This day-long institute has been designed to provide a foundational understanding for engaging in equity work on behalf of students and families. The Network has 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.
Participants will 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.
Explore Answers to the following Questions:
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 increasingly diverse student population in the 21st Century?
Examine and Discuss the following Topics:
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
As a result of participating in this institute, attendees will:
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.
Equity leadership team members
District and building administrators
Special education staff
Indicators and Standards Addressed
This training specifically addresses WI State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators 4B, 9 & 10.
Teaching Standards Addressed
Danielson’s Components: 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2d, 3a, 3c, 3e, 4a, 4d, 4e
Stronge Performance Standards and Indicators: 1.3, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.7
In-Tasc Teacher Standards: #2, #3, #4, #5
Training Site Location
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
225 W. Vine Street
Milwaukee, WI 5312
The Brewhouse Inn & Suites
1215 N 10th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: (414) 810-3350
The Equity and Social Justice Institutes will be facilitated by:
Program Director, Social Justice Minor Program
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
Coordinator, Training and Supports
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
8:00 am - 8:30 am | Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)
8:30 am - 11:30 am | Morning Institute
11:30 am - 12:00 pm | Lunch (provided)
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Afternoon Institute and Adjourn
Registration and Fees
Registration is limited to 70 individuals and based on priority enrollment (see below). Pre-registration is required.
The cost of holding this training workshop is $150/person, which covers lunch, instructional costs, staff time, and supplies. Scholarships through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) will be applied to the registration fees for specific districts and/or or tribes that qualify (see below).
Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) identified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in April/May 2018 as disproportionate in their special education programming (NO FEE)
The following "invited" groups and LEAs (NO FEE):
LEAs receiving Title VI Indian Education and/or Johnson O'Malley (JOM) funding or individuals representing one of the eleven federally-recognized Tribal Nations in Wisconsin
Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) Staff
Wisconsin RtI Center Staff and Wisconsin PBIS Network Staff
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (DTAN)/The Network) Staff
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Staff
All Other Wisconsin School Districts and LEAs ($25)
Wisconsin Non-Profit Agencies or Organizations ($100)
Wisconsin Private Agencies or Organizations ($150)
All Out-of-State Entities ($200)
Note: Although not required, participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Equity and Social Justice Institute prior to the Beyond Diversity I Seminar to build the necessary background for courageous conversations.