About The Network

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The Network works with preK-12 educators, schools, districts, and other community partners to reduce racial disproportionality in special education through a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports. Each member of our team is committed to racial and social justice, striving to honor those who came before us while transforming current systems to ensure a hope-filled future for all.  Learn More >>

The Network:

  • Coordinates training, support, and coaching.

  • Offers research-to-practice grants.

  • Develops community partnerships.

  • Works with participating organizations to complete data collection, analysis, and compliance to meet federal requirements related to racial disproportionality in special education.

***Needs Assessment & Annual District Improvement Plan (ADIP) >>


Network Training and Supports

 facilitators Ebiere Cole, Tony Hudson (p.E.G.), Melissa Moe, and david O'connor at beyond diversity I seminar in oshkosh, wi

facilitators Ebiere Cole, Tony Hudson (p.E.G.), Melissa Moe, and david O'connor at beyond diversity I seminar in oshkosh, wi

We are committed to racial equity and building capacity through face-to-face meetings, webinars, book studies, and professional learning communities. The Network offers PK-16 professional development opportunities to support Wisconsin school districts identified with racial disproportionality in special education for Indicators 4B, 9, 10 and the separate, but related, requirements associated with significant disproportionality. 

Events are planned to provide training and resources to district-and school level personnel for the purpose of improving policies, procedures and practices in the referral, assessment and placement processes that result in inappropriate identification. Our events allow districts to explore and address individuals' cultural biases in signature trainings such and Beyond Diversity I and II.  View Calendar >> 


Upcoming Trainings

Equity and Social Justice Institute

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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.

October 4, 2018  |  Racine, WI  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
October 12, 2018  |  Madison, WI  |  Registration available soon!
November 2, 2018  |  Green Bay, WI  |  Learn More >> | Register >>

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.

Beyond Diversity I Seminar

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The Beyond Diversity I Seminar is designed to help teachers, students, parents, and administrators understand the impact of race on student learning and investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing academic achievement disparities.


Enrollment is an indication that you are poised for inquiry into your own personal investment in racism and desire greater accountability surrounding your professional leadership for racial equity.

November 6-7, 2018  |  Racine, WI  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
December 5-6, 2018  |  Green Bay, WI  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
December 11-12, 2018  |  Madison, WI  |  Registration available soon!
February 5-6, 2019  |  Milwaukee, WI  |  Registration available soon!

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.


Specialized Trainings

Tribal Community and School Liaison Trainings

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These trainings will provide opportunities for facilitators, presenters, and participants to share information, resources, best practices, and model programs. 

The discussions will allow everyone to share their insights and discuss how their respective programs can provide assistance to Home School/Title VI/Johnson O'Malley Coordinators and Program Staff in the state of Wisconsin. Future planning and information needs will also be discussed. 

November 1, 2018  |  Shawano, WI (Regional Training)  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
January 25, 2019  |  Tomah, WI (Regional Training)  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
February 22, 2019  |  Ashland, WI (Regional Training)  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>
March 1, 2019  |  Wittenberg, WI (Statewide Training)  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>

Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap

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These regional trainings will provide learning opportunities to build knowledge and skills that will assist in implementing best practices in working with Native students, families, and communities. The training is designed to deepen participant understanding around the American Indian student achievement gap in Wisconsin. 

Participants will explore effective teaching strategies that have a positive learning impact for all 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.

January 15, 2019  |  Ashland, WI  |  Registration available soon!
January 17, 2019  |  Green Bay, WI  |  Registration available soon!
January 18, 2019  |  Warrens, WI  |  Registration available soon!


2018-19 Study Circles Online Conversations

The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network, or “The Network,” is offering a unique opportunity for all participating school staff, equity teams, and partners to continue 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 of the selected book. Each session will use a selected text as a foundation for the conversation while exploring the impact of the opportunity gap on our American Indian students in the state of Wisconsin.

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The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms

by JP Leary

The Story of Act 31 tells the story of the law’s inception—tracing its origins to a court decision in 1983 that affirmed American Indian hunting and fishing treaty rights in Wisconsin, and to the violent public outcry that followed the court’s decision. Author JP Leary paints a picture of controversy stemming from past policy decisions that denied generations of Wisconsin students the opportunity to learn about tribal history. 

  • Orientation Session (required)
    10/08/18 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Session #1
    10/29/18 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Session #2
    11/12/18 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Session #3
    12/03/18 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Why You Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians

Edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, Scott Manning Stevens

A resource for all who teach and study history, this book illuminates the unmistakable centrality of American Indian history to the full sweep of American history. The nineteen essays gathered in this collaboratively produced volume, written by leading scholars in the field of Native American history, reflect the newest directions of the field and are organized to follow the chronological arc of the standard American history survey.

  • Orientation Session (required)
    10/09/18 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Session #1
    10/30/18 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Session #2
    11/13/18 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Session #3
    12/04/18 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Seventh Generation Earth Ethics:
Native Voices of Wisconsin

by Patty Loew

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. 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.

  • Orientation Session (required)
    01/14/19 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Session #1
    02/04/19 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Session #2
    02/25/19 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Session #3
    03/11/19 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States  

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

In this book, the author adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military.

  • Orientation Session (required)
    01/15/19 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Session #1
    02/05/19 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Session #2
    02/26/19 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Session #3
    03/12/19 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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