Special Education Conference Special Education Conference

Date: October 14-15, 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.

Monday, October 14, 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am


9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Keynote Speaker - Shelley Moore

10:15 am - 10:25 am

Q & A with Shelley MooreSuites C/D/E/F

10:35 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout session with Shelley MooreSuites C/D/E/F

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm


12:20 pm - 12:55 pm

DPI Updates Suites C/D/E/F

1:05 pm - 2:20 pm

1. Teach Train Thrive Part 1 - Mastering MindsetSuite B

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

Some of our students have been through incredible trauma. Some don’t display the behavior necessary to be available for learning. As educators we have a very difficult balancing act between behavior and curriculum. This section supports the struggle of educator mindset and how we can understand the situation in a way to become successful in the classroom. Addressing this difficulty leads to more confidence in the classroom!

Level: Beginner

2. Self Determination and Building a Full Life in Your CommunityBamboo

Presenters: Carrie Witt (Community Partnership Specialist); Megan Acheson (Integrated Employment Coordinator)

Inside each of our communities are the sparks of inclusion that build a full life. Community inclusion means choice and control over the things in our community important to us. In this session, individuals will learn about the key characteristics of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and practice mapping their community and networks of support to self-direct their passion into building a full life and making community connections.

Level: Beginner

3. Understanding Self Direction in Family CareBanyan

Presenters: Daren Allen (Director, Strategy and Innovation); Lauren Paxton (Care Management Support Specialist)

The Presentation will provide an overview of Family Care, and what self-directing looks like in the Family Care program. All members enrolled in Family Care have the option to self-direct services. Members who have elected this option have reported they have enjoyed the ability to make many of their own choices, and be more in control of their life. Examples of different ways to self direct will be discussed, along with real life examples of how self-directing has positively impacted member's lives

Level: Intermediate

4. Tech Tools to Support Google Drive and ClassroomCrown Palm

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 word prediction, translation support and speech recognition to help struggling writers. Read and Write for Chrome provides supports for reading, writing and studying.

Level: Beginner

5. Power Pals - Peers Assisting, Leading, and Supporting Cypress

Presenters: Alecia Starks (Special Ed Teacher); Mark Trampf (Special Ed Teacher)

Discussion of how a peer mentoring group has worked for our school, more specifically our special education students, and what it takes to start up a program like this in your school. One of the biggest impediments to student success is the ability to read social situations and use soft skills well. We will go over curriculum used, benefits to students (both special education and peer mentors) and different strategies used to make this program successful.

Level: Beginner

6. Plan the PossibilityIronwood

Presenters: Jo Pelishek (Advocacy Specialist / Parent); Phyllis Greenberger (Lead Advocacy Specialist)

Plan the Possibility is a project designed by Disability Rights Wisconsin to promote a positive cultural change of higher expectations among transition-age students and those who interact with them. This workshop will highlight newly developed materials including a workbook, discussion sheets and the video “Plan the Possibility” featuring six young adults and their families as they go through the transition process. Materials can be used individually or as curriculum.

Level: Beginner

2:20 pm - 2:35 pm


2:35 pm - 3:50 pm

7. Teach Train Thrive Part 2 - Motivation=MovementSuite B

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

Why do the students in your classroom do what they do? How is there such a wide variety of behavior in one school? This talk is a workshop style class in which we explore the motivation behind behavior you may see in your school. Once you understand why students behave the way they do, we can use that motivation to increase engagement in learning and lower problem behavior.

Level: Beginner

8. Shove Your Self Care You Know Where!Bamboo

Presenter: Michelle Uetz ( Teacher)

I was angry and frustrated. I told the juvenile justice social worker, “we need help.” Her response was, “you need some self care.” I was irritate!! I looked down and didn’t say another word. My thought was, “you can shove your self care you know where!” Since that day I have changed my attitude about self care, finding little ways to incorporate it into each day. Join me las I give tips and ideas of how you can move from surviving to thriving with simple, realistic self care practices.

Level: Beginner

Dr. Ruth Nyland and Paula JohnsonBanyan

9. Assistive Technology 101Crown Palm

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Assistive Technology has been mandated as part of special education since 1998 however many school districts and agencies are not equipped with tools or staff to complete assistive technology assessments as part of the special education process. This session will demonstrate free tools that are available to complete assist classroom educators in assessing students' need for assistive technology.

