Archived Workshops

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DISPUTE RESOLUTION

How to File an IDEA Complaint
December 4, 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.

Practical Tips as You 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 workshop will offer tips on how parents can best prepare for the process. and what to expect during the mediation process.

WSEMS: Mediation
May 3, 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: 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.

WSEMS: Dispute Resolution Options
March 1, 2021
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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. 

WSEMS: Friendly and Productive IEPs
April 5, 2021
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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.

FAMILY ADVOCACY

Advocating for Your Special Education Child's Mental Health Needs in School
August 21, 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.

Finding Your Passion: How to Become a Good Advocate in Your Community
May 19, 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.

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.

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.

LITERACY

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.

Supporting Literacy at Home in the Summer
May 21, 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.

BEHAVIOR & DISCIPLINE

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.

Family Engagement in an Equitable Multi-Level System of Support (PBIS and RtI)
September 8, 2021
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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.

Manifestation Determination & Expulsion
April 17, 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.

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. 

Special Education Discipline Requirements
September 15, 2021
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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.

BIRTH TO THREE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD

Early Childhood Special Education Inclusive Practices & Related Services
August 12, 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.

Inclusive Supports for Children on the Autism Spectrum
January 23, 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.

Preschool Options - Birth to 3 Transition
April 12, 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.

SELF-CARE/MINDFULLNESS

Communicating in a Supportive Role
August 18, 2021
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This workshop focuses on the need and benefit of peer support and how to effectively support others along your healthcare journey. The workshop discusses the effects of trauma, stress and grief and how to walk along someone who is experiencing these feelings. Listeners will learn basic ways of listening in a supportive way to help others.

Dreaming and Re-Dreaming with Your Special Needs Child
March 4, 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. 

Forgiveness: One Way to Stop Self-Blame and Guilt
(September 17, 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. 

How Smooth is Your Ride? The Importance of Self-Care
December 19, 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.

Mindfulness for Students with Disabilities
December 8, 2021
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The workshop covers the principles of mindfulness and self-regulation and gives examples to teach students with disabilities how to become more mindful without a meditation practice. Teaching strategies covered include breath awareness, recognizing emotional experiences without trying to change them, and practices that teach heightened awareness of the senses. Attendees are given strategies to take with them to use themselves and to share with youth with disabilities.

Resiliency and Self Care
October 9, 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. 

The Power of Shame
September 1, 2021
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Shame can be paralyzing. We will learn about what shame is as well as how we might personally be triggered into shame. But there are antidotes to shame--which we will cover. In this webinar, participants will understand the difference between shame, humiliation and embarrassment; identify Shame Triggers; and plan on how to resist and recover from shame.

COMPASSION RESILIENCE SERIES

Compassion Resilience - Toolkits for Schools, Health Care, Community and 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. 

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.

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.

Compassion Resilience - Self Care Snapshot Series: Self Compassion
March 8, 2021
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Where are YOU on the “To-Do” list? As a parent or caregiver, we are often LAST on the list when it comes to our daily tasks, if we make it on the list at all! In this session, learn about self-compassion and how it connects to compassion resilience in our lives.

Compassion Resilience – Self Care Snapshot Series: Our Locus of Control
April 12, 2021
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In this session we will focus on the systemic factors that can impact our compassion resilience and explore our response and potential role in making positive change.

Compassion Resilience – Self Care Snapshot Series: Compassionate Boundaries
May 10, 2021
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Boundaries are particularly important in work with families who are survivors of trauma. In this session, learn how to create compassionate boundaries to protect ourselves from compassion fatigue.

Compassion Resilience – Self Care Snapshot Series: Expectations & Affirmations
June 14, 2021
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Many of us give the very best of who we are every day, yet all too often struggle to feel like our best is good enough. In this session, we will identify and transform unrealistic expectations that compromise our ability to approach others with compassion and extend that compassion to ourselves.

Compassion Resilience – Self Care Snapshot Series: Wellness Strategies
July 12, 2021
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When it comes to our wellness, we can experience fatigue and resilience in the four sectors/eight areas of the Wellness Compass. In this session, learn how as we support our overall wellness, our ability to maintain a compassionate approach grows too.

Compassion Resilience – Self Care Snapshot Series: Connecting to Our Purpose
August 9, 2021
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Our sense of purpose provides direction to where we focus our energy, passion and growth. When we live our life in alignment with our core values, we have a strong sense of purpose. In this session, discuss how to connect to our sense of purpose with intentionality and expose ourselves to resilience in those we serve.

