Transition Conference 2019: Continuing the Pathways to Brighter Futures! Transition Conference 2019: Continuing the Pathways to Brighter Futures!

Date: February 21-22, 2019
Location: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI


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This schedule is subject to change. Registrants will receive a conference program at conference check in.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am

BREAKFAST/EXHIBITSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Keynote: Anthony IanniSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:30 am - 10:45 am

BREAKSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

1. (Don’t) Quit Clowning Around: Effective Use of Humor in the ClassroomBamboo

Presenter: Brandi Berry (School Psychologist-Senior)

Educators can use humor to build positive rapport with students, engage students in academics, and effectively address behavioral concerns. That said, care and caution must be exercised in order to refrain from inadvertently offending students and/or confusing students. In this session, we’ll explore effective ways to embed humor in educators’ everyday interactions with students. First, I will propose that anyone can be funny, that comedy can certainly be learned, and that everyone has his or her own particular sense of humor and comedic style. I will emphasize that, to help students perceive us to be “funny,” we often have to be authentic, genuine, and even a bit vulnerable. Second, I will present some information on what the data say about use of humor in the classroom and connect it to positive outcomes in our students. Next, I would like to provide specific scenarios and examples of using humor for relationship building, engaging students in academics, supporting positive and pro-social behaviors, and even redirecting emotionally dysregulated students and resolving crisis situations. I will then segue with times that humor can (and has) backfired. Therefore, I will conclude with some cautions and considerations, such as appropriate types of humor based on developmental level, how to utilize warm, inclusive types of humor as opposed to “poking fun” or exclusive forms of humor, and what sorts of strategies to avoid and why. In particular, I will emphasize how neurodiverse students may interpret various types of jokes or comments.

Level: Beginner

2. inAPPropriate: BAD apps for kidsBanyan

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Teachers/Parents - if your students have any of the apps demonstrated/discussed in this session on their phones/tablets - it is time to hit DELETE! Not everything online is evil, nor does danger lurk behind every new app that comes to market. However, sexual predators and human traffickers are also attempting to use apps to get Face to Face with our students. Attend this session to learn more about the "NOT SO GOOD" apps!

Level: Beginner

3. Real-Life Vocational Experience: Student-Managed BusinessesCrown Palm

Presenters: Heather Ryan (Supported Learning Program Teacher and Case Manager); Kate Schultz (General Case Manager); Maureen Baker (Supported Learning Program Teacher and Case Manager); Morgan Spitz (Supported Learning Program Teacher and Case Manager)

This informative session will focus on how to develop student-led businesses. We will explore how to start a student managed business from the ground up incorporating real life business practices; from budgeting, shopping for supplies, advertising, customer service, communication skills and more. Presenters will be providing curricular resources that participants can use to begin a classroom business. We will use examples from our current businesses 'Mustang Mornings', and 'MHS Drink Oasis'.

Level: Beginner

4. Bridging the Gap: Tools for Successful Health Care Transition Cypress

Presenter: Tim Markle (Director)

We'll discuss health care transition, explore evidence-based practices, and provide newly designed health transition workbooks to empower teachers and health care professionals to support transition, including how to integrate health transition into a Transition IEP and conversations to encourage early discussions about health. Be more prepared to take an active role in an IEP or Section 504 meeting in order to encourage independence based on what is developmentally appropriate for each student.

Level: Beginner

5. Partners for Success - A Competitive High School Work ProgramGuava

Presenters: Christina Tierney (Employment Coordinator); Julie Space (Special Education Teacher); Paige Parr (VR Counselor)

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wisconsin Rapids School District and Opportunity Development Center developed and implemented a successful Work Experience Program for high school students with disabilities. The program was developed to encompass WIOA mandated pre-employment transition services. Students work 3 different PAID work sites during the school year. DVR, ODC and the school district have collaborated to develop work sites, provide supports & to ensure transportation is provided.

Level: Beginner

6. Understanding Self DIrection in Family CareTamarind

Presenter: Daren Allen (Director, Strategy and Innovation)

The primary purpose of the presentation is to orient parents, educators and Agencies on the Family Care Program, and Self Direction within the Family Care Program. Based on our experience in participating in Transition Resource Fairs and other Transition events, parents are misinformed about the capability for Self Direction in the Family Care Program. Many parents think the only avenue for Self Direction is through the IRIS program. The objective is to ensure they understand all options.