Level: Beginner

10. Getting your feet wet with Standards-Based GradingCypress

Presenter: Rae Hughart (Evans Junior High School)

It’s time to talk shop and get our feet wet! Take the first step and explore Standards-Based Grading. In this session, you will learn the who, what, when, where, and why for SBG; including how the system may look in the classroom and easy tools to support educators explanation of SBG to students! Stop focusing on task completion and begin your journey to the deep end filled with deeper learning!

Level: Beginner

11. Increasing Your Impact Through EntrepreneurshipIronwood

Presenter: Jeff Gargas (COO)

This session will explore how becoming an entrepreneur can offer driven teachers the opportunity to expand their impact to more students. This presentation will look at the impact teacherpreneurs can have on education, and examine how to start, manage, and grow an organization, without having to leave your classroom. See how you can use your entrepreneurial spirit to maximize your impact on the educational world!

Level: Beginner

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

8:00 am - 9:05 am

12. Family Ties: Parent Engagement in a Secure Juvenile Facility Bamboo

Presenter: Brandi Berry (School Psychologist-Senior)

Increasingly, schools are dismissing the notion of the “hard to reach” parent and taking more responsibility for building trusting relationships and offering meaningful opportunities to engage parents in their children’s educations. For parents of youth in custody, however, simply maintaining family ties can be challenging. This session will discuss the creative ways that staff members at a secure juvenile facility have worked within institution policies to facilitate regular contact and quality interactions between adjudicated youth and their families while including parents in critical opportunities to support their children’s educational and rehabilitative programming.

Level: Beginner

13. District Justifications for Alternate Assessment Participation: What Makes Banyan

Presenters: Kathy Strunk (Education Program Specialist); Sheryl Lazarus (Associate Director: NCEO / Director: Ties Center); Tania Sharp (Exceptional Children Consultant); TBN TBN (-)

States exceeding the 1.0% cap on participation in the alternate assessment are asking districts that exceed that cap to provide justifications for doing so. This session analyzes the kinds of justifications that districts provide and explores what kinds of justifications make sense.

Level: Intermediate

14. Measurement and Collection of Behavioral Data from Your StudentsCrown Palm

Presenters: James Collins (Associate Professor of Special Education); Sara Athorp (UW-W LIFE Instructor / Graduate Student); Shannon Stuart (Professor of Special Education); Whitney Scherret (UW-W LIFE Instructor / Graduate Student)

This session will provide an overview of (a) data collection methods, (b) dimensions of behavior that can be measured, and (c) single-case experimental designs that teachers can use to monitor student progress and to evaluate the efficacy of classroom interventions. Data collection forms will be provided and graphed examples (using Excel) will be shared.

Level: Intermediate

15. How Trauma Informed Are You Really?Ironwood

Presenter: Michelle Uetz (Special Ecuation Teacher)

Trauma Informed is a term that has been popular in education training recently. Even if you have been through a training, how trauma informed are you really? This session will discuss the differences between trauma informed, trauma sensitive, trauma experienced, and trauma negligent. As the opioid crisis increases, so does the number of students who experience trauma. We need to have a true understanding of what it looks like and how to respond to students and staff who have experienced trauma.

Level: Intermediate

8:00 am - 11:30 am

Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation: A Renewed Focus on Student Needs DPI PresentersDPISuite B

This interactive workshop will support learning at all levels of experience and will be facilitated by several consultants from DPI who will provide small group discussion and support individualized interactive discussion and reflections on IEP development for both new and veteran educators.
IDEA has long required every sped evaluation to be comprehensive and outlines procedural and substantive requirements for IEP teams to follow. A comprehensive eval provides the foundation for developing an IEP that promotes student access, engagement and progress in general ed curriculum, instruction and environments. This workshop will provide an update on new resources developed by WI DPI that outline a framework for a comprehensive sped eval and resources to support the eval process. This workshop also allows time for educators to share ideas on assessment tips and strategies that lead to an understanding of the whole student so that an eval will identify a student's strengths and needs across six major domains that include social and emotional, health/physical, independence, cognitive, academic, and communication.

9:10 am - 10:10 am

16. Improving Basic Mathematical Concepts to Students with DisabilitiesBamboo

Presenter: Lema Kabashi (Associate Professor)

This research study used TouchMath to improve basic mathematical concepts of five elementary school students with disabilities. Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) was used to enhance teacher' competence to implement TouchMath with their students. A multiple baseline research design showed that all participants improved targeted behaviors as a result of the intervention. Social validity results were positive as well.

