Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network ("The Network")
The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network, "the Network," is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education.
The Network works with preK-12 educators, schools, districts and other community partners to reduce racial disproportionality in special education. Each member of our staff 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.
Services are available throughout Wisconsin to identified and invited districts through a multi-tiered system of free and low-cost training and
supports. Read 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 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.
Identity Safe Classrooms:
Places to Belong and Learn
**New Webinar Series**
As educators, it may seem overwhelming that in addition to addressing overt racism in our classrooms and schools, we also need tackle unconscious racist feelings (known as implicit bias) not only in our students, but in ourselves. But, something can be done - and the solutions are in our hands. This webinar series will offer concrete practices that educators can use drawing from research on implicit bias, stereotype threat, and the antidote identity safety.
In identity safe classrooms, teachers strive to ensure students' social identities are an asset rather than a barrier to success in class. Acknowledging students' identities and drawing from their diverse backgrounds as a resource for learning, rather than trying to be colorblind, coupled with positive relationships, empathy, compassion, and challenging learning opportunities help them feel welcomed, supported, and valued.
All webinars are from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom cloud video conferencing platform. Register for the Series >>
- Session #1 - September 20, 2016
- Session #2 - December 13, 2016
- Session #3 - May 9, 2017
Equity and Social Justice Institute
The Network presents a day-long institute focusing on equity and social justice in education with follow-up sessions that are designed to deepen your learning about equity and social justice. This institute has been designed to provide a foundational understanding for engaging in equity work on behalf of students and families.
These sessions will help participants explore the meaning of Social Justice and examine how power and privilege play out in society and, more specifically, in education. Participants will have an opportunity to explore how their multiple identities related to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social class, ability, etc. intersect in both their lives and the lives of their students. Participants will be encouraged to examine the inequities that play out in schools and collaborate to find effective ways to create more equitable institutions that serve all students.
Each training consists of ONE in-person meeting followed by THREE online meetings using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.
- August 23, 2016 (in-person)
Baraboo | REGISTER | Learn More >>
- September 22, 2016 (in-person)
Rothschild | REGISTER | Learn More >>
- September 30, 2016 (in-person)
Green Bay | REGISTER | Learn More >>
Follow-up Zoom meetings for ALL sessions:
- October 11 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- November 14 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- December 15 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beyond Diversity I
The Beyond Diversity Seminar**, updated and aligned with Courageous Conversations About Race, 2nd Edition, 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.
**Although not required, participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Network's Equity and Social Justice Institute prior to Beyond Diversity I to build the necessary background for courageous conversations.