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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.

40th Annual Conference, October 2024

The 40th Annual State Superintendent's Leadership Conference on Special Education and Pupil Services Leadership will be held on October 16, 2024 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in the Wisconsin Dells, WI.

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2023 Conference Materials

Keynotes and Informational Slides

2023 Conference Agenda and Session Topics

2023 Conference Program

DPI Leadership Informational Looping Slides - Morning

DPI Leadership Informational Looping Slides - Lunch

DPI Leadership Informational Looping Slides - Closing

Opening Keynote: Year in Review: Key Court Decisions in 2022–23 under the IDEA and Section 504 and ADA - Perry Zirkel

Lunch Keynote: Clay Center’s Overview and The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds website

Closing Keynote: Wisconsin Special Education and Pupil Discrimination Legal Updates - Paul Sherman & Special Education Legal Updates - Marge Resan

Morning Breakouts

Functional Behavior Assessment: Who, What, When, Where, and Why? - Handout and Presentation Slides

Evidence-Based Strategies to Address Workload Challenges in Schools - Handouts (zipdrive)

Special Education Disciplinary Requirements

Self-Compassion and Compassionate School Cultures to Retain Our Invaluable Educators 

What's New in Assessment and Standards

Afternoon Breakouts

Mental Health Challenges, Truancy, and IEPs: Technical and Adaptive Considerations for Leadership

Comprehensive School Mental Health as Continuous Improvement

Implementing and Documenting Alternatives to Suspension and Expulsion

Wisconsin Accessible Education Materials (AEM): Are You Ready?

Wisconsin's Special Educator Induction Program: An Update

October 2022 Conference Materials

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

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