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Maximizing Your Community’s Change Horsepower
Teleconference Call
November 28, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
Participants in this teleconference sponsored by the Forum for Youth Investment will learn more about frameworks and tools to help them assess their community’s collective commitment and capacity for change. Using the Core Assumptions about Change, they will learn how to take stock of their community’s current change “horsepower” in terms of stakeholders, strategies, and shared accountability. Participation is free, but registration is required; please RSVP to Tanya Tucker at tanyat@americaspromise.org or 703-535-3880 by November 24, 2006.

Standardized Testing and Students with Disabilities: The Stakes are High and so is the Anxiety!
Web-based Event
November 27, 2006
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
Individuals interested in the education of students with disabilities at the secondary and postsecondary levels are invited to join this free Webinar, sponsored by the University of Georgia Regents’ Center for Learning Disabilities and presented by Jo Anne Simon, Esq.

World Congress & Expo on Disabilities (WCD Expo)
Conference
November 17, 2006 - November 19, 2006
Philadelphia, PA
WCD Expo is dedicated to improving the lives of those with developmental and physical disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them. It includes five comprehensive content tracks—healthcare, family, education, adapted physical activity, and assistive technology—in addition to an expo and disabilities career fair.

Building a Culturally and Linguistically Competent Workforce
Teleconference Call
November 16, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
This teleconference, presented by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, will focus on increasing the number of bi/multi-cultural and bi/multi-lingual service providers, as well as enhancing cultural and linguistic competence in the entire workforce. It will also share the recommendations of the Subcommittee on Cultural Competence for the National Strategic Plan; provide an example of an approach to recruitment, training, credentialing, licensing, and reimbursement of providers to promote culturally and linguistically competent services and supports; and describe a community-based mental health service agency’s strategies of staff recruitment, retention, and training. Participation is free, but registration is required.

IDEA 2004 and the new IEP Regulations
Web-based Event
November 15, 2006
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
This Council for Exceptional Children Web seminar will review the new provisions in the IDEA 2004 regulations on IEPs, including those addressing the development of the IEP, content, team member responsibilities, children transferring into an LEA, and multi-year IEPs. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Response to Intervention and Culturally Diverse Learners
Web-based Event
November 14, 2006
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
Participants in this Council for Exceptional Children Web seminar will learn about the implications of the NCLB and IDEA policies that impact the provision of early intervening supports of students placed at risk for special education identification; learn about different models for providing evidence- and scientifically-based intervention for students within the general education setting; and develop an awareness of existing models for pre-referral intervention that can be used to supplement and/or enhance the pre-referral process in their school/district/state. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Weaving Fatherhood into Criminal Justice, Education, and Human Services
Conference
November 13, 2006 - November 15, 2006
Mesa, AZ
Fathers and others who share an interest in the welfare of children will join criminal justice specialists, educators, social workers, and policymakers to address the unique concerns of Native American fathers at the inaugural National Native American Fatherhood Conference. Keynote speakers include Dr. Joe Shirley, President, Navajo Nation; the Honorable Delbert Ray, Sr., Chief Judge-Elect, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community; Dr. David Beaulieu, Director, Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University; and Quanah Crossland-Stamps, Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Presented by the Native American Fatherhood and Family Association.

IDEAS 508 Conference
Conference
November 13, 2006 - November 14, 2006
Washington, DC
This free two-day educational conference and technology showcase will bring together top government and industry leaders to address Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act—specifically, the accessible workplace. Educational sessions will include: Section 508 standards—“back to basics”, baby boomers and technology, accessible colleges and universities, accessible Web sites and software, and an update on Section 508. Sponsored by PostNewsweek Tech Media, and TecAccess.

National Career Academy Coalition Conference
Conference
November 11, 2006 - November 14, 2006
San Francisco, CA
The National Career Academy Coalition invites those interested in career academies and other small learning communities for middle and high school students to attend its annual conference, where they will learn how to create academies, apply and teach academics in an academy setting, and develop and maintain business partnerships. Participants will also meet the authors of the National Standards for Career Academies and learn how to implement those standards in their schools.

Partnering with Parents in Dropout Prevention: The Need and the How
Teleconference Call
November 9, 2006
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
In this teleconference presented by EDC, Dixie Jordan and Deborah Leuchovius of PACER Center will summarize research highlighting the role of parents in dropout prevention, describe the need for parents and families to stay involved in the education of their youth, and describe practical strategies that families can employ to help teenagers succeed. Then, Aurelio Montemayor of IDRA will present IDRA’s four dimensions of parent engagement—parents as (1) teachers, (2) resources, (3) decision makers, and (4) leaders and trainers—and how these dimensions are reflected in effective educational policy and parent engagement practice. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply; call 1-800-775-7654 or email dhall@edc.org for more information.

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