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Charter Schools and School Choice
Television Broadcast
April 17, 2007
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM   (Eastern)
The April broadcast of “Education News Parents Can Use” will highlight innovative educational options—such as charter schools, free tutoring programs, public school choice, and private school scholarships for students in low-performing schools—and discuss how these alternatives can empower parents to ensure that their children have access to a high-quality education, regardless of their race, income, or zip code. The broadcast will also feature high-performing charter schools and district-wide school choice programs from across the country.

Employment for Individuals with Disabilities with Criminal Records
Web-based Event
April 16, 2007
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
This Worksupport.com Webcast will discuss barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities who have criminal records, and supportive interventions that have worked for job placement, development, and retention for such individuals. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Mobilizing New Mentors . . . Through Faith- and Community-Based Collaborations
Training
April 11, 2007 - April 13, 2007
Nashville, TN
This training will assist and challenge mentoring programs in exploring avenues for finding and recruiting new mentors, particularly through faith- and community-based collaborations. It is hosted by MentorYouth.com, a division of National Network of Youth Ministries; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice; and The Corporation for National and Community Service.

Disability Studies in Education Conference: Disability Studies and Inclusive Education: Implications for Practice?
Conference
April 7, 2007 - April 9, 2007
Chicago, IL
Disability Studies in Education (DSE) is a special interest group of the American Educational Research Association. The annual DSE conference attracts researchers, professors, teachers, and other individuals who actively seek to change traditional theory and practice around disability within the fields of education and rehabilitation services.

Funding Streams for Older Youth Mental Health Services
Teleconference Call
April 4, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
This call will focus on funding streams being used to serve older youth with mental health needs. Chris Koyangi from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health will talk about making the most of Medicaid to serve these youth, and a panel of state leaders will explain how to use Medicaid and other funding streams at the state level. Participation is free but registration is required; please RSVP to Cecilia Garcia at Cecilia_Garcia1@comcast.net.

Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Annual Conference: Rights, Responsibilities, & Social Change
Conference
April 3, 2007 - April 4, 2007
Columbus, OH
This conference, presented by the ADA Coordinator’s Office at The Ohio State University, aims to catalyze positive change and provide a springboard for collaborations with education, business, the public sector, and social service. It will bring a diverse audience together to discuss the full spectrum of disability issues and experiences. Its workshops will provide a forum for individuals and organizations to expand their knowledge and perspectives, and an opportunity to increase community resources through collaboration.

18th Annual National Service Learning Conference
Conference
March 28, 2007 - March 31, 2007
Albuquerque, NM
The National Service Learning Conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners from the service-learning movement: nearly 3,000 participants from all 50 states and 12 countries, including more than 900 youth. More than 200 workshops will be offered, in addition to showcases of service-learning projects and keynote speeches from internationally recognized experts. Those unable to attend can also participate in the conference “virtually.” Presented by the National Youth Leadership Council.

Harnessing the Power of Networks: A Guide to Communities of Practice for State and District Leaders PDF document
Web-based Event
March 28, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
This Access Center Webinar will provide a broad overview of the concept of Communities of Practice (CoPs) and outline strategies for forming and sustaining CoPs at the SEA, LEA, and building levels. Examples illustrating how cross-divisional communities can spark reform and innovation will be provided. The presenter will be Tolani Adeboye, Senior Associate of Special Education at the Council of Chief State School Officers. She is co-leader of the NCLB-IDEA Collaboration CoP in partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Participation is free. Informational flier available in PDF (2 pages, 117 KB).

Meeting the Employment and Parenting Needs of Low-Income Families
Web-based Event
March 27, 2007
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM   (Central)
Although many poor families have been involved with both child welfare and TANF programs, neither system is equipped to fully support families with employment, parenting, housing, education, health, or other special needs. This Chapin Hall Center for Children Web conference will explore efforts to integrate welfare-to-work programs, child welfare programs, and other family supports. Panelists will discuss how TANF and child welfare programs can collaborate to prevent the need for intervention by the child welfare system and better support low-income families. Participation is free but registration is required.

Dropout Recovery: What Cities Can Do to Get Students Back on Track
Teleconference Call
March 22, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
City efforts to stem the dropout crisis will be the focus of this free audio conference sponsored by the Youth, Education, and Families Institute of the National League of Cities. It will feature municipal leaders who are working to reconnect students who have dropped out of high school to education and support services. Participation is free, but registration is required—send name, title and organization, address, phone, fax, and e-mail to iyef@nlc.org by March 20.

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