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Professional Learning Events

Community of Practice: Supporting Students with IEPs During COVID-19

The WI DPI Special Education Team is offering a Community of Practice beginning in August for professionals who are supporting students with IEPs. The purposes of these meetings are to provide ongoing guidance from DPI as well as opportunities for participants to collaborate, share ideas and resources. Upcoming topics will be based on participant feedback. See the Save the Date flyer for more information.

Participant Folder for All CoP Meetings
The participant folder contains information related to each CoP meeting, including slide decks and any additional documents related to each CoP meeting topic.

Recorded Community of Practice Meeting Videos

08-10-20 Education Forward Operating Schools During a Pandemic: Special Education Section

08-10-20 Education Forward Operating Schools During a Pandemic: Special Education Section

08-24-20 Teleservice, Ethics, and Facial Coverings
09-08-20 Reviewing IEPs to Ensure FAPE and Additional Services Guidance
09-21-20 Considerations when Working with Students with Medical Fragility or who are Medically Compromised
10-05-20 Supporting Social and Emotional Needs of Students with IEPs
10-19-20 Monitoring Progress of IEP Goals in a Virtual Learning Environment
11-02-20 The Role of Paraprofessionals in Virtual Learning
12-07-20 Staying Collaborative During COVID-19
02-01-21 Updates on State Assessments and Monitoring Progress of IEP Goals
03-01-21 Family Engagement and Extended School Year (ESY)

Community of Practice for Related Service Providers

The Community of Practice for Related Service Providers is an online collaboration for occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and physical therapists to share best practices relating to the provision of services in schools. This series will be interactive using Zoom Meeting to amplify the voices of all who participate. Collaborative partners of related services providers are welcome to attend. Participants will be introduced to a topic and then break into virtual groups to share resources and hear from each other.

Community of Practice Flyer and Registration.

Participant Folder for Related Services Providers Community of Practice (RSP CoP)
The participant folder contains information related to each CoP meeting, including slide decks and any additional documents related to each CoP meeting topic.

For questions, contact Andrea Bertone

Recorded Related Service Providers Community of Practice Meeting Videos

Family Engagement in Transition: TIG Webinar Series

The Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) is hosting three webinars to address various aspects of family engagement at the elementary, middle school and high school (secondary) levels. Join TIG staff, Discretionary Grant partners, and other families to discuss critical issues relating to transition at each stage of your child’s life. Please see this flyer for registration and additional information.

UDL Forward! Professional Learning Events

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for proactively designing learning environments and experiences – from the beginning – that enable ALL students to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning that is needed so all students can be expert, lifelong learners. A new project, UDL Forward!, supports Wisconsin educators’ use of UDL core competencies and technology resources as a means to provide effective remote and in-person learning experiences during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The project is supported through regional CESA networks and CAST, the national technical assistance center for UDL. All meetings and events are free of charge and open to any school, public, private, or charter in Wisconsin.

The UDL Forward! project provides four intersecting options:

  1. UDL Blasts - engagement with UDL fundamentals and free technology tools for putting UDL into action now; (see flyer for more information)
  2. UDL Learning Design Coaching Labs - apply UDL to real-world learning scenarios and access technical assistance for specific student needs, particularly those who have traditionally been underserved;
  3. UDL Community of Practice (CoP) - learn and share what's working and troubleshoot solutions to challenges within a professional learning network; and
  4. A UDL Virtual Conference - weeklong; hop in 2-3 hours LIVE daily or access content 24/7.

To register, please go to the link for DPI’s webpage on Providing Training for Educators in the Provision of Online and Remote Instruction. Updates will be provided as they become available. For questions or support requests, please contact Jayne Bischoff at

Trainings, Workshops, and Professional Learning Events

Go to the DPI Special Education team Supports for Educating Students with IEPs page to learn about DPI supported grant projects. Many of these projects have web sites links for calendars of events relating to transition, RtI / PBIS, very special arts, neurodiverse learners, WI FACETs Parent Trainings, and addressing disproportionality and racial equity. Events across Wisconsin are also listed on the DPI Wisconsin Education Calendar.

College and Career Ready IEP Trainings

Check out the CCR IEP Learning Resources Page for updated training calendar for IEP development trainings across the state and in each CESA.