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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), University of Minnesota present a Capacity Building Institute on...

School-Based Strategies for Supporting Student Development of Self-Determination Skills in the Context of Leadership and Standards-Based Reform

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, LA

This institute is being held in conjunction with the Council for Exceptional Children 2004 Convention and Expo.

Featured Morning Sessions
Featured Afternoon Presenters
Location & Lodging
Cost to Participants
Special Needs
For More Information


The purpose of this Capacity Building Institute is to share practical strategies and plans for increasing student self-determination. Leading researchers and practitioners will provide insights into how to use self-determination to increase academic achievement and how schools, districts, and states can scale-up implementation of self-directed learning. We invite special education teachers and administrators, state and district transition coordinators, researchers, general educators, family members, and other interested stakeholders to attend this exciting event!

Featured Morning Sessions

Self-Determination in the Era of Standards-Based Reform
Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Special Education; Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities; Associate Director, Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Large Scale Implementation of Self-Determination
- State of Florida Panelists
Robert Aguis, Principal, Marchman Technical Education Center, New Port Richey, FL
Daniel Domogawa, Student, Marchman Technical Education Center, New Port Richey, FL
Sheila Gritz, Coordinator, Florida's Self-Determination Initiative, Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services; Training Specialist, The Transition Center at the University of Florida, Department of Special Education, Gainesville, FL
Michelle Mersdorf, Parent, New Port Richey, FL
Frank Roder, Teacher, Marchman Technical Education Center, New Port Richey, FL

- State of New Mexico Panelists
James Alarid, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
Ginger Blalock, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Special Education Program, Albuquerque, NM
Margarita Larrinaga, Vice Principal, Robertson High School, Las Vegas, NM
Gloria Pacheco, Teacher, Robertson High School, Las Vegas, NM
Darlene Vigil, Parent, Las Vegas, NM
Ernie Vigil, Student, Robertson High School, Las Vegas, NM

Featured Afternoon Presenters

Martin Agran, Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Bonnie Doren, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Sharon Field, Ed.D., Wayne State University
Teresa Garate-Serafini, M.Ed., Office of Specialized Services, Chicago Public Schools
Laura Huber Marshall, M.A., University of Colorado
Carolyn Hughes, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
David Leake, Ph.D., MPH, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Jean Lehmann, Ph.D., Colorado State University
James Martin, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Christine Mason, Ph.D., CESSI, McLean, VA
Jean Ness, Ed.D., University of Minnesota
Susan Palmer, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Laurie Powers, Ph.D., Oregon Health Science University
Deanna Sands, Ed.D., University of Colorado
David Test, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Dalun Zhang, Ph.D., Clemson University


April 13, 2004

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Agenda Review
David R. Johnson, Ph.D., Director, National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Christine Mason, Ph.D., Educational Consultant, Senior Research Scientist, CESSI, McLean, VA
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Bonnie Jones, Ed.D., Education Research Analyst, Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC
9:00 a.m. No Content Left Behind: Self-Determination in the Era of Standards-Based Reform
Presenter: Michael Wehmeyer
This session will provide a foundation for the Institute by providing a synthesis of current knowledge concerning self-determination and its application to students with disabilities. Dr. Wehmeyer will discuss the impact of self-determination on student achievement and adult outcomes and identify practices to ensure that self-determination is infused into current standards-based reform and promoting access to the general curriculum initiatives.
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Large Scale Implementation of Self-Determination
Presenters: State of Florida and State of New Mexico Teams
This two-part session will describe large-scale implementation of self-determination in the states of Florida and New Mexico. Panel members, including youth with disabilities, teachers, administrators, and parents, will share (a) practical strategies to support students' development of self-determination skills, (b) strategies for including parents/families in the self-determination process, (c) information on how self-determination is reconciled with standards-based reform, and (d) information on how self-determination changes the lives of youth with disabilities.
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Featured Researchers and Facilitated Discussions
The afternoon sessions will provide participants an opportunity to interact and discuss key self- determination components with nationally recognized researchers and professionals who will share their knowledge in small group facilitated discussions. Participants will learn about (a) assessing student self-determination skills, (b) involving students in meaningful ways in the IEP and other planning processes, (c) teaching strategies to promote self-determination, and (d) implementing self-determination curricula that are responsive to cultural diversity.
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Continuation of Featured Researchers and Facilitated Discussions
4:30 p.m. Self-Determination Synthesis: "Where Do We Go From Here?"
David Test, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, Special Education Program, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Location and Lodging

This Institute will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA (the CEC Conference Headquarters hotel). Please contact the CEC Conference Housing bureau (1-800-424-5250) for hotel reservations. Be sure to arrange your own transportation and overnight lodging.

Cost to Participants

There is no charge for the Institute; continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants are, however, responsible for their own travel arrangements. Cost of travel, lodging, and meals are not included as part of this event.

Special Needs

Please indicate any special needs on your registration form, including dietary restrictions. This brochure and workshop materials are available from NCSET in alternate formats upon request.

For More Information

For more information, contact NCSET staff member Donna Johnson at 612-624-1143 or

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