The annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute is an active, highly participatory, week-long workshop designed to increase participants’ understanding of issues related to the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin. The goals of the summer institute relate to both American Indian studies and the education of American Indian students. The summer institute aims to improve teaching and learning and to enrich student services, resulting in both becoming more culturally responsive. Participants will learn how to adapt or develop new techniques best suited to their unique circumstances. View the draft agenda >>
- American Indian Studies Program Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- First Nations Studies Program and Professional Program in Education Center for First Nation Studies University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Lac du Flambeau Public School District
2899 Highway 47 South
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538 | Directions
(see below for lodging information)
Who Should Attend
Anyone with a personal or professional interest in American Indian Studies and/or American Indian education is welcome to attend. Past participants of summer institutes have included: Head Start and pre-school staff, 4K-12 (public, tribal, private, or charter) educators, pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, teacher aides, school counselors, social workers, psychologists, curriculum specialists, library media specialists, home-school coordinators, Title VII and Johnson O’Malley (JOM) coordinators and administrators, principals and superintendents, tribal education staff, college and university (especially schools of education) students, faculty, staff and administrators, and others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education of American Indian students. Note: This event meets licensing stipulations or requirements for educators trained outside Wisconsin.
Classroom sessions use a variety of teaching methods and provide opportunities for both presenters and participants to share information, resources, best practices, and model programs. A field trip and other sessions outside the classroom provide opportunities for experiential learning. Rich discussions allow everyone to share their insights and reactions. Perhaps most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop an action plan to teach others what they have learned. Events will include a celebration of the relationships we have made and the things we have learned at the summer institute with a traditional feast and cultural activities.
Our staff is a mix of Native and non-Native educators from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds. They serve as resource people and mentors, and they facilitate small group sessions designed to help participants process what they have learned and develop an action plan that extends their learning to others.
All participants are required to register. Registration includes printed materials related to American Indian Studies. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided daily. Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation. The registration fee is $275 per person if registered before June 19, 2015, or $350 if registration is received by July 13, 2015 ($400 onsite). Discounted group rates are also available. Due to the nature of this event, registrations for only a portion of the summer institute are not available.
Space is limited, so please register early. Early Registration Deadline: June 19, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Connie Haas, Office Operations Associate, American Indian Studies Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-267-9267. Refunds must be requested in writing before July 14, 2015. (A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from the amount refunded. No refunds will be granted for non-attendees.)
Undergraduate and graduate credits (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay) are available for an additional fee. To register for credit, go to: www.uwgb.edu/educationoutreach.
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
(.6 miles from Lac du Flambeau Public School)
Hwy 47 (510 Old Abe Road)
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
Ph: 1-888-599-9200 | Directions
Note: A small number of rooms are being held until July 13 for institute participants at $70/single room. Please mention “DPI” when making your reservation to receive the special rate. Lake of the Torches Resort Casino is located in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. Lac du Flambeau is 11 miles northwest of Minocqua-Woodruff on Highway 47 in Vilas County. It is accessible by Highway 51, which is the major north-south transportation artery in the state and links to other major highways throughout the state. Cancellation policy is 24 hours, after which time the room charges will be billed accordingly.
Quality Inn of Minocqua
(11.9 miles from Lac du Flambeau Public School)
8729 Hwy 51 Minocqua, WI 54548
Note: A small number of rooms are being held until July 13 for institute participants at $70/single room. Please mention “Department of Public Instruction” when making your reservation to receive the special rate. Quality Inn of Minocqua is located in Minocqua, Wisconsin, on Highway 51, which is the major north-south transportation artery in the state and links to other major highways throughout the state. Cancellation policy is 24 hours. If guest does not show up and does not cancel within the cancellation policy, they will be charged for one room night.
Waters of Minocqua
(14.5 miles from Lac du Flambeau Public School)
8116 Hwy 51 South Minocqua, WI 54548
Note: A small number of rooms are being held until June 27 for institute participants at $70/single room. Please mention “Department of Public Instruction” when making your reservation to receive the special rate. Waters of Minocqua is located in Minocqua, Wisconsin, on Highway 51 South, which is the major north-south transportation artery in the state and links to other major highways throughout the state.