Standards-Based Education Reform Workshop in May

Megan Dushin (
Tue, 07 Apr 1998 16:51:59 -0600

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You are invited to a National Transition Alliance for Youth with
Disabilties Informational Workshop!

Including Youth with Disabilities

May 7 - 8, 1998
Regal Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

Please visit the National Transition Network website for more
information at, or review the text
below. If you have any questions, please email Laura Gardzelewski at or call 612/624-2079.
Presented By
The National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities
(partners include):

- Transition Research Institute
- National Transition Network
- Academy for Educational Development
- Council of Chief State School Officers
- National Alliance of Business
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education

And the following organizations:

- Center for Law and Education
- National Center for Educational Outcomes
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)

To build your state's capacity to address major issues, student benefits

and system incentives for including youth with disabilities in state
standards, assessment and accountability systems.

By participating in this workshop, you will:
- Identify challenges to including youth with disabilities
within the emerging state standards and large-scale accountability
- Gain practical strategies to address these challenges, in terms of
student benefits and system incentives,
- Learn from shared models for including youth with disabilities in
school-to-work strategic plans and education reform efforts focusing
on standards, assessment and accountability issues, and
- Develop or refine your state's plan of action for including youth
with disabilities in state standards, assessment and accountability

States will benefit by sending teams with the appropriate knowledge,
skills and responsibilities to bring about change relating to this topic

within their system. Individuals attending will be matched with a team
to maximize the benefits of this workshop. See registration form for
suggested list of participants.

Each team will complete an action plan that describes what steps will be

taken, when, by whom, and with what measurable outcomes.

There is no workshop fee. Participants will be responsible for the costs

and arrangements of their travel, lodging and evening meals.

May 6: Onsite Registration from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
May 7: Issues and Systems
8:30 - 9:00
Continental Breakfast and Onsite Registration

9:00 - 9:15
Welcome / David R. Johnson, Co-Director, National Transition Alliance

9:15 - 10:30
Stakeholder Panel Discussion / Major Issues for Including Youth with
Disabilities in Standards-Based Education Reform, Assessment and
Accountability Systems / From the perspectives of an employer, a parent,

an individual with a disability, and a legal advocate.

10:45 - 12:15
State Panel Discussion / Three States' Approaches / Representatives from

Oregon, Minnesota, and Vermont will describe their state standards and
large scale accountability systems, how they developed these systems and

the challenges they face in implementing them.

12:15 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:30
Concurrent Sessions I
- Accommodating the Diversity of Youth with Disabilities within State
Standards, Assessment and Accountability Systems
- Curriculum, Instruction and Content Standards: Issues and Case
- State Standards, Assessment and Accountability Systems and Youth with

Experts in these three topic areas will discuss critical issues related
to each topic and strategies to address these issues.

2:45 - 4:00
Concurrent Sessions II / Repeat of above sessions

4:00 - 5:00
Facilitated Team Meetings / Initial Stages of Action Planning

May 8: Bringing the Pieces Together & Developing Action Plans
8:30 - 9:00
Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00
Stakeholder Panel Discussion / Major Issues Continued from Day 1 /
Perspectives from a legislator, researcher, school administrator and
state education reform personnel.

10:15 - 12:00
Presentation / Practical Strategies for Developing a Standards-Based,
Large-Scale Accountability System that Includes All Youth / Judy Elliot,

Ph.D., Senior Researcher, National Center for Educational Outcomes, and
Edward Roeber, Ph.D., Director, State Collaborative on Assessment and
Student Standards, Council of Chief State School Officers / This
presentation will provide "how to" strategies for developing
comprehensive standards-based, large-scale accountability systems that
benefit all youth.

12:00 - 1:00

1:00 - 2:30
Facilitated Team Meetings / Incorporating Workshop Information and
Refining Action Plans

2:45 - 3:30
General Session / State Team Leaders Report their #1 Priority for Action

3:30 - 4:30
Facilitated Team Meetings / Finalizing the Action Plan

4:30 - 5:00
Closing Remarks and Feedback

Regal Minneapolis Hotel (, 1313 Nicollet
Mall, Minneapolis, MN. Overnight rooms are currently blocked at the
Regal Minneapolis Hotel under the National Transition Alliance Workshop.

Call 800/522-8856 to make your hotel reservations at the negotiated
rate, $95 + tax, for workshop dates and three days prior and after the
event (5/3-5/11). Note reservations must be confirmed with the hotel by
April 13, 1998 to assure this rate.

Contact Mary Mack, Technical Assistance Coordinator, National Transition

Network, University of Minnesota, 612/624-7579 (phone);


Workshop brochure and materials are available in alternative formats
upon request

This workshop is sponsored by the National Transition Alliance for Youth

with Disabilities (NTA), coordinated by NTA partners, the National
Transition Network and Council of Chief State School Officers. NTA is
jointly funded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, including

the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and the
National School-to-Work Office (Cooperative Agreement Number

Space is limited to 100 participants on a first come, first serve basis,

with priority given to state teams.

Please detach and fax or mail to the National Transition Network


Please type or print clearly and send to:

Laura Gardzelewski
National Transition Network
University of MN
110 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
(phone) 612/624-2079; (fax) 612/624-9344










1. Are you attending as an individual or as a member of your state
team? __ Individual __ State Team

2. Of this list of suggested participants, which category best fits you?

(check all that apply):

__ State or Local School-to-Work Administrator
__ State or Local Special Education Staff
__ Employer
__ Legislator
__ State Assessment Staff
__ Goals 2000/Education Reform Leader
__ IASA, Title I School Reform Leader
__ Community-Based Organization Leader
__ Other (please describe):

3. If you have a disability, please list any special accommodations
you'd like us to provide during this workshop:

4. If you have specific dietary preferences, please list below:

Reminder: Be sure to arrange your own transportation and overnight

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