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Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute

24th Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute


Dates: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. to Friday, July 31, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom Video Conferencing (Online)

Due to COVID-19 the institute will be held virtually.

About the Summer Institute            

The annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute is an active, highly participatory, week-long workshop designed to increase participants’ understanding of issues related to the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin.

The goals of the summer institute relate to both American Indian Studies and the education of Native American students. The summer institute aims to improve teaching and learning and to enrich student services, resulting in becoming more culturally responsive. Participants will learn how to adapt or develop new techniques best suited to their unique circumstances.

Who Should Attend?  

Anyone with a personal or professional interest in American Indian Studies and/or Native American education is welcome to attend. Past participants of previous summer institutes have included the following:facts
  • District Administrators and Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction, and Library Media Specialists
  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff
  • Tribal, Community, and School Liaison's (Home-School/Title VI/Johnson O’Malley Coordinators and Staff)
  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff
  • Head Start and Preschool Staff
  • College and University (especially Schools of Education) Students, Faculty, and Staff
***Any others with an interest in American Indian Studies and education of Native American students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Activities and Programming

Classroom sessions use a variety of teaching methods and provide opportunities for both presenters and participants to share information, resources, best practices, and model programs. Rich discussions allow everyone to share their insights and reactions.

Perhaps most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to develop an action plan with access to a variety of resources to teach others what they have learned. Events will include a celebration of the relationships we have made and the things we have learned at the summer institute.

Staff and Presenters

Our staff and presenters come from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds. These individuals serve as resources and mentors, and they assist in facilitating daily small and large group sessions designed to help participants process what they have learned and develop an action plan that extends their learning to others.


To register for the summer institute, please go to the following link at myQuickReg.

For further information on programming, please go to following link for the summer institute brochure.

Registration Fee

  • Initial Early Bird: $100 per person if registered by Friday, June 5, 2020


  • Early Bird: $125 per person if registered by Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Regular: $150 per person if registered by Monday, July 20, 2020

  • Onsite: $200 per person for post-deadline registration

Discounted group rates are also available. Contact Judy Ross at if you have three or more people registering from the same district or organization to receive the discount code. Invoicing will be adjusted at completion of the event.

Due to the nature of this event, registrations for only a portion of the summer institute are not available. Space is limited, so please register early.

Note: This institute will meet statutory license stipulations for “Wisconsin American Indian Tribes and Bands”, which is often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31. Individuals will need to attend each daily session during the summer institute along with completing additional instructional assignments. 


David O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at or (608) 267-2283 for questions about the summer institute programming.

Contact Judy Ross, Program Assistant III, CESA 12 at or 715-685-1837 for assistance or issues with registration.

For questions about this information, contact David O'Connor (608) 267-2283