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Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin

  • Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive Green Bay, WI 54313 (map)

This regional training will provide learning opportunities to build knowledge and skills that will assist in implementing best practices and education strategies in working with Native students, families, communities, and nations in Wisconsin. The training is designed to deepen participants’ understanding around the American Indian student achievement gap in Wisconsin and ways for improving student outcomes.

Participants will explore effective teaching and learning strategies that have a positive learning impact in their work with American Indian 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 this training, 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 analysis and decision making to improve results and outcomes 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, families, communities, and nations.

  • 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 school staff.

Target audience

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

  • District Administrators and Principals

  • Library Media Specialists

  • Classroom Teachers

  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff

  • College and University Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Head Start and Preschool Staff

  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction

  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists

  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff

  • Tribal, School, and Community Liaisons/Title VI/Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Coordinators and Staff

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

Training Site and Lodging Location


Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
2040 Airport Drive | Green Bay, WI 54313
Phone: (920) 494-7300

A block of rooms has been reserved at the state rate until Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Please reference "The Network” when making reservations to receive this special rate.

***Participants are responsible for all costs and arrangements related to hotel reservations and lodging.***


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RunningHorse Livingston is the founder and CEO of Mathematize Inc., whose mission is to promote education and educationally related opportunities for Native people. RunningHorse, a nationally recognized educator and consultant, has spent 13 years helping teachers across the country make sense of their roles in the age of Common Core standards and making schools more constructive places for Native children. He is an expert in mathematics instruction and school reform. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, RunningHorse has for the past 10 years, provided professional development to teachers, school administration, school boards, and tribes around the nation in the areas of mathematics, and school and tribal professional relations.


Kamewanukiw Paula M. Rabideaux works as a Project Coordinator for the Network for Native American Student Achievement where she develops training and supports with a Native American focus to assist LEA's in developing a culturally responsive educational environment. Paula holds a BS in American Indian Studies, a BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, and a BBA in Marketing. For 20+ years Paula has worked in Education as a Culture and Language teacher, Culture Coordinator, and a Cultural Resource Specialist. As an educator, Paula mentored staff and eventually directed the incorporation of Culturally Responsive classroom practices across the district. Throughout her career in education Paula has worked at the local, state, and national level as a presenter and consultant on Native American culture, education, and curriculum development. Additionally, Paula is a Culturally Responsive Practices Technical Assistance Coordinator with the WI RtI Center where she works with schools statewide to assist them in developing a Culturally Responsive multi-level system of supports. Paula is a member of the Menominee Nation turtle clan, and her Menominee name Kamewanukiw - translates to "Rain Woman".

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Bwaakoningwiid David J. 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 a Grant Director with the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network for the Network for Native American Student Achievement and the Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Tribal Project. 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 and the education of Native American students.

Fees and Registration

Registration is limited to 75 individualsPre-registration is required.

  • Scholarships through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) will be applied to the registration fees for specific districts and/or tribes that qualify.

  • For those agencies/organizations that do not qualify for a scholarship, the cost of holding this training seminar start at $150/person, which covers lunch, instructional costs, staff time, and supplies.

  • For more information on fees or to determine if you qualify for a registration scholarship, please visit our website or go to the registration link for the specific training.

For additional questions regarding scholarship eligibility, contact Angie Balfe, Network Manager, at or (920) 236-0885.

Schedule Overview

  • 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


For questions related to registration or LEA status, contact:


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

For general questions, contact:

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Jen Watton - Program Assistant,
Network for Native American Student Achievement
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
Phone: (262) 443-5022 or