Level: Intermediate

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

LUNCH/EXHIBITSSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

DPI Updates Suite 1, 2, 7, 8

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

7. Continuing the Journey at Paving the WayBamboo

Presenters: Danni Brauer (Director of Special Education/Curriculum); Darren Carson (Cross-Categorical Teacher)

Join us on Manawa's journey to 100% of students with disabilities employed by graduation. Participants will hear about year #2 of a rural Wisconsin school district’s response to WIOA. Hear about what was learned in the first year and the changes that were made for the second year. The program incorporates hands-on transition assessment, soft-skill training, job specific training, job shadowing, volunteer and paid job placements, and student-run business at an off-campus location.

Level: Intermediate

8. Ipad : The Ultimate tool for Implementing UDLBanyan

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This session will highlight features of the new operating system iOS 12! The ipad provides the tools to provide Universal Design for Learning for special education students. Learn how to use your iPad as a scanner to make paper materials usable on the iPad, how to turn your iPad into a magnifier, have all text read out loud, multi-task, complete screen recordings, use voice to text, add screen controls and much, much more.

Level: Beginner

9. Job Coaching for Success: the steps beyond job developmentCrown Palm

Presenters: Andrea Elsmo (Transition Employment Specialist); Sheena Behnke (Transition Employment Specialist)

This presentation will focus on learning the sequential strategies for successful job development with an emphasis on job coaching. Learn how to identify good job placements and how to teach skills, maintain those skills and then fade your supports. We will share real examples of task analyses, tools for independence and other adaptations for the workplace. Our goal is to assist you in facilitating the highest level of independence possible for supported employees.

Level: Beginner

10. Promoting Self-Determination Through Multiple Component Interventions Cypress

Presenter: Katie Barofsky (Doctoral Student )

This presentation will highlight the characteristics of the most effective and evidence-based interventions that promote the development of self-determination skills for middle and high school students with disabilities. Participants will be provided with interventions materials and explicit strategies to develop students self-determination.

Level:

11. Making the Leap From What We Know to Where We Will GoGuava

Presenter: Jessica Evers (Teacher)

Transition is a daunting process for many families. As educators, we are charged to assist families in understanding services and collaborating to set up successful plans as well as help families to continue to assist their students in moving forward and onto the next steps. Come hear one district's process of educating families, discussing graduation and 18-21 year old programming, collaborating with post-secondary resources and the community to assist students in become successful adults.

Level: Beginner

12. The 7 Keys to Citizenship: A Passport to Self DeterminationTamarind

Presenter: Mary Clare Carlson (Self Advocacy Specialist)

The 7 Keys to Citizenship as illuminated by Dr. Simon Duffy (Purpose, Freedom, Money, Home, Help, Life, Love) provides a helpful framework for living a more self-determined life. The workshop explores how the the 7 Keys can be a valuable foundation when creating IEP postsecondary transition plans as well as plans in Long-Term Care programs. Citizenship can be the passport to full inclusion where people are welcomed, connected, cared for and recognized for their gifts and contributions.

Level: Beginner

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

13. Engaging Families in the Transition ProcessBamboo

Presenters: Caroline Rossing (Grant Coordinator); Tim Borud (Family Engagement Coordinator)

Session Overview - This session will focus on ways to engage all team members, with a special focus on families, in the Transition process. We will share engaging practices that you can use in your own transition planning with your students and families. By engaging all in the process, better transition outcomes for students are possible and lead to healthier lives post-high school.

Level: Beginner

14. Tech Tools to Support Google Apps for EducationBanyan

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This session will highlight assistive technology that supports struggling students using Google Tools. Snap & Read Universal provides the ability to read text out loud while also leveling content. Quizbot provides a one-click quiz creation tool that also scores content. Co: Writer Universal uses grammar and vocabulary smart work prediction, translation support and speech recognition to help struggling writers. Read and Write for Chrome provides supports for reading, writing and studying.

