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

Melissa Moe and Ebiere Cole representing The Network at the Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells on October 20-21, 2015.

Melissa Moe and Ebiere Cole representing The Network at the Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells on October 20-21, 2015.

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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STATEWIDE Training for Home School/
Title VII Indian Education/Johnson O'Malley Coordinators and Program Staff

April 24, 2017  |  Wausau, WI  |  Learn More >>

This statewide training will provide learning opportunities around areas identified by participants who attended regional trainings around the state of Wisconsin. Participants will also have an opportunity to build knowledge/skills that will assist them in implementing best practices within their respective programs.

This training provides a forum for Home School/Title VII Indian Education/Johnson O'Malley Coordinators and Program Staff from around the state of Wisconsin to engage in discussion, collaborate, and develop a network of support.  Learn More >>

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this statewide training, participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of how to serve their American Indian student population through broadened knowledge, skills and relevant insights.
  • Receive valuable information in areas specified during needs assessments at regional trainings that took place in March 2017.
  • Collaborate with individuals in similar positions to share best practices, ideas, and research on their programming.
  • Share work experiences and stories throughout the day-long conversation.
  • Discover and examine ways to transform our school environments for American Indian students, families, and communities.

There are no fees associated with this training, but pre-registration is REQUIRED.

Native American Language Workshop

Wednesday, May 3, 2017  |  Crandon, WI  |  Learn More >>  |  Register >>

The purpose of this workshop is to bring awareness to what school districts and tribal language departments are doing by giving participating educators an opportunity to share and exchange information and ideas about their programming.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Share ideas around language activities, such as curriculum, lesson plans, etc.
  • Analyze and discuss how to track learners' progress and comprehension (assessment) in a way that informs learners and mentors how the language course is going.
  • Have opportunities to share and learn from each other in networking sessions and small groups.
  • Look at best practices and ways to create language materials and resources.
  • Become more familiar with a variety of teaching and learning methods.

Target Audience

  • Culture Language Teachers
  • Tribal Education Department Staff
  • Tribal Language Division Staff
  • World Language Teachers that teach Native American Languages


Paula Fernandez
Project Coordinator, Network for Native American Student Achievement
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network

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David O'Connor 
American Indian Studies Consultant,
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction;
Co-Leader, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network