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Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin - Study Circles Online Conversation

About the Study Circles Online Conversation

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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... Join us in a Study Circles Online Conversation and the exploration the book, Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin by Patty Loew. Each session will use Loew'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

Wisconsin’s rich tradition of sustainability rightfully includes its First Americans, who along with Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Gaylord Nelson shaped its landscape and informed its “earth ethics.” This collection of Native biographies, one from each of the twelve Indian nations of Wisconsin, introduces the reader to some of the most important figures in Native sustainability: from anti-mining activists like Walt Bresette (Red Cliff Ojibwe) and Hillary Waukau (Menominee) to treaty rights advocates like James Schlender (Lac Courte Oreille Ojibwe), artists like Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk), and educators like Dorothy “Dot” Davids (Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians), along with tribal geneologists, land stewards, and preservers of language and culture. Each of the biographies speaks to traditional ecological values and cultural sensibilities, highlighting men and women who helped to sustain and nurture their nations in the past and present.
The Native people whose lives are depicted in Seventh Generation Earth Ethics understood the cultural gravity that kept their people rooted to their ancestral lands and acted in ways that ensured the growth and success of future generations. In this way they honor the Ojibwe Seventh Generation philosophy, which cautions decision makers to consider how their actions will affect seven generations in the future―some 240 years.

Training Format

Each Study Circles Online Conversation will consist of one 60-minute orientation session followed by three 1.5 hour discussion sessions.


  • Orientation (required) | Monday, January 14, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm via Zoom 
  • Session #1 | Monday, February 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom
  • Session #2 | Monday, February 25 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom
  • Session #3 | Monday, March 11, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom


Study Circles Online Conversations will be facilitated by:

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

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

Project Coordinator, Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Project
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network"

American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Program Lead - Network for Native American Student Achievement, 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 and education of Native American students
  • address misconceptions and stereotypes of American Indian 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

Registration, Fees, and Prerequisites

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


  • Registration is limited to the first 30 individuals.  
  • Priority enrollment will be given to:
    • LEAs that were identified in April/May 2018 as disproportionate in their special education programming.
    • Invited groups and LEAs:
      • LEAs receiving Title VI Indian Education and/or Johnson O'Malley (JOM) funding
      • Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) Staff
      • Wisconsin RtI Center Staff and Wisconsin PBIS Network Staff
      • Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (DTAN)/
        The Network Staff


  • Participants are initially provided with a copy of the book at no charge. 
  • Participation in the orientation session is a prerequisite to receiving the complimentary book. NOTEBooks will not be sent until the orientation meeting has been held.
  • Those who participate in less than 2 of the 3 Study Circles sessions will be invoiced according to the following fee schedule:

LEA, Organization, or Agency                                                               Fees

  • LEA Identified as Disproportionate in April/May 2018                    $0.00
  • LEA Not Identified as Disproportionate                                         $30.00
  • Invited Group or LEA                                                                       $0.00
  • Non-Profit Organization or Agency                                               $30.00
  • Private Organization                                                                      $50.00
  • Out-of-State Organization or Agency                                            $75.00


For questions related to registration or LEA status, contact:


Angie Balfe
Manager, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
Phone: (920) 236-0885 or

For content and program-related questions, contact:

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Melissa Moe
Training and Supports Project Coordinator
Diproportionality Technical Assistance Network
Phone: (715) 986-2020, ext. 2127 or

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David O'Connor
American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Program Lead - Network for Native American Student Achievement, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network  
Phone: (608) 267-2283 or david.o'