Missed one of our webinars?  No problem! We record and archive many of the webinars we host each month so you can view them when it is most convenient. The webinars are all organized into categories. Just select the title of the webinar you’d like view. Please note: You will have to provide some basic registration information before you are able to access the recording. If there was a slide deck that was used during the webinar, we’ve included that here as well. Just click to download or print.

Challenging Behavior Series – Understanding & Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children | Slides
March 25, 2020

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.

Inclusive Strategies to Address Behavioral Needs for Students with IEPs | Slides
April 13, 2022

This presentation will highlight strategies and resources to help adults support students with IEPs who have behavioral needs in educational settings. Topics will include how adults can examine their own biases, mindsets and beliefs about student behavior as well as how to build strong relationships with students and apply a proactive and positive approach.
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.
November 16, 2022
Wisconsin’s law regarding the use of seclusion or physical restraint with students by school staff prohibits their use except in very limited circumstances where a student’s behavior presents a clear, present, and imminent risk to the physical safety of students and/or school staff and it is the least restrictive intervention feasible. This law applies to all students, both with and without disabilities. In this webinar, we will review the basic requirements of the law. We will discuss recent IDEA complaint decisions regarding seclusion and/or physical restraint. We will also discuss the data DPI collects from local educational agencies around the use of seclusion or physical restraint.
March 23, 2022
In this session, we will review requirements under federal law related to discipline and students with disabilities. The presentation will discuss what counts as a disciplinary removal, how a disciplinary change in placement is defined, and what is meant by a manifestation determination. Will also share dispute resolution options if a parent disagrees with the results of the manifestation determination.

Child Outcomes: What Families Need to Know & How to Take a More Active Role in the Process | Slides
March 2, 2022

States, as part of the Annual Performance Report (APR), collect data on three child outcome areas to be used as a measure of the impact of early childhood special education programs. These Child outcomes focus on skills and abilities children use to be successful in everyday activities and routines as well as skills children need to be successful in future school settings.

Early Childhood Special Education Inclusive Practices & Related Services | Slides
August 12, 2020

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 Service Delivery in Early Childhood: Speech & Language, OT and PT | Slides
April 20, 2022

Inclusion in early childhood programs (including preschool and 4k) refers to educating children with disabilities, from those with the mildest of needs to those with the most significant disabilities, with their peers without disabilities. By educating all students together, teachers and related service providers are able to hold all students to high expectations and intentionally promote participation in all learning and social activities, facilitated by individualized accommodations. By using evidence-based practices and supports in general education classrooms, special educators can partner with general education teachers to foster development (cognitive, language, communication, physical, behavioral, and social-emotional), friendships with peers, and a sense of belonging.

Inclusive Supports for Children on the Autism Spectrum | Slides
January 23, 2019

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.

Learn the Signs. Act Early! Tool Kit | Slides
January 12, 2021

During this workshop, participants will review resources and materials available in the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” toolkit. Participants will be asked to develop an implementation action plan to integrate resources in their respective programs.

Part C of IDEA: The Early Intervention Program for Infants & Toddlers with Disabilities in WI | Slides
December 15, 2021

This presentation will provide information on the Birth to 3 Program in WI. Basics of the program will be shared including how to refer a child, the purpose of the program and the rights of parents. The importance of parental involvement as a guiding principle of the program will be described.

Preschool Options – Birth to 3 Transition | Slides
April 12, 2018

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.

Temper Tantrums | Slides
October 27, 2021

This presentation will discuss why children have temper tantrums and how adults’ responses can make them more or less likely to continue. There are 4 major categories of temper tantrums and each will be described. Presenters will address the most effective response strategies that adults can use for each of the types of tantrums outlined.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to File an IDEA Complaint | Slides
December 4, 2019

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 | Slides
February 2, 2021

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: Dispute Resolution Options | Slides
March 7, 2022

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: Facilitated IEPs | Slides
February 7, 2022

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: Friendly and Productive IEPs | Slides
December 6, 2021

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.

WSEMS: Mediation | Slides
May 2, 2022

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.

Special Education and COVID-19: An Update | Slides
August 11th, 2020

This webinar will serve as an update to the webinar that was presented in June 2020.  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.

