WCASS 2022 Fall Conference
Reconnect, Reimagine, Retool: Moving Forward Together
September 28-30, 2022
Hilton Paper Valley | Appleton, WI

Join us for a chance to network with special education leaders and decision makers during the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Fall Conference September 28-30 at the Hilton Paper Valley in Appleton, WI. Help set the stage for student success with those who are responsible for making special education and student services purchases in Wisconsin school districts.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 

12:00-4:00 Registration

1:00-4:00 Pre-Conference Session

Reimagining Restorative Practices: With awareness, reality shifts and thoughts become actions

Join Rudy Bankston for a dynamic, interactive workshop exploring the intersecting themes of identity, equity, justice, trauma and resiliency. Rudy will describe his experiences as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline and the ways it helps to shape his work today. He will also discuss how the restorative justice framework can help support healing spaces, healthy relationships, and just and equitable environments. Participants will learn and practice restorative approaches. They will leave with a deeper understanding of how to connect with others and some tools to shift thoughts to actions.

Every pre-conference participant will receive one of Rudy's books. Rudy will be available to sign books during the networking reception that immediately follows the workshop. Additional books will also be available for sale. Learn more about Rudy Bankston here.


4:00-6:00 Welcome Reception & Book Signing

Thursday, September 29, 2022

7:00-4:30 Registration

8:00-9:45 Welcome & Legal Hot Topics

  • Service Animals
  • Open Enrollment Space Determinations and Decision Making

9:45-10:15 Break & Visit Exhibitors (exhibit spaces are sold out)

10:15-11:30 Concurrent Sessions

  1. Reimagine: Our Road to Independence: From Classic Autism to Living and Loving Life as Adults
    Matthew LaBerge & Mitchell LaBerge, Partners, Speaking About Autism, LLC

  2.  Retool: Comprehensive Special Education Evaluations-Considerations for EBD Evaluations

     Tim Peerenboom & Eva Shaw, Consultants, WI DPI

  3. Reimagine: LBGTQ+ Youth in Crisis: Best Practices for Suicide Prevention
    Molly Hermann, Consultant, WI DPI

11:30- 12:45 Lunch | Awards | Membership Meeting

1:00-2:15 Concurrent Sessions

  1. Retool: Foundations in Legislative Advocacy
    Dee Pettack & John Forester, Executive Director Team, School Administrator Association

  2. Retool: Functional Behavior Analysis to Reduce Seclusion and Restraint
    Tim Peerenboom, Consultant, WI DPI

  3. Reimagine: Restorative Justice in Education: One District's Journey
    Sara Totten, Director of Student Services, DeForest Area School District

2:15-2:45 Visit Exhibitors (exhibit spaces are sold out)

2:45-4:15 Legal Hot Topics

  • Section 504 Considerations
  • OSEP Discipline-Behavior Guidance

4:15-6:15 Networking Reception Sponsored by: 

Friday, September 30, 2022

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-11:30 Community Conversation Topics

  1. Implementing SEL Foundations

  2. Implementing SEL 

  3. Shortened Days & Alt Placements

  4. Staffing shortages

  5. Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

  6. Legal Hot topics: 

    1. Supporting students with IEPs in wraparound and after school care programs

    2. Transgender Student Considerations

    3. Addressing severe food allergies in the school environment

    4. Section 504 

    5. Facilitating IEP meetings: relationships are a legal issue

  7. WCASS New Director Connection

  8. Role of a Student Services Director

  9. Post-secondary transition programming: Working toward the end in mind

  10. Staff utilization

  11. Family relationships that stand the test of time

Registration Costs

Registration is closed! See you at the conference!

For questions please email [email protected]


Thank You to Our Event Sponsors



Hotel Information

Hilton Paper Valley Hotel
333 West College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
920-733-8000 extension 1
All rooms $129 (additional charges for triple or quad occupancy)
Ask for: WCASS discount
Use code WCA


Accessibility: For questions about accessibility or to request special assistance during the event, please contact Gail Anderson at [email protected] Three weeks advance notice is required to allow us to provide seamless access. If you need to cancel the special request this must be done at least 3 working days prior to the start of the event.

Questions? For questions on registration, payment, or general information please call the WCASS office at 608-241-0300.