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Leadership for Equity and Excellence: Transforming Education: The Second Annual National Forum on Disproportionality
Forum
February 7, 2007 - February 9, 2007
Washington, DC
At the Second Annual National Forum on Disproportionality, presented by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt), educators, policymakers, advocacy groups, parents, and community members will gather to explore how educational systems can assure equity in educational outcomes for all students through school improvement, leadership, family and community partnerships, policy, and teaching. The Forum will share current research, best practices, and tools for transforming educational systems. Early bird registration ends December 15, 2006.

Key Steps for Cities: Using Strategic Assessment to Serve Disconnected Youth
Teleconference Call
January 31, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
This Municipal Network for Disconnected Youth teleconference will focus on strategic assessment as a key step for cities concerned about disconnected youth. Participants will hear from representatives of three cities supported by the Youth Transition Funders Group which are wrapping up two-year strategic assessment and planning efforts. Boston, Portland, and New York City will report on the benefits of taking a comprehensive look at the circumstances of out-of-school youth and struggling students and developing and implementing cross-system plans and strategies to better meet their needs. Participation is free, but registration is required.

10th International Conference on Cognitive Disabilities/Mental Retardation, Autism, and Other Developmental Disabilities: Research to Practice
Conference
January 31, 2007 - February 2, 2007
Kona, HI
This conference, presented by the Division on Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children, will include presentations by key experts in the field as well as self-advocates with disabilities. Topical areas will include assistive technology, Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), evidence-based practices in cognitive disabilities, multiple disabilities, transition, self-determination, and paraprofessionals.

OSEP Regulations Implementation Meeting
Meeting
January 30, 2007 - January 31, 2007
Washington, DC
This OSEP Regulations Implementation Meeting is for Part B state directors and state staff, PTI and CPRC staff, TA&D Network directors and staff, and SPP Steering Committee members in Regions 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT) and 2 (DE, DC, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV). The meeting is designed to support states in their implementation of the Part B Final Regulations. Topics for each meeting will include discipline; IEPs, IEP Meetings, evaluations, and re-evaluations; private school children; Highly Qualified Teachers; procedural safeguards (due process procedures, procedural safeguards notice); monitoring and monitoring activities (technical assistance and enforcement); National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS); and Response to Intervention for the identification of specific learning disabilities, early intervening services.

National Organization for Law Students with Disabilities Planning Conference Word document
Conference
January 27, 2007 - January 28, 2007
Washington, DC
Law students are invited to attend this conference, where they will help create a new national organization for law students with disabilities. Conference participants will identify the needs of a diverse student population, define organizational goals, draft a mission statement, create a structure and draft bylaws, and elect officers. Conference attendance is free and travel stipends are available. Co-sponsored by the American Bar Associationís Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, and the Law Student Division. Flier available in Word (1 page, 33 KB).

State Legislatorsí Call on Facilitating Transitions for Youth with Mental Health Needs
Teleconference Call
January 24, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
Young adults with serious emotional and/or behavioral difficulties have the poorest outcomes of all people with disabilities as they enter adulthood. They also face serious gaps in services, including mental health services, when they turn 18. This call will present a policy overview and lessons learned from federally-funded demonstration projects across the country that successfully address the needs of older youth with mental health needs. For more info, contact Jan Richter at janisrichter@msn.com.

Parent Center Leaders United: Common Experience, Uncommon Commitment
Conference
January 24, 2007 - January 26, 2007
Washington, DC
The national conference will provide an overview of topics that affect parents and professionals. Participants will network, learn leading strategies, and gain ideas from experts from across the country. Sessions will be offered on Leadership and Management, Outcomes for Children, Technology, and more. Sponsored by the Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers.

Response to Intervention (RtI) and the Connections to Neurodevelopment
Web-based Event
January 23, 2007
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
This interactive presentation from WestEdís SchoolsMovingUp Initiative will showcase the connections between response to intervention (RtI) and neurodevelopment by highlighting several programs and their potential impact on student learning. Each program discussed will be viewed through a neurodevelopmental lens. The event will also highlight how RtI is being used in several states and how each of the highlighted programs complement a neurodevelopmental understanding of learning variation among struggling learners. Participation is free, but registration is required.

LD and the Juvenile Justice System: Understanding At-Risk Behavior and Ensuring Effective Services and Supports
Web-based Event
January 23, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
Youth with learning disabilities (LD) are at increased risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. During this live online discussion, Peter Leone and Lili Garfinkel, two experts on this topic, will answer questions and describe specific behaviors that place youth with LD at-risk. They will also provide information about how parents, schools, mental health providers, juvenile justice professionals, and others can provide options, appropriate treatment, solutions, and resources. Sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Participation is free.

Online and On Time: Supporting Technology Implementation for All Students
Web-based Event
January 19, 2007
No Location Specified
Participants in this Webinar from CITEd and Don Johnston, Inc. will be introduced to CITEdís interactive Web tools that offer guidance to educators on effective technology implementation. CITEd offers just-in-time resources and tools to support instruction for diverse learners and facilitate communities of practice, and provides research on technology-supported instruction with an emphasis on students with special needs. Participation is free, but registration is required.

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