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The Institute for Academic Access (IAA) at the University of Kansas and the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), University of Minnesota present a Capacity Building Institute on...

Improving Academic Performance and Access to the General Curriculum for Secondary Youth with Disabilities

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Wyndham Hotel
Washington, DC

This institute is being held in conjunction with the OSEP Research & Leadership Project Directors' Conference.

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


The purpose of this Capacity Building Institute is to provide researchers with an opportunity to engage in reflective dialogue around:

  • Research results related to improving academic performance of and access to the general curriculum for youth with disabilities.
  • Methodological issues in research related to academic performance of and access to the general curriculum for secondary youth with disabilities.
  • Research-based interventions that improve academic performance and increase access to the general curriculum.

Featured Presenters

Donald Deshler, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education, Department of Special Education Director, Center for Research on Learning (CRL)
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Lynn Newman, Ed.D.
Co-Director, National Longitudinal Transition Study-2
SRI International, Menlo Park, CA

Jean B. Schumaker, Ph.D.
Courtesy Professor, Department of Special Education
Associate Director, Center for Research on Learning (CRL)
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Featured Afternoon Presenters

Lynne Anderson-Inman, University of Oregon
Fabricio Balcazar, University of Illinois at Chicago
Janis Bulgren, University of Kansas
Michael Bullis, University of Oregon
Betsy Davis, University of Kansas
James Frasier, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael Hock, University of Kansas
Margo Izzo, Ohio State University
Larry Kortering, Appalachian State University
Krista Kutash, University of South Florida
B. Keith Lenz, University of Kansas
Margo Mastropieri, George Mason University
Catherine Cobb Morocco, Education Development Center
Jean Ness, University of Minnesota
Robert Stodden, University of Hawaii
Gerald Tindal, University of Oregon
Teri Wallace, University of Minnesota
Naomi Zigmond, University of Pittsburgh


July 13, 2004

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Agenda Review
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Dr. Louis Danielson
9:00 a.m. National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) Presenter: Dr. Lynn Newman

The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) follows a nationally representative sample of more than 11,000 students who were 13 to 16 years old and receiving special education services in seventh grade or above in December 2000. This study is following youth until 2010 in an effort to understand their educational, vocational, social, and personal experiences and achievements as they transition from adolescence to early adulthood. Comparisons of NLTS2 data with those from the original NLTS, begun in 1987, will illuminate the ways in which the experiences of youth with disabilities have changed in the past decade or more. Dr. Newman will present findings related to the instruction of secondary school students with disabilities in general education academic classes, including instructional practices, student participation in classroom activities, and accommodations and supports provided. Dr. Newman also will describe changes over time in general education course-taking of secondary schools students with disabilities.

10:15 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Institute for Academic Access
Presenters: Dr. Donald Deshler, Dr. Jean B. Schumaker

The presenters will share results from the Institute for Academic Access, a research institute designed to develop and field test interventions for high-school students with disabilities to ensure their success in the general education curriculum. The presenters will briefly review the results of a descriptive study of nine high schools and the educational experience of students with disabilities in those schools. Then they will present the philosophy behind and components of an intervention model that is currently being tested in high schools as well as research results associated with those components and the model as a whole.

12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Featured Researchers and Concurrent Facilitated Discussions

Margo Mastropieri: Promoting Success in Content Area Classes

Lynne Anderson-Inman: Project Excel: Excellence through Computer Enhanced Learning

Mike Hock: Beyond School Tutoring Programs: Teaching Students Strategies While Helping With Assignments

Naomi Zigmond: Co-Teaching in Secondary Schools

Bob Stodden: Study of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Disability Factors Related to Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Postschool Adjustment

Catherine Cobb Morocco, Naomi Zigmond: Good High Schools: Describing and Validating Results for Students with Disabilities

Keith Lenz: Progress Toward Implementing the Content Literacy Continuum: A School-Wide Model for Promoting Adolescent Literacy

Fabricio Balcazar: The Choices-In-Transition Model: Outreach and Training that Impact Latino and African-American Youth

Teri Wallace: Student Success = School Success: Demonstrating Success for All Youth Using a Data Based School Wide Improvement Model Within a Quality Framework

Janis Bulgren: Questioning Procedures in Secondary Content Inclusive Classes: Promoting Content Area Literacy and Encouraging Higher Order Strategic Thinking

Gerald Tindal: Project AID: Using Technology to Aid in Accommodation Assessments that Inform Decision-Making

Krista Kutash: Creating Environments that Work for All Youth

Michael Bullis: What Happens There? Examination of Alternative Education Schools, Programs, and Practices for Special Education Students

Jean Ness: Outreach to Empower: An Evidence-Based Approach to Promote the Successful Transition of American Indian Youth to Adult Life

Betsy Davis: Systemic Reciprocal Accountability: A Formative Evaluation Framework for Strengthening the Academic Performance of High School Students

Larry Kortering: Universal Design for Learning: Applications in Biology and Algebra Classes

Margo Izzo: Enhancing Academic Achievement and Transition Outcomes through Technology

James Frasier: Accountability and Results for Students with Disabilities in Nationally Recognized High Performing High Schools

2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Featured Researchers and Concurrent Facilitated Discussions (continued)
4:30 p.m. Future Challenges in Secondary Education for Youth with Disabilities
Dr. Naomi Zigmond

Location and Lodging

This Institute will take place at the Wyndham Hotel, 1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC . 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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