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Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Education Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century
Web Conference
February 27, 2013 - March 1, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute at the ILR School will present an interactive web conference, “Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Education Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century,” in three sessions, February 27-March 1, 2013. Participants will learn about effective career development and transition practices for youth with disabilities, and how school-agency collaborations can deliver these practices from leadership, consumer, financial, and practical perspectives. The three sessions, each held 3:00-5:00 pm Eastern, are: “Individualized Career Planning and Program Development,” February 27, on effective secondary transition practices; “Leadership and Diverse Funding of Person-Centered Career Development,” February 28, on creating the capacity to deliver high-quality transition and career development curricula and services through individualized, student-centered planning and resource development; and “Ticket-to-Work: Build and Sustain Careers with Youth and Their Families,” March 1, on achieving funding for their transition programs through the Social Security Administration's Ticket-to-Work Program. This Web Event has been made possible by contributions from The Children’s Guild Foundation, Inc., of Buffalo, NY.

Engaging Industry and Students in Workforce Education partnerships
Web-based Event
February 25, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
SRI International has been studying workforce partnerships with funding from the National Science Foundation and will present its preliminary findings in this webinar discussed by a panel of researchers, community college policy leaders, and an experienced industry partner. The webinar will present findings about engaging both industry and students; offer a framework for identifying and addressing challenges in industry and student engagement in workforce education; and discuss aspects of the framework.

Building a Grad Nation Summit
Conference
February 24, 2013 - February 26, 2013
Washington, DC
Educators, policymakers, business leaders, young people, and staff from community organizations will meet at the third annual “Building a Grad Nation Summit,” sponsored by America’s Promise, to combat the dropout crisis.

National Conference on Education
Conference
February 21, 2013 - February 23, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
The annual conference by the American Association of School Administrators focuses on four themes: Common Core and its assessments, teacher and principal evaluations, getting students college and career ready, and social media in schools.

Developing and Implementing Effective Transition Programs for Youth with EBD
Web-based Event
February 21, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
The New York State Division on Career Development and Transition will present “Developing and Implementing Effective Transition Programs for Youth with EBD,” the third in a 3-part webinar series for special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists on information and practice tools to improve the transition from secondary schools for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD).

Get the Picture: College and Career Readiness and Transition
Web-based Event
February 20, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The IDEA Partnership at NASDE’s Community of Practice (CoP) on Transition has a work-group focused on employment opportunities and career development for youth with disabilities. Discussions of the group have focused on career readiness and the expectation of employment for all. The workgroup will host a series of webinars in partnership with the National Post-School Outcomes Center and NSTTAC over the next three months. The first, “Get the Picture,” will share current national data and family perspectives regarding employment for youth and young adults.

Learning Environments that Promote Positive Youth Development and Success for African American Male Students
Web-based Event
February 19, 2013
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
“Learning Environments that Promote Positive Youth Development and Success for African American Male Students,” a webinar sponsored by the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, will discuss what learning conditions, organizational structures, and school climate factors are necessary to nurture the positive development of African American male students; policies, conditions, and strategies that help to produce a nurturing school climate; political constraints that might be experienced along the way; and the leadership needed to overcome such constraints.

The Use of Individualized Learning Plans to Help Students to be College and Career Ready
Forum
February 15, 2013
Washington, DC
“The Use of Individualized Learning Plans to Help Students to be College and Career Ready” is one of a series of Capitol Hill forums hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF). This forum will discuss how AYPF is partnering with the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development to present the findings of the Center’s research on the use of Individualized Learning Plans (ILP), which provide middle school and high schools students with a tool to define their personal interests, goals, and course choices through postsecondary education and careers. Many states have adopted policies that require the use of ILPs and research is starting to show its benefits. The Center on Workforce Development has conducted longitudinal research, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, to assess the effectiveness of ILPs, and implemented a demonstration project to better understand their impact on post-school outcomes.

IEP Development and Coordination with Transition Plans for Youth with EBD
Web-based Event
February 14, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
The New York State Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) will present “IEP Development and Coordination with Transition Plans for Youth with EBD,” the second in a 3-part webinar series for special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists on information and practice tools to improve the transition from secondary schools for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD).

MN LEND 2013 Webinar Series: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Children with Autism
Web-based Event
February 14, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   (Central)
Some individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders experience severe speech and language difficulties. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an area of specialty for speech and language pathologists on identifying and implementing strategies to support the communication of people with such difficulties. This webinar will discuss how a wide range of interventionists can use AAC to support current and future communication needs of learners with autism, with a focus on aided AAC (e.g., communication boards, speech generating devices). Methods to help interventionists identify the most suitable AAC technologies based on learner's needs and strengths, and essential strategies to successfully implement AAC will also be discussed. This event will later be archived at https://lend.umn.edu/forums/index.asp.

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