Sarah Ward: Success Across the School Day! How to Improve Student Skills in Planning, Managing, and Organizing (K-12)

Questions? Please contact Amy Ruppert, Program Assistant, at (920) 236-0562

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Last Date to Register: 6/24/2020 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Kathy Schmitt
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: Oshkosh Convention Center
2 N. Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Paul L. Conference Room
6/29/2020 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
6/30/2020 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM


JUNE 29 - 30, 2020

How To Improve Student Skills In Planning - Managing - Organizing


Equip yourself with break—through strategies to help students:

  • Organize materials
  • Self-initiate tasks...including complex tasks
  • Complete tasks...and on time!
  • Turn in homework...and on time!

Support and celebrate students’ learning differences throughout the school day, for all grade levels, and across the curriculum. Acquire a plethora of tools, innovative yet practical strategies, and teaching methods that can be infused in all classrooms right away. Develop students’ skills to increase their autonomy, success and ultimately, achievement.

Participants will learn best practices to get students motivated, focused, organized and performing closer to their true potential. Full of hands on experiential exercises, participants will take away practical strategies and reproducible handouts to instantly use upon return to the classroom.


1. Develop Future Thinkers

  • Understand how students demonstrate executive function skills
  • Gain a new perspective on what is meant by “executive dysfunction”
  • Realize the relationship between motivation and the ability to take goal-directed action

2. Promote Self-Regulation and Situational Awareness

  • Identify the skills needed for motivation, initiation, and task/assignment completion
  • Hone students’ ability to “read the room” with situational awareness skills
  • Learn to teach students to think in an organized, yet flexible way for independence

3. Teach Students to be a Mind Mime

  • Help students create mental imagery to sequence actions to achieve a goal
  • Grasp how to increase students’ spatial temporal window
  • Improve students’ speed of information processing and cognitive flexibility

4. Get Students to be a Beat Ahead

  • Increase students’ ability to self-initiate, transition, and complete tasks with less supervision
  • Improve students’ ability to fluidly transition from one mindset to another

5. Develop Time and Task Management

  • Learn to teach students to internally sense the sweep of time
  • Discover how to teach students to create and stick to time markers
  • Master how to help visually break large projects into smaller steps to alleviate the impact of procrastination and prioritize project steps

6. Facilitate the ‘Get Ready—Do—Done’ Model

  • Teach students the process of visualizing simple, multi-step, and complex tasks and assignments, then sequence and plan the requisite steps to fully complete work
  • Generalize the ‘Get Ready—Do—Done’ process to independent planning


  • Grades K - 12 Teachers:
    • Grade level
    • Content area
    • Special education
    • English Learners
    • Support specialists
  • Reading Specialists
  • Literacy and Instructional Coaches
  • Principals
  • Directors of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Directors of Special Education
  • Directors of Pupil Services


Dates: Monday, June 29th and Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Times: 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. both days

Cost:  $450 per person for both days

  • Early Bird Discount: $25 per person if registered by Wed., April 15, 2020

- OR -

  • Team Discounts (participants from the same school / district / organization):
    • 5 team members = $25 off per person
    • 10 team members = $50 off per person
    • 15 team members = $100 off per person
    • 25 team members = $125 off per person
    • > 25 team members: contact Amy Ruppert at (920) 236-0562

Location:  Oshkosh Convention Center
                2 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901

Lodging:  Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel
                1 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901
                (920) 230-1900

  • $90 per evening for Sun., June 28th and Mon., June 29th
  • CESA 6 block rate end date: May 29, 2020


Contact Amy Ruppert, Program Assistant, at (920) 236-0562 or


Any registration cancellation must be received before Monday, June 15, 2020 in order for a full refund to be issued. Registration cancellations received after Monday, June 15, 2020, a refund will be issued, but minus $50 per participant, per day in order to cover the cost of catering that was ordered and materials that were made for each participant(s).  Persons who are registered, but not in attendance on the day of the session ("no call, no show") will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email if a cancellation occurs.


Sarah Ward is an internationally recognized expert on executive function. Sarah’s focus is on helping individuals learn the skills needed to enjoy learning, reading, writing and verbal communication through best practice strategies based on the most current research.  To maximize effectiveness and independent carryover of learned skills, Sarah uses teaching methods that develop students’ “meta-skills” and “executive function skills”. Through seminars and workshops on programs and strategies she has developed with the Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, Kristen Jacobsen, Sarah has presented to and consulted with over 1,200 public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Europe.



CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received at least 8 business days before event in order for a full conference fee refund to be issued (full refunds do not include service fees. Service fees are nonrefundable).Registration cancellations received 1-7 business days before an event, a refund, minus $50 for each participant, will be issued. Persons who are registered, but not in attendance on the day of the session ("no call, no show") will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email if a cancellation occurs.

Note: Cancellation policies are subject to change based on event.