Transition 2021: Discovering the Next Step Transition 2021: Discovering the Next Step

Date: February 11-12, 2021
Location: Transition 2021: Discovering the Next Step, Virtual

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

Thursday, February 11, 2021

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Shelley MooreGeneral Assembly

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Shelley Moore - WorkshopGeneral Assembly

12:00 pm - 1:55 pm


1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

1. Supporting Self-Advocacy Pre-ETS: Connecting the Self-Advocacy Suite1

Presenters: Amanda Jones (Southeastern Regional Coordinator); Shelley Lehman (Northern Regional Coordinator)

Looking for tools and resources to support and increase your students’ self-advocacy skills as one of the Pre-Employment Transition Services? Join us as we explore the TIG Self-Advocacy Suite and newest enhancements including links to statewide standards, and walk away with a plan of how to intentionally support and increase students’ self-advocacy and self-determination skills.

Level: Beginner

2. Feature Match: Assistive Technology Tools2

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Providing assistive technology to students with special needs is not new, however, new apps, extensions and tools are increasingly available. How do you choose the right tool for your student? Feature Match is a process that compares the strengths of the student to the tools needed to communicate, write, read, etc. This session will explore and provide sample feature match tools to use to text to speech, voice to text, word prediction, and electronic text.

Level: Beginner

3. Teachers as First Responders - The START-Starting Process3

Presenter: Katherine O'Keeffe (Founder and President of The MENTOR System)

Teachers are called into action every day as first responders.This presentation presents a new paradigm of acknowledgement of the teaching role, introduces a method of self-empowerment that brings a fresh set of personal resources to the constantly changing circumstances of a school environment.
START-Starting is the path to increased learning outcomes for students and sustainable career satisfaction for our teachers!

Level: Intermediate

4. Bridging the Gap from School to Real World for Students with Disabilities4

Presenters: Heidi Johnson (Transition Sales Consultant); Pam Stock (Transition Consultant)

Learn about questions every district should ask. Are we meeting the post-secondary needs of all students? What are the current trends/reasons for students dropping out? To what extent are students with disabilities having successful access to CTE Courses? What barriers exist? What is the plan to address the known barriers? Armed with this information, you are ready to form a school-based committee to develop a solid and collaborative plan.

Level: Intermediate

2:15 pm - 3:10 pm

5. Post-Secondary Skills for Independence1

Presenters: Elizabeth Potter (Outreach Development Specialist); Eric Lindsay (Director of Student Recruitment); Kira Collins (Director of Enrollment ); Marissa Blackmore (Interim Program Director)

Are you looking for IEP goals to write for students in high school or transition age? This presentation covers a rubric of life skills recommended from professionals at four different post-secondary schools for students with varying disabilities. The rubric can help guide IEP related goals and skills to acquire at home in preparation for post-secondary living. Students interested in post-secondary education following high school, parents and educators can benefit from this rubric.

Level: Beginner

6. Bridging the Gap: Strategies for Successful Health Care Transitions2

Presenter: Timothy Markle (Director)

It takes more than soft skills and technical skills to succeed at life-it takes Health Skills. Students need to understand their health profile and how to talk about their health issues as well as discovering the next steps they need to take to transition their health care. In this session we will look at how health care goals can be incorporated in IEPs and PTPs--focusing on developing meaningful independent living goals. You will be introduce to a readiness assessment and tools you can use.

Level: Beginner

7. CCoT’s and the data they can use!3

Presenters: Brian Kenney (TIG Central Regional Coordinator); LaNae Jabas (TIG Central Regional Coordinator); Lisa Van Dyke (TIG Evaluation Coordinator)

There are many evidence-based activities and supports a CCoT team can implement to help students with disabilities in their county. The question is, which one is best for what your county needs? Join us as we take a look at where to find the data and information that can provide the best picture of strengths and needs for your county. Using this information can help unite your CCoT, guide your goals, and provide the best experiences to support post school outcomes for your students.

Level: Intermediate

8. Good Kids Bad Apps

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Not everything online is evil nor is every app bad, however sex traffickers are now using social networking and apps to get Face to Face with our students. Students are spending significantly more time online since the Pandemic and it is our responsibility to try to keep them safe. Participants will be provided with updated list of Bad Apps and also resources for educating your students about staying safe online.