ABLE To Save | Slides
September 7, 2022

Please join us as we welcome ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) for an overview of ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts for people with disabilities. This presentation will cover what ABLE accounts are and the benefits of using one, highlight resources from the national #ABLEtoSave campaign, and walk through the many helpful resources and tools designed with the input of ABLE account owners and their family members available on the ABLE NRC website (ablenrc.org). The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions will also provide brief Federal and State legislative updates on ABLE plans.
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.

Providing Additional Supports for Students with Mental Health Challenges in the Schools | Slides
September 21, 2022

This presentation will focus on how mental illness may present in school-aged children and youth, different strategies that can be used at home and in school to help your child manage symptoms and behaviors and provide a variety of different community resources to support your child.

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.

October 20, 2020

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.

Families and school staff need to be partners in order for students to succeed. Through welcoming families, honoring their funds of knowledge, and respecting their parent role and voice, school staff can help families become partners. This session will focus on family engagement research and most importantly the strategies that school staff, families, and students can use to elevate the voices of family members and students.

Working with Parents of Exceptional Children & Community Agencies | Slides
May 10, 2022

This workshop supports participants shift from thinking about the way we partner with families from “parent involvement” to “family engagement”. We will focus on the Wisconsin-based supports that families need to help schools’ close gaps and increase student achievement. These supports include those that educators also need to engage families effectively. Discussion centers on building trust and connecting families to Wisconsin-based information and tools.

Dyslexia: How to Support Struggling Readers | Slides
October 21, 2020

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 | Slides
May 19, 2022

We will explore many ways family members can support literacy for their children at home during the summer. We will discuss facts about why it’s 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.

Communicating in a Supportive Role | Slides
August 18, 2021

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 | Slides
March 4, 2020

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 and Its Role in Promoting Positive Mental Health | Slides
March 30, 2022

What if we could actually deal with our resentments and not just “live with them”? Forgiveness is one way to overcome our resentments and anger. Forgiveness also opens the door to a healthier way of living.

How Smooth is Your Ride? The Importance of Self-Care | Slides
December 19, 2018

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 | Slides
December 8, 2021

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 | Slides
October 9, 2019

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 | Slides
September 1, 2021

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.

Serving on Groups: Opportunities to Get Involved & Types of Groups (Sections 1&2) | Slides
September 22, 2022

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) | Slides
October 6, 2022

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 some basic principles and processes that groups can use for effective decision-making.

Serving on Groups: Tools & Tips (Sections 4&5) | Slides
October 20, 2022

Are you a member of a committee or council that needs to be more efficient? What makes a committee or council effective? How can group dynamics improve? This workshop will go over helpful tools, tips and strategies groups use to be more internally and externally successful.

Serving on Groups: Understanding & Using Data (Section 6) | Slides
October 27, 2022

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 webinar on data is based on the Serving on Groups that Make Decisions Guidebook resource. The highlight of the revised Guidebook is a section entitled Understanding Data as Information. We live in a world with more available data than ever before. In education, using data is a powerful tool to determine if schools’ efforts are working and if students are meeting their goals. This section provides eight steps to assist you and other group members in making well-informed data-based decisions to improve the experiences of children. It also contains numerous resources for you to access and explore relevant data for your family and community.

Serving on Groups: The Role of Families & Skills for Serving on Groups (Sections 7&8) | Slides
November 3, 2022

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? This webinar will 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 utilizing the Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: A Guide for Families resource.

April 28, 2021
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.
February 24, 2021

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.

Assistive Technology (AT) & Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) | Slides
October 19, 2022

This webinar provides an overview of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) in Wisconsin. Participants will gain an understanding of the legal requirements of AEM, develop an awareness of the decision-making process for AEM eligibility, receive AEM guidance for IEP teams, learn about resources available to acquire AEM, and build knowledge around next steps learning opportunities.

Awareness and Prevention of School Based Bullying| Slides
August 31, 2022

This workshop will cover the extent of bullying and its effects on young people. We will look at our current statewide data and see what students are saying about the topic. Lastly, along with learning about Wisconsin’s state statute addressing bullying and school district responsibilities regarding this law, we will cover a myriad of resources available to support your district’s efforts in combatting this issue.

College and Career Ready IEPs
| Slides
November 13, 2019

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 | Slides
March 24, 2021

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
| Slides
September 22, 2021

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 | Slides
April 14, 2021

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.

Health Plans and How They Interface with IEPs | Slides
November 2, 2022

The Department of Public Instruction’s School Nurse/Health Services Consultant will explain how health plans are used to identify the health-related needs of students. How school nurses and school staff use this information to address the severity and nature of the health condition or disability and how it affects the student’s involvement and educational progress will be discussed.

Parents are often asked to create goals for their children. This workshop will share a resource for parents in WI to reduce this burden. Come to find out more about the Goals for Children web-based application.
March 17, 2021

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
| Slides
August 31, 2021

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 | Slides
September 23rd, 2020

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.

During the 2020-2021 school year, disability category criteria was updated for speech or language impairment, emotional behavioral disability, and deaf and hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. In addition, a new disability category and identification criteria was added to Wisconsin state rule for deafblind and an emergency rule was passed relating to identification of specific learning disability when students are located in a private or homeschool educational setting.  This presentation will review key aspects of updated criteria within the framework of a comprehensive special education evaluation.
April 22nd, 2020

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 | Slides
April 3rd, 2019

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
| Slides
December 9, 2020

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.

Providing Additional Supports for Students with Mental Health Challenges in the Schools | Slides
September 21, 2022

This presentation will focus on how mental illness may present in school-aged children and youth, different strategies that can be used at home and in school to help your child manage symptoms and behaviors, and provide a variety of different community resources to support your child.

Section 504: What Parents and Schools Need to Know | Slides
January 25, 2022

Learn about the similarities and differences between Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans. The 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 through high school in college and in the workplace. Information on 504 grievance procedures will also be provided.

Self-Directed College & Career Ready IEP Guide
| Slides
May 19, 2021

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 | Slides
January 15th, 2020

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.

Special Education Legal Updates | Slides
September 28, 2022

The workshop will consist of a review of recent developments in state and federal special education law as they apply to K-12 students in Wisconsin.

Specially Designed (Adapted) Physical Education | Slides
November 10, 2021

This workshop will review what Adapted Physical Education (APE) is and when a plan for APE is required. Participants also will learn how to determine what a student’s needs may be in the content area of Physical Education, and how a plan for APE is incorporated in a student’s IEP.

Supporting Paraprofessionals to Support Students with IEPs | Slides
October 12, 2022

This workshop will provide participants with a better understanding of Wisconsin requirements for paraprofessionals and will review various resources for families and educators.

Supporting your Preschool Child’s IEP at Home | Slides
August 25, 2021

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
| Slides
March 10, 2021

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
| Slides
February 10, 2021

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.

Working with First Nations Students with IEPs
| Slides
August 24, 2022

First Nations students in some Wisconsin school districts are identified at higher than expected rates as requiring Special Education services and supports. Understanding more about the Nations your students may come from or be affiliated with can help educators develop better partnerships with parents to provide students with the best possible free and appropriate public education. Discussion about potential sources of bias and stereotypes will be included.

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

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.

ABLE To Save | Slides
September 7, 2022

Please join us as we welcome ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) for an overview of ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts for people with disabilities. This presentation will cover what ABLE accounts are and the benefits of using one, highlight resources from the national #ABLEtoSave campaign, and walk through the many helpful resources and tools designed with the input of ABLE account owners and their family members available on the ABLE NRC website (ablenrc.org). The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions will also provide brief Federal and State legislative updates on ABLE plans.

Addressing Homelessness & Poverty in the Schools | Slides
February 12, 2020

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 Revisited| Slides
February 28, 2019

Participants will learn how brain science informs more effective strategies to support children and youth with ADHD at home and at school.
PowerPoint Presentation.

Assistive Technology (AT) Forward | Slides
December 1, 2021

This workshop will share information about what assistive technology is and the legal requirements for students with IEPs. Additionally, we will share information about the Assistive Technology (AT) Forward statewide project including the monthly community of practice (CoP) meetings and how you can participate. Finally, resources will be shared for learning more about assistive technology.

