Workshop Descriptions with Downloadable Training

The list of workshops below is not all inclusive.  We offer many workshops on new and specialized topics throughout the year. See our event calendar for the full list of workshops being currently offered.

About FACETS

This workshop provides an introduction to WI FACETS and a review of the various services and supports available through WI FACETS to children and youth with disabilities and their families, and how to access resources.

Participants will learn:
  • About the mission and philosophy of WI FACETS
  • What are the current programs and services of WI FACETS
  • How to reach WI FACETS Staff
  • How parents, professionals, and others can benefit from WI FACETS

This workshop provides an introduction to WI FACETS and a review of the various services and supports available through WI FACETS to children and youth with disabilities and their families, and how to access services.

Participants will learn:
  • About the mission and philosophy of WI FACETS
  • What are the current programs and services of WI FACETS
  • How to reach WI FACETS Staff
  • How parents, professionals, and others can benefit from WI FACETS

Workshop resources:

  • About FACETS - Download Training (requires Microsoft® PowerPoint)
  • About FACETS (PDF) - Download Training

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  • None

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Bullying and Harassment

This workshop contains basic information on bullying and harassment. The focus is on the child with a disability who is the target of bullying.

Participants will learn:
  • How to recognize bullying behavior
  • Intervention strategies and the prevention of bullying
  • How goals and Special Education services can be written into the IEP to help prevent and intervene against bullying
  • The role of school policy to respond to and prevent harassment
  • About the Wisconsin laws related to bullying and harassment

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Communicating with your Child's School

This workshop contains basic information about communication skills for parents and professionals. The focus will be on using communication to reach agreement between parents and professionals.

Participants will learn:
  • Strategies for effective communication
  • Skills to prioritize and plan the conversation
  • Skills to promote active listening and self-assessment

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Transition - Creating the Vision

This workshop contains basic information that will help students with disabilities and their families to plan early for their life after high school. Participants will learn:

  • The definition of transition
  • That the transition process starts with a vision, the earlier the better, and legally at age 14 in Wisconsin
  • Laws that govern the transition process
  • What goes into a transition IEP (courses of study, post secondary goals, coordinated set of activities)
  • Ideas for developing student self-determination
  • Services available after high school for employment, education, independent living and community life

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Functional Behavioral Assessments

This workshop contains basic information on Functional Behavioral Assessments.

Participants will learn:
  • Information for helping children who have behavior challenges, including determining why the student might be exhibiting a particular behavior
  • How to use the information to develop behavior intervention plans for appropriate positive supports for IEPs (examples will be included)
  • Who can do assessments
  • The process

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Dispute Resolution Options

This workshop contains basic information about options for resolving disputes related to special education. The focus is on resolving disputes early and options available to families and schools through the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System.

Participants will learn:

  • About dispute resolution options available to parents and schools
  • How to prepare for and participate in informal meetings
  • How a facilitated IEP, mediation, and resolution meeting differ
  • What the role of a mediator or facilitator is
  • Where to find more information

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  • Creating Agreement
  • Facilitated IEPs
  • Resolution Meetings
  • What Can Educators and Parents Do to More Effectively Manage Conflict at Earlier States?
  • Thomas-Kilman Stages of Conflict

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Part I

This workshop contains basic information on the rules and regulations related to creating the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This workshop is divided into two parts.

Participants will learn:
  • All components of the IEP
  • Who are the members of the IEP team and their roles
  • How the team works together to individualize the student’s services and education
  • How to determine the present level of academic and functional performance
  • How to write IEP goals to ensure quality education

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Individualized Education Program (IEP) Part II

This workshop contains basic information in a continuation of the IEP Part I workshop.

Participants will learn:
  • The definition of Special Education
  • About the related services that may be included in the IEP to assist the child to benefit from Special Education
  • Procedural safeguards
  • Transition to life after high school
  • Supplementary aids and services, program modifications, and accommodations
  • The projected beginning and ending dates of an IEP, as well as the frequency, location and duration of the services

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Introduction to Special Education

This workshop contains basic information on the Special Education rules and regulations, and the Special Education process for educating children with disabilities.

Participants will learn:
  • The definition of Special Education
  • About the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process (including referral, evaluation, placement, annual IEP review and timelines)
  • Who the members of the IEP are, and the purpose of the IEP
  • When parents need to give consent
  • How to resolve differences

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Ready, Set, Go

(EARLY CHILDHOOD TRANSITIONS AND PRESCHOOL OPTIONS)

This workshop contains basic information on the educational considerations for young children with disabilities.

Participants will learn:
  • The rights, roles, and resources related to the transitioning from birth to 3 services for 3-5 year olds
  • The difference between an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) as put forth in IDEA (2004)
  • About placement options including what the options are for alternative placements
  • The timeline for transitioning from Part C to Part B
  • The purpose of a transition planning conference

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Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Similarities and Differences

This workshop contains basic information on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Participants will learn:
  • What is Section 504 and how do students with disabilities qualify
  • A school’s obligations under Section 504
  • Services available under Section 504
  • How Section 504 compares with IDEA
  • How Section 504 may help with life after high school (college/work)

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Self Advocacy

This workshop contains basic information on teaching self-determination to youth and the persons who support them so they may become self-advocates.

Participants will learn:
  • The importance and the definition of self-advocacy and self determination
  • To understand the challenges of self-advocacy for students with disabilities and how to overcome those barriers
  • Ideas to develop self-determination in children and youth with disabilities
  • How the law (IDEA) supports self-management and self-determination for students in Special Education

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