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Improving Results for Children with Disabilities

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has a new initiative emphasizing improved results for children with disabilities. OSEP will host a workshop during the ED Technical Assistance Workshop Day called "Improving Results for Children with Disabilities: Federal Initiatives and Federally Supported Resources". The presentation will outline areas for improvement such as, but not limited to, assessment, discipline, graduation, and post-school outcomes. The presentation will also cover a number of technical assistance providers that OSEP supports with resources directly relevant to improving outcomes for children with disabilities. These providers include the National Dropout Prevention Center, the National Center for Educational Outcomes, and the Parent Training Information Centers among others. The workshop will be held in Ballroom A at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Improving Educational Outcomes for AI/AN Students in English and Native Language School Programs

Join the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) for a presentation on services and technical assistance available to Title III grantees. Participants will learn how the Title III American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Children in School Program works in partnership with grantees, experts in the field, and other entities serving AI/AN students to help meet the high expectations of the Secretary of Education's cradle-to-career goals. Learn how OELA can help your projects increase the number of high-needs students prepared for enrollment in college; collect and analyze timely data; provide professional development and parental involvement activities; and support the teaching and studying of Native American languages. The workshop will also introduce participants to the newly created virtual community of practice, "The Talking Stick," an online resource for the AI/AN Children in School Program. This workshop will be held at 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Santo Domingo room.

A Traditional Tribal Process to Drive Deliberative Dialogue-The Kiva Group Process

Join Comprehensive Center directors and staff for an interactive process designed to facilitate deliberative dialogue and discussion around current education reform efforts and their implications for American Indian student achievement. The Kiva Group Process, a contemporary update of a traditional tribal process, is a proven and effective way to promote reflection, analysis, and synthesis in meaningful dialogue. Participants in this session will focus on quality and effective educational practices that foster increased student success with replicative potential for grantees. Don't miss this unique experience to share your successes and challenges with fellow educators and Comprehensive Center staff. The workshop will meet at 2:45 p.m. in the San Juan room.


Give Your Input in 2 Focus Groups on Proposed Changes in Indian Education Policy

The Department of Education (ED)wants to learn from those most active in Indian Education. Join us for 2 focus groups: "Technical Assistance Needs for Indian Education," about the restructuring of the Comprehensive Centers, and "Teacher Roundtable," on administrative flexibilities in NCLB and other proposed ESEA changes.

Technical Assistance Needs for Indian Education Programs (9:15am and 1:15pm in the Isleta Room) will explore, identify, and prioritize the technical assistance needs that could be addressed by the ED's Comprehensive Centers. ED seeks to restructure these centers to more effectively provide technical assistance to Indian Education Programs.

Teacher Roundtable (10:45am and 2:45pm in the Isleta Room) will focus on the proposed changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), including the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) administrative flexibilities, as they relate to Indian Education. The session will feature Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Michael Yudin and will discuss teachers' challenges and successes in the classroom.

Don't miss out on these exciting opportunities to share your experiences and opinions with ED!


Meet Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education: Michael Yudin

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for attendees to meet Michael Yudin, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education(ED), at several events on the Federal Technical Assistance Workshop Day. Join Mr. Yudin for a Brown Bag Lunch to discuss Federal education policy as it relates to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students and the administrative flexibility of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Find Mr. Yudin again at the Federal Senior Leadership Panel, where he and other political leaders from ED and the Bureau of Indian Education will answer questions about the Obama Administration's cradle to career strategy to ensure that more AI/AN children enter school ready to learn, more students graduate from high school college- and career-ready, and more go on and graduate from college. Additionally, Mr. Yudin will run the workshop day's plenary session.