Awareness and Prevention of School Based Bullying | Slides
August 31, 2022

This workshop will cover the extent of bullying and its effects on young people. We will look at our current statewide data and see what students are saying about the topic. Lastly, along with learning about Wisconsin’s state statute addressing bullying and school district responsibilities regarding this law, we will cover a myriad of resources available to support your district’s efforts in combatting this issue.

Bridging the Gap: Health Care Transition for Community Partners | Slides
March 3, 2021

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

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 | Slides
September 16, 2020

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

Co-Teaching and Specially Designed Instruction | Slides
April 7, 2021

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.

Disabling Inequity in Wisconsin Schools | Slides
September 14, 2022

This workshop will introduce the Civil Rights Project report called, “Disabling Inequity: The Urgent Need for Race-Conscious Resource Remedies (Executive Summary, March 22, 2021). The training discusses the three parts of UCLA’s report, including specific recommendations for federal policymakers to address racially disparate burdens pre and post pandemic. In addition, we will share an analysis of Wisconsin’s data, what it means and efforts DPI is working on to address educational inequities among students of color with disabilities.

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

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.

Dual Exceptionality – Gifted and Disabled | Slides
September 2, 2020

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.

Educational Services for Children Placed in Foster Care | Slides
May 11, 2022

This workshop will address specific aspects of the special education process in regard to children and youth with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in foster care. The intention is to raise awareness about some of the rights and responsibilities for caregivers and schools, to improve the ability of caregivers to understand the process more thoroughly and know where to find additional information.

Family Engagement in an Equitable Multi-Level System of Support (PBIS & RtI) | Slides
September 9, 2021

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.

Fit Families Program: Physical Activity Program for Children with Autism and Their Families | Slides
February 2, 2022

The purpose of this presentation is to provide participants with a spectrum of developmentally appropriate activities and ideas they can utilize with their entire family while engaging in physical activities. We will also discuss the general characteristics of the physical education programs, rights of children and parents, individualized education plan, and more.

The Impact of Trauma and Stress on Young Children and How to Help| Slides
March 16, 2022

This workshop will provide participants with a base knowledge for how stress and trauma impacts young children (ages 0-6 years). Special attention will be paid to the signs or symptoms young children display that may indicate they have been impacted by stressful events. Strategies for providing trauma-informed care to children in any setting will be introduced.

Introduction to Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Victim Advocacy Program (VAP) | Slides
February 23, 2022

This workshop is an introduction to Disability Rights Wisconsin’s Victim Advocacy Program. Presenters will provide information of how to access program supports and provide examples of the type of services the VAP provides and how these services intersect with multiple systems.

Medicaid Made Easy | Slides
November 3, 2021

If you have questions about Medicaid, this training is for you! You’ll learn about how Medicaid works for children with disabilities. We explain everything from eligibility to enrollment and how to best use Medicaid services and supports.

This workshop will help participants better understand how the juvenile justice system works and key terminology. It will also provide ways to support children or youth that may be involved in the juvenile justice system. Last, this workshop will provide community resources for caregivers.

Related Services in a Virtual World: Teleservice Moving Forward | Slides
October 6, 2021

For some families’ teleservices met their needs and expectations. For other families, it presented a multitude of challenges. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have learned so much about teleservice as a model for educational supports and service delivery. This session will provide information about educationally relevant service delivery models and best practices for related services teleservice support.

Results Driven Accountability (RDA) | Slides
December 2, 2020

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.

Special Education and Pupil Discrimination – Legal Updates | Slides
September 29, 2021

This update on special education and pupil discrimination law will provide attendees with an overview of recent legal developments pertaining to public school students in Wisconsin. The presentation will cover both statutory and regulatory changes as well as trends and patterns in WDPI compliant decisions.

Specially Designed PE and Universal Design | Slides
November 4, 2020

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 | Slides
January 29, 2020

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 Liaisons: How They Are Helpful? | Slides
February 5, 2020

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 | Slides
January 13, 2021

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 | Slides
February 17, 2021

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.

