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Proceedings of Past Institutes

NCSET and its partners held Capacity Building Institutes (CBI) from 2001 to 2005 which "piggy-backed" on major national and regional meetings and conferences of the Center's key audiences. The institutes adopted a "train-the-trainer" approach and developed materials for multiple types of users including technical assistance providers, dissemination centers, Regional Resource Centers, state and local agencies, and others. Each Institute involved youth and parents in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation; asked participants to review discussion papers and questions prior to the event; asked participants to identify desired outcomes for their participation at the event; provided facilitators to support small groups in plenary or discussion sessions; provided content experts and consultants to support key issues and themes being addressed; offered networking opportunities for participants to learn from one another; and included a follow-up component to discuss progress made in relation to identified goals developed during the institutes.

Research-Based Tools and Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Secondary Youth with Disabilities • October 19, 2005 • Albuquerque, NM
This CBI provided researchers, state transition coordinators, educators, families, and other interested stakeholders with information on research results and interventions that improve outcomes for secondary youth with disabilities. The morning of this day-long institute focused on findings of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 as well as perspectives of youth about what works in helping them succeed. The afternoon sessions—small-group facilitated discussions—provided participants opportunities to learn from and interact with researchers who shared their knowledge regarding how the key areas of schooling, career preparation, youth development/youth leadership, family involvement, and connecting activities can improve outcomes for secondary youth with disabilities. This institute preceded the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) Conference, October 20-22, Albuquerque Convention Center. It was hosted by DCDT (of the Council for Exceptional Children) and NCSET.

Enhancing Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Youth with Disabilities through Culturally Relevant Support, Services, and Education • March 2-3, 2005 • Honolulu, HI
This CBI, sponsored by NCSET at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, explored how reframing our dialogues around the intersections of culture, language, and disability can help us to unravel current barriers to successful preparation for and transition to postsecondary education and employment and to create or strengthen culturally relevant support services, educational environments, assessment tools, and community/family partnerships. Held in conjunction with the 21st Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities, February 28 - March 1, 2005.

I Have a Dream Too! Connecting Mental Health and Education • August 24, 2004 • Washington, DC
This CBI was held in conjunction with PYT Cross-Site Forum on August 25-26, 2004. The purpose of this Capacity Building Institute is to provide SAMHSA Partnerships for Youth Transition (PYT) site teams with an opportunity to learn how to better link with education partners to improve secondary school outcomes for youth with mental health needs and to insure their successful transition to postsecondary education and employment.

Improving Academic Performance and Access to the General Curriculum for Secondary Youth with Disabilities
• July 13, 2004 • Washington, DC
This CBI was held in conjunction with the OSEP Research & Leadership Project Directors’ Conference. The purpose of this CBI was to provide researchers with an opportunity to engage in reflective dialogue around: 1) research results related to improving academic performance of and access to the general curriculum for youth with disabilities, 2) methodological issues in research related to academic performance of and access to the general curriculum for secondary youth with disabilities, and 3) research-based interventions that improve academic performance and increase access to the general curriculum.

Collaboration Between Secondary and Postsecondary Education: Promoting Success for Students with Disabilities • July 12, 2004 • Miami, FL
This CBI was held in conjunction with the annual Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) conference. Participants at this CBI explored issues related to the transition and postsecondary participation of youth with disabilities with a focus on improving collaboration between secondary school and postsecondary school personnel and policies.

School-Based Strategies for Supporting Student Development of Self-Determination Skills in the Context of Leadership and Standards-Based Reform • April 13, 2004 • New Orleans, LA
This CBI was held in conjunction with the Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo. Participants learned practical strategies and plans for increasing student self-determination. Leading researchers and practitioners provided 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.

Issues of Transition and Postsecondary Preparation for Individuals with Hidden Disabilities• March 31 - April 1, 2004 • Honolulu, HI
This CBI was held in conjunction with the 20th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities. Participants explored issues related to the transition and postsecondary participation of youth with “hidden” disabilities, including learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, psychiatric disabilities, emotional disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other such disabilities that cannot be “seen.” Individuals with these disabilities are often overlooked and misunderstood, despite the protection offered under federal disability law and growing recognition that hidden disabilities profoundly affect many aspects of a person’s learning and everyday life.

Collecting and Utilizing Postschool Outcome Data to Improve Transition Programs and Services at the National, State, and Local Levels • October 22, 2003 • Roanoke, VA View Invitation Brochure | PPT Slide Presentations
This CBI preceeded the Division of Career Development and Transition Conference. This CBI provided researchers, state transition coordinators, and other interested stakeholders with information on the process of collecting postschool outcome data and how that information is used to improve programs and services.

