9/23 2017 Leadership Conference
9am – 4pm
Great Wolf Lodge – Wisconsin Dells, WI
This training will enhance your knowledge and leadership skills. The topics for this year’s training include:
Legal Updates, (Re: special education topics)
Everything about College & Career Ready IEPs including the new 1-4 IEP form,
Tools for parents and staff and How to Put it into Practice.
Leading by Convening: Developing Family Partnerships (nationwide recognized leadership training to enhance parent-stakeholder partnerships).
Conference registrations: Contact Sandra McFarland at 414-374.4645 or email@example.com.
Deadline for registrations is Friday September 15, 2017.
Hotel Accommodations: A limited number of rooms are blocked for VPLs at the state rate of $82/single and $109/double. Parent Leaders are responsible for the room rate. If requested, WI-FACETS can use the $50 stipend towards the room cost. These rooms are reserved only for Friday night. To reserve a room, contact Sandra McFarland at 877.374.0511 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday September 1, 2017.
Stipends for Participants: WI FACETS can provide a $50 stipend to support participation to the event. This stipend will be mailed out to the participants upon the competition of the full day of training on Saturday.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendees.
9/19 Sign Language Class
See Tuesday night schedule below!
Faith Lutheran Church
207 S. Cherry Avenue, Marshfield
Tuesdays - 5-6:30pm
Free (Donations appreciated)
Please share forward to others in the community who may be interested!
Contact Pam 715-423-7182 email@example.com
September, 19, 26
October 3, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
10/4 to 11/ 8 NAMI Homefront: A six week course for family members or friends of Military Service Members and Veterans with a mental health condition.
Faith Reform Church, 1321 32nd St. North, Wisconsin Rapids
from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Kay, 715-254-1864 or Lisa, 715-630-8227.
10/5 Autism Society of Central Wisconsin
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 600 Stevens Drive, Wausau,
Mike Johnson, ASCW 715-359-0886 firstname.lastname@example.org
10/10 Pam's Blu Play Tuesday!
9:15 to 11:15 Free Coffee and Play
10/15 Sam's Blu Play Sunday!
3rd Sunday of the month
5:30 – 7:00 PM Open only to our families w/ special needs individuals
Free Pizza - Free play
Questions-Cancelations for holidays or bad weather - call Pam 715-423-7182 first!
Shopko Plaza Mall in Wisconsin Rapids
Brought to you through Blu Play and Parents Information and Education Resource!
Speak to us Re, Starting groups for:
Families with very severe needs that cannot really “play” .
A Teen Aspie group (for just the Aspie individuals)
An adult group for parents supporting their Adults with special needs?
Is there another need you have?
What day/time works for you?
Call Pam with your questions and /or needs! 715-423-7182
BECOMING MONEY $MART Do you feel like you can never catch up with your bills?
No matter what your income is, having a plan can help you reduce debt and increase saving.
Marshfield: 10/16 1:00–2:00 pm
*this class will be from 5:30–6:30 at the Marshfield Library
WISCONSIN RAPIDS: 11/20 1:00–2:00 pm
Wisconsin Rapids Job Center | 320 West Grand Avenue #102 | Wisconsin Rapids
Come to BECOMING MONEY $MART and learn how to:
- handle your day to day spending - set a money goal for yourself
- plan for unexpected expenses - make room for buying what’s most important to you
To learn more about these classes, or to register, call 715.421.8437
All classes are presented by Sarah Siegel, Wood County UW Extension
9/18 &19 Mental Health & Behavior Summit
Glacier Canyon Lodge & Resort - WI Dells
This 2 day conference provides information & techniques to assist with behavior management & mental health needs in the school setting. The event also creates opportunities for educators to network & collaborate around the behavioral and mental health needs of their students.
Dr Brian Fidlin, Psy.D - ‘Adolescent Brain Development’
Dr Fidlin is a clinical psychologist and nationally recognized speaker on the areas of pediatric brain development, substance abuse/dependency, and obesity. His presentation will include straight-forward discussion of adolescent brain development and the impact this has on decision making, emotions & risk taking.
Dr. Scott Bautch, D.C., DACBOH, CCST, CCSP - 'Slowing Down the Hamster Wheel'
In this fast-paced, hectic world where we all feel like hamsters running on a wheel, it is easy to get caught up in the doing of “things” and not take care of ourselves. However, taking care of ourselves is essential to our well-being. We cannot give to others what we do not have within ourselves. Discover ways to overcome barriers and discover your inner purpose. Love being you.
