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Endless Possibilities Conference 2023

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Guiding Families Through Challenging Times

Students with special education needs and their families encounter many unique challenges. Please join us for this virtual conference to explore how families and schools can partner to navigate these challenges together.

Sponsored by WI FACETS - Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, UW-Whitewater and Southern Regional Center - CYSHCN.

Friday, August 4, 2023 | 8:00 - 2:45 p.m. CST

Limited to 300 registrants.

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Presenters

Amy Nelson

Speaker Amy Nelson Christensen, Keynote

Dr. Amy Nelson Christensen is a Clinical Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago and the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Change in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Nelson Christensen served as a practicing school psychologist for Milwaukee Public Schools, serving mainly in an alternative high school setting where she championed efforts to create trauma sensitive school spaces throughout the district. She also worked to develop and lead professional development on social emotional learning with schools throughout the district. Currently, she teaches courses in social justice for school psychologists, legal issues in special education law, and systems change and consultation.


All Presenters Bios - English

All Presenters Bios - Spanish

Sessions

Keynote: The Impact of Toxic Stress and Trauma - Dr. Amy Nelson Christensen will provide an overview of the current understanding of the elements of a trauma sensitive school, define what is meant by "trauma sensitive" practices, and provide families with an outline of what they should expect from their child's school.  She will also discuss the difference between trauma and toxic stress and the intersectional issues of students of color who struggle with toxic stress or traumatization and the implications for special education services.

Additional Topics:

  • Building a Trauma Sensitive IEP
  • Homelessness Among Youth
  • Building a Trauma Sensitive School through Family-School Partnerships
  • Making a Pathway that is Eased for Children with Hope and Support
  • Life Hurts. Have you Considered Forgiveness?
  • (Re)Settling in: Immigrant and Refugee Students and Families in Schools
  • Addressing the Educational Rights of English Learners (ELs)
  • How to be Trauma Informed in a Racialized World
  • Boundaries: Tools to Create a Safer World for your Child

Cost Information

Fees

  • Conference Registration: $40*
  • CEU: Additional $20 fee (optional)

Fee covers instruction and access to the sessions. The CEU fee includes Continuing Education Units.  

Course Credit: Current UW-Whitewater Graduate students seeking graduate credit please contact Shannon Stuart before registering at stuarts@uww.edu.  Non UW-Whitewater students seeking graduate credit please contact School of Graduate Studies before registering at gradschl@uww.edu

*Parent Scholarships:  A limited number of parent scholarships are available to cover conference registration.  Contact Chris Stagge with questions cstagge@wifacets.org, (877) 374-0511 or (414) 374-4645.

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You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Sponsorships & Discounts Redemption
For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship from their employer to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your employer gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code during check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received a discount/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email cesevents@uww.edu before registering to avoid overpayment fees.

No refunds are available for this event. All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in this case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Register Online

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If you need assistance to complete the registration form, please contact WI FACETS at (414) 374-4645 or (877) 374-0511 or cstagge@wifacets.org
Si necesita ayuda para registrarse, puede llamar a WI FACETS al (414) 374-4645/ (877) 374-0511 o enviar un mensaje a aloeza@wifacets.org

Registrations accepted online until Sunday, July 30, 2023.

Registration Questions

Registrants will be asked the following questions in the registration. Please have the answers prior to registering:

  • Participant details: Registrant name, address, county, phone, email, race, ethnicity, job title, how did you hear about the event, accommodations/comments, I understand the cancellation/refund policy
  • Event Specific: Participant type, are you a UW-Whitewater student, school district with which you are connected (work or home district), parents only: what is the disability of your child and what is the age of your child, I have met the minimal technology requirements to participate in this event, and I understand CES is not resposible for trouble shooting technology software

Participant Type: Parent of a child with disabilities, Teacher – Special Ed, Teacher – General Ed, Educational Assistant,  Therapist,  Administrator, Professional – Other


Credit Card

Your online registration and payment are always safe and secure. We accept MasterCard and Visa credit card payments in our online registration system. We will NOT accept credit card payments over the phone. We will accept checks made out to "UW-Whitewater" and mailed to UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences, 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, Whitewater WI 53190.


Confirmation Emails
Once you register to attend an event (including waitlisted), a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive this confirmation email. You must have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Additional Information

Check-In

Registrants will receive a website link in the email confirmation, after registering for this event. This website gives access to registrants to pick the sessions they wish to attend. Contact cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive a confirmation. 

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • A reliable internet connection 
  • If you have an external microphone or webcam, plan to use them, but these are not required.

    Web Ex will be the hosting platform for this event.  Sessions may be recorded.  Meeting links for joining your select sessions will be available a week prior to the event.  We will email you and provide the link to access sessions.   We will be tracking registrants attendance and providing to WI FACETS. Tracking will include a list of those that attended a session and how long they were in attendance.

    Questions or need help before or on the day of the event? Please call 262-472-3165 or email cesevents@uww.edu.

    We receive many questions from registrants. We have prepared a page with answers to our frequently asked questions about registering and attending an event.

    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

    If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

    By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and/or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and/or videos relating to the promotion of future events. You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to the use of said photographs and/or videos. Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use of media for any purpose.

    Insurance

    Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

    Event Schedule

    Time Activity
    8:00 am Open Session for Tech Trouble Shooting - Click Here To Join
    8:20 am Welcome
    8:30 am Keynote Address: The Impact of Toxic Stress and Trauma | Amy Nelson Christensen
    9:45 am Break
    10:00 am Breakout Sessions 1A, 1B, and 1C
    11:15 am Lunch Break (with optional Lunch&Learn from 11:40am to 11:55am)
    12:00 pm Breakout Sessions 2A, 2B, and 2C 
    1:15 pm Break
    1:30 pm Breakout Sessions 3A, 3B, and 3C 
    2:45 pm Conference Concluded

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    Click Here to View Agenda - Spanish

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