Why Adapted Physical Education is Important for Children with Disabilities | Slides
February 16, 2022

This session will focus on Adapted Physical Education for students with disabilities and why services should be made available to all students with an IEP. Information provided will help parents/guardians understand the eligibility process and how to have access to early intervention programs. Additionally, we will discuss what makes a physical educator qualified to teach students with disabilities.

WI Children & Youth w/Special Health Care Needs: Supporting Families and Providers who Support Them | Slides
June 2, 2021

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.

Working with Culturally Diverse Students with Mental Health Needs | Slides
November 17, 2021

The COVID 19 pandemic, resulting economic downturn and job loss, and a national reckoning with systemic racism has led to well over a year of absolute social upheaval. Children and families of color, lower socioeconomic status, and those with developmental needs experience numerous barriers to care and high quality, culturally appropriate services. We will discuss some of these disparities and their roots in our systems of care. We will also discuss ways that we, as practitioners and family members, can address these issues. We will offer time for discussion and resources to continue this work further.

Working with First Nations Students with IEPs | Slides
August 24, 2022

First Nations students in some Wisconsin school districts are identified at higher-than-expected rates as requiring Special Education services and supports. Understanding more about the Nations your students may come from or be affiliated with can help educators develop better partnerships with parents to provide students with the best possible free and appropriate public education. Discussion about potential sources of bias and stereotypes will be included.

Career & Technical Education: What Families of Children with Disabilities Need to Know | Slides
April 21, 2021

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 | Slides
October 28, 2020

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 | Slides
April 21st, 2020

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.

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

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.

Incorporating Health Care Transition with Your Post-Secondary Transition Plan (PTP) | Slides
October 7, 2020

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 | Slides
May 15, 2019

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) | Slides
May 5, 2021

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.

Transition Planning & Resources During COVID-19 | Slides
January 6, 2021

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 | Slides
March 18, 2020

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 | Slides
May 6, 2020

This session will cover the new WI Transition 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 | Slides
August 19, 2020

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.

Up to Me: Starting the Conversation – Series Overview | Slides
January 10, 2022

People with mental health challenges and those that support them face decisions every day about if and what to say to friends, family, co-workers, and others about their experiences. Whether their loved one is returning from treatment, exhibited some mental health symptoms, or is asked about a behavior that someone has noticed, knowing how to decide if and what they want to say can be key to moving forward with their recovery. If they choose to disclose, having an answer that points to their or their loved one’s strength and resilience is empowering.

Up to Me: Defining Stigma | Slides
February 14, 2022

Part 1 of the Up to Me: Starting the Conversation Series on supporting families facing mental health challenges. Stigma informs the way our society sees mental health challenges and those who seek treatment.

Up to Me: Self-Stigma and Its Impact on You | Slides
March 14, 2022

Part 2 of the Up to Me: Starting the Conversation Series on supporting families facing mental health challenges. This session explores the concept of self-stigma, the story you tell yourself about the challenges you and your loved one face.

Up to Me: Different Types of Disclosure | Slides
April 11, 2022

Part 3 of the Up to Me: Starting the Conversation Series on supporting families facing mental health challenges.

Up to Me: How to Disclose | Slides
May 9, 2022

Part 4 of the Up to Me: Starting the Conversation Series on supporting families facing mental health challenges. Should someone decide to disclose their story or that of a loved one, this session addresses how to do so.

Up to Me: Applying This Information to Your Child’s Story 
June 13, 2022

Part 5 of the Up to Me: Starting the Conversation Series on supporting families facing mental health challenges focuses on applying this information to your child’s story.

Autism and Anxiety and My Journey into Adulthood 
May 18, 2022

My journey is just that, my journey. We all have a journey. My journey involves being autistic, having anxiety, and becoming an adult. I hope I can help you on your journey or help you support others on their journeys.

Becoming a Better Self Advocate through the Stages of Transition | Slides
March 31, 2021

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 | Slides
May 4, 2021

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: How DVR & Schools Work Together for Youth | Slides
April 13, 2021

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: Branding Yourself for Employment | Slides
October 20, 2021

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: College Panel
September 29, 2020

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.

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

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: Understanding Guardianship | Slides
April 28, 2021

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.