About The Network

The Network is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education. 
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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. 

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Network Training and Supports

Katie Orf and Judy Ross at the Network event "Addressing the misconceptions of native americans: The role that history plays in our schools" in Stevens point on 06/16/17.

Katie Orf and Judy Ross at the Network event "Addressing the misconceptions of native americans: The role that history plays in our schools" in Stevens point on 06/16/17.

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 schedule of trainings allows districts to explore and address individuals' cultural biases in signature trainings such and Beyond Diversity I and II. Events for staff, parents, and community members are offered at no cost.   

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American Indian Studies: Implementing Wisconsin
Act 31

The focus of these trainings is to help educators understand and implement Wisconsin Act 31.

Wisconsin Act 31 is a state law requiring all public school districts and pre-service teacher programs to provide instruction on the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities in the state of Wisconsin.

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September 25-26, 2017
Holiday Inn Stevens Point Convention Center

Innovations in Equity: Improving Our Practice

Wisconsin is making strides to close opportunity gaps and improve student outcomes statewide. Join us to network with districts and IHE faculty and students to learn from researchers in the field about implementation and innovation to improve our practices and build capacity as educational equity leaders. Printable Flyer >>  |  Learn More >>

Who Should Attend*

  • Teams responsible for systemic change resulting in improved achievement, particularly for students of color, students with IEPs, economically disadvantaged students, and English learners
  • IHE faculty and students

* Fees are waived and supported by grant funds for the following groups: Title I Focus & Priority Schools, SPDG, pre-service teachers, and IHE faculty.


2017-18 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 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 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.The Study Circles Online Conversations 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.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

by Anton Treuer

  • Orientation:Oct. 3, 3017
  • Session #1: Oct. 24, 2017
  • Session #2: Nov. 14, 2017
  • Session #3: Dec. 12, 2017

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

Edited by S. Sleeper-Smith, et. al.

  • Orientation: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Session #1: Nov. 2, 2017
  • Session #2: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Session #3: Dec. 21, 2017

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But
Were Afraid to Ask

by Anton Treuer

  • Orientation: Jan. 23, 2018
  • Session #1: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Session #2: Mar. 20, 2018
  • Session #3: April 24, 2018

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How to Be an
Indian in the
21st Century

by Louis V. "Two Shoes" Clark III

  • Orientation: Jan. 24, 2018
  • Session #1: Feb. 13, 2018
  • Session #2: Mar. 6, 2018
  • Session #3: Mar. 27, 2018

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