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How to Use the Early Warning System Middle Grades and High School Tools to Keep Students on Track for Graduation
Web-based Event
December 7, 2011
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The National High School Center’s new Early Warning System Middle Grades (EWS MG) Tool and enhanced Early Warning System High School (EWS HS) Tool are Microsoft Excel-based tools that use data such as attendance, course failures, grade point average, credit accumulation, and behavior to identify middle grade and high school students who show early warning signs that they are at risk for dropping out of high school. The Center is sponsoring webinars on the use of these tools. In “How to Use the Early Warning System Middle Grades and High School Tools to Keep Students on Track for Graduation,” National High School Center staff will provide an in-depth demonstration of the EWS MG and EWS HS tools, highlight key features of the tools, and take questions. Deadline for registration is December 5, 2011.

Hybrid Learning Pushes Personalization Forward
Web-based Event
December 7, 2011 - December 8, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
Hosted by edweek.org, this webinar on Hybrid Learning Schools will discuss how to use technology, especially blended learning, to personalize education and raise student achievement. Schools are moving beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to education toward greater efforts to differentiate learning for each student, and many educators are using technology to help personalize learning, blending face-to-face instruction with electronic resources, from online courses complete with online teachers to digital curricula that enhance or reinforce classroom learning. These approaches must be carefully planned to maximize the benefits of digital content and online courses.

The Impact of Higher Achievement’s Year-Round Out-of-School Time Program on Academic Outcomes
Web-based Event
December 6, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
Higher Achievement, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, is an out-of-school-time program as a way of providing academic supports to help close the achievement gap, especially for students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds as they transition from elementary to middle grades. It provides youth with a rigorous afterschool and summer academic experience, targets the critical transition to middle school, serves students throughout the middle school years, and helps them apply to competitive high schools. Students in the after-school program engage in sessions that include homework help, arts or recreation electives, small-group academic instruction using a structured curriculum, and participate in monthly field trips, career-shadowing days, community service projects, and college visits. The webinar will discuss the findings of a study of this program and address implications for policy and practice.

Lunch with an Expert: Autism and Challenges of the Holiday Season
Web-based Event
December 6, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Special Learning Webinar Series will present “Autism and Challenges of the Holiday Season.” Holiday fun and excitement can be challenging, what with rushing, shopping, cleaning, traveling, etc., and especially so for families with children with Autism. Jennifer LaLuzerne, a Clinic Director at Step by Step Academy, Inc., will discuss coping with these challenges.

Rethinking Education Governance for the 12st Century
Conference
December 1, 2011
Washington, DC
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Center for American Progress will present a one-day conference, “Rethinking Education Governance for the 12st Century,” to ask how our mostly 19th-century system of K-12 governance might be modernized and made more receptive to the changes that have occurred – and need to occur – in education. The speakers will probe the structural impediments to school reform and offer provocative alternatives. School reforms abound today, yet even the boldest and most imaginative have produced only marginal gains in student achievement.

No Excuses: Creating Opportunities in Challenging Times (TASH National Conference)
Conference
November 30, 2011 - December 3, 2011
Atlanta, GA
The 2011 TASH National Conference, “No Excuses: Creating Opportunities in Challenging Times,” will bring together professionals and advocates in the disability community to learn, share and grow, with workshops, sessions, presentations, and discussions on recent research and best practices.

What Do You Want To Take Stock Of?: Exploring the Gallup Student Poll
Web-based Event
November 29, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Forum for Youth Investment will present a webinar in its Ready by 21 series on the Gallup Student Poll’s findings. To make good decisions for youth outcomes, leaders need data from the settings and systems where young people spend their time; information about youths’ physical and mental health, afterschool activities, employment and family structure; and information about the extent and performance of existing services and supports. The Gallup Student Poll, with a highlight on their recent findings from the Northern Kentucky region, provides data that communities have found useful, and this webinar will explore what is most important for individual communities.

Increasing Student Voice, Ownership, and Leadership
Web-based Event
November 15, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Central)
The National Youth Leadership Council, with the Generator School Network, will present a webinar on creating a system of support for authentic youth voice as a challenging yet essential element in getting young people to lead and take ownership of their learning. The session will explore current perceptions of and opportunities for shared decision-making with youth, and techniques and resources to strengthen youth voice in learning.

Service Learning and Education for Sustainability
Web-based Event
November 10, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Central)
The National Youth Leadership Council, with the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, will present a webinar on how to apply the lens of sustainability to service-learning projects and programs and will feature a middle school case study.

Public Education Network’s National Conference
Conference
November 6, 2011 - November 8, 2011
Washington, DC
Public Education Network’s National Conference will take place November 6-8, 2011, in Washington, DC. The conference theme is “New American Revolution: College and Career Readiness for All.” The opening plenary session will feature Vicki Phillips, director of Education, College Ready, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as other notable session speakers.

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