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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Network Training and Supports

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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 >> 


Upcoming Trainings

Equity and Social Justice Institute

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This day-long institute has been designed to provide a foundational understanding for engaging in equity work on behalf of students and families. The Network has purposefully planned for this event to precede attendance at Beyond Diversity so that anyone new to engaging in conversations about equity and disproportionality can build the necessary background for courageous conversations.

Participants will 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.

Although not required, participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Equity and Social Justice Institute prior to the Beyond Diversity I Seminar to build the necessary background for courageous conversations.

Beyond Diversity I Seminar

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The Beyond Diversity 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. 

Participants will be introduced to the CCAR Protocol: the 4 Agreements, 6 Conditions and the Compass and explore the use of the Protocol when engaging in courageous conversations centered around race and racism. You will engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools; and practice using the CCAR Protocol for identifying and addressing policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact achievement for students of color and serve as barriers for ALL students receiving a world-class education.

Although not required, participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Equity and Social Justice Institute prior to the Beyond Diversity I Seminar to build the necessary background for courageous conversations.

Beyond Diversity II Seminar

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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. Now, Beyond Diversity II (BDII) is offered to:

  • deepen our understanding and personal progression in racial identity development;

  • examine and practice a protocol for converting Courageous Conversation into Courageous Leadership using contemporary challenges in education; and

  • explore the concept of racial transcendence and the characteristics of a post-racial school and society.

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.

Beyond Diversity II is an advanced seminar. Participants must have completed the Beyond Diversity I Seminar and be actively engaged in equity work in their district, school, and/or classroom.