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									                            March 2012
                  FUNDING & INFORMATION ALERT

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Funding Sources                                                                       2
    Civic Engagement/Service Learning Environment                                    2
    Education, Employment & Training                                                 5
    Health and Human Services                                                        9
    Arts, Culture & Recreation                                                       11
    Technology & Media                                                               12
    General Services                                                                 13
Nonprofit & Educational Resources                                                     16
Information/Best Practices/Research                                                   17
    Southeast Region/Pennsylvania                                                    17
    Child Welfare/Human Services                                                     18
    Early Childhood                                                                  20
    Education/Positive Youth Development                                             21
    Employment/Workforce Development                                                 25
    Juvenile Justice/Crime Prevention                                                27
    Mentoring                                                                        28
    Parent Education/Family Engagement                                               29
    Physical Health                                                                  30
    Social Media                                                                     31
    Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health                                                32



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                               FUNDING SOURCES

 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT/SERVICE-LEARNING/ENVIRONMENT

Scotts Miracle-Gro Grants for Community Garden and Green Space Development

Grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in the United
States working to create edible gardens, flower gardens, and public green spaces in their
neighborhoods and communities
Deadline: February 24, 2012
http://www.thescottsmiraclegrocompany.com/corporateresponsibility/community/gro1000.html

Independent Sector Invites Applications for American Express NGen Fellows Program
Twelve emerging leaders age 40 and under will be selected to participate in the nine-month
leadership development initiative.
Deadline: February 27, 2012
http://www.independentsector.org/ngen

Nominations of LGBTQ Youth Activists Invited for Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards
Three awards of $10,000 will be presented to LGBTQ youth activists age 21 and under who have
transformed their experiences with discrimination into opportunities to help and inspire others.
Deadline: February 29, 2012
http://www.colinhiggins.org/courageawards/nom_form.cfm

Do Something Awards Honoring Young Social Change Activists
Award winners receive a community grant, participation in a televised award ceremony, media
coverage, and continued support from Do Something. In the 2012 program, five winners will
receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. (Only winners 18 and
under are eligible for a scholarship of $5,000 and a $5,000 community grant; winners between
the ages of 19 and 25 will receive their entire award in the form of a community grant.) Of the
five winners, one will be selected as the grand-prize winner and will receive a total of $100,000
in community grants paid directly to the nonprofit of his or her choice. Applicants must be age
25 or younger and be a United States or Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Finalists are then flown to New York City for interviews with representatives from the award
selection committee.
Deadline: March 1, 2012
http://www.dosomething.org/programs/awards

Skoll Foundation Invites Applications for Social Entrepreneurship Awards

Awards will provide three-year core and other support and recognition to social entrepreneurs
and their organizations anywhere in the world who are helping to solve the world's most pressing
problems.
Deadline: March 1, 2012
http://www.skollfoundation.org/about/skoll-awards/



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NGA/Mantis: Mantis Award
The National Gardening Association Mantis Awards charitable and educational support garden
projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. Maximum Award: NGA
selects 25 outstanding applicants to receive Mantis tiller/cultivators. Eligibility: Applicants must
operate a charitable or educational program that is not-for-profit in the United States.
Deadline: March 1, 2012

Caring Institute: 2012 Caring Awards
The Caring Institute is now accepting nominations for its annual Caring Awards. Nominees
should exemplify caring and serve as worthy role models for others. Award criteria include
length of service, scope and impact of work, challenges overcome, and imagination and
innovation. Maximum award: All winners are honored at a special ceremony, and young adult
winners receive funds for college. Eligibility: individuals from nine to 99 years old.
Deadline: March 1, 2012
http://www.caring-institute.org/caringawards.html

Constellation Energy EcoStar Environmental Stewardship Project Grant Program
The EcoStar program targets community-based projects that fit into one or more of five
stewardship categories — pollution prevention, education and outreach, energy efficiency,
conservation, and community activism. To qualify for a grant, a project should be located in an
area where Constellation does business. Employee engagement is preferred but not required.
Applicant organizations must have a board of directors and 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
Applications should include a project budget that details how the grant award will be spent, with
no more than 20 percent allocated to administrative and office expenses. Grant awards will be
up to $5,000, with funds provided through the Constellation Energy Foundation.
Deadline: March 10, 2012
http://www.constellation.com/community/pages/eco-star-grants.aspx

Kohl's Corporation: Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program

Every year, Kohl's recognizes and rewards young volunteers across the country for their amazing
contributions to their communities. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: legal U.S. residents of
a state in which a Kohl's store is located, between the ages of 6 and 18 and not yet a high school
graduate as of March 15, 2012.
Deadline: March 15, 2012
http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/index.asp



Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Fourth Annual Siemens We Can
Change the World Challenge for K-12 Students
Teams of K-12 students and their teachers/mentors in the U.S. are invited to enter their
innovative solutions to environmental problems and compete for more than $250,000 in total
prizes.
Deadline: March 15, 2012
http://www.wecanchange.com/




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Ploughshares Support for Efforts to Build Nuclear Weapons-Free World
The fund amplifies and coordinates the work of its grantees to develop winning strategies that
advance the vision of a nuclear-weapons free world; bring together experts, analysts, lobbyists,
and activists to create and win shared campaigns; build a bipartisan legislative consensus for
eliminating nuclear weapons; and expand the public's knowledge and catalyze public support for
the elimination of nuclear weapons. The fund places very few restrictions or geographical
limitations on its grant making. The fund provides support for direct lobbying programs and
makes grants to individuals. The fund does not support the production of films, videos, books, or
the research and writing of academic dissertations. The fund's board of directors meets three
times a year to award grants. Fund staff may also consider requests for emergency funding on a
discretionary basis.
Deadline: March 15, 2012
http://www.ploughshares.org/what-we-do/apply-grant

National Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence in Community Service
An award of $100,000 will be given to an individual or nonprofit working to unite multiple
generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their
community.
Deadline: March 16, 2012
http://www.eisnerfoundation.org/eisnerprize/

Purpose Prize Accepting Nominations of Social Innovators in Encore Careers
Five people age 60 or over will be recognized with awards of $100,000 for their innovative
leadership in addressing a major social problem in the U.S. or abroad.
Deadline: March 22, 2012
http://www.encore.org/prize/about

Captain Planet Foundation
The objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the
world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their
neighborhoods and communities. Grants range from $250 - $2,500.
Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have focused
on helping their communities and fellow beings and/or on protecting the health and sustainability
of the environment. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: youth 8-18.
Deadline: April 30, 2012
http://www.barronprize.org/

Ms. Foundation for Women Announces Fellowship Program
The fellowship will give one dynamic leader the opportunity over a year to leverage the Ms.
Foundation's resources and support while developing solutions to critical issues faced by women.
Deadline: April 30, 2012
http://ms.foundation.org/about_us/fellowship-program/


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TogetherGreen Applications for Conservation Fellowships and Innovation Grants
Conservation Fellowship grants of $10,000 and Innovation grants of up to $80,000 will be
awarded to nonprofits and National Audubon Society organizations working to support
conservation action in their communities.
Deadline: Various
http://www.togethergreen.org/

                EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Applications for Adult and Family Literacy and
Summer Reading Grants
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to nonprofit organizations, schools, and public libraries
providing adult and family literacy programs and summer reading programs in states in where
Dollar General operates.
Deadline: February 28, 2012
http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/grant_programs.aspx

Pulse of the Planet: Kid's Science Challenge
The Kid's Science Challenge is a chance for students to submit an idea, question, or problem for
a participating scientist to solve. Maximum award: roundtrip airfare for the winner and his/her
parent or legal guardian from a major airport nearest the winner home, hotel accommodations,
and select events/sightseeing and meals, to visit the scientist who participated in his or her
winning entry. Eligibility: all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in 3rd through 6th
grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the 50 states, the District of
Columbia, or any of the U.S. territories and commonwealths, except in Puerto Rico.
Deadline: February 28, 2012
http://www.kidsciencechallenge.com/#/home

NEC Foundation
NEC Foundation of America makes cash grants to nonprofits and programs with national reach
and impact for science and technology education (principally at the secondary level) and/or the
application of technology to assist people with disabilities. They encourage one-page
'preliminary proposals' in advance of full proposals especially. Please note: the NEC
Foundation does not fund individual schools and districts. Collaboration with eligible
organizations is the way to gain access to NEC Foundation funding. Grant awards have ranged
from $1,500 to $75,000, with a median of $28,000.
Deadlines: Proposals submitted by March 1 will be reviewed in September.

