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CEA-Wisconsin Training Day returns to the Osthoff Resort

The CEA-Wisconsin Board of Directors is pleased to host the CEA-Wisconsin Teacher Training Days on Monday May 6, 2019 at the beautiful Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

The Training Day Planning Committee is working hard to make this conference an excellent professional development opportunity. They are busy assembling an interesting array of workshops focusing on professional standards, vocational education, basic literacy instruction, HSED/GED preparation, special education, juvenile programming, county jail programming, library services, technology in the classroom, reentry resources, workforce readiness and other areas.

Some of the Training Day workshops may be used by attendees to satisfy FQAS requirements. Teachers should check with their Education Director to see if workshop attendance will meet the FQAS criteria.

The CEA-Wisconsin Training will feature vendor displays and a silent auction will be held. The Wisconsin Correctional Teacher of the Year will also be honored.

Make plans to join the more than 200 educators representing state adult and juvenile institutions, county jails and detention centers, Wisconsin technical colleges and local literacy organizations who will attend.

Training Day Schedule

7:30 -   8:30          Registration & Coffee with the Vendors
8:30 -   9:45          Session 1
10:00 - 11:15          Session 2
11:30 - 12:45          Lunch
1:00 -   2:15          Session 3
2:15 -   2:45          Vendor Break
2:45 -   4:00          Session 4

Tentative Workshops Sessions

·        Use of Technological Resources Via RACHEL – This workshop will focus on the use of instructional materials to enhance the ability of teaching staff to differentiate instruction within a correctional education setting. Come and find out what resources are available within the current RACHEL network, as well as how to build your own. Participants will be able to access actual RACHEL content on their own device. We will do some exploration of what is currently available. We will explore ways for teachers to add content to RACHEL. Finally, we will talk about how technology can enhance the learning experience and assist in behavior management within a classroom setting. A Q&A session will also be available for system questions if attendees are consider adding RACHEL to a corrections setting.

·        Infinite Campus User Support - DOC DAI Infinite Campus Support will provide support on a drop in basis to address questions or concerns. “Why do I keep getting this error?” “I want Infinite Campus to do this. Can it be done?” “I need help streaming a task?” “I have to compile data for a specific report. How do I do that?” Staff will be available to support you all day. You can ask a specific question or find out how you might advance the use of Infinite Campus to better manage your tasks as an educator. 

·        Jail Break: Jail Instructors’ Opportunity to Share Best Practices - Bring your Best Practices to this session and enjoy the opportunity to share with others who teach in a county jail. Be prepared to share and learn. Perhaps you have a Mnemonic device you use to help students remember a concept. Maybe you have a great activity to help students gain confidence in writing or math. Two veteran instructors will lead this session.

·        Correctional Education: An Integration of Andragogy, Counseling and Therapy - Changing a student’s behavior is to change the way they think. Students in correctional education programs often struggle with learning, behavioral and co-occurring disorders. This presentation is designed to address the subtle, implicit and personal bias within the criminal justice system by: 1) Adapting and using Andragogy as opposed to Pedagogy; 2) Using an Integrative Approach of Teaching, Counseling and Therapy to promote a successful reentry into society and reduce recidivism; 3) Identifying and having an understanding of student’s behavioral, substance abuse and learning disorders and 4) Using a 5 stage scale for diffusing and de-escalating a disruptive and combative student.

·        Taking Care of You: Mind, Body, Spirit - We can best assist others if we first take care of ourselves. Taking Care of You is a research-based program offering practical strategies for reducing your stress. Explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflection and activities. Activities are aimed at increasing mindfulness, positive emotions, optimism, resiliency to stress, coping skills and self-care.

·        Critical Thinking Skills and Reading Strategies for Intermediate and GED Level Readers - An important component for improving reading abilities is developing critical thinking skills and applying reading strategies. The ability to analyze and dissect reading material into smaller increments is essential when processing implicit information. Concrete ideas are presented on how to teach critical thinking skills and getting students to apply reading strategies while they are reading. Skills and strategies are directly related to GED material.

·        Concentrated Individual Correctional Education - Concentrated Individual Correctional Education is realized by implementing effective classroom management, empowering the student and utilizing targeted, results-driven, individualized curriculum. When those three components of the CICE model are fully employed, high graduation rates become normal and expected.

·        Orton Gillingham Multi-Sensory Approach to Reading and Spelling - The Orton Gillingham Program is direct instruction that teaches the phonetic process of reading and spelling for struggling students.

·        Making It Fit & Closing the Loop - Explore the task of making mainstream teaching resources and technical college curricula workable in the correctional environment using State resources. The next step is tailoring threads of your instruction to reinforce the concepts and responsible living practices taught to inmates in programs such as Thinking for Change, AODA, etc. 

·        Best Practices to Increase GED Attainment at County Jails - Recidivism is a problem for communities. At Marinette County Jail recidivism is substantially reduced when an inmate obtains a GED. Marinette County Jail in partnership with NWTC has set up a jail program that has produced over 200 GED’s for inmates while housed in jail since 2007. This session will share their best practices that have achieved these results and can be duplicated at your jail.

·        Strategies for Teaching ELL Student in the ABE Classroom - This session will introduce five specific strategies that instructors can use to help ELL students access ABE content. These research-based strategies can be utilized across content areas and are also proven to assist ABE students in their academic success. Instructors will then work in small groups to apply the five instructional strategies in order to come away from the session with practical plans for implementation.

