Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network ("The Network")
About The Network
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 >>
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.
Network Training and Supports
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 events allow districts to explore and address individuals' cultural biases in signature trainings such and Beyond Diversity I and II. View Calendar >>
Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin
These regional trainings will provide learning opportunities to build knowledge and skills that will assist in implementing best practices and education strategies in working with Native students, families, communities, and nations in Wisconsin. The training is designed to deepen participants' understanding around the American Indian student achievement gap in Wisconsin and ways for improving student outcomes.
Beyond Diversity I Seminar
The Beyond Diversity I Seminar is designed to help teachers, students, parents, and administrators understand the impact of race on student learning and investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing academic achievement disparities.
Enrollment is an indication that you are poised for inquiry into your own personal investment in racism and desire greater accountability surrounding your professional leadership for racial equity.
Beyond Diversity II Seminar
Nearly two decades ago, Beyond Diversity was introduced to offer educators a foundation for examining the impact of race on student achievement. Today thousands of seminar participants utilize the Agreements, Conditions, and Compass to explore racial issues in their lives and in their schools. This intensive, two-day seminar is designed to challenge participants who have successfully completed Beyond Diversity I. Beyond Diversity II participants must be grounded and practiced in utilizing the Agreements, Conditions, and Compass.
Knowing Our Neighbors: Wisconsin American Indian Nations and Tribal Communities
Understanding the educational experiences and perspectives of American Indian students in Wisconsin 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.