SERVING ON GROUPS SERIES

Serving on Groups:Opportunities to Get Involved and Types of Groups (Sec 1&2)   
September 23, 2021
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Do you want to join or become 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? Serving on Groups is a nationally recognized leadership tool that empowers parents to actively and fully participate in decision-making groups. Sections 1 & 2 will introduce you to decision-making groups, how to get involved, and the different functions of various groups.

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.

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.

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.

Serving on Groups: The Role of Families & Skills for Serving on Groups (Sections 7&8)
October 31, 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.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Additional Services, Compensatory Services, Extended School Year, and Monitoring Progress of IEP Goals
April 28, 2021
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The COVID-19 public health emergency has had a tremendous impact on the provision of special education services across the country. As more students are returning to schools full time in Wisconsin, we will discuss the importance of accurately identifying current levels of academic and functional performance in light of each student’s unique circumstances. When reviewing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), IEP teams should examine both progress on IEP goals as well as progress in age or grade level curriculum to determine if and how additional services or compensatory services are needed and what options for special education service delivery will best meet the needs of each student moving forward.

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.

College and Career Ready IEPs
November 13, 2019
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College and Career Ready (CCR) IEPs are for all students with IEPs ages 3-21. CCR IEPs are built on 5 core beliefs and utilize a 5-step process for developing an IEP to improve student outcomes. This presentation will dig a little deeper into each step of the process for CCR IEP development.

Comprehensive Special Education Evaluations
March 24, 2021
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During this workshop, parents will learn the legal requirements of completing a comprehensive special education evaluation, regardless of the area of eligibility. Parents will also learn their role as an IEP team member during the evaluation process. Parents will also learn what educationally relevant questions are, why they are important as part of a comprehensive evaluation and how to ask them.

Functional Behavioral Assessments
September 22, 2021
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Conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is an important tool for IEP teams. The purpose of an FBA is to identify the purpose or function of behaviors that interfere with learning and the variables that influence the behavior. Information and data gained from an FBA are then used to develop the components of an effective IEP and Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) if needed. Parents and caregivers know their children best, and are vital members of the IEP team. Understanding the FBA process will help parents and caregivers be productive partners in the IEP process and help schools meet their child’s needs.

Graduation for All: Tools to Improve the Graduation Rate for Students with Disabilities
April 14, 2021
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The workshop will provide participants with an understanding of graduation for students, families, and communities. Participants will review and learn strategies to build partnerships between families and schools to increase graduation outcomes for students.

How to Provide Students with IEPs Accessibility to their Grade Level Reading Materials
March 17, 2021
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Students with IEPs have an ever-growing gap between their achievement scores and their grade level expectations. Wisconsin’s statewide scores for students with IEPs over the past six (6) years show that over 80% - 90% of students with IEPs have scored at the non-proficient level in Reading, English Learning Arts, Math and Science.Many of these students do not read at grade level expectations and are thus unable to access their grade level reading materials. This is called a print disability. Federal law, IDEA 2004 requires that IEP teams provide Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) such as Text To Speech to students with IEPs in order for them to access their grade level reading materials.This presentation will describe how should IEPs teams provide Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) such as Text To Speech to students with IEPs.

IEP Checklist
August 31, 2021
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This session 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Section 504 – What Parents Need to Know
August 17, 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.

Self-Directed College & Career Ready IEP Guide
May 19, 2021
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This session will introduce to the CCR IEP Guide, a tool from the Transition Improvement Grant Self Advocacy Suite. This session will discuss the importance of Self Advocacy and the use of the CCR Guide in increasing Self Advocacy.

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.

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.

Supporting your Preschool Child’s IEP at Home
August 25, 2021
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So, your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) how can you support the development of their goals in your home. This webinar will explore fun interactive ways you can provide opportunities for your child to develop and practice those skills during everyday activities, routines and transitions.

Using Medical Information & Reports Within the IEP Evaluation Process
March 10, 2021
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Parents are sometimes given a "prescription" for Special Education from their child's doctor or medical provider. The question comes up - what can/should a school district do with that information? How are IEP teams expected to respond to medical reports or outside evaluations? This workshop will share information about what IEP teams MUST do, as well as how they can use the information provided.

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.

SPECIAL TOPICS

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

Addressing Homelessness & Poverty in the Schools
February 12, 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. 

