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18th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference
Conference
October 22, 2006 - October 25, 2006
San Antonio, TX
The 18th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community, and family, especially those in at-risk situations. Topics to be covered include high school improvement strategies, transition programs, truancy prevention and reduction strategies, instructional strategies for students with disabilities, service-learning, and alternative schools.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week
Observance
October 22, 2006 - October 28, 2006
No Location Specified
Sponsored by the PACER Center and cosponsored by the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, the National Education Association, and the National PTA, National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week is October 22-28, 2006. See the official Week Web site for ideas for how you can participate in this nationwide observance.

24th Annual Closing The Gap Conference: Assistive Technology Resources for Children and Adults with Special Needs
Conference
October 19, 2006 - October 21, 2006
Minneapolis, MN
People with disabilities, special educators, rehabilitation professionals, administrators, service/care providers, personnel managers, government officials, and hardware/software developers are encouraged to attend this conference, which will focus on technology as it pertains to all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation, and independent living. Presented by Closing The Gap.

Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood: Rethinking the Safety Net for Vulnerable Young Adults
Conference
October 18, 2006 - October 19, 2006
Chicago, IL
This conference of the Chapin Hall Center for Children will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to offer a comprehensive picture of early adulthood for youth without family support or for those whose physical, mental, or behavioral problems create special barriers to independence. It will draw on the framework and ideas contained in the recent book, “On Your Own without a Net” (Osgood, Foster, Flanagan, & Ruth, Eds.). Supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The Arc’s 55th National Convention: Ride the Wave
Conference
October 12, 2006 - October 14, 2006
San Diego, CA
This year’s Arc of the U.S. convention will allow volunteers, professionals, self-advocates, and families to select a specific content track most suited to their needs and interests. Tracks will include Family, Leadership, and Advocacy.

Alliance for Excellent Education’s 3rd Annual High School Policy Conference: Taking the Next Step—Defining a Shared Federal Agenda for High School Reform
Conference
October 12, 2006 - October 13, 2006
Washington, DC
To move to national high school reform from debate to action, it is important to build consensus on the policies that will support effective reform. Participants in the Alliance for Excellent Education’s conference will discuss what a shared agenda for national high school reform might encompass and consider what policy levers are best suited to turn the agenda into reality.

Using Flexible Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
Web-based Event
October 11, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Making the general curriculum accessible to all students is an important aspect of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. During this free interactive Online Event from Wested’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, Julie Duffield from WestEd and Lisa Wahl, education and assistive technology consultant, will introduce the Technology to Support Diverse Learners Web site to show how some existing technology resources available at most schools—talking text, Web resources, graphic organizers, and word processors—can be used both to help students access the curriculum and to differentiate instruction. The presentation will include examples from schools and districts using such technologies to differentiate instruction.

New Approaches to Improving Policies for Youth at Risk
Teleconference Call
October 4, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
This teleconference for state and local leaders will feature new approaches to improving policies for youth at risk. Howard Davidson, Director of the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, will explain the ABA’s latest initiative for law, policy, and practice reform related to youth at risk, highlighting policy recommendations. Mala Thakur, executive director of the National Youth Employment Coalition, will discuss findings from NYEC’s recent examination of financing of alternative education pathways for struggling students and out-of-school youth. RSVP to janisrichter@msn.com.

U.S. Business Leadership Network National Conference: Inclusion—The Time is Now
Conference
October 4, 2006 - October 6, 2006
Minneapolis, DC
The U.S. Business Leadership Network (BLN)’s 9th annual national conference is being hosted by the Minnesota Business Leadership Network. Attendees will include representatives from BLN chapters across the country, as well as leaders and professionals from corporations, service providers, and the workforce development community. The conference will highlight the exceptional work of BLNs, corporations, and organizations in the area of inclusion, and address real issues that businesses are facing.

Career Fair for Students with Disabilities
Career Fair
October 4, 2006
Minneapolis, MN
The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the Minnesota Business Leadership Network are sponsoring a Career Fair for students with disabilities in conjunction with the USBLN Annual National Conference. Meet with representatives from companies and learn about full-time and part-time job opportunities, internships, job shadowing or informational interview opportunities, mentoring opportunities, and company tours. Pre-registration is required.

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