Level: Beginner

3:30 pm - 4:25 pm

9. Make and Take: Transition Service Guides1

Presenter: Andrea Marty (Transition Coordinator )

Even if you have great transition programs in your district and a plethora of services in your community, families can't access them if they don't know about them!
In this session, I will share templates you can edit to fit your school and community (graduation paths, checklist of when to apply for services, one page community services guide, example of a transition website and more!) to get the word out! Please bring a laptop for work time.

Level: Beginner

10. Power of Connecting Youth With Disabilities to Career & Technical Education2

Presenters: Brian Kenney (Southern Regional Coordinator ); Darla Burton (Regional Career Pathways Director ); Lisa Brazelton (Transition Coordinator )

We know students with disabilities have greater success for employment after HS when they are connected to CTE opportunities. CTE incorporates an array of opportunities for youth to include: pre-voc training, work experience, youth apprenticeship, dual enrollment & participation in career & technical student organizations. You won't want to miss hearing about some of these crucial opportunities & showcasing great success stories from students who have benefited from their participation in CTE.

Level: Intermediate

11. The dangers and benefits associated with the use of humor in the classroom3

Presenter: Christopher Hovorka (Doctoral Student/HS CCSE Teacher)

What are the dangers or benefits of using humor in the classroom, especially sarcasm and jest? Recent research has pointed towards shocking revelations that seem to go against past accepted best practices such as the effective use of sarcasm in the classroom as well as the use of playful verbal jesting to develop relationships with adolescent students. Recent research has created new directions of thought by challenging centuries-old status quo standards of classroom instruction.

Level: Intermediate

12. The Magic, The Myths and A-ha Moments: Middle School Transition Planning4

Presenters: Brenda Swoboda (Western Regional Coordinator); Jennifer Hilgendorf (Statewide Indicator 1 & 2)

Teaching Middle School AND Transition Planning! Where do we start? With a room or screen full of preteens, transition planning and life after high school isn't always at the front of the teacher's mind. Surviving day to day is! We invite you to join this session to learn more about how to use and love the data, access the Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS) in Wisconsin and leave with a few transition planning resources for middle school teachers.

Level: Beginner

13. I Graduated, Now What? Overcoming My Own Challenges in High School & Beyond5

Presenter: Brian Johnson (Autism Presenter)

I present a first-person account of my challenges in transitioning from high school to college and work, as a person with autism. My struggles include one-on-one conversations, finding my way around places, and the need for concrete directions. I also discuss people and strategies that have helped me. These strategies include step-by-step progress, writing scripts for phone conversations, and "mapping out" unfamiliar locations. Each point is illustrated with stories from my life.

Level: Beginner

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Friday, February 12, 2021

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Opening Session - DPI UpdateGeneral Assembly

10:30 am - 11:25 am

14. ASPIRE to Include Everyone in 18-21 Services - from SAIL to ASPIRE1

Presenters: Angela Kropidlowski-Flynn (ASPIRE teacher); Brett Meulbroeck (ASPIRE / SAIL Teacher); Gail Wilke (Program Support Teacher); Jaslyn Posewitz (Transition Specialist); Mamie Behrens (Program Support Teacher); Sarah Braeger (Transition Specialist)

This session includes an overview of how the Sheboygan Area School District redesigned their 18-21 year old off campus programming, while providing real life tools to utilize in your district to establish more inclusive 18-21 programming. The intent of this programming is to fulfill the transition needs of ALL students, regardless of the severity of their needs. A district panel will describe the different ASPIRE components. There will be time at the end for questions from the audience.

Level: Beginner

15. Fill Your Cup: Prioritizing Self-Care While Caring for Children2

Presenters: Jackie Wight (Mental Health Clinical Manager); Tim Robinson (Regional Partnership Manager.)

During transitions to online learning, stress and anxiety can exist for students and adults alike. In order to best support your students or your own children, it is imperative to take care of yourself and your mental wellbeing.The conclusion of this presentation, audience members (backed by Wight’s clinical expertise as an LPC) will walk away with:
1.Specific tips to prioritize their own mental wellness and act as effective caregivers to their students
2.Ways to sustain empathy

Level: Intermediate

16. Improving Graduation Rates: Family Engagement and the WI Transition App3

Presenters: Amanda Jones (TIG Coordinator); Shelley Lehman (TIG Coordinator)

We know when families are involved, graduation rates go up! Join us in learning how to strengthen relationships between families and schools, while learning how to use the WI Transition App to enhance the transition process. The WI Transition App was designed to engage students and families in the transition process while improving students self-direction and self-advocacy skills. Hear feedback from a WSPEI Coordinator, parent and student on using the Wisconsin Transition App!

