Dear EdEquity members:
Welcome back from your summer vacation. I hope you all had a restful time
off.Here is my weekly resources in addition information to about the
August Dialogues with the Experts and two brand new WEEA Digest.
If you were away during the month of August, we had a wonderful week of
discussion on Gender and Disability, we had fabulous panelists from all
walks of life. So read up on this dialogue with the experts at:
In addition WEEA Equity Resource Center just finished writing two WEEA
Digest, which are brief journals offering cutting-edge discussions on
careers and technology. Here are the descriptions and the links to our
website to downlaod them.
New! Equity and Careers: Progress and Promise
Drawn from extensive research on career development issues and trends in
the 30 years since Title IX was enacted, this digest explores how career
choices--and especially career elimination--begin at an early age.
Fostering ideas about career options in girls, including nontraditional
career paths, needs to begin early on in their schooling.
New! Equity and Technology: Approaching Technology
Do males and females think about technology differently? This digest
explores ways to interest girls and women in technology, addresses gender
influences in technological development and applications, and discusses the
expanding field of computer science and applied techologies.
Our information for EdEquity Weekly resource list comes from various
e-sources, including external list serves and web sites, EDC, and our own
1) National PTAOnline Spanish-Language Resources Los Buenos Padres No
Nacen. Se Hacen National PTA announced the launch of its Hispanic Outreach
Initiative at its 2002 convention. This outreach program seeks to remove
some of the language and cultural barriers that might keep Hispanic
families from actively participating in
their child's education. Using a variety and language- and
culture-sensitive materials, the Hispanic Outreach Initiative will reach
out to Spanish-speaking parents who wish to become more involved in their
child's education. The initiative will offer a new mentoring program to
keep parents involved in their child's school, as well as bilingual
resources for Spanish-speaking families.
View these resources online at:
2) FAMILIES AS CONTRACTUAL PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
In this paper, Henry Levin and Clive Belfield, suggest a new way of
viewing families as "contractual partners" in education, that is, having
families agree to certain obligations. To a large degree this notion of a
"contract" is metaphorical since a democratic society permits families to
rear their children in diverse ways with wide latitude among practices.
But, one can still view the family as an educator and raise the question
of what type of contractual obligations would maximize the educational
success of children. The authors begin by documenting the overwhelming
ties between socioeconomic status (SES) and student educational results.
They conclude by asking: (a) What can families do on their own if properly
informed, even low-income families? (b) What can families do with
training, and support? (c) What gaps in the contract must be filled by
other service providers? Answers to these questions are important for
education reforms that -- within the context of privatization -- seek to
capitalize on parental efforts and energies.
1) New Book:Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is proud to announce the
publication of the second edition of MIUSA's most comprehensive and sought
Loud, Proud and Passionate:A Including Women with Disabilities in
International Development. We hope you will be as excited as we are about
this new book-it's a great international resource on women with
disabilities. For more information contact:
International Development and Disability Department
Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
2) Learning Disabilities Roundtable Releases a Report
Learning Disabilities Roundtable has released its report on
recommended improvements to better identify and serve students with
learning disabilities in public schools, along with joint policy
recommendations for the reauthorization of IDEA which were shared with
The Learning Disability Roundtable, a group of ten educational and
advocacy organizations that represent children served through the federal
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), has submitted
recommendations to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S.
Department of Education. The report Specific Learning Disabilities:
Finding Common Ground is available online in PDF and WORD versions.
Links from this Article:
* Learning Disability Roundtable
3)New! Discover IDEA CD 2002!
It's all here! IDEA '97, the statute and the final regulations; No Child
Left Behind Act; Head Start regulations; Sections 504-508 of the
Rehabilitation Act and more! CD 2002 also guides you through a topical
index on 21 special education topics, with each section containing:
* OSEP published materials.
* Materials developed by OSEP funded projects.
* Links and contact information.
* Links to key words and sections in the regulations for Part B of IDEA
What else is new on the CD? This enhanced version makes searching and
navigation easier for the new and experienced user. CD 2002 features many
new resources right on the CD for easy download. We have also added a
"Trainer Tips" section - a must for professional development providers and
You can get a copy of the CD 2002 by calling CEC at (877) CEC-IDEA or
order online. Single copies are $7.95 each; 50 or more copies are $2.50
Links from the Article:
* CD 2002
* order online
1) COMING SOON?THE ANNUAL SALUTE TO WOMEN IN SPORT
Join us October 21, 2002, in New York City as we pay special tribute to the
2002 Olympic medalists and many other champion female athletes. We will
celebrate the achievements of today's athletes and build a future for the
athletes of tomorrow at the nation's premier sports awards dinner. To
your spot or to find out more about the Dinner visit the site below.
2) ACADEMICS & ATHLETICS CAN CO-EXIST
The Brookings Institution analyzed high schools considered sports
powerhouses and found that an emphasis on sports does not appear to
undermine academic success. In some cases, sports-oriented schools in
suburban areas academically outperform other schools with similar student
populations. "In high school, you might think that the worship of sports
is so high that it would hurt academics," said Tom Loveless, director of
the Brown Center of Education at Brookings. "It doesn't seem to."
Loveless' advice to schools facing budget crunches: "Think twice before
you eliminate sports. There could be a benefit in team sports in building
an ethos of excellence at a school."
1) THE NEGATIVE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
A new study from the Civil Rights Project at Harvard argues that state
merit scholarships are being awarded disproportionately to populations of
students who historically, and today, have the highest college
participation rates. This includes students from middle and upper-income
families, as well as white students. Furthermore, the evidence in this
report indicates that the four programs they examined do little to provide
financial assistance to the students who need it most. Some observers see
this trend as part of a broader shift away from public funding for the
neediest and toward more funding for affluent students. Among the nation's
12 state merit-aid programs, $863 million in scholarships was handed out
during the 2000-01 academic year, about triple the $308 million states
provided in need-based aid.