ACTE: Cliff Weiss Essay Award

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is sponsoring an essay contest in
the memory of former ACTE Senior Director of Communications, Cliff Weiss (1951 -2004).
This year, students will be asked to respond to the question, “How do you feel CTE prepares
individuals, including yourself, for a future career?” Please include concrete examples of your
classroom, CTSO participation, and job training (if applicable) experiences as they relate to your
career exploration and preparation. The essay should be a maximum of 1,200 words. Maximum


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award: $150 and publication in ACTEs Techniques Magazine. Eligibility: secondary or
postsecondary students enrolled in at least one career and technical education course.
Deadline: March 9, 2012
http://www.acteonline.org/essaycontest.aspx


Department of Labor Announces Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program Grants
The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the availability of $20 million in grants for the
program. These grants will provide high-poverty, high-crime communities with funding for
various support services, including: job training, employment preparation, mentoring and
assistance that links former offenders to key services, such as substance abuse treatment. DOL
expects to award 17 grants of approximately $1.2 million to nonprofit organizations that provide
employment-focused support services for former offenders.
Deadline: March 13, 2012
http://www.doleta.gov./grants/pdf/sga_dfa_py_11_02_final_1_11_2012.pdf

National Association of Biology Teachers/ Vernier Software & Technology:
Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award
The Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who
has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of
ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the
community. Maximum award: $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development
Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment. The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to
be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary
NABT membership.
Deadline: March 15, 2012
http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2

NABT: BioClub Student Award
The National Association of Biology Teachers BioClub Student Award recognizes outstanding
student members of a NABT BioClub. The award is a great way to recognize that exceptional
student who inspires you to be an even better biology teacher. Maximum award: a textbook
scholarship from Carolina Biological Supply Company and an award plaque. Eligibility: any
graduating senior who is a member of an NABT BioClub chapter and has been accepted to a
two- or four-year college/university.
Deadline: March 15, 2012
http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2

New Workforce Innovation Fund Grants Available
Approximately $98.5 million is available for new grants through the Workforce Innovation
Fund, Secretary Solis announced on Thursday. The fund will invest in programs that support,
evaluate and enhance workforce investment strategies, particularly for vulnerable populations.
Deadline: March 22, 2012
http://www.doleta.gov/workforce_innovation/




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Pathways Within Roads to Reading
The Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative donates books to literacy programs in small
and rural low-income communities. Maximum Award: 200 books appropriate for readers age 0
to young adult; English only. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that run school, after-school,
summer, community, day-care, and library reading and literacy programs; must have an annual
operating budget of less than $95,000 (schools and libraries are exempt from this budget
requirement) and be located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000.
Deadline: March 30, 2012
http://www.pwirtr.org/annual_donation_prog.html

Ashoka Changemakers Invites Global Entries for Activating Empathy: Transforming
Schools to Teach What Matters
Entries are sought from individuals, organizations, and collaborations from all countries for
programs that can advance empathy in education..
Deadline: March 30, 2012
http://www.changemakers.com/empathy

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation Academic Year Grants and Scholarships
Available funding includes grants of up to $30,000 for K-12 educators to implement academic
enrichment and teacher development projects, and scholarships of $6,000 for student teachers at
select universities.
Deadline: April 15, 2012
http://www.mccartheydressman.org/

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: Academic Enrichment Grants

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed
to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation
considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students' knowledge, and provide
opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Maximum award: $10,000 per year
for three years. Eligibility: educators employed by schools or non-profit organizations with the
background and experience to complete the project successfully and who have direct and regular
contact with students in grades pre-k to 12 from low-income households.
Deadline: April 15, 2012
http://www.mccartheydressman.org/academic.html

ING Unsung Heroes
Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S.
and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member
working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning. Award:
$2,000.00 to $25,000.00
Deadline: April 30, 2012
http://ing.us/about-ing/citizenship/childrens-education/ing-unsung-heroes/about-ing-unsung-
heroes




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NCTM: PreK-8 Pre-service Teacher Action Research Grants
Grants provide financial support for action research conducted as a collaborative by university
faculty, pre-service teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) seeking to improve their understanding
of mathematics in PreK-8 classroom(s). Primary emphasis will be placed on collaboration by a
team of researchers consisting of university, elementary/middle school teachers, and pre-service
teachers from the undergraduate ranks. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the
research project, the expected impact on teaching/learning in the school setting, and anticipated
improvements in pre-service student learning. Grant funds should be used to support project
expenses to plan and carry out the action research. Maximum Award: $3,000. Eligibility:
current (as of April 27, 2012) full individual or e-members of NCTM or those teaching at a
school with a current (as of April 27, 2012) NCTM PreK-8 school membership. The
participating pre-service teacher(s) must be in an initial licensure/certification program at the
undergraduate level and, at some point during the term of the grant, must be engaged in some
form of practicum experience or student teaching.
Deadline: May 4, 2012

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Invites Applications for Youth Literacy Grants
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to nonprofit organizations, schools, and public libraries
providing adult and family literacy programs and summer reading programs in states in where
Dollar General operates.
Deadline: May 16, 2012
http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/grant_programs.aspx

Humane Society of the United States: Education Mini-grant

The Humane Society of the United States is now accepting applications for the 2012 Humane
Education Mini-Grant, designed to fund innovative humane education opportunities in K-12
classrooms. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: all certified K-12 teachers in the U.S.
Deadline: November 30, 2012
http://www.humanesociety.org/parents_educators/award/humane_education_mini_grant.html

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
The trust seeks to foster healthy development and future independence by increasing
opportunities for children and youth (ages 0-25). Among the programs of greatest interest to the
Trust are those offering direct services to disadvantaged children and youth such as Academic
enrichment and support, Mentoring and youth leadership programs, and Recreational programs
and camps incorporating youth development objectives. Award varies.
Deadline: Rolling (Letter of Inquiry Required)
http://www.adminitrustllc.com/may-and-stanley-smith-charitable-trust/grant-program-
areas/children-youth/




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                       HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Federal Funding for Improving Adherence in Pre-teens, Adolescents and Young adults
with Type 1 Diabetes
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to aid institutions/organizations in developing,
refining and pilot testing innovative strategies to improve adherence to medications and medical
regimens, including self-management in young people with type 1 diabetes. Recipients should
have a well-developed intervention that has been demonstrated to be safe, feasible to implement,
acceptable in the target population and ready to be tested in a larger efficacy trial. Awards up to
$400,000 will be available. Eligible entities include state and local governments, independent
school districts, nonprofits other than institutions of higher education, private institutions of
higher education, for profit organizations and small businesses.
Deadline: March 2, 2012
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=129736

Ruderman Family Foundation Announces New International Prize Program for
Organizations Serving Jews With Disabilities
The foundation expects to make up to ten awards and distribute up to $200,000 in total funding
to Jewish programs anywhere in the world serving individuals with disabilities.
Deadline: March 15, 2012
http://www.rudermanfoundation.org/

Applications Invited for National Awards Program Honoring Successful Immigrant
Integration
Prizes of $50,000 each are available to individuals, nonprofit and community-based
organizations, businesses, religious groups, and government entities operating exceptionally
successful immigrant integration programs.
Deadline: March 15, 2012
http://www.migrationinformation.org/integrationawards/

Connections for Cardiovascular Health - AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
AstraZeneca, the program seeks to improve cardiovascular health within the United States and its
territories. To qualify for a grant, applicants must be a U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) or similar
organization and be engaged in charitable work in the United States or its territories that
addresses the program's mission of improving cardiovascular health. Programs selected for
funding will be working to address an unmet need related to cardiovascular health in a
community, respond to the urgency around addressing cardiovascular health issues (including
cardiovascular disease or conditions contributing to cardiovascular disease), and improve
patients' lives through the services provided. Awards of $150,000 and up will be provided
annually to innovative initiatives that are focused on clearly defined and measurable results and
processes. The recipient organization must be able to demonstrate ongoing activity to improve
cardiovascular health and the ability to sustain the initiative after the grant funds are spent.
Deadline: March 15, 2012
http://www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation/




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Alzheimer's Challenge Seeks Innovative New Tools to Help Improve Alzheimer's Care
Prizes totaling $300,000 will be awarded to entries that propose simple, cost-effective tools to
help improve diagnosis and monitoring of people with Alzheimer's disease.
Deadline: March 16, 2012
https://www.alzheimerschallenge2012.com/

Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program
DFC is a collaborative initiative, sponsored by ONDCP, in partnership with SAMHSA, which
works to achieve two goals: Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public
and private non-profit agencies, and Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to support the
efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. For
the purposes of this RFA, “youth” is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger. Reduce
substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing
the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors
that minimize the risk of substance abuse. (CFDA) No.: 93.276
Deadline: March 22, 2012
http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=140473

Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act Grants: Short Title: STOP Act Grants
The program was created to strengthen collaboration among communities, the Federal
Government, and State, local and tribal governments; to enhance intergovernmental cooperation
and coordination on the issue of alcohol use among youth; to serve as a catalyst for increased
citizen participation and greater collaboration among all sectors and organizations of a
community that first demonstrates a long-term commitment to reducing alcohol use among
youth; to disseminate information regarding practices and initiatives that have proven to be
effective in preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth; and to enhance, not supplant,
effective local community initiatives for preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth.
Deadline: March 29, 2012
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?CBEEducationalServic/bee485f27b/209a59fca0/211be1aba2

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Funding for Spinal Cord Injury Quality of Life Programs
Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in the United States and
Canada working to provide innovative rehabilitation, recreation, and independent living
programs for people living with traumatic spinal cord injuries.
Deadline: March 31, 2012 (Letters of Intent)
http://www.chnfoundation.org/

The Langeloth Foundation
The focus is on the field of healing broadly recognizing that in many cases, helping people to
heal may also help to prevent future problems. The constitution of the World Health
Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not
merely the absence of disease or infirmity. For the Langeloth Foundation, healing is seen as
including not only physical recovery from illness, accident or trauma, but also the motional
dimensions of recovery.
Deadline: April 16, 2012 for Letter of Intent
https://www.langeloth.org/

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American Legacy Foundation Invites Applications for Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship
Program

Two undergraduate or graduate scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to students in
recognition of their work to raise awareness of tobacco's harmful impact among vulnerable
populations.
Deadline: April 30, 2012
http://www.legacyforhealth.org/adams-scholarship.aspx


                       ARTS, CULTURE & RECREATION

Creative Capital Grants in Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts
Forty-five awards of up to $90,000 — including financial support and advisory and professional
services — will be awarded to professional artists at a catalytic moment in their creative practice
who are able to demonstrate bold, inventive project ideas.
Deadline: March 1, 2012 (Letters of Inquiry)
http://creative-capital.org/apply/

