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Innovative Technologies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
Web-based Event
August 27, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Think College! Will present a webinar “Innovative Technologies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education,” on the use of new technologies, including mixed-reality environments, as alternate and efficient means of helping students succeed socially in postsecondary education. These new technologies can be used to transform the learning experiences of students with intellectual disability as they work on social skills such as self-advocacy, collaborative learning, and interviewing.

Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series & Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness
Online Courses
August 20, 2012 - November 12, 2012
No Location Specified
The Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (VCU RRTC) offers two online courses, one on “Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series,” and one on “Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness,” each in six sessions, each session available for two weeks at a time, the first posted August 20 and the others at biweekly intervals (the last available Oct. 31-Nov. 12, 2012). The Certificate Series sessions will cover employment strategies through lessons in: Federal Policy and Historical Perspective, Customer Profile and Employment Selection, Organizational Marketing and Job Development, Job-Site Training, Long-Term Support, and Funding. The Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness sessions will cover: Overview and Research Base of Supported Employment, Building Relationships with Business, Establishing a Career Direction, Job Development, Employment Support, and Benefits Counseling and Other Special Topics.

Meeting the Challenge: Building & Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning
Conference
August 8, 2012 - August 9, 2012
Washington, DC
“Meeting the Challenge: Building & Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning,” organized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, will explore five prevailing and emerging issues that influence conditions for learning: school discipline, gender-based violence, behavioral health, bullying, and school safety. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to provide feedback to federal, nonprofit, and philanthropic agencies to help shape future work in these areas.

2012 Reinventing Quality Conference
Conference
August 5, 2012 - August 7, 2012
Baltimore, MD
The Reinventing Quality Conference is for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, family members, direct support professionals, administrators of community support agencies, advocates, managers, and government leaders, all committed to a vision of a better future for people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. This year’s conference focuses on realizing a vision of a better future for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Exploring Check & Connect
Web-based Event
July 31, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
“Exploring Check & Connect” will describe the basics of the research-based Check & Connect model and highlight the role of student engagement in keeping students in school. The webinar will include time for participants to interact with Check & Connect staff to ask questions about the model and its implementation. These webinars are offered every other month, and are intended for representatives from schools and organizations who want an introduction to the components, elements, and process of the model. Deadline for registration: July 20, 2012.

University of Connecticut University College Preparation, Rights & Responsibilities, Empowerment, Planning (UCPREP)
Summer Program
July 30, 2012 - August 4, 2012
Storrs, CT
The University of Connecticut’s University College Preparation, Rights & Responsibilities, Empowerment, Planning (UCPREP) is a six day transition-focused summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities which gives participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the college setting. Participants in UCPREP will: acquire a broader knowledge of college life, expectations and responsibilities; gain a better understanding of their academic and personal strengths and needs; understand rights and responsibilities as a student with a disability; learn the skills to become an effective self-advocate; and create an individualized college transition plan that will assist with planning, preparation and adjustment.

Working Draft of Suggested Legislation for Personalized and Digital Learning and the Opening of a Public Comment Period
Web-based Event
July 30, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education will host “Working Draft of Suggested Legislation for Personalized and Digital Learning and the Opening of a Public Comment Period,” to discuss and seek feedback on a working draft of suggested legislation for personalized and digital learning that is currently being developed by the Alliance. Over the past several years, the Alliance has been developing digital learning policy that supports the effective use of technology as a way to drive higher student achievement. More states are taking policy actions to implement innovative types of student-centered learning and seeking guidance in the legislative drafting process. This working draft of suggested legislation is meant to assist states as they plan for the future, develop timelines for implementation, and create safeguards and transparency guidelines. The Alliance will seek feedback and comments from policymakers and the public.

The Role of Teaching in a Learner-Centered, Digitally-Empowered Environment
Web-based Event
July 26, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education will host “The Role of Teaching in a Learner-Centered, Digitally-Empowered Environment” on July 26, 2012. As schools work to meet today’s learning demands, it is important to shift to a learner-centered instructional model driven by high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology that provides a more personalized, rigorous, and collaborative learning environment for each student. Teachers must be empowered to take on new professional roles through job-embedded professional learning opportunities, including enhanced teacher training, collaboration and mentoring opportunities, and other supports. The presentation will build on the Alliance’s recently released report, “Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning,” to focus on what this learner-centered environment looks like and how teachers can be supported in these roles.

The iPad as a Personal Learning Device
Web-based Event
July 26, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Think College! will present a webinar on “The iPad as a Personal Learning Device,” to introduce all iPad users to the applications, settings, features, functions, and apps that make the iPad a state-of-the-art personal learning device. It will cover taking notes, making audio recordings, addong email accounts, activating speech to text, and other functions, as well as available apps for productivity, social networking, storage, reading, and personalized newspapers.

Improving Children’s Mental Health Care in an Era of Change, Challenge, and Innovation
Training Institute
July 25, 2012 - July 29, 2012
Orlando, FL
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is offering Training Institutes on improving mental health services for children and adolescents with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families. The biennial Training Institutes are organized in partnership with the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the federal Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2012 Training Institutes will focus on innovative approaches, and how lessons learned from systems of care can guide efforts to improve children’s mental health service delivery.

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