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.
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?
This training consists of ONE in-person meeting followed by THREE online meetings using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.
Follow-up Zoom meetings:
- February 28, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- March 21, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- April 25, 2017 | 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.
Study Circles Online Conversation using Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf by Raymond C. Kaquatosh
The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (The Network) is offering a unique opportunity for all participating school staff, equity teams and partners for continuing our personal and professional racial equity work with a focus on the American Indian student experience...Join us in a Study Circles conversation and the exploration of the book, Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf by Raymond C. Kaquatosh. Each session will use Raymond Kaquatosh’s book as a foundation for our conversation while exploring the impact of the opportunity gap for our American Indian students.
Study Circles address racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement and parent involvement by engaging diverse staff, parents and partners in dialogue and problem solving. Learn More >>
About Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf: A Memoir
“Little Hawk” was born Raymond Kaquatosh in 1924 on Wisconsin’s Menominee Reservation. The son of a medicine woman, Ray spent his Depression-era boyhood immersed in the beauty of the natural world and the traditions of his tribe and his family. After his father’s death, eight-year-old Ray was sent to an Indian boarding school in Keshena. There he experienced isolation and despair, but also comfort and kindness. Upon his return home, Ray remained a lonely boy in a full house until he met and befriended a lone timber wolf. The unusual bond they formed would last through both their lifetimes. As Ray grew into a young man, he left the reservation more frequently. Yet whenever he returned—from school and work, from service in the Marines, and finally from postwar Wausau with his future wife—the wolf waited. In this rare first-person narrative of a Menominee Indian’s coming of age, Raymond Kaquatosh shares a story that is wise and irreverent, often funny, and in the end, deeply moving.
Session 1 - February 13, 2017
Readings: Pages 1-91 (Birth of Little Hawk - Kernel)
Session 2 - March 7, 2017
Readings: Pages 92-197 (Another Fight - Naval Hospital)
Session 3 - April 4, 2017
Readings: Pages 198-256 (Angel in Wausau - Epilogue)
These sessions will be a facilitated online conversation using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.
There are no fees to participate in this training, but pre-registration is required.
All participants will be provided with the book at no charge. Please register early so a book can be sent to you prior to the first session.