Transition 2022: Communities of Practice Transition 2022: Communities of Practice

Date: February 17-18, 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.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

7:30 am - 8:55 am

Registration/Breakfast/ExhibitsSuites A,B,G,H

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuites A,B,G,H

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Keynote - Brooks HarperSuites A,B,G,H

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Break and ExhibitsSuites A,B,G,H

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Breakout with Keynote Brooks HarperSuites A,B,G,H

11:45 am - 12:00 pm

Q & A/pictures with Brooks HarperSuites A,B,G,H

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Lunch/ExhibitsSuites A,B,G,H

12:55 pm - 1:50 pm

1. Assistive Technology AssessmentAloeswood

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

2. The Prison-to-School Pipeline: Obtaining Education Post-IncarcerationAralia

Presenters: Brandi Berry (School Psychologist-Senior); Peter Kastenholz (Social Studies & Special Education Teacher)

There are over 30,000 juveniles residing in correctional, detention, or residential facilities in the US. Upon their release, this population is largely unsuccessful in transitioning back into an educational setting, such that the majority of formerly incarcerated people will never earn a basic high school diploma. In this presentation, we will speak to the unique needs of juveniles reintegrating into their communities and steps educators can take to support them and their educational pursuits.

Level: Beginner

3. Building a Community Based 18-21 Transition ProgramGuava

Presenters: Brian Hopkins (Special Education Teacher/Transition Coordinator/ Special Education Department Chair); Jon Watson (Director of Special Education & Human Resources)

In 2018, we identified a need in our school for students with disabilties to have an intentional opportunity to prepare for post high school. We collaborated and created a transition program, within a WI public school, from the ground up and the results have been great! The objective of the Wilmot Next Step Transition Program is: By completion of the Next Steps Transition Program students will as independent as possible at home, in the community, and within employable setting. Come check us out!

Level: Intermediate

4. Bridging the Gaps to Employment for Youth with Behavioral Health ConcernsMangrove

Presenters: Stacey Teegardin (IPS State Trainer); Theresa Iacullo (IPS State Trainer)

Youth exceed at work and school by building on their strengths rather focusing on problems. This session will focus on how education, career exploration, family involvement and individual preferences of youth can assist them in their transition to adulthood. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a practical approach that focuses on learning about strengths and interests of youth while helping them investigate career options in their community. Coordination of services is key to success.

Level: Intermediate

1:50 pm - 2:05 pm

Break and ExhibitsSuites A,B,G,H

2:05 pm - 3:00 pm

5. Tools for Transition - Succeeding with Online Learning Aloeswood

Presenter: Sarah Kolkman (Instructor (Classroom and Online) )

In this session, you will be equipped with online tools and strategies that empower those with I/DD to reach beyond academics into essential life skills for daily living and employment. See how virtual learning can provide a pathway to increased independence to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as their guardians and the educators who train them.

Level: Beginner

6. Learning for Work: Readying Students with Disabilities for Meaningful WorkAralia

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

7. The quicker picker upper...wiping away classroom disruptions.Guava

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

8. Collaboration with CTE "Pays" Off!Mangrove

Presenter: Amanda Turner (Transition Coordinator)

Description: As part of the CFAUSD mission that "Students will graduate prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and career with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to achieve their personal goals and contribute to the common good," collaboration between the CTE and Transition Coordinators has been vital to the growth and development of transition options for students with disabilities. Come learn about how communication and collaboration can jumpstart programs!

Level: Beginner

Friday, February 18, 2022

7:45 am - 9:00 am

Break and ExhibitsSuites A,B,G,H

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuites A,B,G,H

9:15 am - 9:40 am

DPI Update - Paul Manriquez, WI Assistant State Superintendent Division for Learning SupportSuites A,B,G,H

9:40 am - 9:50 am

Q&A and pictures with - Paul Manriquez, WI Assistant State Superintendent Division for Learning SupportSuites A,B,G,H

10:00 am - 10:55 am

9. Text to Speech Tools - Reading Writing StudyingTamboti

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 used to provide text to speech to students in Wisconsin schools. Participants are requested to bring a device to the session to allow active exploration of the new digital guide.

Level: Beginner

10. Gain The Edge with Youth Apprenticeship & Industry Recognized Credentials Guava

Presenter: Brian Kenney (Southern Region Transition Coordinator )

Industry-recognized credentials allow students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a specific occupation or industry. Youth Apprenticeships provide opportunities for high school students to experience, and gain skills in a real work environment. Simultaneously, they give businesses a chance to inspire & develop a new talent pool. It is important to include students with disabilities in these great programming options when we discuss career & technical education.

