July 30, 2012 - Charter School Grants

Charter Schools Program Accepting Collaboration Award Applications

The U.S. Department of Education has just announced the 2012 Charter School Program Exemplary Collaboration Awards competition, a new grant program for which applications are due August 29, 2012.

The program (84.282P) is designed to encourage high-quality charter schools to partner with non-chartered public schools and non-chartered LEAs to share and transfer best educational and operational practices, and to disseminate information about such practices. The collaborations may focus on a wide range of areas which include, but are not limited to, curriculum and instruction, data management and sharing, organization management, personnel, facilities, finances, Federal programs, standards, assessments, special education services and access to charter schools by students with disabilities, English learners, student transportation, professional development and training, and school climate.

The Department plans to use up to $500,000 for this competition and estimates making from 3 to 5 awards (the Department is not bound by any estimates).

Applications are available at www.grants.gov. For more information on the competition, please review the Notice Inviting Applications, available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-30/html/2012-18577.htm.

Applications are due by August 29, 2012, at 4:30:00 Washington, DC time and must be submitted through Grants.gov. Applicants must register at Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. The registration process includes multiple steps, and can take between three to five business days, or longer if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. Please register as soon as possible.

For those with questions, a pre-application meeting will be held via webinar on August 6, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time. For those interested in attending, please RSVP to charterschools@ed.gov and include your contact information.

If you have questions regarding the grant competition or webinar, please contact Nancy Paulu at nancy.paulu@ed.gov or at 202-205-5392.  

  


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July 27, 2012 - News, Articles, Resources and Therapy Ideas  from PediaStaff

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July 27, 2012
Monthly Edition
Issue 7, Volume 5

It's All About the Choices!

Hello there and Happy Friday!  Here is our Monthly Edition of our newsletter for you.

News Items: 

  • Children With Trisomy 13 and 18 and Their Families Appear Happy
  • New Clue On How Brain Processes Visual Information
  • Stroke, Tinnitus, Autism And Other Disorders May In Future Be Treated With Nerve Stimulation
  • What Would Batman Eat? - Study Suggests That Superhero Role Models Could Help Kids Make Healthy Choices
  • Infants Can Use Language to Learn About People's Intentions 
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: Miami Girl With Down Syndrome Lands Gig as the Cover Girl for Prestigious Fashion Designer 
  • Writing Using the Eyes Might Help Paralyzed Communicate 
  • Survival Rates For Premature Babies In High-Level NICUs Are Better Than Previously Reported
  • Better Understanding of Memory Retrieval Between Children and Adults  

Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources

  • Augment your Reality: Become Spider-Man - App Review
  • Pinterest Pin of the Week: Speech Jenga
  • OT Product of the Week: Squiggle, Wiggle Writer: Fun Therapy Tool!
  • Therapy Resource of the Week: WonderBaby.org

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy: Feeding Therapy - Treating the Whole Child
  • School Psychology Corner: Helping Children Navigate Personal Loss
  • SLP Corner: Social Stories 201 -Extinguishing Negative Behaviors
  • Focus on Bilingualism: Korean: Language History, Culture and Comparison to English
  • Professional to Parent: Finding the Best Way to be the Best Parent - is it Possible? 
  • Worth Repeating: 36 Fun Summer Activities for Kids Who are Blind or Multiply Disabled
  • Also Worth Repeating: Studies Dispute Benefits of Brain Training        

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Down Syndrome in the News:  Children With Trisomy 13 and 18 and Their Families Appear Happy

[Source:  Science Daily]

Children with trisomy 13 or 18, who are for the most part severely disabled and have a very short life expectancy, and their families lead a life that is happy and rewarding overall, contrary to the usually gloomy predictions made by the medical community at the time of diagnosis, according to a study of parents who are members of support groups published July 23 inPediatrics. The study was conducted by Dr. Annie Janvier of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center and the University of Montreal with the special collaboration of the mother of a child who died from trisomy 13, Barbara Farlow, Eng, MSc as the second author.

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Neurobiology in the News: New Clue On How Brain Processes Visual Information

[Source:  Science Daily]  

Ever wonder how the human brain, which is constantly bombarded with millions of pieces of visual information, can filter out what's unimportant and focus on what's most useful?
The process is known as selective attention and scientists have long debated how it works. But now, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have discovered an important clue. Evidence from an animal study, published in the July 22 online edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience, shows that the prefrontal cortex is involved in a previously unknown way.