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria - Returning for 2 breakout sessions!
Dr Navsaria is strongly engaged in early brain and child development, which include the neurobiological effects of adversity and poverty upon the developing brain. Dr. Dipesh Navsaria's Website
Other topics include:
• It's Not You, It's My Prefrontal Cortex
• Exercise and it’s Effects on Learning
• Warning! Warning! Warning! - Ending classroom behavior problems
• Reaching Struggling Parents
• 7ei of Trauma Sensitive Schools
• Effective Strategies for Addressing Student Mental Health Needs
• Stress Related to Immigration Status in Students
• Family and Community Supports for Mental Health and Behavior
• The Role of Forgiveness in Mental Health
• Overcoming the Cultural Divide
• Keeping Yourself Healthy and Passing on that Health to Others
• Anti-bullying Efforts Using Forgiveness
• Behavioral Inhibition, Executive Functioning, Self-Esteem, and Stuckness: How to Fight Back
• Baraboo Teens N Theatre presents a live student theatre performance of “Cutter” - Erica Cochrane, Producer
Viterbo Credit: Optional 1 graduate credit from Viterbo University is available for two-day attendees (additional fee). You can sign up and pay the Viterbo fee when you check-in at the conference - there is a designated table for Graduate Credit Registration.
Please share this invitation widely with your team, administrators and colleagues who would benefit from this
highly relevant summit!
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT $225 for both days if registered by August 28, 2017
9/20 Multicultural Parenting in Adoption and Foster Care: An Open Discussion
What does it mean to parent in a multicultural family? How can we increase multiculturalism in our own family? How do we help our children stay connected to their ethnic backgrounds? If you are an adoptive or foster parent in a multicultural family, please join us for an open discussion to share concerns, support, and ideas. Contact Dory at email@example.com with any questions.
McMillan Memorial Library (McCourt Conference Room)
490 East Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
RSVP: by September 18
9/29 ~ 7 Essential Ingredients of a Trauma Sensitive Schools
Trainer: Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW,
Director of Clinical Services and Staff Development, SaintA
Registration: 7:00 a.m. Training: 7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Crossview Church: 1000 East Riverview Expressway, Wisconsin Rapids (formerly known as Woodlands Church)
FREE (Lunch will not be provided, please plan for lunch on your own.)
Please email Dawn Schmutzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/4 - INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE Wood County Children's Advisory Committee Meeting
Wood County Human Services Dept. / Children’s Unit
Riverblock in Wisconsin Rapids and Cornerstone in Marshfield.
The Wood County Children's Advisory Committee would like to invite families who have children currently being served or are on either Wood County Children's Waivers or CCOP waiting list to become a member of the Wood County Children's Advisory Committee Meeting. If interested, you may also give us a call to be a "member at large" to work on special projects!
Your participation will help shape future children’s services within Wood County. What works? What do you need? How can we improve?
The members of this committee include parents, community partners and county staff. The committee members meet Quarterly to assist in the establishment and operational policies that guide WCHSD in administering government funded services to the children and youth of Wood County with multiple, often serious needs who meet the eligibility for County programs.
Please join us for the next meeting of the Advisory Committee!
Video conference if available in both Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield (511 East 4th Street Marshfield).
**Call and confirm time and location(s) Typically - Riverblock in Wisconsin Rapids and Cornerstone in Marshfield.
Please call or e-mail with any questions or to request further information.
Your RSVP would be greatly appreciated.
Pam Ironside, Co - Chair for the Wood County Children's Advisory
Pam 715-423-7182 email@example.com or
Please feel free to send Pam an e-mail, if you have questions /concerns / suggestions you would like the committee to address!
10/5 Transition to Adulthood
Autism Society of Wisconsin Fall Conference Wausau, WI
Keynote Address: Pathways to Employment for Transition Aged Youth with ASD
By Carol Schall, Ph.D.
Achieving competitive, community-based employment continues to be a challenge facing young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Nevertheless, there have been some studies that demonstrate successful supports for individuals with ASD. In this session, Carol Schall, Ph.D. will present research on the impact of internships, supported employment and customized employment on employment outcomes. She will also include an in-depth discussion of the behavioral methods used to support youth and young adults with ASD in the transition from school to work.
