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Special Education / Pupil Services Leadership

Licensing requirements

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. (a) Except as specified under par. (b), a director of special education and pupil services license is required of a person to administer a special education program or a pupil services program, or both. For a license under this subsection, the applicant shall have completed an approved program leading to licensure as a director of special education and pupil services. (b) Persons who hold a current special education supervisor-level A license may be issued a license under this subsection. PI 34.32 (5), Wisconsin Administrative Code.

The special education leadership staff person who holds a current 80 or 81 license is the primary contact for the DPI Special Education Team. When an LEA does not employ an individual with an 80 or 81 license, the responsible staff person is the district administrator.

The department provides additional support to special education leadership personnel through the WI Regional Special Education Network (RSN) - an alliance of CESA special educators who promote continuous school improvement to support full educational opportunities for children and youth with disabilities.

Special Education Leadership Directory

For questions about this information, contact Eva Kubinski (608) 266-2899.

2020-21 Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Academy

Save the Date Webinar Schedule

To support new special education leaders as they strive to meet the challenges of their new positions, in collaboration with Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS), the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Special Education and Student Services Prevention and Wellness Teams are hosting a yearlong virtual training opportunity for the 2020-21 school year. This event is geared toward first and second-year Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, Special Education Coordinators, or Designees. If you are an experienced leader, please pass this information on to a colleague who is new to the role. DPI staff members, along with WCASS and your local Regional Special Education Network Directors (RSN), will present sessions addressing a variety of procedural and relevant topics. Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to include new building administrators or other support staff, depending on the topic.

2020-21 Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Academy

Registration is open for our last New Directors’ Meeting of the school year, scheduled for April 26, 2021, from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Pam Jensen and Alicia Reinhard will be joining us to provide information on the Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) and Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP). Following this, Chrissy Thuli and Stacy Broach will be wrapping up our work with the Equity Mindset cards. Julia Hartwig and Gary Myrah will also be stopping by to provide some insights.

To register, visit: In order to receive the Zoom link for the meeting, you must register for each, individual event.

Recordings from previous meetings can be found in the table below:

Date Agenda Items Link
August 13, 2020 COVID-19 update, meeting calendar, resources YouTube
September 9, 2020 Equity, IDEA Funding Zoom
September 28, 2020 Equity, Joint Federal Notifications, Equitable Services Zoom
October 14, 2020 New Directors Panel None
October 26, 2020 Equity, EMLSS Zoom
November 11, 2020 Discipline, PCSA Zoom
November 23, 2020 Equity Mindset Cards; Behavioral Supports Zoom
December 7, 2020

Open Enrollment

Alternate Standards/DLM Testing Accommodations

January 11, 2021

Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS)

State Schools & Outreach Programs

January 25, 2021

Equity Mindset Cards: Institutional Responsibility

EMLSS: The Role of Special Education in an EMLSS
February 10, 2021

Joint Federal Notifications
Equity Mindset Cards
Advancing Wellness

March 10, 2021

Equity Mindset Cards

Zoom (first 15 minutes missing)