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Engaging for "All": Working Together for Our Students

  • CESA #8 223 West Park Street Gillett, WI, 54124 United States (map)
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This event will focus on engaging American Indian students, families, communities, and tribal nations in our Wisconsin schools. More Info >>


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CESA 8, Aspen Room
223 West Park Street
Gillett, WI 54124

Keynote Speaker

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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. He is also one of the co-leaders for the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”. In David’s role at the department, he supports school districts’ efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s American Indian nations and tribal communities, also known as Wisconsin Act 31. In addition, he provides training opportunities and presents at conferences and workshops throughout the state of Wisconsin on American Indian Studies & Wisconsin Act 31. David is also responsible for American Indian Language and Culture Education, such as the American Indian Language Revitalization Grants, which supports school districts or CESAs who partner with a tribal government to provide instruction on teaching and learning of tribal languages. He also develops and disseminate materials on American Indian Studies & Wisconsin Act 31. David also provides general consultation on issues related the education of American Indian students. He also serves as liaison to Wisconsin tribal education departments, Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA), and Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC), and Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations. David received both is Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History and certificates in American Indian Studies and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and his Masters of Science (MS) in Educational Leadership Policy & Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Featured Speaker

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RunningHorse Livingston, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, is a nationally recognized teacher trainer and coach. He has provided professional learning for teachers in public, tribal, and charter schools from California to Florida. RunningHorse is frequently asked to present at national, regional, and state education conferences on mathematics instructional strategies. He has been an active member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society since 1989. A majority of his work and research at the elementary level as has prepared many prospective teachers at various community and tribal colleges across the Midwest. During school months, RunningHorse travels to various school districts to assist in the implementation of culturally responsive pedagogy. Most recently, RunningHorse contributed his pedagogical insight to an exploratory study by the Mid-continent Research in Education Laboratory into the effectiveness of teaching approaches on student achievement.

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Pamela Torres, an Oneida citizen raised in Chicago, IL, moved to Lac du Flambeau in 1988 during the peak of the spearing controversy. She worked sixteen years under the GLITC-Birth to 3 Program as a liaison supporting collaboration amongst tribal service providers, county Birth to Three Programs and other non-tribal agencies to assure the necessary early childhood services were delivered within tribal communities and in a culturally appropriate manner. Pamela is the Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Project Coordinator with the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network. This position provides statewide leadership on activities to support early childhood partnerships between tribal governments and LEAs, especially LEAs identified under Indicators 4B, 9, and 10. She brings a level of dedication and vision that is well-matched to the agency’s commitment to improve the academic outcomes of American Indian students with disabilities.

Cost and Registration

  • Student Needs Professional Development (SNPD) Member Districts
    $75 per participant or $150 for a team of 3
  • Non-Student Needs Professional Development (SNPD) Member Districts
    $150 per participant or $300 for a team of 3


Contact Sue Schuettpelz at (920) 855-2114, x232 or