ADHD Revisted
February 28, 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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Bridging the Gap: Health Care Transition for Community Partners
March 3, 2021
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As adolescents move in young adulthood is seems like their whole lives are in transition. One transition that is foundation to success and often overlooked is the transition to the adult health care world. Starting as early as 12 years old, youth and families can begin to learn skills and build awareness so the youth can take charge of their own health care as an adult.

Bullying & Harassment
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.

Celebrating Differences: Teaching Children About Special Needs and Disabilities
September 16, 2020
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This workshop increases knowledge about people with disabilities, while also promoting acceptance and inclusion.

Co-Teaching and Specially Designed Instruction
April 7, 2021
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This workshop is designed to help participants understand what specially designed instruction is and why it is important. In addition, we will discuss who may deliver specially designed instruction as well as the benefits of a co-taught classroom.

Discrimination and Harassment Protections for Public School Students
September 18, 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. 

Disparities in Special Education Identification
May 22, 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.

Dual Exceptionality - Gifted and Disabled
September 2, 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. 

Family Engagement in an Equitable Multi-Level System of Support (PBIS & RtI)
September 9, 2021
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In an Equitable Multi-Level Systems of Supports, families and communities are active partners and key collaborators in achieving the goal of success for every learner. Participants will learn how Family Engagement is one of the 11 key features of an Equitable Multi-Level Systems of Supports. Family Engagement is integrated through the other 10 features and is integral in implementation in a system of supports for the benefit of all learners.

Family Engagement through PBIS and RtI
May 20, 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.

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.

Supporting Neurodiverse Students
January 29, 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). 

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

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.

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.

WI Children & Youth w/Special Health Care Needs: Supporting Families and Providers who Support Them
June 2, 2021
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The WI CYSHCN program supports families and the providers who support them. Through a network of agencies, the CYSHCN program is a free, voluntary resource for families seeking answers and direction in any aspect of their child's life. We help with medical concerns, community supports, transitions, parent support, transportation, and the list goes on. We are just a phone call away.

TRANSITION

Career & Technical Education: What Families of Children with Disabilities Need to Know
April 21, 2021
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Join us to learn strategies that support students with disabilities with engagement in CTE programming to gain the knowledge and workforce skills that employers require. CTE is an avenue to assist students with disabilities to develop the skills to prepare them for their future through instruction, work-based learning and participation in career and technical student organizations in your local school district. Changes in statewide practice has created an emphasis on college and career readiness for all students.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Post-Secondary Transition Plan (PTP)
May 5, 2021
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Planning for life after high school is key to creating a smooth transition for your youth. In Wisconsin, students with disabilities ages 14 and older are required to have a transition plan called the Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) as part of their Individual Education Program (IEP). During this presentation participants will learn about the steps of the PTP application process from compliance to best practices, transition tools to increase student outcomes along with other valuable resources that parents can access.

Project SEARCH
May 12, 2021
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During this workshop, you will learn more about what Project SEARCH is and where it all started. We will also share about the 2 sites Goodwill currently has (Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport), the rotations as well as the success a few of our interns have had because of Project SEARCH.

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. 

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.

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.

WI Transition App
May 6, 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.  

Wisconsin Promising Practices and Before Age 18 Resources
August 19, 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.

YOUTH SELF-ADVOCACY

Becoming a Better Self Advocate through the Stages of Transition
March 31, 2021
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This webinar will focus on identifying exactly what self-advocacy and self-determination are, and why it is so important for youth with IEPs in the transition planning process. Participants will take a dive into the TIG Self-Advocacy Suite of resources and walk away with an understanding of how to begin utilizing those tools with youth in order to increase self-advocacy through the stages of transition.

Getting & Keeping Your First Job
May 4, 2021
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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.

Self-Advocacy Series: How DVR & Schools Work Together for Youth
April 13, 2021
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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.

Self-Advocacy Series: Understanding Guardianship
April 28, 2021
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Guardianship is a complex and often time-consuming legal process. Learn whether it is right for your family and how it impacts a person with a disability's rights as an adult.

Self-Advocacy: Branding Yourself
October 13, 2020
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Young people with disabilities can face numerous barriers to getting a job. So how does one set themselves apart in order to get a chance? In this interactive workshop, we will discuss how to emphasize strengths, abilities and other strategies to get noticed and secure the job you want.

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.

Self-Advocacy: College Panel
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.

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. 

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.