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Long Range Plan

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 from 1996-2015, explain our 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 and Outreach Services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind are part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Learning Support.