Date: February 20-21, 2020
Location: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
LeRoy Butler, Green Bay Packers: LeRoy spent his entire NFL career playing for the Green Bay Packers. He spent his childhood in Jacksonville, Florida challenged by physical problems that forced him to wear leg braces and use a wheelchair while undergoing therapy. LeRoy was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1990, won a Super Bowl ring in 1996 in Super Bowl XXXI, was selected All-Pro 4 times, was named to the 1990's NFL All Decade Team, and inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2007. LeRoy Butler is credited with inventing the infamous 'Lambeau Leap'. LeRoy has authored the book "From Wheelchair to Lambeau Leap"
Paula D. Kohler, Ph.D. is a founding executive director of the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA) and Professor of Exceptional Student Education at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Kohler leads FCSUA's work to establish and support Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Programs in public and private universities, state and community colleges, and technical colleges across the state. She also serves as co-director of the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and is an Emeritus Professor at Western Michigan University from where she retired as Associate Vice President for Research. Dr. Kohler conducts research regarding effective transition education and services for youth with disabilities across a range of topics, including college and career readiness. She has accomplished this work with the support from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and state departments of education. Her Taxonomy for Transition Programming and Taxonomy 2.0 are recognized as an effective model for planning, implementing, and evaluating transition-focused education, and has influenced the implementation of transition education across the U.S. and other countries.
Julia Hartwig is Director of the Special Education Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She holds both general and special education licensures, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and master’s degree in special education. Previous positions within the DPI include School Improvement Initiatives Consultant with a focus on Multi-Level Systems of Support, and Assistant Director of Special Education with a focus on systems change and school and district improvement. Prior to work at DPI she was a special education teacher. Julia’s work has focused on implementing and aligning systems of support so that all students have equitable educational experiences.