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2018 WCASS Spring Conference
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 8:00 AM CDT to Friday, May 04, 2018
Category: Events

Join your peers from around the state at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center in Oshkosh, WI for the WCASS Spring Conference, May 2-4, 2018. Discover what's new in school mental health issues and solutions, legal updates from various attorneys, special education updates and innovations plus much more. With 20+ general and breakout sessions, and time for networking and learning from peers and exhibitors, you won't want to miss this opportunity.

Who Attends: Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services and Designees, District Administrators, Assistant Directors, Education Consultants, Principals, Program Support Teachers, School Psychologists etc.

Wednesday PreCon - Leadership Academy $65 (includes breakfast and lunch) | 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Member Registration: Full Conference $280
Non-Member Registration: Full Conference $350 
Full Conference | 3 or More from the Same District: $280
     ***At least one person must be a WCASS Member | email Diane (dianegyorog@awsa.org) to register
Thursday Only $180

Wednesday Afternoon Golf: $45
Wednesday Afternoon BBQ only: $25

Golf Registration

Full refund of fees will be made on cancellations received 10 days prior to the start of the convention.
Following that date, a 40% administrative fee will be retained. There will be no refund for no-shows or cancellations during the event.

Hotel Information:
Special hotel rate available at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center

Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center
1 N Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901

In order to receive a discounted room in the block, please make sure to call Reservations at
+1 (920) 230-1900. Ask for the WCASS 2018 Spring Conference Group Block
You will have up until April
 6, 2018 to call to ensure that you receive the discounted block rate of $102.99.
After that date, reservations may be made based on space and rate availability.
As of April 12 - The WCASS Hotel Block is SOLD OUT.  Other area Hotels DO have availability. 

OverFlow Hotel Options:
*Holiday Inn  Express - $129.95/room/night (ten rooms available, and cut-off is 4/20/18)
*Brayton Bed & Breakfast - $99/room/night Standard rooms, $149/suite/night (one bedroom), $250/suite/night (two bedroom)
*Borders Inn & Suites by Cobblestone Hotel:  $79.90/room/night


Schedule at a Glance

  • 2018 WCASS Spring Conference Program (COMING SOON)

Wednesday, May 2 (12:30-4:30pm)

  1. PRE-CONFERENCE (9:00-11:30am): Leadership Academy | addt'l registration required
  2. After Hours Golf Outing (4:30-7:00pm) @ Oshkosh Country Club | Golf Scramble
       Sponsored by:
     Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. | addt'l registration required
  3. BBQ Dinner (7:00-8:30pm)@ Oshkosh Country Club | Networking Tailgate Buffet | 
       Sponsored by: Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c. | addt'l registration required
  4. Wednesday Conference KEYNOTE- Crisis Rehearsal: Preparing for a Bad Day | Rory Thelen
    1. Concurrent Sessions (Note: We are still finalizing the schedule of presentations, so times may change.  Below is the list of presentations that we have established.)
      1. On Your Mark, Get Set, Accommodate!, Providing Access to Extra-Curricular Activities Under Section 504
      2. College and Career Ready IEP Training Resources
      3. Pewaukee’s Journey towards a more inclusive education model
      4. Co-Planning to Co-Serve: Co-Teaching to Close the Achievement Gap
      5. Results Driven Accountability: Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment (RDA: PCSA)
      6. Cracker Barrel Discussion: Disproportionality Q & A

Thursday, May 3 (7:30am-4:30pm)

      1. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by: Oasys
      2. Luncheon (11:30-1:00): Welcome: Dr. Tony Evers | WCASS General Membership Meeting
      3. Social Networking Event Sponsored by: Davis & Kuelthau, s.c
      4. Thursday Conference KEYNOTE: Universal Design for All, Daniel McNulty, State Director, PATINS Project
    1. Concurrent Sessions
      1. Legal Update on the Wisconsin School Safety Legislation and Initiatives
      2. More Effective Interviewing, Selection & Onboarding for Accountability with Younger Employees
      3. WI Higher than Average Mediation Agreement Rate-Customer Satisfaction
      4. Are You on the Path to Building Effective Family Partnerships?
      5. Managing Conflict & Working with Difficult People
      6. Implementing Endrew F: It’s Not Business as Usual!
      7. Practical Innovations for Universal Design for Learning
      8. Not Just Another Thing: Common Barriers and Helpful Solutions to Successful Implementation of Trauma Sensitive Schools
      9. Increasing Employee Engagement and Retention
      10. RSN Soaring
      11. Staff Self-care / Resilience / Compassion Fatigue
      12. Cracker Barrel Discussion: School Safety Issues including info on Dept. of Justice School Safety Grant

Friday, May 4 (7:30-11:30am)

      1. Full Breakfast
      2. General Session
    1. WDPI Special Education Update | Barb Van Haren
    2. WI DPI Student Services / Prevention and Wellness Update | Rebecca Collins
    3. WI DPI Licensing Update | David DeGuire