Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask - Study Circles Online Conversation

  • Online via Zoom

About the Study Circles Online Conversation

Join us in a Study Circles Online Conversation and the exploration the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer. Each session will use Dr. Treuer's book as a foundation for the conversation while exploring the impact of the opportunity gap for our American Indian students in the state of Wisconsin.

The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network” is offering a unique opportunity for all participating school staff, equity teams and partners for continuing our personal and professional racial equity work with a focus on the American Indian student experience.

The Study Circles Online Conversation helps to address racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement and parent involvement by engaging diverse staff, parents and partners in dialogue and problem solving.

About the Book

What have you always wanted to know about Indians? Do you think you should already know the answers—or suspect that your questions may be offensive? In matter-of-fact responses to over 120 questions, both thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist Anton Treuer gives a frank, funny, and sometimes personal tour of what's up with Indians, anyway.

—What is the real story of Thanksgiving?
—Why are tribal languages important?
—What do you think of that incident where people died in a sweat lodge?

White/Indian relations are often characterized by guilt and anger. Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask cuts through the emotion and builds a foundation for true understanding and positive action.

Training Format

Each Study Circles Online Conversation will consist of one 60-minute orientation session followed by three two-hour discussion sessions. These sessions will be a facilitated online conversation using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.

Schedule

  • October 3, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm via Zoom (required orientation session)***
  • October 24, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom
  • November 14, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom
  • December 12, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom

Facilitators

Study Circles Online Conversations will be facilitated by:

Melissa Moe
Network Training and Supports Project Coordinator, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network"


Paula Fernandez
Project Coordinator, Network for Native American Student Achievement (NNASA), Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network"

David O'Connor
American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Co-Leader, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network"


Participant Outcomes

As a result of this Study Circles Online Conversation, participants will:

  • have an opportunity to read and discuss the selected book with other participants from across Wisconsin
  • engage in conversations with colleagues and explore multiple perspectives about American Indian studies
  • address misconceptions and stereotypes of Native American peoples, communities, and nations

Standards Being Addressed

These networking meetings specially address WI State Performance Plan (SPP), Indicators 4B, 9 & 10

  • Charlotte Danielson’s Framework: 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a. 3e, 4c, 4e, 4f
  • Stronge Performance Standards and Indicators: 1.3, 1.7, 1.9, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.7
  • InTasc Teaching Standards: #2, 4, 5, 9 & 10

Fees and Registration

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

All participants will be provided with the book at no charge. Please register early so a book can be sent to you prior to the first session. 

***Participation in the orientation session is a prerequisite to receiving the complimentary book from “The Network” for the session for which you registered.

Questions

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