Other National Events Listed in Past Issues
7th Annual Inclusive Schools Week
December 3, 2007 - December 7, 2007
No Location Specified
Inclusive Schools Week celebrates the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to all students, including students with disabilities and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and provides an opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else must be done to ensure that schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children and youth. The theme of this year's observance, “Lessons from the World: Including All Children,” provides an opportunity to focus on both accomplishments and challenges associated with changing attitudes, practices, and policies toward better educational outcomes for students around the world.
Making Standards-based Lessons Understandable for English Learners: The SIOP Model
November 8, 2007
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)
In this interactive online presentation from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, Jana Echevarria, Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach, will present the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model of instruction, which provides a research-based approach for making standards-based lessons understandable for English learners. With an emphasis on engaging learners and providing opportunities for students to use academic English in meaningful ways, SIOP offers a framework for organizing lessons. Participation is free, but registration is required.
Foreign Language and Disability TeleTraining
November 5, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)
Participants in this TeleTraining will learn the tools for creating inclusive foreign language classrooms and overseas study programs. Foreign language professors will share adaptive technologies, teaching methodologies, and theoretical overviews that address the broad spectrum of language learners with and without disabilities. Sponsored by the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Participation is free, but registration is required.
DCDT 2007: Building Castles...Building Dreams...The Magic of Transition!
October 18, 2007 - October 20, 2007
This conference, the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the latest in effective transition practices, policy issues, and research. Strand topics will include: self-determination and student involvement; community partnerships; family partnerships; postsecondary education services; personnel prep/professional development; student diversity and multicultural approaches; program evaluation models and data-based decision-making; aligning transition-focused education, standards, and school reform; legislation and policy; employment-focused education and business strategies; transition approaches for specific disability groups; staff requirements in the new economy; and assessment.
Closing the Gap: Assistive Technology Resources for Children and Adults with Special Needs
October 18, 2007 - October 20, 2007
This conference will cover topics related to technology as it is applied to people of all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation, and independent living. People with disabilities, special educators, rehabilitation professionals, administrators, service/care providers, personnel managers, government officials, and hardware/software developers will share their experiences and insights.
Fourth Annual High School Policy Conference: From No Child Left Behind to Every Child a Graduate
October 4, 2007 - October 5, 2007
This conference, presented by the Alliance for Excellent Education, will include the following sessions: How NCLB Does Not (But Can) Address the Needs of High School Students, College and Work Readiness: Raising Standards and Improving Assessments, Accountability for What Matters: Improving High Schools, Ensuring Systemic Improvement: Turning Around Low-Performing High Schools, Improving Teacher Effectiveness in Low-Performing High Schools, and The High School of the 21st Century: Innovating for Equity and Excellence.
BuildingChoice: Improving Public School Choice Programs
September 26, 2007
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
This interactive presentation from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp Initiative will provide an overview of a free online toolkit, www.buildingchoice.org, which features practices from school choice programs across the country. Pansy Houghton, Supervisor of Choice for Hillsborough County (FL) Public Schools, and Willie Poinsette, Chief Officer for Student, Family and School Support for Portland (OR) Public Schools, will share their promising practices and materials from the site and demonstrate how to use the site’s resources—including promising practice vignettes, sample materials, tools, links, and profiles of featured programs—to help implement or expand your school choice offerings. Participation is free, but registration is required.
Eighth National Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities Conference: Gateway to Employment: Partnerships for Success
July 30, 2007 - August 1, 2007
COSD’s Annual National Conference is the only conference that brings together professionals from higher education and major national employers for the purpose of learning and sharing best practices to help college students with disabilities attain the career of their choice.
Crosswalks National Institute: Infusing Cultural, Linguistic, and Ability Diversity in Preservice Education
July 25, 2007 - July 28, 2007
The Crosswalks National Institute will provide the latest information on field experiences, coursework, and programs that prepare personnel to work with culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse children and their families. Among the topics to be discussed are how to prepare your students to support young English language learners; collaborate with culturally and linguistically diverse family and community partners as part of coursework and practica; use instructional dilemmas to explore issues of culture; and use state and national standards as a framework for increasing the emphasis on diversity.
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July 18, 2007
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
In this interactive event from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, participants will learn how special educators can support and implement standards-focused instruction based on appropriately written standards-based IEPs. Participants will hear about the California Department of Education’s revised Standards-Based IEP Web Module, which provides educators and parents with information and practical applications for standards-aligned IEP goals that support grade-level-standard skills attainment for students with disabilities. Participants will also learn how teachers can make standards-aligned instruction that is linked to standards-based IEP goals common practice. Participation is free, but registration is required.
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