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Equity and Social Justice Institute

  • Stoney Creek Convention Center 1100 Imperial Avenue Rothschild, WI, 54474 United States (map)

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. We have purposefully planned for this event to precede attendance at Beyond Diversity so that anyone new to engaging in conversations about equity and disproportionality can build the necessary background for courageous conversations. Participants who have attended Beyond Diversity are welcome to join us and continue with your journey.

Event Description

What is Social Justice and Why Does it Matter In Education?

Social Justice can be defined as challenging systems that perpetuate inequality or inequity in an effort to ensure greater opportunities and access to resources for all individuals in a society.

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?

Topics for Exploration and Discussion

  • Establishing protocols for engaging in conversations
  • Jim Crow: Revisiting the historical perspective
  • Privilege and Power: How both influence your interactions with students
  • Intersectionality and identity
  • Examining social justice in classroom practices
  • Stereotype Threat

This face-to-face training is followed-up by three Zoom videoconferencing meetings.

October 11, 2016  |  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

November 14, 2016  |  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

December 15, 2016  |  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Courtney Bauder, Program Director, Social Justice Minor Program
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh


Participant Outcomes

  • Explore the definitions of social justice and equity and how the concepts play out in their classrooms and schools
  • Examine the inequities that students may be experiencing in their classrooms and schools
  • Build an understanding of intersectionality and examine what it looks like for themselves and their students

Target Audience

  • Equity leadership team members
  • District and building administrators
  • Educational specialists
  • Special education staff
  • Classroom teachers
  • Community members


Stoney Creek Convention Center
1100 Imperial Ave.
Rothschild, WI 54474
Ph: 800-659-2220

A block of rooms has been set up at the rate of $82 per night. Call 800-659-2220 and reference "The Network" to reserve your room.

Indicators and Standards Addressed

This webinar series specifically addresses WI State Performance Plan (SPP),
Indicators 4B, 9 & 10.

Teaching Standards Being Addressed

  • Danielson’s Framework: 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2d, 3a, 3c, 3e, 4a, 4d, 4e
  • Stronge Performance Standards and Indicators: 1.3, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.7
  • InTasc Teacher Standards: #2, #3, #4, #5

Registration, Fees, and Schedule

There are no fees to participate in this institute, but pre-registration is required.


September 22, 2016

  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Institute (Lunch provided)

October 11, 2016  |  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom

November 14, 2016  |  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom

December 15, 2016  |  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom


Contact Melissa Moe, Training and Supports Project Coordinator
Ph: (715) 986-2020 ext. 2127 or

Earlier Event: September 21
2016 Equity Leaders Institute