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Autism Treatments in the News: Stroke, Tinnitus, Autism And Other Disorders May In Future Be Treated With Nerve Stimulation

[Source:  Medical News Today]

July 20, 2012 - News, Articles, Resources and Therapy Ideas  from PediaStaff

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July 20, 2012

Weekly Edition
Issue 23, Volume 5

It's All About the Choices!     

          
happy Friday to you!  Here is our weekly news offering for you!

News Items: 

  • Students Create Gloves That Can Convert Sign Language Movements Into Speech
  • Blood-Brain Barrier Less Permeable in Newborns than Adults after Acute Stroke 
  • Questionnaire Completed by Parents May Help Identify One-Year-Olds at Risk for Autism
  • Federal Report Shows Drops In Infant Mortality, Preterm Birth Rates
  • Drug Shown to Improve Memory in Those With Down Syndrome 
  • Infants' Recognition of Speech More Sophisticated Than Previously Known 
  • New Evidence Links Immune Irregularities to Autism, Mouse Study Suggests  
  • Long-Term ADHD Drug Use Appears Safe 
  • Novel Intervention Helps Kids Suffering From Depression And Anxiety 

Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources

  • SLP Tip of the Week: Don't Eat The Bubbles!
  • Pinterest Pinboard of the Week: Therapy Activities for Celebrating the Olympic Games
  • Therapy Idea of the Week : Using Pinterest to Work with Kiddos on Colors!
  • Therapy Classroom Idea of the Week : Make This Over the Summer! Great Up-Cycled 'Miss Piggy' Therapy Box   

Articles and Special Features 

  • Occupational Therapy Corner: Shaggies Pencil Gripper Fidget!
  • SLP Corner: Adventures in Advocacy 
  • Pediatric Therapy Our Turn - Therapy Goodness on the Road Less Traveled - My Visit to Sumlar Therapy
  • Worth Repeating: Dentist Tips for Children with Aspergers
  • Also Worth Repeating: Great Conversation Starter Photo for Speech Language Therapy!    

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Technology in the News:  Students Create Gloves That Can Convert Sign Language Movements Into Speech

Thanks to our friends at React2 Software for 'tweeting' this article!

[Source:  Medical Daily]

A group of Ukrainian students have created a glove that can convert the movements made in sign language into speech.

The new EnableTalk gloves, presented at the finals of 2012 Microsoft's Imagine Cup in Sydney, Australia, are fitted with 15 flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes, accelerometers and a compass to define the position of the glove in space. The gloves are also fitted with some solar cells to increase battery life.

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Pediatric Stroke in the News: Blood-Brain Barrier Less Permeable in Newborns than Adults after Acute Stroke

[Source:  UCSF.edu]
The ability for substances to pass through the blood-brain barrier is increased after adult stroke, but not after neonatal stroke, according to a new study the UCSF that will be published July 11 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

The novel findings may have major implications for drug development and the treatment of neonatal stroke, the researchers said.

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Autism in the News: Questionnaire Completed by Parents May Help Identify One-Year-Olds at Risk for Autism

[Source:  UNC Healthcare]

The First Year Inventory, a 10-minute questionnaire filled out by parents after a child's first birthday, shows promise in identifying children who are later diagnosed with autism or other developmental problems.
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July 18, 2012 - Planning a School Move?

 

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Planning to Move Your School?

Big MoveIt doesn't matter who or where you are, planning a move is a major undertaking. For a school it can take over a year!

Many charter and private schools lack the staff and expertise to handle the complexities of a move, like: 

  • Negotiating complicated real estate deals;
  • Securing limited financing sources;
  • Dealing with environmental issues;
  • Navigating restrictive zoning ordinances;
  • Avoiding cost-overruns.

School MoveIf your charter or private school is planning a move, Charter School Property Solutions (CSPS) can help. 

 

CSPS is an established national real estate developer, specializing in affordable, modern facilities for private and charter schools. We have the expertise, track record and financial resources to help any qualified school move into a permanent, customized school facility. CSPS charges no upfront fees and will ensure that your organization gets the best deal possible.