Level: Intermediate

11. On Your Marq- College Success for Students on the Spectrum Aloeswood

Presenter: Emily Raclaw (Director, On Your Marq)

On Your Marq is a college success program designed to assist students on the autism spectrum in navigating the college landscape at Marquette University. The program focuses on students’ transition to the rigors of academia as well as works with students to identify strengths and skills to transfer to life after college. We will share information about our program to prospective students and their families.

Level: Beginner

12. What Happens Next? HS to Post Secondary for Students with Disabilities.Aralia

Presenters: Beth Mulhollon (Instructor); Sam Kleczka (Disability Support Services Transition Specialist)

This presentation will cover the transition process for students with disabilities as they look to post secondary opportunities. We will look at many topics including: High School vs. College services, Why do I want to go to college?, preparing your student/son/daughter for life after high school, understanding your disability, and much more. This interactive session encourages questions and conversation throughout the presentation.

Level: Beginner

11:00 am - 11:55 am

13. Good Kids Bad Apps 2022Tamboti

Presenter: Paula Walser (Technology Consultant)

In December, a TikTok challenge caused schools across the country to take precautions closing schools/increasing security. Not everything online is evil nor is every app bad, however Students are spending significantly more time online and it is our responsibility to educate and keep them safe. This session will provide updated list of Bad Apps and resources for educating your students about staying safe online including 7 new free "Online Safety and Digital Well Being Lessons " from Google.

Level: Beginner

14. Legal Decision-Making in Wisconsin: Guardianship & AlternativesGuava

Presenter: Polly Shoemaker (Guardianship Support Center Attorney)

Learn about options for legal decision-making as an adult. This presentation will cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship, including powers of attorney and supported decision-making. Attendees will learn about each option, how they are different, and how they can work together with the goal of helping families decide together how to best support youth into the legal rights of adulthood

Level: Intermediate

15. Supporting Community Inclusion through University PartnershipsAloeswood

Presenters: Ashley Steuven (Pre-service Music Educator); Chance Downs (Pre-service Physical Education Teacher/Adaptive PE Teacher); Chloe Wells (Pre-service Special Educator); Jessy Bibler (Professor); Karin Strohmyer (Professor); Sarah Fabian (Director of Bands)

Buena Vista University partnered with a local school district, residential facility, community employment program, and Iowa Special Olympics to create a comprehensive program for youth and adults with disabilities to engage in several monthly community-based activities that increase independence, self-advocacy, health, and creativity. In this presentation, the audience will learn how this partnership was created and evolved and they will have the chance to engage in a sample activity.

Level: Intermediate

16. Your Life. Your Choice. Aralia

Presenters: Tifany Lang (Director of Business Development); Vicky Gunderson (Director of Relationships )

Taking charge of your life is an important step toward becoming an adult. You may be overwhelmed with the options that are available. In this session, you will learn what a self-directed lifestyle means. You will know how, when and where to begin your journey of a self-directed life. You will understand your life means your choices. This will be an interactive session.

Level: Beginner

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Lunch/Exhibits/RaffleSuites A,B,G,H

1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

17. Making Learning Content AccessibleTamboti

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

18. Health, Hobbies, and HappinessGuava

Presenters: Anthony Farnia (Self Advocate ); Brianne Burke-Leondard (Community Partnership Specialist ); Dan Krohn ()

Did you know that our hobbies can help us lead happier, healthier lives? Join self-advocates Avi (a tennis player) and Anthony (a digital animator) as they share how their hobbies turned into passions, and how those passions have made their lives fuller and more meaningful. Then, learn how your hobbies can open new doors to wonderful opportunities, such as expanding your community and supporting better mental and physical health. Finally, learn how you can find new hobbies and use them!

Level: Beginner

19. Vocational Opportunities Through School and Community PartnershipsAloeswood

Presenters: Andrea Kioski (Speech Language Pathologist); Jill Lotzer (Work Based Learning & Transition Coordinator); Kailey Colwell (Special Ed Teacher)

High school vocational training continuum for students with moderate-severe intellectual disabilities. Presenters will share training programs & content used within school settings for students with emerging vocational skills. Students who demonstrate a vocational readiness within the school setting will begin volunteer community placements that lead to paid employment. SLP will share ways in which students build communication skills to support self-advocacy to apply to new work environments.

Level: Beginner

20. The Little Things that Make the Biggest DifferenceAralia

Presenter: Mitchell Reed (Superintendent of Schools)

Connections are essential, more so now than ever before. We discover the five most influential people in our lives and how they came to be. We discuss the little things in life and how taking advantage of those can make all the difference. The first step to helping those around us is to appreciate their strength and understand what they are going through. By doing this, we can empower them to support and care for those in their lives."

Level: Beginner