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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 a link to conference materials from the half-day virtual event

Thursday, February 10, 2022:

Half Day Virtual Conference Program Schedule 

1:00 PM - Welcome from State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly

1:05 PM - Division Welcome from Assistant State Superintendent Paul Manriquez

1:08 PM - Division Updates from Student Services/Prevention & Wellness Director Susan Piazza and Special Education Director Julia Hartwig

1:20 PM - Keynote Presentation, National Legal Update with Perry Zirkel (includes Q&A)

2:55 PM - Wisconsin Legal Update with Paul Sherman and Patricia Williams (includes Q&A)

3:55 PM - Closing Remarks


Please contact Brianna Scott with any questions regarding the February 10, 2022 virtual conference.  

2021 Conference Materials

View the State Superintendent's Conference on Special Education & Pupil Services Leadership's Conference Materials Page to view presentation materials from last year's virtual conference events.

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