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Two Worlds – One Planet: Understanding the World of Asperger’s Syndrome
Conference
July 21, 2008 - July 23, 2008
Phoenix, AZ
This conference is for people representing, working or living with, or interested in children with Asperger's Syndrome. It is sponsored by the Gateway Academy and AZ State University. Topics will include media influence, transition, Asperger’s strengths and possibilities, self regulation, social and pragmatic deficits, co-morbid disorders, education and environmental needs, and strategies for home, school, and community.

2008 NCIL Annual Conference “Time for Change: Use Your Power!”
Conference
July 21, 2008 - July 24, 2008
Washington, DC
The National Council for Independent Living’s 2008 Conference, “Time for Change: Use Your Power!” will be a call to action for Independent Living (IL) advocates and people with disabilities everywhere. This event is an opportunity for the IL community to organize grassroots and national plans of action and call on Washington to restore IL civil and human rights.

The Mid-America Super Conference on Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome 2008 and Webcast
On-line Conference
July 17, 2008 - July 18, 2008
Dixon, IL
Sponsored by Future Horizons and EP LiveOnLine, the conference talks include “The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome” with Dr. Tony Attwood, “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s” with Dr. Temple Grandin, “Effective Behavior Strategies” with Maria Wheeler, and “Inclusion: Making it Work in Today’s Schools” with Sheila Wagner.

2008 Georgetown Training Institutes: Developing Local Systems of Care for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Needs and Their Families: New Directions to Improve Care
Institute
July 16, 2008 - July 20, 2008
Washington, DC
This institute will offer in-depth, practical information on how to develop and operate systems of care and how to provide high-quality, effective, clinical interventions and supports within them, with special focus on three “new directions” to strengthen systems of care and improve outcomes, each comprising a distinct track: Implementing a Public Health Approach, Partnering With Schools, and Partnering With Child Welfare.

2008 School of the 21st Century National Conference
Conference
July 14, 2008 - July 16, 2008
New Haven, CT
Sponsored by The School of the 21st Century (21C), this conference focuses on Changing Roles of Schools: Schools of the 21st Century. Participants will have an opportunity to network with others committed to making schools responsive to the needs of children and families and choose from almost 40 sessions that tie research to everyday practice and provide tools to enhance every aspect of program development, administration, and evaluation. Experts and practitioners will present updates in the policy arena as well as provide tools to help parents become involved and engaged in their children’s education.

Talent Development High Schools National Conference
Conference
July 9, 2008 - July 12, 2008
Baltimore, MD
July 9-12, 2008 , MD (Conference) Johns Hopkins University is sponsoring this conference at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center, providing the opportunity to learn more about one of the leading high school reform models. Robert Balfanz, researcher, advocate and co-author of Locating the Dropout Crisis, will talk about eliminating “dropout factories” and keeping all students on the path to graduation.

IES Research Training Institute: Cluster-Randomized Trials
Institute
July 6, 2008 - July 18, 2008
Evanston, IL
The National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, announces its second Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials to increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions.

Fifth Annual Urban Service-Learning Institute
Institute
June 26, 2008 - June 27, 2008
Saint Paul, MN
The Urban Service-Learning Institute, sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council, focuses on applying the principles of service-learning to help students achieve excellence in urban settings. This event is an opportunity to connect with other professionals working in urban settings and help shape this developing area of service-learning. Participants will discuss service-learning outreach and application techniques and answer the following questions: How can the principles of service-learning be applied in urban environments? What are the issues and opportunities that educators and students face in urban areas? How does service-learning fit in the current education reform movement? Registration deadline: June 13,2008.

Diplomas Count 2008: School to College: Can State P-16 Councils Ease the Transition?
Webinar
June 24, 2008
No Location Specified
This year’s installment of Education Week's annual report, produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explores the rapid growth of state-level P-16 councils. By bringing together key representatives from all levels of education, state government, business, and the community, the councils seek to better align educational institutions. High on the agenda for many of these panels are efforts to create a more seamless schooling continuum that prepares high school students for life, work, and further education. Also discussed will be the updated analysis of graduation rates for the United States, the states, Congressional districts, and the nation’s 50 largest school systems. This event is free but registration is required.

2008 Transition Summer Institute: Transition Assessment: What's It All About? How Do We Make it Happen?
Institute
June 23, 2008 - June 28, 2008
Lawrence, KS
The University of Kansas, Department of Special Education & the Transition Coalition present the 2008 Transition Summer Institute: Transition Assessment June 23-27, 2008 Lawrence KS, with Dr. Mary E. Morningstar, on Transition Planning Inventory, Life Skills Assessments, Self-Determination Assessments, Vocational Assessments, Building Statewide and Local Transition Toolkits, Student Involvement in Transition Assessment and Planning, Federal Perspectives on the Summary of Performance, State Policies and Perspectives on Assessments and SOPs, Overview of IDEA 2004 and Effective Practices in Transition Planning and Services, and Understanding Formal and Informal Assessments The week-long conference is geared toward professionals and family members involved with secondary transition programs and services for students with disabilities.

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