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Technology, Reading, and Learning Diversity Conference
Conference
January 22, 2009 - January 24, 2009
San Francisco, CA
“Opening Doors to Universal Learning” is the theme of the 2009 TRLD conference, sponsored by numerous organizations at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco CA.

Innovative and Inclusive School to Work Programs
Teleconference Call
December 11, 2008
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Mountain)
The Conference Depot-Web based Audio Training (CTAT) is sponsoring this teleconference on “Innovative and Inclusive School to Work Programs,” on effectively integrating community service into transition planning and creating cooperation among the systems involved in supporting our youth.

Research-Based Strategies for Dropout Prevention
Teleconference Call
December 10, 2008
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities will host a telephone seminar on Research-Based Strategies for Dropout Prevention, by Dr. Russell W. Rumberger,Director, California Dropout Research Project, University of California, Santa Barbara. To help schools help youth to stay in and complete high school, practical recommendations and strategies based upon the best research evidence available are necessary. In September 2008, the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance released a practice guide, “Dropout Prevention,” drawing on research studies evaluating dropout prevention programs, practices and strategies that work. Dr. Rumberger, co-author of the practice guide, will present background information about the guide, discuss the six evidence-based recommendations for reducing dropout rates that emerged from the evaluations, and conclude by talking about how a comprehensive, multiple-approach strategy to increase student engagement brings the greatest success in reducing dropout rates. A fee applies.

Formative Assessment Webinar
Web-based Event
December 4, 2008
10:30 PM - 11:30 PM   (Pacific)
The Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center’s webinar on how formative assessment can improve student learning will provide information on the knowledge base for formative assessment, ways to elicit evidence to guide instruction, how to provide effective feedback to students, and how to involve students in the assessment process.

Check & Connect: Implementing with Fidelity
Web-based Event
December 3, 2008
No Location Specified
For the past 18 years, the U of M has researched the effectiveness of Check & Connect: A comprehensive student engagement intervention, and the intervention has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse as the only dropout prevention program to have strong evidence of positive effects for staying in school. In late November 2008, Check & Connect launched a new manual designed to help school districts, after school programs, school professionals, youth workers and others implement Check & Connect in their home sites.

Inclusive Schools Week: “Together We Learn Better: Inclusive Schools Benefit All Children”
Other
December 1, 2008 - December 5, 2008
No Location Specified
Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) at Education Development Center, Inc., which is held each year during the first week in December. Individuals, families, schools, and communities can get involved and support the 2008 Week by visiting the Inclusive Schools Week Web site, participating in ISN webinars, or buying ISN products.

Inclusive Schools Network:
Web-based Event
December 1, 2008 - December 5, 2008
No Location Specified
The Inclusive Schools Network is hosting the 8th Annual Inclusive Schools Week this December 1-5, celebrating the theme, "Together We Learn Better: Inclusive Schools Benefit All Children." Check out the 2008 "Celebration Ideas" Kit! and find free celebration and awareness materials.

National Center for Technology Innovation: 2008 Technology Innovators Conference: Thriving in a Global Marketplace
Conference
November 20, 2008 - November 21, 2008
Washington, DC
The National Center for Technology Innovation invites technology innovators, researchers, practitioners, instructional and assistive technology vendors, philanthropists, policymakers, OSEP projects, and the media to the Technology Innovators Conference. Thriving in a Global Marketplace explores the marketplace of ideas, highlighting the critical role that technology plays in transforming the educational experience for all students.

2008 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference: Thriving in a Global Marketplace
Conference
November 20, 2008 - November 21, 2008
Washington, DC
The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) will host the Technology Innovators Conference in Washington, DC, on emerging technology trends, challenges, and guidance for “Thriving in a Global Marketplace.” Registrants can submit proposals to showcase in the Tech Expo. The deadline for advance registration is November 7. The agenda, registration form, and information on The Madison Hotel are at the Web site.

Introduction to the Ready by 21 Challenge
Web-based Event
November 19, 2008
1:00 AM - 2:00 AM   (Eastern)
Ready by 21, presented by the Forum for Youth Investment, is a challenge to all who care about children and youth to learn a different way to approach the tasks of managing, making or measuring change at any level from the classroom to the capitol, so that they can make decisions that lead to bigger goals, bolder strategies, better partnerships. This webinar will guide participants through the components of the Ready by 21 Challenge: the Big Picture Vision, Strategic Planning and Priority Setting, Big Picture Changemakers, and Ready by 21 Introductory Guides and Materials.

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