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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 Service 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 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 Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Academy
Registration is open for the next New Directors’ Meeting, scheduled October 26, 2020, from 10 AM - 12 PM. Stacy Broach and Christy Thuli will be introducing the Equity Mindset cards for the first half-hour. We will then have Melanie Sickinger and Kathy Ryder join us to share DPI’s vision for educational equity and Wisconsin’s framework of an equitable multi-level system of supports (MLSS). Participants will explore their understanding of the key system features of an equitable MLSS, and then examine what supports already exist and how the features are operationalized within their system.

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

September 9, 2020 Equity, IDEA Funding Zoom
September 28, 2020 Equity, Joint ESSA/IDEA Federal Notifications, Equitable Services Zoom