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ADA Update: 16 Years Later
Teleconference Call
July 18, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Central)
This teleconference will mark the 16th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and describe the ongoing efforts of federal agencies to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) enforce the ADA both through their efforts to educate and through settlement agreements and litigation. John Wodatch, Chief of the Disability Rights Section, DOJ, and Sharon Rennert, Attorney Advisor, EEOC will provide an update on federal initiatives, including technical assistance efforts and targeted enforcement activities. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

The School of the 21st Century’s National Training Institute
Training Institute
July 17, 2006 - July 18, 2006
New Haven, CT
The School of the 21st Century at Yale is hosting its first-ever National Training Institute for school and district administrators, directors of School of the 21st Century initiatives and family resource centers, school board members, policymakers, and others interested in topics including closing the achievement gap, best practices in early education, the link between emotional intelligence and academic achievement, smart spending and funding strategies, after-school programming, school success, and behavior. Participants will be able to interact with noted educators and researchers.

Charting the Course for Change: Association on Higher Education and Disability Conference
Conference
July 17, 2006 - July 22, 2006
San Diego, CA
The Association on Higher Education and Disability conference is the most important professional development opportunity in the field of disability and higher education. This year’s conference will focus on transitions: from high school to college, from 2-year to 4-year colleges, and from private to public schools.

Georgetown University Training Institutes: Developing Local Systems of Care for Children and Adolescents with Emotional Disturbances and Their Families
Conference
July 12, 2006 - July 15, 2006
Orlando, FL
This conference, held by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, will provide in-depth, practical information on how to develop, operate, and sustain comprehensive, coordinated, community-based systems of care for children and adolescents with emotional disturbances, and how to provide high-quality, effective clinical interventions and supports within such systems. It will highlight service delivery approaches that are family driven, youth guided, and individualized and that represent evidence-based or promising practices that achieve positive outcomes for children and their families.

Workforce Innovations 2006: Regional Strategies…Global Results: Talent Driving Prosperity
Conference
July 11, 2006 - July 13, 2006
Anaheim, CA
This conference, co-sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor and the American Society for Training & Development, will explore the important role of workforce professionals in meeting the national challenge of global competition. Federal, state, and local government officials; association and non-profit executives; and business leaders involved with the workforce investment system, education, and economic development are encouraged to attend.

National Forum on Education Policy
Forum
July 11, 2006 - July 14, 2006
Minneapolis, MN
The Education Commission of the States’ National Forum is an opportunity for state policymakers and education leaders to share ideas and discuss solutions to the most pressing issues in education. This year's Forum will feature over 40 sessions on a variety of topics, including math and science education, the First Amendment and intelligent design, high school reform, national curriculum, educational technology, disaster preparedness, adult education, college financial aid, and turning around low-performing schools.

National Perspectives in Transition Planning
Workshop/Graduate Course
June 26, 2006 - June 30, 2006
West Chester, PA
National, state, and local experts in transition will share current and best practices in transition throughout this weeklong workshop/graduate course. Topics will include transition-related legislation, assessment and self-determination, transition to postsecondary education, transition planning within the Individualized Education Program, and family partnerships in transition planning and instruction. $495 for entire workshop; registration for individual days is available.

Districts on the Right Track: Napa Valley Unified School District
Web-based Event
June 21, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Participants in this interactive event offered by WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will learn about a California school district which revamped its school support model, resulting in a 25-point gain on the state’s Academic Performance Index district-wide and improvement in more than 90% of district schools. The district’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction will discuss its focus on establishing a clear vision, its action plan to build collaboration, and its expanded role in continuous improvement efforts. Participation in this event is free, but registration is required.

Community Schools: Creating the Conditions for Learning
Forum
June 14, 2006 - June 16, 2006
Baltimore, MD
The 2006 National Forum of the Coalition for Community Schools will highlight how community schools create the conditions for learning through changes in leadership, policy, systems, and practice. Leaders from the fields of education, youth development, health and human services, family support, neighborhood and community development, government, and philanthropy are invited to attend.

NCLB Commission Hearing: Successful Interventions: Helping Schools Achieve Academic Success
Hearing
June 9, 2006
Madison, WI
The Commission on No Child Left Behind, led by former Secretary Tommy Thompson and former Governor Roy Barnes, will host this hearing to assist in the formulation of policy recommendations to Congress in preparation for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. The impact of NCLB’s requirements on schools that have not made State standards will be examined.

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