Reaching High: Student Success, Resiliency and Hope! Reaching High: Student Success, Resiliency and Hope!

Date: January 24-25, 2022
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, January 24, 2022

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration/Breakfast/ExhibitsSuites C/D/E/F

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuites C/D/E/F

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Keynote - Gerry BrooksSuites C/D/E/F

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Break and ExhibitsSuites C/D/E/F

10:45 am - 11:50 am

Break out with Gerry BrooksSuites C/D/E/F

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Lunch/ExhibitsSuites C/D/E/F

1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

1. Success Through DesignBanyan

Presenter: Emily Prissel (School Psychology Intern)

How can we best help students to achieve success with all the different problems and barriers in the way? One strategy is to work on overall design. Whether it's at the classroom, building, or even district level, how we design can have huge impacts on outcomes. Get some practical, instantly applicable strategies to bring to your classroom or school to design with purpose.

Level: Beginner

2. Making Learning Content AccessibleCypress

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Whether eLearning, virtual, hybrid, or in-person - How will you ensure your students have the right tools to access their coursework and materials?Finally a tool that allows us to interact with PDFs! This session will highlight the use of Snap & Read, Word Bank and Co:Writer - from Don Johnson, Inc. Resources will be provided for the online platforms : Schoology, Canvas &Google Classroom.

Level: Beginner

3. For the Love of Learning!Ironwood

Presenter: Jennifer Kager (Administrator)

Do you want to help instill a love of learning in your students? Are you looking for strategies to engage your students and increase their motivation, ultimately leading to gains in their academic stills? Over the past year, many students have experienced a loss of learning as a result of Covid and time away from the classroom. Learn new differentiation strategies for increasing motivation and combatting some of the learning losses your students have experienced over the past year.

Level:

Lani LawsonSuite G

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Break and ExhibitsSuites C/D/E/F

2:15 pm - 3:10 pm

4. Make it a Ritual! Supporting Equity through ConversationsBanyan

Presenter: Steve Fouts (CEO)

Students engage in learning best when you give them a voice and orchestrate conversations where they are able to connect their personal experiences with academic content. This workshop introduces a 3-Step conversation method to teachers of all levels and academic disciplines that uses quotes, claims, counterclaims and essential questions to foster culturally responsive and equitable classrooms. Participants leave this workshop with a go-to ritual to use immediately.

Level: Intermediate

5. Text to Speech Tools - Reading Writing StudyingCypress

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services recently published an updated digital Guide: How to Provide Students with IEP's Access to Their Grade Level Curriculum Through Text to Speech. This session will explore this digital resource and demonstrate how to use popular text to speech tools being provided for text to speech to students in Wisconsin schools.

Level: Beginner

6. The Art and Science of CuriosityIronwood

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

We’ve all met that student who has mastered the art of pressing our buttons! It can be incredibly difficult to refrain from taking student behaviors personally. Yet, doing so is a critical skill to master because we serve our students much more effectively when we remain open, not offended. In this presentation, we will describe how adopting a state of curiosity can help us to better observe behaviors objectively and nonjudgmentally in order to respond (not react) to student behaviors.

Level: Intermediate

Lani LawsonSuite G

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

7:45 am - 8:45 am

Breakfast/ExhibitsSuites C/D/E/F

8:50 am - 9:45 am

7. Botox for Teachers—The Newest Wrinkle in Classroom ManagementBanyan

Presenter: Melissa Grzonka (Trainer)

Do you want to smooth out the discipline in your class? Learn a simple, effective, and logical way to deal with 80% of your pesky behaviors. Participants will learn strategies that change behaviors such as diffusers, self-control (for the teacher!), prompting techniques, teach – to’s and refocus. Find out how your beliefs, teaching style, and even your classroom arrangement could be causing behavior problems. The best part? You will learn techniques and research based strategies that truly work!

