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The Wisconsin Statewide Regional Service Network is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) discretionary grant that was started during the 1984-85 school year. The project has been annually funded since that time to provide leadership, professional development and technical assistance services to all local education agencies (LEAs) within each CESA. Services provided through IDEA discretionary grants, including the RSN, are free of charge regardless of CESA membership. The specific project goals for 2013-2014 are as follows:

·        Goal 1: Advancing Educational Achievement: Improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities by coordinating technical assistance and support to high-need LEAs through collaboration with discretionary grant staff. 
      Goal 2: Communication and Leadership: Build Special Education leadership capacity to ensure that Special Education Directors in LEAs have the knowledge and skills to ensure compliance with IDEA and promote best practices for students with disabilities in their agencies.
Goal 3: Professional Development and Conference Attendance:  Improve knowledge, capacity, and skills as an RSN Directors to support goals 1 and 2. 

In support of the State Superintendent’s Agenda 2017, the DPI Special Education Team is pleased to align its focus with OSEP’s vision for improving outcomes for students with disabilities through “Results Driven Accountability.” The new framework in 2013-14 is based upon all IDEA Discretionary grants working in a more coordinated, systematic manner.

The Role of the RSN has, thus, been re-envisioned such that RSN Directors will become leaders in a coordinated effort to drive growth in academic and career achievement for students with disabilities. In 2012-13, RSN Directors began working with districts to target areas of need with respect to Indicator 1 (graduation).  Beginning in 2013-14, RSN Directors will, in collaboration with CESA based discretionary grant staff, engage in identifying and supporting districts most in need of improvement in Indicator 3c (Statewide Assessments in Reading). In the 2013-2014 school year, RSN Directors will help lead the effort to reach out to the highest-need districts within their CESA and coordinate grant efforts in a comprehensive system of support for these districts.

State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators
In the 2014-15 school year, the RSN project will focus efforts around Indicators 1, 2, and 3. More information on the SPP can be found at: http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_spp
Links to individual CESA RSN pages

See more at: http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_rsn

For more information, contact: Vickie Waters, RSN Director.

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