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Accommodating Students with Disabilities on State Assessments: What Works?
Conference
March 19, 2006 - March 21, 2006
Savannah, GA
This conference will provide a forum for practitioners and leading researchers in the disability field to discuss the latest issues associated with accommodating students with disabilities on state standards-based assessments. State testing directors, school administrators, guidance counselors, special education coordinators and instructors, and researchers are encouraged to attend. Co-sponsored by the Educational Testing Service, the College Board, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Institute for Urban School Development.

Teaching All Students, Reaching All Learners: Innovative Ways to Address Disability and Other Forms of Diversity in the Postsecondary Classroom
Conference
March 16, 2006
Honolulu, HI
This conference, to be held following the PacRim Conference on Disabilities, will share evidence-based practices associated with the improvement of access, retention, and completion of postsecondary education by students with disabilities. Persons associated with postsecondary education, including faculty, disability support personnel, high school personnel, administrators, persons with disabilities, and family members of persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required.

Disability Etiquette in the Workplace
Teleconference Call
March 14, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
Are you interested in recruiting qualified applicants with disabilities, but afraid you might say or do the wrong thing? Have you ever hired a person with an obvious disability and felt a little nervous about how to interact with him or her? Well, relax! It just takes a little common sense and respect to communicate and work together successfully. Join the Job Accommodation Network to learn the significance of disability in the workplace and some common-sense strategies for effectively interacting with applicants, employees, and coworkers with disabilities. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

22nd Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities
Conference
March 13, 2006 - March 15, 2006
Honolulu, HI
The Pac Rim Conference has evolved into one of the top rated international educational offerings for persons with disabilities, family members, researchers, service providers, policymakers, and nationally recognized professionals in the diverse field of disabilities. Pac Rim provides cutting-edge opportunities to learn, share resources and ideas that support the quality of life, community inclusion, and self-determination for all persons with disabilities and their families, and help shape our world. Registration deadline: February 20, 2006. Early Bird Registration ends October 31, 2005.

Youth as Policymakers: More Than Just Policy Recipients
Teleconference Call
March 13, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Central)
This Web-assisted audio conference from the National Conference of State Legislatures will explore how states are engaging young people in public policy decision making, leading to better policy and invaluable learning opportunities for the young people involved. Speakers will describe the structure and role of youth advisory groups and some of the challenges and benefits of including youth voices in policymaking. Speakers will include a young person who has served on a youth council. Participation is free, but registration is required. Log-on information and the phone number will be provided in the confirmation e-mail.

The Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference 2006
Conference
March 13, 2006 - March 15, 2006
Denver, CO
The goal of this conference is to disseminate science-based information on effective youth violence, delinquency, and drug prevention programs. This conference will 1) help the prevention field adopt evidence-based programs and 2) provide support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities. Sponsored by the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Inside High School Reform: Making the Changes that Matter
Webcast
March 8, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Mountain)
Inside High School Reform: Making the Changes That Matter, a new book from WestEd, looks at the reform efforts of 28 California high schools where educators collaborated to fundamentally change expectations for students—specifically, to prepare all students for postsecondary education. Staff strengthened their delivery of services so that all students, especially those traditionally denied access to college, would have more options for college and life. In this free presentation, the book's author, Jordan Horowitz, will present applicable findings for teachers, administrators, and policymakers. Participants may participate via Web using a phone line or via phone with the presentation slides downloaded prior to the event.

National Forum on Post-School Outcomes PDF document
Forum
March 8, 2006 - March 9, 2006
Portland, OR
Participants in this Forum will learn about collecting and using post-school outcome data for students with disabilities. State education agency staff, college and university personnel, technical assistance providers, and other stakeholders interested in post-school outcome data collection are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the National Post School Outcomes Center.

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard in IDEA: What You Need to Know Now
Webcast
February 28, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), part of the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, will guide the ways in which textbooks and core instructional materials are delivered so they may be converted easily into accessible formats. Although the final federal regulations have yet to be released, directors of special education will need to know enough about NIMAS to understand how to fill out the federal forms for the coming year. This Webcast from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education will feature a panel of experts on accessibility. Participation is free; registration is recommended.

Early-Onset Delinquency: Steps on the Path to Prison and School Dropout
Teleconference Call
February 23, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
Up to half the children who begin committing delinquent offenses before age 10 will become chronic, serious, and/or violent delinquents during adolescence. This teleconference will review how research on early-onset delinquency is being used to identify which children in the community are most likely to follow this path and why. Implications for intervention and long-term outcomes for child delinquents will be discussed and new cost-benefit research which indicates that the most challenging children may be the best (not the worst) investment will be reviewed. To participate, dial 703-639-1180 a few minutes before the call begins.

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