·        Promoting Excellence for All: Information and Strategies in Closing the Achievement Gap - In this session, we will introduce the PEFA eCourse, a professional development resource developed by DPI for supporting educators in understanding race in education, and how it could be used as an individualized learning plan. Specifically, participants will engage in a session from the resource focused on exploring implicit bias.

·        Competency Based Education for Corrections (5.09) - The Department of Corrections (DOC) has a portfolio centered competency based education program as an alternative to computer based GED testing. Commonly called the 5.09, this program has been designed for those inmates who possess the knowledge and ability to attain a high school equivalency degree, but struggle with the timed testing required to complete traditional testing. This session will cover entrance requirements, routes to competency completion, and exit requirements of the DOC offering.

·        Proportions Are My Best Friend – Proportions are easy for students to use and for teachers to teach. The number of math areas you can use proportions is astounding! After this presentation you will find yourself asking math students who are stuck on a word problem, “Can you solve it using a proportion?” As a result, you will want to teach proportions so much that they’ll become your best friend, too!

  • Responding Mindfully to Student Trauma – This presentation will cover the Why and How of implementing mindfulness into your curriculum, core abilities, and classroom management. A short review of the science behind and the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on adult learners will be given by Jamie Enstrom. Other members of Waupun Correctional Institution’s Behavioral Health Team, James Svitavsky and Wesley Mclinn, will join a discussion of practical mindful activities that inform their programs and teaching.
  • From the Streets to the System - This presentation will be from the perspective of three formerly incarcerated individuals who started “in the system” and are now working as staff members for the Department of Human Services. This presentation will address the unique way education and educators impacted each of them and share the importance of creating effective, influential relationships in order to increase positive outcomes, reduce recidivism, and create healthier communities.
  • Help Your Students Pass the GED Math Test - If you’re a math teacher, this probably won’t help you. If you’re not a math teacher and still have to help prepare students for GED Math test, this session is for you! Learn about what’s on the test as well as strategies for giving your students the best preparation you can for taking and passing GED Math.
  • Limits & Listening: Gaining Compliance with Minimal Effort - Who is in control of your classroom? Limits and Listening promotes healthy rapport building and 6 simple strategies we have used (and trained all of our staff!) to use to support offenders while holding them accountable. These no-fuss strategies help staff help offenders solve their own problems and circumvent the conflict cycle.
  • Music in the Key of WRC - Why did the Wisconsin Resource Center start a music program? How effective would adding music into your curriculum be? Learn about what we’ve done, as well as statistics, and benefits of fitting music into your educational programs at your institution. Get a list of free resources and how you can implement music into your daily routine.
  • Forgiveness Is a Choice Even in Prison - Forgiveness is a skill that can be taught in a group setting. It is helpful for a large variety of interpersonal benefits. Forgiveness improves emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. Forgiveness can be provided in a therapeutic group setting with a facilitator, intrapersonal skills with journal writings and homework assignments.
  • Miller WeldWorks Welding Re-entry Program: Vocational Training Solutions for Teaching In-Demand Welding SkillsThis presentation will describe vocational welding training solutions including curriculum, Augmented Reality and Motion Tracking Technologies that aid in the teaching of in-demand welding skills, providing inmates with an immediate opportunity for well-paying employment upon re-entry.
  • How to Get the Most Out of the Wisconsin Retirement System - Plan to retire soon? Nowhere near retirement? This session is for State of Wisconsin employees in every stage of their career! Come learn more about the WRS benefits and bring your questions for the expert!

Registration

Registration for the CEA-Wisconsin Training Day on May 6, 2019 is FREE for CEA members and $65 for non-members. In order to be eligible for FREE registration, you must be an active CEA member as of May 1, 2019.

If you want FREE registration and you are not a CEA member or if your membership expires before May 1, 2019, join CEA or renew your membership now. Go to www.ceanational.org and click on membership.

The CEA-Wisconsin Training Day Registration Form has already been emailed to many of you and is available on the www.ceawisconsin.org website. The Training Day registration deadline is May 1, 2019. The completed form along with a check payable to CEA-Wisconsin should be sent to:

Tim Malchow - CEA Treasurer
c/o Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution
PO Box 31
Plymouth, WI  53073-0031

Osthoff Resort Lodging

In past years, some Training Day participants elected to arrive early and enjoy the beautiful Osthoff Resort. The Osthoff Resort is a AAA Four-Diamond resort that offers a casual atmosphere within its elegant surroundings.

 Guests can enjoy some of the resort’s amenities and recreational activities including:  an indoor pool, two whirlpools and saunas, a fitness center, an arcade, tennis courts, Aspira Spa, Golf at Quit Qui Oc Golf Club, Lola's on the Lake Restaurant & Lounge, Otto's Restaurant, Elkhart Inn Restaurant, the Elk Room Lounge, hiking and biking.

 The Osthoff Resort has agreed to offer rooms at state rates for May 5 & 6. All rooms have beautiful lakeside or woodland views. Accommodations can be made by calling 1-800-876-3399 and asking for the Correctional Education Association-Wisconsin block of rooms. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit. Individual guests must present their own proof of tax exempt status or are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12.5%). The guest room rates are $82 single and $102 double. The deadline for hotel reservations is April 12, 2019.

 Register today for a great professional development experience for correctional educators! Hope to see you at the Osthoff!











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