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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

2021-22 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 year-long virtual meeting opportunity for the 2021-22 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.

2021-22 Academy for New Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership-

October 6, 2021

Register now for the Academy for New Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 10 AM -12 PM. Sharon Madsen and Eva Shaw will be joining us this month to share information on Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation Framework. The goal is to promote awareness of the framework, share resources and provide directors with a basic understanding of the Comprehensive Special Education Evaluations.

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 on October 6th!

2021-22 Academy for New Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership-

October 20, 2021

Register now for the Academy for New Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 10 AM -12 PM. Joining us this month will be Kathy Ryder from the Wisconsin RtI Center along with Melanie Sickinger, DPI Consultant. They will be providing an introduction to the Equitable Multi-Level System of Supports.

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 on October 20th!

Recordings from meetings will be posted into the table below.

Date Agenda Items Link
July 19, 2021
  • 2021-22 Special Education Calendar Review
  • PCSA Overview
  • Belonging Presentation
Zoom
August 25, 2021 Zoom
September 22, 2021
  • Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH) (WESP- DHH)
  • Wisconsin Center for the
  • Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI)
  • Equity Discussion: Social Change Roles
Attendance/Truancy Best Practices
Zoom 
November 6, 2021   Coming soon
November 20, 2021   Coming soon
December 8, 2021   Coming soon
January 5, 2022   Coming soon
January 26, 2022   Coming soon
February 23, 2022   Coming soon
March 23, 2022   Coming soon
April 20, 2022   Coming soon
May 18, 2022   Coming soon

Information and recordings from the 2020-21 school year are archived on the 2020-21 leadership webpage.