Pre-Conference Forums And Handouts

Pre-Conference handouts will be listed below for each forum/ session and will be noted as “required” or “supplemental” or “recommended”. Handouts will be posted before the Institute.

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TOPIC: “Aliza Claire Bible Unplugged: Nothing, But the Truth”

PRESENTER: Aliza Claire Bible (Advocate & Educator; Madison, WI)

DESCRIPTION: In this keynote, Claire will address the truth about growing up, growing old and everything in between. During this presentation, she will talk about how she became the advocate she is today and about the experiences that led to her career as an educator of young children. From those experiences, she will provide important take-aways for the audience.

HANDOUTS: PC Keynote Handout (Supplemental)

1. TOPIC: “Tips for a Successful Transition to College”

PRESENTERS: Michelle Slekar & Marissa Blackmore (Cutting Edge Program Coordinators; Edgewood College)

DESCRIPTION: Students with Intellectual Disabilities who complete a college program are three times more likely to have paid employment. Do you know a student with Intellectual Disabilities that is interested in going to college? There are several colleges in Wisconsin that specialize in serving students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join us for discussion about how to prepare your students for a successful transition to college.

HANDOUTS: PC 1a HandoutPC 1b Handout | PC 1c HandoutPC 1d HandoutPC 1e Handout (All are Recommended) | PC 1f Handout (Will be provided) | PC1g Handout

2. TOPIC: “Inclusion and Standards-Based Report Cards”

PRESENTER: Linda Trentin (Special Educator; Columbus Area School District)

DESCRIPTION: In this forum, the presenter will provide a detailed explanation of how students with intellectual and developmental disabilities that follow the Wisconsin Essential Elements, are included in all subject areas. See how a special educator plans with co-teachers for the accommodations and modifications, and Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) needed for the students whom they share. This presentation will share how the standards-based report cards were developed and how they are used.

HANDOUTS: PC 2 Handout (Recommended)

3. TOPIC: “Co-Teaching: Equal Access for All Learners”

PRESENTER: Erica Ramos (Academic Dean; West Allis-West Milwaukee School District)

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will highlight and address different Co-teaching models, effective collaboration using a guided lesson plan, and common challenges faced by co-teachers.

HANDOUTS: No handouts

4. TOPIC: “Supporting Paraprofessionals Who Work with Students with Significant Disabilities”

PRESENTERS: Eva Kubinski (DPI Consultant) & Sandra Berndt (Institute Staff)

DESCRIPTION: This forum will share different tools and techniques for working with and supporting students with Intellectual Disabilities. Topics will include: Defining roles & responsibilities, providing tools for effective practices, supporting successful social interaction, and providing multiple ways of representing academic content.

HANDOUTS: PC 4 Handout (Supplemental)

5. TOPIC: “Science Instruction for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities”

PRESENTER: Dave Bergerson (Science Coordinator; WI Rapids Public Schools)

DESCRIPTION: This forum will cover instruction aligned to the Wisconsin Essential Elements, using the alternate achievement level descriptors and baseline checklists that include instructional activities and resources. A brief update on DLM Instructional Resources will also be provided.

HANDOUTS: PC 5a HandoutPC 5b Handout | PC 5c HandoutPC 5d HandoutPC 5e Handout | PC 5f Handout | (All are Required)

6. TOPIC: “Self-Management Through Visuals”

PRESENTER: Katie Berg, (ES3 State Coordinator)

DESCRIPTION: Participants will see and interact with a variety of different visual supports addressing the regulation needs of students with atypical communication modes. Participants will walk away with a strategy in hand to implement back in their educational setting.

HANDOUTS: PC 6 Handout (Required)

7. TOPIC: “Paving the Way for Equity, Inclusion & Advocacy for All Learners – WI TASH”

PRESENTERS: Erica Ramos (Academic Dean; West Allis-West Milwaukee School District), Amy Toson (Faculty, Cardinal Stritch University), Laura Owens (Faculty; UW-Milwaukee), Andrea Ruppar (Faculty; UW-Madison), Ruthie-Marie Beckwith (National TASH), Katie Barofsky & Lingyu Li (UW-Madison)

DESCRIPTION: TASH (a Disability Advocacy Organization) is a vibrant community of professionals and advocates committed to positive and lasting change in the lives of people with significant disabilities and support needs, driven by strong social justice values — equity, opportunity and inclusion. In this forum, participants will learn about TASH’s nation-wide work around inclusive community living, education, employment, human rights and diversity.

HANDOUTS: No handouts

8. TOPIC: “It Takes a Village! Transition Planning for Students with Significant Support Needs”

PRESENTERS: Alicia Reinhard (DPI Consultant), Kathy Tuttle (Northern Coordinator for TIG) & Transition Partners

DESCRIPTION: This forum will focus on examples of collaborative transition partnerships that support students with significant support needs. Hear from educators and transition partners about best practices and resources for supporting transition-age students to reach their goals in areas of education, employment and independent living.

HANDOUTS: PC 8 Handout (Supplemental)

9. TOPIC: “Instructional Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities”

PRESENTER: Iris Jacobson (DPI Consultant)

DESCRIPTION: This forum will cover instructional resources aligned to the Wisconsin Essential Elements of English Language Arts, Math and Science, using the alternate achievement level descriptors and the newly updated baseline checklists. Learn how the DLM assessment results can assist with instructional decisions for students with significant academic support needs. Also included is a brief update on DPI instructional resources and what’s new with DLM.

HANDOUTS: PC 9 Handout

10. TOPIC: “Self-Determination and Building a Full Life in Your Community”

PRESENTER: Dan Krohn (Community Partnership Specialist for TMG- IRIS; Milwaukee)

DESCRIPTION: In this interactive forum, participants will learn about the key characteristics of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and they will practice community mapping techniques in building a full community for individuals with significant support needs. ABCD builds on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions to build stronger and more sustainable communities that support all individuals.

HANDOUTS: PC 10 Handout

11. TOPIC: “Behavior is Communication – Learn Ways to Reach All Learners!”

PRESENTER: Cassie Frost (Assistive Technology Specialist & Special Educator; Stevens Point Area School District)

DESCRIPTION: This forum will encourage participants to look at behavior as a form of communication by redefining the ways in which we look at and talk about student behavior. Leave with new ideas and tools for increasing independence and reaching your most challenging students.

HANDOUTS: No handouts

12. TOPIC: “‘Intelligent Lives’ Film Viewing & Discussion”

FACILITATORS: Institute Staff

DESCRIPTION: This film tells the story of three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities who strive to be included in high school, college, and the workforce, respectively. It also critically examines the role of intelligence testing and how the label of intellectual disability often leads to isolation. Yet, research has shown that, when done right, inclusive education leads to better results for both students with disabilities and those without.

HANDOUTS: No handouts