Kresge Foundation's Arts and Culture Program Announces Final Call for Facility
Investment and Building Reserve Grant Applications
Multiyear funding of up to $1 million is available to nonprofit arts organizations in the United
States to renovate, repair, and maintain their facilities.
Deadline: March 1, 2012 (Preliminary Applications)
http://www.kresge.org/programs/arts-culture/institutional-capitalization/facility-investments-and-
building-reserves

National Endowment for the Arts Invites Applications for Our Town Creative
Placemaking Projects
Grants of $25,000 to $150,000 will be awarded for arts projects designed to help improve the
overall quality of life in communities of all sizes across the United States.
Deadline: March 1, 2012
http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/OurTown/index.html

Terra Foundation Offers Funding for American Art Exhibitions
Funding is available to support exhibitions in the United States and internationally that enlarge
the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980.
Deadline: March 1, 2012 (Letters of Inquiry)
http://www.terraamericanart.org/grants/exhibitions/

John Cotton Dana Awards to Honor Outstanding Library Public Relations Efforts
Eight development grants of $10,000 each will be awarded in recognition of outstanding library
public relations efforts.
Deadline: March 12, 2012
http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/john-cotton-dana/



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NEA Foundation’s Innovation Grant
Innovation Grants provide an opportunity for two or more teachers, education support personnel,
and higher education faculty to develop and implement innovations that significantly improve
student learning. The grant amount is $2,000 and the NEA Foundation will award up to 200
grants per year. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment,
transportation, software, and professional fees. The funds may also be used for professional
development necessary to implement the innovative idea.
Deadlines: Applications may be submitted at any time. Notification for applications
postmarked by March 15, 2002 will be made by August 1, 2002.
Tony Hawk Foundation Announces New Guidelines for Skatepark Grants
Grants of up to $25,000 are available for the construction of high-quality public skateparks
serving at-risk youth in low-income areas across the United States; the previous limit of two
applications per organization has been rescinded.
Deadlines: July 2, 2012
http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/news/2011/12/14/new-grant-guidelines-prompt-better-
skateparks/

                             TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA

Knight Community Information Challenge Invites Media Project Matching Grants
Matching grants are available to community and place-based foundations in the U.S. working to
fund news and information projects serving local residents.
Deadline: February 27, 2012
http://www.informationneeds.org/

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Boosts Technology Invention Grants & Awards
Lemelson-MIT Program fosters inventiveness among high school students. InvenTeams
composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a
problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as
an in-class or extracurricular project. Grants of up to $10,000 support each team's efforts.
InvenTeams are encouraged to work with community partners. InvenTeams are formed by high
school students, their teacher, and an industry mentor for the purpose of inventing something of
value for their school or local communities.
Deadline: April Annually
http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/

Intel Education PC & Model School Program
Intel's Education PC Program gives teachers, staff, students, and parents the opportunity to
purchase high-quality educational computers at discounted prices. Schools and school districts
are eligible. Schools are eligible to apply for Intel's Model School Program, which gives every
school in the United States the chance to apply for potential seeding of equipment.
Deadline: Ongoing
http://www.intel.com/education/Learn/index.htm




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Digital Wish Grants
Digital Wish is now offering a program that matches teachers with donors. To find a donor,
teachers must build a wish list of Digital Wish classroom technology products. Teachers may
then tell their stories and share their lesson plan ideas. Prospective donors can review a
classroom profile and donate funding or purchase a wish list item for a school. After each
technology purchase, Digital Wish will automatically donate an additional 2-10% in immediate
cash-back funding to the recipient school to fund their next technology project.
Deadline: Rolling Grants will be awarded on the 28th of every calendar month.)
http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards
Heather Chirtea, (802) 375-6721 heather@digitalwish.org



                                 GENERAL SERVICES

Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation gives back to communities by partnering with community groups and
sponsoring local efforts to protect the environment, promote education, and support cultural and
athletic events, especially for youth. Coca Cola's grant guidelines are available by clicking here.
Deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

Ben & Jerry's Foundation
The Ben & Jerry's Foundation offers competitive grants to not-for-profit, grassroots
organizations throughout the United States which facilitate progressive social change by
addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The Foundation
supports programs and projects that are examples of creative problem solving. Projects must lead
to societal, institutional, and/or environmental change, address the root causes of social or
environmental problems, and lead to new ways of thinking and acting. Full grants range from
$1,001 to $15,000. Small grants are $1,000 or less.
Deadlines: A letter of inquiry may be sent at any time during the year. Full proposals
(upon invitation) are due on March 1, July 1, and Nov. 1.

Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program
The Wal-Mart Foundation supports programs that create opportunities so that people can live
better. The Wal-Mart Foundation has four areas of focus: workforce development/economic
opportunity, health and wellness, environmental sustainability, and education. This program
awards grants starting at $25,000 to nonprofit organizations that serve a particular state or region.
Applicants include nonprofits that serve young people ages 12-25.
Deadline: March 2, 2012
http://walmartstores.com/CommunityGiving/8168.aspx?p=8979

MetLife Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation Seek Applications for
Community-Police Partnership Awards
Grants of $15,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to recognize and support innovative partnerships
between community groups and police departments to promote neighborhood safety and
revitalization.
Deadline: March 11, 2012 (Preliminary Applications)
http://www.lisc.org/section/ourwork/national/safety/awards

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Community Support Grants - BJ’s Charitable Foundation
The mission of BJ’s Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich the communities BJ’s stores
serve. BJ’s Charitable Foundation is proud to award grants to organizations which promote the
safety, security and well being of children and families, support education and health programs,
provide community service opportunities, and aid in hunger and disaster relief. Award vary.
Deadline: April 6, 2012
http://www.bjs.com/bjs-charitable-foundation.content.about_charitable.A.about_community2

The Commonwealth Fund
The Fund actively seeks new approaches to addressing problems within its areas of particular
concern, working in partnership with professionals and organizations in a range of fields.
Applicants for grants should submit a letter that briefly describes the proposed area of work, the
importance of the problem to be addressed, and the strategies to be employed.
Areas of concern are:
    • Improving Insurance Coverage and Access to Care
    • Improving the Quality of Health Care Services (particularly for underserved populations
       and young children)
    • International Health Care Policy and Practice
    • Improving Public Spaces and Services
Within those priority areas, preference is given to proposals to clarify the scope of serious and
neglected problems, especially those affecting vulnerable groups of Americans; to analyze the
impact of policies and trends on well-defined issues; or to develop and test practical solutions.

 

Deadlines: Proposals recommended by the Fund's staff are considered and voted upon by
the board of directors, which meets three times a year, in April, July, and November.

American Honda Foundation
The Foundation supports projects with a focus on math, science, the environment, and
technology. It also supports youth job training programs. Grants typically range from about
$10,000 to $75,000. For grant guidelines, schools should send a self-addressed stamped envelope
to: American Honda Foundation, P. O. Box 2205, Torrance, CA 90509-2205.
Deadline: May 1, August 1 and November 1. Note: If the staff receives preliminary
proposals a month before the deadline, they can provide feedback in time for applicants to
make changes and still meet the deadline.
http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf
Community Grants - Mazda Foundation
Through the Mazda Foundation, Mazda and its employees work together to proactively help the
communities where they live and work. The Mazda Foundation supports programs such as
children’s organizations, educational scholarships, food banks, and disaster relief efforts. Award
amounts may vary. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
Deadline: July 1, 2012
http://www.mazdafoundation.org/grantguidelines.html




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American Legion Child Welfare Foundation - Child Development Grants
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is accepting proposals for projects that meet
one of the foundation's two basic purposes — to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional,
and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about innovative
organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and to contribute to the physical,
mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge
already possessed by well-established organizations, so that such information can be more
adequately used by society. Award amounts vary. Grants are awarded to nonprofit, tax-exempt
organizations that have the potential of helping American children in more than one state.
Deadline: July 15, 2012
http://www.cwf-inc.org/grantseekers/overview

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:
Community Development: We support the improvement of low- and moderate-income
communities through programs that: 1) Create and sustain affordable housing, 2) Facilitate
financial literacy and empowerment, 3) Provide job training and workforce development, and 4)
Revitalize and stabilize communities
Education: We support organizations that: 1) Promote academic achievement for low- and
moderate-income students, and 2) Eliminate the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap in public
education through curriculum.
Deadline: January 1 to November
https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/charitable/pa_guidelines




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       NONPROFIT & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

 Equity Campaigns Helped Nonprofits Boost Revenue, Program
                   Delivery, Report Finds


Since 2006, philanthropic equity campaigns have nearly tripled revenue and
boosted program delivery by 370 percent for participating nonprofit
organizations, a new report from the Nonprofit Finance Fund finds.

NFF Capital Partners' Portfolio Performance Report (24 pages, PDF)
found concrete evidence of the value of philanthropic equity investments —
significant multiyear investments that a nonprofit uses to achieve
sustainable growth or change. Since 2006, NFF Capital Partners has
supported eighteen such campaigns totaling $326 million.

According to the report, philanthropic equity serves as an early stage
investment for investors seeking social, rather than financial, returns. When
done right, the infusion of one-time growth capital that's distinct and
separate from annual income streams enables a nonprofit's executives to
focus on building their organizations to better address the social problems
they seek to solve.

