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Students with ASD in Schools and Communities
Institute
August 10, 2009 - August 13, 2009
Durham, NH
11th Annual Autism Summer Institute: Evidence-Based Practices for Supporting The Autism Summer Institute’s goal is to provide strength-based perspectives about students with Autism Spectrum Differences (ASD) to improve the quality of education in inclusive settings. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to evaluate and select supports and strategies based on research evidence that will enhance the full participation of students with ASD in their schools and communities. The Institute includes keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and “home” work groups.

Sixth Annual National Urban Service Learning Institute
Conference
August 5, 2009 - August 7, 2009
Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Conference, this annual two-day event focuses on applying the principles of service-learning in urban environments. It brings together community members, young people, and school leaders to discuss service-learning outreach and application techniques that help urban students achieve academic excellence and become strong community leaders. Participants have an opportunity to explore current trends and topics affecting urban communities, and to share and learn from colleagues from other urban districts.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Conference
Conference
August 3, 2009 - August 5, 2009
National Harbor, MD
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools 2009 conference will focus on “The Power of Change” and will address issues of civic and character education, crisis planning, mental and physical health, substance abuse, and violence prevention, among others. There is no registration fee, but early registration is recommended as space is limited. Registration deadline: July 10, 2009.

National Forum on Education Statistics/NCES Summer Data Conference
Conference
July 27, 2009 - July 31, 2009
Bethesda, MD
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), will sponsor the 2009 National Forum on Education Statistics and the NCES Summer Data Conference at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel in Bethesda, MD. The Forum will be held July 27-29, 2009, and the NCES Summer Data Conference July 29-31, 2009. National Forum members from local, state, and federal education agencies and national associations will share their work on tools for improving education data through best practice guides on longitudinal data systems, data ethics, metadata (and its importance), and collecting and managing data on displaced students. Information on state data system initiatives and policy affecting data collection and use will be presented.

Global Access: Opening a World of Opportunity
Conference
July 20, 2009 - July 25, 2009
Louisville, KY
The theme of AHEAD’s 2009 conference, in Louisville, KY, is “Global Access: Opening a World of Opportunity,” offering a wide variety of pre-conference, plenary, and concurrent sessions, as well as networking and social opportunities.

FCTD Summer Institute 2009
Web-based Event
July 20, 2009 - July 31, 2009
No Location Specified
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) will provide a free, two-week online summer institute, July 20-31, 2009. FCTD’s summer institutes connect educators, disability professionals, and parents across the country with leading national experts in assistive and instructional technologies. This year’s institute will have two learning strands: “Accessible Instructional Materials: NIMAS and Beyond” and “Social Media Tools.” Participants can register for continuing education units (CEUs).

Extending Foster Care to Age 21: Benefits, Costs, and Opportunities for States
Teleconference Call
July 15, 2009
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
Research conducted by Chapin Hall and others shows that foster youth who are allowed to stay in care beyond age 18 (when most states end guardianship) are more likely to go to college and derive other benefits. A panel of experts at this web conference will examine this fast evolving area of child welfare policy and practice. Panelists will analyze financial implications of extending care to age 21, share research findings about programming designed to help foster youth make the transition to adulthood, and discuss specific state initiatives and innovative ways in which states are sharing and building upon what they learn about supporting youth in their care. The web conference is free, and space is limited. (If multiple people in an office want to participate, they should have one person register and view the web conference as a group.)

Use of National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) Database for Research and Policy Discussion
Seminar
July 14, 2009 - July 16, 2009
No Location Specified
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), within the Institute of Education Sciences, will sponsor a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) database. The NLTS2 is designed to support research on a wide range of topics pertaining to youth with disabilities as they move from secondary school into adult roles.

20th National APSE Conference on Integrated Employment
Conference
June 30, 2009 - July 2, 2009
Milwaukee, WI
This conference is the only national annual meeting that focuses exclusively on cutting-edge employment practices for individuals with severe disabilities. The break out sessions this year will tackle the tough issues of achieving success with business, changing public policy and identifying funding solutions. Sponsored by APSE: The Network on Employment (formerly the Association for Persons in Supported Employment).

CREATE a Culturally Responsive Environment Conference
Conference
June 29, 2009 - July 1, 2009
Green Bay, WI
Formerly known as the Summer Institute on Addressing Disproportionality, this conference is designed to enhance educators’ understanding and application of research-based and culturally responsive policies, procedures, and practices. The CREATE grant was awarded to address the achievement gap between diverse students and to eliminate race as a predictor of participation in special education in the state of Wisconsin. Participation is limited to educators who reside and practice in Wisconsin.

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