Level: Intermediate

17. The Unintended Lessons of In(Ex)clusionBanyan

Presenter: Carol Hines (Assistant Professor)

Using a disability studies framework, the presenter shares her experiences in working in inclusive and segregated school settings. The attendees are challenged to think about what lessons are taught to typically developing students by our practices of inclusion or segregation. These lessons will also be examined to predict into their impact on society outside of schools. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of and commitment to inclusive practices for students with disabilities.

Level: Beginner

18. A Review of Practical and Evidence-Based Behavioral InterventionsCrown Palm

Presenters: James Collins (Associate Professor of Special Education); Sara Athorp (UW-W LIFE Instructor / Graduate Student); Shannon Stuart (Professor of Special Education); Whitney Scherret (UW-W LIFE Instructor / Graduate Student)

This session will provide teachers with practical tools that can used to effectively manage behavior in the classroom and beyond via the use of applied behavior analysis. Introductory concepts will be discussed, followed by specific and easy to implement strategies that can be used with many students across a variety of settings.

Level: Intermediate

The Power of the PITCrew Movement Tasha Schuh - Keynote BreakoutCypress

This session will be interactive, powerful and attendees will not want to miss it! Tasha will share about her passion of reaching children and youth with a message of resiliency and hope, how it applies to each staff member, and how they can implement mental health awareness and suicide prevention within their school. There will also be a time of Q & A at the end.

19. Handing over the Reins - Student Led IEPs and Goal SettingIronwood

Presenter: Tara Schmitz (MS Special Education Teacher)

In this workshop you will learn the steps needed to completely transform your IEP process and procedures. You will walk away fully able to mold your program into a student-led, goal-oriented program from beginning to end. Resources, slides, documents, and tips and tricks will be provided from 15 years of experience with students grades K-12. You will have the tools needed to walk away from this session ready to begin!

Level: Intermediate

10:20 am - 11:25 am

20. Approaches for Implementing Virtual & Augmented Reality into Special EdBamboo

Presenter: Roba Hrisseh (Education Technology Teacher)

Virtual reality and augmented reality is in general education everywhere. But how can we bring it to special education? How do educators even introduce these tools to their students? Is every student a good candidate for utilizing these technologies? What are some strategies for teaching with these devices? How can schools afford to purchase them? Find out more about these technologies and how to integrate them in special education for students across varying ages and functioning levels.

Level: Intermediate

21. Characteristics and Post-Secondary Supports for Students with Disabilities Banyan

Presenter: Casey Katy (Associate Professor)

The number of students with disabilities (SWD) going to college has steadily increased resulting in a greater number on college campuses. However, there is much yet to be learned about how we retain and graduate the SWD who attend post-secondary institutions. This presentation will share data collected on 100 students with learning disabilities at one university. Characteristics, high school versus college supports, and implications for post-secondary success will be discussed.

Level: Intermediate

22. Good Kids Bad AppsCrown Palm

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Teachers - if your students have any of the apps demonstrated 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! NEW resources for educating your students about Sex Trafficking and use of Social Networks

Level: Beginner

23. High Quality Instruction in EC: What It Looks Like and How to Design It Cypress

Presenter: Michelle Ogorek (Statewide Early Childhood Coordinator)

What does high quality instruction look like in early childhood? Come join this interactive session that will explore key components of high quality early childhood instruction including the use of instructional strategies and evidence based practices, specially designed instruction and play as an integral part. . This presentation will provide you with information to promote and support quality early childhood instruction for young children with disabilities.

Level: Intermediate

24. What is a Parent Peer and Why Does It Matter?Ironwood

Presenter: Michelle Uetz (Teacher)

Parents often go forgotten and unsupported when their child has a mental illness and/or substance abuse issue. In 2018 Wisconsin added Certified Parent Peer Specialists to its list of mental health support for families. This session will explain what a parent peer specialist is, what they do, how to get trained and certified, and how to access the service.

Level: Beginner

11:30 am - 12:00 pm


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Power of PATH Keynote - Tasha SchuhSuites C/D/E/F

The race of life can often be riddled with obstacles challenges and difficulties. As a quadriplegic Tasha knows this firsthand. The experience she shares in this message will encourage you to keep pressing forward, to cross the finish line with each one of your goals, and to have hope for the future. Now is the time to do an assessment of your own life and recognize that you can live it to the fullest, as well as determine to overcome any circumstances or difficulty that you may encounter in your race. In this message listeners will take away:
- The importance of teamwork and surrounding yourself with the right people.
- Defining purpose and meeting your goals.
- Identifying PATH - Purpose, Attitude, Team, and Hope - in your own life.
- Knowing what true success is and crossing your finish lines to live a fulfilling life.