"Often, the scale of a nonprofit isn't up to the scale of the problem it seeks
to address. Often, great programs get stuck in the day to day and cannot
make the leaps required to affect real change," said Craig Reigel, managing
director at NFF Capital Partners. "At a time when nonprofits are facing an
uphill battle to solve our nation's social problems, philanthropic equity allows
nonprofits to build the businesses required to implement effective business
models, scale impact, and create lasting change."

“New Report From Nonprofit Finance Fund Finds Philanthropic Equity
Puts Nonprofits on the Path to Sustainability.” Nonprofit Finance Fund
Press Release 1/26/12.




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      INFORMATION/BEST PRACTICES/RESEARCH

                    SOUTHEASTERN REGION/PENNSYLVANIA


Pennsylvania Schools Cleared Of Cheating Allegations, Investigation Continues
The Lehigh Valley (PA) Express Times (2/14, Lindsey, 45K) reports that Paxinosa Elementary
School and Easton Area Middle School were both cleared by the Pennsylvania Department of
Education for allegedly cheating on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests in 2009.
Meanwhile, a third school, the Freedom High School in the Bethlehem Area School District, is
still being investigated after a 2011 memo reported "erratic scores" and "a large number of eraser
marks or included participation spikes in minorities or other subgroups." However, "Easton's
Director of Teaching and Learning Stephen Furst said one of the qualifiers used to identify
possible cheating -- multiple eraser marks on tests -- is actually a sign that students have been
taught well." Meanwhile, Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller qualified that while
Freedom High School has not yet been cleared, the institution is not accused of any irregularities.

Pennsylvania Officials Clear Some Districts In Cheating Probe
The AP (1/19, Matheson) that Pennsylvania education officials investigating standardized testing
irregularities "have cleared more than 20 districts and several charter schools of wrongdoing,
though the investigation is not yet over, an Education Department spokesman said Wednesday.
The department has spent more than four months reviewing data and reports from districts that
were flagged for suspicious scores on the annual exams known as the PSSAs, or Pennsylvania
System of School Assessment." The investigation "began last summer after a routine forensics
report flagged results on the 2009 reading and math tests to students.

City homelessness, hunger on the rise
Unemployment in major cities was the driving force behind a rising demand last year for
homeless shelters and food assistance, including in Philadelphia, according to a new survey of 29
cities by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The survey (PDF) found that 86 percent of cities are
confronting an increase in requests for food aid. Philadelphia cited a 32 percent increase in food
emergencies and a 15 percent increase in spending on food distributions, to $6.5 million. The
city estimated that 17 percent of homeless people were turned away from shelters for lack of
space, a rate about equal to the average among all of the cities. The survey came out as
Pennsylvania weighs new limits on food stamps. Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative

Ranking metro economies
Gauging the overall economic health of a metropolitan area is as much art as science. Or so it
seems based on the recent work of two respected think tanks. The California-based Milken
Institute, in its Best-Performing Cities index, ranks Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs
49th among the 200 largest metros in 2011, up from 83rd the year before. That sounds
promising. But MetroMonitor, from the Brookings Institution, placed the area’s economy in the
bottom 20 of the 100 biggest metros for the third quarter of last year; the region was above
average early in the recession (PDF). MetroMonitor focuses more on short-term economic
changes than does Best-Performing Cities, and, for Philadelphia, its definition of metropolitan


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area includes parts of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Pew Philadelphia Research
Initiative

Scoring the test scores
Local officials frequently tout the steady progress made by the Philadelphia public schools
during the past decade on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests; more
than half of all students now score “proficient” or “advanced” in both math and reading. But the
school system has done less well on another standardized test, the National Assessment of
Educational Progress (NAEP), administered to fourth- and eighth-graders through the U.S.
Department of Education. In math, for instance, 18 percent of Philadelphia eighth-graders
qualified for the two top scoring categories in 2011; the national average was 34 percent and the
big-city average 26 percent. The Philadelphia results showed little change from 2009, the last
time the test was given. Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative

                        CHILD WELFARE/HUMAN SERVICES

Child Maltreatment 2010 Released
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released Child Maltreatment 2010, the
21st in a series of reports designed to provide national statistics on child abuse and neglect.
These reports provide State-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System
(NCANDS) and include information on screened-in referrals (reports) of abuse and neglect made
to child protective services (CPS) agencies, the children involved, types of maltreatment, CPS
responses, child and caregiver risk factors, services, and perpetrators.
Highlights of Child Maltreatment 2010 show:

• The number of nationally estimated unique (counted just one time) victims was 695,000.
• Unique victims in the age group of birth to 1 year had the highest rate of victimization, at 20.6
        per 1,000 children of the same age group in the national population.
• The most common type of maltreatment was neglect. More than 75 percent (78.3 percent) of
        unique child victims suffered neglect.
• The national rate of child fatalities was 2.07 deaths per 100,000 children.
• Forty-seven States reported that more than 3.4 million children received preventive services.
The full report is available
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm10/cm10.pdf#page=9 (4 MB)
 

Child Welfare Advocacy in the Election Year
CWLA has launched an advocacy campaign to encourage all children’s advocates to engage
candidates, register voters, and learn other ways to be informed and active participants in the
elections. Stay tuned as the CWLA elections engagement campaign develops, and join us in
urging all the candidates to support policies that protect and support vulnerable children and
families this election year. Read More




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Annie E. Casey Foundation Partners With First Focus to Create Child Welfare Advocacy
Center
The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center will work to engage, build, and support a
network of reform-minded child welfare stakeholders and support the efforts of state advocates
pursuing both incremental and comprehensive child welfare reform.
http://www.aecf.org/Newsroom/NewsReleases/HTML/2012Releases/CaseyFormsSPARCwithFi
rstFocus.aspx

House Subcommittee Passes Homeless Children and Youth Act
The House Financial Services Committee’s Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity
Subcommittee passed the Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 32). This bill streamlines the
homeless referral process by amending the U.S. Housing and Urban Development definition of
homelessness to include children, youth, and their families who are verified as homeless by other
federal programs, including McKinney-Vento school district liaisons, Head Start programs,
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,
Part C early intervention programs. Read More

Family Finding for Different Child Welfare Populations
The family finding model, which child welfare agencies may use to identify and locate extended
family members for children and youth in foster care, can be implemented at any point in a
child's case. A recent Child Trends research brief compared the use of the family finding model
with two child welfare populations at two sites: 196 youth who had spent a long time in foster
care and 70 children who recently entered out-of-home care. Data were collected between
October 2008 and November 2010. Differences were found in program approach and context,
characteristics of the children served, and the program inputs and outputs at the two sites.
According to the research brief, intervention with the family finding model for children new to
out-of-home care tended to focus on finding family in order to strengthen reunification efforts
and support systems. However, when applied to youth who had lingered in care and who had
little or no contact with birth parents, the focus shifted to meeting the youth's needs by expanding
the support network and engaging extended family members and other connections. Results are
discussed in terms of family meetings, family engagement, and family discovery. More family
members were discovered for children who had been in care over time; however, the family
finding model still increased the number of family members or other connections by more than
three times for those new to care. While children who had been in care had more requests for
family member meetings, children new to out-of-home care had, on average, slightly more
family meetings. Results also show that there were more interactions between caseworkers and
family members of children new to out-of-home care.
Family Finding: Does Implementation Differ When Serving Different Child Welfare
Populations? by Karin Malm and Tiffany Allen, is available on Child Trend's website:
http://www.childtrends.org/Files/Child_Trends-2011_10_17_RB_FamilyFinding.pdf (440 KB)

Guide for Forensic Interviewing of Spanish-Speaking Children
The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc., has published a second edition of a guide for
multidisciplinary interview teams (including child welfare, law enforcement, and other
professionals) conducting forensic interviews with bilingual or Spanish-speaking children. The
Guide for Forensic Interviewing of Spanish-Speaking Children was originally produced through

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the Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance (CATTA) project. The latest version reflects
the common practice of multidisciplinary interview teams in California child welfare systems
and refreshed training techniques such as the "10-Step Interview" developed by Tom Lyon. This
resource provides strategies and best practices for conducting forensic interviews that are
culturally sensitive and dialectally accurate, establishing trust with families, and working with
interpreters. Guide for Forensic Interviewing of Spanish-Speaking Children (2nd ed) is available
for download on CATTA's Resources webpage: http://cirinc.org/catta/?page_id=29

The Benefits and Challenges of Relative Placement
The November 2011 issue of The Judges' Page newsletter, with the theme "A Critical
Dependency Court Resource: Relative Placements" presents an array of articles that address
many of the benefits and challenges to placing children in foster care with relatives. Articles
focus on relative adoptions and subsidized guardianships, the importance and impact of the
Fostering Connections legislation on relative placement, understanding the issue from both the
child and the birth parent’s perspectives, and the challenges faced by kinship caregivers.
http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5332551/k.71F5/Judges_Page_Newsletter.
htm
Midwest Study Highlights Outcomes of 26-Year Olds with Foster Care Experience
This paper from Chapin Hall compares outcomes of young adults from states where they age out
of care at 18 years old vs. states where youth transition out on their 21st birthdays. Findings
suggest that extending foster care until age 21 may have positive outcomes.

Increasing Understanding of Teens Pregnancies in Foster Care
Child Trends has released a new research brief, Teen Parents in Foster Care: Risk Factors and
Outcomes for Teens and Their Children, which shows that teens in foster care have higher rates
of parenthood than youth not in care. The brief includes strategies to both reduce pregnancy rates
and support teen parents in foster care and their children.