The one day conference will include breakout sessions, a panel of youth and young adults on the autism spectrum, and a resource hall. Please join us in the Wausau area this fall to build your capacity to support youth transitioning to adulthood.
Autism Society of Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org
10/6 Transracial Parenting 101 Conference Guest speaker, Robert O'Connor will explore the role that culture plays in serving diverse families and communities as well as the implications of transracial placements. He will focus on the tools and perspectives shown to be beneficial in supporting transracial families. Four CE hours will be available and lunch is included! Click here to view the brochure.
9:00 am-3:00 pm
Dove Healthcare - West Eau Claire
1405 Truax Boulevard, Eau Claire, WI 54703
10/6 Live 2 Lead
Speakers, John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Cheryl Bachelder
7am – 12:00
Optional Networking lunch to follow
Christian Life Fellowship, Port Edwards
10/7 Social & Emotional Wellness for the Young Child
8am-3:15pm - University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Presenter: Barb O' Neill, Ed.D., Transform Challenging Behavior
You are not alone if you are struggling with children's behavior. Learn how to create an approach to preventing challenging behavior in your classroom. Immediately start transforming challenging behavior in your classroom and get the confidence and tools to help the children who need you most.
Wisconsin DPI 2-Day Autism Trainings - Staff development designed to improve educational outcomes for children with autism.
Locations to be Determined
10/10-11, Autism Essentials Across the School Day
11/28-29, Teaching and Supporting New Behaviors
2/7-8, Autism Essentials Across the School Day
2/20–21, Addressing Autism in Early Childhood
3/7-8, Teaching and Supporting New Behaviors
6/19-20, Supporting Autistic Thinking Style
10/11 Special Education Public Forum
Purpose- gather input from families, school administrators, educators, community representatives, and others, on the unique challenges and successes of special education in Wisconsin. Information gathered will be used by the Council on Special Education in advising the state superintendent and the Department of Public Instruction on matters affecting the education of Wisconsin’s children and youth with disabilities.
Locations: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, GEF 3, 125 South Webster Street, Madison WI 53703
Remote sites using distance technology will be located at state's 12 Cooperative Educational Services Agency (CESA) Offices and at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction headquarters in Madison.
To find your CESA go to: https://dpi.wi.gov/cst/data-collections/school-directory/directory-data/published-data/dist-by-cesa
For more information go to: https://dpi.wi.gov/education-events/events/special-education-public-forum-october-2017
Contact: Rita K. Fuller, DPI Special Education Team Family Engagement Education Consultant Rita.Fuller@dpi.wi.gov (800) 441-4563
IF you cannot attend but would like to share your experiences and/or recommendations, please consider a written submission. Send them to Rita and cc your local CESA Family Engagement coordinator.
If working to better commination and success within Special Education is important to you, please consider:
Attending Special Education Council Opportunities!
More information is found on the Department of Public Instruction Website.
All Council meetings are held at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (125 S. Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin,
10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and time for public appearances is scheduled at the beginning and end of each Council
meeting. If you wish to speak at a Council meeting, please email the Council Chair and Rita Fuller.
Rita Fuller (608) 266-5194 Rita.Fuller@dpi.wi.gov
Meeting Schedule 2017-18
September 22, 2017
December 8, 2017
March 16, 2018
June 22, 2018
10/12 Healing within the Parent-Child Relationship Following Early Adversity
by Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center cost
Children enter foster/adoptive families with many needs. The day's content will explore common psychosocial concerns and emotional needs for youth who were adopted or entered foster care following a history of disrupted relationships and/or early adversity (e.g., abuse/neglect). Dr. Wilson will describe the impact of traumatic stress on early brain development, its impact on later behaviors, and how healing parent-child relationships can promote and support social-emotional development. The format will be discussion-friendly and open to attendee questions. CEU's will be provided to all professional attendees.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Samantha Wilson is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Child Development at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is the staff psychologist within the International Adoption Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. In this role, she provides support to families at all stages of their adoption journeys, including pre-adoption education, initial consultation following a child's immigration, school-age assessment, and child/family therapy. She is an adjunct staff to the Wisconsin-based TIES program, a heritage travel experience for children and families.
Though her clinical specialty is in the unique psychosocial development of children adopted internationally, she also has clinical expertise in the mental health needs within domestic adoption and foster care. Dr. Wilson has completed specialty training through the University of Wisconsin - Madison to support the unique social-emotional development of infants/toddlers. She serves as a clinical consultant to the University of Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Certificate Program and provides reflective supervision to Early Head Start home visitors within Waukesha and West Bend, WI.
