Supports for Educating Students with IEPs: Investing our Discretionary Dollars
In order to support the education of students with IEPs and help close gaps for each and every student, the Department of Public Instruction uses federal funding to develop a variety of projects, tools, and resources. These projects, tools, and resources are available at low or no cost for districts and are designed to meet the unique needs of the state’s youngest learners through their transition to adulthood. Watch the video below for more information about these available supports.
Your district can connect with CESA-based staff to find the supports that fit best. The Technical Assistance Network for Improvement (TA Network) is a great place to start as they offer general support around continuous improvement, evidence-based improvement strategies and equitable, multi-level system of supports.
In addition to the TA Network, each grant project offers tools and resources educators and stakeholders can use to support students across all age bands. To find out more, access the Key Resources and Tools:
Learn More about Statewide Projects that Support Educating Students with IEPs
The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (The Network) works with preK-12 educators, schools, districts, and other community partners to reduce racial disproportionally in special education through a multi-tiered system of free and low-cost compliance activities and improvement supports.
The Early Childhood Program Support and Leadership grant, along with the Early Childhood Statewide Coordinators focus on inclusion and child outcomes.
The Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center was created to assist Wisconsin’s educational systems to build capacity, adopt and implement high-quality practices, make informed decisions, ensure the sustainability of efforts, and increase success for all students. The Wisconsin Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Network operates within the Wisconsin RtI Center with a specific focus on behavior.
The Regional Special Education Network (RSN) provides support to Wisconsin school districts to assist with the advancement of academic achievement and social and emotional competencies of students with disabilities.
The Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) is designed to strengthen and accelerate the transition process in our Wisconsin schools to improve the quality of postsecondary transition plans, increase high school graduation rates, encourage outside agency connections and develop strong career and college readiness among our students with disabilities.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has created a systems-change initiative to support Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a means to improve student outcomes. Since 2014, all 12 CESAs and partner schools have created a community of practice to expand, advance, and amplify UDL in Wisconsin through a start-up and scaling up grant.
Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI) is all about partnerships. It helps families and school districts build positive working relationships that lead to shared decision making and children's learning.
The Supporting Neurodiverse Students Professional Learning System provides training, coaching, and technical assistance to increase IEP team members and school staff’s knowledge and skills to meet the unique needs of neurodiverse students.