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Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism
On-line Training Course
February 27, 2012 - April 10, 2012
No Location Specified
Careful transition planning from secondary education is critical for young people with autism spectrum disorders to be successful as they transition to higher education, work, and community life. The Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (VCU RRTC) offers a six-week online training course, “Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism” to help educators and other personnel involved with the transition of youth with autism assist them in their transition. The next course starts on February 27, 2012. Each week a lesson will be posted on Mondays at 9:00 am Eastern time. Once activated, the weekly lesson’s course documents will be accessible 24 hours a day and will remain available until the end of the course. Individuals who complete the course may earn 4.5 CEUs or 45 CRCs. Additionally, a certificate of completion will be issued to all participants who complete all course assignments.

More than a Nice Thing to Do: Using Practice-Based Evidence for Outcome Evaluation in Native Youth Programs
Web-based Event
February 24, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   (Pacific)
This webinar will describe the activities and results of a Practice-Based Evidence project designed to develop a culturally responsive evaluation framework for agencies serving American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

Consultation, Collaboration and Coaching: Tools for Providing Meaningful AT Support
Web-based Event
February 23, 2012
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
Effective assistive technology (AT) service providers use a variety of strategies, including direct service to students, consultation to teachers, and collaboration with team members, in their work to integrate AT into the everyday routines and activities of students with disabilities. This webinar will address each of these strategies and discuss the benefits of coaching to improve AT services. Training in specific coaching strategies will be provided as well as practice opportunities. Participants will receive forms to help organize and document their practice, and resources to help develop new consultation, collaboration and coaching skills.

Learning Disabilities Association of America’s 49th Annual International Conference
Conference
February 22, 2012 - February 25, 2012
Chicago, IL
Sponsored by the LDA of America, the LDA Conference is the largest meeting on learning disabilities in the world, featuring over 300 workshops and exhibits presenting the latest in LD research, effective teaching techniques and strategies, and critical policy issues, with opportunities to network with experts in LD and colleagues and earn graduate or continuing education credits (CEUs). The 2012 Conference is in Chicago, Illinois.

National Conference on Bullying
Conference
February 15, 2012 - February 17, 2012
Orlando, FL
The School Safety Advocacy Council, National Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), and Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO) will hold the 2012 National Conference on Bullying in Orlando, FL. It will examine the causation, prevention, and mitigation of bullying. Topics addressed will include: Bullying Program Showcase, Using Digital Literacy to Combat Bullying, Bullying-What are the Trends Telling US?, Cyber-Bullying, The Reality Television Generation, and Liability 101-How not to be Successfully Sued.

Core Vocabulary: Why Use It?
Web-based Event
February 15, 2012
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
This webinar provides introductory information about core vocabulary. It explains the difference between core vocabulary and extended vocabulary and addresses the top five reasons people give for not providing core vocabulary to individuals with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) needs. It addresses the issue of representing core vocabulary with pictures, along with strategies for organizing core vocabulary for maximum production of generative language. It is an introductory presentation for people new to the field of AAC.

Assistive Technology & UDL in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports
Web-based Event
February 9, 2012
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
This webinar will share the work of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports Project at the University of South Florida (funded by the FLDOE) and the project’s Technology & Learning Connections: AT & UDL Team. Consisting of a team coordinator, five regional technology coordinators, and five AT/UDL resource librarians, the TCL Team is responsible for the development of an MTSS Framework for technology that includes accessible instructional materials, assistive technology, instructional technology, UDL, and virtual instruction/assessment.

Digital Learning Day
Web-based Event
February 1, 2012
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education invite students and educators to in the Alliance’s first Digital Learning Day, February 1, 2012. This national awareness campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen and personalize learning for all students, exploring how digital learning can provide teachers and students with opportunities in building readiness to succeed in college, a career, and life. Celebrations and activities of all varieties are happening across the country at the state, district, and classroom levels. On Digital Learning Day, a virtual national town hall meeting will be held in Washington, DC, with a live webcast highlighting promising practices, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Eastern); and a virtual town-hall meeting, 1:00-2:30 pm. (The webcast will be repeated 2:30-5:30 pm for the West Coast.) The Alliance strives to change policies, shift attitudes, and support widescale adoption of promising instructional practices.

Exploring Check & Connect
Web-based Event
January 31, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
“Exploring Check & Connect” will describe the basics of the research-based Check & Connect model and highlight the role of student engagement in keeping students in school. The webinar will include time for participants to interact with Check & Connect staff to ask questions about the model and its implementation. These webinars are offered every other month, and are intended for representatives from schools and organizations who want an introduction to the components, elements, and process of the model.

Preparing Qualified Adapted Physical Educators: Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
Web-based Event
January 27, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Central)
The National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center), a federally-funded technical assistance and dissemination project, will present a webinar, “Preparing Qualified Adapted Physical Educators: Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.” Physical education for students with disabilities is a required and important part of special education federal law. Meaningful program outcomes include physical, motor, health, behavioral and social skill improvements. The webinar will discuss the current status of adapted physical education (APE) teacher preparation and best practice strategies for teacher preparation and service delivery, with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of APE teachers and what schools should look for when hiring these special education staff members.

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