Continuing Education

Endless Possibilities: Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities

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Conference for educators, parents, and others to gain information related to special education, family supports and mental health. Sponsored by WI FACETS - Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative, and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Date:  August 1 - 2, 2019

Register Online closed

Registrations accepted online until 7/22/19, at noon. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.  Walk-up registrations are available to download here after online registration closes.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Limited to first 60 registrants

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.

Serving on Groups That Make Decisions

Limited to first 30 registrants

This 8-hour Training of Trainers’ program introduces participants to Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: A Guide for Families (Guidebook) and the Guidebook Trainers’ Manual. The Guidebook is a dynamic nationally-acclaimed resource for anyone who is currently serving, wants to serve, or wants to prepare and empower families to successfully serve on a decision-making group. Family engagement in decision-making is central to school improvement and student achievement. Participants will review all Guidebook topics (Opportunities to Get Involved; Types of Groups; Processes Groups Use; Tools & Tips for Serving on Groups; Understanding & Using Data; The Role of Families; and Skills for Serving on Groups) and collectively choose sections for in-depth training. This will be a fun, productive day, including hard copies of the Guidebook and Guidebook Trainers’ Manual, training materials, hands-on activities, and practical tools, tips, and strategies often used by decision-makers. (See


A Sampling of Topics:

  • Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading and Spelling
  • Compassion Resilience (w/Toolkit & Activities)
  • Preventing the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Reading Drives Achievement: Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment
  • Reading Supports for Students with Learning Disabilities (EC and Secondary)
  • Post-Secondary Transition Plan (PTP) Training
  • Visual Resumes

Keynote Session: Impossible to Possible: My Journey from Special Ed to PhD.

Shawn Anthony Robinson

Shawn Anthony Robinson

Shawn Anthony Robinson Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate in the Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an author, a dyslexia consultant, and serves on the Board of Directors with the International Dyslexia Association. Robinson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) with a Bachelors of Science in Human Services, a Master’s in Education from DePaul University, and a PhD in Language and Literacy from Cardinal Stritch University. Robinson has received several distinguished honors throughout his early career such as: the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award/New Trier High School Alumni Hall of Honor; the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from UWO; served as a fellow for the 2015 8th Annual Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Institute on African Americans and Education – American Educational Research Association; and the 2013 Achievement Gap Institute – Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education & Human Development; and the All-State Insurance’s 2005 Educator. Robinson is also a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Pre-Conference Registration: Free

Conference Registration: $35

CEU: Additional $15 fee

Parking Pass: $5 each day

Fees Include

Thursday Pre-conference (free event) will cover instruction.  Friday conference registration fee covers instruction, breakfast and lunch (lunch choice guaranteed, if ordered by 7/23/19).   The CEU fee includes Continuing Education Units.  Parking pass fee covers one day of parking on campus lots (picked up at the Visitor Center before parking.  See parking details below). 

Course Credit

Current UW-Whitewater Graduate students seeking graduate credit please contact Shannon Stuart before registering at  Non UW-Whitewater students seeking graduate credit please contact Carrie Lencho before registering at CEU registration available online and day of conference.  $15 for 1 CEU.  Only cash or check will be accepted at the door.

Parent Scholarships

A limited number of parent scholarships are available to cover conference registration.  Contact Lori Karcher with questions or 414-374-4645.


No refunds for this event.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  If you pre-purchased a parking pass in your registration, you will need to pick it up at the Visitor Center before parking your car.  More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor 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 at 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 an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

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.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.


Check-in will take place at 7:30 a.m. for the Pre-conference and 8:00 a.m. for the Conference; in the Hamilton (Room 164) of the University Center.

What to Bring

  • Writing instruments
  • Water bottle
  • Session handouts - any materials that you have downloaded and printed in advance from this website.
  • Lunch if attending Pre-conference. Please feel free to bring your own lunch or money to purchase lunch at various dining faciliities on campus. 
  • Air Conditioning will be on.  You may want to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  If you pre-purchased a parking pass in your registration, you will need to pick it up at the Visitor Center before parking your car.  More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

Need a Hotel Room?

Super 8 Whitewater: (262) 472-0400, 917 E. Milwaukee Street, Whitewater
Baymont Hotel:  (262) 472-9400, 1355 W Main Street, Whitewater
Reserve by July 1, 2019 for "Endless Possibilities Conference" room.

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Please email Shannon Stuart at

Special Notice

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.

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 use of said photographs and/or videos.

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