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Addressing the American Indian Gap in the State of Wisconsin

  • Flat Creek Inn & Suites 10290 N Highway 27S Hayward, WI 54843 (map)

Event Description

Topics of presentation and discussion:   

  • Defining disproportionality and the identification of Native American Students in special education.
  • History, culture, tribal sovereignty, and language and the impact on student achievement.
  • School climate and its effect on student, family and community engagement.
  • Overarching view of Native American  student achievement in Wisconsin and the use of data to improve results for students.
  • Culturally relevant teaching strategies that have positive learning impact for all students.
  • Practical classroom application with embedded experiential learning
    • The Design Problem: Community
    • Lego Leadership: Learning By Watching
    • 14 Steps: Learning from Mistakes
    • The Fraction Investigation: Oral History
    • Tool Time: Personal Sovereignty
    • Games Design: Experiential Learning
  • "Continuing the work" - useful and helpful resources. 

Intended Audience

School districts are strongly encouraged to send teams of 4-5. Teams may include:

  • Equity Leadership Team Members
  • District/Building Administrators
  • Special Education Directors and Teachers
  • Title VII/Johnson O'Malley/Home-School Coordinators
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Student and Pupil Services


David O'Connor is originally from and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the Education Consultant for the American Indian Studies Program at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In David’s current role, he supports school districts’ efforts to provide instruction in Wisconsin American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty, also known as Wisconsin Act 31 (1989/1991) and the education of American Indian students.

RunningHorse Livingston is the founder and CEO of Mathematize Inc., whose mission is to promote education and educationally related opportunities for Native people. RunningHorse, a nationally recognized educator and consultant, has spent 13 years helping teachers across the country make sense of their roles in the age of Common Core standards and making schools more constructive places for Native children. He is an expert in mathematics instruction and school reform. As a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, RunningHorse has for the past 10 years, provided professional development to teachers, school administration, school boards, and tribes around the nation in the areas of mathematics, and school and tribal professional relations. 


Flat Creek Eatery, Room C
(located inside Flat Creek Inn & Suites)
10290 Highway 27 South
Hayward, WI 54843
Ph: 715-634-1466

Fees and Registration

There are no fees to attend this event, but pre-registration is required.

This event addresses SPP Indicators 4B, 9, & 10

Indicator 4B: Policies, procedures or practices that contribute to the significant discrepancy and do not comply with requirements relating to the development and implementation of IEPs, the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and procedural safeguards.

Indicator 9: Percent of districts with disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education and related services that is the result of inappropriate identification; and

Indicator 10: Percent of districts with disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in specific disability categories that is the result of inappropriate identification.


For questions about this event, contact Bethany Dahlberg at (715) 986-2020, ext. 2126 or