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Assessing 21st Century Skills to Maximize Student Readiness for Higher Education and Careers
Web-based Event
November 24, 2009
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp website offers another free webinar presented by Robert Anderson, Senior Assessment Specialist at WestEd, who will explore the changes implicit in focusing middle and high school education on 21st century skills. Anderson will provide a definition of 21st century skills, and explain their implications for standards, curriculum, instruction, and school design. He will also co-present with a district administrator engaged in local educational reform with a 21st century skills perspective on the challenges of on-the-ground implementation. The webinar will include opportunities for audience members to interact with the speakers. This presentation is a collaboration between ClosingtheAchievementGap.org and SchoolsMovingUp.

Supporting Students in Alternative Education Settings
Web-based Event
November 18, 2009
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
WestEd’s Schools Moving Up website will feature another free webinar, as part of a series of WestEd-sponsored webinars related to education goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Sarah Feldman, Senior Research Associate in WestEd’s Innovation Studies program, will moderate a presentation on supporting students who face significant obstacles to completing their high school diploma – parenthood, financial constraints, incarceration, immigration, drug addiction and/or previous school failure. Cami Anderson, Superintendent of Alternative High Schools and Programs for the New York City Department of Education (District 79), will present strategies for developing a teaching staff that can work effectively with such students; and Lucretia Murphy, Executive Director of the See Forever Foundation, will describe the program offered for adjudicated young men in the Maya Angelou Academy and the Transition Center. More information is on the website.

National Convention of the Arc of The United States
Conference
November 11, 2009 - November 14, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA
The convention is sponsored by the ARC and will be held in Pittsburgh, PA. Information is at the Web site.

Creating Workplace Partners: Keeping Employers Happy
Web-based Event
November 11, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
How can youth with disabilities and their families make sure that employers are able to provide the most effective work experience for youth; help employers become comfortable with youth with disabilities and their workplace accommodations; and make sure that they are pleased and willing to continue to host youth in the workplace? In this webinar presented by Transcen participants will learn strategies for meeting employer expectations and keeping them happy to have youth in the workplace as well as strategies that will also contribute to long lasting partnerships that will yield more and more work experiences and jobs for youth.

Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference for Education, for Businesses, for Web and Media Designers
Conference
November 10, 2009 - November 14, 2009
Boulder, CO
This conference, presented by Disability Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in collaboration with AHEAD, EASI and ATHEN, focuses on the implementation and benefits of Assistive Technology in the university and college setting for people with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Other topics include legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources – including Web pages and library resources – accessible. Keynote speaker is T.V. Raman, Research Scientist, of Google, Inc.

The Rising Tide of Autism: How Your School Will Be Affected and Practical Strategies You Can Implement Today
Web-based Event
November 10, 2009
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
Autism-related challenges are growing exponentially, but there are ways to cope. The experts in this webinar will discuss the key steps listeners must take now to: (a) help these students, (b) protect their assets, and (c) preserve their general curriculum. Some of the challenges faced by schools are autism spectrum’s broad range, the diversity and complexity of individual needs, no “one-size-fits-all” approach, handling academically brilliant students with social and communication barriers and more.

NMSA 36th Annual Conference & Exhibit
Conference
November 5, 2009 - November 7, 2009
Indianapolis, IN
The National Middle School Association’s 36th Annual Conference and Exhibit, “Making a World of Difference,” for middle level teachers, leaders, and policy-makers, will have 25 sessions on service-learning. Middle-level education is critical to students’ later success. The website includes links to interactive discussions of the conference.

The 23rd Annual Alternatives conference: Uniting Our Movement for Change
Conference
October 28, 2009 - November 1, 2009
Omaha, NE
The largest national mental health conference organized by and for people with psychiatric labels, the Alternatives conference offers in-depth technical assistance on peer-delivered services and self-help/recovery methods. This convention is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services.

Building Positive Relationships to Prevent Drop-Out and Other Negative Outcomes
Teleconference Call
October 28, 2009
11:59 AM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
Transitioning into adulthood includes staying in school through graduation, avoiding teenage pregnancy, remaining drug and alcohol free, and obtaining linkages to postsecondary education, living, and employment. These tasks are accomplished through learning the social and academic skills needed to navigate life demands within and outside of school settings. For children and youth with disabilities, building positive relationships is integral in this process. This teleseminar from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities will include specific examples of research-based strategies for enhancing students’ relationships with teachers and peers, strategies for fostering collaborative relationships with families, and will stress the importance of outreach to specific groups of students with disabilities who have very negative outcomes, including youth who are in foster care and those who are homeless.

Opening Doors: New Municipal Strategies to Put College Education Within Reach
Teleconference Call
October 22, 2009
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
The YEF Institute’s free, hour-long audioconferences allow participants to listen by phone to lively talk-show style discussions between Institute staff, national policy experts, and city officials on best practices and key opportunities for municipal leadership on behalf of children, youth and families. Deadline for registration for the audioconference is two days before the call, October 20, 2009.

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