March 17, 2004

In this Issue:

1. Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities--Projects for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Source: Federal Register - March 15, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 50)

Purpose of Program: This program provides technical assistance and information that (1) support States and local entities in building capacity to improve early intervention, educational, and transitional services and results for children with disabilities and their families; and (2) address goals and priorities for changing State systems that provide early intervention, educational, and transitional services for children with disabilities and their families ...

Text of Priority: This priority supports projects to build the capacity of SEAs and LEAs, parents, and professionals to improve outcomes for children and young adults who are deaf-blind and their families, by providing technical assistance, information, and training on early intervention, special education, related services, and transitional services.

Applications Available: March 16, 2004
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 19, 2004
Additional information is available online at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/031504i.html

2. Technology and Media Services For Individuals With Disabilities--Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Source: Federal Register: March 15, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 50)

Purpose of Program: To: (1) Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, & use of technology; (2) support educational media activities designed to be of educational value to children with disabilities; & (3) provide support for some captioning, video description, & cultural activities.

Applications Available: March 16, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 23, 2004.
Additional information is available online at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/031504j.html

3. Training & Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities -- Community Parent Resource Centers -- CFDA# 84.328C

Source: Federal Register: March 10, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 47)

Purpose Of Program: The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children.

Applications Available: March 11, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 16, 2004.
Applicable regulations, priorities, & other information are online at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/031004d.html

4. New Report Examines Educational, Linguistic Needs Of Young Latino Children And Their Families

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - March 2004

Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. today. Nationally, Latino parents have participated at lower rates in early childhood education and early intervention services than parents from other racial and ethnic backgrounds. This new study examined the linguistically and culturally relevant practices that state administrators reported were recommended or being used by early education and intervention programs that enrolled Latino children and families. This study consisted of a national survey of 117 state administrators of early childhood programs in 48 states and the District of Columbia to examine specific challenges, strategies, and beliefs around serving Latino children and families. Access the full report online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~nuestros/pdfs/NNExecSummary.pdf

5. Policymaker's Primer on Education Research

Source: Education Commission of the States - Retrieved March 15, 2004

The Policymaker's Primer on Education Research, published by Education Commission of the States (ECS) and Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), is now available online. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Primer is meant to serve the real-world needs of those who want to incorporate the findings of research in policy decisions. The Primer helps policymakers and other interested individuals answer the following three questions: (1) What does the research say? (2) Is the research trustworthy? (3) How can the research be used to guide policy? Answering these questions will help policymakers make evidenced-based decisions about education policies, gain a better understanding of research methods, and become more informed consumers of research. Go to http://www.ecs.org/html/educationIssues/Research/primer/index.asp

6. Implementing Randomized Field Trials in Education: Report of a Workshop (2004)

Source: National Academies Press - March 15, 2004

Implementing Randomized Field Trials in Education: Report of a Workshop (2004) - The full text of this new book from the National Academies Press is now available for free online reading at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309091926