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
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- 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.
2016-17 Tentative Line-Up (all dates and locations are pending)
Beyond Diversity I (various locations): August, October, & December 2016
Equity & Social Justice Institute (various locations): August & September 2016
Study Circles: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask" by Anton Treuer
- October 2016 (via Zoom) with follow-up sessions in November & December
Regional American Indian Networking Meetings: November 2016 (4 locations)
Study Circles: "Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf" by Raymond Kaquatosh
- February 2017 (via Zoom) with follow-up sessions in March & April
My Brother's Keeper: March 2017