The overarching purpose of WI FACETS’ DPI GRANT is to increase the knowledge and engagement of families to take a more active role in the education of their children with disabilities in relation to special education, evidence-based education practices, Response to Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), literacy awareness and improving literacy outcomes for students with disabilities. This includes developing processes and resources to improve the knowledge and skill of families of children with disabilities and to also improve collaboration and communication between educators and families. The project works to enhance stakeholder engagement in special education related initiatives and promote meaningful participation of families in educational outcomes.
Through funding provided by the DPI Grant, WI FACETS works closely with MPS leadership to enhance positive relationships, communicate effectively, and support parents of students with special education needs to be more engaged in the RTI and PBIS processes in their child’s school building. WI FACETS, in partnership with an MPS Grant Advisory Team, also strives to develop family friendly resources highlighting important topics and include specific information for families of students with IEPs in MPS.
Literacy Series Training
WI FACETS’ Literacy Series Training can be used to instruct families on how to support literacy development at home. The training provides information components of reading and writing, how a child develops literacy skills, supporting reading and writing in the IEP, and provides useful ideas for families to try in their home to increase their child’s literacy skills development.
To access materials produced under the DPI grant for supporting Learning, Literacy and Behavior at Home click here.
Serving on Groups
Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: A Guide for Families is a resource developed by WI FACETS along with a broad group of statewide agencies, school representatives and family members in Wisconsin. This useful tool was developed in response to feedback from families looking to gain more confidence in participating in IEP meetings, Home and School organizations, and other decision-making groups. The guide focuses on learning specific skills 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. The Serving on Groups information is also provided as a training available in online modules, webinars, and in-person. For more information, visit the Serving on Groups website, or contact Lori Karcher.
Please view the following videos to learn more about Serving on Groups: