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UW Oshkosh Planting the Seeds of Inclusion 2015 Conference: March 7, 2015

Every March, the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy and Language, Special Education and Educational Leadership at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services host the Planting the Seeds of Inclusion conference to help support inclusive education.


2015 Planting the Seeds of Inclusion Conference
Saturday, March 7, 2015
8 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Sage Hall, UW Oshkosh Campus
Register online (through March 1, 2015)

Who should attend the Seeds of Inclusion Conference?

Educators, therapists, parents and other professionals who support the growth and learning of all children — birth to age 22 — in inclusive settings are invited to attend. Caregivers are also invited to attend the FREE resource fair on Saturday, March 7 in the Sage Hall lobby. View lodging information and directions.

Register online

Registration fees vary. Please view the registration form for a full breakdown of pricing, and register today! Online registration ends Sunday, March 1. Day-of-event registration available at a registration fee increase of $15 (cash or check only).


*Please note, there will be no refunds.


2015 Planting the Seeds of Inclusion Conference Schedule

Friday, March 6
Time Event

6:30–8:30 p.m.

State Budget Trainings for Disability Advocates* 

*Attendees do not need to register for the conference to attend this session

Saturday, March 7
Time Event

7:30–8 a.m.


8–8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Awards Presentation

8:30–10 a.m.

 Keynote Address: Janice Fialka

10–10:15 a.m.

Resource Fair and Exhibit Hall Opens/Late Registrations

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11:15–11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.–Noon

Pick-up Lunches

Noon–1:15 p.m.

Keynote Address: Micah Fialka-Feldman

1:15–1:30 p.m.


1:30–2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

2:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions


Keynote Presentations

8:30–10 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Janice Fialka

Dance of Partnership: Why do my feet hurt? Strengthening the parent-professional Partnership

This keynote presentation is designed to assist attendees to better understand the challenges of forming and maintaining partnerships between parents who have children with special needs and professionals who work with families. Drawing from both her social work and her parenting experiences, Janice explores the unique dimensions which complicate this working relationship from both the parent and the professional perspectives.

Some of the questions she explores are: Can there truly be a partnership? What does each partner bring to the relationship? What strengths? What constraints? What strategies promote the partnership?


Learning Objectives of the Keynote Training 

  • Enhance insight and understanding of the unique dimensions which complicate the forming of partnerships.
  • Identify practical strategies which promote the partnership, including positive communication skills.
  • Renew a personal commitment to forming partnerships.

Read Janice's bio.


Noon–1:15 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Micah Fialka-Feldman

Through the Same Door: What it takes to live an Inclusive Life

Micah will present about his inclusive life from elementary, middle, high school, college, describing what supports, attitudes, and values were important to creating a fully inclusive, life.  

Participants will witness how Micah's journey empowers us to reexamine what we believe is possible.  

Read Micah's bio.


Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will provide practical information and training for educators, students, parents, caregivers and others who support the growth and learning of children from birth to age 22. 

Check back soon for the breakout sessions schedule. 

Free Resource Fair

Open to the public regardless of participation in the conference, the resource fair is intended as a one-stop resource for those who have or work with children who require special education services.

Call for exhibitors

Companies and non-profit organizations are invited to showcase their products and/or services related to inclusive support of children with disabilities during the conference. Register as an exhibitor.

More vendor information


Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

Exhibitors may enter the building at 7 a.m. for set-up. Tables and linens will be provided. Exhibitors will set up in the Sage Hall lobby areas.

Anticipated attendance:

Approximately 300–400 educators, families, professionals and other individuals who are supporting children with disabilities at all age levels. 


Online exhibitor registration is now open.



Each year, we honor individuals and/or teacher teams who excel at advocating for and implementing inclusive practices in education.

Call for nominations

Recognize the hard work and effort of those working for inclusive practices in our schools—submit a nomination.


Conference-related courses

One-credit graduate courses may be offered in conjunction with conference. Registration and payment will be at the registration table at the conference. View more details on the graduate-level courses.



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