Network Training and Supports

Melissa Moe and Juliet Cole representing The Network at the Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells on October 20-21, 2015.

Melissa Moe and Juliet Cole representing The Network at the Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells on October 20-21, 2015.

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.   

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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.

Participants will explore answers to questions such as:

  • What is the difference between equality and equity?  
  • What are the circumstances that create barriers for success in schools?
  • What can we do to effectively challenge systems that create inequality or inequity?  
  • How can we become more culturally responsive to serve an increasing diverse student population in the 21st Century?

Each training consists of ONE in-person meeting followed by THREE online meetings using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.

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.

As a result of participating in this seminar, attendees will:

  • Engage in courageous conversations and sustained interracial dialogue about race  
  • Reflect on race and racism and discover how each, through school policies, programs, and practices negatively impacts low-performing student populations
  • Develop the knowledge and skills for engaging, sustaining and deepening courageous conversations about the impact of race and racism on student achievement

This seminar specifically addresses WI State Performance Plan (SPP), Indicators 4B, 9 & 10.


Juliet "Ebiere" Cole, Tony Hudson (P.E.G.), Melissa Moe, and David O'Connor at Beyond diversity I in Oshkosh on March 16-17, 2016.

Juliet "Ebiere" Cole, Tony Hudson (P.E.G.), Melissa Moe, and David O'Connor at Beyond diversity I in Oshkosh on March 16-17, 2016.

Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin

These sessions will explore topics such as:

  • Defining disproportionality and redefining the needs of Native American students in special education
  • Examining American Indian student achievement in Wisconsin and using data to improve results for students  
  • Effective teaching strategies that have positive learning impact for all students
  • History, culture and language and the impact on student achievement, school climate and its effect on student, family and community engagement
  • Practical classroom application with embedded experiential learning
  • “Continuing the work” - useful and helpful resources...And much more!

These NO COST trainings each consist of ONE in-person meeting (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) followed up by TWO online meetings (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm).

In-person training options:

Follow-up Zoom meetings for ALL sessions:

  • December 12 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • January 16 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm