WCASS Conference Handouts

2016 Academy for New Special Education Leadership

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 

7:30 - 8:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 - 8:15 Welcome

 8:15 - 9:45 Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework

Nic Dibble, Consultant, WDPI and Kathryn Bush, Consultant, WDPI

This session will describe the multi-level Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework and the work theDepartment of Public Instruction is doing to share new professional development and resourcesavailable to help schools better support students’ mental health, including students impacted bytrauma. 

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9:45 - 10:00 Break

10:00 - 11:00 Connections between the PTP, WIOA, and ACP

Gregg Curtis, Consultant, WDPI and Nancy Molfenter, Consultant, WDP 

Nancy Molfenter and Gregg Curtis will provide an overview of requirements and best practices relatedto Indicator 13/Transition Planning, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), andAcademic and Career Planning (ACP). 

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11:00 - 12:30 Introduction to RDA: Exploring CCR IEP Revised Sample IEP Forms

Barb Van Haren, State Director of Special Education, Daniel Parker, Consultant, WDPI, and Marge Resan,Consultant, WDPI

College and Career Ready IEPs are built upon a student’s strengths and address needs that arise fromthe student’s disability, are aligned with grade-level content standards, and reflect a clear linkagebetween individual needs, ambitious and achievable goals, and IEP services. This sectional will providean overview of the state’s new Sample Special Education forms revised to align with Reading DrivesAchievement (RDA) and promote College and Career Readiness. The review of IEP forms willincorporate examples from soon to be released online learning module guidance on the CCR IEP 5beliefs and the CCR IEP 5 step process.

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12:00 - 12:45 Networking Lunch for New Directors

12:45 - 2:45 Procedural Compliance: Setting the Stage

Nico Mittnacht, Consultant, WDPI, Marge Resan, Consultant, WDPI, and Paula Volpiansky, Consultant, WDPI 

During this session, presenters will share procedural compliance foundations, topics that have led toconfusion, concern and conflict; and strategies and options available for preventing and resolving disputes.

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2:45 - 2:55 Break 

2:55 - 3:45 DPI’s Wisconsin School for the Deaf and the Statewide Outreach Program- What you need toknow.

Marla Walsh, Principal and WESP-DHH Interim Director, Dr. Constance Gartner, Director of Curriculum,Instruction and Technology and Maria Rivera, Administrative Assistant/Interpreter

This session will provide an overview of two programs- the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and theStatewide Outreach Program, which are both under the direction of the Department of PublicInstruction as programs available as options on the continuum of services for students who aredeaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind in the state of Wisconsin. 

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2:55 - 3:45 DPI’s Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - What you need to know.

Peter Dally, Director and Stacy Grandt, Outreach Director

This session will provide an overview of two programs- the Wisconsin School for the Blind andVisually Impaired and the Statewide Outreach Program, which are both under the direction of theDepartment of Public Instruction as programs available as options on the continuum of services forstudents who are blind or visually impaired in the state of Wisconsin. 

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3:45 - 4:15 Top Ten Reasons to Join WCASS and “30 Tips in 30 Minutes”

Gary Myrah, Executive Director, WCASS and John Peterson, WCASS President


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

7:30 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 - 9:30 Knowing Your Special Education Data Collections

 Nancy Fuhrman, Consultant, WDPI, Michael Fuller, Consultant, WDPI, Nancy Molfenter, Consultant, WDPI,and Amy Owen, Consultant, WDPI

This session will focus on the what, where, when, who and why of Special Education data collectionsand web applications. The topics that will be covered include:

 An overview of the State Performance Plan Indicators and their data sources

 Special Education Application Security and Application Access Overview

 District Profile

 Special Education Leadership Directory

 Federal Part B 618 Data Collections

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9:30 - 9:45 Break 

9:45 - 11:45 Introduction to Special Education Funding

Rachel Zellmer, Consultant, WDPI

Funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are provided to school districts onan entitlement basis to support programs and services for students with disabilities. In general, thefunds are to be used for the excess cost of providing special education instruction and related services.

This session will provide the participants with introductory information on how IDEA grantallocations are determined and when and how the funds may be used. There will be a focus onallowed costs and some common funding errors that are made. There will also be a brief summaryof Wisconsin’s special education categorical aid program.

The session will conclude with an overview of the maintenance of effort regulation under IDEA,which is dependent on the district staff understanding the accounting of special educationexpenditures at the local level.

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11:45 - 12:00 Summary Remarks

Barb Van Haren, State Director of Special Education and Gary Myrah, Executive Director, WCASS

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch 

12:45 - 3:30 Effective Data Inquiry: Students with Disabilities' Performance Gaps 

In this session, new Directors will have an opportunity to develop an understanding of effective application of data inquiry processes with WISEdash data tools with a focus on achievement gaps for students with disabilities. Members of the WISExplore team will lead participants through a hands-on session of examining performance gaps using the WISEdash Public Portal and WISEdash for Districts (secure portal). Participants will need to bring a laptop computer with internet access, a powerstrip and their WAMS ID-based passcode for WISEdash for Districts. To obtain a passcode for WISEdash for Districts, contact your district's ASM (Application Security Manager)  "Security Administrator" and request access to the "Economic Analyst" level to view all student detail for every school in the district.   

For a lookup to view district security administrators, go to this link. https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/ldsutil/admin/lookup.