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Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin

  • Thornberry Creek at Oneida 4470 North Pine Tree Road Oneida, WI 54155 (map)

About the Training


This regional training will provide learning opportunities to build knowledge and skills that will assist in implementing best practices in working with Native students, families, and communities. The training is designed to deepen participant understanding around the American Indian student achievement gap in Wisconsin. 

Participants will explore effective teaching strategies that have a positive learning impact for all students. They will also have an opportunity to examine how history, culture and language can impact student achievement, school climate, and student, family and community engagement. Additionally, participants will learn to recognize the inequities that play out in schools and collaborate to find effective ways to create more equitable institutions that serve all students.

Participant Outcomes

As a result of attending one of these trainings, participants will:

  • Be able to define disproportionality and redefine the needs of Native American students in special education.
  • Examine American Indian student achievement in Wisconsin and use data to improve results for students.
  • Differentiate between teaching about culture vs. teaching culturally.
  • Explore practical classroom applications with embedded experiential learning.
  • Learn about microaggressions and their impact on students.
  • Consider how historical trauma influences today's student and adult behaviors.
  • Have an awareness of filters and belief systems that influence our behaviors and outcomes.
  • Engage in growth mindset interventions.
  • Identify strategies and behaviors that will assist with effectively handling future scenarios.
  • Have an increased awareness of the impact of the social and emotional state of students and teachers.

Target Audience

Districts are encouraged to send teams of 4-5. Teams may include:

  • District Administrators and Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction,
  • Library Media Specialists
  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff
  • Home-School/Title VI/Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Coordinators and Staff
  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff
  • Head Start and Preschool Staff
  • College and University (especially Schools of Education) Students, Faculty, and Staff

***Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education of Native American students.

Training Location


Thornberry Creek
4470 North Pine Tree Road
Oneida, WI 54155
Ph: (920) 434-7501

Lodging Location

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Comfort Suites
1951 Bond Street
Green Bay, WI 54303
Ph: (920) 499-7449

A block of rooms has been reserved at the state rate at Comfort Suites until October 25, 2017. To receive this rate, please be sure to reference the group name The Network/CESA #11 when making reservations.

Registration, Fees, and Schedule

There are no fees associated with this training,
but pre-registration is required.


  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast (Provided)
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Morning Training Workshop
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch (Provided)
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Afternoon Training Workshop


Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin is facilitated by:

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Dr. Rae Villebrun is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, North Dakota. Dr. Villebrun has 22 years of professional experience in education as a classroom teacher, principal, and district administrator in both the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and public schools (Spirit Lake, Red Lake,MN, Fond du Lac Ojibwa, WI, and currently, Floodwood, MN).

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David O'Connor is originally from and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He is also one of the co-leaders for the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network". In David's role at DPI, he supports school districts' efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's American Indian nations and tribal communities, often referenced as "Wisconsin Act 31."

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Melissa Moe is an Educational Consultant who has worked at CESA #11 for 25 years. Ms. Moe holds a B.A. in early childhood and elementary education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in reading instruction. She is passionate about her work for racial equity and equity for all students and has been involved in both personal and professional equity work for 17 years. Melissa's work has been as an equity coach and professional development presenter. Ms. Moe is currently the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network Coordinator for Training and Supports.


Contact Melissa Moe at (715) 986-2020, ext. 2127 or