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The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Project SEARCH Program—An Innovative Employment Program
Web-based Event
March 20, 2007
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Ten years ago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center partnered with Great Oaks Institute of Technology to create an on-site business-based yearlong transition program for young adults age 19+. The program includes 3-4 internships at the organization, employability curriculum taught on and off the job, and on-site staff, including special education instructors and job coaches. Project SEARCH has since grown to include other business settings and has expanded throughout Ohio and across the country. This Webcast from Worksupport.com will share why the project is so successful and if it could work in your community. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

District and School-Based Professional Development Approaches for Content Area Literacy Improvement
Web-based Event
March 14, 2007
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
During this interactive presentation from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, Diane Waff of the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd and Cathleen Kral, Instructional Leader for Literacy with Boston Public Schools, will describe school and district professional development initiatives that help teachers acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become teachers of other teachers. They will also describe features of effective literacy coaching in a culturally diverse high school and in a large urban school district.

23rd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities
Conference
March 12, 2007 - March 13, 2007
Honolulu, HI
The Pacific Rim Conference is one of the top-rated international educational offerings for persons with disabilities, family members, researchers, service providers, policymakers, and professionals in the various disciplines in the diverse field of disabilities. Pac Rim provides opportunities to learn from one another; share resources and ideas that support quality of life, community inclusion, and self-determination for all persons with disabilities and their families; and help shape our world community.

The Fourth International Conference on Positive Behavior Support: The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, and Vision
Conference
March 8, 2007 - March 10, 2007
Boston, MA
This conference, presented by the Association for Positive Behavior Support, will provide families, professionals, support providers, researchers, and school personnel with innovative positive behavior support (PBS) skills and the latest research findings on a variety of topics related to PBS, including school-wide applications, early intervention, autism, family, and individual supports for adults with disabilities.

Access to Community Living: Promoting Independence and Choice: The 2007 New Freedom Initiative Conference
Conference
March 5, 2007 - March 7, 2007
Baltimore, MD
“Choice and Independence” is a key ingredient of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) vision for a person-centered long-term services and supports system for the future. This conference will focus on the policies, programs, and tools—including opportunities authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2007—available to shape and carry out that vision. Presentations will present CMS’s Roadmap for Reform and provide perspectives from consumers and advocates. Sessions will address components of programs that promote independence and choice. Participants will have opportunities to meet with CMS officials to discuss the roadmap and available options and offer recommendations for reform.

Disability Policy Seminar
Seminar
March 4, 2007 - March 6, 2007
Washington, DC
The 2007 Disability Policy Seminar will bring together state and local executives and affiliates, self-advocates, families, providers, and others for two days of in-depth policy discussions focused on issues affecting people with disabilities and their families. On the final day, participants will visit Capitol Hill to deliver a unified message that the federal government cannot continue dismantling the benefits and services important to the disability community. Co-hosted by The Arc of the U.S., United Cerebral Palsy, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Association of University Centers on Disability, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.

Stand Up for Public Education: The National Conference on Education
Conference
March 1, 2007 - March 4, 2007
New Orleans, LA
Speakers at this conference will include Sandra Day O’Conner, John P. Kotter, Terrence E. Deal, David Berliner, and Chris Gardner, author of The Pursuit of Happyness. Program sessions to be offered fall under the following topics: Instruction, Assessment, and Data Management; Leadership; Policy and Politics; Public Engagement; and Systems Thinking.

Transition from School to Careers for Youth with Disabilities
Web-based Event
February 27, 2007
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
All young adults need to transition to postsecondary or vocational training or graduate with a job. This Webcast from Worksupport.com will explore the value-added roles that providers can play in the transition from school to careers, including information on networking with business, taking an active role with high schools, completing benefits planning, and continuing education. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Mobilizing New Mentors . . . Through Faith- and Community-Based Collaborations
Training
February 26, 2007 - February 28, 2007
Los Angeles, CA
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. MentorYouth.com seeks to enlist, encourage, equip, and empower adults in the church and community to become mentors to youth.

Forum 2007—Vision for a New Economy: Workforce Leadership Matters!
Forum
February 24, 2007 - February 27, 2007
Washington, DC
Workforce investment leaders and business executives are encouraged to attend this forum, sponsored by the National Association of Workforce Boards. The forum will focus in part on the impact that “regionalism” will continue to exert on the new economy and on the workforce development system, and the critical role that workforce leadership will continue to play in this process. The goal of the forum is to create a peer-to-peer learning environment where workforce leaders can openly exchange knowledge, ideas, and solutions on how their communities can turn today’s workforce challenges into long-term opportunities.

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