The over-arching purpose of the Regional Service Network (RSN) is to advance state-wide growth in academic achievement for students with disabilities through targeted technical assistance to districts in a coordinated effort with other IDEA discretionary grants.
The RSN began during the 1984-85 school year and has since been annually funded to provide leadership, professional development, technical assistance, and communication to all local education agencies (LEAs) within each CESA.
In 2012-13, RSNs began working with local education agencies (LEAs) to target areas of need with respect to Indicator 1 (graduation). Beginning in 2013-14, RSNs will, in collaboration with other CESA discretionary grant staff, engage in identifying and supporting LEAs most in need of improvement in Indicator 3c (reading and math performance). RSNs will reach out to the highest-need LEAs within each CESA based on relevant data and help coordinate grant services in a comprehensive system of support.
At the CESA level, a major focus of this new role for the RSNs will be working with other IDEA discretionary grant staff, including Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI) Family Engagement Coordinators, Early Childhood Program Support Teachers, Transition Regional Coordinators, the RtI Center/PBIS Network Regional Technical Assistance Coordinators, CREATE staff, and other grants to plan for and provide technical assistance and support to identified LEAs. RSNs and other grant staff also will coordinate to the maximum extent with other networks and intiatives to align improvement efforts.
Three main goals drive the current RSN efforts:
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 of special education related topics as an RSN Director to support goals 1 and 2. Through conference attendance and professional development, RSN Directors will increase their knowledge and skills of special education related topics, particularly around those that relate to Indicator 1 and 3c.
Detailed Goals and Objectives
Helpful Links and Resources:
2015-16 RSN Special Ed Leadership Live Binder
RSN Frequently Asked Questions
WSPEI-WI Statewide Parent Educator Initiative
CESA 9 WSPEI
Special Education Professional Development
CESA 9 RSN Director: Matt Collins, 715-453-2141 x 254