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Technology, Reading, and Learning Diversity Conference
Conference
January 22, 2009 - January 24, 2009
San Francisco, CA
“Opening Doors to Universal Learning” is the theme of the 2009 TRLD conference, sponsored by numerous organizations at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco CA.

Innovative and Inclusive School to Work Programs
Teleconference Call
December 11, 2008
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Mountain)
The Conference Depot-Web based Audio Training (CTAT) is sponsoring this teleconference on “Innovative and Inclusive School to Work Programs,” on effectively integrating community service into transition planning and creating cooperation among the systems involved in supporting our youth.

Research-Based Strategies for Dropout Prevention
Teleconference Call
December 10, 2008
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities will host a telephone seminar on Research-Based Strategies for Dropout Prevention, by Dr. Russell W. Rumberger,Director, California Dropout Research Project, University of California, Santa Barbara. To help schools help youth to stay in and complete high school, practical recommendations and strategies based upon the best research evidence available are necessary. In September 2008, the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance released a practice guide, “Dropout Prevention,” drawing on research studies evaluating dropout prevention programs, practices and strategies that work. Dr. Rumberger, co-author of the practice guide, will present background information about the guide, discuss the six evidence-based recommendations for reducing dropout rates that emerged from the evaluations, and conclude by talking about how a comprehensive, multiple-approach strategy to increase student engagement brings the greatest success in reducing dropout rates. A fee applies.

Disability and Special Needs Technical Assistance Conference: Understanding the Four Phases of Emergency Management
Conference
December 9, 2008 - December 10, 2008
San Diego, CA
The Conference will bring together influential experts in emergency management to discuss the processes involved in the emergency management spectrum and describe how special needs issues should be integrated into the four phases of emergency management: preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Formative Assessment Webinar
Web-based Event
December 4, 2008
10:30 PM - 11:30 PM   (Pacific)
The Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center’s webinar on how formative assessment can improve student learning will provide information on the knowledge base for formative assessment, ways to elicit evidence to guide instruction, how to provide effective feedback to students, and how to involve students in the assessment process.

Check & Connect: Implementing with Fidelity
Web-based Event
December 3, 2008
No Location Specified
For the past 18 years, the U of M has researched the effectiveness of Check & Connect: A comprehensive student engagement intervention, and the intervention has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse as the only dropout prevention program to have strong evidence of positive effects for staying in school. In late November 2008, Check & Connect launched a new manual designed to help school districts, after school programs, school professionals, youth workers and others implement Check & Connect in their home sites.

Social Justice in the 21st Century: 33rd Annual TASH Conference
Conference
December 3, 2008 - December 6, 2008
Nashville, TN
The conference theme is Social Justice: achieving the full and equal participation of every member of society in a way that is shaped to meet each member’s unique needs, with all persons valued, physically and psychologically safe, and able to participate in all aspects of life in their community. This year’s TASH conference will focus on the issues and trends in today’s world as they relate to the bringing about social justice for people who have significant disabilities and their families.

Inclusive Schools Network:
Web-based Event
December 1, 2008 - December 5, 2008
No Location Specified
The Inclusive Schools Network is hosting the 8th Annual Inclusive Schools Week this December 1-5, celebrating the theme, "Together We Learn Better: Inclusive Schools Benefit All Children." Check out the 2008 "Celebration Ideas" Kit! and find free celebration and awareness materials.

Inclusive Schools Week: “Together We Learn Better: Inclusive Schools Benefit All Children”
Other
December 1, 2008 - December 5, 2008
No Location Specified
Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) at Education Development Center, Inc., which is held each year during the first week in December. Individuals, families, schools, and communities can get involved and support the 2008 Week by visiting the Inclusive Schools Week Web site, participating in ISN webinars, or buying ISN products.

2008 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference: Thriving in a Global Marketplace
Conference
November 20, 2008 - November 21, 2008
Washington, DC
The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) will host the Technology Innovators Conference in Washington, DC, on emerging technology trends, challenges, and guidance for “Thriving in a Global Marketplace.” Registrants can submit proposals to showcase in the Tech Expo. The deadline for advance registration is November 7. The agenda, registration form, and information on The Madison Hotel are at the Web site.

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