Working together and through conflict to support students with disabilities can be challenging for parents and schools. Learn helpful information, tips, and techniques from the experts that can help you navigate through difficult situations.
Join us for this free 1.5-hour webinar series every month from 12 pm to 1:30 pm CST. Registration is made online through following the links below.
Wisdom Wednesdays Monthly Calendar
November 17, 2021
The Discipline Zones
Lenore Knudtson, J.D.
Every parent, administrator, and special educator should have a clear understanding of IDEA discipline provisions, the school's authority, and the rights of students. This session will clearly and concisely explain the complicated IDEA discipline provisions and give you a roadmap to follow. The Discipline Zones handout is a must-have resource on every principal's and parent's desk. Stay compliant and avoid disputes. Finally, IDEA discipline in understandable terms!
December 15, 2021
What did 34 Years of Experience Teach Me?
Nancy Goosen, Program Specialist, OSDE- SES
What lessons can be learned after working in the special ed world for 34 years? Ms. Goosen has worked in a district, for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and as the Special Ed Administrator for Edmond Public Schools. Listen to discover the lessons and perspective she learned that can benefit both parents and educator.
January 19, 2022
Behavior IS a Disability
Dr. Mary Ann Shepherd, Ph.D., HSP, BCBA-D
Just like any other disability (i.e., vision impairment, physical impairments, or hearing deficits), ADHD, Autism, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, are also disabilities. Just like every other disability, they require accommodations, support, and intervention in the home, school, and community setting. A behavior disability is not a ‘willful’ disobedience that can be turned on and off, but requires support to identify appropriate replacements, strategies, and accommodations to be successful across all environments. This training will discuss some common disabilities in children and behavior supports necessary to promote success across all settings.
February 16, 2022
What’s Trust Got to Do with It? Building Equitable and Trusting Partnerships between Families and Professionals
Dr. Tracy Gershwin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
This webinar provides attendees with actionable practices that promote equitable and trusting partnerships between families and professionals, including strategies that can develop, nurture, and repair trust between families and professionals.
April 20, 2022
Parent School Engagement
This webinar will explore the importance and benefits of parental engagement in the special education process. Creating a model that intentionally includes parents as “partners” is one of the most effective ways to facilitate collaborative and cooperative working relationships and to create a positive learning environment for all students. When we engage parents in the learning process, our schools and communities are more enriched.
May 18, 2022
Greg Abel, Sound Options Group
When conversations matter, it can take effort to remain engaged. Sometimes we find ourselves in conversations and we don’t know where to go next. The answer can be – ask questions. The ability to ask questions is crucial to uncovering other people’s ideas. We want to uncover those ideas so we can hear them and respond to them. Learn the importance of questions and types of questions you can ask to get the answers you need.
June 15, 2022
Special Education “Ponders” from a Former School Attorney
Andrea Kunkel, J.D., M.S.
After 25 years as a private practice attorney representing public schools in special education matters and another 10 leading the professional association for Oklahoma directors of special services, Andrea has a unique perspective on the issues confronting districts, schools and individuals working to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Attend this session to discuss some of the strengths and needs in our current system.