Below are upcoming opportunities to explore.


Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS)  The U.S. Department of Education needs peer reviewers to read and evaluate applications for the Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) grant program. Reviewers should come from the various backgrounds and professions, including State or local education officials, PK-12 coordinators and principals, college or university educators, researchers, and community development practitioners to read and evaluate applications submitted. If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer for the FSCS grant competition, please e-mail a copy of your current resume or vitae to The deadline is Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Please remember that if your organization intends to apply for a grant under the aforementioned competition, you may not be eligible to serve as a reviewer.

2018 College Changes Everything® Conference  Register Now!  July 19, 2018 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. The conference keynote speaker will be Mandy Savitz-Romer, senior lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Savitz-Romer is also the director of HGSE’s master’s program in Prevention Science and Practice and Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling programs, which train future school counselors, school social workers, and youth development staff.  Her work examines how school and non-profit organizations structure postsecondary supports that address developmental skills and readiness. She writes and speaks extensively on college and career readiness and school-based counseling, specifically as it relates to students of color and first-generation college students. She is the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success and Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First-Generation College Students.


How to Effectively Teach Social-Emotional Skills to Children Who Exhibit Challenging Behavior  September 13, 2018, 2 p.m. EST.  It’s easy to become focused solely on trying to stop the unwanted behavior when young children are using aggression to try and get their wants and needs met. This can also be true when they are not following directions or we feel they are being disrespectful in some way. Yet, in addition to stopping the behavior, we also need to teach them what do instead! Challenging behavior signals that the child needs support to develop their social-emotional skills. In this webinar, we will review why it is essential to develop or adopt a comprehensive social-emotional learning curriculum and discuss practical strategies that teachers can use to proactively teach children necessary social-emotional skills. We will also review how to promote social-emotional learning in the heat of the moment and throughout the day during typical classroom activities. This includes strategies to help children identify and express their feelings when upset, calming techniques, and ways to help them communicate their wants and needs appropriately. You will learn about examples of how these strategies have been used effectively in Head Start classrooms and childcare centers by real teachers. Tips for and coaches who want to bring these ideas to teachers will be included.


2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium  October 11–13, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.  In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association (NREA) will host the 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium.  This annual event is designed to create an environment for collaboration and innovation with a diverse community—national experts, K–12 and higher education practitioners, leading researchers, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders—to learn and share ideas around the topics at the forefront of rural education and to ensure 21st century learning is a reality for all rural students.