About The Network

The Network is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education. 

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The Network:

  • Coordinates training, support, and coaching.
  • Offers research-to-practice grants.
  • Develops community partnerships.
  • Works with participating organizations to complete data collection, analysis, and compliance to meet federal requirements related to racial disproportionality in special education. 

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Network Training and Supports

Katie Orf and Judy Ross at the Network event "Addressing the misconceptions of native americans: The role that history plays in our schools" in Stevens point on 06/16/17.

Katie Orf and Judy Ross at the Network event "Addressing the misconceptions of native americans: The role that history plays in our schools" in Stevens point on 06/16/17.


We are committed to racial equity and building capacity through face-to-face meetings, webinars, book studies, and professional learning communities. The Network offers PK-16 professional development opportunities to support Wisconsin school districts identified with racial disproportionality in special education for Indicators 4B, 9, 10 and the separate, but related, requirements associated with significant disproportionality. 

Events are planned to provide training and resources to district-and school level personnel for the purpose of improving policies, procedures and practices in the referral, assessment and placement processes that result in inappropriate identification. Our schedule of trainings allows districts to explore and address individuals' cultural biases in signature trainings such and Beyond Diversity I and II. Events for staff, parents, and community members are offered at no cost.  View Calendar >> 

2018 Network Trainings


Knowing Our Neighbors: Wisconsin American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities

Understanding the Wisconsin American Indian educational experience and perspectives has profound implications for both district policies and instructional methodology when transforming systems to educate all students. Through counter-narratives shared by American Indians, learn about the rights, responsibilities, and misinformation surrounding Native people and education. 


Beyond Diversity I Seminars

Attendees will engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools; and practice using the CCAR Protocol for identifying and addressing policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact achievement for students of color and serve as barriers for ALL students receiving a world-class education.


Beyond Diversity II Seminar

This intensive, two-day seminar is designed to challenge participants who have successfully completed Beyond Diversity I (BDI). BDII participants must be grounded and practiced in utilizing the Agreements, Conditions, and Compass. Enrollment is indication that you are poised for more rigorous inquiry into your own personal investment in racism and desire greater accountability surrounding your professional leadership for racial equity.


My Brother's Keeper

Districts that create the space for, surface and learn from the voices of boys and young men of color can eliminate the racial inequities and institutionalized practices that marginalize, criminalize and ostracize these students.Participants will critically examine the data, school culture and climate that, according to Garrett Albert Duncan, renders black boys as "Beyond Love". In this two-day seminar, administrators, teachers and student support leaders will take up the challenge to intensify the support and development of boys and young men of color, to become My Brother's Keeper. 


REGIONAL Training for Home School/Title VI Indian Education/Johnson O'Malley Coordinators & Program Staff

This training will provide opportunities for facilitators, presenters, and participants to share information, resources, best practices, and model programs. The discussions will allow everyone to share their insights and discuss how their respective programs can provide assistance to Home School/Title VI/Johnson O'Malley Coordinators and Program Staff in the state of Wisconsin.