Archived Workshops

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February Archived Webinars

Alternatives to Exclusionary Practices: Ensuring a Free Appropriate Public Education for Students with IEPs 
February 24, 2021
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires IEP Teams consider the use of positive behavioral interventions and support to address behaviors that interfere with a student’s learning or the learning of others. Parents and caregivers know their children best and are vital members of the IEP team. Identifying and understanding how positive behavioral interventions and support are incorporated into the IEP helps parents and caregivers fully participate in the IEP process, and help schools meet their child’s needs.

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IEP 4: Reevaluation and Independent Educational Evaluations
February 23, 2021
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A reevaluation to see if a child continues to be a child with a disability with special education and related services needs is required by law at least every three years. This module of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Mini Modules Series includes: when a reevaluation is required, other times someone could request a reevaluation, parent consent, and the independent educational evaluation (what it is, why ask for one, how it works).

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Virtual Learning / Teleservice 
February 17, 2021
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Online Learning and Teleservice are likely to continue to be an efficient and effective way to provide services to many students beyond the pandemic. This session will provide an overview of teleservice, including how teleservice is defined, documented within an Individual Education Plan (IEP), and implemented. The presenters will also share information regarding student confidentiality related to teleservice, and what the family’s role in supporting their student's successful engagement in teleservice.

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What are Executive Function Skills & How can they be Addressed in Students IEP
February 10, 2021
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While Executive Function skills impact our lives in many areas, it's not always easy to determine interventions and supports to address them. Participants will learn about basic information related to identifying and remediating difficulties students might have with Executive Function skills. Discussions regarding where you might find reference to needs and supports in the IEP.

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IEP 3: Evaluation and Eligibility in the IEP Process
February 9, 2021
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The Individualized Education Program (IEP) process includes evaluation procedures outlined in federal and state laws that a school must follow to determine if a child is eligible for extra help through special education. This module of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Mini Modules Series includes procedures related to: the evaluation notice, parent consent, evaluation and tests, eligibility checklists, extension of evaluation time, determination of if the child has disability and needs special education and related services, the evaluation report, and the special education timeline.

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Compassion Resilience - Self Care Snapshot Series: Compassion in Action
February 8, 2021
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What is compassion, what does it look like in action, and what does compassion requires of us? In this session, learn the steps to compassionate action and how to apply them in different facets of your life.

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Practical Tips as Parents Prepare for Mediation
February 2, 2021
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This workshop is designed for parents who have already reached an agreement with their school district to enter into mediation. The This workshop will offer tips on how parents can best prepare for the process. and what to expect during the mediation process.

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WSEMS: Facilitated IEPs
February 1, 2021
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An overview of the facilitated IEP option for early conflict resolution that Wisconsin makes available to parents and schools through the WI Special Education Mediation System (“WSEMS” for short). Learn about how to request a neutral, trained professional (a facilitator) to help the IEP team with the IEP process. If you think an upcoming IEP meeting may be difficult for you, you may wish to hear how this free process works.

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Understanding Private and Religious School Choice in Wisconsin

January 13, 2021
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Are you a school leader or parent who has questions about school choice in Wisconsin? Join us as we discuss the growing school choice movement in Wisconsin. Learn how parents and school leaders can gain initial proficiency in how school choice works.

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DISPUTE RESOLUTION

WSEMS: Mediation

January 1, 2021
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It is important for parents and school staff to resolve IEP-related issues quickly when they arise.  Mediation is one helpful way to address an impasse or dispute. This workshop includes information about the free mediation services available from the WI Special Education Mediation System (“WSEMS” for short); federal and state laws related to mediation; when and how to request mediation; who are the mediators; participation in mediation; and more.

WSEMS: Dispute Resolution Options   
November 2, 2020
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We know that issues/conflicts/disputes sometimes arise related to planning or implementing IEPs for children with special needs. The WI Special Education Mediation System (“WSEMS” for short) has been helping parents of children with disabilities and schools resolve these disputes since 1996. This presentation will provide you with: (1) information about the WSEMS & the free options for early dispute resolution that are available through our System, (2) information about how to access these options, and (3) information about the results and outcomes achieved by the System since its inception.

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WSEMS: Friendly and Productive IEPs 

December 7, 2020
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Based on feedback from parents & districts that the WI Special Education Mediation System (“WSEMS” for short) 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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BEHAVIOR & DISIPLINE

Revisions to Wisconsin's Law on the Use of Seclusion & Physical Restraint in Schools
January 27, 2021
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In this workshop, participants will learn about the changes to Wisconsin's law on the use of seclusion and physical restraint in schools. 2019 Wisconsin Act 118 changed several requirements including staff debriefing following an incident, school district reporting of incidents, and training requirements. This webinar will focus on the changes but will also cover requirements that have not changed.

