Submitted by Pat Rynda, Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative, CESA 11

TURTLE LAKE, WI – The 18th annual Keys to Success Conference for parents, educators and service providers of children ages 3-21 with special needs will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Elk Mound High School, 405 University St., Elk Mound, Wisconsin, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The conference provides information, resources and support to all who live and work with children with special needs. It's rare to have a quality conference of this type available in our area of the state.

The Keynote speaker is Michelle Uetz - a special education teacher and guardian of two children with mental health issues. Michelle understands and addresses mental illness from a teacher, sibling, parent and personal perspective. Her topic ~ Here, There or Everywhere? Mental Health Issues and How we can Make a Difference ~ will inspire parents, educators and service providers of children of all ages.

The conference breakout sessions include: Self-Care; Family-School Partnerships: Families are Key; Literacy Strategies for Supporting Reading at Home; Getting Families and Service Systems to Collaborate; Building Bridges to Adult Health Care; Nuts and Bolts of IEPs; Supported Decision Making; Shedding Light on the Sibling Experience; and a Parent Café Overview.

In addition to the sessions, participants will be able to browse through displays and talk to representatives from several agencies that serve individuals with special needs. Letters of attendance will be provided for those who need them and CEUs or CRCs for professionals will be available through UW-Stout.

Keys to Success is sponsored by the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI) in collaboration with Wisconsin Family Ties, UW Stout SVRI and area school districts and service agencies.

The conference is free of charge; however, pre-registration by October 27 is required. A brochure is available through your local school district special education office or by clicking on the icon on the events calendar link at

For more information or to register, please contact Marge McGee at or 715-986-2020 extension 2113. Web Site WSPEI on Facebook: