Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network is offering a unique opportunity for all participating school staff and equity teams -- Join us for an online professional development event with Sherman Alexie's book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" at the center of our discussions. We will examine issues of equity and stereotype threat through the lens of Alexie's book. Study Circles address racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement and parent involvement by engaging diverse staff and parents in dialogue and problem-solving.
The versatility of the Study Circles approach enables us to work with various stakeholders. Study Circles provides the structure for stakeholders to:
- Develop trust
- Hear different perspectives and experiences
- Confront perceptions and beliefs
- Develop a shared understanding of a problem
- Create mutual accountability
- Collaborate on actions that impact attitudes, practices, and policies
This Event Addresses SPP Indicators 9 & 10
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.
Indicator 10: Percent of districts with disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in specific disability categories that is the result of inappropriate identification.
Study Circles will be facilitated by:
- Melissa Moe, Network Training and Supports Project Coordinator and
- David O'Connor, DPI's American Indian Studies Consultant
Dates and Chapters for Reading
October 20, 2015 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Session 1 - Online via Zoom | Read pages 1-81
November 24, 2015 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Session 2 - Online via Zoom | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | Read pages 82-167
December 15, 2015 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Session 3 - Online via Zoom | Read pages 168-230
Fees and Registration
There are no fees associated with participating in the study circles. All participants will be provided with the book at no charge. Please REGISTER EARLY so the book can be sent to you prior to the first session.
For questions about this event, please contact:
Bethany Dahlberg at (715) 986-2020, ext. 2126 or bdahlberg@TheNetworkWI.com.