For more information about our services, contact Denise Martinez at 1.888.596.1110, Ext 104; dmartinez@csps.us.com.  Or visit our website: www.csps.us.com

Making Your Dream Facility Come True

July 13, 2012 - News, Articles, Resources and Therapy Ideas  from PediaStaff

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July 13, 2012

Weekly Edition,
Issue 22, Volume 5

It's All About the Choices!     

          
Good Day to you!   Here is our weekly newsletter offering for you. 

News Items: 

  • New Study Reveals That Levels of a Brain Neurotransmitter May Be Key in ADHD
  • Success Reported in Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mice 
  • After Brain Injury In Children, Outcomes Difficult To Predict And Highly Variable
  • Novel 'Sensory Substitution' Device Guides the Blind by Turning Images into Music
  • NIH Study Shows the Deaf Brain Processes Touch Differently 
  • Feel Good Story of the Week: Boy with Cerebral Palsy Completes Charity Triathlon for Other Kids with CP!
  • Schizophrenia, Autism May be Linked In Families 
  • Another Feel Good Story of the Week: Surfers for Autism Helps Children Hit the Waves in Florida 

Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources

  • Fine Motor Activity of the Week:  Coffee Filter Olympic Rings
  • Therapist Resource of the Week: The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
  • Pinterest Therapy Pin of the Week: Daily Activities to Improve Fine Motor Strength
  • Social Skills Resource of the Week: Sesame Street - 'Share It Maybe' 

Articles and Special Features 

  • SLP Corner: Comprehension Lessons in Speech Therapy 
  • OT Corner:  Book Review:  Schoodles Pediatric Fine-Motor Assessment 
  • Pediatric Therapy Corner:  The Picky Eater Olympics
  • Worth Repeating: 8 Ways to Work on Motor Skills at the Park 
  • Also Worth Repeating: 8 Sensory-Motor Benefits of Aquatic Therapy           

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ADHD Research in the News:  New Study Reveals That Levels of a Brain Neurotransmitter May Be Key in ADHD

[Source: Psychology Today]

Findings from the first study directly examining gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) concentrations in the brains of children with ADHD were published last week in the Archives of General Psychiatry. In this new article researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center report finding significantly lower concentrations of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the cerebral
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Autism Research in the News: Success Reported in Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mice

[Source:  Science Daily]
 
Using a mouse model of autism, researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have successfully treated an autism spectrum disorder characterized by severe cognitive impairment.
 
The research team, led by Joe Clark, PhD, a professor of neurology at UC, reports its findings online July 2, 2012, in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, a publication of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
 
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Pediatric TBI Research in the News: After Brain Injury In Children, Outcomes Difficult To Predict And Highly Variable

[Source:  Medical News Today]

Outcomes for children with brain injury acquired during childhood are difficult to predict and vary significantly, states an analysis of evidence on the topic published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

"There is no single best approach to describing outcome after acquired brain injury during childhood, and the one chosen must be appropriate to the purpose at hand (e.g., identifying individual, population, global or domain-specific outcomes)," writes Dr. Rob Forsyth, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University and Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, with coauthors.

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Visual Impairment Research in the News:  Novel 'Sensory Substitution' Device Guides the Blind by Turning Images into Music

July 11, 2012 -How do you evaluate a charter school board?

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TIPCharter School Board Evaluation Process: Tips 2 & 3

Now is a great time of year to reflect on your board's performance. In our last newsletter we outlined the process for evaluating individual trustees. Now, it's time to evaluate the full board.
Do you know how to evaluate your full board?
Tip 2: You should evaluate both individual trustee performance and the performance of the full board annually.
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Tip 3: Build consensus on priorities
A simple but powerful exercise: Ask each trustee to submit his or her answers to the following questions:

  • What are the top 3 ways the board added value to the organization last year?
  • What are the top 3 things that the board will do to add value next school year?

Designate one board member as the point person to collect and tally the answers.
Compile them in a single document. Discuss at your next board meeting.
Where is there consensus? Where is there disagreement? Can you prioritize the board's key initiatives?
Completing this exercise will be a start to creating a strategic game plan for your board for next school year.

 


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July 6, 2012 - News, Articles, Resources and Therapy Ideas  from PediaStaff

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July 6, 2012

Weekly Edition
Issue 21, Volume 5

It's All About the Choices!     

