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BuildingChoice: Improving Public School Choice Programs
Web-based Event
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.

Leadership in the Midst of Diversity
Teleconference Call
September 20, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
Mental health service organizations, system of care communities, family and youth organizations, and other child-serving organizations must address 1) differing perceptions of “mental health”, expectations of a “helping relationship”, language skills and preferences, and interactions between cultural identity and mental health status; and 2) the implications of the need to develop and support a multicultural/multilingual workforce. This teleconference call will provide guidance on such issues based on the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and the National Center for Cultural Competence curriculum “Leadership to Promote Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.” Participation is free, but registration is required.

2007 National Dropout Prevention Conference
Conference
September 14, 2007 - September 16, 2007
Phoenix, AZ
Teachers of grades 6-12, administrators, counselors, curriculum specialists, state education leaders, college/university educators, business/industry leaders, guidance staff, job center staff, Tech Prep leaders, school board members, advisors, and career development facilitators and instructors are encouraged to attend this conference presented by the Arizona Department of Education. Effective strategies and best practices to combat the dropout problem will be presented.

Leadership and Change with Family Leaders
Teleconference Call
August 9, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
NOTE: This teleconference call was rescheduled from May 17, 2007 to August 9, 2007.
Family leaders are assuming larger roles in helping states reform their service delivery systems. During this teleconference, offered by the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, family leaders will describe their roles in helping states and communities design and implement system change towards the goals of family-driven and youth-guided services. They will explain the difference between leadership and advocacy, describe the skills used for each, and explain how each skill set can be used most effectively to promote systems reform. Participation is free, but registration is required.

America’s Promise Alliance Regional Forum
Forum
July 31, 2007 - August 1, 2007
Nashville, TN
America’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth is hosting this forum to strengthen cross-sector collaboration on behalf of youth. It will share best practices by business, government, policymakers, educators, and youth and civic leaders; show community leaders how to implement successful strategies; encourage greater collaboration within communities; and allow participants to network with other leaders from all sectors who work to help youth thrive. Representatives from government, business, education, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations are encourage to attend, as are youth themselves.

2007 Collaborative Conference on Autism with Low Incidence Disabilities
Conference
July 30, 2007 - August 1, 2007
Columbus, OH
This conference will address the complex needs of learners with autism and sensory impairments. Sessions will provide an overview of co-occurring disabilities, definitions, and characteristics as well as assessments and evaluation processes and evidence-based practices. In addition, a team-based comprehensive planning process to support students across settings will be presented.

Eighth National Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities Conference: Gateway to Employment: Partnerships for Success
Conference
July 30, 2007 - August 1, 2007
Minneapolis, MN
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
Institute
July 25, 2007 - July 28, 2007
Asheville, NC
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.

NCES Summer Forum and Data Conference: STATS-DC 2007
Conference
July 25, 2007 - July 27, 2007
Washington, DC
The National Center for Education Statistics Data Conference is an opportunity for networking, updates on federal and national activities affecting data collection and reporting, and information about the best new approaches in collecting, reporting, and using education statistics. It will provide information about changes in how the U.S. Department of Education collects and uses data, and developments in electronic data standards for schools, school districts, and states. There will be training sessions for CCD Fiscal and Nonfiscal Data Coordinators, presentations on NCES’s survey and assessment programs, and overviews of developing statewide longitudinal data systems. Registration deadline: July 6, 2007.

Standards-Based Instruction: Is It Possible for Students with Disabilities?
Web-based Event
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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