Comprehensive Special Education Evaluations

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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During this workshop, parents will learn the legal requirements of completing a comprehensive special education evaluation, regardless of the area of eligibility. Parents will also learn their role as an IEP team member during the evaluation process. Parents will also learn what educationally relevant questions are, why they are important as part of a comprehensive evaluation and how to ask them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the legal requirements of completing a comprehensive special education evaluation regardless of the specific area of eligibility.
  • Understand the role of the parent on the IEP team during the comprehensive evaluation process.
  • Learn what educationally relevant questions are, why they are important as a part of a comprehensive evaluation, and how to ask them.


Sharon Madsen has 14 years of experience teaching in public schools. She has served as a general education teacher, special education teacher, PBIS Internal Coach, and NVCI Trainer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from William Paterson University. Sharon received a Master’s Degree in Special Education from UW Whitewater. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, running, and spending time with her family and friends.

Tim Peerenboom earned his B.A in Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Youth Care from UW LaCrosse and an M.S. in School Psychology from UW Stout. Prior to joining DPI in August 2019, Tim has had the privilege of serving children, families and communities in a wide variety of roles, locations and settings. During his 16 year career, he has served as a School Psychologist, Autism Specialist and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. He has experience working with children aged 3-21 in a variety of public education service models in urban, rural and suburban school districts spanning from Portland, OR to Washington, D.C. Now that he has returned home to Wisconsin, Tim enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially his wife and two children.


Workshop Registration Form

Workshop Registration Form

Registration is required for all WI FACETS–sponsored workshops. You may use the form below to register or you may register by contacting Sandra McFarland at 877-374-0511. If you use the form, please make sure to include the title and date of the event you are registering for.

All WI FACETS-sponsored workshops are free.  Requests for any special accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the event. Please list any accommodations requested in the “Special Request” box below.