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Building a Grad Nation Summit
Summit
March 18, 2012 - March 21, 2012
Washington, DC
The Building a Grad Nation Summit is free and open to the public. The Grad Nation campaign has two specific goals: to increase the national graduation rate to 90% by 2020 with no school graduating less than 80&, and to regain America’s standing as first in the world in college completion. The summit brings together community organizations, educators, local and state leaders, national nonprofit organizations, businesses, youth and others to share progress and catalyze additional action. America’s Promise Alliance hosts the Summit in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. Premier Sponsors for the Summit are Grad Nation Presenting Sponsor State Farm, AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Target. Signature Sponsors are Casey Family Programs, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation, Ford Motor Company, Lumina Foundation and Pearson Foundation.

National Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Symposium
Symposium
March 12, 2012 - March 14, 2012
Orlando, FL
The National Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Symposium, sponsored by the AD National Network, will be held in Orlando, FL. The updated 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and Title II Regulations become effective March 15, 2012. These updates affect businesses, local governments, and covered employers. The Symposium sessions will discuss the new standards and regulations, and how the changes affect businesses and communities. http://www.adasymposium.org

Using Data to Drive Innovation and Improve Services: Workforce Development in Chicago
Web-based Event
March 8, 2012
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   (Central)
During the recent recession, cities and towns across the United States experienced high levels of unemployment. Now they are striving to ensure their workforce development system is meeting the needs of struggling individuals seeking employment. Policymakers and practitioners need reliable data and information about how to improve workforce programs and services, as well as to understand which workforce development programs are successful, helping better direct resources within the system. This forum will focus on exemplary workforce programs in Chicago that use data to pursue innovative efforts to provide training and place people into employment, and will also examine the current workforce development landscape, describing some of the national and local workforce policies aimed at providing services to job seekers and recent research on the factors that influence success among community-based workforce programs.

Building a Continuum of Services for Youth in Custody: Effective Programs, Risk and Needs Assessment, and Engaging the Community
Web-based Event
March 7, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
On March 7, 2012, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) National Center for Youth in Custody will present a webinar, “Building a Continuum of Services for Youth in Custody: Effective Programs, Risk and Needs Assessment, and Engaging the Community.” Panelists will discuss core elements of effective programs for youth in custody, how to strategically align programs into an effective array of services, and how to engage the community in the services that youth in custody are receiving.

Finding Jobs for Students with Intellectual Disability: Where Do You Start?
Web-based Event
March 7, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
Without strategies and structure, the process of finding jobs for students with intellectual disabilities can seem daunting. This webinar, ssponsored by Think College, will offer information on the process of creating opportunities for students by. The first step is getting to know the students, with strategies for turning assessment and discovery options into skills for selling students to the perfect employer. Strategies for approaching employers, learning the skills to customize positions, and determining information needed to negotiate with employers.

Creating Effective Classroom Assessments
Web-based Event
March 7, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Education Week will host Measured Progress’s webinar on “Creating Effective Classroom Assessments.” Successfully using data-driven decision making to inform instruction starts with creating effective assessments, especially as states and districts begin to use the Common Core State Standards. Whether teachers are practicing formative assessment, creating quizzes or end-of-unit tests, or selecting vendor-based items and tests, assessments should: define the purpose of the assessment, starting with the end in mind; align the assessment to the standards and, ideally, to curriculum and instruction; and ensure item/test quality. Avoiding common mistakes, easy ways to improve classroom assessments, and how professional development and coaching can help educators build this skill will also be discussed.

Autism Works National Conference 2012
Conference
March 6, 2012 - March 7, 2012
St. Louis, MO
Sponsored by the University of Missouri Health System, the Autism Works National Conference will be held in St. Louis, MO.

Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: State of The Science Conference PDF document
Conference
March 1, 2012 - March 2, 2012
Arlington, VA
The Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: State of The Science Conference, sponsored by NIDRR, will be held in Arlington, VA. The conference is intended for multidisciplinary rehabilitation professionals, including physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, rehabilitation case managers, rehabilitation counselors, disability specialists, other professionals serving the field of rehabilitation medicine, and researchers studying minorities with disabilities. The conference’s purposes are to advance the science of disability research involving racial and ethnic minorities, build capacities of researchers, and foster networking and communication among researchers, students, clinicians, funders, journal editors, and consumers. Available in pdf (1.08 MB, 16 pp).

Common Core State Standards: An Integration of Systems and a Culture of Change with Comprehensive Local Assessments
Web-based Event
February 29, 2012
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Joe Sassone, Director of Integrated Services at the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, will present this webinar on how districts can think about the new rigor required in building a local comprehensive assessment system that reflects the Common Core State Standards. WestEd technical assistance staff, a district representative, and an assessment specialist will share their perspectives.

GraduateFIRST: The Dropout Prevention Destination
Web-based Event
February 28, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
Schools often find addressing the challenges associated with improving graduation rates to be difficult, but for students with disabilities, the challenges can be even more complex. Georgia's GraduateFIRST initiative is designed to help students with disabilities and other students who are struggling stay in school and graduate. Funded by Georgia's State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), GraduateFIRST is based on a data-driven intervention framework developed by the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities. This webinar will highlight how school-based teams and team leaders diagnose causes of dropout and develop site-specific plans and strategies. Schools participating in GraduateFIRST are having success using tools and resources for monitoring and supporting students at-risk for dropping out. School teams are supported with on-going coaching, training, and technical assistance. GraduateFIRST results, best practices, challenges, and lessons learned will be shared.

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