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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. We regret to announce that the 36th Annual State Superintendent’s Conference on Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership Issues will not go forward as planned for 2020.

Due to the pandemic, the conference planning committee discussed transitioning the event to a virtual platform, hoping to capture the energy and connection of the yearly conference. After months of planning, it became clear that it wasn’t going to be possible. We have decided to cancel the November conference.

Since the pandemic has started, the Division for Learning Support has increased our professional development opportunities. We will continue these opportunities. We will share information on these ongoing opportunities in the upcoming weeks. We continue discussing options for an event to be held in early 2021 to share National and State legal updates.

We know many of you attend this conference every year, and we thank you for your understanding as we work to come up with a suitable format for future offerings during the pandemic. We look forward to seeing you all again once COVID-19 is behind us.

Please contact Heike Saynisch at or (608) 267-9237 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