Addressing the Misconceptions of Native Americans: The Role that History Plays in Our Schools!

Register for the June 16, 2017 training that will address the misconceptions of Native Americans in our school systems today. Western models of schools have historically been challenging places for Native American students to learn. History matters in teaching and learning! History has a profound effect on us all. What can we do to embolden and empower students to reflect the power that history has on us today? How can students use that history to make a better tomorrow? Join us for an opportunity to extend our understanding of knowing our neighbors while engaging in conversations about the historical impact of schools for Native American students with national speaker, Gyasi Ross.

Participant Outcomes

  • deepen their understanding of the Native American experience through the counter-stories shared throughout the day-long conversation
  • gain an understanding of the unique historical circumstances faced by Native people in the past and present
  • explore the Native American historical context and the effect it has on today’s students, families, and communities
  • examine how societal patterns and experiences for Native American students plays out in their education
  • explore ways in which school systems institutionalize practices that impact Native students’ outcomes
  • discover and examine ways to transform our school environments into places that nurture the spirit and foster high-level engagement and achievement for Native American students

Target Audience

  • District Administrators and Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Curriculum Specialists, Directors of Instruction, Library Media Specialists
  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) Administrators and Staff
  • Home-School/Title VII/Johnson O’Malley (JOM) Coordinators and Staff
  • Tribal Education Directors and Staff
  • Head Start and Preschool Staff
  • College and University (especially Schools of Education) Students, Faculty, and Staff


Holiday Inn Stevens Point – Convention Center
Spruce/Sands Room
1001 Amber Ave.
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Ph: (715) 344-0200


Gyasi Ross is a father, uncle, author, national speaker, mentor, musician, and storyteller.  Gyasi comes from the Blackfeet Nation and resides on the Port Madison Indian Reservation near Seattle. TV and radio programs and print and online publications regularly seek his input on politics, sports, pop culture and the intersections thereof with Native life.

Ross is the author of Don’t Know Much About Indians (but I wrote a book about us anyways) (2011) and How to Say I Love You in Indian (2014). “I come from a family of storytellers. My family tells long stories, drinking coffee and blowing smoke in your face. It just fit for me to tell stories, and then I started writing them.” He is in demand as a speaker on race, social justice and white privilege as well as issues specifically affecting contemporary Native Americans and guests on MSNBC, ESPN, Democracy Now and radio shows nationwide. Ross writes for the Huffington Post, Indian Country Today, Deadspin and Gawker. Ross has also released a spoken word/hip hop CD titled “Isskootsik (Before Here was Here)” on Cabin Games Records.


Register Today! Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin Workshop!



Register today the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin Workshop presented by The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network. There will be 4 offerings of this workshop throughout Wisconsin. The 1st offering is November 1st at Lake of the Torches Resort in Lac du Flambeau.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will:

  • Have an increased understanding of American Indian student achievement in Wisconsin and the use of data to improve results for students
  • Be provided with an experience that integrates CCSS math standards with CRT and provide a lens for making schools more constructive places for Native children
  • Have increased knowledge of culturally relevant teaching strategies that have positive learning impact for all students
  • Receive useful and helpful resources for “continuing the work”

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