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Equity and Social Justice Institute

  • Alverno College 3400 South 43rd Street Milwaukee, WI, 53215 United States (map)

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.

Institute Description

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

  • Stereotype Threat

Participant Outcomes

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.

Target Audience

  • Equity leadership team members

  • District and building administrators

  • Educational specialists

  • Special education staff

  • Classroom teachers

  • Community members

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

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Alverno College
3400 S 43rd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53234

Lodging Location

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The Brewhouse Inn & Suites
1215 N. 10th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: (414) 810-3350

A block of rooms (Booking Link) has been reserved at the state rate at until Thursday, September 19, 2019. Please reference Group Code "STAR1017" when making reservations to receive this special rate.


The Equity and Social Justice Institutes will be facilitated by:

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Courtney Bauder
Program Director, Social Justice Minor Program
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

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Melissa Moe
Coordinator, Training and Supports
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”

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Paula Fernandez (Kamewanukiw)
Project Coordinator - Network for Native American Student Achievement and Network Training and Supports, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network"

Schedule Overview

  • 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 enrollmentPre-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 or tribes that qualify.

  • For those agencies/organizations that do not qualify for a scholarship, the cost of holding this training seminar starts 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 this training.

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

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.


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

Earlier Event: October 3
PEN National Conference