American Indian Studies: Implementing Act 31

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Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Nicole Barlass
Location: CESA 2 - Whitewater
1221 Innovation Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
Facility: Room 111
10/20/2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM Registration at 8:30 am

David O'Connor, DPI Consultant, will present this day long workshop providing an in-depth presentation and discussion on Wisconsin American Indian Studies or Act 31 (1989/1991). The focus of the workshop will be to help educators understand and implement Act 31, which is a state law requiring all public school districts and pre-service teacher programs to provide instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations in the state. The workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and information they need to integrate the requirements of Act 31 into lesson plans, material selections, pedagogical practices, and district curriculum. Information about the Wisconsin Indian nations' histories, treaty rights, sovereignty, and cultures will be presented throughout the workshop.

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

Please note this workshop will meet the licensure stipulation if two follow-up assignments are completed.

This workshop can be used to fulfill the licensure stipulation for Wisconsin American Indian nations if participants attend the workshop and complete two follow-up assignments.

The assignments are as follows:
Assignment 1: Research Paper: The first assignment requires that the participant write and submit a paper on one American Indian nation or tribal communities in the state of Wisconsin (ex: Oneida Nation of Wisconsin). Select any Wisconsin American Indian nation or tribal community and create a research paper (4 – 6 typed, double spaced pages) using at least 3-5 references. Include an overview of the history of the tribal nation or community in Wisconsin, significant events and current issues related to tribal sovereignty.

Assignment 2: Demonstration of Knowledge Gained: Give an outline of lesson plan or curriculum, describe a planned and implemented activity or event and expected outcome, including various resources that will help either students or community members better understand local tribal history, culture, and tribal sovereignty.

Assignments should be submitted to Nicole Barlass,


Note: If you are a nursing mother, please let us know in the notes section of your registration, as we have a private room available for use.

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