MY YEAR AS A TEACHER
Larry Slonaker, a seasoned news reporter, took leave during the 2001
school year to fulfill a longtime goal of teaching. After earning a
temporary credential, he found a job teaching language arts to
seventh-graders. What was his year like? It was heartbreaking. It was fun.
It was surprising, irritating, elevating, and frustrating. He learned many
things including student slang, 23 helping verbs, and some ideas for
improving under-performing schools. But mostly, he learned that teaching
4)IN THEIR OWN WORDS: 9/11 FAMILIES HELP OTHER FAMILIES
The tragedy of September 11 had a special significance for the parents of
the nearly 6,000 children who attended the seven public schools located in
the World Trade Center impact zone. Healthy Schools Network has
documented first-hand accounts of the experiences of that day and its
aftermath. "In Their Own Words" reports on results of a survey of parents
impacted by 9/11 and stands as testimony of the desire of these parents to
share their own experiences with the rest of the nation. Six common themes
from their responses including the need for schools to have a viable,
carefully considered emergency plan, known to parents, teachers and school
personnel, ready on the first day of school. Also, parents and other
adults in an emergency must stay calm, focused and mindful that their
actions and comments will be the example that to a great extent determines
the children's response.
5)"Share the Technology"
Share the Technology-a nonprofit organization focused on recycling used
technology-has announced a new web site where educators in need of
computer technology can turn to locate second-hand donations or contribute
old machines to a pool for redistribution. All kinds of computer hardware
and software can be donated and found on the site. Do you worry about
receiving out-of-date technology? Don't. To keep schools from digressing
back to the Stone Age, the organization only recycles PCs that run on
Pentium processors and Mac Power PCs or better. Other acceptable products
include keyboards, inkjet and laser printers, hard drives, scanners, mice,
and modems. Software donations are only accepted if the products are
available as original copies, complete with manuals and licensing
materials. Visitors who plan to frequent the site will find help in the
form of a news section, which reveals major donations made and reviews
other happenings or developments within the organization.
From Bonnie Bracey, Lucas Foundation
Equity in Career and Technical Education by Michael E. Wonacott (no. 20)
(http://ericacve.org/docgen.asp?tbl=mr&id=110) reviews the issue of equity
in career and technical education (CTE).
Teaching Adults: Is It Different? (no. 21)
(http://ericacve.org/docgen.asp?tbl=mr&id=111) by Sandra Kerka takes a
look at assumptions, research, and opinions regarding myths and realities
associated with the teaching of adults.
The Women's Sports Foundation has numerous articles on their website
to current activities related to Title IX. To keep updated go to
1)"Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy"
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy's National Grant Program
is designed to develop and expand family literacy efforts nationwide and
support the development of literacy programs that build families of
readers. Approximately 10 grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.
Eligible applicants must include all of the following components in their
proposals: reading instruction for parents or primary caregivers, literacy
or pre-literacy instruction for children, and intergenerational activities
where the parents and children learn and read together. Application
deadline: September 6, 2002.
2)"The MetLife Foundation Youth-City Connection"
In partnership with MetLife Foundation, The National League of Cities'
(NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families invites cities and
towns to apply for technical assistance in developing municipal strategies
to encourage and enhance youth participation and involvement in their
communities. This assistance will be carried out as one component of a
new NLC project -- The MetLife Foundation Youth-City Connection. The
purpose of this project is to assist municipal leaders in developing and
implementing plans to engage youth from diverse sectors and backgrounds in
a process of strengthening the community. Proposal deadline: October 10,
3)"The William T. Grant Foundation Youth Development Prize"
The William T. Grant Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its
Youth Development Prize. The prize, a cash award of $100,000, will
recognize individual(s) and/or organization(s) whose efforts that generate
significant advances in knowledge while increasing the opportunities for
young people to move successfully through adolescence with ample support
and care. The prize will go either to local collaborations with national
promise or larger-scale efforts with proven efficiency. Nomination
deadline: October 1, 2002.
4)"The Numbers Side of Grant Writing"
During these tough economic times, learn how to secure funds by showing a
grantor that you can properly handle and control costs while delivering
the promised services.
1)Toshiba America Foundation provides cash grants to classroom teachers to
assist them in making improvements in the teaching of science and
mathematics. Small grant proposals less than $5,000 are reviewed every
month except March and September. Proposals larger than $5,000 are reviewed
in March and September each year.
2)The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics lists an array of
Mathematics grants. Check their web site for deadlines.
3)The Educational Foundation of America (EFAW) gives nationwide to
nonprofits working primarily in education, the arts, and Native American
issues. Projects should have a broad impact and should be closely linked to
the funder's objectives. DEADLINE: ongoing.
4)A variety of free online services and grants from the AT&T Foundation.
6)Grants that revitalizes elementary and middle level libraries by adding
books and technology.
7)The NASA Marslink Initiative grants are distributed on a first come,
first serve basis. http://www.space-explorers.com/grantinfo/nasamars.html
8) Earthwatch Education Awards - Earthwatch Institute offers fellowships
for K-12 educators to join their two-week field expeditions. Earthwatch
Institute aims to promote multidisciplinary science and social studies
curriculum in schools nationwide as well as enrich teachers and enhance the
academic experience of students.DEADLINE: rolling.
1)The Washington Mutual Foundation is providing $1 million in scholarships
for public school teachers nationwide to pursue National Board
Certification. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is
administering the scholarships.
2)Teacher scholarships for teachers interested in continuing education.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development:
A New Book: Ghosts in the Machine:Women's Voices in Research and
Technology...here's the link:
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