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State Superintendent's Conference on Special Education & Pupil Services Leadership

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This conference provides local directors of special education and pupil services and other interested parties with opportunities to network with colleagues from around the state as well as consultants and administrators from the Division for Learning Support at the Department of Public Instruction. Presentations will include information about current issues and changes in state and federal policy related to meeting the needs of students with disabilities and students facing other challenges to success in school.

36th Annual Conference 

For 35 years, Wisconsin special education and pupil services leaders have gathered at our annual conference to learn from a diverse array of presenters and connect. The 36th Annual State Superintendent's Leadership Conference on Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Issues will look different from previous years, as we will provide a half-day legal update virtually on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Registration is now available (below), there is no cost for registration. 

Please see the 2020-21 Leadership Conference Flyer for more information. 

February 16, 2021 Half Day Virtual Conference Schedule
8:30 – 8:45 AM: Welcome from State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor
8:45 – 9:00 AM: Division Welcome from Assistant State Superintendent Barbara Van Haren
9:00 – 10:00 AM: National Legal Update with Julie Weatherly, Esq.
10:00 – 10:15 AM: Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Wisconsin Legal Update with Paul Sherman and Patricia Williams
11:30 – 12:00 PM: Live Wisconsin Legal Update Q&A Session

Register Here

Please contact Sherri Honaker at or (608) 266-2697 with any questions.

2019 Conference Materials

Click here to view presentation materials from last year's conference.

Future Conference Dates

October 12-13, 2021 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
October 11-12, 2022 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells