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Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin - Minocqua

Event Date

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 -
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Event Description

This regional training will provide learning opportunities to build knowledge and skills that will assist in implementing best practices and education strategies in working with Native students, families, communities, and nations in Wisconsin. The training is designed to deepen participants' understanding around the American Indian student achievement gap in Wisconsin and ways for improving student outcomes.

During the training, participants will explore effective educational strategies that have a positive impact in their work with American Indian students. Participants will also have an opportunity to examine how history, culture, and language can impact 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.

Participant Outcomes

As a result of attending this regional training, participants will:

  • be able to define disproportionality and redefine the needs of Native American students in special education.
  • examine American Indian student achievement in Wisconsin and use data analysis and decision making to improve results and outcomes for students.
  • differentiate between teaching about culture vs. teaching culturally.
  • explore practical classroom applications with embedded experiential learning.
  • learn about microaggressions and their impact on students, families, communities, and nations.
  • consider how historical trauma influences today's student and adult behaviors.
  • have an awareness of filters and belief systems that influence our behaviors and outcomes.
  • engage in growth mindset interventions.
  • identify strategies and behaviors that will assist with effectively handling future scenarios.
  • have an increased awareness of the impact of the social and emotional state of students and school staff.
  • learn about statistics and data concerning American Indian students in Wisconsin as well as programming and initiatives being implemented to address these issues.

Target audience

Districts are encouraged to send teams of 4-5. Teams may include:

  • District Administrators and Principals
  • Library Media Specialists
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff
  • College and University Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Head Start and Preschool Staff
  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction
  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff
  • Tribal, School, and Community Liaisons/Title VI/Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Coordinators and Staff

***Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education of Native American students.

REGISTRATION: Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin - Minocqua

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - Training Workshop 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM and Registration - 8:30am - 9:00am


The Waters of Minocqua
8116 Highway 51 South
Minocqua, WI 54548
Phone: (715) 358-4000


For questions related to registration or LEA status, contact:

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

For general questions, contact:

Jen Watton - Program Assistant,
Network for Native American Student Achievement
Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network
Phone: (262) 443-5022 or