Unsettling Settler-Colonial Education: The Transformational Indigenous Praxis Model (2022)

Only for Ashland, Bayfield, Crandon, Freedom, Green Bay, Lakeland, Seymour, West DePere

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Last Date to Register: 3/14/2024 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 3/14/2024 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 12
Agency Assistant: Judy Ross 715-685-1837
Audience: Only for School Districts: Ashland, Bayfield, Crandon, Freedom, Green Bay, Lakeland, Seymour, West DePere
Presenter(s) / Instructor(s): Facilitator: Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor
Location: CESA 12 Online Event
Ashland, WI 54806
Facility: ZOOM Video Conferencing
3/19/2024 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
4/16/2024 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
5/14/2024 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
6/4/2024 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Online Study Circles:  American Indian Studies

Unsettling Settle-Colonial Education: The Transformational Indigenous Praxis Model (2022)

About the Book Circle

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) - American Indian Studies Program in partnership with CESA 12 is offering this online book study for the following School Districts only: Ashland, Bayfield, Crandon, Freedon, Green Bay, Lakeland, Seymour, and West DePere

** NOTE: You must be present during the advertised time(s) to participate and be a part of the study circles. They will NOT BE RECORDED for viewing at an alternate time. Additionally, participants do NOT have permission or authorization to record either via video or audio the contents of the session they are attending. **


Date(s) and Time(s): Orientation: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
1st Session: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm
2nd Session: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm
3rd Session: Tuesday, June 5, 2024 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Book(s) and Author(s): The Unsettling Settler-Colonial Education: The Transformational Indigenous Praxis Model (2022) by Cornel Pewawardy


Description(s): The Unsettling Settler-Colonial Education: The Transformational Indigenous Praxis Model (2022): “This book presents the Transformational Indigenous Praxis Model (TIPM), an innovative framework for promoting critical consciousness toward decolonization efforts among educators. The TIPM challenges readers to examine how even the most well-intentioned educators are complicit in reproducing ethnic stereotypes, racist actions, deficit-based ideology, and recolonization. Drawing from decades of collaboration with teachers and school leaders serving Indigenous children and communities, this volume will help educators better support the development of their students’ critical thinking skills. Representing a holistic balance, the text is organized in four sections: Birth–Grade 12 and Community Education, Teacher Education, Higher Education, and Educational Leadership. Unsettling Settler-Colonial Education centers the needs of teachers, children, families, and communities that are currently engaged in public education and who deserve an improved experience today, while also committing to more positive Indigenous futurities.

Book Features:

  • Introduces the TIPM as a structure that supports educators in decolonizing and indigenizing their practices.
  • Provides examples of how pathway-making across a variety of settings takes shape on the TIPM continuum.
  • Highlights a diverse group of authors who are making major contributions to the transformation agendas of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing.
  • Includes a brief summary of the TIPM dimensions with examples of the challenges that educators face as they expand their critical consciousness toward decolonization.
  • Follows Native oral traditions by sharing lessons, research, and personal lived experience.
  • Identifies the deficit-based ideological underpinnings that frame Indigenous students’ school experiences.
  • Employs a metaphor of wave jumping to illustrate how educators working to decolonize their practice can gain forward momentum with time and energy even while facing resistance.
  • Provides a methodology to promote healing and cultural restoration of Indigenous peoples.


Participant Outcomes

As a result of participating in the Online Study Circles Online Conversations, participants will:

  • have an opportunity to read and discuss selected American Indian-themed books with participants from across Wisconsin.
  • learn about diverse aspects of Native American histories and cultural concepts.
  • address bias, myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions regarding our Indigenous peoples, communities, and nations
  • engage in discussion with colleagues, and explore multiple perspectives about First Nations Studies and the education of American Indian students


Target Audience: (Only for the following School Districts: Ashland, Bayfield, Crandon, Freedom, Green Bay, Lakeland, Seymour, and West DePere)

  • 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, 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


Additional Information/Disclaimers
The book circle sessions 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.


David J. O'Connor

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






  • Funding for this training limits individual acceptance to WISCONSIN RESIDENTS only.
  • The Online Study Circles Conversations sessions will NOT be recorded or otherwise shared after the scheduled dates. The DPI American Indian Studies Program has found that this requirement allows for more candid conversations, richer dialogue, and increased participation.


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



Judy Ross, CESA 12

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 | Visit us on Facebook


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