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Making a Difference My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice (2019)
June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CDT
About the Online Study Circles Conversations
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) – American Indian Studies Program in partnership with CESA 12 is offering online book studies for early childhood staff, K-12 staff, institutions of higher learning and partners to continue our personal and professional work, with a focus on American Indian studies and education. Join us in an Online Study Circles Conversations: American Indian Studies and the exploration of specially selected texts as a foundation for the group conversation and discussion on various Indigenous topics and issues.
*Individuals may only register for ONE of the four of the Online Study Circles Conversations for Spring 2022.
** 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):
3rd Session: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Book(s) and Author(s): Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice (2019) by Ada Deer with Theda Perdue
Description(s): Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice (2019): “This stirring memoir is the story of Ada Deer, the first woman to serve as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Deer begins, “I was born a Menominee Indian. That is who I was born and how I have lived.” She proceeds to narrate the first eighty-three years of her life, which are characterized by her tireless campaigns to reverse the forced termination of the Menominee tribe and to ensure sovereignty and self-determination for all tribes”.
“Deer grew up in poverty on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, but with the encouragement of her mother and teachers, she earned degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Columbia University. Armed with a first-rate education, an iron will, and a commitment to justice, she went from being a social worker in Minneapolis to leading the struggle for the restoration of the Menominees’ tribal status and trust lands”.
“Having accomplished that goal, she moved on to teach American Indian Studies at UW–Madison, to hold a fellowship at Harvard, to work for the Native American Rights Fund, to run unsuccessfully for Congress, and to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs in the Clinton administration”.
“Now in her eighties, Deer remains as committed as ever to human rights, especially the rights of American Indians. A deeply personal story, written with humor and honesty, this book is a testimony to the ability of one individual to change the course of history through hard work, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to social justice”. [Oklahoma University Press].
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
Online Study Circles Conversations: American Indian Studies
Consistent attendance is crucial to allow for learning and to result in a successful book study. Individuals who miss ANY of the Online Study Circles Conversations sessions will be invoiced $50 to cover costs of the book(s), mailing fees, and administrative costs. Please be sure your schedule allows for full participation on ALL dates and times listed BEFORE registering. No exceptions will be made.
- 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
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.
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.
Each Online Study Circles Conversations will consist of one MANDATORY 60-minute orientation session followed by three 1.5 hour discussion sessions.
If you MISS ONE of the sessions, you will be invoiced $50 to cover the cost of the book, mailing fees, and administrative costs. Since we only meet a limited number of times, this will be a firm requirement. Each session will have two facilitators who will support interaction and discussion, but will not be in lecture style form.
These sessions will be facilitated online using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform.
- Participants are initially provided with a copy of the book at no charge.
- Participation in the orientation session is a prerequisite to receiving the complimentary book. Regardless if you have participated in a past orientation for previous online study circles conversations, orientation attendance is MANDATORY for the book study you are registered for. If you are unable to attend orientation you will NOT be eligible to be a part of the book study.
- Books will not be sent until AFTER the orientation meeting has been held.
- There are no registration fees to participate in the Online Study Circles Conversation offered by the DPI American Indian Studies Program. A scholarship, funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), has been applied to the administrative and instructional fees.
- Pre-registration is required and limited to 50 individuals* for each of the two books for this session (see above registration links/buttons by each of the books). Once spots are filled a waiting list will be generated but we cannot guarantee those on the waiting list will be able to participate.
- Individuals may only register for:
- ONE of the four Online Study Circles Conservations offered for Fall 2021;
- ONE of the four Online Study Circles Conservations offered for Winter 2022;
- ONE of the four Online Study Circles Conservations offered for Spring 2022
- Funding for this training limits individual acceptance to WISCONSIN RESIDENTS only.
- Orientation is a requirement of participation. If you miss one of the sessions, you will be required to pay $50 to cover the cost of the book, mailing fees, and administrative costs.
- 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.
* 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.
Judy Ross, Program Assistant III
CESA #12 – Center for Special Education and Pupil Services
American Indian Studies Program, https://dpi.wi.gov/amind
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