2023 Wisconsin Federal Funding Conference

Learn the ins and outs of managing federal funds for compliance and to promote excellence in your school district for all students.

Presented by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, WASBO Foundation and WCASS

 

The Federal Funding Conference is a collaboration between DPI, the WI Association of School Business Officials  (WASBO) and the WI Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS). The conference is held annually at the Kalahari Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells.


Who Should Attend?

Bring multiple attendees from your district and save with discounted registration! To get the most from this professional development opportunity, bring your team including:
  • Special Education Program Coordinators
  • Title I Program Coordinators
  • Grant Accountants and Coordinators
  • District Administrators, Business Managers, and/or Business Office Staff working closely with Special Ed and Title I funding

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When
2/27/2023 8:00 AM - 2/28/2023 4:00 PM
Central Standard Time
Where
Kalahari Wisconsin Dells, WI

Program

Sunday, 26 February 2023

Description
Beat the lines on Monday morning by picking up your registration materials this evening!
Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
6:30 PM

Monday, 27 February 2023

Description
Time
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM
Time
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
7:00 AM
Time
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
8:00 AM
This session provides participants an opportunity to gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of Federal grants management. Grant terminology and concepts that apply to all federal grants will be presented in an entertaining and applicable format. The presenters will incorporate an explanation of which teams at DPI manage federal grants and how WISEgrants has been designed to help subrecipients remain compliant with the many different rules and responsibilities.
Time
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
8:15 AM
Time
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
9:00 AM
This session will provide a foundation of understanding what establishes a “special education” expense in Wisconsin, how the expenses must be recorded, and what revenue is available for LEAs to pay for those expenses. The speaker will provide a high-level summary of local, state and federal funding related to Wisconsin public school special education finances and review how those costs are identified in DPI’s chart of accounts.
Time
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
9:15 AM
Time
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
9:15 AM
9:15 AM
Time
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
9:45 AM
Funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are provided to LEAs on a formula basis to support programs and services for students with disabilities. In general, the funds are to be used for the excess cost of providing special education instruction and related services. This session will provide the participants with introductory information on how IDEA grant allocations are calculated and when and how the funds may be used. There will be a focus on allowed costs and some common funding errors that are made. This session is designed for program and business office staff new to special education funding.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
10:00 AM
Title I is a federal program that provides funds to LEAs and their schools with high percentages of children from low-income families to support a variety of services to students struggling to meet state academic achievement standards. This session will provide participants with information on how Title I grant allocations are determined and when and how the funds can be used in the LEA.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
10:00 AM
Time
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
11:00 AM
The Perkins V implementation began  with the 2020-2021 grant application). This presentation will review the major tenets of the act and the affected program requirements. Discussion will include the requirement of the comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA) and budgeting according to the needs reflected in the results. The speaker will cover the Perkins Indicator rates and integration into WISEgrants, as well as review the process for submitting Program Improvement Plans for indicators that fall below the determined rates.
Time
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11:15 AM
Title II, Part A is a federal program that provides funds to eligible LEAs for training, hiring, and retaining skilled educators. All activities must be grounded in a needs assessment, employ the evidence based strategies, and evaluated using research. This session will provide participants with information on how Title II, Part A grant funds can be used by the LEAs under ESSA requirements.
Time
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
11:15 AM
11:15 AM
Time
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
12:15 PM
Consultation for Equitable Participation of Private Schools for IDEA and ESEA. Over recent years, it has been brought to light that better professional development must be provided to LEAs on how to navigate a meaningful and successful private school consultation - which will result in better compliance.  This session will provide participants an indepth look at the consultation requirements for private school equitable participation under both IDEA and ESSA and why it is important for both the program area and business office staff to understand the federal fiscal implications to avoid monitoring findings or a loss of funds.
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
Time
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM
Time
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:30 PM
LEAs are responsible for setting aside a portion of their IDEA allocation to provide special education instruction and related services to students with disabilities who are placed in private schools by their parents. This session will review which students are the LEA's responsibility, how the amount that must be set-aside is determined, how the funds must be spent to meet the requirement, and how it is budgeted and accounted for through WISEgrants. The speaker will also review how DPI monitors Equitable Services, including tracking of unspent set-aside funds and the end of year required reporting for LEAs that do not budget funds.
Time
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM
This session will present the basics of WUFAR and is meant for program staff or new business office staff. All LEAs in Wisconsin, including Independent Charter Schools, must submit financial data (including grant budgets and claims) to DPI using the Department's established chart of  accounts. This session will break down these codes so program staff can understand the structure and the importance of understanding this reporting requirement. Program staff will learn what pieces matter to the program area and how having this knowledge, along with communication between the program and business office, will improve the LEA’s management of federal funds. The session will consist of 40 minutes of presentation and a 20 minute hands-on activity in which teams are provided funding scenarios and WUFAR account strings, and participants must fit the pieces together.
Time
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM
Time
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM
Time
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4:00 PM

Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Description
Time
7:00 AM - 3:15 PM
7:00 AM
Time
7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
7:00 AM
Time
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM
8:15 AM
This session will break down each step of the federal funding process to provide attendees with an overall understanding of how the federal funding process functions each year. In addition, this session will delve into how federal education funding fits into the overall funding process and will discuss current year and upcoming federal education appropriations, which may include updates on the President’s budget request to Congress and progress on Congressional legislation.
Time
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM
Time
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
9:30 AM
LEAs that have been identified by DPI as having  significant racial disproportionality in special education identification, discipline, and / or placement are required to set-aside 15% of their IDEA formula funds to pay for activities that will address the root causes of the LEA’s racial disproportionality.  This set-aside is called “Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services” or “CCEIS.” The presenter will discuss the application process, including the submission of a Continuous Improvement Plan with examples of exemplary root cause factors and evidence-based improvement strategies. The session will provide an overview of the timeline and fiscal expectations for identified LEAs.
Time
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
9:45 AM
This federal funding source under ESSA provides a valuable opportunity to support the highest needs students within school communities through innovative activities, support, and community partnerships through both formula and competitive grants. This presentation will provide an overview of the intent and expectations of Title IV, Part A (Student Support and Academic Excellence) and explore ways to integrate and maximize funding. Best practices and example activities within the three program areas will be shared.
Time
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
9:45 AM
Equipment, Procurement and Property Inventory (including Construction Allowed under ESF). When it comes to purchases using federal grant funds, the following questions are often asked - What is equipment? What is considered a supply? How can a vendor be selected? What is the difference between formal and informal property inventory, and when is the formal version required? What happens to the items when they are no longer needed, broken, or stolen?  During the age of CARES, ESSER, CRSSA and ARPA funding, LEAs have spent unprecedented funds on technology and equipment to ensure students receive education during the pandemic. This session will cover these questions as well as review the existing regulations under the Uniform Grant Guidance (which applies to all federal grant programs and not just the stimulus funds).
Time
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
9:45 AM
Time
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
10:45 AM
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Time
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
12:00 PM
A complicated and complex topic, this session will break down the IDEA regulation that requires LEAs to maintain local spending amounts on special education in exchange for the IDEA grant funds. This introductory session will walk audience members through the four comparison tests, the data that is used within the tests, and the responsibilities of the LEAs if all four comparison tests are not met. This session will focus on the regulations and understanding MOE compliance.
Time
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
12:45 PM
This session will provide participants an indepth look at the requirements for private school equitable participation under ESEA. Topics will include assessing student needs, the consultation process, options for serving private schools, and allowable costs. The speaker will share how WISEgrants integrates this requirement into the ESEA applications and the monitoring DPI has implemented over the past year.
Time
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
12:45 PM
Time
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
12:45 PM
Time
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
1:45 PM
It has finally launched! Beginning with FY 2021-2022, LEA’s financial data is now being pushed live to DPI through WISEdata Finance. With that, the IDEA MOE monitoring system shifted from using PI-1504 and 1505 special education financial reports to relying solely on WISEdata Finance to populate the WISEgrants IDEA MOE eligibility and compliance reports. The speaker will provide an overview of the updated system, walk the participants through the new enhancements, and cover for how this system will not only improve compliance but it can be used to help LEAs maximize revenue. This will also serve as an opportunity for LEAs to provide suggestions and feedback for future development.
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM
WISEgrants - Know the Tips & Tricks to Enhance Your Job Satisfaction. WISEgrants, DPI’s Federal Grants Management System, is celebrating its 8th birthday this year. Since the inception of our one-stop shop for federal grants and incorporating feedback from our users, we have been able to build many tools within the program to help everyone from the novice grants administrator to the seasoned business manager. This session will walk the audience through the most useful features of WISEgrants, including tips for finding WUFAR combinations within a grant budget to reports that will help align the subrecipient’s ledger to WISEgrants claims.
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2:00 PM

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