Seclusion and Restraint in Schools – What you Need to Know about the Law 
November 18, 2020
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Students with disabilities can be subject to seclusion and restraint when their behaviors are a danger to themselves or others. Learn all about the requirements of the law and the new important changes that were put in place this year. Learn ways to work with your school to help reduce and eliminate these practices. 

Practical Tips as You Prepare for Mediation
April 21st, 2020

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This workshop is designed for parents who have already reached an agreement with their school district to enter into mediation. The workshop will offer tips on how parents can best prepare for the process. and what to expect during the mediation process.

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Special Education Discipline Requirements 
April 15th, 2020

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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. 

Challenging Behavior Series - Understanding & Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children
March 25, 2020

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This workshop focuses on understanding challenging behaviors among young children. It provides behavioral management strategies to use with young children and teaches parents and educators how to react to behavioral problems.

Powerpoint PresentationPositive Time-out Tip Sheet

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.


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504

Section 504 – What Parents Need to Know

January 19, 2021
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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.

Section 504 - What Parents Need to Know
September 15th, 2020

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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 PresentationKnow Your Rights Handout

 

TRANSITION

Transition Planning & Resources During COVID-19
January 6, 2021
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Covid-19 has made things very difficult for schools, youth families and agencies to execute a high-quality transition plan. The Transition Improvement Grant created a transition planning and resource guide to help all those working on behalf of youth with disabilities to continue to find necessary resources and tools to help during the pandemic. We would like to highlight some of the different sections to the resource guide and answer any questions that participants have related to effective transition planning and programming during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Drop-Out Prevention    
October 28, 2020
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This session will review steps that schools and families can take to support graduation for students with disabilities. Participants will hear about research-based predictors that support graduation.

Incorporating Health Care Transition with Your Post-Secondary Transition Plan (PTP)   
October 7, 2020
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Teenage years bring about a lot of transitions--education, employment, living spaces, benefits, and more. What about Health Care? We will talk about what Health Care Transition is, what skills need to be learned before adulthood and how to assess for those skills, and how health care can be incorporated into the Post-Secondary Transition Plan.

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Self-Advocacy: What to Expect in College   
September 29, 2020
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In this workshop, participants will learn about the wide variety of college options available to students with disabilities. Representatives from various Wisconsin schools will discuss programs, accommodations. and campus life.  Students, family members and adults who support them are welcome to attend.

Wisconsin Promising Practices and Before Age 18 Resources
August 19th, 2020

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The presenters will highlight resources for teenagers, young adults and family members (https://beforeage18.org/) and practitioners (https://promising-practices.com/). These resources were developed with youth, family and practitioner input as part of the PROMISE grant, a youth and family centered federal grant that assisted youth and family members meet their school, work, and financial goals.

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WI Transition App
May 6th, 2020
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This session will cover the new WiTransition app that is available to schools, youth, families, and agencies to provide hands-on access to creating and having input into a transition plan for a student. We will review the app content, the report that is generated at completion, supporting materials that have been developed and tips on how to best use the app to move transition planning forward for Wisconsin youth.  

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Getting and Keeping your First Job
May 5th, 2020
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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 NotesSample ResumeEmployment Action Plan

Utilizing Visual Resumes to Increase Employment Outcomes
March 18, 2020

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The transition of students into integrated community settings for paid work experience requires significant supports and specialized services to be coordinated between school districts and other agencies. Learning to network and collaborate with employers within your community to create meaningful paid work experiences for your students will increase their post high school outcomes as well as prepare them to graduate college and career ready. Creating visual resumes captures a student’s true passions, interests and desires as they relate to their post-secondary goals for education & training, employment and independent living and allows potential employers to see them in action; significantly increasing their chances for employment opportunities. Creating visual resumes also engages the student in the job seeking process in a fun and productive way.

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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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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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Self-Advocacy: Branding Yourself   

October 13, 2020
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Young people with disabilities can face numerous barrier's to getting a job. So how does one set themselves apart in order to get a chance? In this interactive workshop, Nafessa Burdine from Manpower in Milwaukee Will discuss how to emphasize strengths, abilities and other strategies to get noticed and secure the job you want. Students, family members and adults who support them are welcome to attend.

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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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IEP

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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December 16, 2020
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This session will apply an Early Childhood lens to the CCR IEP 5 Step Process, and address: early learning standards and early childhood specific vocabulary related to the 5 step process.

Results Driven Accountability (RDA) 
December 2, 2020
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Success for students with disabilities means focusing on both the quality of the services they are provided and the academic, social, and emotional skills they are mastering. This webinar will focus on ways the DPI supports adults to promote learning for students with IEPs.

