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The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, University of Minnesota, and the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition present a Capacity Building Institute on...

Research-Based Tools and Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Secondary Youth with Disabilities

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

La Posada Hotel
Albuquerque, NM

This institute is being held prior to the Division on Career Development and Transition Conference, October 20-22, 2005 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Registration deadline: September 16, 2005.

Featured Presenters and Content Experts
Location & Lodging
Cost to Participants
Special Needs
For More Information



This Capacity Building Institute will provide researchers, state transition coordinators, educators, families, and other interested stakeholders with information on research results and practical interventions that improve outcomes for secondary youth with disabilities.


Featured Presenters and Content Experts

  • Renee Cameto, Ph.D., Director, National Longitudinal Study-2; Social Scientist, Center for Education and Human Services, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (Invited)
  • Mark Cornett, Director of Human Resources, Kemtah Group, Albuquerque, NM
  • Debra Hart, Ph.D., School and Community Coordinator, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Paula Kohler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Studies, Western Michigan University
  • Larry Kortering, Ed.D., Professor, Special Education, Appalachian State University
  • Deborah Leuchovius, M.A., Project Coordinator, PACER Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • James Martin, Ph.D., Zarrow Endowed Professor of Special Education; Director, Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment, University of Oklahoma
  • Mary Morningstar, Ph.D., Co-Director, Transition Coalition, University of Kansas
  • L. Allen Phelps, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Administration; Director, Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Amy Pleet, Ed.D., Associate Professor; Graduate Director, Special Education, Towson University
  • Robert Stodden, Ph.D., Director, Center on Disability Studies; Director, National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Martha Thurlow, Ph.D., Director, National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota



7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Agenda Review
David R. Johnson, Larry Kortering
9:00 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
9:15 a.m. The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 Renee Cameto (Invited)

State governments and local school districts have long been challenged to improve student achievement, graduation rates, and transition to postsecondary education, employment, and other aspects of community living. In this session, data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) will be shared. This study documents the experiences of a national sample of students ages 13-16 as they move from secondary school into adult roles. Data on high school coursework, extracurricular activities, academic performance, postsecondary education and training, employment, independent living, community participation, and other topics will be shared. Dr. Cameto will present the findings/outcomes of the NLTS2 and discuss their implications. She will also take questions from participants.

10:20 a.m. Reaction from the Field Paula Kohler, L. Allen Phelps
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Youth Voices
Moderator: Donna Wandry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

New Mexico youth with disabilities will share their perspectives and personal stories regarding what tools and strategies helped them be successful in preparing for their career or postsecondary education and in their communities. They will also take questions from participants.

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

The afternoon sessions will provide opportunities to learn from and interact with researchers and other professionals who will share their knowledge regarding how the key areas of schooling, career preparatory experiences, youth development/youth leadership, family involvement, and connecting activities can improve outcomes for secondary youth with disabilities.

  • Schooling: Larry Kortering, Martha Thurlow
  • Career Preparatory Experiences: Paula Kohler, L. Allen Phelps
  • Youth Development/Youth Leadership: James Martin
  • Family Involvement: Deborah Leuchovius, Mary Morningstar, Amy Pleet
  • Connecting Activities: Debra Hart, Robert Stodden

2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Featured Researchers and Facilitated Discussions (continued)
4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Putting It All Together: An Employer's Perspective
Mark Cornett

Mark Cornett will discuss what today’s jobs require and how academic preparation (schooling), career preparatory experiences, youth development/youth leadership, family involvement, and connecting activities contribute to the employment success of people with disabilities.

Location and Lodging

This Institute will take place at La Posada Hotel, 125 Second Street NW, Albuquerque (one block from the Albuquerque Convention Center, the location of the DCDT conference). Please contact the hotel directly at 505-242-9090, 800-777-5732, or visit their Web site (see above link). For more information on the DCDT conference, visit

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 in alternate formats upon request from NCSET.


You can earn academic credit for attending this CBI and DCDT! See this MS Word document for more details.

For More Information

For more information, contact NCSET at 612-624-5659.

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