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Monday Evening, July 23, 2018 (5:30-7:00 pm)

5:30-7:00 pm Registration; Institute Social/Networking & Refreshments; Exhibits Open

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (7:30 am – 6:00 pm)

7:30-8:30 Registration; Exhibits Open

8:30-9:45 General Session #1
TOPIC: “Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.”
PRESENTER: Tom Iland (Presenter, Author & Self-Advocate; Santa Clarita, CA)
DESCRIPTION: In this keynote, Tom will share his secrets to success in accomplishing his personal and professional goals and he will tell us how these secrets can help our students become their best selves.

9:45-10:00 BREAK – Beverages Provided

10:00-11:30 Forums – Group #1

A. TOPIC: “Be Safe: Teaching Youth How to Interact With Police & First Responders.”
PRESENTER: Tom Iland (Presenter, Author & Self-Advocate; Santa Clarita, CA) & Emily Iland
DESCRIPTION: Youth with autism and other learning differences are seven times more likely to be involved in an encounter with emergency personnel than those without a learning difference.  This presentation will explain how to teach youth to appropriately and safely respond when interacting with law enforcement officers. (Target Audience: All school levels; General & Special Educators; Related Service Providers; Guidance Counselors; Paraprofessionals; Parents; Administrators)

B. TOPIC: “Boldly Transforming Schools and Districts”
PRESENTERS: Eric Smith (Learning Strategist, Stoughton High School), Audra & Alex Smith (Students, Stoughton)
DESCRIPTION: Be inspired to maximize learning for all students by facilitating an inclusionary school and district model. By transforming your school to be more inclusive for all students, career readiness skills will be enhanced and learning will become more meaningful. Speakers will provide details on how this model positively impacts students with disabilities as well as the greater school community. (Target Audience: Middle & High School General & Special Educators; Counselors; Parents; Administrators)

C. TOPIC: “A Teacher’s Guide to Co-Planning & Scaffolding”
PRESENTERS: Margaret Black (Educational Consultant; Brookfield)
DESCRIPTION: This forum will focus on ways to improve co-planning with digital solutions and low-tech ideas in order to be more effective and efficient. In addition, presenters will discuss how scaffolding can be done so that students have more confidence and success with instructional tasks. (Target Audience: All Grade Levels; General & Special Educators)

D. TOPIC: “Little Changes Can Lead to Access for All”
PRESENTERS: Michelle Ogorek (State-wide EC Coordinator; Milwaukee) & Jenny Giles (DPI Early Childhood Consultant; Madison)
DESCRIPTION: Join us to learn what adaptations, accommodations and modifications are, how you can design and develop them, and most importantly, how you can implement them when working with our youngest children in inclusive settings. (Target Audience: Early Childhood Level; General & Special Educators; Related Service Providers)

11:30-12:30 LUNCH – Provided

12:30-1:30 ACTION PLANNING TOOLS FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION – Dr. Kim Beloin
(This Time Period Includes a Beginning Block of Team or Individual Planning Time)

1:45-3:15 Forums – Group #2

E. Team or Individual Planning Option
DESCRIPTION: This time may be used for individual or team planning. Institute staff is available to assist, if needed.

F. TOPIC: “What is Your ‘Real’ Role as a Paraprofessional Supporting Students in Inclusive Settings?”
PRESENTER: Sandy Berndt (Independent Consultant)
DESCRIPTION: This forum will help Paraprofessionals to provide effective support services to students in inclusive environments. Learn about your roles, responsibilities and rights as a paraprofessional supporting a range of students in age and ability. (Target Audience: K-12th Grade Paraprofessionals; Others who are interested in this topic are also welcome)

G. TOPIC: “Clearing the Path to Life After High School”
PRESENTERS: Mike Hipple & Dan Krohn (Leaders in Self- Directed Services; TMG- IRIS)
DESCRIPTION: Presenters will share advice for teachers which they learned from their own experiences preparing for transition to life after high school. Attendees in this session will understand the principles and benefits of self-advocacy, self-direction and opportunities in Wisconsin for self-directed supports after high school. (Target Audience: High School Level General & Special Educators; Transition Coordinators; Counselors; Parents)

H. TOPIC: “Strategies for Developing and Implementing Inclusive Practices”
PRESENTERS: Dr. Nina F. Weisling, Dr. Amy Toson (Faculty at Cardinal Stritch University; Milwaukee) & Nick Pflieger (School Psychologist; Elmbrook Schools)
DESCRIPTION: Presenters will share practical strategies for developing and improving inclusive practices. Participants will (1) collaboratively problem-solve around common collaboration challenges, and (2) acquire and discuss actionable strategies that school staff, related service providers, and school leaders can implement in their work towards more effective inclusive education. (Target Audience: K-12th Grade Levels; General & Special Educators; Related Service Providers; Administrators)

I. TOPIC: “Looking at Specially-Designed Instruction in Early Childhood by Digging into Dialogic Reading”
PRESENTERS: Beth Tepper (Program Support Teacher; Tomahawk) & Cindy Predergast (Program Support Teacher; Pewaukee )
DESCRIPTION: What does specially-designed instruction (SDI) looks like in Early Childhood? We will explore Dialogic Reading, and how it can play a part in SDI and the development of early literacy instruction with our youngest learners. (Target Audience: Early Childhood Level; General & Special Educators; Related Service Providers; Administrators)

3:15-3:30 BREAK – Beverages Provided

3:30-5:00 Forums – Group #3

J. Team or Individual Planning Option
DESCRIPTION: This time may be used for individual or team planning. Institute staff is available to assist, if needed.

