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National Leadership for Social Justice Institute & Academy

  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery 330 N. Orchard St. Madison, WI, 53715 (map)

Leading Proactive High Achieving Schools
for All Students


This annual professional development opportunity supports state, regional, district leadership, building leadership, and grade level teacher teams to move from a deficit-based to proactive system based on Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity. Participants will affirm their commitment to eliminate inequities across rural, urban, and suburban districts. Teams will engage in a deep ICS Equity Audit analysis of their school, district, region, or state and complete an Equity Action Plan based on the ICS Four Cornerstones for integrated, high achieving schools.

Schools and districts who have completed the Institute in previous years and whom are deeply engaged in the work will help facilitate content and share their achievements and challenges. Participants will network and collaborate, and in so doing, develop an on-going community of support and accountability beyond the event.

Who Should Attend?

  • State Teams
  • Regional Teams
  • District Leadership Teams (directors of special education/curriculum instruction, superintendents, business manager/HR, and possible principals from Building Leadership Teams)
  • Building Leadership Teams (principal, assistant principal, representatives from Grade Level Teams including special education, general education, arts, physical education, ELL/bilingual teachers, school psychologists, interventionists, reading specialists, etc.)
  • Grade Level Teacher Teams - as long as the Grade Level Teams are attending with the Building Leadership Teams. (grade level teams include special education, general education, arts, physical education, ELL/bilingual teachers, interventionists, reading specialists, etc.)

Why Should You Attend?

Guided by the ICS Four Cornerstones, state, regional, district, building, and grade level teacher teams will develop/revise Equity Action Plans for systems change that:

  • Examine your own identity development and how that impacts leading for equity
  • Use equity audit data to drive equity change (lead beyond RtI)
  • Transform service delivery for all students (e.g., special education, ELL, Title I, gifted)
  • Create culturally/linguistically responsive universally designed instruction
  • Develop teacher and organizational capacity
  • Leverage policy, merge funding and reallocate resource

Location and Visitor's Information


The event will be held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building on the UW Madison campus located at 330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI, 53715.

Lodging options (w/discounted rate) on campus:


  • The event sold out in 2015 and is limited to 150 participants. Another sellout is anticipated in 2016 - register as early as possible to guarantee your place at this year's event. 
  • Registration cost includes all materials and refreshments throughout the week
  • Names of participants are not required to register a group. Secure your spots now and submit names of attendees later.
  • University credit for the 5 Day Institute (3 credits) or 2 Day Academy (1 credit) is available to interested participants. Additional information will be sent out after registration is complete.
  • Online registration requires the use of a credit card for payment. Please contact Matthew Freid at (716) 553-2654 or with any registration questions.

New Participants: 5 Day

July 25 - July 29, 2016
Early Bird Registration Rates (before March 1st)

  • Individual: $510
  • Groups of 8 or more: $485
  • Groups of 16 or more: $450

Returning Participants: 2 Day

July 28-29, 2016
Early Bird Registration Rates (before March 1st)

  • Individual: $235
  • Groups of 8 or more: $230
  • Groups of 16 or more: $200

Refund Policy

If you have registered and cancel 30 days or more before the event starts you will receive a full refund of the registration amount minus a $50 administrative fee.  If you cancel less than 30 days in advance of the event there will be no refund. Please contact Matthew Freid at for more information.