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CESA #1 FamilyEducator Link Newsletter: 12/03/13

Happy Holidays! Hopefully you are able to find some quiet time with family during this busy season. Many learning opportunities are available for families and educators to continue working on collaborative relationships and improve the outcomes for students with disabilities Past newsletters can be found at: If you learn of events or information that you would like to share with others, please contact Amy Elfner, WSPEI Family Engagement Coordinator, at or 262-787-9500 ext. 9564.

Communication Options for Families

Options Available if You Have Questions or Disagree with a Decision of the School Families and schools have a "built-in" partnership with the child as the focus. This partnership will grow when families and school staff work together. Disagreements may happen, but working together improves your childs education. The Communication Options for Families document will help parents determine who they can talk to when questions and disagreements arise. The document is found on the CESA #1 SPED Parent Education Network webpage at:

Find a District Family Engagement Liaison

Many school districts in the CESA #1 area have local parents trained to be a resource for families in their school District, they are referred to as District Family Engagement Liaisons (DFELs). A DEFL is a parent in your school district who has a child with a disability and has received training in the area of IEPs, Transition from high school to the adult world, and Communication. A DFEL can be a valuable resource and connection for parents and staff in a school district. A current list of CESA 1 area District Family Engagement Liaisons can be found at:



Wisconsin Mediation System FREE presentation

This presentation focuses on dispute resolution options available through the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System(WSEMS). Early conflict resolution options available through WSEMS will be covered in the training. Use of informal meetings at the local, school district level will be emphasized as a good first step. Families, school district staff, individuals supporting family engagement and RSN are encouraged to attend. Presented by Nisan BarLev Special Education Director CESA #7 and Jan Serack, Wisconsin Facets WHEN: December 18, 9:00AM 11:00AM and 1:00PM 3:00PM WHERE: CESA #1, W25 W23131 Paul Rd, Pewaukee, WI Contact Kathy Flanagan at 262.787.9500, ext. 9537. To register, CLICK HERE

Transition Improvement Plan Training-FREE presentation

District teams composed of Special Education Teachers, Building Administrators, Transition Specialists, School Psychologists and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to work together through the Transition Improvement Plan process to determine classroom, building, or district areas of strength and then create a plan to address those areas that are in need of improvement to increase the success of students after they exit high school PSO - Indicator 14 Post School Outcomes 12/03/13

District post school data and reports will be shared; Individuals and school teams will gain an understanding of the activities in which district youth are engaged one year after high school; Participants will determine the areas in which exiters are finding success, and which areas can be improved; Participants will also learn about how to participate in an additional 90-minute interviewer training so the district can conduct their own outcomes survey TIP - The Transition Improvement Plan Is a new transition improvement planning tool for school personnel located on the WSTI website; Provides educators with lesson plans, activities, and research right at your fingertips!; Guides individual users, school and/or district teams through an assessment and planning process using the Predictors of Post School Success resources and evidence-based practices. Presenters: Mary Kampa, PSO Coordinator, Jenny Jacobs PSO Outreach To Register: Go to, sign-in or create a WSTI account. Go to the calendar of events, find the date and select the event. Register for the event on the website. This information will be shared with your RSN. When: January 16, 2014 9 am 3 pm Lunch is on your own. Where: CESA 1; N25W23131 Paul Road, Suite 100, Pewaukee, WI 53072

Ozaukee County Transition Night

For Students with special needs in grades 6-12+and their parents To become aware of resources, to gather information and to empower students and their families to make informed decisions in reaching their future goals. A one-stop forum that allows you to become familiar with transition services available after high school. Gather information about transition options such as: education, training, employment, independent living, etc., and learn how to access these services WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 2014; 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Homestead High School, 5000 West Mequon Road, Mequon, Wisconsin

CESA #1 Transition Conference & Resource Fair SAVE THE DATE!

Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of postsecondary education and work. This year's event includes TWO events - a day conference/fair for educators and an evening fair for parents/families! More details coming soon! When: March 12, 2014 Conference/Resource Fair (geared towards educators): 9am 3:30pm, Cost is TBD Resource Fair (geared towards parents and families): 5pm 8pm, FREE!!! Where: Tommy Thompson Youth Center, State Fair Park, West Allis, Wisconsin Additional Information:

Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative

Phone Webinar FREE Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP)

WHEN: Dec. 11, 9:00AM-Noon For more information about registration contact WSPEI - (877)844-4925

Wisconsin DPI

Specific Learning Disability in Plain Language

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in Plain Language has been posted at This document provides a summary of the new eligibility criteria requirements. Local education agencies will find it is a helpful resource for parents, families and other educators.

