Indigenizing Learning Spaces for All

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 1/5/2022 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 1/5/2022 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 12
Agency Assistant: Judy Ross 715-685-1837
Presenter(s) / Instructor(s): RunningHorse Livingston (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Founder and CEO of Mathematize Inc.
Location: CESA 12 Online Event
Ashland, WI 54806
Facility: ZOOM Video Conferencing
1/5/2022 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM
1/6/2022 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM

About the Training

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) - American Indian Studies Program in partnership with CESA 12  is offering a unique opportunity for you to join us to learn and share information around the American Indian student success in Wisconsin. The session will be provided virtually in an online format. 

This 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 Indigenizing learning spaces to improve student outcomes. 

The training will examine how history, culture, and language can impact achievement, school climate, and student, family, and community engagement. Additionally, the training will explore how to recognize the implicitness of culture and ways to bridge diverse learner experiences toward equitable learning.  Inequities that play out in schools and how to develop effective ways to create more equitable institutions that serve all students.

*NOTE: You must be present during the advertised date and time(s) to participate and watch the webinar. The webinars will NOT BE RECORDED. Additionally, participants do NOT have permission or authorization to record either via video or audio the contents of the session attending.*

**The two-day session in January 2022 will be the same content and format as the two-day session in April 2022 so you only need to register for either one and NOT both. Note, it is required to attend both days of the training in either January 2022 or April 2022 as we do not offer partial training.  Pre-registration is required to participate in the session.


Across the country, schools and districts are transcending recognition and acknowledgment of Indigenous learners and their families by incorporating aspects of Indigenous culture into curriculum and methodology. This process is referred to as “Indigenizing.” The intent is to rehumanize learning spaces to make them safer and more active for all students. Let’s face it, traditional American learning is largely a passive process. While many of us work tirelessly to invigorate learners, “sit and get” education still permeates our educational landscape. Indigenizing learning spaces means celebrating the diverse experiences students bring to classrooms. It means using them to guide instructional decisions and curricular pathways. Indigenizing learning spaces focuses on bringing community to the classroom, empathy to student interactions, and empowerment to youth. 


RunningHorse Livingston is the founder and CEO of Mathematize Inc., whose mission is to promote education and educationally related opportunities for Native people. RunningHorse, a nationally recognized educator and consultant, has spent 13 years helping teachers across the country make sense of their roles in the age of Common Core standards and making schools more constructive places for Native children. He is an expert in mathematics instruction and school reform. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, RunningHorse has for the past 10 years, providing professional development to teachers, school administration, school boards, and tribes around the nation in the areas of mathematics, and school and tribal professional relations.

Participant Outcomes

As a result of attending this webinar, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • differentiate between teaching about culture vs. teaching culturally.

  • explore practical classroom applications with embedded experiential learning.

  • have an increased awareness of the impact of the social and emotional state of students and school staff.

  • have an opportunity to continue their journey of personal and professional development around Native American education.

  • understand the historical experiences and contemporary issues of American Indian peoples and nations

Target Audience

  • 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 Liaisons (Home-School/Title VI/Johnson O’Malley Coordinators and Staff)

  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff

  • Head Start, Early Childhood, 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.


Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Phone: (608) 267-2283 or

Additional Information/Disclaimers

The training webinar will NOT be recorded or otherwise shared after the scheduled dates. The DPI American Indian Studies Program has found that this allows for more candid conversations, richer dialogue, and increased participation.

This training webinar does NOT meet statutory license stipulations for "Wisconsin American Indian Tribes and Bands", which is often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31. For those seeking to address statuary license stipulations, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Educator Preparation and Licensing - Statutory License Stipulations webpage for a list of approved courses and workshops. You can also visit the DPI American Indian Studies Program for further information.

* The DPI American Indian Studies Program reserves the right to prioritize enrollment to LEAs with federally-identified IDEA status, Wisconsin's First Nations, and districts with significant educational equity needs.

Training Format

Each session will be 3 hours in length and facilitated by Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor in partnership with the RunningHorse Livingston for each online session. The sessions are intended to be interactive and will include discussion time at the end of each session.

These sessions will be facilitated online using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.

Registration and Fees

There are NO registration fees to participate in these webinars offered by the DPI American Indian Studies Program, which are funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

Funding for this training limits individual acceptance to WISCONSIN RESIDENTS only. Registration is limited to 300 individuals per session. Pre-registration is required.


Judy Ross, Program Assistant III

CESA #12 - Center for Special Education and Pupil Services

American Indian Studies Program,

618 Beaser Avenue, Ashland, WI  54806

Direct Line: (715) 685-1837



For more great training opportunities offered by DPI American Indian Studies Program, please visit our website at




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