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Building Strategic Partnerships
Web-based Event
October 14, 2013
No Location Specified
Debra Mills, director of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN), will lead a Building Strategic Partnerships webinar, on Monday, October 14, 2013, at the NCPN Conference in San Antonio. This will be the first in the Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) series. The webinar will be recorded and all materials will be available at the website.

Beyond Credit Recovery: On Track for Life
Web-based Event
October 10, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
“Beyond Credit Recovery: On Track for Life” challenges educators not only to help students graduate on time, but ensure they are prepared for college or career. This webinar will examine how existing face-to-face, blended, and online credit recovery programs can enhance college and career readiness. Participants will explore ways to incorporate the vocabulary and structure of the college experience into blended recovery programs, and discuss how dual enrollment can be a first step to college for struggling students. Other programs to encourage academic preparation and college readiness, including advisor programs and bridge activities, will be addressed.

Check & Connect Comprehensive Implementation Training
Training
October 7, 2013 - October 8, 2013
Los Alamitos, CA
This 2-day Check & Connect session is a comprehensive training designed for education administrators, lead staff, site coordinators, and mentors to begin the process of implementing Check & Connect, a comprehensive student engagement and dropout prevention intervention, at their site. The training provides participants with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background; information about how to prepare their site to implement Check & Connect; and the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor. Deadline for registration: October 2, 2013.

Moving Research to Practice: Lessons Learned Regarding Meaningful Home-School Collaboration
Web-based Event
October 2, 2013
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
IDEA provisions for parent participation envision meaningful parent-school collaboration that could ultimately lead to positive student outcomes. This partnership requires hard work and commitment. Recent research has identified a number of effective, cost-efficient, and meaningful strategies that can promote meaningful parent-school partnerships through both conflict prevention and appropriate dispute resolution practices. The “Moving Research to Practice: Lessons Learned Regarding Meaningful Home-School Collaboration” webinar will explore the past and future direction for fostering parent-school partnerships when faced with the potential for conflict. Research about issues and trends in conflict between the home and school, lessons learned, and practical strategies to promote meaningful parent-school collaboration will be presented.

Deciphering the Tests
Web-based Event
October 1, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM   (Central)
The “Deciphering the Tests” webinar from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) webinar will discuss how information provided in tests and assessments is invaluable in determining an LD learner’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and helps inform the best approaches to the child’s education. The presentation will review what tests commonly are used to assess learning difficulties, what they mean and how parents and educators can utilize them to develop effective plans for special education.

Frames for Change: Approaches for Engaging Youth in School and Community
One-Day Event
September 18, 2013
St. Paul, MN
A free, one-day event to share proven approaches for engaging youth in school and community, including service learning, leadership development, student engagement, youth entrepreneurship, and transition planning. Includes keynote speaker Dr. Martin Brokenleg of Reclaiming Youth International, as well as sessions focused on serving American Indian youth. A limited number of scholarships to the 2-day Check & Connect Training following this event are available to American Indian youth educators (early submissions encouraged). Registration required by September 9, 2013 (September 3 for those applying for scholarship). Sponsored by the Institute on Community Integration, Corporation for National and Community Service, National Youth Leadership Council, American Indian Business Leaders, and Fond du Lac Ojibwe School.

Toward Smarter State School Attendance Policies: Common-Sense Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism
Web-based Event
September 16, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
“Toward Smarter State School Attendance Policies: Common-Sense Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism” is a webex meeting to be held by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Attendance Works, and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) September 16, 2013. The meeting will examine the roles state action and policy play in ensuring students are attending school.

Comprehensive High School Reform Within a Race to the Top: District Application
Web-based Event
September 12, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education’s webinar “Toward Comprehensive High School Reform Within a Race to the Top: District Application ” will discuss the second round of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top–District (RTT-D) competition. This competitive grant program asks applicants to provide a model for reform focused on personalization and creation of a student-centered learning environment that strengthens deeper learning competencies. Three representatives from school districts that received RTT-D grants will discuss how they are using RTT-D funding to advance their reform agenda and personalize learning for their students, particularly for high schools. Panelists will discuss their vision for reform, how they were able to capture it within their application, and how they created a plan for implementation.

Motivating the Reluctant Learner
Web-based Event
September 12, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
“Motivating the Reluctant Learner” is a webinar is for teachers, principals, and administrators who seek to increase engagement among high school students across a variety of subject areas. New ideas for engaging students in their academic journey and the importance of intrinsic motivation for at-risk students’ academic achievement will be discussed, and participants will explore simple and effective ways to help students develop a growth mindset. Examples of ways to motivate students by finding the adventure in learning, promoting choice and control within the classroom, leveraging newer technologies, and setting students’ own goals for learning and achieving will be included, identifying short-term steps that can be taken immediately, next week, and next month.

Attendance Awareness Month Resource Page
Web-based Event
September 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013
No Location Specified
WestEd’s Schools Moving Up website offers materials under the Attendance Awareness Month tab on its website to help educators and others interested leverage the beginning of the school year to set positive norms for attendance and to launch Attendance Awareness Month in their communities.

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