About The Network

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The Network works with preK-12 educators, schools, districts, and other community partners to reduce racial disproportionality in special education through a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports. Each member of our team is committed to racial and social justice, striving to honor those who came before us while transforming current systems to ensure a hope-filled future for all.  Learn More >>

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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Innovations in Equity

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May 7-9, 2019 | Green Bay, WI

This event is for school and district teams, including community and family members, comprised of diverse individuals who are responsible for systemic change resulting in improved achievement, particularly for students of color, students with IEPs, students experiencing poverty, and English learners. 

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Network Training and Supports

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facilitators Ebiere Cole, Tony Hudson (p.E.G.), Melissa Moe, and david O'connor at beyond diversity I seminar in oshkosh, wi

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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2018 Network Trainings


Equity and Social Justice Institute 2.0 (NEW!!)

The Network’s day-long institute focuses on equity and social justice in education and is designed to deepen and sustain learning centered around these critical themes.  Participants will have an opportunity to explore how implicit bias, color blindness, and microaggressions impact the lives of their students. Facilitators will facilitate a shared discussion about how educators can teach through an equitable multi-leveled system of support while providing examples of that it means to teach for social justice. This institute has been purposefully planned as a follow-up to the original Equity and Social Justice Institutes.

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

This statewide training will provide learning opportunities around areas identified by participants who attended regional trainings around the state of Wisconsin. Participants will also have an opportunity to build knowledge/skills that will assist them in implementing best practices within their respective programs. This training provides a forum for Home School/Title VI Indian Education/Johnson O'Malley Coordinators and Program Staff from around the state of Wisconsin to engage in discussion, collaborate, and develop a network of support.


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 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.