                                   EARLY CHILDHOOD

Pediatricians Report on Toxic Stress and Human Development
The American Academy on Pediatrics has recently released a report on the lifelong effects of
experiencing early childhood toxic stress, a disrupting developmental response to extremely
stressful events such as abuse and neglect. Read More

New Report Shows Child Abuse Linked to Poverty and Infants
A report published in the latest issue of Pediatrics shows poverty and severe abuse appear to be
linked and that the highest death rate from abuse is among infants 12 months old or younger. The
report is the first broad U.S. estimate of serious injuries due to child abuse.
Read More




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                 EDUCATION/POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Duncan, Genachowski Push For Digital Textbooks
A number of media outlets are covering the participation of Education Secretary Arne Duncan
and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in the Digital Learning Day event in Washington, DC,
on Wednesday, mainly focusing on their calls for schools to increase the use of digital textbooks
and the potential limitations thereof. The AP (2/2, Hefling) reports that the officials "challenged
schools and companies to get digital textbooks in students' hands within five years. The Obama
administration's push comes two weeks after Apple Inc. announced it would start to sell
electronic versions of a few standard high-school books for use on its iPad tablet.

Educators Increasingly Using Videogames As Teaching Tools
US News & World Report (1/18, Sheehy) reports, "Increasingly, video and online games are
making the transition from extracurricular to educational activities," noting that teachers are
using video games to teach physics concepts and system interaction. "The immersive and
complex nature of today's gaming world allows teachers to guide students through a variety of
lessons using video and online games, says Matthew Stevenson, a teaching associate working on
a master's in mathematics at California State University in Los Angeles." However, "critics argue
that games are a distraction with little learning value."

US Students Use Technology To Connect With Peers In Other Countries
Education Week (1/24, Flanigan) reports that US students are increasingly using
videoconferencing technology and social media to connect with students in other countries "to
learn about current events, historic milestones, economic trends, and cultural norms. Educators
say the collaborations, which lend themselves to co-curricular projects, foster deep and
meaningful conversations, whet a thirst for knowledge that textbooks cannot offer, and show that
people in different countries have a lot more in common than many assume." Moreover,
educators say, "poor technological connections between countries, the dropped calls, and the
broken translations teach patience and perseverance even as they pose logistical problems for the
partnerships themselves."

Advocates Holding DC "Summit" To Promote Handwriting
Education Week (1/24, Zubrzycki) reports that handwriting advocates "hoped that what they
billed as a 'summit' on the subject this week would spotlight their case for the enduring value of
handwriting in the learning process." The piece notes that the meeting "was designed to draw
together research from psychology, occupational therapy, education, and neuroscience to
demonstrate handwriting's role in students' physical and cognitive development, states' learning
standards, and the classroom. ... Doubt about the continued worth of handwriting skill is 'similar
to what happened with math as calculators and computers came into vogue,' said Daniel A.
Domenech, the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, which
co-sponsored the gathering with Zaner-Bloser, a Columbus, Ohio, company that produces a
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Supportive Environments Needed For New Special Educators
Education Daily (1/24, Njuguna) reports that according to the National Center to Inform Policy
and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, "building-level induction can ease
the transition for new special educators who must figure out how they fit into a school, master
content delivery, and manage student behaviors," noting that the "OSEP-funded center provides
research-based information and technical training about induction and mentoring supports for
special educators. NCIPP experts analyze induction studies, looking for educator perspectives
and best practices from the field. Beginning special educators feel isolated from their general
education colleagues and are consequently less likely to seek help, Paul Sindelar and a team from
NCIPP explained in a recent webinar."

Weekly Update: Road Map to Civic Learning
"At no school or college should students graduate with less civic literacy and engagement than
when they arrived," Secretary Duncan said this week. Duncan joined Obama Administration
officials and education leaders at the launch of a national conversation about the importance of
advancing civic learning from grade school to graduate school. In conjunction with the event, ED
released the report "Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to
Action." The Road Map reports that while America's democratic ideals remain a model for the
world, civic knowledge and democratic participation in the U.S. are far from exceptional.
www.ed.gov/civic-learning for the entire Road Map, and for additional civic learning resources.
January 11, 2012

Educators Alarmed: Minority Teenagers Performing At Academic Levels of 30 Years Ago
By Teresa Wiltz, America's Wire
Amy Wilkins, vice president for government affairs and communications at the Education Trust
Washington, DC (January 18, 2012) -- Educators are expressing alarm that the performance gap
between minority and white high school students continues to expand across the United States,
with minority teenagers performing at academic levels equal to or lower than those of 30 years
ago. While achievement levels have improved considerably for minority elementary and middle
school students, educators say their academic performance drops during high school years. On
average, African-American and Latino high school seniors perform math and read at the same
level as 13-year-old white students. The Education Trust says African-American and Latino
students have made little to no progress in 12th-grade reading scores since 1994, continuing to
lag behind white students. Math achievement has also remained flat, with the gap between white
students and those of color widening. Educators cite these causes for the disparity in
performance: * Lowered expectations for students of color
 * Growing income inequality and
lack of resources in low-income school districts
 * Unequal access to experienced teachers
 *
An increased number of "out of field" teachers instructing minority students in subjects outside
their area of expertise
 * "Unconscious bias" by teachers and administrators. More:
http://www.blacknews.com/news/minority_teenagers_academic_levels101.shtml

White House Council for Community Solutions Launches Initiative to Train, Support
Disconnected Youth - Press Release 1/17/12
The White House Council for Community Solutions and a coalition of nonprofit and private-
sector partners that includes the Bridgespan Group, FSG, Gap Inc., McKinsey & Company,


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Corporate Voices for Working Families, and the Taproot Foundation have announced the launch
of a hundred-day initiative to encourage Americans to go "All In" for disconnected youth.
According to The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth (49 pages, PDF), a W.K. Kellogg
Foundation-sponsored report released by the council in partnership with Civic Enterprises, at
least one in six young adults is out of school and unemployed. To encourage communities,
businesses, nonprofits, and local governments to provide these "Opportunity Youth" with
critically needed mentoring and support, the coalition has created a number of toolkits, including
the Community Collaboratives Toolbox (90 pages, PDF), which highlights efforts to tackle issues
such as violence and low graduation rates; and the Connecting Youth & Business Toolkit (108
pages, PDF), which offers employers guidance on engaging youth through mentoring, job-
shadowing, and internships and permanent positions. In addition, United Way Worldwide will
host a series of "Community Conversations" with local United Ways in thirty cities and regions
to foster collaboration between local organizations and businesses interested in providing the
education, training, and social supports young adults need for long-term employment success.
“White House Council for Community Solutions Launches National Effort to Put Disconnected
Youth on Pathways to Education and Work.” White House Council for Community Solutions

State of the states in education
Education Week's Quality Counts report for 2012 takes a critical look at America's place among
the world's public education systems. In its annual survey of state education agency officials, the
EPE Research Center, which publishes Education Week, asked whether states are drawing on
international comparisons when crafting measures for improving education. Of those responding,
29 states said they did, while 21 and the District of Columbia did not. Eighteen of those
responding yes reported comparing student achievement, and 12 are looking to other nations for
devising academic-content standards. States most often made international comparisons in
mathematics and science, and jurisdictions most often mentioned were Canada, England,
Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. State officials frequently said their
motivation was a competitive world economy, and stressed importance of looking at best
practices from high-achieving nations. The report also offers fresh state data and analysis from
the EPE Research Center on the key education policy indicators: the Chance-for-Success Index;
the K-12 Achievement Index; school finance; policies toward the teaching profession; standards,
assessments, and accountability; and policies relating to transitions and alignment along the
educational continuum. Maryland ranks highest nationally for the fourth consecutive year. Close
behind are Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia. South Dakota ranked at the bottom. Overall,
the nation received a letter grade of C, the same as last year. See the report:
http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2012/01/12/index.html?intc=EW-QC12-LFTNAV
 Related:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-maryland-schools-
20120112,0,904909.story

Where states stand on the CCSS
A new report from Education First and the EPE Research Center looks at the readiness of states
to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As the Common Core movement has
matured, attention has shifted toward practical implementation and issues such as readiness of
teachers to enact the standards in the classroom. The study gives the status of state plans in
teacher professional development, curriculum, and teacher-evaluation systems. All 50 states and
the District of Columbia were included in the study. All but one of the 47 CCSS-adopting states

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reported some type of formal implementation plan for transitioning. The majority of states have
begun to align their systems to the CCSS by providing professional development to teachers (45
states), changing or devising curriculum guides and other instructional materials (35 states), and
revising teacher-evaluation systems (38 states). Every state that has adopted the CCSS except
New Hampshire has a fully developed plan to provide teacher professional development aligned
with the CCSS (20 states) or is in the process of developing such a plan (25 states). All but eight
of the states say they are working on a plan for their teacher-evaluation systems that will include
holding teachers accountable for students' mastery of the standards. Seven states indicated fully
developed plans for the implementation of teacher professional development, curriculum
materials, and teacher-evaluation systems. Most of these states are recipients of federal Race to
the Top funds. Eighteen states lack fully developed plans in all three implementation areas.
 See
the report: http://publiceducation.org/pdf/NewsBlast_20120120.pdf
 Related:
http://tinyurl.com/7r27uay

The MET project: installment two
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has released an update to its preliminary findings for its
Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, investigating the properties of five instruments
for classroom observation: Framework for Teaching (FFT), Classroom Assessment Scoring
System (CLASS), Protocol for Language Arts Teaching Observations (PLATO), Mathematical
Quality of instruction (MQI), and UTeach Teacher Observation Protocol (UTOP). Researchers
assessed each instrument using two criteria: reliability and validity. All five instruments were
positively associated with student achievement gains. Evaluators found that reliably
characterizing a teacher's practice required averaging scores over multiple observations. They
also found that combining observation scores with evidence of student achievement gains on
state tests and student feedback improved predictive power and reliability. Combining
observation scores, student feedback, and student achievement gains was better than graduate
degrees or years of teaching experience at predicting a teacher's student achievement gains with
another group of students on the state tests. Combining observation scores, student feedback, and
student achievement gains on state tests also was better than graduate degrees or years of
teaching experience in identifying teachers whose students performed well on other measures.
See the report: http://www.metproject.org/reports.php

