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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.

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 Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Academy

Join us on July 19, 2021, for the first Special Education/Pupil Services Leadership Academy meeting for the 2021-22 school year. Joining us will be:

  1. Christina Spector from the Special Education Team at the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Christina will be providing an overview on the Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment, (PCSA) and taking some questions from the field.
  2. Molly Herrmann from the Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team (SSPW) at DPI will be leading us through some work on beliefs.
  3. RSNs, Tracy Hogden, and Chuck Norton will also be highlighting some key resources and providing reminders about tasks to attend to over the summer.

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 July 19th!

Recordings from meetings will be posted into the table below.

Date Agenda Items Link

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