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

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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.


35th Annual Conference, November 14-15, 2019

The 35th Annual State Superintendent's Leadership Conference on Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Issues will be held November 14-15, 2019 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in the Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Keynote Speakers


Sharroky Hollie, PhD

Executive Director, The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

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Dr. Sharroky Hollie is a national educator who provides professional development to thousands of educators in the area of cultural responsiveness. Since 2000, Dr. Hollie has trained over 150,000 educators and worked in nearly 2000 classrooms. Going back 25 years, he has been a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, a central office professional development coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District, a school founder and administrator, and university professor in teacher education at the Cal State University. Sharroky has also been a visiting professor for Webster University in St. Louis and a guest lecturer at Stanford and UCLA.

Jose L. Martín, J.D.

Attorney at Law

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Jose Martín is a partner with the school law firm of Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. For the last twenty-five years, his practice has focused on matters involving the education of students with disabilities, including litigation in due process hearings, U.S. District Courts, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. A background in journalism led Jose to frequent publication in the area of disabilities laws and their impact on public schools. He currently serves as Contributing Editor to the national LRP publication The Special Educator and LRP’s online-based Special Education Connection. As a speaker, Jose presents numerous topics on disabilities laws to numerous audiences at national, regional, and state conferences, as well as local education agency staff development programs.

Conference Program

Please contact Heike Saynisch at or (608) 267-9237 with any questions.

2019 Conference Materials

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

Future Conference Dates

November 17-18, 2020 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
October 12-13, 2021 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells
October 11-12, 2022 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells