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2005 National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth
Policy and Practice Implications for Secondary and Postsecondary Education, Transition, and Workforce Development for Youth with Disabilities

June 14-15, 2005
Capital Hilton Hotel
Washington, D.C.

More than 525 individuals interested in issues related to secondary and postsecondary education and transition of youth with disabilities met in Washington, DC, June 14-15, 2005, for the second National Leadership Summit on Improving Results: Policy and Practice Implications for Secondary and Postsecondary Education, Transition, and Workforce Development for Youth with Disabilities. The two-day Summit brought together the perspectives of educational administrators, youth with disabilities, parents, employers, workforce development professionals, disability service providers, advocates, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Throughout the Summit, 50 teams representing 46 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Pacific Rim entities, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (herein referred to as “Leadership Teams”) met in dialogue sessions to develop or refine strategic action plans for improving outcomes for youth with disabilities. The process for developing the state strategic action plans was framed around the recently released National Standards for Secondary Education and Transition for All Youth, developed by the National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET). The National Standards include standards and quality indicators in five framing areas:

  • Schooling
  • Career preparatory experiences
  • Youth development and youth leadership
  • Family involvement
  • Connecting activities

A facilitator guided each team’s planning process, and a recorder helped document the team’s discussion and decisions. To stimulate ideas and garner advice, the Leadership Teams also had the opportunity to attend presentations by 45 national, state, and local experts and to meet with content experts individually during their team planning.

The 2005 National Leadership Summit participants also benefited from plenary sessions featuring:

  • Welcome remarks by Dr. Troy Justesen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, and Pam Mazerski, Associate Commissioner, Office of Program Development and Research, U.S. Social Security Administration.
  • A keynote address by Dr. Harold Hodgkinson, Senior Fellow, Institute for Educational Leadership.
  • A panel discussion by four inspiring young people with disabilities.
  • Remarks by Dr. Roy Grizzard, Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, and Dr. Susan Sclafani, Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

At the conclusion of the Summit, common priority issues were identified by region, which were presented during the final plenary session.


For More Information

Visit the 2005 Summit pages (see links below and in the left sidebar) for the proceedings of this summit. For more background information, see more about the 2005 NCSET National Leadership Summit or contact the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition at ncset@umn.edu or (612) 624-2097.

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See Also

The Summit was followed by:

National Rehabilitation Transition Conference:
From Roots to Wings - Guiding Youth With Disabilities to Employment

June 16 - 17, 2005
Capital Hilton Hotel
Washington, DC

 


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