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Accelerated Learning: Shaping Public Policy to Serve Underrepresented Youth
Forum
June 8, 2006 - June 9, 2006
Atlanta, GA
Attendees at this national policy forum, sponsored by Jobs for the Future and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, will include state policy leaders, school developers, and national policy organizations interested in policies and practices that can promote dual enrollment, AP, IB, and early college high school options as strategies for increasing postsecondary access and success for underrepresented youth.

Schools on the Right Track: Mathson Middle School
Web-based Event
June 7, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Participants in this interactive event offered by WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will learn about a California middle school which made a 164 point gain on California’s Academic Performance Index over the last three years and moved from a statewide decile ranking of 1 to 5. A teacher from the school will discuss the school’s extensive staff collaboration around data and changes to their instructional program that have turned around achievement. Participation in this event is free, but registration is required.

Organizational Transformation to Expand Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned
Web-based Event
June 6, 2006
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
Shifting resources and emphasis from facility-based and non-work services to integrated employment is a complex process that requires changes in values, strategies, policy, and personnel. This Webcast will highlight lessons learned about implementing an organizational transformation from the 15 organizations participating in the T-TAP project, including developing leadership support, communicating goals and expectations, transforming staff roles and responsibilities, allocating resources, and implementing change one person at a time. Sponsored by T-TAP and Worksupport.com. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

18th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute
Institute
June 6, 2006 - June 9, 2006
Burlington, VT
This Training Institute will help LD/disability specialists, 504/ADA administrators, faculty, instructors, tutors, educational and career counselors, and academic skills center personnel meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. Sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut.

U.S. Department of Education Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop
Workshop
June 5, 2006 - June 6, 2006
Denver, CO
The Denver Teacher-to-Teacher workshop will offer sessions for teachers of grades 6-12 in all subject areas. Some of America’s best teachers will share classroom strategies that have been effective in their programs and schools. Attendees may be able to earn professional development credit through their district or state.

National Forum About Employment Issues and Latinos with Disabilities
Conference
May 31, 2006 - June 2, 2006
San Antonio, TX
Each year recruiters, vocational experts, and job seekers from around the country convene at this conference to participate in trainings and exchanges on occupational issues, and to collaborate to increase job opportunities for Latinos with disabilities. Sponsored by Proyecto Visión.

Dropout Prevention and Youth with Disabilities: What the Research Says Really Works!
Web-based Event
May 25, 2006
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
What works in dropout prevention for youth with disabilities? In this National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities Web seminar, Dr. Brian Cobb will describe instructional interventions that help prevent youth with disabilities from dropping out or engaging in activities that correlate highly with dropping out, based on his thorough review of scientifically-based dropout prevention research from the past 20 years. Representatives of state education agencies, school-based leadership teams, general and special education teachers, district and building level leadership, parent leaders, and policymakers are invited to participate. Registration is required; no registration fee for the first 100 registrants.

NCLB Commission Hearing: Holding Schools Accountable for Student Achievement: Comparing Models to Evaluate Our Schools
Hearing
May 22, 2006
Atlanta, GA
The Commission on No Child Left Behind, led by former Secretary Tommy Thompson and former Governor Roy Barnes, will host this hearing to assist in the formulation of policy recommendations to Congress in preparation for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. Different accountability models that are being used to hold schools accountable for student performance will be discussed.

Bridging Cultures
Web-based Event
May 17, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Participants in this free interactive event offered by WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will learn about the differences between more collaborative and individualistic cultures, and how some of those differences can surface in school settings. Noelle Caskey, Senior Research Associate at WestEd, will lead participants in an exploration of alternative ways of understanding the values and behavior of children and families from non-mainstream cultures that are collaboratively oriented. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Funding the Transition to Meaningful Adult Roles
Webcast
May 9, 2006
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
This Webcast will cover the financial planning—including budgeting and funding strategies for the budget—that allows a person with a severe disability to live a full, integrated life in the community. In so doing, the person can continue to be eligible for the benefit streams to which he/she is entitled, while working full time with benefits and living independently. Registration is required and a registration fee applies. Sponsored by T-TAP and Worksupport.com.

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