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The Disproportionate Representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education
Teleconference Call
February 17, 2005
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
During this teleconference, Dr. Elizabeth B. Kozleski of the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) will describe the issues around disproportionality; discuss what NCCRESt is doing to close the achievement gap between students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their peers; communicate how NCCRESt is helping state and local school systems reduce inappropriate referrals to special education; and explain how state and local school systems may access this information. To participate, dial 1-703-639-1159 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 and Secondary Education and Transition Services
Teleconference Call
February 11, 2005
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
On December 3, 2005 President Bush signed H.R. 1350—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)—into law. This teleconference will provide an overview of the changes between IDEA '97 and IDEA 2004 and provide a forum for discussion and an opportunity for questions about the law as it pertains to secondary education and transition services. A summary of the teleconference will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for consideration in the development of the new regulations. Please be prepared to ask questions and offer specific comments that can be forwarded to OSEP. To participate, dial 1-703-639-1379 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.

Using Interagency Transition Teams to Achieve Successful Transition
Teleconference Call
December 1, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
This teleconference will discuss the value of forming and using interagency transition teams at the state, district, and local school level as a means of supporting youth with disabilities to link with and obtain positive post-school outcomes. Dr. Robert Stodden of the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa will discuss steps used to formulate an interagency transition team, typical team membership, characteristics of an effective team, and typical issues addressed by teams. This discussion will include plans for preparing and supporting State Interagency Transition Teams for work at the NCSET-sponsored National Leadership Summit scheduled for June 2005. To participate, dial 1-703-639-1362 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.

Access to the General Education Curriculum: Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2)
Teleconference Call
November 16, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) follows a nationally representative sample of more than 11,000 students who were 13-16 years old and receiving special education services in 7th grade or above in December 2000. This study is following youth until 2010 in an effort to understand their educational, vocational, social, and personal experiences and achievements as they transition from adolescence to early adulthood. Comparisons of NLTS2 data with those from the original NLTS, begun in 1987, will illuminate the ways in which the experiences of youth with disabilities have changed in the past decade or more. Dr. Lynn Newman, co-director of the study, will present findings related to the instruction of secondary school students with disabilities in general education academic classes, including instructional practices, student participation in classroom activities, and accommodations and supports provided. Dr. Newman also will describe changes over time in general education course-taking of secondary school students with disabilities. To participate, dial 1-703-639-1178 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.

"Dare to Dream for Adults"
Teleconference Call
October 28, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
Dr. Kristine Webb, the presenter of this NCSET teleconference, is the co-author of Dare to Dream, a strength-based book designed to encourage young adults and adults with disabilities to make choices and find options that are aligned with their preferences, abilities, and needs. Dare to Dream for Adults is designed to be used either independently by an individual with a disability or with the support of a facilitator (teacher, service provider, family member, friend). Dr. Webb will discuss the components of Dare to Dream (e.g., choosing employment or postsecondary education, building relationships, managing finances) and how it is used to assist young adults and adults with disabilities develop self-determination skills. To participate, dial 703-639-1366 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator. The only cost to you is the long distance fee to the 703 area code. You do not need to RSVP to participate in this call.

Pathways to the Diploma
Teleconference Call
September 16, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
New Mexico defines a pathway as a planned program of study (course, Individualized Education Program [IEP] goals, objectives, and benchmarks) designed to address the needs of individual students. Students receiving special education services are able to earn their high school diploma option by following one of three pathways: Standard, Career Readiness, and Ability Pathways. Successful completion of the selected pathway earns the student a high school diploma and the right to participate equally in all graduation activities. Sue Gronewold, Educational Administrator with the Special Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department, will explain each of these three pathways and their implications for students with disabilities. To participate, call 703-639-1158 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.

Promising Practices in Supporting Student Development of Self-Determination Skills
Teleconference Call
August 19, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
This teleconference will describe large-scale implementation of self-determination in the state of Florida. Youth with disabilities, teachers, administrators, and parents will share (a) strategies for supporting students’ development of self-determination skills, (b) strategies for including parents/families in the self-determination process, (c) information on how self-determination is reconciled with standards-based reform, and (d) information on how self-determination changes the lives of youth with disabilities. To participate in this teleconference, dial 1-703-639-1178 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the “NCSET Teleconference Call” if asked by the operator.

Access to the General Education Curriculum: Research-Based Interventions for High School Students with Disabilities
Teleconference Call
August 17, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
This teleconference will discuss findings of the Institute for Academic Access (IAA), a research institute designed to develop and field-test interventions for high school students with disabilities to ensure their success in the general education curriculum. The presenter, Jean Schumaker of IAA, will briefly review the results of a descriptive study of nine high schools and the educational experience of students with disabilities at those schools. She will also present the philosophy behind and components of an intervention model that is currently being tested in high schools, and research results associated with those components and the model as a whole. To participate in this teleconference, dial 1-703-639-1160 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the “NCSET Teleconference Call” if asked by the operator.

Improving Academic Performance and Access to the General Curriculum for Secondary Youth with Disabilities
Capacity Building Institute
July 13, 2004
Washington, DC
This NCSET Capacity Building Institute (CBI) is being held in conjunction with the OSEP Research and Leadership Project Directors’ Conference. The purpose of this CBI is to provide researchers with an opportunity to engage in reflective dialogue around: 1) research results related to improving academic performance of and access to the general curriculum for youth with disabilities, 2) methodological issues in research related to academic performance of and access to the general curriculum for secondary youth with disabilities, and 3) research-based interventions that improve academic performance and increase access to the general curriculum. Online registration available. Register by June 11, 2004.

Highly Qualified Teachers Under No Child Left Behind
Teleconference Call
June 29, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held on June 29, 2004 to discuss the teacher quality provisions under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and their implications for secondary special education teachers. Improving teacher quality is a critical and immediate national goal. To be deemed highly qualified under NCLB teachers must have a bachelor’s degree, be state certified/licensed, and demonstrate that they know the subject they teach. But what are the specific requirements for “highly qualified” secondary school teachers under NCLB? How does that apply to special education teachers at the middle school and high school levels? Presenters addressed these issues, and staff from South Carolina discussed that state’s approaches and strategies in meeting the highly qualified requirement under NCLB as it relates to secondary special education teachers. The teleconference is co-sponsored by the Center for Improving Teacher Quality.

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