In sum
A new report from the Wallace Foundation, based on over 70 research reports and other
publications from the foundation regarding school leadership, summarizes what makes for an
effective principal and how to tie principal effectiveness to improved student achievement. The
authors report that effective principals perform five key functions well: shaping a vision of
academic success for all students; creating a climate hospitable to education; cultivating
leadership in others; improving instruction; and managing people, data, and processes to foster
school improvement. Each of these five tasks must interact with the other four for any part to
succeed. The foundation's work over the last decade suggests the creation of a pipeline of leaders
who can make a real difference would have four necessary and interlocking parts: defining the
job of the principal and assistant principal; providing high-quality training for aspiring school
leaders; hiring selectively; and evaluating principals and giving them the on-the-job support they
need. See the report: http://tinyurl.com/7lwnbkz



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Growing Movement Promotes More Physical Play To Spur Children's Development
The Christian Science Monitor (1/23, Hanes) reports, "In recent years, child development
experts, parents, and scientists have been sounding an increasingly urgent alarm about the
decreasing amount of time that children – and adults, for that matter – spend playing. A
combination of social forces, from a No Child Left Behind focus on test scores to the push for
children to get ahead with programmed extracurricular activities, leaves less time for the
roughhousing, fantasizing, and pretend worlds advocates say are crucial for development." The
piece notes that public officials such as First Lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary
Arne Duncan have also supported increased physical play, and have "made a push for
playgrounds nationwide."

Educators Changing Use Of Praise In Classrooms
In a front-page article, the Washington Post (1/16, A1, Chandler) reports, "An increasing number
of teachers are weaning themselves from what some call empty praise." Based on psychology
and brain research, they are using a "vocabulary for praise that will push children to work
through mistakes and take on more challenging assignments" after a growing body of research
found "that easy, unearned praise does not help students but instead interferes with significant
learning opportunities" and that "children rewarded for being smart become more likely to shy
away from hard assignments that might tarnish their star reputations." Instead, "children praised
for trying hard or taking risks tend to enjoy challenges and find greater success."

                  EMPLOYMENT/WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

CareerOneStop’s Certification Finder Enhancements
The CareerOneStop Certification Finder is an online directory of personnel certifications
offered by industry and professional organizations. These certifications provide verification of
skill or knowledge attainment based on generally accepted skill standards for an occupation. The
Certification Finder database currently holds 4,426 certifications and 857 certifying
organizations. As part of DOL’s efforts to promote credential attainment, CareerOneStop has
launched enhancements to the Certification Finder database and search tool that highlight
certain credentials with icons indicating that they have been recognized, endorsed, or accredited
by specific third-party organizations, including:
     Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
     Accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
     Endorsed by a third-party industry organizations—such as National Association of
         Manufacturers
     Affiliated with a Job Corps training program
The Certification Finder tool can be searched by industry, occupation, or keyword, to find
relevant personnel/workforce certifications that can help an individual qualify for employment
and advancement. The icons can also be seen in mySkills myFuture under certifications. Look
for additional icons to be added later this year.




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Five Take Home Now Employer Engagement Strategies
    Mix it up: Consider a diverse array of approaches for engaging employers; conduct
       surveys, focus groups, 1-on-1 meetings, group meetings, and presentations. (Connecticut
       SESP)
    Engage employers together, not just individually. They learn a lot from each other,
       recognize that value, and keep coming back. (Columbus State Community College,
       Westmoreland-LaFayette PIC, Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium)
    Make meetings matter; Provide employers with: a) Opportunities to learn about their
       own industry; b) Concrete sharing about non-training topics (finance, technology); and,
       c) Focused conversation about skills needs and trainees ready for hire. (Colorado SESP,
       Southwest Housing Solutions Corporation)
    Be creative with how you build awareness of your programs; try job fairs, postcards,
       personal calls, billboards, free conferences or summits, yard signs, newspaper ads, or
       short videos played at large sporting events! (Kansas SESP, NC SESP, Westmoreland-
       Lafayette PIC)
    Use Industry experts or partners with strong industry backgrounds to help translate
       business needs to education and training partners. (Columbus State CC)
Want more? Check out the recently archived Webinar: 20 “Take Home Now” Employer
Engagement Strategies

Resources for Staff to Increase Awareness of the Benefits of Hiring Employees with
Disabilities
Understanding how to accommodate job seekers by accessing an assortment of resources and
supports is critical to serving the “universal” job seekers. Taking into consideration both the call
to expand knowledge on disability and the limited time available for training comes the
innovative 30-Second Trainings: short, simple multiple choice questions on varied disability
topics that provide information on employment and disability-related topics, with a resource link
for further research. These resources were developed as part of the Disability Program Navigator
Initiative. To access these resources and other materials, see below:
• Employer 30-Second Training Series: Designed to educate employers, hiring managers and
         supervisors about proven strategies and easy-to-use resources that can assist in retaining
         and accommodating existing employees who experience the onset of a disability.

• One-Stop Access 30-Second Training Series: Developed for One-Stop staff and partners to
      help promote physical, programmatic and communication access in the One-Stop Career
      Center.

Make: An American Manufacturing Movement
The Council on Competitiveness has issued a new report “Make: An American Manufacturing
Movement.” The report provides five "solutions" to maintain the nation's status as the world's
top producer, resolve its manufacturing challenges and capitalize on growing international
demand.

Why Companies Invest in ‘Grow Your Own’ Talent Development Models
This report by Corporate Voices for Working Families, a nonprofit business membership
organization in Washington, D.C., details how several large American employers invest in

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education, training, and the basic workforce readiness of their employees, with a particular focus
on the needs of entry-level and lower-skilled associates. The companies studied—including
CVS/Caremark, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company—took
different approaches to their training programs, but their investments have paid off in a range of
valuable dividends.

The Case for Community Colleges: Aligning Higher Education and Workforce Needs in
Massachusetts
The Boston Foundation recently commissioned a report that offers a comprehensive set of
recommendations for strategically revamping the Massachusetts community college system to
better align it with the needs of a 21st-century workforce. The recommendations emerged from
research, by the Workforce Strategy Center and MassINC, which illustrated the challenges
facing the Massachusetts community college system and the features of effective community
college systems in other states.

Big Ideas for Job Creation: Rethinking Work Opportunity - From Tax Credits to
Subsidized Job Placements
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published this paper as part of the Big Ideas for
Job Creation in a Jobless Recovery project, which includes proposals from more than a dozen
leading experts on practical, scalable proposals to create more jobs. The authors recommend that
deeper, more targeted subsidies administered at the state level are an effective way to encourage
employers to hire disadvantaged workers and create jobs.

                     JUVENILE JUSTICE/CRIME PREVENTION

Delinquent Referrals and Maltreatment Histories
The inaugural issue of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's)
Journal of Juvenile Justice features the article "Missouri's Crossover Youth: Examining the
Relationship Between Their Maltreatment History and Their Risk of Violence" by Anne
Dannerbeck and Jiahui Yan. The study, which used the developmental pathways model,
compares delinquent youth with and without a history of maltreatment and examines how risk
factors for youth with a maltreatment history differ from other delinquent youth. 
 
 In a study of
79,766 youth with delinquency referrals in Missouri's juvenile justice system, roughly 17 percent
or 13,609 had a history of maltreatment. The risk factors explored included mental health, social
environment, gender, race, and offending history. Delinquent youth with a history of
maltreatment had more severe risk factors than youth without that history, and maltreatment
increased the odds of future violence. 
 
 The authors examined characteristics of this crossover
population to understand what leads youth from the child welfare system—where they are
treated as victims—to the juvenile justice system—where they are treated as perpetrators. The
developmental pathways model assumes that behavior develops in an ordered fashion and
understanding the pathway from maltreatment to violent delinquent behavior may help child
welfare systems develop better services for at-risk youth. 
 
 The study highlights the connection
between risk factor accumulation and the likelihood of violent behavior. Children and youth who
amass multiple risk factors over time have increased rates of violent delinquent behavior.
Trauma either stemming from maltreatment, abuse, neglect, or out-of-home placement often


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hinders the development of appropriate coping skills and can cause other cognitive impairments
such as mental health issues and behavioral problems.
 
 The crossover youth in this study
tended to:
• Become delinquent at an early age
• Experience inadequate parenting due to parents' mental illness, incarceration, or other factors
• Lack strong social bonds, support systems, or role models
• Suffer from mental health issues, including learning disabilities, substance abuse, and others
        issues
A secondary focus of the study was the association between risk factors and a propensity toward
violence. The risk factor overwhelmingly connected with violence was mental health. More than
race, gender, or history of maltreatment, a history of juvenile mental health issues and behavior
problems significantly increased a youth’s propensity toward violence. The inaugural issue of
Journal of Juvenile Justice also features articles on recidivism in juvenile corrections, juvenile
drug courts and the role of drug use associated with criminal behaviors, and more. The full issue
is available on the journal's website: http://www.journalofjuvjustice.org/

Pediatricians Can Play a Role in Preventing Youth Criminal Activity
Reported in Healthday, this US News article suggests doctors can play a role preventing
substance abuse and involvement in crime by facilitating referral for appropriate treatment, and
supporting youth in transition.

