The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin.
It is headed by the state superintendent of public instruction, a nonpartisan, constitutional officer elected every four years. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, the current officeholder, is 27th person to hold the post.
The agency was created in 1848, the year Wisconsin attained statehood when the state constitution provided for the establishment of local school districts and a free education for all children in the state.
For more information:
- visit the state superintendent’s page,
- consult the list of DPI divisions and teams,
- search our DPI staff directory by name or topic;
- view recent news from the DPI, or
- read about the Department of Public Instruction in the Executive Branch chapter of the Wisconsin Blue Book.
Locations and Contact Information
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Headquarters
All DPI visitors MUST enter thru the Webster Street doors, and check in at the security desk on the plaza level. Visitors will be escorted to their meeting location after checking in.
Street Address / Shipping Address:
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning [Map]
2109 South Stoughton Road
Madison, WI 53716-2899
Phone: 1-888-542-5543 (WI Only) / 608-224-6167
Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Phone: 800-832-9784 (WI Only)
Wisconsin School for the Deaf
309 West Walworth Avenue
Delavan, WI 53115
Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Program Offices
620 Beaser Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806
402 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
2140 Holmgren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 110
Milwaukee, WI 53212
2600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 274
Wausau, WI 54401