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Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth
Workshop
May 5, 2011 - May 6, 2011
Seattle, WA
Youth Change Workshops will sponsor “Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth,” in Seattle, WA, May 5-6, 2011, a workshop on solutions to turnaround problems like violence, apathy, truancy, defiance, ADD, school failure, bad attitudes, and poor motivation. A special focus will be on children with challenges and disabilities. The workshop is for teachers, youth workers, counselors, psychologists, court workers, social workers, justice workers, foster parents, and school administrators. There is no registration deadline but early registration is encouraged. Financial Aid is offered, plus $50 college credit and free CEUs are available. The workshop will be repeated in Portland, OR, October 13-14, and is also available on DVD.

11th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability: From Policy to Practice
Conference
May 4, 2011 - May 5, 2011
Columbus, OH
Ohio State University will hold the “Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability: From Policy to Practice Conference,” May 4-5. The annual conference is a catalyst for change and for collaborations with partners in education, business, public and social service. Its workshops provide a forum for individuals and organizations to expand their knowledge and perspectives, and an opportunity to increase community resources through collaboration.

Tech Counts 2011- Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning: K-12 Seeks a Custom Fit
Web-based Event
April 28, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
A growing number of educators around the country are turning to technology and different teaching and learning approaches to give students personalized learning experiences that mirror the customized experiences they take for granted outside of school. To meet students’ individual needs, they are putting in place 1-to-1 computing programs and using online courses and curricula, digital assessments, data tools, and Web-based games for education. The speakers will talk about how to use these tools and approaches to customize education based on students’ strengths and weaknesses.

Understanding Extended Year Graduation Rates: Lessons Learned by States
Web-based Event
April 26, 2011
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
This webinar co-hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum, Gateway to College National Network, and the National Youth Employment Coalition, will focus on how states can effectively calculate and use extended-year graduation rates (5- and 6-year rates) to improve outcomes for all students. In particular, off-track students and out-of-school youth benefit as extended-year graduation rates encourage states to create options to serve these students, both for accountability purposes and to increase opportunities for high school students to earn diplomas.

SchoolsMovingUp: Defining Principal Effectiveness, Lessons from the Field on the Principal Role in Student Achievement and Teacher Quality
Web-based Event
April 26, 2011
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
In this webinar, Ben Fenton, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for New Leaders for New Schools, will present a framework for principal effectiveness and expectations for principal practice based on field research in high-poverty public schools. (Questions about this topic, to help inform the presentation, can be sent in advance to eventquestion@wested.org.)

CEC 2011 Convention and Expo
Conference
April 25, 2011 - April 28, 2011
National Harbor, MD
Sponsored by the Council for Exceptional children (CEC), the conference is dedicated to special and gifted education and intended for special educators and early interventionists, general educators working closely with special educators, administrators and supervisors, teacher educators, researchers, related service professionals, psychologists and diagnosticians, curriculum specialists and facilitators, university students, parents, paraprofessionals, and others with an interest in special, early, and gifted education. More than 800 sessions will examine developments in evidence-based practices, and innovative technologies, products, and services; and offer opportunities to network with other professionals.

Pac Rim: Humanity: Advancing Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity
Conference
April 18, 2011 - April 19, 2011
Honolulu, HI
The theme of 2011 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, sponsored by the University of Hawaii and others, in Honolulu, Hawaii, will be “Humanity: Advancing Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity.”

Customized Employment Strategies for Students Who Are Deaf-Blind
Web-based Event
April 13, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM   (Pacific)
This webinar will highlight findings and strategies resulting from the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness’ (NCDB’s) Transition Focus Group as they relate to customized employment for young adults with deaf-blindness, and look at customized employment activities conducted by several state deaf-blind projects.

Building Early Warning Systems to Identify Students with Disabilities At Risk for Dropping Out of High School and Monitoring Their Response to Intervention
Web-based Event
April 12, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
To address the high school dropout problem, states, districts, and schools are increasingly interested in using early warning systems to identify middle and high school students who are at risk for dropping out of school. Early warning systems use readily available student data to identify students who exhibit signs, such as poor attendance or course failures, that they are at risk for dropping out. This webinar will discuss key elements of an early warning system, highlight recent related research, and demonstrate the National High School Center’s recently released Early Warning System Tool v2.0 embedded within a seven-step implementation process.

Addressing Diverse Student Learning Needs
Web-based Event
April 7, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
This webinar from Education Week will discuss the 2010 MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, released this month, and explore how schools and individual teachers can better accommodate diverse learning needs. The Survey found that 60% of K-12 educators say strengthening resources and programs to help students with diverse learning needs become college- and career-ready should be a top priority in education; and that math teachers, in particular, struggle with differentiating instruction to reach all learners. Because of demographic changes and evolving school instructional policies, many teachers today face an increasingly wide range of student learning differences, whether academic, behavioral, physical, or cultural, in their classrooms.

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