K. TOPIC: “’Deej’ Film and Discussion”
FACILITATOR: Char Brandl (Retired Teacher & Educational Consultant; Cross Plains)
DESCRIPTION: This forum will highlight the life story of D. J, Savarese, a young adult with autism who was a keynote speaker at this Institute in 2007. D.J. was included throughout his K-12th grade and University education. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College in May 2017 with a double major in Anthropology and Creative Writing. A discussion will follow the film. (Target Audience: All School Levels; General & Special Educators; Related Service Providers; Guidance Counselors; Paraprofessionals; Parents; Administrators)

L. TOPIC: “Working Together: How to Create an Effective Learning Environment in a Team-Taught Classroom”
PRESENTER: Kathleen McArdle (Educator in the Madison Metropolitan School District; Madison)
DESCRIPTION: Creating an effective team taught classroom can be difficult and overwhelming. This forum will provide specific strategies, tools, and take-aways (along with some independent application time), so that attendees are able to start the school year with a positive and productive co-teaching relationship. (Target Audience: Middle School Level General & Special Educators)

M. TOPIC: “Hands-on Resources to Make Science Accessible”
PRESENTER: Kendra Liddicoat (Faculty; UW-Steven Point)
DESCRIPTION: Physical models and hands-on investigations make abstract science concepts clearer. Place-based examples provide context. Explore free resources and associated curriculum materials that will help your students understand how daily activities such as taking a shower, turning on the lights, and eating lunch impact the world around them. Have some fun taking temperature measurements around the room, squirting dye into a groundwater model, looking at an emerald ash borer through a jeweler’s loupe, and calculating how much energy a laptop uses. (Target Audience: All School Levels; General & Special Educators; Paraprofessionals)

N. TOPIC: “Utilizing Social & Emotional Learning Competencies to Develop IEP Goals”
PRESENTERS: Jessica Nichols & Beth Herman (DPI Consultants; Madison)
DESCRIPTION: SEL is a universal practice in the School Mental Health Framework. This forum will focus on utilizing Social and Emotional Learning Competencies to develop IEP goals. (Target Audience: K-12th Grade Elementary General & Special Educators; Paraprofessionals; Counselors; Related Services & Support Staff; Parents; Administrators)

5:00-5:20 GRADUATE COURSE MEETING in Westwood Room

5:00-6:30 NETWORKING/SOCIAL HOUR – Fireside Lounge & Patio

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (7:30 am – 2:15 pm)

7:30-8:30 Registration (For those attending Wednesday Only); Exhibits Open

8:30-9:45 General Session #2
TOPIC: “The Invisible: Supporting Kids with Needs We Can’t See”
PRESENTER: Dr. Heather Johnson (Parent, Disability Advocate, Psychologist & Author; Cedar Grove)
DESCRIPTION: Heather will share her 20-year journey raising three kids with learning disabilities, borderline intellectual disabilities, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder & multiple physical challenges. She has a knack for bringing her stories to life in a way that informs, challenges, and inspires.

9:45-10:00 BREAK – Beverages Provided

10:00-11:30 Forums – Group #4

O. Team or Individual Planning Option
DESCRIPTION: This time may be used for individual or team planning. Institute staff is available to assist, if needed.

P. TOPIC: “Developing Inclusive Learning Communities to Support Effective Co-Teaching Partnerships”
PRESENTERS: Deb Ahrens (DPI Consultant; Madison) & Dr. Katherine Kramer
DESCRIPTION: Using Co-teaching as one model for co-planning and co-serving students, this presentation will discuss both critical components of an inclusive learner-centered environment and how DPI’s Co-teaching toolkit supports educators to meet the needs of each and every learner. (Target Audience: All school levels; General & Special Educators; Related Service Providers; Paraprofessionals; Administrators)

Q. TOPIC: “Partnering for Success! WI Promise Parent & Youth Advisory Committee Panel Presentation”
PRESENTERS: Shannon Webb (PROMISE Grant Consultant) & 6 Members of the WI Promise Parent & Youth Advisory Committee)
DESCRIPTION: For the past five years, PROMISE has been cultivating leadership and self-advocacy skills in youth with disabilities and their parents throughout Wisconsin. This panel presentation will focus on the transition experiences of Promise Parent & Youth Advisory Committee members, as well as engage attendees in a discussion about best-practices and other useful strategies to build partnerships for success in transition. (Target Audience: Middle & High School Levels; General & Special Educators; Related Service Providers; Parents; Administrators)

