Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative

  WSPEI’s  (Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative) mission is to help parents and school districts find or create the resources that will help them build positive working relationships that lead to shared decision making and children's learning.  It supports increased sharing of information among parents, schools, projects, organizations and agencies through networking meetings, conferences, person-to-person contact, and media. Another major role of WSPEI staff is to assist school districts with the parent survey that is part of the self assessment process the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires.
  All school districts in the state of Wisconsin participate once in a five year cycle of self assessment which is part of the State Performance Plan that gathers information on Preschool Outcomes, Transition Goals, Post-Secondary Outcomes, and includes sending out a survey about parent involvement in their child’s special education.  The Office of Special Education Programs for the federal government will collect state data to determine how districts are doing in their state.
  There will be no risk for parents filling out the survey.  Their answers will not affect the services provided for their children by the school.  Parents or children will not be identified with their answers or in any reports.
  Questions in the survey may include:  Are you considered an equal partner with teachers and other professionals in planning your child’s program?  Is there someone on the school staff who is available to answer your questions?  Is your child’s evaluation report written in terms you understand?
  Parents of students with disabilities will be chosen at random to complete the survey.  These families will receive a letter from the school district about the survey. It will explain the reason for the survey, provide information so the parent can access the survey on the internet, and also tell the parent who they can call for assistance if they do not have internet access.
  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Information has in depth information about the parent survey purpose and process at http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_spp8-lawp  If you are in the CESA 12 or 9 region and would like to schedule an information session for your staff or parents contact WSPEI Family Engagement Coordinator Evelyn Azbell at evelyna@cesa12.k12.wi.us or (715) 820-1667. You can request a presentation even if your district is not in the current cycle of self-assessment.
  WSPEI has a new web site at http://www.wspei.org and
a facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinStatewideParentEducatorInitiative.

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