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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

2022-23 Special Education & Pupil Services New Leaders Academy

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2022-2023 Special Education Calendar

The Special Education and Pupil Services New Leaders Academy for 2022-23 will consist of a series of virtual meetings specifically designed for Special Education Directors and Pupil Services Leaders in their first three years of leading. The purpose of these meetings is to build awareness and understanding on technical topics related to those new to the Special Education and Pupil Services field/position. These webinars will run approximately 2 hours in length from 10 AM- 11:30 AM/12:00 PM. Registration is free and is required for each individual event.

2022-23 Special Education & Pupil Services New Leaders Virtual Academy- November/December

Wednesday November 16, 2022 - Ryan Gollner, Center Director from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf along with Dawn Soto, Outreach Director for the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) will be sharing information about the State Schools and services and supports provided to students.

Participants must register for each event in order to receive the Zoom link invitation.

November 16 registration link

Wednesday December 21, 2022- Jen Demrow, DPI’s Public School Open Enrollment Consultant will join us and provide an overview on Open Enrollment. Additionally, we will have Iris Jacobson joining us to share information on state assessments, including DLM, and instructional/assessment planner.

Participants must register for each event in order to receive the Zoom link invitation.

December 21 registration link

 

New Leadership Virtual Academy Recordings

Date Agenda Topics Recording
August 17, 2022

Not available

September 7, 2022 YouTube
September 14, 2022

 

 

  • Special Education Monitoring System & Dispute Resolution Options (Recorded) 
  • New Director's Panel (Not Recorded) 

YouTube

October 5,  2022

 

  • Joint Federal Notifications
  • Section 504

 

YouTube

 

 

October 26, 2022
  • CCR IEP Overview
  • TIG/PTP
YouTube
 

NEW SERIES: Special Education/Pupil Services Leadership Series

Additionally, this year, we will be hosting a four-part virtual series of events to provide more in-depth technical assistance/learning to support professionals in the field of Special Education and Pupil Services. These webinars are tentatively scheduled from 9:00-12:00. Registration is free and is required for each individual event.

2022-23 Special Education & Pupil Services Leadership 4-Part Series- January 5, 2023

Join us for the third of a four-part series of virtual events designed to provide more in-depth technical assistance/learning to support professionals in the field of Special Education and Pupil Services. We encourage you to invite additional staff members from your district who might also benefit from the information shared so that your work together can be collaborative.

When: Thursday, January 5, 2023 from 9 AM- 12 PM

Session Description: This session will cover three interrelated topics: Comprehensive Special Education Evaluations, emotional behavioral disability, the continuing impact of COVID 19 on student learning and Comprehensive Special Education Evaluations. Using the emotional behavioral disability as an example, participants will review and discuss how IEP teams consider specific disability category criteria within the Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation framework. Additionally, participants will review screening, intervention, referral and assessment practices within their equitable Multi Level System of Support when considering the continued impact of COVID 19.

To register, click on this registration link.

Participants must register for each event in order to receive the Zoom link invitation.

We look forward to seeing you January 5, 2023!

4-Part Series Recordings

Date Agenda Topics Recording
August 11, 2022 Video Link
November 3, 2022
  • LGBTQ+ Youth in Crisis: Best Practices for Suicide Prevention
  • Alternatives to Exclusionary Practices
Video Link

 


Information and recordings from the 2021-22 school year are archived on the 2021-22 leadership webpage.