Archived Workshops

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ADHD Revisited (February 28th, 2019)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IEP 5: Writing the IEP (Part 1)
March 11th, 2020

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Each child found eligible for special education must have a current individualized Education Program (IEP) in place at the beginning of every school year.  This module of the IEP Mini Modules Series covers procedures outlined in federal and state laws related to the IEP, including:  the special education timeline, IEP team, required parent notices, annual review of IEP goals, and overview of IEP content.

Powerpoint Presentation, Invitation to IEP Meeting, IEP Team Agreement, IEP Linking Page

Dreaming and Re-Dreaming with Youth Special Needs Child
March 4th, 2020

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We all hear about "dreams we have for our children". But as a parent of a child with special needs I have dreamed those dreams and then found they were not what was going to happen. So I re-dream based on what I am learning about my child. Let's talk through this process. 

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The Importance of Educating At-Risk Youth & Alternate Educational Programming
February 26th, 2020

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This presentation will cover who are the students at risk of not graduating from high school, why serving at risk students is so important and prevention strategies along with alternative education options that will lead to a high school diploma. 

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ABLE Accounts and Financial Advising for Families with Special Needs Children
February 19th, 2020

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Participants will learn about the importance of Special Needs Financial Planning which will involve discussion on what a 529 ABLE Savings Account is, who is eligible to open an ABLE Account, how they compare to a Special Needs Trust, how an individual can use both an ABLE Account and a Special Needs Trust, and finally the role of professional advice in a comprehensive special needs plan.

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IEP Miniseries 4: Reevaluation & Independent Educational Evaluations
February 18th, 2020

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A reevaluation to see if a child continues to be a child with a disability with special education needs is required by law every three years.  This IEP module includes: when a reevaluation is required, other times someone could request a reevaluation, parent consent, and independent educational evaluation (what it is, why ask for one, what happens). 

Powerpoint Presentation, Notice of Re-Evalutation, 3 year Evaluation Not Needed Handout, DPI Bulletin 99.02

Addressing Homelessness & Poverty in the Schools
February 12th, 2020

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This presentation will cover the requirements under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which includes what public school districts' responsibilities are to support students experiencing homelessness. We will provide an overview of the law and the rights of students and families experiencing homelessness. 

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IEP Miniseries 3: Evaluation and Eligibility in the IEP Process
February 11th, 2020

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The IEP Process includes evaluation procedures outlined in federal and state laws that a school must follow to determine if a child is eligible (or still eligible) for extra help through special education.  This IEP module includes procedures related to: the evaluation notice, parent consent, evaluation and tests, eligibility checklists, extension of evaluation time, determination if the child has disability and needs special education and related services, the evaluation report, and the special education timeline.

Powerpoint Presentation, DPI Eligibility for Autism Checklist, Evaluation Report, Consent for Additional Assessments

Tribal Community and School Liasons: How They Are Helpful?
February 5th, 2020

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When evaluating and planning for American Indian students with IEPs, IEP teams will find Tribal Community and School Liaisons (and other educators working with American Indian students) a rich resource. This webinar will share information about roles and responsibilities of the liaisons, as well as ways they can assist in developing the best possible IEP for American Indian students. 

Powerpoint Presentation

Supporting Neurodiverse Students
January 29th, 2020

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Participants will be introduced to the Supporting Neurodiverse Students (SNS) Professional Learning System which includes regional training sessions, web based events, a web based toolkit, and other professional learning opportunities to support educators and families serving students with disability-related needs in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL). The SNS System is beneficial to educators supporting students with autism, emotional behavioral disabilities, other health impairments and/or any other students encountering difficulty accessing, engaging, and making progress as the result of unmet social and emotional skill needs (AD/HD, mental health, etc). 

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Mindfulness for Students with Disabilities
January 22nd, 2020 

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In this workshop, Shannon Stuart shares activities that foster mindfulness, particularly for students with disabilities. Participants will learn to link the principles of mindfulness with self-regulation and map mindfulness strategies onto a classroom PBIS matrix.

Section 504 – What Parents Need to Know
January 21st, 2020 

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This training covers what Section 504 is, what schools must do because of it, the criteria for students to qualify for a 504 accommodation plan and how 504s are different from IEPs. It also covers how Section 504 can help students with disabilities in college and in the workplace, and provide information on Section 504 grievance procedures.

Powerpoint Presentation, Know Your Rights, 2008 Amendments 

IEP Miniseries: Special Education Referral Process (30 minute webinar)
January 16th, 2020 

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When someone thinks a child may have a disability and a need for special education and related services, a referral can be made to see the child is eligible for services. This module of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) series includes procedures related to who can make a referral, when and how to refer a child, what happens after a referral is received by the school, IEP team members, the IEP team’s jobs, and the special education timeline.

Powerpoint Presentation, Referral Form, Existing Data Review Form, Notice of Receipt of Referral 


Shortened School Day
January 15th, 2020

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Shortening a student's school day is a serious intervention that results in students missing significant amounts of instruction and other educational opportunities. However, in rare, limited circumstances, it may be acceptable for individualized education program (IEP) teams to choose a shortened school day for a student with a disability. In making this decision the IEP team must clearly document its justification for doing so and document discussion of several requirements. This webinar discusses the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's guidance around shortened school days.