1:05 pm - 2:05 pm

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

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. However, care and caution must be exercised in order to use humor in a way that is beneficial rather than harmful or offensive. In this session, we’ll explore effective ways to embed humor in your everyday interactions with students with special attention devoted to neurodiverse students.

Level: Beginner

1:05 pm - 2:10 pm

26. Teach Train Thrive Part 3 - Teaching TrustSuite B

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

We behave better for people we trust. We would walk through fire for those we feel to be authentic. The field of behavior actually has a lot to offer in the way of cultivating that trust. The way that we interact with students, including the timing of those interactions can go a long way cultivating trust. Teachers who master this tap into student motivation and have classes that work cooperatively with each other. This session is packed full of strategies to take back and implement tomorrow!

Level: Beginner

27. The 7 Keys to Citizenship: Passport to Self DeterminationBamboo

Presenter: Mary Clare Carlson (Member 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 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 a passport to full inclusion where people are welcomed, connected, cared for and recognized for their gifts and contributions

Level: Beginner

28. Reaching ALL Students with Mastery LearningBanyan

Presenter: Chad Ostrowski (CEO)

This session will provide participants with easy to implement strategies to reach ALL students with Mastery Learning in their classrooms. The discussed methods have been shared and utilized to increase student achievement and ownership through self-paced mastery grids across the country. By providing tools that create a self-paced, personalized and student-centered classroom environment every student can be met where they are at and thrive in the classroom!

Level: Beginner

29. iPad: Ultimate Tool for Special EducationCrown Palm

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This session will highlight features of the new operating system iOS 13! 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

1:05 pm - 3:30 pm

WI-DPI Introduction to the College and Career Ready IEP Framework:Improving Outcomes for Students 3-21Cypress

This beginner level interactive workshop will be facilitated by several DPI consultants from DPI who will provide small group discussions and support individualized interactive discussion and reflections on IEP development.
College and Career Ready (CCR)IEPs, is the WI DPI framework for IEP development for students aged 3-21. This workshop provides an overview of the CCR IEP Five Beliefs and CCR IEP Five Step Process to support IEP teams in the development of IEPs that improve a student's access, engagement, and progress in age/grade level standards, curriculum, instruction, and environments.
The focus of this workshop will be on the application of Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the five step process (Understand student Achievement, Identify Effects of Disabibilty and Disability-Related Needs and Develop IEP goals). The workshop will also focus on how a well-developed IEP is a critical component in meeting the IDEA requirement to provide each student eligible for special education to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a student's IEP to use as a reference or have access online during the workshop. (Please be reminded of FERPA protections)

2:20 pm - 3:30 pm

30. The Nora Project:Promoting Inclusion by Fostering Cross-Ability FriendshipsBamboo

Presenter: Alex Parker (4th grade teacher)

General education students are exposed to a yearlong curriculum where they are taught concepts such as empathy and perspective taking. Moreover, discussions focus on finding similarities, not differences, amongst school-aged peers, along with methodologies to engage with peers with disabilities. Additionally, gen-ed students are placed with peers of varying disabilities to engage in social visits, culminating in a student created documentaries of their new friend who has a disability.

Level: Beginner

31. Yes! Personalized Learning IS Possible with Effective Tech IntegrationBanyan

Presenter: Tiffany Ott (Teacher)

It isn't always easy planning for engaging, individualized, personalized learning experiences for our students. In fact, it can seem downright impossible!
But wait! You CAN do it when you use some fabulous EdTech tools to help you manage student progress, curate resources, provide student feedback, and engage students in mind-blowing learning experiences.
Come explore with us as we go on a personalized learning adventure!

Level: Beginner

32. Systemic Change through Asset-Based Family EngagementCrown Palm

Presenter: Rita Fuller (Education Consultant)

Learn how to establish systemic change through family engagement using the department’s continuous improvement initiative in a multi-level system of supports. We will discuss the barriers families and students with varying abilities, English Language Learners, students experiencing socio-economic challenges, and students of color face. We will explore how applying asset-based family engagement using an equity lens through cultural sensitivity can build partnerships between families and educator.

Level: Advanced