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Education Reform Idol: The Reformiest State 2011
Web-based Event
August 11, 2011
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM   (Eastern)
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute invites people interested in Education Reform to go to their Web site August 11, 2011, for Education Reform Idol, where leaders from five cutting-edge states will battle for the honor of “Reformiest State 2011.” This Fordham Institute panel will pit Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin against one another to find which is the Reformiest. The winner will be determined by a vote of the in-person and online audience.

Families and Schools Connecting
Web-based Event
August 11, 2011 - September 23, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
The Texas IDRA (Intercultural Development Research Association) Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) is holding a series of bilingual (English/Spanish) monthly webinars on parent engagement in education, covering topics designed for families, parent educators, teachers and administrators, particularly in Title I schools and schools not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). At each session, there also will be information updates on current issues in public education and on early childhood home visitation services. These sessions can be part of meeting professional development and parent involvement requisites. The first webinar was in May, on critical questions to ask in the family engagement process. The upcoming topics are Reconnecting / Reconectando, August 11, 2011; Math, What? / Y Matemática ¿Que?, September 8, 2011; and PTA Comunitario Family Leadership / Liderazgo de familias, September 22, 2011. Each is 1:99-2:00 PM, Central Time.

Narrowing the Achievement Gap by Expanding Time in School: What Educators Need to Consider
Web-based Event
August 10, 2011
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
Expanding the school day or year, using state or federal funding, is one strategy educators are employing to try to narrow the achievement gap. The use of the extra time should be tailored to the needs of individual schools, but there are proven policies and practices schools should adopt to reach their goals. Balancing individualized practices and proven practices is tricky. This webinar will discuss what kinds of model designs schools should choose, what tools are available to help them, and what their expectations should be in implementing an expanded learning time model.

National Urban Service-Learning Institute
Institute
August 6, 2011 - August 7, 2011
St. Paul, MN
The Eighth Annual National Urban Service-Learning Institute, will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota, August 6-7, 2011. The Institute, sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), is designed to deepen educators’ understanding of ways to engage urban students in academically challenging and meaningful learning experiences.

National School Safety Conference
Conference
August 1, 2011 - August 5, 2011
Phoenix, AZ
The School Safety Advocacy Council’s 2011 National School Safety Conference, held in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, and featuring a specialized training by G.R.E.A.T, will be held August 1-5 in Phoenix, AZ. The conference is for law enforcement officers or educators who work in the school environment on best practices in education safety and strategies to keep schools safe.

UCPREP – University College Preparation, Rights & Responsibilities, Empowerment, Planning
Summer Program
July 31, 2011 - August 5, 2011
Storrs, CT
The University of Connecticut will hold a transition-focused summer program, UCPREP - University College Preparation, Rights & Responsibilities, Empowerment, Planning, now open for admission, for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities, giving 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 better understanding of their academic and personal strengths and needs, their rights and responsibilities as a student with a disability, and the skills to become an effective self-advocate; and create an individualized college transition plan that will assist with planning, preparation and adjustment.

How Rural High Schools are Preparing Students for College and Careers through Dual Enrollment and Career and Technical Education
Web-based Event
July 28, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
This webinar will describe how rural schools are preparing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in college and in jobs by creating learning opportunities through dual enrollment and career and technical education. It will highlight the challenges and successes of two small, rural high schools that are improving college and career readiness for all students by collaborating with partners such as community colleges and local businesses, Patton Springs School in Afton, TX, which serves a mobile, low-income population of students in grades K-12 in a rural setting and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009; and Loving High School in Loving, NM, which a largely Latino, low-income rural population and was awarded a bronze medal in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 “Best High Schools” rankings. The webinar will also address how the U.S. Department of Education is supporting the college and career readiness efforts of rural schools.

The Art of Effective Data Sharing
Web-based Event
July 28, 2011
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
The Forum for Youth Investment will present a webinar on sharing state data in order to make better decisions for children and youth. Presenters will discuss how to put the right data safely into the hands of service providers, how policy decision-makers benefit from shared information systems, and strategies for addressing common barriers to state data sharing.

NCLR Annual Conference/National Latino Family Expo
Conference
July 23, 2011 - July 26, 2011
Washington, DC
National Council of La Raza is hosting the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference and the National Latino Family Expo, July 23-26, 2011. The conference brings together individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Hispanic community, to learn about ongoing and emerging issues in the Hispanic community, connect with key community leaders, and generate partnerships with Latino-serving community-based organizations.

Ready by 21 State Policy Survey
Web-based Event
July 21, 2011
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Forum for Youth Investment will present a webinar surveying state policies in its “Ready by 21” series, July 21, 2011, to report on results from the first comprehensive biennial survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies (conducted with assistance from the RAND Corporation). While child and youth coordinating bodies, such as Children's Cabinets, P-20 Councils and Early Childhood Councils, are critical to providing effective youth services, there has been little research about them until now.

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