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There There - Study Circles Online Conversation

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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, There There by Tommy Orange. Each online session will use Orange’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 Conversations help to address racial and ethnic barriers to student achievement and family involvement by engaging school staff, community members and partners in dialogue and problem solving.

About the Book

Tommy Orange’s shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize. There is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and working to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, who is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death, has come to work at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil has come to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable.

Training Format

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


These sessions will be a facilitated online conversation using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.


  • Orientation (required) | Monday, October 21, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm via Zoom

  • Session #1 | Monday, November 11, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom

  • Session #2 | Monday, November 25, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom

  • Session #3 | Monday, December 9, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm via Zoom


This Study Circles Online Conversation will be facilitated by:

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Kamewanukiw Paula M. Rabideaux
Project Coordinator, Network for Native American Student Achievement and Network Training and Supports,, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or "The Network"

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David J. O’Connor
American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Grant Director - Network for Native American Student Achievement and Early Childhood Tribal Project, 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 the education of American Indian 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, Books, and Costs

There are no registration fees to participate in this Study Circles Online Conversation, but pre-registration is required and limited to the first 30 individuals*.

*Priority enrollment will be given to districts that were identified in 2019 as having disproportionality in their special education programming.


  • 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. NOTE: Books 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 administrative and book costs.


For questions related to registration or LEA status, contact:

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

For content and program-related questions, contact:

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David O'Connor
American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Grant Director - Network for Native American Student Achievement and Early Childhood Tribal Project Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network  
Phone: (608) 267-2283 or david.o'