                                        MENTORING

New Data Shows Mentoring as a Proven Tool to Help Combat Challenges for Disconnected
Youth
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The second annual National Mentoring Summit, hosted by MENTOR,
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the
Harvard School of Public Health, The Office of Juvenile and Justice Prevention and United Way
Worldwide, on January 24, provided the backdrop for outstanding data linking mentoring to
positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth who face adversity.
 

Mack Koonce, co-CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), announced the Big
Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Report at a luncheon during the Summit. The
groundbreaking report shows statistically significant improvements for youth during the first
year of enrollment in the organization’s nationwide mentoring program in three targeted outcome
areas – educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, such as truancy, and socio-emotional
competency. The initiative, known as Success Mentors, operates from the mayor’s office in
partnership with the New York City (NYC) Department of Education and is uniquely positioned
for impact. Success Mentors come into schools at a leadership level, have direct access to key
school leaders and community organizations, have unprecedented access to critical student data,
are able to take advantage of interagency resources and expertise, and are part of a centralized,
innovative infrastructure that evaluates and supports their work in real time. For more
information on Success Mentors, visit www.nyc.gov/html/truency.




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2012 National Mentoring Summit Materials Now Online
Workshop presentations, speaker biographies and additional content from the recent 2012
National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. — Invest in the Future: Mentor a Child — are
now posted online at www.mentoring.org/summit2012.
 
 Approximately 500 key mentoring
stakeholders, including staff from youth mentoring organizations, administration officials, civic
leaders, corporate executives and the country’s foremost mentoring researchers, came together
for the two-day event during January’s National Mentoring Month to enhance the quality and
impact of the field, chart the mentoring field’s future and expand its circle of influence to
increase mentoring opportunities for America’s young people to provide pathways to successful
adulthood.
 
 MENTOR, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Corporation for National and
Community Service, the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention, the Harvard School of Public Health and United Way Worldwide
hosted the Summit, along with 20 youth-serving partner organizations supporting the event.
Viacom was the Summit’s Presenting Sponsor; Bank of America and BNY Mellon were the
Supporting Sponsors.
 
 In an effort to extend the offerings of the Summit to as many people as
possible regardless of their ability to attend, press releases summarizing each of the major
Summit sessions, biographies of the 90 workshop presenters, workshop PowerPoint
presentations, the Summit program and more have been posted online. 
 
 Highlights of the
2012 National Mentoring Summit included remarks from political leaders, long-time leaders
from the youth development field and major media personalities.

                  PARENT EDUCATION/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Positive Family-Provider Relational Practices
A new report by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning,
Research and Evaluation (OPRE) identifies core elements necessary for high-quality family
engagement and family-sensitive caregiving in early care and education programs. Family-
Provider Relationships: A Multidisciplinary Review of High Quality Practices and Associations
With Family, Child, and Provider Outcomes presents a multidisciplinary literature review that
identifies common key practices in family-provider relationships and explores the associations
between practice areas and outcomes for participants. Three key elements for positive family-
provider relationships were identified:
• Attitudes—The provider's feelings toward and perceptions of those served
• Knowledge—The awareness of the family's culture, language, and situation
• Behaviors—The actions by the provider that reflect both his or her attitude and knowledge
The literature review also showed a strong correlation between positive family-provider
relational practices and improved outcomes for children.
Family-Provider Relationships: A Multidisciplinary Review of High Quality Practices and
Associations with Family, Child, and Provider Outcomes is available on OPRE's website:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_technical/reports/family_provider_multi.pdf
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OPRE also recently released:
  • Family Engagement and Family-Sensitive Caregiving: Identifying Common Core
     Elements and Issues Related to Measurement


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 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_technical/reports/family_sensitive.
       pdf (875 KB)
   •   Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) and Family-Sensitive Caregiving in
       Early Care and Education Arrangements: Promising Directions and Challenges

       http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_technical/reports/qrisfsc.pdf (1 MB)
   •   TANF Recipients With Barriers to Employment
       
 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/tanf_ccdf/reports/barries_employ.
       pdf (181 KB)
   •   Understanding and Choosing Assessments and Developmental Screeners for Young
       Children Ages 3 to 5: Profiles of Selected Measures
 http
       www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/dev_screeners/reports/screeners_final.pdf (2 MB)

Overcoming Parenting Challenges
Foster parents, adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers often encounter challenges when raising
children who have gone through the child welfare system and may have experienced trauma or
other difficulties. The November 2011 issue of Fostering Perspectives provides tips, strategies,
and resources for parents to help them better understand the struggles their children may face and
give them the tools to help move beyond those challenges.
 
 Some of the links include
information on difficult behavior, dealing with children who have been sexually abused, building
trust, advice from youth on what parents can do to respond to difficult behavior, children who
have witnessed domestic violence, and more. 
 
 Fostering Perspectives is sponsored by the
North Carolina Division of Social Services and the Family and Children's Resource Program.
Issues are available on the website: http://www.fosteringperspectives.org/fpv16n1/v16n1.htm

                                    PHYSICAL HEALTH

“15 Major Global Health Organizations Urge U.S. Government to Focus on Frontline Health
Workers as 'Best Buy' to Save Lives and Accelerate Progress on Global Health Threats.”
Frontline Health Workers Coalition Press Release 1/11/12.
A new coalition of global health organizations that includes the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, Partners In Health, and Save the Children has issued a report calling for strategic
investment in frontline health workers in the developing world.


Nationwide Tax on Sugary Drinks Would Reduce Cases of Diet-Related Diseases, Study
According to a study sponsored in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, imposing a
penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages nationwide would prevent thousands of
cases of diabetes.
http://rwjf.org/newsroom/product.jsp?id=73823

U.S. Teen Pregnancy Rate at Its Lowest Since 1972
According to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate has
declined 42% from its peak in 1990 and is now at its lowest rate in nearly 40 years. The report is
based on teen pregnancy data from 1972 through 2008.
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Innovation in Healthcare and Health Communications

• AHRQ Innovations Exchange - The Innovations Exchange includes information on how
       communication technology can help solve problems, improve health care quality, and
       reduce disparities.
• Challenge.gov Health Challenges - Health-related challenges on Challenge.gov, the federal
       platform for contests and challenges.
• ONC's i2 Initiative for Health IT – This new initiative aims to spur health IT innovations
       through prizes, challenges, and other mechanisms to improve the health care of all
       Americans.
• Health.Data.Gov - A core element to digital engagement is the ability to remix and share data.
       Health.Data.Gov is the central resource for health-related datasets and tools from across
       the federal government.
• Health Indicators Warehouse (HIW) - HIW is a user-friendly, source for national, state, and
       community health indicators

Kazarian Foundation to Create 'Health Corps'
The Charles and Agnes Kazarian Foundation has announced that its proposal to create a
nationwide "health corps" as part of the $1 billion federal Health Care Innovation Challenge has
been successfully validated and retrieved by the United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services. To be launched with $6 million from the foundation and $30 million from CMMS, the
Health Corps of America will consist of healthcare professionals who deliver at-home integrative
medicine to high-risk elderly populations. The corps is the result of research conducted by the
foundation on the global benchmarks and high value-add best practices of internships and
volunteerism in the field. The effort will be based on four building blocks — benchmarking and
best practices, critical thinking and education, integrative medicine, and home care — and will
be managed and measured using three key performance indicators: healthcare cost savings,
quality of life values, and sustainable jobs created. The foundation, which will manage the
project, estimates that total savings and value-add over the next three years will be $90 million,
or three times the amount invested by the government. "[T]he corps would generate $60 million
of net savings while creating 1,882 jobs," said a foundation spokesperson, "which is $31,881 in
net savings per job." “Kazarian Foundation Advances $36 Million Health Care Innovation
Challenge Proposal.” Charles and Agness Kazarian Foundation Press Release 2/08/12.

                                      SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media @ SAMHSA
Digital Engagement Tookit
SAMHSA’s Digital Toolkit is a short, curated list of resources and information to help public
health professionals using social media.

Social Media Policies

• University at Albany - Center for Technology in Government: Designing social media policy
      for government: Eight essential elements - This report outlines the reasons government
      employees engage in social media and identifies the core elements of a government social

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     media policy.
• HHS Center for New Media Standards and Policies - Common standards and policies that
     impact the use of new media.

Guidance and Best Practices

• AIDS.gov New Media Tools - A comprehensive list of new media tools, what they are and
      examples of how they are used in HIV/AIDS prevention
• CDC’s Social Media Tools, Guidelines & Best Practices - A collection of guidelines on key
      social media planning, development and implementation of activities.
• Commonwealth of Massachusetts Social Media Guidance & Best Practices - Social media
      toolkits for several social media platforms as well as info on security and legal issues
      surrounding social media.


Data

• CDC eHealth Data Briefs - CDC’s data briefs highlights and current demographic breakdowns
      for key digital engagement channels.
• Pew Internet and American Life Project HCSM - Pew has data, reports and presentations on
      several relevant topics including Health and Social Networking.
Healthcare Social Media Community

• HCSM - HCSM (Healthcare Communications Social Media) is a weekly chat (Sun @ 8pm
     CT) on Twitter focusing on healthcare communications & social media that uses the
     #hcsm hashtag.

