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Moving to Mastery: A National Policy Forum on Competency-Based Education
Forum
March 1, 2013
Washington, DC
“Using Competency Education to Improve Student Outcomes” is one of a series of Capitol Hill forums hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF). States and school districts around the country are beginning to challenge the time-based educational system that has been in place for decades by moving to a competency education approach, using flexibility in awarding credit. The reasons for moving away from the restrictions of a time-based system include: ensuring that all students succeed in building college and career readiness, consistent with the Common Core of world class knowledge and skills; taking advantage of the extraordinary technological advances in online learning for personalization, allowing students to learn at their own pace, any time and everywhere; and providing greater flexibility for students who might not otherwise graduate from high school. This forum, cosponsored by CompetencyWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, will showcase state and district efforts to implement and expand competency education.

Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Education Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century
Web Conference
February 27, 2013 - March 1, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute at the ILR School will present an interactive web conference, “Making Careers Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Education Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century,” in three sessions, February 27-March 1, 2013. Participants will learn about effective career development and transition practices for youth with disabilities, and how school-agency collaborations can deliver these practices from leadership, consumer, financial, and practical perspectives. The three sessions, each held 3:00-5:00 pm Eastern, are: “Individualized Career Planning and Program Development,” February 27, on effective secondary transition practices; “Leadership and Diverse Funding of Person-Centered Career Development,” February 28, on creating the capacity to deliver high-quality transition and career development curricula and services through individualized, student-centered planning and resource development; and “Ticket-to-Work: Build and Sustain Careers with Youth and Their Families,” March 1, on achieving funding for their transition programs through the Social Security Administration's Ticket-to-Work Program. This Web Event has been made possible by contributions from The Children’s Guild Foundation, Inc., of Buffalo, NY.

Engaging Industry and Students in Workforce Education partnerships
Web-based Event
February 25, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
SRI International has been studying workforce partnerships with funding from the National Science Foundation and will present its preliminary findings in this webinar discussed by a panel of researchers, community college policy leaders, and an experienced industry partner. The webinar will present findings about engaging both industry and students; offer a framework for identifying and addressing challenges in industry and student engagement in workforce education; and discuss aspects of the framework.

Building a Grad Nation Summit
Conference
February 24, 2013 - February 26, 2013
Washington, DC
Educators, policymakers, business leaders, young people, and staff from community organizations will meet at the third annual “Building a Grad Nation Summit,” sponsored by America’s Promise, to combat the dropout crisis.

National Conference on Education
Conference
February 21, 2013 - February 23, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
The annual conference by the American Association of School Administrators focuses on four themes: Common Core and its assessments, teacher and principal evaluations, getting students college and career ready, and social media in schools.

Developing and Implementing Effective Transition Programs for Youth with EBD
Web-based Event
February 21, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
The New York State Division on Career Development and Transition will present “Developing and Implementing Effective Transition Programs for Youth with EBD,” the third in a 3-part webinar series for special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists on information and practice tools to improve the transition from secondary schools for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD).

Get the Picture: College and Career Readiness and Transition
Web-based Event
February 20, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The IDEA Partnership at NASDE’s Community of Practice (CoP) on Transition has a work-group focused on employment opportunities and career development for youth with disabilities. Discussions of the group have focused on career readiness and the expectation of employment for all. The workgroup will host a series of webinars in partnership with the National Post-School Outcomes Center and NSTTAC over the next three months. The first, “Get the Picture,” will share current national data and family perspectives regarding employment for youth and young adults.

Learning Environments that Promote Positive Youth Development and Success for African American Male Students
Web-based Event
February 19, 2013
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
“Learning Environments that Promote Positive Youth Development and Success for African American Male Students,” a webinar sponsored by the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, will discuss what learning conditions, organizational structures, and school climate factors are necessary to nurture the positive development of African American male students; policies, conditions, and strategies that help to produce a nurturing school climate; political constraints that might be experienced along the way; and the leadership needed to overcome such constraints.

The Use of Individualized Learning Plans to Help Students to be College and Career Ready
Forum
February 15, 2013
Washington, DC
“The Use of Individualized Learning Plans to Help Students to be College and Career Ready” is one of a series of Capitol Hill forums hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF). This forum will discuss how AYPF is partnering with the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development to present the findings of the Center’s research on the use of Individualized Learning Plans (ILP), which provide middle school and high schools students with a tool to define their personal interests, goals, and course choices through postsecondary education and careers. Many states have adopted policies that require the use of ILPs and research is starting to show its benefits. The Center on Workforce Development has conducted longitudinal research, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, to assess the effectiveness of ILPs, and implemented a demonstration project to better understand their impact on post-school outcomes.

IEP Development and Coordination with Transition Plans for Youth with EBD
Web-based Event
February 14, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
The New York State Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) will present “IEP Development and Coordination with Transition Plans for Youth with EBD,” the second in a 3-part webinar series for special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists on information and practice tools to improve the transition from secondary schools for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD).

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