Indigenous Education Webinar: Developing and Establishing Indigenous Pedagogy Collections for the Library and Classroom

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 4/28/2024 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 4/28/2024 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 12
Agency Assistant: Judy Ross 715-685-1837
Location: CESA 12 Online Event
Ashland, WI 54806
Facility: ZOOM Video Conferencing
4/29/2024 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Indigenous Education Webinar

Developing and Establishing Indigenous Pedagogy Collections for the Library and Classroom with panelists Allison Waukau; Cassey Leeport, Eliza Skenandore; Margaret Ottenad, and Deidre Ann Caldwell

Allison WaukauCassy LeeportDeidre Ann CaldwellEliza SkenandoreMargaret Ottenad


About the Webinar
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) - American Indian Studies Program in partnership with CESA 12 is offering a unique opportunity to participate in a webinar to continue your journey of personal and professional development around First Nations Studies.

*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.*

Date and Time: Monday, April 29, 2024 - 4:30pm -6:00pm | Zoom Video Conference Opens at 4:00pm (Pre-registration Required

Panelists and Bios: 

  • Allison Waukau (Menominee/Navajo), President, American Indian Library Association
    • Allison M. Waukau (Menominee/Navajo), currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, and has a background in Community Engagement. Allison was at Hennepin County for the last 5 years and had served as the American Indian Community Liaison, a position she also held at Roseville School District. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Fort Lewis College. Allison serves as the President of the American Indian Library Association and was recognized as one of Library Journal’s 2021 Movers & Shakers. Additionally, she received the Rising Leader award at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. In the past year, Allison has had the privilege of interviewing and engaging in conversations with acclaimed Indigenous authors, such as Louise Erdrich and Tommy Orange.

    • Allison's professional interests center around exploring land acknowledgment practices, developing community-led initiatives, and amplifying the voices and perspectives of her Native community.

  • Cassy Leeport (Bois Forte Ojibwe), Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) & iSchool Library Manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Cassy Leeport began her new role as the TLAM (Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums) and iSchool Library Manager at UW-Madison in July 2023. Cassy holds a BA in Creative Writing from UW-Madison, a Masters in Library & Information Science from UW-Madison (where she was formerly a student leader for the TLAM Program), and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Before returning to Wisconsin, Cassy served as the Director of Library Services and Tribal Archives for Red Lake Nation College, Circulation Manager for Bemidji State University's Library, and Library Services Program Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. Cassy is also a proud direct descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe in Northern Minnesota, a mother of two, and an enthusiast for all things arts & crafts.
  • Eliza Skenandore (Oneida Nation), Library Manager, Oneida Community Library & Green Earth Branch Library
    • Eliza Skenandore, a Oneida Nation Citizen, is known by her Oneida name Yutyátashnolats. She currently serves as the Library Director for the Oneida Community Library and Green Earth Branch Library on the Oneida Nation Reservation. Prior to this role, she gained experience as the Lead Library Lab Technician at NWTC Library. Additionally, she has provided certified childcare in her home, incorporating Oneida culture teachings into her curriculum.
    • ‚ÄčWith nine years of experience as the Historical Multimedia Specialist at Oneida Nation, as well as roles at Oneida Nation Museum and Oneida Gaming Time and Attendance, Eliza brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her current position. She also operates a small business with her husband Shawn Skenandore called Starr Merrie she started in 2012.
      • Eliza holds an associate degree in IT-Information Technology Multimedia from ITT-Tech, an associate degree in Humanities from UW-Green Bay, and a Bachelor of Arts from UW-Green Bay in First Nation Studies with a minor in Human Development. Furthering her education, she has taken some of the master's degree courses in Library Services through the program at UW-Madison's iSchool.
      • In her leisure time, Eliza enjoys beadwork and has a strong interest in E-sports and video gaming.

  • Margaret Ottenad (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Library Media / Instructional Technology Specialist, Kettle Moraine School District
    • Margaret Ottenad, Library Instructional Technology Specialist at the School District of Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, brings a wealth of expertise in Indigenous literacy, technology integration, and collection management to her role. With a dedicated focus on fostering literacy in classrooms and libraries, Margaret's passion for enhancing educational experiences shines through in her work.

    • Currently overseeing the middle school library while providing invaluable support to the high school, Margaret excels in navigating the dynamic landscape of educational technology. Her proficiency in troubleshooting and integrating technology seamlessly into educational environments has significantly contributed to enhancing learning opportunities for students.

    • Margaret's journey in education began in the School District of Waukesha, where she honed her skills managing various libraries, including assignments in elementary and high school settings. Her extensive experience in collection management, particularly at the secondary level, underscores her commitment to curating resources that engage and empower learners.

    • As a dedicated advocate for Indigenous literacy, Margaret is committed to promoting diverse perspectives and ensuring equitable access to educational resources. Through her virtual presentation for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in April 2024, Margaret seeks to inspire educators and librarians alike to prioritize Indigenous literacy in their curricula and library collections.

  • Deidre Ann Caldwell (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Youth Services Librarian, College of Menominee Nation
    • Deidre Ann Caldwell (Lac Courte Oreilles Anishinaabe Tribe) is the Youth Services Librarian at the S.Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library. Deidre has ten years of experience in the field of education as an elementary teacher, paraprofessional, and early Head Start teacher. She is an alumni of the College of Menominee Nation and has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and degrees in biology and pre-nursing. Deidre believes that empowering Native American children through fostering a love of learning and reading will strengthen their self-efficacy and build resilience to help them succeed in their educational journeys and beyond.


Description: Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are a critical component of gaining an understanding of our diverse society. Building library collections and classroom curriculum with more inclusive representation of both historical and contemporary Indigenous people and nations provides our library users and students with opportunities to develop knowledge and see themselves in print and digital media.

Have you ever wondered where you can find accurate and authentic resources about Indigenous people and nations of Wisconsin and the United States? Do you have questions about how to best be respectful and culturally sensitive when choosing these materials? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, join us and hear from a distinguished panel of Indigenous knowledge curators to learn strategies for cultivating resources and materials for your classroom or library. Our panel comes from a variety of settings and experiences, providing participants with a broad amount of information and resources for a variety of school and library settings. 


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

  • To have an opportunity to continue their journey of personal and professional development around First Nations Studies.

  • To understand the importance of including a diverse representation of current and accurate Indigenous resources.

  • To obtain resources and strategies for identifying and acquiring materials to support teaching and learning about Native peoples, communities, and nations.

  • Learn from the questions of colleagues and other participants.


Target Audience

  • District Administrators and Principals

  • School Library Media Specialists

  • Classroom Teachers

  • Curriculum Specialists and Directors of Instruction

  • Public, Academic, and Tribal Library Directors and Staff

  • 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.



David J. O'Connor

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

Panelist Moderator

Monica Treptow

Monica R. Treptow, School Library Media Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Phone: (608) 575-6065 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

The webinar session will be 1.5 hours in length and facilitated by Bwaakoningwiid David J. O'Connor and Monica Treptow in partnership with the respective panelists for the session. This session is intended to be interactive and will include discussion time at the end of the 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

Judy Ross, Administrative Assistant

CESA #12 - Center for Special Education and Pupil Services
American Indian Studies Program,
400 Lake Shore Drive East, Ashland, WI 54806
Direct Line: (715) 685-1837

For more great training opportunities offered by DPI American Indian Studies Program, please visit our webpage: Calendar of Events 


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