Thursday, July 28, 2016

Common Core Essential Elements

Common Core Essential Elements:

English/Language Arts



Common Core Essential Elements through Department of Public Instruction

Autism Training on August 17

Wednesday August 17th
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Taylor County Education Center in Medford

Presentation: Using and implementing evidence based practices to assist students to increase their independent functioning including the use of positive behavioral supports and self regulation strategies.  

1) Implementing positive behavioral supports with fidelity (including differences between consequences/punishment), 
2) Independent functioning/balanced programming (why independent functioning and how to "fit it in"/reflect it in IEP's) and
3) A short "refresher" on Zones/implementing regulation stations for all.

Presenter: Autism Consultant Mandy Reinke

If you have not already - please RSVP with me. Lunch will be provided. 


Joseph A. Greget
Director of Special Education for Medford Area Public Schools
President of the Taylor County Autism Support Group

2016-17 Dates for Taylor County Transition Advisory Council

Taylor County Transition Advisory Council for the 16-17 school year will be held on the following dates and times: 
September 15th
January 19th
March 16th

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

We will continue to meet at the Taylor County Education Center. Lunch will be provided. 


Joseph A. Greget
Director of Special Education/Student Services

2016-17 Taylor County Early Childhood Council

Taylor County Early Childhood Council

2016-17 Dates
September 23
January 27
March 24

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

Location: Taylor County Education Center

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mental Health Summit Summer 2016 Institute in Taylor County

Mental Health Summit Summer 2016 Institute in Taylor County 
* RSVP to Joseph Greget at 715-748-2316 ext 324 or is preferred for copies of materials. 


Mental Health Awareness: Strategies for Special Education Teachers
Presented by John Bemis - DPI Educational Consultant on EBD
Thursday June 23rd
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Taylor County Education Center

As part of the Mental Health Framework developed by DPI, the initial session will focus on dealing with mental healthconcerns for students receiving special education services.  Topics include:
  • understanding mental health
  • awareness of supports for teachers
  • what makes a practice evidence-based
  • cultivating student’s readiness to make changes
  • changes in teacher perspective needed for successful interventions
  • improving teacher practices in working with students with disabilities in need of mental health strategies.

Reactive Attachment Disorder
Presented by Steve Sawyer of New Vision Wilderness
* Monday July 25
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
Taylor County Education Center


Trauma Induced Care
Presented by Wausau School District Student Services Staff
Thursday August 18
9:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Taylor County Education Center

Suicide Prevention QPR Training
Presented by Taylor County Human Services and Health Department
Thursday August 18
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Taylor County Education Center

** Lunch will be provided between the Trauma Induced Care and Suicide Prevention trainings for those who attend one or both of the trainings. 

Wilson Language 2016 Mary Anne Bonneau Administrator of the Year Award - Joseph Greget

I was honored and humbled today to receive the 2016 Mary Anne Bonneau Administrator of the Year Award by Wilson Language at their Annual Literacy Conference in Boston. 

It is my honor to thank and accept the award on behalf of the following: 

Janet Lorenz and Katharine Campbell for all the trainings they did in our school district. 

Kris Brandner for her nomination and being our Wilson In District Trainer 

The five staff who were leaders in our schools by completing their 3-4 year long Level II Certification - Kathy Schumacher, Joyce Woletz, Ann Jochimsen, Kris Brandner, and Misty Galli.

Our 20 staff who have completed their year long Level I Certification back in 2009, 2014, and 2015.

Mary Fliehs and all her work with Fundations especially with parents, staff, and students 

Al Leonard and Dan Miller for their work with Wilson staff and students. In particular Al Leonard and his collaboration in selecting Wilson back in 2008.

Laura Lundy and her work with exit and entrance criteria 

Special education teachers and support staff who help our LD and special needs students in pullout and inclusion settings and strive to learn more about reading disabilities. 

Medford Area Public School District BOE and Admin support by Mr Sullivan of Wilson curriculum and staff development

Dr Cathy Reuter and Dr Susan Messerly for teaching us about Dyslexia, parent training, and working with us in screening and referring students to our RTI model. 

Taylor County Literacy Council and their Big Picture Rethinking Dyslexia Presentation and Panel Discussion, 1:1 adult tutoring, ELL classes, Little Free Libraries, book donations, and reading classes for adults. 

Aimee S for being our first student to get through step 12

Josh R and his excitement of being able to read books like Children of the Holocaust and WWII

The students in Amy Wildberg and Kim Fechhelm's class and getting a Little Free Library at MAES. 

Charlie and writing his prayers at night for his Wilson Teacher Ms Galli

The successes of all our other Wilson students and the support of our parents. 

In the words of Cathy Mayrer - "It takes a village to raise a child with a disability" and it is my honor to lead in part our village in the area of Wilson Reading and accept the Mary Anne Bonneau Administrator
Of the Year Award on behalf of all our students, staff, Literacy Council, and school district. 

Thank you to all the staff, students, and parents who watched the ceremony through video from Medford
 and those who could be here in person. 

Wilson reps expressed interest in having us present on our Community Collaboration model between our school district, Aspirus, and the Taylor County Literacy Council at an upcoming Wilson Literacy Conference. 

Barbara Wilson also expressed interest in having our Little Free Library at MAES story in their upcoming edition of the Decoder. 

Great work everyone in coming together. I could not be more proud of each and all of you. 

Joseph A Greget
Director of Special Ed/Student Services for Medford 
President of Taylor County Literacy Council