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CESA 12 American Indian Studies: Implementing Wisconsin Act 31

Event Date

Thursday, March 7, 2024 -
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Event Description

This workshop will provide an in-depth presentation and discussion on American Indian Studies in Wisconsin (often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31). The focus of the training is to help educators understand and implement Wisconsin Act 31, which is a state law requiring all school districts and educator preparation programs to provide instruction in the histories, cultures, and tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations in the state of Wisconsin.

The workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and information they need to integrate the requirements of American Indian Studies into lesson plans, material selections, pedagogical practices, and district curriculum. Information about the American Indian nations’ histories, treaty rights, sovereignty, and cultures of Wisconsin will be presented throughout the training workshop.

The goals of the training are to share best practices, information, model programs, and resources with administrators and teachers so that they are knowledgeable about American Indian Studies in Wisconsin and are able to meet the requirements of Wisconsin Act 31.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 7, 2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM | 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Check-in and Registration

Please note:

  • To fulfill the educator licensure stipulation, attendance at this full-day virtual training workshop is required, along with two follow-up assignments that will be discussed at the conclusion of the training workshop.
  • You must have your camera on during the advertised date and time for participation and for attendance purposes. The training will NOT BE RECORDED. Additionally, participants do NOT have permission or authorization to record either via video or audio the contents of this training.

About the Presenter: David J. O'Connor is originally from and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In David's role at DPI, he supports school districts' efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's American Indian nations and tribal communities, often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31 and the education of Native American students.

David provides training opportunities and presents at conferences and workshops throughout the state of Wisconsin on American Indian education and studies. He also provides general consultation on issues related to the education of American Indian students. David serves as liaison to American Indian nations and tribal communities of Wisconsin; tribal education departments, Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA), Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) and the Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations. Read more at: 

Registration: myQuickReg - CESA 12 American Indian Studies: Implementing Wisconsin Act 31


The training workshop will be facilitated online using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.


Questions with Registration:
Judy Ross, Program Assistant III
618 Beaser Avenue

Ashland, WI 54806
Direct Line: 715-685-1837