Level: Beginner

17. Investing in Yourself; Self-Care is the Pathway to Success4

Presenter: Megan Sweet (Founder and CEO)

In today's world, educating our youth is more complicated than ever. Educators are experiencing significant challenges in maintaining their own well-being while also providing the kind of education that will meet their student's needs. It is time to prioritize our educator's health and well-being by investing in their professional development, encouraging them to take care of themselves, and by creating supportive school communities for staff and students alike. Mindfulness can play an important

Level: Beginner

18. Read and Write for Google Chrome5

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

This session will demonstrate the features of Read and Write for Google. Boost reading and writing confidence across all types of content and devices, in class, at work, and at home. Read&Write for Google Chrome™ with it's Literacy bar provides personalised support, making documents, web pages and Google Drive files (including PDFs & ePub) more accessible through Text to Speech, picture dictionary, translation, speech to text, work prediction and much more.

Level: Beginner

19. Raising Expectations and Outcomes for Students- Improvement Planning Tools6

Presenters: Jen Hilgendorf (Transition Improvement Grant Coordinator); Jennifer Jacobs (Transition Improvement Grant Coordinator)

Are you interested in learning more about Evidence Based Practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities within your district? Learn more about TIG’s web based improvement planning tools The Transition Improvement Grant and Graduation Rate Improvement Planning Tool and hear from school districts on how they are utilizing the tools to impact student success.

Level: Beginner

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Noon SpeakerGeneral Assembly

1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

20. The Power of Work - Transitioning Youth with Behavioral Health Disorders1

Presenters: Beth Lohmann (Integrated Services Coordinator- IPS Employment Services); Liz Hock (Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor); Stacey Teegardin (IPS State Trainer)

This session will discuss best practices for supporting youth with behavioral health concerns to help them reach their recovery goals. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) utilizes strategies to support both education and employment to add to the person's whole health. Presenters will walk through how schools, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, vocational providers, and behavioral health agencies can collaborate together to best support the student.

Level: Intermediate

21. Employment Bound! Creating Opportunities with a Visual Resume2

Presenters: Brenda Swoboda (Western Regional Coordinator); Brian Kenney (Southern Regional Coordinator)

Transition of talented youth into integrated community employment settings can require supports and collaboration between schools and agencies. The visual resume can lead to meaningful, paid work experiences which increase post high school outcomes and prepare students to graduate college, community and career ready! Join us to hear how to showcase youth via platform options for creating a visual resume, the resources and data to support the learning curve. Wisconsin Youth are Employment Bound!

Level: Beginner

22. Making E-Learning Content Accessible3

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Whether eLearning, virtual, hybrid, or in-person, this school year will require more independent learning, reading, and understanding. How will you ensure your students have the right tools to access their coursework and materials? This session will highlight the use of Snap & Read - a tool from Don Johnson, Inc. Resources will be provided for Schoology, Canvas, Google Classroom, PDFs, webpages, OverDrive, and Kindle Cloud Reader.

Level: Beginner

23. EPICS: A Different Kind of Career Exploration for Transition 4

Presenter: Karen AndersonFignon (Founder)

When you were choosing a career path for yourself, did you consider the Holland Interest Themes? Did you discover your ideal environment, personality type, values, and skills before choosing your career? Do we afford transition students the opportunity to do those things during their WBL? With EPICS, experience first hand research-based career exploration that uses personal intuition, visual processing, and brain science. The EPICS program is ideal for setting realistic and successful goals.

Level: Intermediate

24. The Tragedy of Unrealized Potential5

Presenters: Eric Lindsay (Director of Student Recruitment); Scott Perkins (Director of Admissions)

In an effort to address the tragedy of unrealized potential, Shepherds College applies the philosophy of Appropriate Independence™ (Ai) to training young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD). Ai is defined as supported self-sufficiency aligned with individual strengths. Focusing on both attitude and action, Ai provides a framework to assist individuals and organizations in the pursuit of such a strategy.

Level: Beginner

25. What Do I Bring with Me on the Transition Path?6

Presenters: Dan Krohn (Manager of Community Partnerships); Kathryn Burish (Healthcare Information Clerk/Self-Advocate)

Planning for a self-directed life after high school requires strong partnerships, clear communication and supportive individuals who understand your strengths and interests. In this session, you will learn:
• How to partner with your transition support team to build the full community life you choose.
• Tips, tools, and insights from a self-advocate on how she used self-direction to achieve her goals of living in the community
• Pack your own “transition suitcase" through a guided activity

Level: Beginner