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

Melissa Moe, Julie Philipps, Ebiere Cole, Angie Balfe, & Ananda Mirilli.

Melissa Moe, Julie Philipps, Ebiere Cole, Angie Balfe, & Ananda Mirilli.

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

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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.

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Early Childhood Tribal Symposium and Workgroup

The Ho-Chunk Nation and Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network invite tribal and non-tribal early childhood programs, tribal education departments, community agencies, and school districts the opportunity to build and sustain partnerships that reflect the diversity of American Indian nations and tribal communities and to collaboratively implement strategies that result in meaningful changes on a local, regional, and statewide level.

The Early Childhood Tribal Symposium and Workgroup event will provide opportunities for facilitators, presenters, and participants to share information, resources, best practices, and model programs.

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American Indian Studies in Wisconsin

This training will provide in-depth presentation and discussion on American Indian Studies in Wisconsin (often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31). The focus is to help educators understand and implement Wisconsin Act 31, which is a state law requiring all public school districts and pre-service teacher programs to provide instruction on the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations in the state of Wisconsin. This training is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and information they need to integrate the requirements of American Indian Studies into lesson plans, material selections, pedagogical practices, and district curriculum. Information about the Wisconsin American Indian nations' histories, treaty rights, sovereignty, and cultures will be presented throughout the training.

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Native American Language Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to bring awareness to what school districts and tribal language departments or divisions are doing around revitalization of Native American languages. Participants will be given an opportunity to share and exchange information and ideas about their programming and the work they are engaged in their communities and nations.