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Be a Catalyst for Change
2021 WCASS Spring Webinar Series
April 22 - May 27, 2021
Thursdays | 11:30 - 12:30
Webinar Series Proudly Sponsored by: Assetworks / OASYS

Price Per Session | Member: $39 - Non-Member: $49
6 Session Package | Member: $195 - Non-Member: $245
Sessions will be recorded and available 30 days post
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Session Presenter Title & Description
(1)  Thursday 
April 22, 2021
Pardeep Singh Kaleka & Arno Michaelis  Healing in the Aftermath of Hate
handshakeIn the aftermath of the Oak Creek shooting, Pardeep reached out to Arno for answers. What would follow this meeting was a journey of two men who breached a great divide to find brotherhood and love. In a world that seems to be tearing itself at the the seams, divided by identity, becoming more intolerant, xenophobic, and spiritually ill, it is essential that we remain committed to compassion. This talk will explore the role of both communal and individual trauma and healing. Learn More HERE + HERE

(2)  Thursday 
April 29, 2021
Attorney Mediator: Renae Aldana & Panelists - Kaari Olson, Julie Harris, & Matt Jolliff Promoting Partnerships: How to Strengthen Relationships with Parents and Families
In this Lunch and Learn session, Renae will lead a panel discussion regarding relationships with parents and families.  Renae will share her perspectives as the parent of a child with a disability, a former school district attorney and a mediator for the Wisconsin Special Education System.  She will invite discussion from session panelists and from participants as we share ideas for promoting partnerships and navigating home/school relationship challenges. 
(3)  Thursday 
May 6, 2021
Attorney Mediator: Renae Aldana & Panelists - Jerry Nicholson, Gary Ruesch & Alana Leffler Supporting Emotional Regulation:  How to Avoid Seclusion and Restraint
In this Lunch and Learn session, Renae will lead a panel discussion regarding strategies to increase student emotional regulation and avoid seclusion and restraint.  Along with the panel, Renae will explore legal requirements related to seclusion and restraint and share perspectives as the parent of a child with a disability, a former school district attorney and a mediator for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System.
(4)  Thursday 
May 13, 2021
Rachel Zellmer (DPI) IDEA & the ESSERs – Using the Stimulus Funds to Prioritize the Needs of Students with IEPs.
The session will be about creative ways to use the funds to support students with disabilities (for instance, pumping up non-special education instruction to close achievement gaps) and how to have a conversation with your business manager about maximizing the current situation in regards to IDEA MOE compliance
(5)  Thursday 
May 20, 2021
Nick Pretasky (WRCCS) Education Evolution through a Pandemic
The toll COVID-19 has had on our mental, psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being has been unprecedented. We have experienced a challenging and exhausting 13 months that have sent many of us into survival mode. We have experienced plan A through Z in our schools as we longed for a return to some sense of normalcy. However, a blind return to the way education was pre-Covid would be ignoring our evolution through the challenges. I hope to take this "lunch and learn" opportunity to reflect and discuss together what we have learned as we have educated in a pandemic. Please join us as we remember and celebrate the innovative solutions and lessons learned as we evolve to our new educational normal.
(6)  Thursday May 27, 2021  Amanda Goodenough & Asha Knight

Disability Justice for K-12 Students: Where Special Education Meets Cultural Humility
We have a moral imperative to fix systems, not students. Join Amanda & Asha as they 1) raise a collective consciousness of racial biases and attitudes toward diverse learners, 2) foster an urgency for equitable school experiences and emancipatory education, and 3) call for K-12 leaders to courageously advocate for disability justice. Learn More About Amanda HERE

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