Special Education - A New Era Special Education - A New Era

Date: November 14-15, 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, November 14, 2022

7:15 am - 8:45 am

Registration opensSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast/ExhibitsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:05 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:15 am - 10:20 am

Gerry Brooks - Keynote!Suite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:35 am - 11:35 am

Gerry Brooks - Breakout SessionSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Q & A with Gerry/Pictures and AuthographsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm

LUNCH/ExhibitsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

1. Success Through DesignCypress

Presenter: Emily Prissel (School Psychologist)

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. Co-teaching that actually works!Mangrove

Presenter: Tara Schmitz (HS Special Education Teacher)

Join me for a discussion surrounding co-teaching that allows for a "we" and not a "me" classroom environment. Walk away with check-lists, resources and ideas to implement co-teaching done right. We will discuss the benefits, the not so nice experiences and ways in which you can facilitate a discussion to increase your presence and the need for solid relationships in the classroom.

Level: Intermediate

3. CCR IEPs through the Lens of Early Childhood Suite 3

Presenter: Michelle Ogorek (Statewide Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator)

This session will explore the 5-step CCR IEP process from the lens of Early Childhood. Topics of discussion will include determining disability related need (DRN), writing functional early learning goals, designing and delivering specially designed instruction and exploring appropriate supports for preschool students with IEPs.

Level: Intermediate

4. How Educators Can Support Foster Families Marula/Aralia

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

Currently, there ae approximately 8,000 children in foster care and 5,100 licensed foster families in the state of Wisconsin; both of these groups are vulnerable to negative outcomes. Youth in foster care experience high rates of trauma exposure, mental health disorders, emotional and behavioral problems, and learning difficulties. Foster parents often experience high rates of stress, exhaustion, and strained resources (e.g., money, time). In this presentation, we will present ways that educator

Level: Beginner

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

BREAK/ExhibitsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

5. Dyscalculia: The Math Learning DisabilityCypress

Presenter: Honora Wall (Teacher, Math Coach, Teacher Trainer)

5 million Americans have dyscalculia, the Specific Learning Disorder that impacts math. How many are in your classroom? How is dyscalculia different from low numeracy? What are the best interventions and accommodations for these students? 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

6. Collaborative Response: Every Child Deserves a TeamMangrove

Presenters: Kurtis Hewson (Lead Learner/Co-Founder); Lorna Hewson (Lead Learner/Co-Founder)

It is virtually impossible for a teacher to know how to successfully provide instruction and support for all students in diverse, inclusive contemporary classrooms. Come learn about Collaborative Response, a mindset for educational organizations that values collaborative, action focused responses, data-informed discussions, and timely support to ensure all students can experience success. Numerous school and district examples, as well as access to a myriad of resources, will be provided.

Level: Beginner

7. The Little Things that Make the Biggest DifferenceSuite 3

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast/ExhibitsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:05 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and IntroductionsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

9:15 am - 10:25 am

Mitch Reed - Keynote SpeakerSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:25 am - 10:35 am

Q & A with Mitch/Pictures and AuthographsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

10:50 am - 11:50 am

8. New and Improved Student Led IEPsMarula/Aralia

Presenter: Tara Schmitz (HS Special Education Teacher)

Come and discover what 18 years of student led IEPs looks and feels like. Walk away with resources you can use the very next day to implement student led IEPs with ease. You'll never have to lead another IEP if you embrace the systems I know work for not only you, but more importantly, your students.

Level: Intermediate

9. Increasing student engagement to fill learning gapsCypress

Presenters: Heather Tennyson (Sales Consultant Manager); Tiffany Stewart (Academic Consultant)

Learn how data, student engagement and targeted teacher supports helps close achievement gaps. With a personalized pathway that motivates students to do their best student outcomes soar.

You'll also learn about:
Fully Scripted Teacher Directed Lessons
Adaptive Learning Pathways
Progress Monitoring
IEP Support tools

Level: Intermediate

10. Raising Capable Kids Regardless of the Challenges They FaceSuite 4

Presenter: Deborah Winking (Senior Consultant University of Washington, Center for Educational Leadership)

This interactive session introduces the Capable Parenting Habits(TM) distilled from the recently-released book, Capable: A Story of Triumph for Children the World has Judged as 'Different'. In it, the author weaves her life experience with current research to inspire others to parent so that their child with special needs gets the all-important message that they are capable! Parents and practitioners will come away with practical strategies for helping children live their best lives.

Level: Beginner

11. Suspension, Seclusion, Restraint, OH My!Suite 3

Presenters: Eva Shaw (Special Education Consultant); Katie Berg (SNS Coordinator)

Knowing exclusionary practices are not effective when addressing behaviors that are challenging to adults, we can learn to leverage beliefs, systems and practices to support inclusive strategies to address behavioral needs including: interrupting bias, shifting adult mindsets, building healthy relationships, building proactive positive approaches, and understanding the response cycle.

Level: Beginner

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm

LUNCH/Raffle/ExhibitsSuite 1, 2, 7, 8

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

12. The Truth About Co-TeachingMarula/Aralia

Presenters: Adrienne Cauldero (Assistant Director of Special Education and Student Services); Maureen Peters (Co-Teaching Coach/Special Education Teacher )

During this session, participants will explore the truths behind a successful co-teaching program and how they might implement or revamp co-teaching at their district/school. Participants of all co-teaching experience levels are encouraged to join us as topics will include: the realities of making co-teaching work, the data that supports it, and where to begin when creating an effective co-teaching model of your own. So come and find out what co-teaching is really all about.

Level: Intermediate

13. SDI in the general education classroomCypress

Presenters: Abigail Grimm (Special Education Teacher); Lisa Farley (Special Education Teacher/Department Chair); Melissa Graesser (Special Education Teacher); Rachel Skinner (Special Education Teacher)

When and how to deliver quality instruction to students alongside their peers by building teacher's toolboxes for inclusive specially designed instruction.

Level: Beginner

14. Embracing Change in a New Era of Teaching: Connections to ResearchSuite 4

Presenter: Sharon Becker (Professor)

This session will discuss research findings that explored the challenges and supports experienced during student teaching/internship in Special Education. Transitions in instruction during the COVID pandemic and beyond have impacted teacher candidates, cooperating teachers and students with disabilities. Findings highlighted areas of change to embrace and skills that teacher candidates require in this new era. In addition, a framework to guide an instructional reponse will be shared/discussed.

Level: Beginner

15. Ours NOT mine: Fostering Equal Ownership of Students with DisabilitiesSuite 3

Presenters: Carla Frantl (Occupational Therapist); Holly Heard (Director of Special Education); Jeannette Snedden (Special Education Teacher); Lauren Simon (Special Education Teacher); Sarah Sarchet (Speech Pathologist)

In this session, participants will engage in a collaborative discussion focusing on fostering equal ownership of students with IEP services. Presenters will provide proven tools and strategies that have been used to engage general education teachers, specialists and special education staff as a united team. These approaches have created an environment of equal ownership for students which has positively impacted academic and social-emotional development, resulting in overall student success.

Level: Beginner