Winning Strategies Conference for Paraprofessionals and Future Teachers 2019

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 2/2/2019 11:59 PM
Last Date to Cancel: 1/19/2019 11:59 PM
Agency: Metro ECSU
Agency Contact: Kayna Plaisted
Agency Assistant: Gail Jankowski 612-638-1522
Location: Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. South
Bloomington, MN 55431
Facility: Enter through Kopp Student Center. Park in Lot 3
1/26/2019 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Metro ECSU and Normandale Community College are proud to present the 14th Annual Winning Strategies Conference on January 26, 2018

Registration & Cancellation deadline is January 18, 2018

Audience: Paraprofessionals and future teachers
Event Cost: $25 (includes morning beverages only, lunch and handouts). Credit card payments are not acepted at this time.
CEU hours: 5

Keynote Presentation:  Fidgety Fairy Tales

This year’s keynote Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musicals use gentle humor, great music, and compelling performances by talented youth to raise awareness about children’s mental health. The Mental Health Musicals re-imagine familiar fairy tales to raise awareness and reduce the fear and misunderstanding around mental health disorders.  The keynote includes three stories: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (AD/HD), Little Miss Muffet (meltdowns), and Pinocchio (lying).  Since 2008, this project of the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health has had over 250 performances and reached more than 37,000 Minnesotans.  For more information, please visit  


Participants will attend three (3) breakout sessions. Sessions will be selected at the event.

  • Behavior Strategies
  • Understanding and Using a Prompt Hierarchy
  • Sexuality for All Abilities
  • Using Visual Strategies and Language Techniques to Manage Behavior in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in the Classroom
  • Core Vocabulary Integration
  • Communication Partners; Unlocking the Key to Successful AAC Use
  • Navigating Contentious IEP Meetings
  • The Urgency of Equity
  • Fostering an Academic Mindset–Strategies for Encouraging Every Child to Believe in Themselves as a Learner
  • Returning to School after a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/ Concussion
  • Every Student Can Learn to Read and Write: Tips for Quality Literacy Instruction
  • Working Together to Turn Struggling Readers into Eager Learners: Perspectives of an Educator and a Parent
  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing and Audiology Services in the Schools
  • Tech Tips, Tricks and Tools to Help Streamline Your Classroom Management
  • Teaching Learners to Manage Themselves Through Self-Management!
  • Transition Planning and Supports for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Note: Those taking the Captioning for Access should bring a laptop computer and video to be captioned.  An app will be downloaded so if bringing a school district computer make sure it can function off site and that new software can be downloaded.

The Agenda will be provided in December.
This initiative is made possible in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using Federal funding CFDA 84.027A, Special Education - Grants to States. This conference does not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or the state Department of Education; endorsement by the federal or state government should not be assumed.

Cancellation: You can cancel your own registration for an event before the cancellation deadline. (Please check the event information for specific cancellation details.) If the event has a fee, refunds are possible only if cancellation is prior to the deadline. If you do not attend and do not cancel prior to an event, you are still responsible for payment and will be billed.

Special Accommodations: Please alert Metro ECSU 2-3 weeks prior to the workshop/event if you need special accommodations, including sign language interpreters. (Metro ECSU requires a notice of 2 business days to cancel a sign language interpreter. If you fail to cancel, we reserve the right to bill your school/district for this expense.) Update your profile as needed. Special accommodations are not included with each registration, but are stored in your profile until you make changes.