Special Education Conference Special Education Conference

Date: November 15-16, 2021
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, November 15, 2021

7:30 am - 8:55 am

Registration/Breakfast/ExhibitsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Keynote - Anthony IanniSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:55 am - 11:50 am

Paula WaiserCypress


1. Behavior Impedes Learning? I’ve checked yes, now what!Mangrove

Presenter: Katie Berg MA Ed. (Supporting Neurodiverse Students Statewide Coordinator )

Participants will deepen their understanding of the question “Does the student’s behavior impede their learning or that of others?” We will explore the information gained or needed from a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and how to discuss matching interventions. Participants will be exposed to strategies for discussion and methods to move forward in supporting students with challenging behavior output.

Level: Beginner

2. A Mother’s Perspective: Seeing Beauty and Value in a Child with Disability Suite 3

Presenter: K. Jane Lee (parent)

When her child sustained a severe brain injury at birth, Jane Lee found that what she had learned about disability as a physician was no help as a parent. In this session, Lee will discuss her struggle to bond with and love her child, the journey of aligning her daughter’s needs and abilities with school expectations, the challenge of finding her non-verbal child’s voice, and the transition from seeing disability as an impaired body to seeing the beauty and value in the person that is her child.

Level: Beginner

3. Paraprofessionals: Supporting Our SupportersSuite 4

Presenter: Kylie Steever (Special Education Learning Specialist)

This presentation will assist administrators in learning new concepts on how to support paraprofessionals in their daily duties, as well as provide resources that can be implemented both in and out of the classroom. Topics that will be discussed include Roles and Responsibilities, Accommodations and Modifications, & Empowering Students to be Independent. This will be a great opportunity for Special Education and Building leaders to ensure student success!

Level: Intermediate

4. 7 Research Based Behavior Strategies You've Never Used Before

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

There is currently a 60 year research to practice gap, meaning many of the current strategies being attempted with students are pretty dated. It’s very important to have new interventions in your back pocket, especially coming off 2020-2021 with so many students having been at home most of the year. This session will detail 7 research based strategies that are effective in changing behavior in the classroom, but may not be in any of your FBAs yet because they are newly researched!

Level: Beginner

12:50 pm - 1:45 pm

5. Assistive Technology Assessment ? How Do I Begin?Cypress

Presenter: Paula Walser (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? Feature Match is the foundation of assessment and 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 select text to speech, voice to text, word prediction, and electronic text tools.

Level: Beginner

6. I Count Too: Affirming Students Who Look, Learn, Love, and Live DifferentlyMangrove

Presenter: Michael Williams (Student Transition Counselor)

This workshop on equity and diversity awareness will help your team create a supportive community which recognizes and respects the diverse characteristics of each community member through the emphasis of their collective humanity over their individual diversity. Issues including biased behaviors, school climate, strategies for improvement, benefits of action, consequences of inaction, and our challenge to change. Workshop promises to be informative, engaging, and inspirational.

Level: Beginner

7. Make it a Ritual! Supporting Diverse Learners through ConversationsSuite 3

Presenter: Steve Fouts (CEO)

In this workshop, participants will learn a universally designed, three-step method that helps teachers (and parents!) have great social emotional conversations with diverse learners. This method is useful for face-to-face, blended and online conversations and can be used in one-on-one and small group settings. Participants emerge from this workshop with a go-to ritual they can immediately start using.

Level: Beginner

8. Learning for Work: Readying Students with Disabilities for Meaningful WorkSuite 4

Presenters: Heidi Johnson (Owner of Transition Assessments and Curriculum); Stephanie Corbey (Transition Consultant)

This presentation will provide evidence-based strategies and valuable resources, including the identification of funding streams, to successfully prepare students with disabilities (SWD) for careers in the workforce. Attendees will leave with a working framework and implementation tools to take the next step in their district/school.

Level: Intermediate

9. How to Motivate Students Who Refuse to WorkTamboti/Aloeswood

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

It's been widely reported that work refusal is quickly rising as one of the most confusing and frustrating behaviors in schools. Educators are using all kinds of behavior plans, and having a hard time getting students engaged. This presentation will explain why refusal is occurring in schools, and will address how to get students moving.