Perspectives on Serving Young Offenders with Disabilities: Litigating and Organizing Systemic Change • October 12, 2003 • Bloomington, MN
This CBI provided information, resources, and training regarding the issues, service provision, and alternative methodologies for addressing youth with disabilities involved with the juvenile justice system.

Critical Issues in Reform and Inclusion of Youth With Disabilities in Secondary Education and Transition • July 8, 2003 • Washington, DC
This CBI provided researchers with an opportunity to engage in reflective dialogue around (1) Issues of reform, inclusion, and the intersection of reform and inclusion at the high school level; (2) Research results related to improving outcomes for all high school students; and (3) Methodological issues in research related to reform, inclusion, and the intersection of reform and inclusion at the high school level.

Technology and Transition: Empowering Students with Disabilities as They
Transition to College and Careers
• April 7-8, 2003 • Seattle, WA
This CBI, sponsored by NCSET and the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, was held in collaboration with the DO-IT Program at the University of Washington and in conjunction with the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children. Participants increased their understanding of the issues surrounding the application of technology for individuals with disabilities, network with national leaders in the area of technology, contribute directly to the development of policy recommendations, and built skills and acquired new knowledge.

Professional Employment for Individuals with Disabilities: Issues of
Preparation and Transition
• February, 2003
This CBI, sponsored by NCSET and the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, was held in collaboration with the Annual Pac Rim Conference. Participants increased their understanding of the issues surrounding preparation for and professional employment of individuals with disabilities, network with national leaders in the area of employment, contribute directly to the development of policy recommendations, and built skills and acquired new knowledge.

Access, Participation, and Progress in the General K-12 Curriculum • July 10, 2002 • Arlington, VA
This CBI provided researchers, leaders, policy makers, and national experts an opportunity to engage in a dialogue on current views, build consensus on critical issues, and generate solutions and strategies.

Coordination and Management of Supports and Services • December 9-10, 2002 • Boston, MA
This CBI, sponsored by NCSET and the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, was held prior to the annual TASH conference. Participants increased their understanding of the issues surrounding the coordination of supports to improve the transition from secondary school to postsecondary school and employment for individuals with disabilities as they transition, networked with national leaders and other attendees on service coordination for youth with disabilities, contributed directly to the development of policy recommendations, and built skills and acquired new knowledge.

Electronic Mentoring: Building Relationships Between Employers and Youth
Through Technology
• March 15, 2002 • Minneapolis, MN
This CBI introduced participants to a successful mentoring strategy which connects employers with youth with disabilities through e-mail and face-to-face meetings. It brought together stakeholders from education, community agencies, area businesses, and government in a forum that allowed for discussion and goal setting regarding increasing mentoring opportunities for transition-age youth with disabilities.

Supporting Youth with Disabilities Across Secondary School, Postsecondary
School, and Employment
• March 6-8, 2002 • Honolulu, HI
This CBI, co-sponsored by NCSET and the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, consisted of several different components: online readings and discussion with authors and researchers, intensive presentations and discussions in Honolulu, and follow-up discussion surrounding next steps and the implementation of new knowledge and skills.

Student-Led IEPs: How to Make it Work • January 23, 2002 • Washington, DC
This CBI, co-sponsored by NCSET and PACER Center, provided an opportunity to present information from some of the key authors and practitioners of Student-Led IEPs. Participants were Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) staff, who subsequently used this information in parent training workshops and publications and for individual advocacy.

Transition, Secondary Education Reform, and Access to the General Education
Curriculum
• October 10, 2001 • Denver, CO
This CBI, co-sponsored by NCSET and the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council for Exceptional Children, promoted discussion among professionals, policymakers, employers, parents, and individuals with disabilities concerning current and future dilemmas facing secondary education and transition services nationally. Panel discussions focused on current practices and emerging trends affecting access to the general education curriculum, high school reform, professional development/teacher training, high stakes testing, and practitioner advocacy at the local level.

Creating Youth Development Systems that Include Youth with Disabilities • October 29-30, 2001 • Washington, DC
This CBI was an opportunity for key community stakeholders in education, workforce development, and disability services to examine how to better align the various youth development investment systems so that all youth, including those with disabilities, are better prepared for promising careers and postsecondary options.

Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Successful Participation in
Postsecondary Education and Employment
July 22-23, 2001 • Portland, OR
This CBI, sponsored by NCSET and the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, focused on how to support youth with disabilities as they transition to, and participate in, postsecondary education. Professionals, educators, and consumers gathered for presentations, discussions, and strategic planning.

2001: A Transition Odyssey -- Technical Assistance about Transition and the
Rehabilitation Act
• June 7-9, 2001 • Minneapolis, MN
This CBI, sponsored by NCSET and PACER Center, included nationally recognized speakers on transition planning and discussion groups focusing on parent involvement in postsecondary education. Professionals, educators, and consumers participated.

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