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"Big Levers" for Creating the Best Schools We've Ever Had
Teleconference
February 9, 2005
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM   (Central)
Sponsored by SchoolsMoving Up, a WestEd initiative helping schools and districts address the challenges of raising student achievement in low-performing schools, and Partnerships in Education Achievement K-3, a project providing professional development opportunities to administrators. This teleconference features Mike Schmoker, who will present “big levers” for school change. He will describe options available to promote improvement by starting with the simple, proven structures, elements, and concrete actions that are most apt to impact teaching and achievement powerfully and immediately for students. Registration is free but required.

Preventing Early Reading Failure
Web-Based Event
February 8, 2005
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   (Central)
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has created LDTalk.org, an online forum featuring discussions on issues important to people with learning disabilities. This discussion will focus on preventing early reading failure. Dr. Joseph Torgesen, professor at Florida State University and director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, will respond to questions about what we know about the kind of instruction that weak readers need in the early years of school, what we know about the effectiveness of interventions that make use of this knowledge, and how parents can recognize the signs that their young children need extra support in learning to read. Questions for this chat session are currently being accepted.

The Importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit for People with Disabilities and Their Families
Web-based Event
November 19, 2004
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
Co-Sponsored by the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa and the NCB Development Corporation/National Disability Institute, this Web cast will educate people who work with individuals with disabilities about the underutilized Earned Income Tax Credit which provides tax relief to low-income people with disabilities. Registration (free) required.

English Language Learners Struggling to Learn: Emergent Research on Linguistic Differences and Learning Disabilities
Conference
November 18, 2004 - November 19, 2004
Scottsdale, AZ
Co-sponsored by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems, Arizona State University, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Association for Bilingual Education, this conference will present original, emergent scholarship on the differences between second language acquisition and learning disabilities. The impetus for the event: the unprecedented growth of the English Language Learner (ELL) population, the emergence of empirical evidence about inappropriate referrals of ELLs to special education, the challenges associated with distinguishing between the characteristics of "normal" second language acquisition and learning disabilities, and the lack of research on such issues.

Ensuring Access to High Quality Health and Dental Care: NASDDDS Annual Meeting
Conference
November 17, 2004 - November 19, 2004
Alexandria, VA
The meeting, sponsored by The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS), will offer an opportunity to learn more about effective, system-wide approaches to building a sound statewide infrastructure to help persons with developmental disabilities gain access to high quality health prevention, wellness, and treatment services; improving access to high-quality dental services; and using state-of-the art methods to assess health risks, develop effect risk management strategies, and measure the effectiveness of health interventions for person with developmental disabilities.

Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education
Conference
November 9, 2004 - November 12, 2004
Boulder, CO
The 7th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference, sponsored by Disability Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder, focuses on the implementation and benefits of assistive technology in the college/university setting for students with sensory, physical, and learning disabilities. Other topics include legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources -- including Web pages and library resources -- accessible.

Legal Issues in Autism -- School Districts and Parents: Perspectives from Both Sides
Seminar
October 24, 2004
New Brunswick, NJ
Nationally-known Autism attorney Gary Mayerson (parent of an autistic child) will meet with prominent school board attorney Viola S. Lordi in this seminar for parents, caregivers, school officials, teachers, professionals, advocates, IEP team members, CST members, attorneys, and organizations. Mr. Mayerson has testified before Congress on IDEA and is the author of "How to Try an Autism Case," published in the June 2003 issue of New Jersey Lawyer's Magazine. Attorney Viola S. Lordi represents school boards and provides legal counsel on higher education law. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the IDEA Compliance Insider and the Board of Advisors for the IEP Trainer. Event sponsored by Autism Resources.

Fading Job Place Supports
Web-based Event
October 18, 2004
No Location Specified
One of the major elements of the success of employment services is creating effective partnerships and lasting relationships in the workplace that meet the needs of both the employee and the business. In this Web cast, participants will learn strategies for fading supports, how to identify and cultivate workplace supports, and how effective communication and planning are essential elements of a solid support plan. Presenter Dr. Teresa Grossi has extensive background in education and employment for individuals with disabilities. She currently conducts research, consultation, and training and technical assistance on supported employment and community supports for persons with severe disabilities.

Disproportionality is NOT a Special Education Issue: Linking General Ed and Special Ed to Close the Achievement Gap
Teleconference Call
October 15, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems presents this teleseminar on disproportionality. It will cover: 1) bringing general and special education together to address issues of achievement and disproportionality, and 2) Kentucky’s approach to connecting achievement and disproportionality. It will also include time for questions and answers. Presenters will include Alfredo Artiles, Ph.D., and a team from the Kentucky Department of Education. State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, Advocacy Groups, Parent Organizations, Higher Education Groups, Professional Organizations, and anyone else concerned about the issue of disproportionality should participate.

Enhancing the Quality of Life for People with Cognitive Disabilities through Technology
Conference
October 4, 2004 - October 5, 2004
Denver, CO
The fifth annual meeting of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities features keynote speaker Vinton Cerf, Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy, MCI; National Medal of Technology recipient; and co-designer of the protocols and architecture of the Internet; and Mary Woolley, President of Research! America and the country’s premier advocate for federal funding for medical and health-related research.

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