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Empowered Families: Educated, Engaged, Effective

   Vol. 6, Issue 2

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FREE Webinars
Self-Advocacy Boot Camp For Young Adults Ages 16-26
Education Policy Brief: Personal Opportunity to Learn Plans
Reentry Programs for Students with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System
Students: Do You Want to Make a Positive Difference in Educaion?
PowerPoint Presentation on Early Childhood and AT
New CELLpops for Practitioners
Assitive Technology: Read2Go App Update
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Upcoming Events
Webinar: Advancing Student Learning with Family-School-Community Partnerships 
Anne Henderson

Anne Henderson, will moderate a nationwide webinar entitled: Advancing Student Learning with Family-School-Community Partnerships. Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) on Thursday, March 29, at 4 pm. For more information please click here.  Anne Henderson is a senior consultant for community organizing and engagement for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.  Since 1981, she has steadily tracked the research on how engaging families can improve student achievement. Her most recent book is Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, written with Karen Mapp, Vivian Johnson, and Don Davies. 

Free Webinar: GraduateFIRST: The Dropout Prevention Destination 

Hear how schools have redesigned programs, adopted new practices, and implemented research-based strategies to become highly successful in preventing students from dropping out. Engaging students, families, schools, and communities has been a common theme. GraduateFIRST results, best practices, challenges, and lessons learned will be shared. Webinar offered through the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University.


FREE registration for all participants.

Call: (800)775-7654 or register online.


Questions? Email Sarah Melpignano at

Self-Advocacy Boot Camp For Young Adults
If you're a young adult with a developmental disability and have a desire to make a difference and take charge of your life and our future, here's your chance to get the tools you need to build valuable leadership skills and share your talents!  The NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and The Family Resource Network present the Self-Advocacy Boot Camp Youth Empowerment Series: Be Heard, Be Empowered. Monday, April 30 to Friday, May 4, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm (light dinner included).  Boost your abilities and knowledge in: Team Building, Public Speaking, How Government Works, How to be an Advocate. Download an application form. Deadline for application is April 7.
Information and Resources
Education Policy Brief: Personal Opportunity to Learn Plans 

In the first in a series of policy proposals, the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign of the Schott Foundation advocates the creation of Personal Opportunity Plans for every student who is one grade level or more behind in reading or math, giving them access to the academic, social and healthcare supports they need to get back on track. Click here to learn more about how you can promote this strategy for children in your local community and throughout the state.

Reentry Programs for Students with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System 
This brief describes efforts to support successful reentry of juvenile justice offenders, the prevalence of students with disabilities in the juvenile justice system and best practices in reentry programs. Programs from four states (AZ, GA, HI, OR) that target reducing recidivism by supporting the smooth transition of youth with disabilities from correctional facilities to community-based schools, jobs and support services are highlighted.  (click here to link to document)
Students: Do You Want to Make a Positive Difference in Education? 
As President Obama said in his State of the Union Address, when we act together, in common purpose and common effort, there is nothing the United States of America cannot achieve. The Department of Education (ED) is reaching out to... Continue reading
Early Childhood and Assistive Technology

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) has posted a new PowerPoint presentation on their website entitled Early Childhood and AT. The presentation provides a range of assistive technology (AT) examples appropriate for young children and discusses issues to be considered when using AT with this age group.


Permission to copy and distribute portions of the Power Point without prior consent is provided, as long as attribution is given to the FCTD, under U.S. Department of Education Grant H327F080003. The FCTD also has additional PowerPoint Presentations on Assistive Technology available on their Web site.

Promoting Early Literacy
The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new CELLpops for preschoolers. CELLpops are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that include ideas for parents and practitioners to promote children's early literacy learning. In the Blocks Center and In the Kitchen Center can be used by practitioners working with preschoolers to incorporate early literacy learning activities into their individual classroom centers. Both are available on the CELLpops and CELL mini posters Web page.
Assistive Technology: Read2Go App Update 



Bookshare has announced a new update for Read2Go, the highly popular accessible e-book reader app for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, is now available. Version provides a number of updates that improve reading stability and performance. Go to the App Store on your device and tap "Updates," then update Read2Go.

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