DPI launches WISEdash Public Portal

Wisconsin parents, community members, and educators have a new public reporting tool to discover all types of data about Wisconsin schools and districts. WISEdash is a data portal that uses "dashboards," or visual collections of graphs and tables, to provide multi-year education data about Wisconsin schools. WISEdash stands for Wisconsin Information System for Education Dashboard. Viewers can find detailed information about state, 12/03/13

district, and school statistics and trends on student achievement, attendance, and enrollment; rates of graduation rates, student discipline; and information on school staffing, finance, and courses. Links to national data sources are also available. User guides and a quick video on the WISEdash homepage help get new users started:

What You Need to Know About the Common Core State Standards

Elmbrook Schools Transition Network

The Elmbrook Family Transition Network was established as a means for families to gather together to learn about resources and network with each other on topics related to the transition of students with special needs out of the school system. Questions regarding this network should be directed to Megan Rindal, Transition Coordinator, or (414) 587-5982. Meetings for the rest of the year will take place at 6:00pm at the Elmbrook Central Administrative Offices Board Room at 13780 Hope St., Brookfield Wednesday, December 18th- Tentative topic: Housing supports and options in Waukesha County Wednesday, January 15th- Panel of local students who access support services at colleges, along with some local college providers who work with students with disabilities Wednesday, February 19th- Employment panel with DVR and local employment support service providers Wednesday, March 19th- Guardianships/Trusts-(Meeting in room 173 at CAO, not Board Room)

Parents United

Parents United is a consortium of Waukesha County school districts that have joined together in providing high quality speakers on a wide variety of educational topics. Open to parents and professionals, the programs are developed based on input from the Special Education and Pupil Services directors from the sixteen districts. For a complete listing of the 2013-2014 programs, please visit the website above. December 5, 2013, AUTISM, INSIDE OUT Sam Does VideoOne Mans Story Sam Rogers and Kate McGinnity will co-present how Sam uses video to explain his supports and train his staff. The benefit of the presentation is relevant for parents, educators, individuals with autism and all who interact with and care about people with autism. By attending this presentation, you will learn the following:*Innovative personalized strategies applicable in home, school & work setting;*Personalized perspective of autism;*Variety of strategies for the student or individual with autism; * A chance to ask questions and problem solve WHEN: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Richard T Anderson Auditorium, WCTC Campus, Pewaukee ***THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES ADVANCED REGISTRATION BY NOVEMEBER 28, 2013! Please email: if interested in attending. CO-SPONSORED BY WCTC $10 CASH DONATION WILL BE COLLECTED AT THE DOOR FROM ATTENDEES WHO DO NOT RESIDE/WORK IN A PARENTS UNITED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Registration is required for all workshops. Contact Sandra McFarland: 877-374-0511 or Requests for any special accommodations must be made at least two weeks before the event. WI FACETS-sponsored workshops are free. Some stipends may be available to parents to help support their attendance at WI FACETSsponsored workshops (to help with child-care, transportation).

FREE Telephone Workshops

12/5 Manifestation Determination and Expulsion, 12-1pm 12/10 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports & IDEA, 12-1pm 12/03/13

12/11 WI Law on Seclusion and Restraint, 12-1pm 12/12 WI Special Education Mediation System & Resolution Meeting, 12-1pm 12/18 What Is the Wisconsin PTA & What Resources Are Available? 12-1pm 12/19 Families Are Important (Early Childhood), 7-8pm 12/21 Holiday Celebration, 12-1 pm, Milwaukee Support Group; Autism Support Group, 1-2pm WI FACETS Office, Milwaukee 12/21 Grupo de Autismo: Fiesta de Fin de Ao, 10am-12pm. Oficina de WI FACETS, Milwaukee Disability Rights Wisconsin

The Key to Your Future: Preparing the Student for Employment

You are invited to attend a FREE training seminar on How to Work with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Family Care/IRIS to Obtain Employment Services for youth 14-21. In order to be prepared for employment, students are required to participate in transition, which is the time from ages 14 through ages 21. This training will teach students and family members about the way that employment services work under the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Family Care and IRIS programs. Students and families will gain the knowledge required to obtain the services they need and want in order to prepare for employment. We will provide the same trainings in four locations around the area. We will be providing the same training in four locations around the area. Please register on the link provided for the session you can attend: Thurs., December 5th 6:30 pm to 8:30pm North Shore People Network, St. Francis Childrens Center 6700 N. Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217 Tues., December 10th 6:00pm to 8:00pm Franklin School District Education and Community Center 8255 W Forest Hill Avenue, Franklin, WI. 53132 Wed., December 11th 6:00pm-8:00pm West Allis School District 1205 S. 70th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214 Tues., December 17th 6:00 pm to 8:00pm New Berlin West High School Idea Center 18695 W. Cleveland Ave, New Berlin, WI 53146

Parents Place

Parents Place is a family resource center for families with children ages 0-18. Parenting is a tough job and a tremendous responsibility. All families can benefit from sound parenting information and support. Registration required for all classes:
Love & Logic on Tuesdays, January 7-28, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm Social Skills/Self-Esteem on Mondays, January 13-27, 2014 from 5:30-7:00pm Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges On-Going Group, meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

CompassWisconsin Threshold If you are not familiar with CompassWisconsin Threshold, it is a unified point of intake and application for the following childrens long-term support programs: the Childrens Long-Term Support (CLTS) Waiver (including intensive in-home treatment services for children diagnosed with Autism), the Family Support Program, the Community Options Program 12/03/13

(in some counties), and the Katie Beckett Medicaid Program. CompassWisconsin Threshold provides the opportunity for families in participating counties to contact one office when inquiring about any/all of these programs. You can go to to see the contact person for each county. If you work with children with long-term care needs and feel that the child/family would benefit from the long-term supports offered through the programs listed above, please give the family the website and/or my contact information. Please also feel free to contact me yourself if you have any questions of your own.