Level: Beginner

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

BreakSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

2:05 pm - 3:00 pm

10. Good Kids Bad Apps 2021Cypress

Presenter: Paula Walser ( 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

11. Student-Led IEP Meetings and the Continuum of Student InvolvementMangrove

Presenters: Jennifer Lipske (Special Education Case Manager); Jessica Schuessler (Special Education Case Manager); Kelly Schur (Special Education Case Manager); Robert "Andy" Johnson (Special Education Case Manager)

How involved is your child/student in the creation of their IEP or the facilitation of their IEP meeting? Having students involved in understanding their disability is empowering. It prepares students to be better self advocates, communicators, and make choices and decisions to direct their own lives. You will be given time to reflect on your current practices and be provided tools and strategies to incorporate different levels of student participation.

Level: Beginner

12. Use of messaging for groupwork in inclusive settings

Presenter: Steven Singer (Dr.)

This study of deaf students and hearing students examined the use of text-based messaging, pen and paper messaging, and student-to-student messaging in collaborative activities with and without support. Students effectively used instant messaging to navigate communication and reflected on the use of these tools compared to support personnel. The focus of the presentation is to reflect on the findings and suggest how they might be applied to a broader population of students in inclusive settings.

Level: Intermediate

13. Getting Students to Buy InTamboti/Aloeswood

Presenter: Lani Lawson (BCBA)

Everyone needs a little extra support this year. Getting students to buy into your plan can be done using a research based strategy called Pairing. Pairing increases compliance, and lowers problem behavior. Our students experienced unexpected change and trauma last school year in many ways. Implementing Pairing will give educators and leaders a way to help students buy in to learning this year, whatever that looks like for you.

Level: Beginner

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

7:30 am - 8:50 am

Registration/Breakfast/ExhibitsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Keynote - Temple GrandinSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:30 am - 10:40 am

BreakSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout with Keynote Temple GrandinSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm

Lunch/Exhibits/RaffleSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

Paula WaiserCypress


14. From yacking to facilitatingMangrove

Presenter: Tara Schmitz (HS Special Education Teacher)

Sick of hearing yourself speak during the entire IEP meeting? Join me to learn how I've spent the last 10 years transforming IEP meetings into a truly valuable and worthwhile experience. I'll share forms and slides that will leave you ready to transform your program in just days. Your students and families will truly understand the entire IEP process and walk away feeling heard and encouraged to lead their learning to the next level.

Level: Intermediate

15. Using Qualitative Data to Identify Root CausesSuite 3

Presenters: Anneke Nelson (Assistant RDA Coordinator); Kyle Laughlin (RDA Project Manager)

When collecting and analyzing data, quantitative data such as test scores are often the focus. However, qualitative data such as informal observations, interviews, and surveys can be more effective in driving change. Hear about how this type of data has been used in districts and its impact on system change.

Level: Intermediate

16. Taking the Mystery out of Mystery MotivatorsSuite 4

Presenters: Brandi Berry (School Psychologist-Senior); Peter Kastenholz (Teacher)

In this presentation, we will discuss the development and implementation of a Mystery Motivator Incentive System within a juvenile correctional facility. We will share data on our outcomes as well as strategies we used to overcome the challenges we faced in expanding this program across general, alternative, and special education settings. Implications for future use and techniques for adapting this program to your own individual settings will be discussed.

Level: Beginner

17. The quicker picker upper...wiping away classroom disruptions.Tamboti/Aloeswood

Presenter: Melissa Grzonka (Speaker)

The strategies for improving your day, your energy, and your classroom have arrived. It's your turn to wipe away the negative behaviors, you will practice ways to teach good behaviors, way to diffuse conflict, and way to remain calm as you continue your instruction. You will be able to eliminate repeated warnings and place the responsibilities of behavior with the student. We will provide Research Based, Practical Strategies, and Resources that you take back to their classroom the very next day.

Level: Beginner