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How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century - Study Circles Online Conversation

About the Study Circles Online Conversation

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

Join us in a Study Circles Online Conversation and the exploration the book, How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. “Two Shoes” Clark III. Each session will use Clark's book as a foundation for the conversation while exploring the impact of the opportunity gap on our American Indian students in the state of Wisconsin.

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

In deceptively simple prose and verse, Louis V. "Two Shoes" Clark III shares his life story, from childhood on the Rez, through school and into the working world, and ultimately as an elder, grandfather, and published poet. How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century explores Clark’s deeply personal and profound take on a wide range of subjects, from schoolyard bullying to workplace racism to falling in love. Warm, plainspoken, and wryly funny, Clark’s is a unique voice talking frankly about a culture’s struggle to maintain its heritage. His poetic storytelling style matches the rhythm of the life he recounts, what he calls "the heartbeat of my nation."

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

  • January 24, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm via Zoom (required orientation session)
  • February 13, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom
  • March 6, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom
  • March 27, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm via Zoom

Facilitators

Study Circles Online Conversations will be facilitated by:

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MELISSA MOE
Network Training and Supports Project Coordinator, 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"

PAULA FERNANDEZ
Project Coordinator, Network for Native American Student Achievement (NNASA), 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 Louis V. Clark's 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