Level: Beginner

15. Redefining Student Career Pathways Avenues for Real Life OutcomesCrown Palm

Presenters: Adam Clayton (Mr. Adam Clayton); Amanda Baran (Ms. Amanda Baran); Brenda Martin (Mrs. Brenda Martin); Mike Pond (Mr. Mike Pond)

The Redefining Ready goal for our students in D214 is to have them explore, experience and connect with career pathways that not only interest them but connects with a variety of school and community resources. As we all know the majority of special education students unemployment rate is significantly high over 75%. We are changing the trajectory of our students outcomes with maximizing our building and district experiences and resources that prepare our students for real life outcomes.

Level: Advanced

16. Transition Planning and the IEPCypress

Presenter: Kelly MacPherson (Program Specialist)

This session will provide participants (parents, educators, and youth) with a brief overview and expectations of transition per IDEA. Participants will make connections on how results from formal and informal assessments and disability-based needs support the development of post-secondary goals areas of Employment, Training, Education, and Independent Living of students and parents/guardians.

Level: Beginner

17. Rite of Passage - Community Based Transition Programming Guava

Presenters: Krista Kasten (Special Education Case manager ); Krista Kasten (Special Education Case manager )

Looking to build a successful 18-21 transition program that is community based? Want to learn of all the positives that come from a program with true integration into the community? Then look no further… We will give an overview of Verona Area High School’s transition program, steps we took to get to this point, an overview of the day to day activities for our students and the true benefits we have gleaned from being a part of the community!

Level: Beginner

18. Whole Person, Whole Life TransitionTamarind

Presenters: Brian Kenney (Southern Regional Coordinator); Tim Markle (Director)

"Transition" can refer to so many things! Transitioning to post-secondary education, employment, a new living situation, a new medical doctor and on and on. It appears we have to deal with each part of our lives separately--BUT that's not how we really live. We live as a whole person and every "part" of transition effects all the other parts. What if the core of our transition efforts was the person and not just what they are transitioning to?

Level: Beginner

Friday, February 22, 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am

BREAKFAST/EXHIBITSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Keynote: Dr. Cindra JohnsonSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:30 am - 10:45 am

BREAKSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

19. Visual Strategies:Creating visual supports for students with ASDBanyan

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This presentation will highlight tools and resources for creating original visual strategies for your classroom/workplace/job training site. Facebook, Pinterest, and the web are full of high-quality visual schedules, social stories, and tools for you to easily modify and personalize for your students. Tools highlighted during this session include Boardmaker Online, Picto4me, SymbolStix, Choiceworks, Choiceworks Calendar and much more! Join the padlet and add your favorite resources.

Level: Beginner

20. Transition Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Students in WisconsinCrown Palm

Presenters: Dave Ballmann (Transition Specialist); Jenn Raclaw (College & Career Readiness); Stacey Stackhouse (CCR Program - Vocational Education)

Present information about transition services for students who are blind or visually impaired. Provide information on transition services for students at the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and across the state. We will also discuss the 6 week summer employ-ability program as well as other outreach services available to blind and visually impaired students.

Level: Beginner

21. Turn Every IEP into a Transition IEPCypress

Presenter: Jessica Sinor-Vanne (Director of Special Education)

All goals can be transition goals and in this presentation you will learn how to incorporate transition skills into all your goals as well as your present level of performance. You will lean methods to take the goals you are currently writing and incorporating the work based skills needed for transition.

Level: Intermediate

22. Understanding Self DIrection in Family Care (REPEAT)Guava

Presenter: Daren Allen (Director, Strategy and Innovation)

The primary purpose of the presentation is to orient parents, educators and Agencies on the Family Care Program, and Self Direction within the Family Care Program. Based on our experience in participating in Transition Resource Fairs and other Transition events, parents are misinformed about the capability for Self Direction in the Family Care Program. Many parents think the only avenue for Self Direction is through the IRIS program. The objective is to ensure they understand all options.

Level: Intermediate

Keynote WorkshopSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

LUNCH/EXHIBITSSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Student PanelSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

1:10 pm - 2:20 pm

TBABanyan


TBACrown Palm


TBACypress


TBAGuava


TBAMahogany

2:20 pm - 2:30 pm

RAFFLE and THANK YOU!Suite 1, 2, 7, 8