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Fidelity of Implementation: Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs
Web-based Event
July 7, 2010
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Fidelity of implementation is vital in any school improvement process. This SchoolsMovingUp interactive webinar will outline the “nuts and bolts” of fidelity implementation by highlighting the IRIS Center's newly developed, free, online professional development instructional module about fidelity. This module discusses the importance of selecting evidence-based practices and programs and examines actions that school personnel can take to increase the likelihood that the practice or program is implemented as it was designed.

The Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate: An Analysis of Students of Color in the Nation's Largest Metropolitan Areas
Web-based Event
July 7, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education, building on its work documenting the benefits of reducing the dropout rate for all students in the nation's largest metropolitan areas, is now able to estimate the economic benefits of reducing the dropout rate among students of color in these metro areas. This live webinar, hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Campaign for High School Equity, will release these new findings and discuss the challenges of improving high school graduation rates among students of color and what doing so could mean for local communities, as well as the students themselves.

Leading the Way to the Future Spina Bifida Association's National Conference
Conference
June 27, 2010 - June 30, 2010
Cincinnati, OH
The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) will hold its 37th National Conference at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio), June 27-30, 2010. Children and adults with Spina Bifida, their families, physicians, nurses, and other clinicians can gain information on the latest medical care and network on various issues which affect their lives and professions. Topics will include new information about urology, orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery treatment, and Spina Bifida partners will discuss the important role advocacy plays in this community’s success.

The National ADA Symposium
Conference
June 20, 2010 - June 23, 2010
Denver, CO
The National Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Symposium is a comprehensive conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The symposium will offer the latest information on new regulations and the ADA Amendments Act from the federal agencies that write the regulations, as well as 48 other sessions on significant issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

1st Global Youth Justice Institute
Training
June 15, 2010 - June 17, 2010
Cape Cod, MA
The 1st Global Youth Justice Institute and Retreat is for adult staff who currently work or have previously worked, full- or part-time, in local youth justice programs in capacities including operational, administrative, or support capacities such as board members and key volunteers. Peer training and sharing will be a primary focus of this 1st Global Youth Justice Institute and Staff retreat. Topics will include funding, grant writing, improving and managing community service and volunteer training, implementing and enhancing state coalitions/networks, program sustainability, obtaining resources associated with the service and volunteer networks, supporting the professional advancement of careers in local youth court and teen court programs, and more.

Diplomas Count 2010: Graduation by the Numbers
Web-based Event
June 15, 2010
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
More than 1.3 million U.S. high school students fail to earn a diploma every year. As education leaders continue to search for solutions, data-driven strategies have emerged as an essential tool for combating the dropout crisis. Christopher B. Swanson (Vice President, Research and Development, Editorial Projects in Education) and Aimee Guidera (Executive Director, Data Quality Campaign) will discuss the state of high school graduation and how leveraging data can help reduce dropout rates and put students onto the path for success in college, career, and life.

“Employment First: Not Just a Slogan,” 21st Annual APSE International
Conference
June 8, 2010 - June 10, 2010
Atlanta, GA
The 21st Annual National APSE Conference will focus on employment of people with disabilities in the community, and share knowledge, expertise, and ideas on the latest and best innovations to make employment for all a reality. Deadline for registration: May 7, 2010.

What Do the Experts Say About Work or Alternatives to Employment: National Conversation About Employment PDF document
Web-based Event
June 7, 2010
No Location Specified
What experts say about work or alternatives to employment will be addressed during the webinar sponsored by RIOT: What is possible for self-advocates? Can they have paid jobs or their own businesses? How can we help self-advocates find and keep a paid job? Do self-advocates lose their Medicaid or Social security benefits if they work? Can self-advocates volunteer in the community to help others? Available in pdf (2 pages, 121 KB).

International VSA Festival
Festival
June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010
Washington, DC
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, will bring together artists, educators, researchers, and policymakers with and without disabilities from around the world for a multicultural celebration of the arts and arts education. The Festival will feature visual, performing, literary, and media artists, with more than 2,000 participants from all corners of the globe. The 2010 International VSA Festival will be the largest arts event featuring artists with disabilities to take place at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to date.

Supporting Adolescent English Language Learners through Response to Intervention
Web-based Event
May 27, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
Latino schooling in the U.S. has long had over-representation in learning disabilities, speech disorders, dropout rates, and low college entrance and completion rates. The problems have moderated over time, but a persistent gap remains for English language learners (ELLs). Over the last few years, the student population at Mid-City High School has changed dramatically. Concerned over students’ lack of progress and high dropout rates among youth with and without disabilities, the staff established a plan for improving instruction for their ELLs. The centerpiece of their plan is a Response to Intervention (RTI) model targeting ELLs’ vocabulary development and reading comprehension. The seminar will discuss challenges faced by the school staff and ways they addressed these challenges.

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