COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Parents (click here)

Wisconsin Family Engagement Newsletter

Newsletter Sign Up

Archived Issues

The focus of this monthly newsletter is to have a resource for families, schools, and agencies to go to for timely family engagement news, success stories, recent research, statewide events, and online resources.

Inside each issue you'll find:

  • An article highlighting a specific Special Education related topic
  • Online resources related to the featured topic
  • At-Home Learning Strategies for Literacy and Math
  • Upcoming statewide events, conferences and trainings
  • Recent research of interest

Most Requested Resources:

New: IEP Checklist Our new IEP checklist takes you through three steps - preparing for, participating in and following up after the IEP. Be ready with our easy to follow checklist!

The IEP Checklist is available to download for free or for purchase in larger quantities via PayPal. 

Number of Copies



Additional WI FACETS Publications (click to access)

Special Education in Plain Language (User-Friendly Handbook on Special Education Laws, Policies, and Practices in WisconsinAn Introduction to Special EducationTransition and the IEP: Where to Begin?Seclusion & Restraint Brochure for Families

Additional Resource Spotlights:

Back To School Virtual IEP Prep Sheet Preparing for an IEP meeting during COVID-19 (from WI FACETS)

Adaptive Physical Education (High School) Clarification Letter (from OSEP)

Adaptive Physical Education (Pre-School) Clarification Letter (from OSEP)

20 Questions for Parents to Ask if Considering a Virtual School for A Special Needs Child (from WI FACETS)

Wisconsin School Choice for Students with Disabilities (from WI FACETS)


Serving on Groups that Make Decisions: click to access the website here

Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: A Guide for Families is intended to be a useful tool for anyone who is currently serving, or wants to serve, on a decision-making group. This can include parents, students, educators, administrators and community members. It was researched, developed, and written collaboratively by a broad group of statewide agencies, school representatives and family members across Wisconsin. The result is a guide that focuses on developing specific skill sets using research-based strategies while being broadly applicable to a diverse audience for a more effective and robust decision-making group. Serving on Groups applies to all decision-making groups, not just in education or specifically to one state.

This resource, published by the WI Family Assistance Center for Education, Training, and Support (WI FACETS) and revised in 2015, was developed as part of the State Personnel Development Grant (2007-2012) from the WI Department of Public Instruction under the Office of Special Education Programs.

Online Resources

WI FACETS offers many services to help parents and others support and enrich the lives of children with disabilities, including information and referral, individual assistance, support groups, parent leadership development, workshops and events. We update the site often and encourage your suggestions for new links.

learn more »

IDEA 2004 Info

The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law on Dec. 3, 2004, by President George W. Bush. The provisions of the Act became effective on July 1, 2005, with the exception of some of the elements pertaining to the definition of a “highly qualified teacher” that took effect upon the signing of the Act.

learn more »

Supporting your Child's Learning and Behavior at Home

Resources about Response to Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Literacy, and more. 

learn more»

WI FACETS Lending Library and Print Publications

learn more »