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Schools on the Right Track: Mathson Middle School
Web-based Event
June 7, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Participants in this interactive event offered by WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will learn about a California middle school which made a 164 point gain on California’s Academic Performance Index over the last three years and moved from a statewide decile ranking of 1 to 5. A teacher from the school will discuss the school’s extensive staff collaboration around data and changes to their instructional program that have turned around achievement. Participation in this event is free, but registration is required.

Organizational Transformation to Expand Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned
Web-based Event
June 6, 2006
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
Shifting resources and emphasis from facility-based and non-work services to integrated employment is a complex process that requires changes in values, strategies, policy, and personnel. This Webcast will highlight lessons learned about implementing an organizational transformation from the 15 organizations participating in the T-TAP project, including developing leadership support, communicating goals and expectations, transforming staff roles and responsibilities, allocating resources, and implementing change one person at a time. Sponsored by T-TAP and Worksupport.com. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Bridging Cultures
Web-based Event
May 17, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Participants in this free interactive event offered by WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will learn about the differences between more collaborative and individualistic cultures, and how some of those differences can surface in school settings. Noelle Caskey, Senior Research Associate at WestEd, will lead participants in an exploration of alternative ways of understanding the values and behavior of children and families from non-mainstream cultures that are collaboratively oriented. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Negotiating Assistive Technology Supports and Services
Web-based Event
April 26, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
This Advocate Academy Webinar, presented by Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will provide training and professional development to prepare and support individuals who work with families and organizations on behalf of children with disabilities. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Successful Strategies for Middle and High School Inclusion
Web-based Event
April 20, 2006
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
This interactive presentation from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will focus on practical classroom applications to support students with mild to moderate disabilities in the general education setting. Lisa Dieker, Associate Professor in the Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences at the University of Central Florida, will discuss co-teaching between general education and special education; building collaborative school and classroom environments; and adapting the environment, curriculum, and instruction using techniques proven to help all students. Free registration is required.

Providing Employment Supports for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
Web-based Event
April 11, 2006
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health endorses evidence-based supported employment as a way to assist people with serious mental illness lead productive work lives. This Webcast from Worksupport.com will focus on individualized job supports and ways to develop the employer relationship. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

National ADA Symposium and Expo
Conference
April 10, 2006 - April 12, 2006
St. Louis, MO
The National ADA Symposium a comprehensive conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability laws. The event offers a wide range of sessions and training by nationally recognized presenters from the agencies involved with the ADA, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the U.S. Access Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Education. Sponsored by the Network of ADA and IT Centers.

Standards-Based Instruction: Could it Happen in Special Education?
Web-based Event
April 6, 2006
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
How can we close the achievement gaps that seem to be persistent or widening for special education students? Research-based systematic standards-focused instruction has tremendously improved outcomes for general education students, but how can it facilitate closing the achievement gap between general and special education students? In this interactive presentation from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, learn how special educators can implement standards-focused instruction and how appropriately written Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) can support the attainment of grade-level standard skills. Free registration is required.

The Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference 2006
Conference
March 13, 2006 - March 15, 2006
Denver, CO
The goal of this conference is to disseminate science-based information on effective youth violence, delinquency, and drug prevention programs. This conference will 1) help the prevention field adopt evidence-based programs and 2) provide support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities. Sponsored by the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Inside High School Reform: Making the Changes that Matter
Webcast
March 8, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Mountain)
Inside High School Reform: Making the Changes That Matter, a new book from WestEd, looks at the reform efforts of 28 California high schools where educators collaborated to fundamentally change expectations for students—specifically, to prepare all students for postsecondary education. Staff strengthened their delivery of services so that all students, especially those traditionally denied access to college, would have more options for college and life. In this free presentation, the book's author, Jordan Horowitz, will present applicable findings for teachers, administrators, and policymakers. Participants may participate via Web using a phone line or via phone with the presentation slides downloaded prior to the event.

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