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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.

Annual Conference 

This year’s State Superintendent’s Conference on Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Conference will not be held in October 2021 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Territory in the Wisconsin Dells. We will be hosting two half-day virtual events:

Monday, November 8, 2021: See below for more information on live and pre-recorded session topics

Thursday, February 10, 2022: Live and pre-recorded sessions on state and national legal updates

November 8th, 2021 at 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Registration Now Available!

Registration will close on Thursday, November 4, 2021. There is no cost for registration. To participate in the questions and answers portion of the presentation, you must attend the live sessions.


So, You Have Your Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Funds…Now What? - Laura Adams
1:20 - 1:55 p.m.
An overview of federal guidelines and resources to support planning for use of ESSER III funds that meet the 20% requirement for addressing the academic impact of lost instructional time through evidence-based improvement strategies (EBIS). Examples of academic and social and emotional learning EBIS that can be implemented both during and outside of the regular school day will be shared. There will be time available for questions at the end of the presentation.
Understanding the Differences: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competence Assessment and Social, Emotional, and Behavioral (SEB) Screening and Assessment - Julie Incitti, Teri LeSage, and Tim Peerenboom
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
This session will provide information on the differences between SEL competency assessment, universal SEB screening, and more targeted SEB assessment. Additional supports and resources related to comprehensive SEL and SEB assessment planning and effective practices will also be provided, and time will be available for questions.
COVID Update from the DPI - Why We Still Need to Talk About COVID-19 - Louise Wilson, MS. BSN, RN, NCSN, LSN
3:10 - 3:45 p.m.
DPI’s State School Nurse Consultant will share what is currently known about the recommended prevention strategies and mitigation measures surrounding what continues to be a global pandemic. The goal of this presentation is to support schools in preventing outbreaks and keeping students and staff safe while providing in-person instruction. There will be time for Questions and Answers.


Updated Wisconsin Mental Health Framework - Liz Krubsack and Julie Incitti
This pre-recorded session will introduce the outline and content from the updated WI Mental Health Framework, which provides a vision for building supports to improve system functioning and student and adult wellbeing. Key terms and concepts will be described to improve the ability of school staff to message the work to stakeholders.
School-Based Mental Health Professionals (SBMHP) Grant and PI-34 Rule - Karen Horn, Kerry Lawton, Julie Incitti, Tim Peerenboom, Louise Wilson
This is a pre-recorded presentation that includes two sessions:
Part 1: The School-Based Mental Health Professionals Educational Consultant and Project Evaluator will provide an overview of the School Based Mental Health Professionals Project. Participants will understand the key goals of this project including increasing pupil services professionals in schools and where to access the most current information and resources for this grant.
Part 2: DPI pupil service consultants will review PI-34 pupil service licensing administrative rules, with particular attention to the recent rule changes. Participants will understand the various training and experiences needed for each pupil service license.
Today’s Tools to Enhance Coaching Supports - Rachel Fregien
Join this easy-to-digest 35-minute pre-recorded session to learn about the most up-to-date and relevant coaching tools and resources from DPI. Hear how these tools align to assist individual coaches in their craft as well as support a robust and comprehensive coaching system. Consider how to incorporate them into your settings.
Please contact Sherri Honaker at or (608) 266-2697 with any questions.