Fall Conference

Building Resiliency & Creating Joyful Learning in Challenging Times

October 4 & 5 • Appleton

Join WASCD for our newly restruc­tured Fall Conference.

Thursday, October 4

Morn­ing Keynote: Child­hood trauma is real, and it’s more preva­lent than we think. Learn along­side for­mer prin­ci­pal Pete Hall, co-​author of Fos­ter­ing Resilient Learn­ers, about ACEs and the impact of toxic
stress on brain devel­op­ment. Then start look­ing at stu­dent behav­iors a lit­tle dif­fer­ently, empha­siz­ing your own self-​awareness and self-​care as valu­able tools to cre­ate a #Trau­maIn­vested learn­ing envi­ron­ment for every child. You can’t stop trauma from hap­pen­ing, but you can cul­ti­vate a set­ting that’s safe and healthy for your stu­dents. It all starts with you.

Tar­get audi­ence: Any­one who cares about kids. Even a lit­tle bit.

Intended out­comes:

  • Par­tic­i­pants will deepen their under­stand­ing of the preva­lence of child­hood trauma and the impact of trauma and toxic stress on learn­ing and development.
  • Par­tic­i­pants will embrace the need to build self-​awareness and tend to their self-​care in order to be primed and ready to effec­tively sup­port their stu­dents and children.


Thurs­day after­noon, there will be two break­out ses­sions with your choice of ses­sions by Pete Hall or Dr. Brian Fidlin, who’s pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ences have focused on assist­ing fam­i­lies, ado­les­cents, and chil­dren who are expe­ri­enc­ing severe men­tal health, sub­stance abuse issues and addictions.

Top­ics for the break­outs include:

  • Pedi­atric Brain Devel­op­ment: From Con­cep­tion to Maturity
  • Div­ing into Vision­ary Leadership
  • Dig­ging Self-​Reflection

Thurs­day evening the return of our pop­u­lar WASCD Fall Recep­tion, fea­tur­ing food, music, and net­work­ing with col­leagues from around the state.

Friday, October 5

After kick­ing the morn­ing off with our annual meet­ing and famous hot break­fast buf­fet, we will wel­come break­out ses­sions from around the state.

Break­out Ses­sion 1

  • Nur­tur­ing Healthy Kids & Resilient Com­mu­ni­ties - Vic­to­ria Ryd­berg, DPI
  • Joy­ful Learn­ing in the Class­room via Aware­ness, Action, & Achieve­ment -
    Troy Wittman, Menasha
  • Hap­pi­ness and Men­tal Aikido - Aaron Sad­off, North Fond du Lac
  • 7ei of Trauma Sen­si­tive Schools — (spe­cial 2-​part break­out) - Sara Daniels, Saint A
  • Arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and what it means to our future - David Gund­lach, Oshkosh
Break­out Ses­sion 2
  • Growth Mind­set 2.0: Cre­at­ing a Car­ing Class­room - Chris Van Hoof, CESA #8
  • Cre­at­ing a joy­ful place using a trauma informed lens that ignites the resis­tant learner from a teacher’s per­spec­tive - Michelle Amend, WI PCL Satel­lite Center
  • Mind­ful­ness: Imple­men­ta­tion and Out­comes - Kris­ten Lauda, Menomonee Falls
  • BeTheD­if­fer­ence With Youth Men­tal Health First Aid - Stephanie Feld­ner, CESA #8
  • Belong­ing, Sig­nif­i­cance, and Fun– Imple­ment­ing Respon­sive Class­room Prac­tices for Joy­ful Learn­ing - Tina Miller, Wis­con­isn Rapids
  • 7ei of Trauma Sen­si­tive Schools — (spe­cial 2-​part break­out) - Sara Daniels, Saint A
*Ses­sions Sub­ject to Change
Clos­ing Ses­sion: Joy­ful Learn­ing with Chris Hansen — Hortonville

Who Should Attend?

Send a team! The pro­gram is appro­pri­ate for teach­ers, prin­ci­pals, stu­dent ser­vices direc­tors, cur­ricu­lum direc­tors, super­in­ten­dents, school coun­selors, social work­ers and psychologists.

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Early Bird (2017 prices if you reg­is­ter before June 30) WASCD mem­ber $279/​non-​member $359.

Reg­u­lar (after June 30) WASCD Mem­ber $289/​non-​member $389.

Bring a team! Reg­is­ter a group of 5 or more and get a 6th per­son for free!

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