Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

Department of Public Instruction DPI

About DPI

The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin.

It is headed by the state superintendent of public instruction, a nonpartisan, constitutional officer elected every four years. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, the current officeholder, is 27th person to hold the post.

The agency was created in 1848, the year Wisconsin attained statehood when the state constitution provided for the establishment of local school districts and a free education for all children in the state.

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Locations and Contact Information


Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Headquarters 

All DPI visitors MUST enter thru the Webster Street doors, and check in at the security desk on the plaza level. Visitors will be escorted to their meeting location after checking in.

Street Address / Shipping Address:

125 South Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703-3474
Phone: (800) 441-4563 (U.S. Only) / 608-266-3390

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning [Map]

2109 South Stoughton Road
Madison, WI 53716-2899
Phone: 1-888-542-5543 (WI Only) / 608-224-6167

Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Phone: 800-832-9784 (WI Only)

Wisconsin School for the Deaf

309 West Walworth Avenue
Delavan, WI 53115
Phone: 262-728-7120

Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Program Offices



620 Beaser Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806
Phone: 715-682-7975

Eau Claire

402 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone: 715-836-3171

Green Bay

2140 Holmgren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
Phone: 920-492-5745


P.O. Box 7841
125 South Webster Street
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Phone: 608-267-1058
Fax: 608-267-9286


101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 110
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-227-4466


2600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 274
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715-842-0871