Grant Alerts

AIM HIGH: Supporting out-of-School Time Programs Serving Middle School Youth (Deadline: January 25, 2019)

The New York Life Foundation will award 26 grants to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth through their Aim High grant program. The Aim High program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade on time and prepared to succeed in high school. The grant program will fund afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, based on a competitive application process.

Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Charter Schools Program (CSP): Grants to State Entities CFDA (Deadline: February 12, 2019)

The major purposes of the CSP are to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend public charter schools and meet challenging State academic standards; provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools; increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the United States; evaluate the impact of charter schools on student achievement, families, and communities; share best practices between charter schools and other public schools; encourage States to provide facilities support to charter schools; and support efforts to strengthen the charter school authorizing process.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation For Youth And Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (Deadline: April 01, 2019)

The purpose of the RRTCs, which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. These activities are designed to benefit people with disabilities, family members, rehabilitation service providers, policymakers and other research stakeholders. The purpose of this particular RRTC is to conduct research, training, technical assistance, and related activities to contribute to improved community living and participation outcomes for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. This funding opportunity reflects an ongoing collaboration between NIDILRR and SAMHSA.

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  • The CDC Virtual Healthy School is an online, interactive school that provides innovative learning experiences to help make schools healthier. While the Virtual Healthy School’s major themes are nutrition, physical education and physical activity, and the management of chronic health conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes) in schools—the tool also includes examples of how to incorporate all 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
  • Education Week recently published an article Education Statistics: Facts About American Schools. This article provides data by states, schools, districts, student, teachers and principals.
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services recently released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. The guidelines outline the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Key changes from the 1st edition include new guidance for preschool children aged 3 to 5 years, more evidence of the health benefits of physical activity, and a discussion of sedentary behavior, among others. The guidelines also highlight tested strategies that can be used to get all Americans to be active and move more.

Job Opportunities

Head of Schools – DC Scholars (Washington, DC)

DC Scholars Public Charter School is seeking a Head of Schools to focus on the following priorities during the first year:

  • Clarify the school’s culture and academic vision and create an environment conducive to excellent teaching and learning that builds on the foundation previously set forth; the Head of School is responsible for significantly increasing student academic performance;
  • Clearly define roles and responsibilities and develop systems and routines across the school that support the newly clarified vision;
  • Continue to build a culture of reflection, collaboration, and accountability and ensure there is a “DC Scholars Way” that is consistent across the school;
  • Improve the development and retention of teachers, staff, and leaders that DC Scholars desires to retain.

Early Childhood Special Education – Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (Olympia, WA)

This position contributes to the overall mission, goals and objectives of the agency by ensuring that school districts have the fiscal and human resources necessary to maintain the required early childhood special education elements of state and federal special education laws and regulations. This position collaborates with the Special Education Operations (Fiscal and Data Management) unit, the Learning and Teaching unit and the Division of Children, Family, and Youth (DCYF) on behalf of local districts throughout the state.

Project Manager in Child Mental Health (Houston, TX)

The position will primarily work on complex children’s mental health projects and will work collaboratively with staff and partner agencies, specifically the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI). Responsibilities include providing input so that projects are designed in accordance with best practices and policy findings deliver meaningful, quantifiable impacts that can inform policy makers about potential enhancements for the mental health system. This position will also help ensure that all project activities consider the diverse needs of Texas communities and mental health consumers.

Upcoming Meetings

From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope: Recommendations from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. Join leaders from across our nation as they come together for the official release of the final report from the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development on January 15th, 2019 from 8:30 AM -12:30 PM ET.

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