          
Happy July!  Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday!   Here is our weekly newsletter offering for you.   A tad bit shorter than usual due to the abbreviated work week: 

News Items: 

  • Detecting The Early Signs Of Autism In Infant Brains
  • GPS for the Brain: New Brain Map Developed
  • EEGs May Someday Be Able To Diagnose Autism
  • Kids Born Just Two Weeks Early Test Lower in Reading and Math: Study 
  • Study: Infants Can't Distinguish Between Large and Small Groups 
  • Out of the Mouths of Primates, Facial Mechanics of Human Speech May Have Evolved 
  • Friends of PediaStaff in the News: Finding Their Voice 
  • OTs and PTs Needed for 2 Minute Survey on Baby Gear  

Therapy Activities, Tips and Resources

  • OT Activity of the Week: A Tree Made From A Pool Noodle and Pipe Cleaners 
  • Physical Therapy Idea of the Week: Pom Pom Hockey 
  • Great Video by Irish Stammering Association on Stammering/Stuttering 

Articles and Special Features 

  • Pediatric Therapy Corner: 7 Tips to Slow Down and Relax this Summer to Prepare you for Next Year's Case Load 
  • SLP Corner: Speech Therapy Jargon: Speech & Language Terms 
  • Physical Therapy Corner: Cranial Remolding Helmets: To Be or Not to Be? 
  • Worth Repeating: First Person on the Last Page: Respect, Regard, Revere 
  • Also Worth Repeating: 7 must see special needs videos on YouTube!            

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Autism in the News:  Detecting The Early Signs Of Autism In Infant Brains

[Source:  Medical News Today]

A new study shows significant differences in brain development in high-risk infants who develop autism starting as early as age 6 months. The findings published in the American Journal of Psychiatry reveal that this abnormal brain development may be detected before the appearance of autism symptoms in an infant's first year of life. Autism is typically diagnosed around the age of 2 or 3.

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Neurobiology in the News: GPS for the Brain - New Brain Map Developed

[Source:  Science Daily.com/Image Credit: University of Georgia]
University of Georgia researchers have developed a map of the human brain that shows great promise as a new guide to the inner workings of the body's most complex and critical organ.

With this map, researchers hope to create a next-generation brain atlas that will be an alternative option to the atlas created by German anatomist Korbinian Brodmann more than 100 years ago, which is still commonly used in clinical and research settings.

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Autism in the News: EEGs May Someday Be Able To Diagnose Autism

[Source: ABC News]

A readily available brain test could someday be used to diagnose autism in children as young as 2 years old, offering the potential for earlier intervention, according to a new study published online in the journal BMC Medicine.

Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital used electroencephalograms (EEGs), tests that measure electrical activity in the brain, to compare the brains of 430 children with autism and 554 normal children between the ages of 2 and 12.

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Prematurity in the News: Kids Born Just Two Weeks Early Test Lower in Reading and Math: Study

[Source:  Wall Street Journal Blog]

Being born even a couple of weeks early can affect a child's math and reading skills, a new study suggests.

Children born at weeks 37 and 38 had lower reading and math scores than children born a week or two later, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks and children born at week 37 or later are considered full term.

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Visual Discrimination in the News: Study: Infants Can't Distinguish Between Large and Small Groups

[Source:  Science Daily]

Human brains process large and small numbers of objects using two different mechanisms, but infants have not yet developed the ability to make those two processes work together, according to new research from the University of Missouri.

"This research was the first to show the inability of infants in a single age group to discriminate large and small sets in a single task," said Kristy vanMarle, assistant professor of psychological sciences in the College of Arts and Science. "Understanding how infants develop the ability to represent and compare

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Evolution of Speech in the News:  Out of the Mouths of Primates, Facial Mechanics of Human Speech May Have Evolved

[Source:  Science Daily]

The throat and facial movements that twist the air pushing through your vocal cords into words could be rooted in the well-meaning expressions primates exchange with each other, according to two recent studies based at Princeton University.

The researchers found that the oral-facial component of human speech mirrors the rhythm, development and internal dynamics of lip smacking, a friendly back-and-forth gesture performed by primates such as chimpanzees, baboons and macaques. The studies also show that the mechanics of primate lip smacking are distinct from those of chewing, similar to the separate mechanics of human speech and chewing.

 

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