Lunch will provided for all attendees.
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
South Side Neighbordhood Center
1300 South 6th Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Please register online by October 9
10/ 17 & 18 State Superintendent’s Conference on Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership
Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.
Our keynote speakers this year are Marilyn Friend (Co-Teaching Connection), and Perry Zirkel (Lehigh University Professor Emeritus of Education and Law).
Registration is now available at https://dpi.wi.gov/sped/educators/consultation/leadership/fall-leadership-conference. The registration fee is $110. Registration will close on September 30, 2017. No refunds are issued, though substitutions are accepted. On-site registration is $150 and is limited. Please note the discounted hotel rate ends September 15, 2017. Please contact Heike Saynisch at email@example.com or (608) 267-9237 with any questions.
10/18 Workshop From Evaluation to Teaching Reading
New Berlin Public Library
15105 W Library Ln, New Berlin, Wisconsin 53151
This workshop, geared to parents and educators is presented by Decoding Dyslexia Wisconsin and focuses on Struggling readers and dyslexia. The first three years of "formal" education are about learning to read after third-grade children must read to learn.
"What extra strategies can enhance reading at home?",
"What does dyslexia look like over the years?",
"What are the Key pieces in Reading evaluations?"
These questions will be discussed, Effective strategies in teaching reading will be shared and limited Question and Answer opportunities. Registration is required. This workshop is appropriate for Adults.
REGISTER THRU EVENTBRITE TY! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ask-the-experts-a-focus-on-struggling-readers-and-dyslexia-tickets-37014479304
10/19 Multicultural Parenting in Adoption and Foster Care: An Open Discussion
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
Marathon County Public Library - 2nd floor conference room
300 1st Street Wausau, WI 54403
Register Dory at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
10/24 Community of Practice on Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities (CoP ASD/DD).
This event is being sponsored and co-planned with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. We are planning on having identical meetings in two locations on two different days!
UW Oshkosh and in La Crosse
Both days will run 8:30am-3:30pm (registration at 8:00am).
Patrick Schwarz will be the keynote speaker for both locations!
The CoP ASD/DD remains free of charge due to our awesome partners—including Wisconsin DPI! To be most effective—we need family members, advocates, educators, researchers, providers, county/state workers, etc. to attend. We are working on having breakfast and lunch at each site—more details to come.
On-line registration will be open soon—keep watching!
Timothy Markle, Senior Outreach Specialist
UW-Madison Waisman Center
Director, Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
10/26 From Home to Homeland
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
Portage County Public Library, Rotary Room
1001 Main Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481
“A JOURNEY BACK, A JOURNEY FORWARD: BIRTH COUNTRY TRAVEL and THE BIG PICTURE”
A heritage journey is one of the most significant factors in the identity building process of internationally adopted children. So...what’s the journey all about?
Maybe your family or child has dreamed about a heritage journey for years, or perhaps recently began thinking about it. Bea Evans, from the TIES program and Adoptive Family Travel, will share her program as well as personal experiences. She will answer your questions surrounding birth country travel and what does a heritage journey mean to the internationally adopted child. Space is limited so register early! This is a FREE workshop provided by the Post Adoption Resource Center. Contact Dory at email@example.com with any questions
10/28 Connections Count: Reaching the Hearts of our Children: Training for Teachers and Parents
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Middleton Performing Arts Center
2100 Bristol Street Middleton, WI 53562
The Playing Field is proud to host Kennedy Award winner, Donna Porter and her former student DJ Batiste. Their inspirational message will address the reasons that traditional models of discipline are failing our at-risk youth. DJ was a leader of a gang and had been expelled from every school he attended. His life was turned around when he encountered Mrs. Porter who was armed with the skills of Conscious Discipline.
After helping DJ and many other students transform their lives, Mrs. Porter was the recipient of the Kennedy Award for teaching.
Following their heartwarming and inspiring message, there will be four breakout sessions taught by Conscious Discipline Certified Instructors. These sessions will provide both parents and teachers with usable tools, practical strategies, and new insights on child behavior. This will be valuable information for anyone who wants to move past the traditional model of discipline towards reaching the hearts of children.