IEP Checklist 

November 19, 2020
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Developing an effective and appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) is essential to the success of a child with a disability.  This module includes 3 steps for parents related to the IEP:  1. Getting ready early for the IEP meeting; 2. Actively participating in the meeting; and 3. Staying informed on implementation of the IEP throughout the year. 

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One Size Doesn't Fit All: Family Engagement in the IEP Process
April 22nd, 2020

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Family engagement takes on all forms and is unique to each family. That's why a "one size" (strategy) doesn't work for all families. This webinar will discuss the role families can play in developing their child's IEP and the different strategies that can be used. Participants will walk away with a variety of resources to use and try to enhance family and student participation.

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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.
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COMPASSION RESILIENCE

Compassion Resilience - Self Care Snapshot Series: Recognizing Fatigue
January 11, 2021
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We will delve into the concept of compassion fatigue; how it connects to our understanding of trauma, the stages that one might experience if compassion fatigue is not addressed, and how to assess our levels of secondary trauma, burnout and compassion satisfaction.

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Compassion Resilience: Toolkits for Schools, Health Care, Community & Caregivers 

November 11, 2020
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Based on the concepts from the Compassion Resilience Toolkits, we will explore the keys to preventing compassion fatigue in ourselves, our teams and our families. Experiences of implementing these strategies in multiple sectors, including with parents/caregivers, will be shared. The toolkits are free and their use is supported throughout Wisconsin. 

 

SPECIAL TOPICS

Bullying 

December 15, 2020
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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.

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Family Engagement through PBIS and RtI
May 20th, 2020
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Families are key collaborators in equitable multi-level systems of support. Schools and districts use the “three Es” to Embrace, Engage, and Empower families to improve their child’s learning by recognizing families as the first teachers and foremost experts on their child; intentionally and authentically seeking two-way communication to partner with families; and empowering families as active partners in their child’s learning.

Powerpoint PresentationGuide to Family Engagement Resources in Wisconsin 

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. 

Powerpoint Presentation

Finding Your Passion: How to Become a Good Advocate in Your Community
May 19th, 2020
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Everyone has something they are passionate about. This workshop is about finding your passion and using it in a way that will help people with disabilities lead independent and fulfilling lives in society. We hope that this presentation challenges you to think about and practice advocacy in new ways.

Company Checklist

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 PresentationSeeing My Child's Strengths Handout

 

SERVING ON GROUPS

Serving on Groups: The Role of Families and Skills for Serving in Groups (Section 7&8)   
October 29, 2020
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Do you want to be more involved in a decision-making group but are not sure where to begin? Are you tired of feeling like the token representative instead of an active member of a decision-making group? So many times we are on committees or in meetings, but don't know what the process is or how to fully participate. This workshop will introduce you to a resource to help you navigate decision-making groups, give information about the roles of families in these groups, and offer practical tips and strategies for putting your decision-making skills into practice.

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Serving on Groups: Understanding & Using Data (Section 6)    

October 22, 2020
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So many times, we are on committees or in meetings but don't know what the process is or how to fully participate, especially when it comes to data. This workshop will introduce you to the ways in which groups use data to make decisions. It will also help you to understand where data comes from and outline the basic stages of using data. This introductory workshop on data is based on the Serving on Groups that Make Decisions Guidebook resource.

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Serving on Groups: Tools & Tips (Sections 4&5)   

October 15, 2020
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Are you part of a committee or council that needs to be more efficient? What makes an effective committee or council? How can group dynamics improve? Learn about the helpful tools, tips, and strategies groups use to be more internally and externally successful in this workshop.

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Serving on Groups: Processes Groups Use (Section 3)    
October 1, 2020
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The most effective groups use processes to guide their work, and a clear process sets the direction toward the group's goals. So many times we are on committees or in meetings but don't know what is supposed to happen or how to fully participate. This webinar will introduce you to a resource to help navigate decision-making groups and learn about the principles and processes that guide these groups.

Powerpoint Presentation

Serving on Groups - Sections 1 & 2: Opportunities to Get Involved and Types of Groups

September 24th, 2020
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Do you want to join or come more involved in a committee or council, but not sure where to begin or which group would be a good fit for you? Do you wonder what the different functions are of decision-making groups and what the members' roles are within these groups? Sections 1 & 2 will introduce you to decision-making groups, how to get involved, and the different functions of various groups.

Powerpoint PresentationTypes of GroupsMAP Activity, Energy/Real Time ExampleOpportunities to Get Involved

 

COVID-19

Special Education and COVID-19: An Update
August 11th, 2020
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This webinar will serve as an update to the webinar that was presented in June.  Beside the basic information, attendees will be updated as to how the state and federal government have responded to school closures and virtual learning with regard to implementation of special education.  Any changes that have occurred over the summer months will be discussed.  Attendees will also learn strategies to help them monitor their children's progress towards IEP goals and document services provided.  This will be critical information for IEP teams to consider for the upcoming school year. 