                   SUBSTANCE ABUSE/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

CDC Finds Binge Drinking Worse Among Adults than Previously Thought
The first issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2012’s Vital Signs includes
the latest findings on binge drinking from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
(BRFSS) which included combined landline and cellular telephone respondents. Read more

FDA to Weigh Safety of Tobacco Lozenges and Strips
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will evaluate the health safety and risks of candy-like
tobacco products such as lozenges and strips, HealthDay’s Denise Mann reports. Read more

New Resource Helps Families Navigate Addiction Treatment Options
A new resource, “Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask,” will help individuals
and families struggling with addiction ask the right questions before choosing a drug treatment
program. It was developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National
Institutes of Health, and is available to the public free online or in hard copy through NIDA's
DrugPubs service... Read more




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Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH): Mental Health
Findings
Presents national estimates of the prevalence of past year mental disorders and mental health
service utilization for youths aged 12 to 17 and adults aged 18 and older. Data related to the co-
occurrence of mental disorders with substance abuse also are presented. Inventory#: SMA11-
4667

Report Finds One-in-Five Americans Experienced Mental Illness in the Past Year
Substance dependence and abuse rates higher among those experiencing mental illness.

Foster Care Youth and Medication: Improved Oversight of Psychotropic Prescriptions
Needed 
 The Government Accountability Office reports findings that foster youth are more
likely than youth not in care to be prescribed psychotropic medications. The report also offers
recommendations for child welfare agencies on best practices for monitoring psychotropic drug
prescriptions for foster youth.

New Online Marijuana Resource Center Available to Coalitions
Marijuana is a topic of significant public discourse in the United States, and while many are
familiar with the discussions, it is not always easy to find the latest, research-based information
on marijuana to answer to the common questions about its health effects, or the differences
between Federal and state laws concerning the drug...
Read more

Psychological and Educational Interventions for Preventing Depression in Children and
Adolescents 
 This review from the Cochrane Library assesses the effectiveness of programs
designed to prevent the onset of depression. Compared with no intervention, these programs
were effective in preventing depression long-term.

New Interactive Website for Youth Promotes Emotional and Mental Health

Mindyourmind is a new site where youth and young adults can access information, resources and
tools for support during tough times. Site visitors are also encouraged to read and submit
personal stories of success.

SAMHSA Resources
   DVD: Road to Recovery 2011: A Showcase of Events

      Resource Guide: Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response Resources

      Advisory: Rapid HIV Testing in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities




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       PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & CONFERENCES




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March 14 ,2012 – No More Difficult People: Empowering Clients to Choose Responses
This course is designed for clinicians working in a variety of settings. All too often, clients are
stuck in a painful loop of emotionally charged relationships and interactions that leave them
feelings stressed, drained and disempowered. The solution is to help clients take charge of their
reactions to difficult people by gaining a sense of control. This interactive workshop introduces
three powerful concepts for replacing automatic reactions with intentional responses. Learn the
fundamentals of how to get rid of hot buttons; how to effectively exert influence; and power
strategies that set you free.

March 30, 2012 – Attachment Theory in Understanding Child Psychopathology
Children in the child welfare system often demonstrate many characteristics that are associated
with attachment disorder: intense anger, non-compliance, self-destructive and self-defeating
behavior, difficulty trusting, cruelty, lack of empathy and hyperactivity. What is required of us as
clinicians to help these children heal? This presentation will focus on what contributions
attachment theory makes to our understanding of child psychopathology and how it may serve as
a guide in the clinical assessment and treatment of children in the child welfare system.

April 25, 2012 This is a two part workshop! Attend either one or both! – Adult Basic
Psychopharmacology & Child/Adolescent Psychopharmacology
This course is designed to provide a basic overview of commonly prescribed medications used to
treat psychiatric disorders in adults. The primary classes of medication will be discussed
including neuroleptics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications and mood stabilizers. Benefits
and side effects will be listed for each medication class and will be used to compare and contrast
subclasses of medications (e.g. tricyclic antidepressants versus SSRIs, etc.).

                                                 ****
   University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia (UCCP) and Out-of-School Time
                                      Resource Center (OSTRC)
Two-part workshop on Monday, April 9 and Monday, May 21 – Temple University Campust
These sessions will provide an overview of the School District of Philadelphia's Individualized
Learning Plans (ILPs), through which students can electronically chart their academic progress
and create customized goals and educational pathways. Workshop participants will learn about
ILP access; how this resource can be used to enhance youth programming; and how it can help
connect in-school and out-of-school activities. This workshop series is FREE, and available to
the first 20 (10 pairs of) registrants. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ILPWorkshopSeries

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                                         March 2012

Youth Outreach Summit
March 3, West Chester University
 [Y|O] is a youth run, youth sustained program designed to empower youth and create a
presence/voice for them throughout Chester County, find out more about the needs in the
community, and help the youth to develop the skills to strengthen their communities.
Contact:adodge@childandfamilyfocus.org.

The 25th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference
Child and Family Studies, University of South Florida
March 4–7, Tampa, FL
http://cmhtampaconference.com/index.php

Extra Learning Opportunities (ELO) Conference Promising Practices-Proven Strategies:
Working Together for a Brighter Tomorrow
March 7-9, 2012.
The conference will focus on key elements of high-quality extra learning opportunities and on
developing systems that support and promote collaboration and youth success. Information is
now available online along with proposal. If you have questions please contact Cara Akright at
cakright@csc.csiu.org.

The National Association of Workforce Boards’ (NAWB) Forum 2012; “Dialogue for
Workforce Excellence
March 10-13, Washington, D.C.
Up to 2,000 workforce leaders are expected to attend. Featured speakers include Secretary of
Labor Hilda Solis and Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, Jane
Oates. ETA will also present several workshops

Building a Grad Nation Summit
March 18-21, 2012 - Las Vegas
Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. The Building a Grad Nation Summit is the premier
event of Grad Nation, a 10-year campaign to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare
young people for college and the 21st century workforce. Details HERE.

Upcoming Webinar: Connections that Work: Pathways to Employment for Young People
with Serious Mental Health Conditions
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 - Time: 10am - 11am Pacific
Presenters will share ideas about promoting access to employment opportunities for young
people. RISE and Career Visions will be featured as two examples of interventions supporting
young people to access employment, and a young adult will share his experience seeking and
maintaining employment.
Click here to register




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Evidence-based Human Services Case Planning, Management and Services Delivery
March 21 - 23, 2012 - New Orleans, LA
View details
Download Brochure
www.joyfields.org/trn/cj/hs.html

National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law
March 21–24, 2012 – Las Vegas
Organized by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the conference will
feature innovations in programming and practice and provide new opportunities for courts and
communities to improve outcomes for children, youth, families, and victims. Registration is
available online.

American Counseling Association 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition

March 21–25, 2012 | San Francisco, CA

Eighth Annual Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss "Restoring Joy to Children and
Families"
Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect
March 22-22, Pasadena, CA
http://www.ican4kids.org/conferences_Grief.asp

March 24-26. ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show. Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Details HERE.

Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW) 2012 Annual Conference
March 25-27, 2012
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33316
www.blackadministrators.orwww.org

                                         April 2012

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Alcohol Education – “Communities in Action”
April 3 – 4, Mechanicsburg, PA
www.lcb.state.pa.us

National Citizens Review Panel Conference

April 15-17, Washington, DC

http://www.uky.edu/SocialWork/crp/

18th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect
April 16–20, 2012
This annual conference, sponsored by the Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and
Neglect (Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services) is one of the field's leading training and technical assistance events.

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"Celebrating the Past—Imagining the Future," will take place next spring in Washington, DC.
Registration will open in early 2012.

The 9th Annual Institute for Disaster Mental Health Conference

April 20, 2012 | New Paltz, NY
The training will focus on building capacity and resilience through effective stress management
and self-care strategies. Disaster response, emergency management, and trauma work are
intrinsically and uniquely stressful.

Second Annual Philadelphia Science Festival
April 20 - April 29, 2012
www.philasciencefestival.org for details.

30th Annual "Protecting Our Children" National American Indian Conference on Child
Abuse and Neglect
 Protecting Our Children, Ensuring Our Legacy

National Indian Child Welfare Association

April 22-25, Scottsdale, AZ

http://www.nicwa.org/conference/

5th Annual Spring "Offender Reentry" Workshops & Conference.
Evidence-based Practices for Correctional Change, Reentry & Community Reintegration
April 25 - 27, Las Vegas, NV
View details
www.joyfields.org/trn/cj/ebp.html

April 25-28, 2012. BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, CA. This conference is one of the
nation's largest, most recognized and comprehensive conferences for after school and out-of-
school time professionals.


                                         May 2012
The 19th Annual National Foster Care Conference
 "Footsteps to the Future"

Daniel Kids Foundation, Inc.

May 9-11, Orlando, FL

http://www.danielkids.org/page.aspx?pid=443

May 12, 2012. Save The Date. Black Male Development Symposium 2012

11th Annual National Child Welfare IT Managers' Meeting

Child Welfare Information System Training 

May 21-24, Arlington, VA

http://cwistraining.org/web/guest/Welcome;jsessionid=0596E7AA3D71956432888C9C7310E4
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                                          More Dates

31st Annual National CASA Conference
June 9–12, 2012
Each year, more than 1,400 court-appointed special advocates (CASA) and guardian ad litem
staff, board members, volunteers, judges, attorneys and other child welfare professionals gather
to connect with peers and learn from leaders in the field. The 2012 National CASA Conference
will take place in Washington, DC. Subscribe to receive conference e-mail updates and
registration information.

Georgetown University Training Institutes
Save the Date: 2012 Georgetown University Training Institutes on "Improving Children's Mental
Health Care in an Era of Change, Challenge, and Innovation." July 25-29, 2012 in Orlando, FL.




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