|Purpose:||The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) database. The NLTS2 is designed to support research on a wide range of topics pertaining to youth with disabilities as they move from secondary school into adult roles.
This seminar is open to advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide and to researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from federal, state, and local education and human services agencies and professional associations.
|Dates:||January 13-15, 2009|
|NLTS2:||In 2001, the U.S. Department of Education funded the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) to provide a national picture of the characteristics, experiences, and outcomes of secondary school students with disabilities as they transition to young adulthood. NLTS2 includes a sample of more than 11,000 youth who were ages 13 through 16 and receiving special education services in seventh grade or above in the 2000-2001 school year. The sample is nationally representative of youth with disabilities as a group and youth in each of the federal special education disability categories in use for students in the NLTS2 age range.
Data are being collected in five waves over a 9-year period and include information from parents, youth, school staff, and school records. The database includes over 10,000 variables related to youth and family characteristics, school characteristics, special education programs and services, academic and functional performance, adult services and supports, postsecondary education, adult adjustment and health, and adult employment.
|Links:||For further information about NLTS2, including available publications that can be downloaded, visit the study website (http://www.nlts2.org).|
|Expected Outcome:||The overall goal of the training seminar is to prepare researchers to use NLTS2 data in substantive research. The seminar will include both lecture and hands-on instruction. Specifically, the seminar will include the following topics and activities:
|Financial Support:||There is no fee to attend the training seminar. NCSER will provide training materials as well as computers for hands-on practice. NCSER will also pay for transportation and hotel accommodations. Participants will be responsible for their meals during travel and while in Washington, DC.|
|Location:||The training seminar will be held in Washington, DC, January 13-15, 2009. Accepted applicants will be sent information about meeting and lodging arrangements.|
|Application Instructions:|| Individuals interested in attending the training seminar must submit:
Applications will not be accepted after November 23, 2008. Only complete applications will be considered for review.
|Other Information:||Applicants who do not meet the qualifications given above will be rated ineligible.
The number of applicants selected to participate from the same organization or institution may be limited to two if the total number of eligible applicants (i.e., applicants who meet all of the requirements and submit a complete application by the due date) exceeds the space capacity of the training seminar.
Accepted candidates will be notified by December 5, 2008. Accepted candidates will receive the seminar agenda and information about travel arrangements.
If selected for participation, individuals who require accommodations for disabilities to participate in the NLTS2 Database Training Seminar should contact Chonita Milner-Vaughn (see contact information below) by December 12, 2008 to ensure that appropriate accommodations are provided.
|Access to Restricted-Use Data:||Accepted candidates will be required to bring a signed and notarized Affidavit of Nondisclosure to the first training session. A blank form will be provided to all accepted candidates prior to the training.
This non-disclosure form permits limited access to restricted-use NLTS2 data during this training seminar. Course materials do not include the NLTS2 data. Participants interested in performing further analyses and publishing results using NLTS2 data will be required to submit a separate application for licensure. Licenses for using these restricted-use data outside of the training seminar may be obtained through NCES (National Center for Education Statistics).
More information on Licensing is available at: http://nces.ed.gov/statprog/instruct.asp.
|Contact Information:||Inquiries about e-mail submission of NLTS2 Database Training Seminar application materials:
Optimal Solutions Group, LLC
8100 Professional Place, Suite 312
Hyattsville, MD 20785
Submission E-mail: NCSERTrainingNLTS2@optimalsolutionsgroup.com