R. TOPIC: “Peers Assisting, Leading, and Supporting: Fostering Peer Advocacy”
PRESENTERS: Victoria Schilling (Speech & Language Pathologist; Plymouth) & John Mather (Elementary School Principal; Plymouth)
DESCRIPTION: All hands on deck!!  Kids are helping kids to succeed in the social world of school. Learn how Peer Mediated Instruction and Intervention teaches children to be advocates and models to support students that struggle to fit in socially with their peers. (Target Audience: Elementary & Middle School Levels; General & Special Educators; Speech Language Pathologists; Guidance Counselors; Parents; Administrators)

S. “High Quality Inclusion for Young Children Begins with Intentionally Teaching Social and Emotional Competence: Pyramid Model Strategies and Supports”
PRESENTER: Julie Betchkal (Program Support Teacher; Turtle Lake)
DESCRIPTION: This forum will provide an overview of Wisconsin’s Pyramid Model work. The model is helping all adults who support young children to know and use important intentional strategies that ensure children between the ages of birth and 1st grade have the best opportunity for social and emotional learning. The forum will highlight free resources that help to support the development of key social and emotional skills. (Target Audience: Early Childhood & Elementary Special Educators; 4K through 1st Grade General Educators; Elementary Administrators; PBIS coaches; Counselors; Parents)

11:30-12:30 LUNCH – Provided

12:30-2:00 Forums – Group #5

T. Team or Individual Planning Option
DESCRIPTION: This time may be used for individual or team planning. Institute staff is available to assist, if needed.

U. TOPIC: “Supporting Anxiety in the Inclusive Classroom”
PRESENTER: Jessica Nichols (DPI Consultant; Madison)
DESCRIPTION: Nearly half of Americans under the age of 18 experience anxiety. Learn to recognize various ways anxiety manifests & how to teach strategies to support student anxiety for successful outcomes in your class. (Target Audience: K-12th Grade General & Special Educators; Paraprofessionals; Counselors; Related Service Providers; Parents; Administrators)

V. TOPIC: “Supporting Students Through Outdoor Learning”
PRESENTER: Kendra Liddicoat (Faculty; UW-Stevens Point)
DESCRIPTION: Spending time outside has many mental, physical, social, and emotional benefits. Learn strategies to help students of all abilities succeed in outdoor learning environments. This forum will provide sample lessons that you can use right outside your classroom or on a trip to your school forest. Get excited to take your students outside to learn about the place they live! (Target Audience: All School Levels; General & Special Educators; Paraprofessionals)

W. TOPIC: “High Quality Inclusion for Young Children in Daily Practice”
PRESENTER: Tina Prahl (EC Special Educator; D.C. Everest School District)
DESCRIPTION: We know inclusion in early childhood settings is important and results in positive outcomes for our youngest learners, but what should it look like in daily practice? We explore the critical components to providing high quality inclusion for our youngest learners. D.C. Everest Area School District will share their work around inclusive practices. (Target Audience: Early Childhood Level; General & Special Educators; Related Service Providers; Administrators)

X. TOPIC: “Engaging Families in Conversations on Inclusive Practices”
PRESENTER: Debbie Brennan (Family Engagement Coordinator for CESA 11, Turtle Lake)
DESCRIPTION: Engaging families in conversations around inclusion can be challenging. This forum will cover the continuum of inclusion and how IEP teams make decisions about how a student will be included in general education classrooms, extra-curricular clubs and activities, and in transition planning services. Approaches and resources will be shared with participants that they can take back and use in their schools. (Target Audience: K-12th Grade General & Special Educators; Program Support Staff; Parents)

2:00-2:15 Closing Remarks & Door Prizes
*School & District Teams are welcome to stay longer for team planning time.

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This Institute offers a wealth of opportunities to further develop your inclusive practices. Consider the following recommendations depending upon your role/position.

Recommended Forums for Administrators: A. B, H, I, K, N, P, Q, R, S, U, W & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for Elementary-level Special & General Educators: A, C, H, K, M, N, P, R, S, U, V, X & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for Middle-level Special & General Educators: A, B, C, H, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, U, V, X & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for High School-level Special & General Educators: A, B, C, G, H, K, L, M, N, P, Q, U, V, X & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for EC-Primary Special & General Educators: A, C, D, I, K, M, P, S, U, V, W, X & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for Paraprofessionals: A, F, K, M, N, P, U, V, & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for Parents: A, B, G, K, N, Q, R, S, U, W, X & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for Beginners in the Inclusive Classroom: A, B, C, G, H, K, L, M, N, P, U, V, W, X & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for Those Interested in Co-Teaching: C, H, I, M, P, Q, V, W & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for Those Interested in Mental Health or Behavioral Support: N, S, U, & Team/Individual Planning

Recommended Forums for Those Interested in Transition: A, G, K, Q, U, X & Team/Individual Planning