Level: Intermediate

8. Dyscalculia: The Math Learning DisorderCypress

Presenter: Honora Wall (Consultant, Trainer)

5 million Americans have dyscalculia, the Specific Learning Disorder that impacts math. How can we recognize these students? What are the best interventions and accommodations? How is dyscalculia different from low numeracy? Get answers to these questions and more in this interactive session. Learn how to define, describe, identify, and explain dyscalculia to students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Level: Beginner

9. Struggle well when you need to. Thrive when you can. Suite A

Presenter: Beverlee Wenzel (President CEO)

Join this interactive workshop to gain tools to help our students struggle well when then need to and thrive when they can. Learn how to teach students the Learning Loop (act, adjust, access), set goals that inspire and are achievable (SMART Plus), and recognize and leverage strengths (character, skills, resources, talents). These three tools are impactful additions to any tool box and are foundational to student success, resiliency and hope.

Level: Intermediate

10. Leave the Drama Where it Belongs--In the Books!Suite B

Presenter: Jennifer Kager (Administrator)

Over the past year, Covid has prevented many students from being in the classroom consistently. This lack of structure and time away from the classroom has resulted in an increase in poor behaviors from students and a loss of learning. It is also leaving teachers feeling more exhausted and frustrated than ever before. Learn simple strategies that can make a big difference!

Level: Intermediate

10:00 am - 10:55 am

11. The quicker picker upper...wiping away classroom disruptions.Banyan

Presenter: Melissa Grzonka (Trainer)

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: Intermediate

12. Assistive Technology Assessment Cypress

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? 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

13. Twelve components of resilienceSuite A

Presenter: Beverlee Wenzel (President CEO)

Resilience can be a bit vague; we all know our students need it but how to we help build it? Join this interactive workshop as we take some of the mystery out of this critical strength. We will explore twelve components that work together to create strong and resilient youth and take a deeper dive into developing three of those skills. Learn more about fostering meaning and purpose, growth mindset and healthy risk-taking.

Level: Intermediate

Lani LawsonSuite B

11:00 am - 11:55 am

14. Leading Poetically in an Age of AmbiguityBanyan

Presenter: Tucker Bryant (Poet/Product Marketing Manager)

In this performance-presentation, Google Storytelling Lead and award-winning poet Tucker Bryant reveals how leveraging the mindset of a poet can enable us to reinvent our identities as leaders, demonstrating how we can grow into more collaborative, courageous, and creative versions of ourselves to craft resilient outcomes out of a future that today often feels anything but promised to us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEy7IANd0Uo (3min overview)

Level: Advanced

15. Good Kids Bad Apps 2022Cypress

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

Not everything online is evil nor is every app bad, however sex traffickers are 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 including 7 new free "Online Safety and Digital Well Being Lessons" from Google.

Level: Beginner

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Lunch/Exhibits/RaffleSuites C/D/E/F

12:50 pm - 1:45 pm

16. Fundraising 101Banyan

Presenter: Beverlee Wenzel (President CEO)

Do you need to raise money? Do you feel like you spend too much time and energy on funding your good work? Jon this interactive workshop to take a deeper dive into fundraising strategies and planning. We will take a look at different ways to raise money and consider their return on investment. Raising funds might not always feel like fun but it is critical to our work so we may as well be efficient at it.

Level: Intermediate

17. Small District, Big Impact: Building a Transition Program for Success!Cypress

Presenters: Cheyenne Braker (Speech and Language Pathologist ); Jordan Warner (Special Education Teacher); Kasey Podoll (Special Education Teacher); Sara Zwiefelhofer (Special Education Teacher)

Learn how to develop a Transition Program for Students with Disabilities in your building. This presentation will share how our rural Jr./Sr. High School built a Transition Program from scratch to ensure students would be successful with their post-secondary aspirations. An overview of the specific classes and initiatives from our building will be shared, while we will also provide Research-Based, Practical Strategies, and Resources that can be utilized at a school of any size.

Level: Intermediate

18. Masterful CommunicationSuite A

Presenter: Christie Love - Williams (Authority on Communication & Connection)

The ability to communicate in a manner that connects is the main key to driving more growth, sales, and referrals. It’s a skill set that any willing professional can learn, use, and leverage. In this presentation, attendees will develop the skills necessary to be seen as dynamic communicators and leaders that others want to follow. This presentation focuses on message clarity, being concise in your communication, communication confidence, and enhancing your ability to grab and hold the attention

Level: Beginner