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

Melissa Moe and Ebiere Cole representing The Network at the Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells on October 20-21, 2015.

Melissa Moe and Ebiere Cole representing The Network at the Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells on October 20-21, 2015.

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.   

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My Brother's Keeper:
Leading the Way Back to Love, Engagement and High Achievement for Boys and Young Men of Color

**Completion of Beyond Diversity I is a prerequisite for this training.**

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. Using Courageous Conversation, participants will examine ways to transform school systems into environments that nurture high-level engagement and achievement.

Participants will critically examine the data, school culture and climate that, according to Garrett Albert Duncan, renders black boys as "Beyond Love". In this one-day seminar, administrators, teachers and student support leaders will take up President Obama's challenge to intensify the support and development of boys and young men of color, to become My Brother's Keeper. Learn More >>

March 14, 2017
Milwaukee, WI

Regional Trainings for Home School/Title VII Indian Education/
Johnson O'Malley Coordinators and Program Staff

These trainings 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 VII/Johnson O'Malley Coordinators and Program Staff in the state of Wisconsin. Future planning and information needs will also be discussed. 

Learning Objectives

By attending this training workshop, participants will:

  • Be provided with current information on data that affects Native American students in Wisconsin.
  • Given an opportunity to hear culturally responsive practices for working with Native American students and families.
  • Gain insights and hear suggestions on the current state of education for Native American students.


Paula Fernandez
Project Coordinator, Network for Native American Student Achievement
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network

David O'Connor
Co-Leader, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Dates and Locations

There are no fees associated with this training, but pre-registration is REQUIRED.

March 10, 2017  |  Keshena, WI  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
March 17, 2017  |  Crandon, WI  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
March 24, 2017  |  Ashland, WI  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
March 27, 2017  |  Tomah, WI  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>