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Special Education and COVID-19
June 3rd, 2020
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During this webinar, attendees will learn how the state and federal government have responded to school closures and virtual learning with regard to implementation of special education. Attendees will also learn strategies to help them monitor their children's progress towards IEP goals and document services provided.  This will be critical information for IEP teams to consider for the upcoming school year.  

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Placement Decisions and Home-Based Instruction 
December 9, 2020
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Home based placements raise concerns related to least restrictive environment. This presentation will discuss the appropriate procedural requirements that must be met before a student's IEP team can be placed for educational services at home.

Supporting Literacy at Home during the School Year 

November 5, 2020
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This year, your child will have new goals and objectives, explore new content, and learn new skills. There are many ways family members of young children can support literacy at home and in the community outside of school hours. We will discuss assessments, Literacy in the IEP, and communication with your child’s school. We welcome you to join us as we explore tips, strategies, and everyday opportunities for you to engage with your child and your school around literacy. 

Specially Designed PE and Universal Design  

November 4, 2020
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Are you aware that physical education is considered an academic content area, similar to language arts and mathematics? As a result, students with IEPs may require accommodations in order to access the physical education instruction and content. The webinar will provide information regarding specially designed physical education and the role Universal Design for Learning can play in developing physical education programs without barriers. 

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Dyslexia: How to Support Struggling Readers    
October 21, 2020
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What does it mean to be a struggling reader with dyslexia? According to the International Dyslexia Association, approximately 15-20% of the population have characteristics of dyslexia. How does dyslexia impact learning? What does science say about how we learn to read? Find out more about how to identify and support these students so that they can reach their full potential.

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy    

October 20, 2020
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If you are looking for information on how to become an effective parent advocate and how you can make a difference in your child's education, this webinar will help. One of the goals of this training is to assist you in learning that you DO have power as a parent and can be an effective advocate for your child. You do not need to feel powerless or frustrated about any issues your child may be having in school. Learn how to become an effective member of your child's team.

Raising Awareness of Mental Health Needs in Schools   
October 14, 2020
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This workshop will provide a general overview of mental illness and how it may present within the school setting for children and youth. It will also include strategies for working with children and youth with mental health needs, as well as current programming that is being utilized in some schools to address students' mental health needs. It will conclude with time for questions.

Navigating Special Education Resources
September 23rd, 2020
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This session will focus on specific strategies and resources that will help every parent become a more informed and confident advocate for their child. The focus on this session will be building a parent's capacity to have the knowledge and confidence to be an effective IEP team member. Throughout this session, participants will find helpful tips and resources that they can readily use as they support their child's learning experience in school.

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Celebrating Differences: Teaching Children About Special Needs and Disabilities
September 16th, 2020

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This workshop increases knowledge about people with disabilities, while also promoting acceptance and inclusion.

Powerpoint Presentation, Ben & Julia's Story About Friendship

Dual Exceptionality - Gifted and Disabled
September 2nd, 2020

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The topic of twice-exceptionality will be discussed. We will discuss what it is, how it can be difficult to identify, and how sometimes the areas of exceptionality mask one another. 

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Early Childhood Special Education Inclusive Practices & Related Services
August 12th, 2020
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This webinar will focus on what high quality inclusive practices look like in preschool. We will explore access, participation and appropriate supports needed in preschool inclusion.

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Supporting Literacy at Home in the Summer
May 21st, 2020
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We will explore many ways family members can support literacy for their children at home during the summer. We will discuss facts about why its important to support literacy in the summer, the 5 components of reading and how parents can support them in summer, picking the "right" book, and other tips, strategies, and everyday opportunities for families to engage with their children around literacy in summer.

Powerpoint Presentation, Sight Words List, Reading Activities Everywhere, Ways to Keep Your Middle & High Schoolers Interested in Reading, Summer Literacy 2020 Calendar for Early Childhood 

 

 

Self-Advocacy: Failure IS an Option
April 28th, 2020

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Tim Markle will share his unique personal experience and insight on “dreaming” with your child, encouraging self-advocacy on the journey, and the importance of “letting” your child fail. This webinar is especially relevant for students 13 & older with disabilities, families, and professionals who support them.

Powerpoint Notes

 

How DVR & Schools Work Together for Youth
April 21st, 2020

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Learn how vital transition partners can work together to support youth with disabilities find and keep community-based employment in order to lead independent, successful lives. This webinar is especially for students 13 & older with disabilities, families, and professionals who support them.

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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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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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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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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. 

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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.

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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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. 

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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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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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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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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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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.
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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.