successfully managed or treated to prevent severe consequences. To read more go to http://www.marchofdimes.com/aboutus/22663_25778.asp