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Postsecondary Disability Training Institute
Training Institute
June 12, 2007 - June 15, 2007
Saratoga Springs, NY
This Training Institute will help concerned professionals meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. Participants can select from a variety of sessions taught by experts in the field. LD/Disability Specialists, 504/ADA Administrators, administrators, faculty members/instructors/tutors, educational and career counselors, and academic skills center personnel are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut.

Using the Schools and Staffing Survey and Teacher Follow-up Survey for Research and Policy Discussion
Seminar
June 6, 2007 - June 8, 2007
Washington, DC
The National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 2.5-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS) for research and policy discussion. This seminar is open to institutional researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from state and local education agencies and professional associations as well as advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide.

On Their Own: Creating an Independent Future for Your Adult Child with Learning Disabilities
Web-based Event
June 5, 2007
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
In this National Center for Learning Disabilities LD Talk online chat, Anne Ford will provide insight about the frustration, confusion, and heartache experienced by many families as their children with LD strive to become increasingly self-sufficient and independent. Ms. Ford will address questions about social skills and dating, sibling relationships, job hunting and interactions with employers and co-workers, finding colleges and training programs, and more. You can now submit questions for Ms. Ford to address during the chat.

Building on Family Strengths Conference: Effective Services for ALL: Strategies to Promote Mental Health and Thriving for Underserved Children and Families
Conference
May 31, 2007 - June 2, 2007
Portland, OR
The 2007 Building on Family Strengths Conference will provide state of the science and best practice information addressing the question, “How can we best provide effective, culturally appropriate services and reduce access and quality disparities for underserved and/or poorly served children and youth with emotional and mental health challenges and their families?” It will also address programs and practices to increase family and youth participation and empowerment; family-centered, youth-guided, and culturally competent services; and building the capacity of communities to support children and families. Presented by the Research & Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health.

Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops
Workshops
May 31, 2007 - August 10, 2007
No Location Specified
The U.S. Department of Education has announced its 2007 Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops. In these free workshops held across the country, teachers will learn best practices from fellow educators who have had success in raising student achievement. Registration is required; registration opens April 8.
May 31-June 1, 2007: Houston, TX
June 5-6: Albuquerque, NM
June 7-8: El Paso, TX
June 12-13: Homestead, FL
June 19-20: Estes Park, CO
June 21-22: Phoenix, AZ
June 25-26: Santa Clara, CA
June 27-28: Orange County, CA
July 9-10: Redmond, WA
July 9-10: Mountain View, CA
July 12-13: Schaumburg, IL
July 12-13: Austin, TX
July 19-20: Louisville, KY
July 23-24: Miami, FL
July 25-26: Waltham, MA
July 26-27: San Diego, CA
July 30-31: Porter, IN
July 31-August 1: Warren, MI
August 2-3: Reno, NV
August 2-3: Herndon, VA
August 6-7: Lowell, MA
August 6-7: Palatine, IL
August 9-10: Anchorage, AK

New Tools to Make Benchmark Analysis Free and Painless
Web-based Event
May 23, 2007
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
This Web-based event from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp Initiative will: 1) review research on using benchmark assessments to improve student achievement, 2) demonstrate free online sites that provide sample benchmark exams aligned to standards in California and other states, 3) demonstrate a free Excel template downloadable that facilitates a standards-based analysis of data from the benchmark exams, and 4) discuss how teachers might use this data to personalize instruction to improve students’ mastery of state standards. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Organizational Change—Examples of Successful Case Studies
Web-based Event
May 22, 2007
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
This Worksupport.com Webcast will describe how SEEC of Silver Spring, MD (http://www.seeconline.org/flash_splash.html) transitioned to providing customized employment, including the discovery process that resulted in employment outcomes for individuals with significant developmental disabilities. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Leadership and Change with Family Leaders
Teleconference Call
May 17, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
Family leaders are assuming larger and larger roles in helping states reform their service delivery systems. During this teleconference, presented 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 changes towards the goals of family-driven and youth-guided services. They will explain the difference between leadership and advocacy, describe the skills that are 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.

Transition to Meaningful Adult Roles: You Can’t Put a Square Peg in a Round Hole
Web-based Event
May 15, 2007
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
This Worksupport.com Webcast will be presented by Marilyn Henn, the mother of a daughter with severe autism who is nonverbal and exhibits behaviors such as kicking, biting, screaming, pica, and self-injury. Despite these obstacles, her daughter has held a full-time job in the community with supports and full benefits for over 12 years. She has her own car and lives in her own “Family Consortium.” This multimedia presentation covers the journey that Marilyn and her daughter have made over the past 30 years. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Using the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 and the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 for Research and Policy Discussion
Seminar
May 14, 2007 - May 16, 2007
Washington, DC
The National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 2.5-day advanced studies seminar on the use of two longitudinal education databases—the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) and the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88)—for research and policy studies. The design of both studies permits examination of education, work, and the socialization of youth in the U.S. and the influences of schools, teachers, community, and family in promoting growth and positive outcomes.

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