The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH) provides comprehensive education and support services to all Wisconsin children who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind, their families and their service providers.
WSD is a residential school for deaf and hard of hearing students from throughout the state of Wisconsin. WSD operates under the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and provides educational services for deaf and hard of hearing students ages 3 to 21. WSD focuses on meeting the needs of students with disabilities in the areas of academic, adaptive education, vocational and social skills development.
WESP-DHH Outreach provides a variety of programs and services to students, ages birth to 21, who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind, their families and the educational teams and school districts that serve them, regardless of the student's educational placement or communication modality. Most of these programs are free-of-charge.
WESP-DHH, which includes WSD and the Statewide Outreach Program, is in the process of selecting a new Director as Alex Slappey, the current Director, will retire on June 12, 2015.
To ensure a qualified and capable replacement, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will conduct a nation-wide search for a new Director. Announcements will be sent with descriptions of the knowledge, skills, and abilities.
After a period of time a DPI ratings panel will screen all applicants to determine those candidates who meet the required qualifications. Qualified applicants will then be certified for the interview process.
The selection process will involve three groups. A DPI interview panel consisting of DPI administrators will interview the candidates initially. A second interview will then be conducted by the WESP-DHH administrative team followed by an opportunity for a team made up of representatives of WSD alumni, WESP-DHH staff, WSD parents, and the Wisconsin Deaf Community to meet with the candidates. DPI may conduct follow-up interviews if deemed necessary.
DPI expects to be able to fill the Directors’ position prior to the beginning of the 2015 fall term. DPI is committed to hiring the highest qualified candidate possible.
The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH), which includes the Outreach Program and the Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD), has completed a major "long range planning" process with the help of consultants Tom Mickelson and Dr. Dean Ryerson of ALG, Inc.
This Long Range Planning process began in the Spring of 2012, when administrative staff from the Outreach Program and WSD, along with ALG, Inc. conducted numerous planning meetings to discuss both what we were doing to support and serve students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, their families, and the professionals that serve them, and how we can support the future needs of this ever-changing population. It was decided that a thorough review of all aspects of our program, including gaining information from the community, was critical.
Together, we carried out a multi-phased process, beginning in the Spring of 2013, which included surveys, focus groups, small group discussions and interview sessions with members of the WESP-DHH staff, community, educational programs, partnering agencies, parents, service providers and other stakeholders. Our goal was to gather information, perspective, and guidance about WESP-DHH’s core principles; daily operations; goals of each program; organizational structure; instructional issues; communication issues; partnerships; sustainable funding (and models) for the school; and, use of technology. This process was extremely helpful in gaining an understanding of present and future needs of the population we serve, and had a significant impact on the final product: The WESP-DHH Long Range Plan.
The following videos, which feature Alex Slappey, the Director of the WESP-DHH program, explain our new Long Range Plan, which includes new Mission, Vision, Values, and Priority Goals, developed by our WESP-DHH Long Range Planning team, using the information received from the multi-phased process described above.
About ALG, Inc. ALG President Thomas P. Mickelson has more than 20 years of experience working with governmental agencies, advisory boards, land use task forces and associations including duties as chief facilitator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, strategic planning efforts for Deerfield and Germantown School Districts and numerous public participation processes. Dean Ryerson, a school improvement consultant and strategic planner, spent 11 years as the Superintendent of the Wisconsin Rapids School district and has served as a public school administrator in Beaver Dam, Port Edwards and Middleton. He currently serves as a teacher and advisor in the Education Leadership Doctoral Program at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.
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The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH), which includes the Outreach Program and the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, has completed a major “long range planning” process with the help of consultants Tom Mickelson and Dr. Dean Ryerson of ALG, Inc.
In this video, Alex Slappey, Director of WESP-DHH explains the Long Range Planning process.
Mission - To provide comprehensive education and support services to all Wisconsin children who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind, their families and their service providers.
Vision - The programs of WESP-DHH utilize evidence based practices and seamless supports, services and resources to enable all children to achieve their maximum academic, social and emotional potential in their respective environments.