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IEP Miniseries: Starting the IEP Process – Special Education Basics
January 8th, 2020

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Some children who are having problems in school may need extra help through special education. Special education is for children who have a disability. Schools must follow federal and state laws to decide if a child is eligible for special education. This Individualized Education Program (IEP) module covers some basics of special education, laws, important terms (special education, FAPE, LRE, IEP), eligibility, and the special education timeline.

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Bullying & Harassment
December 17th, 2019

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This workshop contains basic information on bullying and harrassment. 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. 

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The Importance of Family Engagement in your Child's IEP Process
December 11th, 2019

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All families want the best for their child and have hopes and dreams for their child's future. Families are in a unique position to promote high expectations and support their child's success both in and outside of school and in the future. Join us as we discuss how families can and do make all the difference in planning for a child's IEP. Participants will gain new ideas, information, strategies, and resources that can put to use right away. 

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Children Birth to Three with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
December 5th, 2019

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This webinar will address some of the specific health care needs that children in the B-3 population might present with. This information would be helpful so that as these children transition to early childhood and elementary school their IFSP and IEP teams would be able to address these needs. 

How to File an IDEA Complaint
December 4th, 2019

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This presentation will cover when and how to file a special education complaint with the Department of Public Instruction. What to expect during and after a complaint investigation will also be covered. 

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WSEMS: Dispute Resolution Options
December 2nd, 2019

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It is important for parents and school staff to resolve issues right away. This workshop includes information about the free mediation services available from the WI Special Education Mediation System; federal and state laws related to mediation; when and how to request mediation; who are the mediators; participation in mediation; and more. 

IEP Checklist 
November 19th, 2019

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This webinar is a walk-through of the IEP process using the IEP checklist, a new resource developed by WI FACETS for families. We will present information on timelines, rights, preparation and more. Participants will learn the proper timeline for each step in the IEP process, the roles and responsibilities of IEP team members, and tips for preparation and meaningful participation in IEP meetings. 

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WSEMS: Friendly & Productive IEPs 
November 4th, 2019

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Based on feedback from parents & districts that the WI Special Education Mediation System surveyed about what worked & what could have been improved in IEP meetings, this workshop provides practical tips & techniques that can increase the productivity of an IEP meeting. Implementing these ideas can help districts & parents have forward-looking and creative IEP meetings which can set the stage for a constructive relationship that can continue throughout the student’s educational program. 

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Resiliency and Self Care
October 9th, 2019

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In this workshop we will explore different techniques of building resilience, both personally and professionally. Resilience can cause a ripple effect that not only impacts us, but others around us, which increases all of our opportunities to thrive both individually and collectively. 

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Discrimination and Harassment Protections for Public School Students
September 18th, 2019

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Participants in this workshop will become familiar with the provisions of state and federal law protection students from discrimination and harassment at school. The presenter will review how parents and students can access complaint and appeal processes in order to assert their right to attend school free from discrimination. 

Powerpoint Presentation 

Section 504 and Education: What Parents and Schools Need to Know
September 17th, 2019
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This training will cover what Section 504 is, what schools must do because of it, the criteria for students to qualify for a 504 accommodation plan and how 504s are different from IEPs. We will also cover how Section 504 can help students with disabilities in college and in the workplace, and provide information on Section 504 grievance procedures. 

Powerpoint PresentationSection 504 ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Know Your Rights: Students with ADHD, SWD Laws 504 

Forgiveness: One Way to Stop Self-Blame and Guilt
(September 17th, 2019)

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Forgiveness: One Way to Stop Guilt and Self Blame: As parents we want the best for our children, but life doesn’t always work out the way we planned. Sometimes we can walk around feeling guilty and blaming ourselves. Forgiveness is an option to deal with guilt and self-blame. In this webinar, we will learn what forgiveness is and some tools we can use to forgive ourselves. 

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Advocating for Your Special Education Child's Mental Health Needs in School
August 21st, 2019
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This workshop will provide information to create a more collaborative and successful IEP process for families and staff. It will provide helpful strategies, as well as information about how to use strength-based language. This workshop will increase participant's understanding of their child's rights and how to better advocate for their child's needs.
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Family Engagement within a Equitable Multi-Level System of Supports
May 29, 2019

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Research on family engagement has shown that families, students, staff and administrators all benefit from effective and authentic family engagement to support their equitable, multi-level system of supports. Participants will leave with ideas that they can use in their own buildings to reach out to all families with the intent of increasing family engagement using the Wisconsin RtI Framework.
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Disparities in Special Education Identification
May 22nd, 2019

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There are multiple ways in which inequities manifest in our schools. One of them is in special education identification. Every year many school districts are identified for their disproportionate representation of students of color in special education.

Learn how the State of Wisconsin has committed to supporting our schools and what can parents and guardians need to know.
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Legal Options for Decision Making at Age 18
May 15, 2019

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This workshop covers the basics of supported decision-making agreements, powers of attorney, legal guardianship, and informal supports. Participants will learn key terms, who can use these options, how to set them up, important timelines, and comparisons. Time will be set aside for participants to ask questions.
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Getting and Keeping Your First Job
May 7th, 2019

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This workshop is designed to help families understand the realities of employment for all youth, with a special emphasis on strategies youth with disabilities can use to improve employment prospects. This workshop begins with a discussion of the importance of work and what some youth with disabilities experience as they attempt to enter the job market. The session then highlights the crucial role self-awareness, career planning, and families play in the process. It continues with descriptions of the possible pitfalls in the employment process as well as suggestions for increasing the likelihood of being hired. Topics include: writing a resume, being interviewed, identifying job accommodations if necessary, and deciding whether or not to disclose a disability to an employer.
Powerpoint Presentation; Sample Resume Handout; Employment Action Plan Handout

Post-Secondary Transition Planning
April 24th, 2019

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Participants will learn the basic IDEA and Chapter 115 requirements for postsecondary transition plans. There will be a review of the department's PTP web-based planning tool along with suggestions for being an effective IEP team member at transition planning meetings.
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Special Education Discipline Requirements
April 10th, 2019

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This presentation will cover the special education disciplinary requirements under the Individuals with Disability Education Act. Topics will include manifestation determinations, what is considered a disciplinary removal, what is a disciplinary change of placement, and under what circumstances may a student be removed to an alternate setting to receive services.
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Other Health Impairment (OHI) – Ways to Support Students
April 3rd, 2019

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Students with IEPs in the area of Other Health Impairment are one of the larger and more diverse groups of students. However, there are some commonalities that will be discussed during this webinar.
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Public, Charter and Voucher School and the Rights of Students with Disabilities
March 6th, 2019

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Each year the options for educating children become greater and more confusing. This presentation will give you an overview of what are the options under school choice and how these different systems are required to meet the needs of students with disabilities. It will educate parents on the new special needs voucher and the overall voucher system and the rights of students with disabilities. This presentation will help learn what questions they should be asking when enrolling students in any public, charter, or private school.

Powerpoint Presentation, Charter School Quick Facts Handout, SNSP Student Rights Handout

ADHD Revisted
February 28th, 2019

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Participants will learn how brain science informs more effective strategies to support children and youth with ADHD at home and at school.
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ABLE Accounts and Financial Planning for Families of Individuals with Special Needs
February 6th, 2019

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As a Financial Advisor, Kathleen Oberneder educates individuals on the features and benefits of the 529 ABLE Savings Accounts, and how they fit into the planning that needs to be done to ensure a disabled individual has the financial support they need from both the public and private means to live as independent of a supported life as they would like.
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Inclusive Supports for Children on the Autism Spectrum
January, 23rd, 2019

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Participants will learn how to use universally-designed supports targeted for learners on the autism spectrum. Highlights include visual supports, technology-based supports, peer-mediated interventions. Participants will leave with access to a downloadable toolkit.
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How Smooth is Your Ride? The Importance of Self-Care
December 19th, 2018

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In this webinar, participants will be guided through a tool for self-assessment to determine how in balance their lives are currently in eight different areas of their lives: personal development, career or life work, money and finances, health and well-being, relationships and romance, friends and family, recreation and fun, and physical environment. The subject of self-care will be examined, its importance and strategies shared to assist participants in making improvements in this area.
Handout

College and Career Ready IEPs
November 14th, 2018

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College and Career Ready IEPs are based on a 5-Step process IEP teams can use to develop IEPs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Preparation for future success, even college and career readiness, begins in preschool; therefore, CCR IEPs are for all students with disabilities, ages 3-21. This presentation will review the 5-Step process: understanding achievement, identifying disability-related needs, developing ambitious and achievable goals, aligning special education services, and analyzing progress. It will cover what IEP team members need to know and how to prepare for an IEP team meeting to develop a CCR IEP.
Powerpoint Presentation

Specific Learning Disabilities
October 17th, 2018

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Up to one-third of parents with children with LD don't feel prepared to take on the challenge.This webinar will help you learn more about the truths about Specific Learning Disabilities and the WI SLD Eligibility Criteria: What is SLD; How is a child found eligible and what resources are available.

Manifestation Determination & Expulsion
September 5th, 2019

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This webinar will discuss the legal protections offered by IDEA for students with disabilities involved in the process of school expulsion. We will cover Wisconsin law regarding expulsion in general, and then describe how the manifestation determination process is used to ensure students are provided appropriate behavioral supports and continue to receive FAPE after expulsion has been considered.
Powerpoint Presentation

Preschool Options - Birth to 3 Transition
April 12th, 2018

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This workshop will provide information to families, caregivers, and providers working with families by a team that represents B-3, Early Childhood Special Education Service agencies and parents. It will improve understanding and empower each participant to know their role in the transition process.
Powerpoint Presentation, Seeing My Child's Strengths Handout

Financial Planning for Parents of Children with Special Needs
February 14th, 2018

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The focus of the presentation is “Financial Planning for families with special needs adults and children”. This presentation will provide an overview of important aspects that need to be considered to protect assets for your child throughout their life.
Powerpoint Presentation