9:00 - Keynote Presentation by Donna and DJ
11:00 - Lunch (Provided)
11:45 - Breakout Sessions
• Parents with Abbi Kruse
• Zero to Five Teachers with Angela Fraley
• Elementary Teachers with Kay Zastrow
• Secondary Teachers with Donna Porter
2:30 - Concluding Remarks
11/1-3 2017 Self-Determination Conference!
Join us as we celebrate 10 years of the SD Conference!
Celebrating You…Mind, Body and Spirit
Registration will open July 1, 2017
11/9 College and Career Fair
Waukesha West High School
3301 Saylesville Road, Waukesha, WI 53189
Sponsored by: Outreach & Waukesha West High School
Wisconsin College & Transition Fair for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind.
Please RSVP (include name and number attending) to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
11/10 &11 Outreach Programs for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind, Professional and Family Conference
The conference offers families (including grandparents and extended family):
- Opportunities for children to socialize and build friendships.
- Opportunities to meet other families from around the state.
- Informative workshops, interactive learning labs and discussion groups.
- Well-supervised and fun-filled children’s activities while parents are in workshops.
- Opportunities to meet and learn from adult role models who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind.
- Time to meet with exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the most current resources, products and services from around the state and the nation.
- A silent auction to raise money for scholarships.
- Workshops which are accessible to Deaf, Hmong, and Spanish-speaking families.
Registration fee: $150 per family; $75 per additional person
Scholarship opportunities are available.
Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Educational Interpreters, Early Childhood Educators, Special Educators, Staff from Birth to 3 Programs, Speech Language Pathologists, Educational Audiologists, Pupil Services Staff, and Administrators are encouraged to attend the Annual Statewide Professional & Family Conference. College level credits are offered for this event.
The conference offers professionals:
- Opportunities to network with other professionals from around the state.
- Participation in educational workshops, interactive learning labs, and discussion groups that will impact students’ academic and social emotional programming.
- Opportunities to meet and learn from adult role models who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind.
- Time to meet with exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the most current resources, products, and services from around the state and the nation.
- A silent auction to raise money for scholarships for families.
November 10-11, 2017
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton
Registration fee: $125 for one day; $200 for two days
Registration is required. Deadline to register is October 13, 2017.
Registration Deadline October 13th
Laurie Nelson, Professional & Family Conference Coordinator
608-224-2809 - office
11/13 &14 "HOPE!" 28th Annual Children Come First Conference
20 Workshops - 8 Advanced Seminars
www.ccfconference.org - all the details!
$165 until Sept. 18th; $190 after Sept. 18th; $120 student rate for full time students at an accredited college or university
Youth (ages 12-26) $85
See Keynote information on website.
Jessie Benash - Darrin L. Harris - Tamra Oman
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities available - contact Alison at 262-617-6775 or Alison@wifamilyties.org
Call for Presenters open until April 7th (contact Alison for more info.)
Special NOTE ~ Dyslexia Update 2017: Hope for Struggling Readers by: Dr. Julie Gocey, Pediatrician, UW Health, Madison
Dr. Gocey will help you get a read on dyslexia, a specific type of learning disorder, and discuss the latest research on the needs of dyslexic students. A quick review of terms will clear up confusion about the different labels used in schools, clinics, and research. A prescription for advocacy and collaboration based on research and individual student needs will help everyone get on the same page to help kids.
Monday, November 13th – 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm (Note: Session A-B-C Extended Workshops will continue at this time)
Children Come First Conference Presented by WI Family Ties http://www.ccfconference.org/workshops
11/14 Moms, Mexican, and El Mezcal!
Foster, pre-adoptive, and adoptive moms get together to connect, socialize, and meet old friends as well as make new friends while enjoying some delicious Mexican food and drinks!
5720 Windy Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Please register Dory firstname.lastname@example.org by September 12.
2/24, Creating a Successful Future Through Advocacy -Workshop 4
For parents and professional who serve children, youth and adults with special needs.
Marshfield Holiday Inn and Convention Center 9:30-4:30 PM.
Watch Anger Me Not / PIER Facebook page or www.pierwi.info
Cost $10.00. Lunch provided
For information, partnering, presentation submissions or vendors.
4/19-21 Autism Society of Wisconsin 29th Annual Conference
Wisconsin Dells. Save the date!
The purpose of the Autism Society of Wisconsin’s Annual Conference is to provide a wide range of information to those affected by autism. Our goal is to provide relevant information for attendees at all levels, including those who are new to autism and those who have years of experience
5/3 & 4 Circles of Life - Appleton
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