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The New IDEA: Critical Challenges Affecting States, Schools, and Families
Teleconference Call
May 25, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held on May 25, 2004 to discuss the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Congress has been working on the reauthorization of IDEA for two years, and proposes the following major changes: (1) preserving student and parent rights; (2) shifting from a focus on procedural compliance to a focus on student outcomes; (3) decreasing paperwork; (4) identifying the right students at the right time; (5) improving transitional services; (6) simplifying the discipline procedures; (7) providing flexibility around the development of IEPs; and (8) providing adequate federal funding. Presenters provided an overview of some of the proposed changes to IDEA and a report on the status of the reauthorization. The transcript of this call is now available.

High School Diplomas for Youth with Disabilities: Options and Alternate Routes
Teleconference Call
April 27, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held on April 27, 2004 to discuss alternatives to the high school diploma for youth with disabilities. Public criticism during the past two decades about the lack of knowledge and skills among students leaving schools with high school diplomas has led states to implement graduation policies and requirements that call for raised academic standards for all students, state and local district testing, development of exit exams linked to a student¹s eligibility for a diploma, and a focus on increasing student graduation rates. Within this context, there has been a new emphasis on the inclusion of all students in an educational system with high expectations and the same standards for all students. Thus, one of the major challenges in implementing more rigorous high school graduation policies has been to determine how best to include students with disabilities. Presenters highlighted findings from a national study on Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Youth with Disabilities, as well as a recent study of alternate routes for obtaining standard diplomas in states with graduation exams. The transcript of this call is now available.

School-Based Strategies for Supporting Student Development of Self-Determination Skills in the Context of Leadership and Standards-Based Reform
Capacity Building Institute
April 13, 2004
New Orleans, LA
This NCSET Institute is being held in conjunction with the Council for Exceptional Children 2004 Convention and Expo. The purpose of this institute is to share practical strategies and plans for increasing student self-determination. Special education teachers, state and district transition coordinators, researchers, general educators, family members, and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend this exciting event. Online registration is available. Registration deadline: March 19.

Issues of Transition and Postsecondary Participation for Individuals with Hidden Disabilities
Capacity Building Institute
March 31, 2004 - April 1, 2004
Honolulu, HI
This Institute will explore issues related to the transition and postsecondary participation of youth with “hidden” disabilities, which includes learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, psychiatric disabilities, emotional disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other such disabilities that cannot be “seen.” Individuals with these disabilities are often overlooked and misunderstood, despite the protection offered under Federal disability law and growing recognition that hidden disabilities profoundly effect many aspects of a person’s learning and everyday life. Sponsored by the National Center for Secondary Education and Transition, University of Minnesota, and the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, University of Hawaii in collaboration with the 20th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities.

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities to Transition to and Participate in Postsecondary Education
Teleconference Call
March 16, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held March 16, 2004 to discuss: (1) The benefits of postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual disabilities; (2) Barriers to transition and postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual disabilities; and (3) Programs, approaches, and supports that will enhance transition and postsecondary access for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Presented by Robert Stodden, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa; Meg Grigal, Ph.D., University of Maryland; and Debra Hart, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Boston. The transcript of this call is now available.

Community YouthMapping: Are You on the Map?
Teleconference Call
February 11, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held February 11, 2004 to discuss Community YouthMapping (CYM), a developmental approach to collecting information on resources and issues that requires meaningful participation by youth and adults in a community. Young people and adults canvass their neighborhoods/communities and document baseline information on resources for other young people, children and families. Communities also have the opportunity to customize their questions to get at community specific concerns or areas of interest. Youth and adults are the key stakeholders in the planning, collection, data entry, analysis and dissemination of this information. Presented by Raul Ratcliffe and Eric Kilbride, Program Officers, AED Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, and Kelli Crane, Senior Policy Analyst of TransCen, Inc. The transcript of this call is now available.

Increasing Rates of School Completion: Moving from Policy and Research to Practice
Teleconference Call
January 27, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET national teleconference call held January 27, 2004. Presenters shared what the research tells us about effective interventions that keep students with and without disabilities in school. They described critical conceptual issues linked to school completion and summarized research-based interventions, as found with Check & Connect, a model designed to prevent dropout and engage students in school and learning. Presented by Dr. Camilla Lehr, Research Associate of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota; and Dr. Sandra Christenson, Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Transcript now available.

National Standards for Secondary Education and Transition for All Youth
Teleconference Call
January 12, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
Over the past year, national organizations and experts representing general education, special education, workforce development, youth development, families, and others have developed a set of national standards of effective practice and quality indicators to guide the improvement of secondary education and transition for all youth. The National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth--scheduled for June 14-15, 2005--will be organized around the five areas which comprise these standards and indicators: schooling, career preparatory experiences, youth development/youth leadership, family involvement, and connecting activities. This teleconference call will describe the evolution of these standards and indicators; discuss how they are being introduced to states; and explain their influence on state team planning for the Summit. To participate in this teleconference, dial 1-703-639-1362 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.

Creating Communities of Practice: Shared Visions for the Successful Transition of Students with Disabilities
Teleconference Call
January 8, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
The OSEP Exiting Community of Practice invites you to participate in a conference call with Ellen Romett and representatives of other Pennsylvania agencies who will discuss the evolution of the Pennsylvania Transition Communities of Practice and will be available to answer questions and provide suggestions.

Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Building State and Local Capacity to Link and Align Resources
Teleconference Call
December 16, 2003
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call presentation held on December 1, 2003 on linking and aligning resources to promote more positive postschool outcomes for youth with disabilities. Presenters shared about: (a) recent funding and policies supported by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to promote linking and aligning resources; (b) the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability – Youth, a technical assistance center funded by ODEP; and (c) ODEP’s efforts to assist NCSET with promoting better interagency collaboration and alignment of resources. Presented by Joan Wills, Director of the Institute on Educational Leadership and Kelli Crane, Senior Policy Analyst of TransCen, Inc. Transcript of this call is now available.

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