11th Annual Wisconsin Transition Conference
Transition conference for families of an individual with a disability and transition age youth with a disability. Conference information available: To register: WHEN: February 19-21, 2014 WHERE: Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Registration for the 2014 Family Conference is now open! Wisconsin Educational Services Program Deaf and Hard of Hearing Annual Statewide Family Conference
In addition to the great workshops and networking at the conference, everyone can "Renew, Re-energize, and Relax" with a variety of fun and relaxing adults-only and family friendly activities. Our keynote speaker, Tina Childress, was an inspiration to the professionals last year - we know you'll love her message for families this year. For more information regarding the conference schedule, please go to: If you are ready to register, please go to the following link: WHEN: March 7-9, 2014 WHERE: Olympia Resort and Conference Center in Oconomowoc

CESA #1 Transition Conference & Resource Fair SAVE THE DATE!

Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of postsecondary education and work. This year's event includes TWO events - a day conference/fair for educators and an evening fair for parents/families! More details coming soon! When: March 12, 2014 Conference/Resource Fair (geared towards educators): 9am 3:30pm, Cost is TBD Resource Fair (geared towards parents and families): 5pm 8pm, FREE!!! Where: Tommy Thompson Youth Center, State Fair Park, West Allis, Wisconsin Additional Information:

Save the Date: 2014 Rehabilitation and Transition Conference

Inclusion. Choice. Employment. Registration Opens January 2014 WHEN: April 30 - May 2, 2014 WHERE: Hyatt KI Convention Center, Green Bay

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

An all-day conference for parents of students in special education and the professionals who support them. Does special education seem complicated and confusing? Come to Wrightslaw to learn about: Special education law, rights & responsibilities; Tests& measurements to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; Introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy. The program is not disability specific. Conference includes plated lunch served on-site to facilitate conversation and networking, and three books: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. Presented by: Pete Wright, Esq. Registration fee: $150.00. This program has been approved for continuing education credits (0.6 CEU for educators and 6.0 CLE hours for attorneys). More details, including program schedule and downloadable flyers, are available on the Wrightslaw conference page at For further information, please contact 12/03/13

ParSEC Wisconsin at Register online at WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin


Pacer Center, Champions for Children with Disabilities Peer Advocacy Guide Helps Teens Protect Others Targeted by Bullying
Most teens don't like to see bullying, especially of students with disabilities, but they may not know what to do when it happens. Peer advocacy is an effective approach that enables students to speak out on behalf of others, and protect those targeted by bullying. PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center has developed a Peer Advocacy Guide that offers a variety of intervention strategies that can be tailored for specific bullying situations. The 32-page booklet explores how to address bullying of students with disabilities by engaging, educating, and empowering their peers with advocacy skills.

Promotion of Healthy Relationships and Sexuality for Individuals with Disabilities

This FREE fact sheet promotes healthy relationships and debunks myths about sexuality in relation to individuals with disabilities. It provides background information, facts, and resources, and also discusses solutions and promising steps in promoting healthy sexuality for individuals with disabilities. Published by the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (MN LEND) at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota. Available on the Web at

The CADRE Caucus News from the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) The Caucus periodically updates you on new features and resources found at the CADRE website and in the world of special education conflict resolution. Working Together: Building Improved Communication: Included are short videos, a study guide and related resources on Listening Skills, Understanding Positions & Interests, and a module titled, The Tale of Two Conversations, which was developed in collaboration with the Office for Dispute Resolution in Pennsylvania. Effective IEPs, Tested Tips: This brief document offers suggestions for convening successful IEP meetings. It includes preparation tips for parents and educators : Steps to Success, Communicating with your Childs School: This brief publication offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school: Educating Our Children Together: This brochure offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school.: A current listing of resources, helpful websites and local organization information is available on the CESA #1 Family Engagement website:
The CESA #1 Parent Educator Link Newsletter is published approximately monthly. CESA #1 is not a legal agency and cannot provide legal advice or legal representation. We do not endorse any treatments, providers, or product information in this newsletter. As with any program for your child, parents are encouraged to thoroughly check out references when enrolling their child in any program. Any information contained in this newsletter is not intended as legal advice but only for informational purposes. Submissions from parents and professionals are welcomed. Questions regarding any information in this newsletter can be directed to: Amy Elfner CESA #1 WSPEI Family Engagement Coordinator 262-787-9500 ext. 9564 or