The Special Education Program Support service provides program support for special education staff and other local personnel through sharing of promising and best practices. Staff provides technical assistance and problem solving for serving children with disabilities in the local district. The focus of program support is to provide a Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD), including staff development activities.
Program staff provides leadership and assistance in implementation of innovative projects. They assist local staff in the procurement of appropriate materials and equipment for children with disabilities. The service provides consultation in each disability area, assistive technology, school nursing, and related services.
For more information, contact Vickie Waters, Director of Special Education.
For information, contact Rebecca Kowalczyk, Assistive Technology Consultant.
Early Childhood: Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education services are provided to students, ages 3-5, with identified educational disabilities. This could be learning, emotional, speech/language, autism, significant developmental delay, orthopedic impairment, vision, hearing, traumatic brain injury and other health impairments.
The least restrictive environment needs to be considered at the preschool level. The state of Wisconsin is working to improve consideration of community preschool environments as part of the range of places where services can be delivered. View more information.
Early childhood program support teachers provide ongoing consultation to districts, classrooms, staff and families regarding best practices for young children with special needs. This includes, but is not limited to, the IEP process and procedures, materials/equipment, assessment, transitions, curriculum adaptation, developmentally appropriate practices, Child Find and behavior management techniques.
Early childhood networking meetings are designed to facilitate the sharing of information, issues and ideas relating to early childhood support and are open to early childhood special education teachers and support staff, related service providers, four year-old kindergarten teachers, kindergarten teachers, Head Start and child care partners in the 22 CSPD schools.
For more information, contact Amy Carriere, Special Education Program Support.
Professional Development (CSPD)
The Special Education Comprehensive System of Professional Development, commonly referred to as CSPD, focuses on improving the quality of our teaching professionals and the special education service to increase levels of academic productivity and societal merit for children with disabilities.
Specific professional development opportunities are developed and provided to address identified needs unique to school issues in our area.
The CESA 10 CSPD has assisted school districts and their personnel to meet the requirements for highly qualified paraprofessionals under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through facilitation and funding of opportunities.
Professional development opportunities are provided throughout the school year at the district and regional level. Upcoming staff development activities can be seen on http://myquickreg.com.
For information, contact Vickie Waters, CSPD Coordinator.
Transition service requirements in IDEA are to improve the quality of life of young adults with disabilities. The basic purpose of the legislation is to better prepare students with disabilities to enter the workplace, go on for further training, become as independent as possible, and contribute to society. Further, the intent is to enable students to gain access to the services that are necessary for them to accomplish the outcomes they desire and to have services in place before they leave school. The legislation speaks to focusing the IEP development, planning, educational programs, services, and supports toward post-school outcomes. This process should promote successful movement from school to post-secondary education, training, employment, independent living, and community participation.
CESA 10 is involved in the Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative, which is based on a comprehensive approach to providing transition services in the state of Wisconsin .
The Transition Action Model [PDF] depicts activity that the CESA 10 Transition Action Teams and the Transition Action Councils have been working on, including the Point of Entry Manual (POEM), Interagency Agreements, District Transition Plans, and other items. The model is designed to help all interested teachers in locating information that could assist them in better serving their students during transition planning.
» Chippewa County Interagency Agreement (PDF)
» Clark County Interagency Agreement (PDF)
»Eau Claire County Interagency Agreement (PDF)
» Rush County Interagency Agreement (PDF)
» Taylor County Interagency Agreement (PDF)
» A guide to Disabilties Rights (PDF)
» Best Practices in Planning for the Transition from School To Adult Life for Youth with Disabilities
» Department of Public Instruction's Transition Page
» Wisconsin 's Statewide Transition Initiative
» Summary of Performance Form DRAFT
For information, contact Vickie Waters, Special Education Consultant.