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Wisconsin DOC Educators Attend Equity and Social Justice Institute
Date: November 07, 2017 08:56AM

Wisconsin DOC Educators Attend Equity and Social Justice Institute

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Title I & School Support, and the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network to offer a day-long institute focusing on equity and social justice in education for DOC teachers and education directors. Many education directors attended the Institute in September. Future Institutes for teachers were scheduled for October 27 in Wausau/Rothschild and December 19 and December 20 in Madison.

The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network, "the Network," is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education. The Network is funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Part B. The Network works with pre K-12 educators, schools, districts and other community partners to reduce racial disproportionality in special education to meet federal requirements related to racial disproportionality in special education and to ensure a hope-filled future for all.

The Equity and Social Justice Institute is designed to deepen learning about equity and social justice. It has been designed to provide a foundational understanding for engaging in equity work on behalf of students and families. The Institute was purposefully scheduled to precede attendance at the two-day seminar Beyond Diversity so that anyone new to engaging in conversations about equity and disproportionality can build the necessary background for courageous conversations. Participants who have attended Beyond Diversity are welcome to participate in the Institute and continue with the Equity and Social Justice journey.

Beyond Diversity is a powerful, personally transforming two-day seminar designed to help teachers, students, parents, and administrators understand the impact of race on student learning and investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing academic achievement disparities.

What Is Social Justice and Why Does It Matter In Education?
These sessions will help participants explore the meaning of social justice and examine how power and privilege play out in society and, more
specifically, in education. Participants will have an opportunity to explore how their multiple identities related to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social class, ability, etc. intersect in both their lives and the lives of their students. Participants will be encouraged to examine the inequities that play out in schools and collaborate to find effective ways to create more equitable institutions that serve all students.

Participants will explore answers to questions such as:
• What is the difference between equality and equity?
• What are the circumstances that create barriers for success in schools?
• What can we do to effectively challenge systems that create inequality or inequity?
• How can we become more culturally responsive to serve an increasing diverse student population in the 21st Century?

Topics for Exploration and Discussion
• Establishing Protocols for Engaging in Conversations
• Jim Crow: Revisiting the Historical Perspective
• Privilege and Power: How Both Influence Your Interactions with Students
• Intersectionality and Identity
• Examining Social Justice in Classroom Practices
• Stereotype Threat

Participant Outcomes
• Explore the definitions of social justice and equity and how the concepts play out in their classrooms and schools
• Examine the inequities that students may be experiencing in their classrooms and schools
• Build an understanding of intersectionality and examine what it looks like for themselves and their students

• Courtney Bauder Program Director, Social Justice Minor Program, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
• Melissa Moe Training and Supports Project Coordinator, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network

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